The myth of the Sony 'kill switch'

"For nearly 20 years Sony in Japan has been plagued by the myth of the "Sony Timer" – but is there really a kill-switch that destroys your device just after its warranty runs out? Many Japanese genuinely believe that there is."

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Pennywise2770d ago

Kind of like the 360's kill switch... The "ON" button.

Hellsvacancy2770d ago

lol, sorry, i should change it 2 caps - LOL

LiViNgLeGaCY2770d ago

Ya know, usually I'm against fanboy like comments such as that. But that really made me laugh out loud.

Obama2770d ago

It's funny because it's true.

AngryTypingGuy2770d ago

You know what else is funny cuz it's true? The Democrats are going to get their asses handed to them when the mid term elections come around.

I can honestly say that I've never heard this rumor before, and the Bravia HDTV thing is one hell of a coincidence.

Bodyboarder_VGamer2769d ago (Edited 2769d ago )


damn clever!

Shane Kim2769d ago

LOL that was brilliant Penny :D

Wrathman2769d ago

i think there is some truth in this.but not just with sony.

my friends samsung tv.3 yr warranty.1 month after that ran out..BANG
my xbox..originally 12 months warranty..13months in...BANG.
my friends ps3.2 years old..but had extended warranry.BANG BUT extends warrranty by 90 days..that runs out..BANG.

but its no coincidence that manufacturers put x-length of warranty on them.and when they run out the product is set to fail anytime after that.they test them and based on their tests they set the warranty.surely.

i mean if you get a warranty with a candle..the maker of the candle would have timed how long it takes the candle to completely burn out.candle takes 9 hours to burn they give 8 hour warranty.bad example but im sure you guys get the message.

it aint just sony.its panasonic,toshiba,acer,lg,epso n,fujitsu,nokia etc etc.

dredgewalker2769d ago

Damn i have just gone through fanboy rehab but that was funny. Still i don't believe there is such a thing and if there was wouldn't someone already have found out about it considering how many modders and hackers out there wanting to have a crack at a big corporation.

4point7BillionLoss2769d ago

Sony on the other hand build their hardware to fail the day after warranty expires ...

Stupid droids .... failing their teeth since ...well since forever ...

AnotherGamerUser2769d ago

On my crapbox this morning. Its already boiling hot after just 5 minutes of use and that's not even playing a game... You can't connect to xbox live and retrieve data. The system is a joke! Good thing I ordered that wii!

FFXI1012769d ago

Right, you think that's called "Manned Up" I think that's because they have no choice, they don't wanna get sued by millions of their consumers.

Back to the topic, a myth is just a myth. If that was true like dredgewalker said, someone would already found out consider how long SONY's been in the business. Besides, I'll take myth over 360's guaranteed death/RROD.

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NeutralGamer2770d ago (Edited 2770d ago )

Looks like noone gonna approve this one :(
Apparently I offended alot PS3 users (got alot of reports on it)
Just saw it at Engadget and thought it could be interesting, since alot us own sony devices (I own 4 sony gaming devices: Ps2,PS, PSP Go, PSX and a Sony TV) :I

The reports claim I took a PS3 picture to offend, but I didnt!
I just took the picture from the article and

EDIT: Anyway changed categories and picture to please fanboys... Hope I did'nt offend anyone and that it can be approved now...

And to all the reports: I mean come on? Reporting "fake" on this one? Its actually a good and interesting article.

randomwiz2770d ago (Edited 2770d ago )

"It was the recall of more than 4.1 million Dell laptops containing faulty Sony batteries in 2006 that jump-started a rumour "

Did you know Toyota recalled millions of vehicles because the accelerator could get stuck? I guess that had a kill switch too.

Megaton2770d ago (Edited 2770d ago )

I used to think that about the PS2 phat back when mine broke. It stopped reading discs exactly one year to the day after purchase, and at least 20 other people I knew with original PS2's had theirs end up the same way, all around the one year mark.

That was one of the reasons why I waited 2 years to get a PS3, which also broke 3 days shy of the one year mark due to YLOD.

/tin foil hat

S M N2770d ago

mine broke just a week after the warranty expired even though i didn't turn it on ever

Saaking2770d ago (Edited 2770d ago )

lol, this is just a myth. If it were true, someone would have already found out and sued Sony for all they're worth.

