Why were systems made better 10-15-20 years ago?

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User Info: Video_Game_Czar

Video_Game_Czar
3 years ago#1
Sega Saturn
Dreamcast
3DO
Playstation
XBox
Gamecube
Playstation 2 [Still, No where as good as the GC/XBox in terms of build quality]



We've all heard about the Playstation 4 and XBox One.

Do we need to even talking the XBox 360 and to a lesser extent the PS3 - The damn thing still isn't going to last any hardcore gamer [Someone plays more then 15-20 hours a week] more then 10 years so it isn't much better. I've went through two already.


I mainly think of the Gamecube and XBox...They were built to last. The XBox being easily one of the best video game consoles I've ever owned. Can't tell you how many music CD I ripped to that HDD and still didn't fill it up.


So whats the deal? Really?
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User Info: Valimer

Valimer
3 years ago#2
Video_Game_Czar posted...
Sega Saturn
Dreamcast
3DO
Playstation
XBox
Gamecube
Playstation 2 [Still, No where as good as the GC/XBox in terms of build quality]



We've all heard about the Playstation 4 and XBox One.

Do we need to even talking the XBox 360 and to a lesser extent the PS3 - The damn thing still isn't going to last any hardcore gamer [Someone plays more then 15-20 hours a week] more then 10 years so it isn't much better. I've went through two already.


I mainly think of the Gamecube and XBox...They were built to last. The XBox being easily one of the best video game consoles I've ever owned. Can't tell you how many music CD I ripped to that HDD and still didn't fill it up.


So whats the deal? Really?


The deal is that technology is more complicated than it was 15-20 years ago. That being said, I've personally owned enough systems long enough that most eventually break.
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User Info: Kovalchuk_

Kovalchuk_
3 years ago#3
Money is the answer to pretty much every question in the world.

It's cheaper to make a cheap console.
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User Info: NateRose89

NateRose89
3 years ago#4
Both wrong. Internet wasn't as prevalent. Wide spread troll reports or wide spread actual malfunctions are on the internet for the world to see instantly.

Plenty of people still had dodgy SNES, 64s, Saturns etc.
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User Info: GnarKills

GnarKills
3 years ago#5
NateRose89 posted...
Both wrong. Internet wasn't as prevalent. Wide spread troll reports or wide spread actual malfunctions are on the internet for the world to see instantly.

Plenty of people still had dodgy SNES, 64s, Saturns etc.


I had my N64 stop working out of nowhere after about a year of owning it. PS2 stopped reading any disc's. That's actually the turn of events that brought me to by an Xbox with Halo 2. Never had an issue with that. I've owned several 360's with only 1 RROD which was a launch model. Wrapped in towel and immediately traded in to Gamestop for the Halo LE console. Then got the MW3 console and traded the Halo one toward my now Xbox One.
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User Info: Skurv7

Skurv7
3 years ago#6
GnarKills posted...
NateRose89 posted...
Both wrong. Internet wasn't as prevalent. Wide spread troll reports or wide spread actual malfunctions are on the internet for the world to see instantly.

Plenty of people still had dodgy SNES, 64s, Saturns etc.


I had my N64 stop working out of nowhere after about a year of owning it. PS2 stopped reading any disc's. That's actually the turn of events that brought me to by an Xbox with Halo 2. Never had an issue with that. I've owned several 360's with only 1 RROD which was a launch model. Wrapped in towel and immediately traded in to Gamestop for the Halo LE console. Then got the MW3 console and traded the Halo one toward my now Xbox One.


I remember the dreaded PS2 quits reading the blue discs...then just goes kaput all together lol...nevar forgat

User Info: kakarot-uchiha

kakarot-uchiha
3 years ago#7
my nes genesis snes and n64 all still work to this day. my dreamcast died, and my ps1 kind of works but as soon as i put a disk in i have to quickly turn it upside down. it doesent work every time tho, i conider it brain dead. i dont know if they were made better but it'd be sweet to get that life out of current ones.

User Info: MementoMori77

MementoMori77
3 years ago#8
Planned obsolescence is surely a factor. I think manufacturers have been doing that for well over 20 years now though. Go back 40 - 50 years though, and stuff was made to last a lifetime. There are kitchen appliances that old that are still kicking, for example.

User Info: BrownGotti

BrownGotti
3 years ago#9
All of those consoles had issues, but the Internet wasn't as available as it is now especially with social media. So now when someone has an issue, the whole world knows about it.

User Info: PutHaggarInSF

PutHaggarInSF
3 years ago#10
Discs/moving parts is when I started to notice problems.
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