Recently, C-Net conducted a study in the UK regarding the reliability of the three major consoles: The Xbox 360, the PS3 and the Wii. The Xbox 360 was easily the most notorious, which is something we already knew – but the actual numbers may shock you. Of their study group which included Xbox 360 owners who bought their machines at the beginning of 2008, 60% of them have broken down. The PS3 was significantly less problematic, sitting at around a 16% failure rate, and the Wii, predictably, had the best all-round track record at 6%.

Following the survey is an extensive breakdown of other console problems – mostly 360-related. If you’re really interested in it, check it out here.

As always, it's the little guy that's the toughest.

As always, it's the little guy that's the toughest.

My Xbox 360 is still working fine and I bought it in about August 2007, I think. Mind you, it doesn’t see quite as much action as my PS3, and I’m sure that has everything to do with it. My PS3, on the other hand – I had a 60GB model, which worked fine until well after the warranty expired, at which point the Bluray drive started to become dickey. I managed to get this sorted out by a small repair shop (it took the guy 3 tries, but he got it right eventually), and it worked fine for another year until, one day, it went fffzzzzzt! and switched off, never to power on again (had to open it up myself to rescue my Oblivion: Game of the Year Edition from it, because I’d be damned if I was gonna let the local guys send it around the world with my disc in it). I have a PS3 Slim now, and hopefully that will continue to run like clockwork. Anyone else have perspective-inducing experience to share?

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