Unfortunately he's wrong.
The original 3DO was a horrible piece of junk, with a failure rate beaten by few consoles before or since. For a while, we wouldn't even take them in trade at my store 'cause they'd die all the time and we'd be stuck with doorstops. They were the Xbox 360 of the 32-bit age. Everyone knew someone whose 3DO had died. The second-gen FZ-10 model was far more reliable (but still played the same old shitty 3DO games, and came with a controller best described as rubbish.
Modern consoles are still pretty bulletproof, if you don't consider the staggering failure rate of the 360. I've never heard of a PS3 dying, though I'm sure they do. The Wii, the GameCube, the Dreamcast - all basically indestructible. The 3DO doesn't even compare. In fact, of all the mainstream systems, it's probably #3 for being most failure-prone (360 and SegaCD being #1 and 2 respectively).
That Kendrick found one that still works is the exception, not the rule, and there's every chance it still works 'cause the original owner never played it. =)