I think people are forgetting that Microsoft held off for nearly an entire year before admitting that the RROD problem existed on a grand scale, and not until there was a rather sizable class-action lawsuit forming. Microsoft released several statements that the hardware failures were "well within" industry standards and that the problem only affected a handful of users.RobCoxxy said:Ewwww. Sony SHOULD be paying for their busted consoles. As I recall, Microsoft did. Sheesh. I totally support these guys in their lawsuit.
Since any large business has an entrenched bureaucracy that must be penetrated before mass decisions can take effect, the simple fact is that Sony cannot, at the drop of a hat, declare that the repairs will be free on affected consoles. When they are able to make such an announcement, it is likely that customers who went through with repairs before that point will be reimbursed, similarly to what happened with 360 users.
Right now we have a situation where we know that only a handful of users are affected (compared to the total PS3 owners), and this lawsuit has formed within a couple weeks of the firmware update, after an initial fix was already rendered.
So, why is this lawsuit launching so swiftly, when compared to the 8-10 months it took for a class-action lawsuit to form against Microsoft -- a much richer, domestic company -- for the RROD -- which affected a far greater number of users? I would suspect that it's similar to the unknown companies that were launching patent lawsuits against Nintendo and Sony (but not Microsoft), where it was found out that those unknown companies -- with their obscure patents -- had been acquired by Microsoft for seemingly the sole purpose of tying their rivals up in said lawsuits.
Despite the rapid influx of new information that the internet allows us, it seems as if most people have a selective or otherwise short memory for things that have happened in recent history.