Do You Love Your PS3?


How Many of you Love your PS3? Have you ever bothered to read the instruction manual? Did you know there is a maintenance page for up-keep on you shiny black beauty? Well, it just so happens that I have recently found out, by talking to many people, that nobody reads the manual anymore. I remember the first time I opened my NES (Showing my age) and ripped through the box, going directly for the manual. I didn’t want to miss a thing about my new-found toy. These days, it seems that piece of paper that says “User Manual” tends to stay in its clear plastic wrapping, never to be opened. Well, fear not because I have, indeed, read the manual and am here to point out something many have seemed to over look.

Let us have a look at what keep our PlayStation 3 nice and cool, the vents. As you can see, by this masterfully done picture, the cold air is pulled in the front and side and exhausted out the rear. Going to get real technical here, so watch out. The Blue arrows represent the cold air, still with me? The red arrows the hot air. What happens when these get clogged with dust? Your PS3 feels neglected :( The user manual states to use a low power vacuum on the vents pictured above to keep your air flow efficient. So if you love your PS3 why not show it some love and vacuum it. I’m curious as to how many of you actually do this monthly?


Written by: Jason - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Angel on April 5th, 2011

    LMAO Yeah, I don’t. And I know mine is in desperate need of being vacuumed. Guess that will be on my laundry list of things to do this week!

  2. #2 by Dean147 on April 5th, 2011 [ 359 Points ]

    Yep, I’ve been cleaning and vacuuming my PS3 monthly ever since I got it. I didn’t read it in the manual though, just thought it would help.

  3. #3 by DJ Paul on April 5th, 2011

    Lol good one
    You got a pic of the Slim

  4. #4 by Ceidz on April 5th, 2011

    Loved the picture !
    Thanks for the heads up anyway :)

  5. #5 by Jcmdaddy on April 5th, 2011 [ 64797 Points ]

    I usually just take a can if air and blast it.

  6. #6 by Ravenitrius on April 5th, 2011 [ 1275 Points ]

    I do what jcmdaddy does haha. Can of air… and then i use a microfiber to uhhh wipe dust off my console’s case like I do sorta with a computer except not internally of course.

  7. #7 by Royalty32 on April 5th, 2011

    I use a micrfiber cloth to dust off my ps3 as well. Good thing i have the slim version. Oh ps3 how i love you so much.

  8. #8 by Jason on April 5th, 2011 [ 26201 Points ]

    What your doing is forcing air into the blu ray drive. It will stick to the Laser and eventually forms like hair killing the blu ray drive. The worst thing you can do is force the dust in the right center. Take a look at the internals on the net to better see what I am referring to. Sony would have put it in the manual if that was the best way etc. Not advisable. You would also be pushing it under the bd drive and sticking it to the heat sinks…

  9. #9 by pedro on April 5th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    So… low power vacuum, I guess that’s not what i used to clean the house, right?

    Personally I just wipe the dust out of it, but I could do that in order to keep it’s as “new” as possible.

  10. #10 by FooBear408 on April 5th, 2011 [ 17244 Points ]

    i usually spoon with my ps3 every Sunday morning. so let’s just say I know the “in’s” and “outs”.

  11. #11 by EdEN on April 5th, 2011 [ 142681 Points ]

    I liked it… until this Saturday when it decided it would no longer load/recognize Bluray discs (movies or games).

  12. #12 by lordincubus on April 5th, 2011 [ 185 Points ]

    I love my PS3’s I usually blast mine with a can of AIr and dust it on a normal basis. Can’t risk over heating.

  13. #13 by Jason on April 5th, 2011 [ 26201 Points ]

    FooBear408: i usually spoon with my ps3 every Sunday morning. so let’s just say I know the “in’s” and “outs”.  

    Comedy

  14. #14 by Jason on April 5th, 2011 [ 26201 Points ]

    pedro: So… low power vacuum, I guess that’s not what i used to clean the house, right?Personally I just wipe the dust out of it, but I could do that in order to keep it’s as “new” as possible.  

    Yeah your home one will work with a hose attachment. Basically a high powered would be a shop vacuum etc

  15. #15 by Jcmdaddy on April 5th, 2011 [ 64797 Points ]

    @Jason I’m not blasting at the dust at a perpendicular angle to the vents to blast the dust directly in -_- I did have almost 4 years of experience with my phat one XD, I go at an angle and not at full blast. It works. I’m not saying do that over a vacuum, but if you’re a “living like a gamer” you don’t really have a vacuum XD. And the only reason I have one is because its my gf’s and she had to store it in my garage, but I lack a hose for it, cause its just a little quick vac.

  16. #16 by GeneticMania on April 5th, 2011 [ 1450 Points ]

    *Face Desk* Guys listen, blowing air in is BAD! You need to vacum it out. So put down your keyboard spray or can O’ air or whatever you call it, and go get your vacum with a hose attachment.

