Have to agree with Tatsu, hardware failure that early is just terrible, end of. You know, my 10 year old PS2 still works perfectly, as does my 15 year old Nintendo 64. So why can't MS make a product that atleast last till their next console?
Holy... the N64 IS that old. Dammit I'm getting on in years. Quick, someone, your youth! Your youth! ...wait, it doesn't work that way, does it? -reality check- /resigns self to ancient-ness /jest...sorta
My PS2 works, too! It's even one of the older ones, that I've had for awhile. It's not "first gen", but it's fairly old. I'd have to check the firmware for an actual date, though. Hell, I found a GBA and DS that still boot, but there's no reason to play either with backwards compatibility. <<hint-hint, Nintendo, Sony, and MS.
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With me, though, it's less the issue of having to replace a console every 2-3 years than it is that I won't be able to play the old games 10 years down the road if everyone keeps throwing backwards-compatibility out the window. Honestly, a console every 2 years is still less than I spend on computers and related harware, which are a lot more integral to my daily life than my GameStation 360 or PFP 3DX. XD
Mind, I'm not actually saying it's a good practice to design a console that's going to die every 2 years. Hell, it pisses me off, but I doubt companies are going to change their practice of using cheap parts in pre-builts (be it PC or console). They seem to figure consumers don't really care, and for the most part, they're right. How many people do -you- know that replace their consoles (or computers) rather than wrangle with the warranty system or replace internal parts themselves? Honestly, now.