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I know the "my PS3 cracked my Game" thing has been shouted about before, but I had no idea of the frequency of it. After so many Xbox's broke over the world I am starting to think that the PS3 is no better.
My PS3 has cracked my Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 disc. In the crack going approx 3mm outwards. The issue is not so much about that but about the heat of the system. It appear that this thing hardly "pushes" any air out of the back and the tucked away in-take and general lack of, means my PS3 Slim gets hot.
Due to the direction in which my house faces, opening my windows doesn't allow any air to come in. (House faces North West, but the air flow in most southern areas of the UK comes in from the South West. This means that opening my windows does absolutely nothing. All my electronics must line the back wall, well away from the window and also far away from the radiator, since it sits underneath. My door is tucked away in a corner away from my electronics and is actually closer to the window, so should any rare breeze actually come in, it immediately goes out the door. If I close the door, there is no current, so again, air doesn't move. Rearranging my room is not an objection, due to it's shape, location of windows, the door, the direction inward to my house and the plug.
Almost 2 days ago now I was playing my PS3 Slim in a 26, possibly 27 degree room. Since getting my console in the later part of MAY (2010) everytime I played it I touched the top of the PS3 (in the centre) and thought... "WOAH.. that's hot", but given it was my first PS3 I thought perhaps the way it was. Anyway a day before checking my discs I read A LOT of threads over the web about cracked games and that simply made me think Sony are just about as useless as Microsoft. I decided never to play my console in the hot weather again. 1 day later (2 days ago) I checked my discs and BEHOLD! A crack has formed!
When my room is regularly 26+ degrees (Sun sets behind my house. I have a black out blind too but that does nothing in keeping heat out from direct sunlight, heat still gets in, no breeze, no air, etc. ridiculous. Physics sucks) what the hell do I do?
My PS3 is in a nice open space. Has about 7 inches of space at the back, and about 20 on one side and 10 on the side. It sits openly on top of a stand with nothing above it and the wooden slats it sits on have gaps in which means more surface area underneath is exposed. Everytime I play the console for 2 hours, it's raging hot. Whenever I eject a disc, it's almost to the point of burning me. No doubt this has caused my game to crack by weakening the plastic.
I've spent well in the region of £1200 this generation on failing Xbox's, games and accessories and when I bought a PS3 Slim, I though woot, finally... some reliability. This doesn't seem to be the case. Maybe another £240 wasted?
I cannot afford AC (Air Conditioning) and I do not wish to use a clip on fan which will simply break my console anyway. Everyone knows heat rises. If I go downstairs it's cool. It's all laminated down there. I come up here and halfway during the journey upstairs you can feel the temperature increase many degrees. My room also has laminate wood flooring. This HD Monitor for my PC is also used for my PS3. It churns out a lot of heat. I also have a PC but that's not hot.
I'm tired of replacements, terribly designed hardware, newer models of everything which result in your first purchase being completely out of date... this generation is a disaster. I still have a PS2 Phat which is well over 7 years old. I gamed on Playstation Online during the Socom 1, 2 and 3 era and played BFMC2. It was practically always on. It still works to this day. Sure the Xbox failed. It got repairs though didn't it, and it never once broke my game, which unfortunately, CANNOT BE REPAIRED.
Ideas? How can I cool my room a bit. Maybe put my PS3 on the lowest part of the open stand (few inches from the floor) to be the coolest? This is driving me nuts! Sorry for the long post. I wish Sony didn't put a HDD under the Blu-Ray Player and perhaps opted for an external power brick.
Right, lets see if I can narrow done the problem
Has any other game cracked in your collection? Where is the crack on the disc? As it is possible that the case the game comes in can be a bit tight and it can crack there (had an Iron Maiden DVD that did that, from the case, not the player/PS2/PS3).
Some mass produced discs do crack as they can be weaker then others, remember the orginial pressings of Halo 3, none have survived and they all cracked.
I have a 120gb 2000A Slim, and as far as I am aware, none of my games have cracked and my slim is getting warm due to the higher temperatures. I have a room fan blowing air on me and my PS3 to keep it cooler, also my console is sitting on a laptop tray, so it has another fan blowing the underside of the console, its powered by a charge dock for my pads via the mains, not by the consoles USB's putting more strain on the machine.
