November 16, 2006 - As with any game system launch, once the honeymoon in enjoying all the sexy new games and delectable hardware facets has run its course, the problems begin to arise. Whether it's the PS1's flip-it-to-play-it overheating issue, the Xbox 360's Red Circle o' Death, or the PSP and Nintendo DS's burnt pixels, hardware manufacturing oversights or technical blunders will often mean that some people will not be happy with their new systems.
Sony Computer Entertainment's PlayStation 3 is not coming through its own launch all roses either. All but one reported problems are rare technical glitches (most are isolated incidents with either specific owners' PS3s or else odd incompatibilities with certain display units), with few fatal errors being reported by Japanese owners in the few days since the system's release. (Of course, with a launch of less than 100,000 systems and a reported abundance of system flippers buying their PS3s to resell to desperate buyers, it's difficult to know how many problems we'd expect to see at this point.) The PS3's one severe issue is its lack of upscaling -- already a nagging issue for those who had been looking forward to enhanced PS1, PS2 and DVD playback, but now seen as a bigger issue for those who do not have 720p-capable HDTVs -- and we have an update on Page 2 of this article about what those affected by the issue will and will not be able to do with their systems.