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I am buying a phat PS3 model 60GB with BC. How reliable?

#21raigePosted 7/21/2014 1:42:14 PM(edited)
I highly advise against it. The failure rate is the equivalent of a ticking time bomb. Like everyone else says, you can just get a slim PS3 and PS2 and not have to worry about imminent failure and data loss.

If you do go through with this fat ps3 though, all I can say is you better have a PS+ account to backup your data on.
#22Stanger5150Posted 7/21/2014 1:42:05 PM
Johnny Blaque posted...
I think some of y'all are over estimating the fail rate of the fat ps3. You guys make it sound like its first/second generation 360 fail rates when that isn't true.


Its fail rate is not exaggerated at all. The launch 360s were worse, but not by a lot. The launch model PS3s are probably the third most unreliable consoles ever made, right behind the launch 360s and the Atari 5200. It starts to look a little better when you factor in console add ons like the Jaguar CD, but it's still in the top 5.
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#23raigePosted 7/21/2014 1:50:50 PM
Stanger5150 posted...
Johnny Blaque posted...
I think some of y'all are over estimating the fail rate of the fat ps3. You guys make it sound like its first/second generation 360 fail rates when that isn't true.


Its fail rate is not exaggerated at all. The launch 360s were worse, but not by a lot. The launch model PS3s are probably the third most unreliable consoles ever made, right behind the launch 360s and the Atari 5200. It starts to look a little better when you factor in console add ons like the Jaguar CD, but it's still in the top 5.


I think the only difference is that 360's died early in their lifespan. The ****ed up part about the fat PS3's are that they die about 4-6 years after use. Some people say that their fats never ylod, but the fact is that they still have the same weak thermal paste as the other fat PS3's and will brick after extended usage.
#24uncharted1212Posted 7/21/2014 1:55:42 PM
get a laptop cooling pad to help out with the heat
#25HeracylostPosted 7/21/2014 1:58:48 PM
I have one fat bc ps3, and a normal fat one I got in pieces. Repaired the one in pieces, the bc one is having trouble reading disks sometimes, dirty I think. But both always run tho.
#26Pawkie07Posted 7/21/2014 2:28:06 PM
Sadly those models weren't built to last.
#27Axess68Posted 7/21/2014 2:32:29 PM
Screw the PS3 altogether and buy yourself a sweet gaming rig for $1200! Like Kenny 4D said back when the PS3 came out, save up or get multiple jobs to pay for it!

Now, SERIOUSLY, I picked up my $600 PS3 in mid 2007 because half the price was a birthday present. I replaced the 60gb drive a year later with a 250gb one, and then recently a 500gb one. I have been using it pretty much daily and it is my main console to game on even though I do have the other consoles. I've had to replace my Xbox 360 4 times since launch (2005). This is the same PS3 I've owned all this time. I guess I got lucky.

If I had to replace it, I would miss the multi-card reader on the front. I have a couple PS2 Slims and a PS2 Fat. So, BC doesn't mean all that much to me anymore. I have all my PS2 mem cards backed up on the PS3 though.
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#28Ada-Wong-FanPosted 7/22/2014 12:09:33 AM
My 60GB Fat PS3 still working since February 2007
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#29Ark_TerranigmaPosted 7/22/2014 12:38:38 AM
If you end up getting it, make sure you use it in an area that isn't confined so it has plenty of breathing space. Also, try to remember to use a vacuum tube on all the vents on the fat Ps3 at least once a month so that dust doesn't clog up and overheat your hardware. It isnt too hard to reflow your Ps3 if it does get the dreaded Ylod though. Good luck!
#30Mass_CarrierPosted 7/22/2014 12:51:29 AM
It's the only Playstation (out of 1, 2 and 3) that I've ever had die on me, but it happened after 6 years of constant use, so take that as you will. Didn't even YLOD, died of something else.
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