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"PlayStation 3 opens up new possibilities for thrills and excitement. The built-in Blu-ray Disc player allows you to step into the world of high-definition entertainment, from intricately detailed and explosively powerful video games to favorite movies that come to life on screen with new depth and clarity. The console even plays and upscales your DVDs so you can experience them in a bold new way. A 120GB hard disk drive provides ample storage for games, music, videos and photos, and built-in Wi-Fi enables easy Internet connectivity. This PlayStation 3 also comes complete with a free membership to the PlayStation Network, where you can play games online, download movies and games, stream music and photos, chat in-game with friends and much more"
I've given this warning on other sites, (and I'm not the only one who's trying to spread the warning):
The 60GB PS3 is like the Indiana Jones gem of Sony's gaming history. It was released around 2006 (about $700), and was never made again once Sony's "newer" slim versions replaced it. When you hear the things that only the 60GB original has and can do, you often tell yourself "I won't need THOSE features..." But if you are a Playstation gamer, you end up wishing you HAD those features sooner or later.
You can see the proof of that in the PRICES that Sellers are successfully pitching for 60GB PS3, compared with ANY OTHER version of PS3. Gamers hunt the 60GB unit like the Ark of the Covenant.
Sometimes a used PS3-Slim for $160, but a used PS3-fat for $498.
But Sony is famous for not properly cooling their game units against damage from heat build-up, and the PS3's version of that is called "LYOD" collapse. A heat-collapsed PS3 (LYOD) unit can be easy to fix (mail your blown unit to them and Sony will fix/refurbish it for $150). Hobby-electricians will get solder tools and get a LYOD-blown PS3 working again for less than that. That's why you'll see TONS of REFURBISHED 60GB units sold by Sellers on these sites.
Sometimes a Seller paying $150 for a "fixed" LYOD unit, sells it to you Buyers for $1100. Ka-Ching!!
...But, here's the problem. Even though it may eventually die from heat-exhaustion (LYOD), if you don't carelessly run in a cramped lint-filled bedroom or entertainment unit, a brand New PS3 60GB can last more than 6 long years! ...A "fixed" LYOD-blown PS3 has a "mystery" lifespan (some last more than 2 years, some less than 2 HOURS, no kidding). Gamers know this from experience, so the value for a RETAIL-NEW, never opened unit from 2006-2007 is considered worth the high price.
Sometimes a NEW, sealed original 60GB PS3 sells for around $1800.
So there's a LOT of money to be made or lost here on these sales, and it only happens with this amazing 60GB original PS3. It's almost becoming a street-game, and you should learn the debate phrases to avoid getting caught in a hustle:
-'Retail New' comes sealed in the box that has Sony colorful advertising on it. It's the ONLY unit that is fresh off the Sony factory because it's the only one whose circuits never before used, swapped, or upgraded. Even after so many years, there ARE quite a few of these out there, sealed for 7 years, and able to play for 7 years. Cool, and not so rare as some think.
-'Used' means it was taken out of the box, plugged in, enjoyed online or offline, maybe well-cared for, maybe upgraded with a new harddrive, or upgraded with Software updates. SO much can be done to a PS3 to stop it from being "NEW-unused" once you've taken it out of the original box.
-'Refurbished' MAY be (often is) a fixed LYOD unit with the shorter lifespan. But at the least, it's a unit made from internal parts that were used on Sony's repair benches or in a previously-owned and returned PS3. (You decide if that's worth more than $500, or can be called "New").
SOME Sellers are starting to get wise with what words they WANT to use and DON'T want to use in their ad descriptions. Words like "sealed", "factory-fresh", "colored-accessories" "upgraded hard drive" don't tell it. You need to confirm that that 60GB PS3 really "Retail-New" or "Refurb" or "Used". These three names are starting to reveal $2000 differences in this 60GB gem!
i have had the 60gb 80gb 20gb and the 40gb is the best as far as lasting use and ease. i called Sony and said it was my first complaint they said they couldn't help me so this will be my last ps3 they fail too much. i told em the thermal they put on their chips are garbage it only last for a yr then warranty runs out... then they want you to pay them...more are you kidding me its not my fault its theirs.. my Xbox 360 was replaced no questions asked so i will play mine till ylod comes again xbox 360 time from there on thanks Sony for not caring about my problem u have lost me after this for treating me like a money pit just so you know...
