Reports about a significant hardware failure rate of the newly released 40GB model of the PlayStation3 seem to have been overstated, it appears. Dutch gaming news site Gamed.nl originally reported that Belgium online retailer Game Mania had 40 percent of all 40 GB models returned.
Gamed.nl later updated the story and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe commented on the rumours:
Since launching the 40GB PS3, we have experienced a fantastic jump in sales and the failure rates have remained at the very low level that we not only strive for, but have been achieving since the launch of PS3.
As I said above, it appears that the case has been overstated. But since it is early days yet, I am waiting to hear from other retailers.
Sources: Gamed.nl (via Google cache), Gamed.nl
Thanks to: QJ