It is something that it not only was released sooner but was also less expensive to produce and yet still held its own. From a performance perspective, that's all that anyone could have hoped for. Mine was great, I did have one RRoD, but still a great console.I already know this. I do appreciate your input. But the reality is I still think the system was designed pretty darn well considering it was released a year earlier than the competition and outperformed it. But what you're saying is something to consider. That's why I'm asking for everyone's opinions.