002770d ago

they have some kind of alien technology that is vastly superior to are own, testing it out, waiting to take over the world, when your devices strangle you in your sleep don't say I didn't warn you.

MAR-TYR-DOM2770d ago

This is possibly one of the dumbest things i've ever heard, a company wouldn't be that cold hearted to do something so evil like that.

Anyways, my 60gb ps3 broke 1 1/2 years after i bought it, repair cost was 170$ CAD but i wrote a genuine letter to sony and got mine fixed for free.
If you guys have broken ps3 just write a letter, saying you've supported the sony brand your whole life, you have ps1 - ps3, sony walkman, and tv's. Thats what i did and i got mine fixed for free. Its worth a try guys, you have nothing to lose.

Elven62770d ago

lol, it even has a Wiki entry.

It would be pretty hard to hide a "kill switch" especially in this day and age where people would hack just about anything, including you watch! Funny Urban Legend, but I think that is all.

Traveler2770d ago

My Playstation 2 died around a year after I got it, but I don't put any stock into the idea that Sony builds them to break after a certain amount of time. Some of my friends had their PS2s die on them after 2 years, some after 3 years, and so on, but some also never had them die at all, so there is obviously no timer. I think certain components just give out after awhile.

Eddie201012770d ago (Edited 2770d ago )

I have been gaming for more than 20 years and I have heard no such bull as the Japanese thinking there is a kill switch in the Playstation consoles. Playstation consoles haven't even been around for 20 years.

As for the battery problem, there have been many recalls by many companies and I doubt the Sony battery recall was the biggest recall ever. Sony makes many products so a recall was sure to happen eventually and it was only a small blip in strong reliability Sony product normally have.

I have owned all of the the Playstation consoles from PS1 to PSP and only Problem I had was with the PS1 and that was within a month of buying it. I have known many people who have owned and still own Playstation consoles and i can honestly say that none of them have ever mentioned having problems with there consoles.

If there was really a kill switch problem going on and the Japanese really thought there was, would it have really taken twenty years for someone to right an article telling everyone this.

Come on people, everyone has to know this is bull sheitt.

RememberThe3572770d ago

They can already see how it is affecting their image. Why would they risk the PR problems and slump in hardware sales. It would defeat the purpose.

My father had his Sony big screen tv for 10 years. When the tubes when out he just upgraded to another Sony big screen. I've been around Sony products all my life and the only problem that I can remember was a problem with my outputs on my PS2. Sent it to them and had it back in a week. It coast something like 20 buck to fix.

poindat2770d ago (Edited 2770d ago )

My launch PS2 is still running like the day I bought it, as is my launch 60GB PS3 and 2 Sony televisions.

All is well in Sony land, for me at least.

A kill switch though? Just the thought of somebody believing that makes me laugh.

presto7172770d ago

Preposterous propaganda.

LukaX232770d ago

Ya, there are also programs that track what you purchased which extend the lifetime of your Sony product. Depending on how expensive it is and how profitable is to Sony, the software automatically extends the lifetime of the product. /extreme sarcasm

Guys, come on... >.>

SaberEdge2770d ago

I had a Sony upconverting DVD player that died after only 7 months, but I also have a Sony Trinitron direct view HDTV that has been going strong for about 5 years. It just depends on the product. I would classify this in the urban myth category.

FACTUAL evidence2770d ago

since 2002. Sh!7 stills work...but dying because of dust. Only problem i had was around 09'. Dust is killing mah baby slowly...

badz1492770d ago

media is trying to smack sony with a myth now? seriously, how low can this go?? I had my 60GB YLoD after 26 month of use! so...this article is trying to tell me that's a 'kill switch' activated kinda thing? and then I fixed it myself for free and that means I've reset the so called 'kill switch'? like....REALLY? dumb article is DUMB!

FarEastOrient2770d ago

Well that's interesting, my PS2 is still running after 9 years of game playing...

Bloodraid2770d ago

Why would people even suspect Sony of doing this?

They lose money on each PS3 they sell, why would they want one person to buy multiples of them? It's a stupid 'legend' and anyone who believes it's true is a fool.

wicked2769d ago (Edited 2769d ago )

@1.16 - Yes, but if you pay to get it repaired then it's still same PS3 but Sony has made another £125 out of you to get it repaired!

WeaseL2769d ago

I think MS have a defective kill switch in the 360 made by the IE team.