“Sony dislikes the term ‘the yellow light of death’, since it implies a single fault is afflicting all consoles,” said the corporation.
“It says the flashing yellow light is a ‘non-specific fault indicator that can be triggered in a range of different circumstances.’ Sony adds that the yellow light could indicate a problem caused by ‘any one of a range of issues that may inevitably affect any complex item of consumer electronics’.
“So if there isn’t one single thing that’s causing thousands of machines to stop working, why does it appear that one single repair appears to get them working again?”
Watchdog made a frankly laughable effort at highlighting the issue in a show last night. It claims more than 150 viewers have been in touch about the problem, which appears to largely affect the 60Gb launch machine.
Maguire said yesterday that “fewer than one half of one percent of units have been reported as failing in circumstances where the yellow indicator is illuminated.” To date, around 2.5 million PS3s have been sold in the UK.