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Sony battery recall total climbs to 7.7 million

The Sony battery recalls continue as Sharp is joining the fray by recalling 28,000 batteries while Fujitsu has recalled an additional 51,000 batteries. Fujitsu had already announced last week that it would recall 287,000 units.

These latest recalls bring the total tally to 7.7 million units. Sony recently instituted the Global Replacement Program for its batteries. The program is designed to help manufacturers with logistics in receiving faulty batteries from customers and delivering new replacements.

Replacements for lithium-ion battery technology are in development, but it may be quite some time before see it replaced in the notebook market. Fuel cell technology is showing some promise and Toshiba has been showing off fuel cell prototypes in its notebooks. Toshiba has been able to see runtimes of about 10 hours with its current fuel cell stacks, but there are still issues with size, pricing and logistics in delivering fuel cells to customers.

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RE: Bleak future?
By Exodus220 on 10/15/2006 5:49:10 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know how you are connecting this to the PS3. I am confident the PS3 will do well just as the past two generations of Sony machines have done. Sure it may be expensive but so were the other two machines when they came out. However, this by no means indicates that Sony will have any problems with their PS3. Sony will have no problem catching up with Microsoft and their 360 because they are not even that far ahead. Heck, the PS2 still outsells the X360, so I do not know why you would think Sony is going to stress too much about defeating Microsoft again.

RE: Bleak future?
By Xavian on 10/15/2006 6:57:14 PM , Rating: 2
The PS3 is in trouble, its launching at a higher price than the Xbox 360 at launch, has a non-needed Blu-ray drive and is launching into full competition (With the PS2, the gamecube and xbox came much later, thus there was virtually no competition for a long time).

The PS3 has far more signifcant challenges to overcome this time round and i honestly doubt its going to be anywhere close to the same success as the PS2.

RE: Bleak future?
By ViperROhb34 on 10/15/2006 10:46:46 PM , Rating: 2
PS2 does well for one reason.. its 120 dollars.. people like cheap consoles with lots of games.. The PS2 went from being 299 5yrs ago to the 120 now..

The avg consumer will NEVER go for the PS3's price point.
I make more then the avg consumer and I doubt I will buy one.

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