I got only one PS2, and it never failed on me. How do you handle your consoles?
@OP: I got an X-Box when Shenmue 2 came out, and I got to try Halo that came with, and I got into Fable. But it eventually started to amass dust.
Really, the Dreamcast remained the console I spent the most money on prior to the advent of digital editions. Which, considering the very short life of the console, is saying a lot.
I mentioned going through three PS2s on Facebook (and two PS1s) and people actually blamed me. Some people are lucky I guess or didn't use their consoles as much as I did. I think I had over 100 PS1 games and close to 200 PS2 games. The consoles just weren't well made. That's one of the reasons I switched to Xbox 360 before getting a PS3 several months later. I didn't want to spend $600 on a console from a company that had a history of defective consoles.
That didn't go well. One year later, my Xbox got the RRoD!
Seven seems like a bit much but I take excellent care of my hardware and it still broke. My nephew was one of the few that got a launch PS2 but the fan didn't work right out of the box. We would get one round of Tekken Tag in before it overheated! He wound up sending it back in for repairs.
Maybe later models were more reliable.