  17. #17 by Jonaskin on April 5th, 2011

    I’ve vacuumed mine once and also used one my wifes makeup brushes to brush the dust out of the tiny vent holes! Haha! :)

  18. #18 by mcloki on April 5th, 2011

    I haven’t done it since I got it and that was the December after launch. Gotta do it tonight. My vents were grey.

    Works like a charm though and have used it almost every day since buying it. Either gaming or using it as a UPNP device. (Google VUSE and love me for it).

  19. #19 by JakeH on April 5th, 2011

    Never cleaned my PS3. My house is practically a clean-room though. The builder put in a huge whole-house HEPA system, and it does its job well.

  20. #20 by Juanfu on April 5th, 2011

    I actually do this every few months. I’ve done it with PC’s before, because of all the dust build up, but I’d definitely like my PS3 and my kids PS3 to last as long as possible.

  21. #21 by Jason on April 5th, 2011 [ 26201 Points ]

    JakeH: Never cleaned my PS3. My house is practically a clean-room though. The builder put in a huge whole-house HEPA system, and it does its job well.  

    Do I even want to know what that cost’s?

  22. #22 by xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux on April 5th, 2011 [ 2160 Points ]

    Yea i was still a stupid kid. Never Vacuumed my PS3s, well I did a while back, ima open my old one up and replace the heat sync paste and clean out the vents and all the dust inside of it during spring break. And give the outer layer a nice shine. And well ill have to vacuum the slim with a low powered vacuum.

  23. #23 by erivera_1994 on April 5th, 2011

    I actually vaccumed my once because a friend recommended. im going to start vaccuming it more often though. i take really good car of it. every weekend i wipe it clean and the furniture its sitting on so it doesnt have any dust that can blow in. hopefully my system will have a nice long life.

  24. #24 by Tosh on April 5th, 2011 [ 1102 Points ]

    When my wife vacuums I usually borrow it for a moment and vacuum my ps3 on the low setting, works well.

  25. #25 by solid snake on April 5th, 2011

    i’ve used air duster to clean all my electronics i’ve ever owned & they have all lasted & never had any issues from using air duster so you all can take that to the bank son!

  26. #26 by batsarwa on April 5th, 2011

    sometimes i do. I just do it when i remember, sometimes monthly sometime bi-monthly, sometimes semi-anually… XD

  27. #27 by Leeroy Jenkins on April 5th, 2011

    We want the SLIM :D

  28. #28 by Baba0Booey on April 6th, 2011 [ 5938 Points ]

    this is front page news….?

  29. #29 by Darklurkr23 on April 6th, 2011 [ 23156 Points ]

    I’m pissed at Sony. I never vacuumed it 1 time until about I don’t know December of 09. Right after that I started hearing my Blu-Ray drive click and it later YLOD’d in March 10. I’ve since got it back from the dead with a re-coolant gel, but I’m afraid to leave it on the long for fear of another YLOD.

    I wish that the company would still fix Fat PS3s. Stupid Slims. Those things get hot like CRAZY. I actually have 6 little 5-stack towers under mine to give it extra air flow. Which actually helps the temperature a TON. 1 Time I played it at a friend’s house for a party and when I picked it up the dresser was ON FIRE.

  30. #30 by Kane112 on April 6th, 2011 [ 34232 Points ]

    haha ye ive yet to do this once on my ps3 dont even know if i have a vacuum

  31. #31 by Scarred09 on April 6th, 2011

    I usually vacuum the vents on both of the PS3s, but I dont do it monthly!! Now wiping the outsides of them get done every few days!!!

  32. #32 by Bookshelf on April 6th, 2011

    Just a correction on the pic you made. That’s a 60gb ps3 if im not mistaken… Cool air is pulled IN around the bluray drive and front vents and the heat is blown OUT from the bottom side and rear.

    Obviously you can’t tell if air is being sucked in or blown out….

  33. #33 by GTKing on April 6th, 2011

    I gotta say I never needed a manual to tell me how to clean my PS3 or any other electronic device, It’s common sense. Or find out about my system.

  34. #34 by Jason on April 6th, 2011 [ 26201 Points ]

    Bookshelf: Just a correction on the pic you made. That’s a 60gb ps3 if im not mistaken… Cool air is pulled IN around the bluray drive and front vents and the heat is blown OUT from the bottom side and rear.Obviously you can’t tell if air is being sucked in or blown out….  

    Hold a tissue. 80gb

  35. #35 by Jake on April 6th, 2011

    Yeah the slim doesn’t have those vents does it? I bought mine used and it didn’t come with a manual, so even if I wanted to read it I couldn’t. I could probably find it on the internet, though.

  36. #36 by Bookshelf on April 6th, 2011

    Jason:
    Hold a tissue. 80gb  

    Either way, the airflow illustration is still incorrect. Cool air In from the top (which is genius because it keeps the disk in the drive cool) and heat comes out from the bottom (the bottom half of the ps3 is pretty much all heatsink, so it blows out from the rear and side. If you have a newer phat ps3 (40gb, 80gb) then the entire side is an intake and just the rear is exhaust. The front i believe has always been an intake.


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