I never had a single problem with my Saturn and I played it a lot, quite a bit more than the Playstation, actually.
The only problems I've ever had with earlier systems were power cord issues. I remember my Sega Genesis had a short in the power cord and I had to replace it. The console itself was reliable.
No problems with the few Atari 2600s I owned either. Just the usual controllers wearing out. The console itself was a tank.
I finally souped up a Colecovision via Old School Gamer (see my links) but while the picture is sharp, I still have occasional issues.
ol King Cole?
Here you are snapping at others for errors, and you make a doozy!
Another unmarried marriage counseler!
(Please I'm just yanking yor chane!)
I LOVE COLECOVISION. Not to mention COLLIEVISION for Collie dogs!
And COLLEGEVISION for...
My 1982 CV lasted 3 years just fine. Three used CVs worked fine and my ADAM COMPUTER STILL WORKS FLAWLESSLY.
The problem is you guys are too lazy to unplug the adaptor! The CV comes with a GIANT, twelve pound brick adaptor that will either burn out or fry the unit if left plugged in!
Old AC adaptors get very hot when left plugged in 24/7 and will burn out or catch fire! Every old game system manual says
"Please unplug the power supply when the system is not in use."
We no longer do that, but for pre-NES systems it is a must!
DONT BE A SLUG/ UNPLUG!
As for handhelds, my SP has been a tank while I lost a Dingoo in a short drop. That SP is made from pink Nintendium, I guess.
Is the general opinion that the Dreamcast had serious issues? Hows about the modern consoles and handhelds? How about things like DS and 3DS screen scratches or failing touchscreen or other controls?[/QUOTE]
Dreamcast quality varies considerably base on which hardware revision you have. Rev 0, the launch version, had metal components inside, such as moldings and fan casings, that served as heat sinks. These parts in all subsequent revisions were made of plastic.
My vote for most unreliable console is a three-way tie: launch ps1, launch ps2, and launch ps3. All three had disk drives seriously prone to failure. For some reason, Sony doesn't seem to learn from their mistakes.
I have to agree on the Dreamcast, reliability was not it's strong point, mine only lasted for a year and a half before calling it quits. Compare that with my Core model Xbox 360 which lasted me for a good three years(and probably would've lasted longer had I not been stupid enough to keep it in an enclosed space for so long which caused it to overheat).
I've heard the Jaguar CD's are also extremely unreliable, AVGN bought two defective models before finally getting one that worked. Dr. Insano was a bit luckier, but said there were at least five different ways that the console could fail(I.E. if the memory track cartridge isn't perfectly set, if the CD case closes too tight and damages the laser).
I'm on my 4th PS2, 2nd PS3 and the early model 360's are infamous for reliability issues.
In contrast I've still got my original Saturn and that's had hours of use, my Sega Multi-Mega still functions fine and I think the Master System 2 is indestructible.