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Over the past few years that I have been playing on the PlayStation from the original PlayStation through every generation to the PS3 I have never encountered any problems until last week. Last week someone I know started to have an issue with his PS3 and it finally broke. After 3 years of almost constant use it over heated and would not switch back on. It started with it occasionally switching itself off whilst playing a game and now every time he tries and turns it on the power light blinks red at him. I know the Xbox 360 had a similar problem with the “Red Ring of Death” but this is the 1st time I have heard about a ps3 going the same way. I am a bit worried now as mine is only a year younger and I play on it almost as much as my friend and don’t want mine to break. After speaking to Sony my friend was told it can be fixed but for the cost of £131 or replaced for the same amount. The only issue with this is that all the game data that is used offline will be lost and would have to start from scratch again.
I have looked into getting an external fan for my PS3 and am hoping it will prevent mine from overheating and getting the red blinking light. Please if anyone who reads this blog has ever had either the same or any different problems with their PS3’s Please comment let the community know what happened and how it was repaired. Are you satisfied with the way Sony has dealt with your issues? Has it put you off buying the next generation PlayStation when it is released? I know of a few people who had the Xbox 360 and have swapped to the PS3 as it is more reliable. Let us all know if you have done the same or are thinking about getting the other machine.
Well, I have a near-launch 60GB. Played all the time. Never had an issue with it. The 360, I had gone through two RRODs. As far as fixing it goes, if they didnt have to replace the mobo of the unit, your saves should be fine (I would back them up first, just in case they format your drive anyway), but having it officially repaired would be the best route to go. There might be a parts and labor warranty if it happens again within a certain amount of time. Since I never had any issues with PlayStation products, I can't really comment.
Mine 60GB (fat) is still fine, I have it vertical just by my tv in the open. Sometimes I do a light vacuum around the exhaust ports if I notice some dust.
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