Sunday, May 3, 2009

My PS3 Has Died - Long Live the PS3!

After 1 year and 8 months of dependable service, my poor 60 GB PS3 has decided... it doesn't want to read discs anymore.  No DVD's, no PS2 games, no PS3 games and certainly no Blu-Ray discs.  I am SCREWED!

I paid 499.00 for the device back in 2007, from Best Buy, and fortunately for me, I purchased the 2 year extended warranty!  YEAH!  What the hell is the bad news?  Well, for those of you in the know, you understand my apprehension at taking Best Buy up on their offer of PRODUCT REPLACEMENT!!!  Why?  Because the only comprable unit on the market today is the 80 GB version of the PS3 which is a totally CRIPPLED system, in my opinion.

Sony fucked themselves by releasing the PS3 80 GB version.  Some Executive D-Bag sat at his desk and said... how can we remove key features and architecture from the PS3 and yet still call it an 'upgrade' and market it to everyone?  I know, let's add 20 GB's more hard disk space when we remove all those perks? PERKS?  What perks you might be asking?  Here is the list of the items I LOST when I went to the newer 80 GB PS3 system:

  • Lost 2 USB ports on the front of the unit (there are only 2 standard now)

  • Lost my 8-in-1 media card ports for flash memory reading

  • Lost my special onboard chip to play PS2 games (of which I have about a dozen)

  • BUT I GAINED 20 GB's of disk space!!!!

Sorry, SONY, but I hardly call this unit anything other than a supreme let down and disappointment.  Had it not been for the Blu-Ray, I would be an XBOX 360 user right now.  Next time you all decide to remove the IMPORTANT hardware - why don't you consult your user base.  What a bunch of shmucks!

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