I remember when the complaints were Wii U freezing up and needing a restart, Taco Bell PS4's spotty HDMI connections, Xbox One's lactating delicious milk vertically.
But on the (w)hole, it seems like the 8th generation of video game consoles has begun rather smoothly, it doesn't seem like there are massive widespread hardware failures ... at least not to a newsworthy extent.
so. why do you think this is? i have a couple of thoughts
one) because nobody wanted to pull another RROD. expensive and hertz the brand.
two) because console power, relative to the fastest single GPU you can get, is way down in magnitude relative to last gen. if you're not desperately trying to squeeze experimental gpu's in there, then the GPU you are using might have a track record of reliability. does that point make sense?
maybe if you have a next genner you could comment on its reliability.