Launch PS4s may be poor quality, assembled by student "interns" (link inside)

#1ComfortablySadPosted 10/9/2013 2:18:35 PM
http://www.gamesinasia.com/report-foxconn-using-forced-student-labor-to-build-sonys-ps4/

"According to Hong Kong’s Oriental Daily, thousands of students from an IT engineering program at the Xi’an Institute of Technology are being forced to work at Foxconn’s Yantai plant assembling the Sony Playstation 4. Students have been told if they refuse to participate, they lose six course credits, which effectively means they will not be able to graduate.

Officially, the program is considered an “internship” and it is publicly recognized and promoted by the school. But students have said that once they got to Foxconn, they were assigned to jobs that had no relation whatsoever to their fields of study, including grunt work like distribution and shipping. One student, for example, majored in finance and accounting but has been assigned to a job that entails glueing together parts of Sony’s Playstation 4. Another was assigned to a job that entails peeling of the PS4′s protective plastic and putting stickers on it. Still another, a computer science major, puts the PS4′s various cords and the instruction manual into the console’s box. Moreover, students say that their working hours are exactly the same as regular workers. The only difference is that unlike the workers, the students aren’t being paid."


TL;DR

To meet the launch date PS4s are being assembled by random students with zero experience who also aren't getting paid.
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#2SilentS89Posted 10/9/2013 2:23:02 PM
http://www.geek.com/games/foxconn-is-already-assembling-the-new-xbox-for-microsoft-1555877

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#3takidigits2005Posted 10/9/2013 2:26:30 PM
So I'll buy an extended warranty on my new console. If anything goes wrong with it, it's covered. Usually the console maker and the retail stores both offer some sort of extended warranty.
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#4KabtheMentatPosted 10/9/2013 2:27:17 PM
Uh, just so you know, if it's assembled in China...it's already poor quality.
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#5AwesomePosted 10/9/2013 2:27:56 PM
From: KabtheMentat | #004
Uh, just so you know, if it's assembled in China...it's already poor quality.


no that's not true
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#6RafedxPosted 10/9/2013 2:29:30 PM
takidigits2005 posted...
So I'll buy an extended warranty on my new console. If anything goes wrong with it, it's covered. Usually the console maker and the retail stores both offer some sort of extended warranty.


People should be taking the extended warranty on a launch console to begin with. PS2, PS3, Xbox and 360 all had issues for different reasons so I don't see how the PS4 would stop that trend.
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#7uptown710Posted 10/9/2013 2:32:17 PM
From what I can tell they aren't really handling the internals for the machine, so I'd rest easy.
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#8takidigits2005Posted 10/9/2013 2:34:40 PM
Rafedx posted...
takidigits2005 posted...
So I'll buy an extended warranty on my new console. If anything goes wrong with it, it's covered. Usually the console maker and the retail stores both offer some sort of extended warranty.


People should be taking the extended warranty on a launch console to begin with. PS2, PS3, Xbox and 360 all had issues for different reasons so I don't see how the PS4 would stop that trend.


One of the things I loved about my 360 is that I bought my extended warranty through Microsoft. As soon as the warranty period expired, they would let me renew it (for a price, obviously), and I could renew it as many times as I wanted to. I hope stores and console manufacturers do something similar this time around.
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#9KabtheMentatPosted 10/9/2013 2:37:58 PM(edited)
uptown710 posted...
From what I can tell they aren't really handling the internals for the machine, so I'd rest easy.


I like how this is what you're worried about, but not the fact that this Chinese "college" is blatantly using slave labor. I'll bet you large amounts of money that the school gets a big ass check from Foxconn and/or the Chinese government for this.
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#10KabtheMentatPosted 10/9/2013 2:37:26 PM
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