Checkpoint: KDS-50A2000 Yellow Stain Edition

posted in: Editorials & Features | 2

checkpoint-kds-50a2000-yellow-stain-edition

Update #6:

It’s December 8th, 2009 and the replacement KDL-52V5100 LCD HDTV has arrived!

Update #5:

I received a call from the delivery company today, December 1st, 2009. Good news! The replacement will be delivered on December 8th, 2009! The saga is drawing to a close!

Update #4:

I just noticed that Sony Customer Support charged my credit card for HDTV replacement on November 25th, 2009.

Update #3:

I received a Canada Post delivery notice on November 18th, 2009. I had no idea what it was. I thought it had something to do with my indeterminate employee status for work. I went to pick it up the letter and to my surprise, it was Sony’s offer letter.

Sony is offering a KDL-52V5100 as replacement for just under $400. That’s a pretty damn good offer in my opinion. In exchange for this offer, I absolve Sony of any issues concerning the KDS-50A2000 and its yellow stain issue. In other words: Sony is offering this a settlement of sorts and wiping their hands clean of it all. I think I’m going to take it.

I was considering calling them back and negotiate an upgrade to the KDL-52Z5100, but that would mean calling them, talking and a whole myriad of potential problems. And it’s not like this HDTV they’re offering is terrible. It reviewed well, it’s a 120 Hz display and it will cost me $400! That’s the complete opposite of what I was expecting. I was expecting them to knock $400 off the price tag!

Needless to say, but I’m pretty stoked about this offer. As soon as I sign and fax in the documents, they will deliver it within 14 business days. (Free of charge, of course) Now I just need to figure what the hell I’m going to do with this yellow piece of junk. It still works, just not very accurately. Hmm…

And I need a new HDTV stand as well.

Read More

Checkpoint: Damn The Xbox 360 Edition

posted in: Editorials & Features | 0

checkpoint-damn-xbox-360-edition

After my experience with the Xbox 360 data transfer kit from eBay, I was able to borrow a 256 MB memory unit from a friend and forgo the transfer kit nonsense altogether.  With the memory unit in hand, I transferred my licenses, save data and gamer profile with relative ease.

With my 60GB Xbox 360 finally set up, I focussed on my older 20GB and wiping it clean for selling purposes. I cleared the Xbox 360 of all my data and restored the system settings to the factory default. But as I tried to eject the disc tray, I was reminded of the shoddy quality of early Xbox 360 hardware. My disc tray would not eject. I can get it to eject with the help of a paper clip and the emergency eject button, but that’s not how it should work. And I don’t expect anyone to put up with this compromise either.

So I can’t sell my Xbox 360. So what should I do with it? I was thinking of modifying it out of spite and perhaps put it in the living room as a media client. It does have an IR port so my Logitech Harmony 880 will recognize it. It could also serve as an XBLA box for disc-less gaming. I don’t what I’ll end up doing with it, but I’m certain that I will not be selling this.

Damn you, Microsoft and your shoddy Xbox 360.

P.S – For the curious, I just noticed Sony charged me for my replacement HDTV. I’m guessing I should be getting a call any day now.

FYI: More 360 Woes Covered, Wii Motion+ Dated & More

posted in: Game News | 0

Announcements

  • Microsoft Includes E74 Failures Extended Warranty (via Microsoft KB)
  • Killzone 2 ‘Steel and Titanium’ Map Pack Dated For April 30th, 2009 (via PlayStation.Blog)
  • Wii MotionPlus & Wii Sports Resort Dated (via Press Release)
    • Wii MotionPlus accessory dated for June 8th, 2009 for $19.99 USD
    • Wii Sports Resort w/ Wii MotionPlus bundle dated for July 26th, 2009 for $49.99 USD
  • Konami Announces Six Days in Fallujah for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 & Windows PC (via Press Release below)
  • Patapon 2 to be digitally distributed? Sony unofficially says “Yes”. (via ArsTechnica)

Read More