Well, if you read my post below about the reliability of the 360 then you'll know that I picked up an Elite on April 29th & swore that if it died like my 3 Premiums did before it, then I would be done with the 360 for good.
I guess it was inevitable that it would die eventually, (if I knew in April what I know now about the design flaws with the system, I never would have gotten the Elite), but I sure didn't expect it to happen this soon. My Elite died last night from hardware failure, so it didn't even last 3 months. And as I mentioned in my previous blog post, the Elite was the last chance for MS as far as I was concerned.
So I took my Elite back to the store today & got my $516 back & traded in my 360 games & accessories to the tune of around $600 & sunk all the money into PS3 titles & upcoming PS3 titles, (and a few select PC titles as well). It's a shame too, because I really did want to play Halo3 & Mass Effect, (I'll play Bioshock on my PC), but it isn't going to happen now.
You might think I'm crazy, especially considering that MS just recently extended the warranty to 3 years to cover hardware failures, but I simply couldn't continue to play this game. 4 systems dying in less than 2 years due to a design flaw is a kick in the teeth & the only acceptable resolution would be for MS to do a recall on the system & not release another 360 into retail without a complete redesign. But since they have chosen to try & take the easy way out, (yeah, it's costing them a lot to extend the warranties, but nowhere near what it would cost them to do a recall & redesign), then they simply will not get another gaming dollar from me.
I'm totally happy with my PS3, I'm totally happy with the upcoming lineup of games & I have a buff PC to play on as well, so in the end, I feel much better about myself knowing that I'm not throwing any more money at a company who has screwed so many over. Not only did MS prematurely stop supporting the original XBOX, they then, (in their haste to be first to market with a "next-gen" console), make a faulty product & refuse to take the appropriate measures to rectify it.
I'm happy for anyone who hasn't had issues with their 360, I hope it continues to run like a champ for you. But knowing what we all know now about the design flaws that are present in every 360 out there, chances are it's really only a matter of time before you feel the sting as well. I'm sure most wouldn't go as far as I am & walk away from the console altogether, but it's the only thing that I can personally do to show how dissatisfied & fed up I am with MS. They lost one hell of a customer today, (I spent over $7000 on videogames/videogame related items last year).
Now, back to my PS3. It might not have the library that the 360 has right now, (but the next few months leading up to holiday are looking awesome),but at least I know it will work when I turn it on. What good are all those great games on the 360 when you don't have a system to play it on?