this is the only way you can play backwards compatable games and PS3 games on the same system. However the interface is terrible. Sony could have at least made it as user freindly as it is to play backwards compatable games on the 360. At first I thought I had been ripped off my the seller. But after taking the console to Gamesstop the sales attendant was able to eventually help me to set up a separate file on the hard drive to save my game progress. He ws really surprise to see that Sony will not even save your game progress to a memory card! But since this is the only way you can play both backwards compatable game and Ps3 games I am recommending the system not by choice but by nesssity.
Overall there are good points to the PlayStation and some not so great. I purchase the console w/o controllers (bad move), it would have been better getting the entire setup. Graphics in contrast to my Xbox 360 are not as good, but the light weight wireless controller is a nice feature. Wired controller I purchased did not work at all on one of the motion sensitive games I tried. Network setup was easy, blu-ray player is a bonus...if I decide to utilize it. There are great games available on this system and I'm glad I will no longer be limited when a great title comes out exclusive to one system only.
After owning an xbox360 for years my friends talked me into buying a ps3. I bought the older 60 gig as it has more features. Overall I am not really impressed. The ability to play blu ray is the only thing I think is superior to the 360. I have only played one game on the system (fallout new vegas) and there is really no difference.
The online for Sony's system is free and it should be. Again it does not compare to xbox.
The controller is junk, cheaply built and poorly laid out. If you are deciding between the ps3 and 360 spend less on the 360 and have just as much fun.
The older Sony Playstation 3 consoles were, in my opinion, the best made. At release they were priced at a hefty $600 or more, so over the life of the system Sony removed features to make it more affordable. Unfortunately, the 80 GB model removes the PS2 backwards compatibility. To make matters worse, the bulky older model PS3 has a high failure rate due to issues with circuit board flux and thermal paste. If you go with a "fat" PS3, your best bet is the 60 GB model, or even a 20 GB if you don't need Wifi capability. You'll still have plenty of fun if you find a good deal on an 80 GB console, but if you just want to enjoy PS3 games and don't need PS2 backwards compatibility I would recommend picking up a PS3 slim instead. For just a bit more money, you would get all the functionality of the 80 GB "fat" model, but with a larger hard drive and better durability.
this game was for my sons. they already had one it stopped working and they wanted another one. value for money no this system cost is high and if it breaks it hard to get fixed plus it could end up costing you the same price you payed to have it fixed. so because i love my sons and thats what they wanted for christmas thats what they got. but i would have not other wise purchased another system. also the games that you purchase are high price and they finish them in a day at $60.00 a day damn. they need to make games play longer and give a better warrinty that you can have it fix that you dont have to pay your self if there going to charge the high price for systems like this. plus the value goes down to nothing as soon as you purchase this system. hell you be luck if you got back 20.00 of your money if you sold it and games that even worset of all if you luck 5.00 after you payed 60.00 and sometimes more.
I would be careful when ordering Ps3's with the red screen of death that are out
of the warranty period. It isn't an easy fix and you are going to end up paying
Sony to repair the PS3. They charge $99 and above depending on when your model was purchased and the warranty status.
Always ask about the firmware. If it is firmware 3.56 with a red screen error I can bet the machine will have to be sent in for repair.
At least you get a new 90 day warranty from sony for your headache of reshipping it back to them for the unit to be serviced.
Before you purchase a used ps3 with errors do your homework and ask what firmware it was on when it broke down.
or just take your chances like I did and end up sending it in to Sony for repair.
The one thing I absolutely hate about the ps3 are the cheap blu ray lasers. My first ps3 I bought, I was in the middle of playing a game and it froze. I turned it off from the back and turned it back on. Now it stopped reading all disks, CD, DVD or Blu ray, it doesn't matter. It attempts to load them forever.
Some have claimed that this is a software issue and can be fixed from the PS3 recovery menu. You select option 3 in the menu and that restores the whole system and supposedly fixes the problem. This didn't work for me. Neither did restoring the file system do anything.
Lastly, replacing the actual blu ray laser is an absolute pain. I wonder if one can replace the laser with one that could actually last for a while.