There was something seriously wrong with the first one - it would not even display in the correct res - this new one seems quicker at loading games and there is hardly any noise when it spins the discs up.
When taking the original back to Sainsburys they kept me waiting for 25 mins to see if they could find a replacement - in the end I said not to bother and to give me a refund. They refused to start with but then I started making a real fuss walking around the store asking to speak to the manager and asking customers if they feel that making someone wait for 25 mins was 'ok' in their opinion......
As usual the lack of any customer service in this country is ripe - although the original lady who helped me I felt sorry for as she must have called out for assistance over 25 times and still no one came. She kept apologizing but I insisted that this was not her fault and it was the overall lack of CS support in the store. A letter will be sent to their head office.
The one thing that does get me is the size of some of the game updates. Take for example when I got GT5, I only had a 0.5mb net connection and it took nearly all day to update the firmware, then download over 800mb of game updates. Now that I'm on a faster connection it doesn't matter that much now that large updates only take around 20-30mins to download unlike the time it took before
The only issue I have with my PS3 is older games. You get a cheap game off eBay or second hand in a shop etc... and then when you get home there's like 1.5GB of updates top download. I don't mind though because once everything is up to date then you generally don't have to download many updates for a whiole. When you do download, they're usually quite small.
Sounds like you've had some bad luck. I bought a PS3 to play GT5 and have since bought a few more games for it. I would say I'm a pretty hardcore PC gamer at heart and have been fairly impressed with the games. Got the PS Move thingy and it's a great laugh, love the table tennis and the gladiator game.
There are always updates for all sorts of things, I find it strange that you are a bit peeved with it doing them being an IT person!! It makes me wonder why there are updates for the xbox?!
I got a copy of LBP at the weekend and was playing it with the missus, hilarious fun and very random too. Pretty sure it's the Fry doing the voice over too :P
because its a console its supposed to be shove disk in play not wait ages for system/game updates as to the 360 i dont ever remember having to download the sheer mbs of stuff just to play a game isnt gt5 several hundred mb?
This may be of interest. Last year 2 friends had faulty consoles, one xbox360 the other PS3. They both phoned to get them sent back. Microsoft phoned back and said that as it was so near to Christmas and the user would probably be getting games on christmas day that they would pay to have the unit picked by a courier and shipped to Germany and shipped back as its own consignment, without waiting for a bunch to be sent together. The xbox360 was back before Christmas. PS3 was back in January.
The updates you need when you first turn the console on are the longest. After that its pretty much 1 system update every few months that takes maybe 15min to download/install. Depending on your games you might get updates for them too, but they vary...
I prefer PS3 over xbox, simply because the ps3 does a whole lot more than play games. I had a launch model 60gb which I had no issues with untill March, when after marathon sessions of Assasins Creed and Demon Souls it started overheating, and eventully the solder on the motherboard melted...
Just replaced it last month with a new Slim model, and very pleased with it :) Seems to run quieter and syncs with my telly aswell!
I love my PS3, it has been great, and I'm a PC gamer by and large. It's our main DVD player, occasional Blu-Ray gets stuck in it too. Being a slimline, it's quiet, fairly cool running and has been reliable. For FPS I'd still rather have my PC though, and I have a Wii almost purely for Mario Kart.