I've heard the number is as high as 50% according to some folks. And for the record out of my two consoles I've had my launch console red ring after 4 years of heavy use. So that's fitting with the 50% stat I suppose. But of my two PS3s, my launch PS3 made it just over one year before the USB plugs stopped working. I consider that a pretty major failure, not as bad as a red ring... but definately something that keeps my PS3 from being too functional. Obviously I can't just connect my PS3 controller now should the power die, and I can't assign a new controller to the console. I also can't use the USB HDD I bought to use with the console or update with a thumb stick any more. So yeah, that's a pretty big failed console.
I'm really not sure what the big deal is about this issue any more. It's an old story. MS has pretty much fixed the consoles at this point it would seem and if you did have an issue with your console they'd cover you with a pretty extensive warranty. And this coming from me, a guy who missed their warranty by a year and had to buy a new console. I was glad too because my launch console sounded like a jet engine and had no HDMI... my new console is virutally silent. My faulty PS3 on the other hand still sits in my entertainment center. I called up Sony and first denied I had a problem and then told me they would fix it for $150. Call me crazy but I'll take a higher failure rate that comes with a fairly no hassle return at no cost than a lower failure rate that means I have to pay out of my pocket to get it repaired. After shelling out $600 for the console, I wasn't about to turn around and pay $150 more a year later. Now the question is... do I shell out $300 for a slim and lose my backwards compatibility? I'm trying to justify the purchase as "going green" due to the energy savings as well.
when it comes to "stepping up" to the Slim (in quotations due to it losing a couple features), I would really just take into consideration how much PS2 gaming you actually do. If you really don't play it that much, you could just move that to another TV for when you do. If all else fails, PS2s are pretty cheap, so you could have that set up next to the slim, but then you have to have wired controllers and memory cards. Or you can look ridiculous and have both systems connected to the same TV, one being used for PS2 gaming lol (but then, that wouldn't really help the going green process lol). You aren't really gaining anything going with the Slim (except for maybe hard drive size if you still have the original 60GB), so I'd still take into consideration the $150 just to get it repaired (though, a $300 Slim would potentially save you money in the long run). If you do get a Slim, see about getting an extended warranty (like a 4 year). It might cost about $100-$150 or so, but it's better than paying that price to get it fixed a year later anyway (and you would still have 3 years after that of coverage as well, so if the console fails, say, 4 times within a 4 year span, you saved $450).
I have a 40 inch Samsung TV that went bad a couple months after the warranty expired (which was last week lol). It was going to cost me about $300 to have Samsung tech fix it, but I opened the rear panel and found I had 2 blown capacitors, so I'm getting new ones in tomorrow and will be replacing them myself, costing me a mere $9 after shipping and materials lol
Well we ended up getting a Slim as a gift. So that decision was made for us. And we LOVE it! Not for any practical reasons but mostly because it's new and TINY. It's also a big plus that it's free. We ended up moving the old 60gb to the bedroom and are passing off our previous bedroom 40gig to the gift givers.
A am still torn on the backwards compatibility. I don't have a HUGE PS2 library I want to play. It's basically two franchises. Kingdom Hearts and God of War. I play both of those often enough that I want backwards compatibiliy. With the God of War compilation half of my worry is gone, and by moving it in the bedroom I still have the option to play Kingdom Hearts should I get the urge. Other than those two series, I only have the Lunar remakes from the PS1 that I occasionally like to play every few years or so. I love that series but I'm not that fond of the changes in the PS1 versions, so I'll probably stick to firing up the old SegaCD when that itch comes along. What's weird about the backwards compatibility debates, is someone always suggests a PS2. It makes me feel incredibly weird, I have a PS2! I guess I'm the only PS2 owner who detests the idea of still leaving it connected when I've upgraded my console. I feel like my PS3 would, should and could play these games and that I've moved on from the PS2 days. Plus we have limited shelf space in the living room (HD Tivo, PS3, 360 and Wii all sharing three shelves). I guess it's knowing that there's no practical reason I can't play my PS2 games on my PS3 that really irks me. Sony's had trouble getting people to buy PS3 games and instead of focusing on and creating compelling titles for the library, they instead hinder backwards compatibility. I guess these are the usual points, it's just bizarre to me. When I bought my console at launch B/C was one of the bigger selling points that it had over MS and I feel somewhat betrayed now. They sure didn't have a problem taking trash at the competition when they had better B/C, now that the tables have turned it's just a bit hard to swallow.
But that's all besides the point. Thanks for your input and thoughtful responses though! And great job on fixing your TV. That sort of stuff intimidates me way too much. I did manage to find a "fix" for my 60gig PS3 along the same lines. After doing a bit of investigation I found out that 1 1/2 of my USB ports still work. The first port works most of the time, and the third port works about half the time. What scared me is that plugging them in causes all sorts of horrible scraping noise and you can literally see the pins in there being mangled. So I hopped on eBay and bought a USB hub for about $3. I plugged it into the first port and it works, I figure as long as I don't unplug it I should be good for the life of the console! And now I have four ports again. It's not an ideal solution, now I have this ugly sparkly grey cable permanently sticking out of the front of my console... but saving $147 is worth that price! Not quite as adventurous as your solution, but it made me feel proud! lol How'd your TV repair go?
good point on the B/C deal. At least, at the beginning anyway, they had B/C available on the 60GB models. I still remember the cartidge days. You didn't have any built in B/C then lol. I'm sure a lot of people would have loved the SNES to play NES games :P
also, TV repair went great, TV works wonderfully now, and even starts up faster than it used to. My new capacitors are 6,000 hour caps, so hopefully they'll last longer. There are a few more on the power board that could potentially go out, but until they start causing problems, I'm not too concerned about it. Whole repair took about 30 mins, including taking the rear panel off and removing the power supply, replacing the caps and putting it all back together
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