I only have 3 games. Dead Space and Oblivion came with it. As a result, I picked an old bundle which was in-line with the times when the PS3 Slim first came out. If I'd picked the RDR package (if it was in stock) I'd probably have the slightly newer Slim which has better power efficiency. (45% less as opposed to my current Slim's 34%). MW2 is the only game cracked. The crack starts from the centre and is about 3mm long. It goes just past the little "bump" near the centre's first ring.
My most recent purchase (about 6 weeks ago) was MW2. Even though I played that game a hell of a lot on PC I always new those games (even under P2P) were more fun on Consoles. I paid £26 on Ebay.
My room is so hot there is sadly nothing I can do. Even when it's not warm out my room is well into the 20's. Opening my door and windows does nothing. My PC isn't warm so it doesn't churn out heat but my HDTV does. I have wood flooring and a breeze never rolls into my room. The sun sets behind my house so when it's sunny I have to close the black out blind. All this does is cause my large window (6ft width by 4ft high) to act as a radiator behind the closed blind. Opening the window still leaves the hot air there. Most of my surfaces for putting things on are wooden. This absorbs heat. Even though there is plenty of space I fear the wood absorbs the heat and reflects it back, so I was thinking of putting my PS3 on a large bathroom tile. Since it's so hot in my room, whenever the PS3 sucks it air, it just breathes boiling hot air.
What can I do? An btw sure it may be that the cases crack the games, but I have not a single doubt that the sheer heat (far too excessive for a disc) weakens it a lot and when applying it to the spindle in the case, causes it to split. It makes perfect sense. Expanded plastic is weaker. I am always so very careful with the stuff I purchase. I'm not heavy handed.
Thanks for any help given.
Here is an idea, most won't like it, but have the PS3 vertical (need to buy a stand for this for the Slim). It increases the amount of air around the console and a bare minimium is touching the surface. Mine ain't vertical yet, but if it gets any warmer then yeah, I'll do the same for the summer months.
Word of advise, don't put that disc in the console as it will crack further due to the speeds it spins inside the machine.
Right so... put simply: Spend more money because Sony has terrible cooling solutions and there should never have been a slim version in the first place. Right?
This is the next gen. Cramming next gen stuff into a small space was always a bad idea. My room is always warm though. Won't putting it on a bathroom tile do much? (poor conductor of heat... thus doesn't radiate heat back into the PS3 as wood does)
I really wish Sony had put more grills on this thing. Looks aren't everything. A working piece of kit does.
Doesn't putting the PS3 Slim into a stand cover some of the holes up? Underneath the edges of each side is a gap. Look for yourself. That means one end of intake holes is covered. Lets say that's 20% of intake fans covered. Also.. with the heat of my room, when vertical won't that extra surface area just be exposed to very warm air? I mean sure, it wouldn't be as bad as the bottom of the PS3 being exposed to warm wood with it being radiated back into the bottom of the PS3 but having it side ways... how is that going to improve? Do Sony sell an official vertical stand?
Will disc temp improve? I don't expect any disc to survive the current temperatures my PS3 Slim is throwing at it and the reason I am asking all these questions is because I am literally poor after all these purchases. Note I've got a cat, there is a risk of that PS3 going flying. Is the Blu-Ray discs held inside?
Do I have to throw that MW2 disc away?
To date: Sony owe me £26 + the cost of a Vertical Stand. I am not at all impressed.
There are a few cheap stands for a PS3 Slim and they have a gap for the vents on that side, tiles could work or a sheet of metal which will conduct it away. I''ve not seen an official Sony stand, but 4gamers makes one as does GAME.
There should be a number in the booklet to ring Activision about replacing your CODMW2 disc, they may charge, they may not for the replacement disc.
Least you don't have a 60gb, they struggle more in this heat then the Slim does.
Hot air rises, so vertical its pointing the area near the serial number at the highest point, thats the area that blows hot air out at that point.
Discs are held inside as I have seen inside a 60gb and it holds in a similar way the PS2 does (not PS2 Slim). And held much better then in a 360 which scratches the disc when you move them.
Everyone expects every electrical device to never fail?! It's impossible!!! It happens, it's nobodys fault.
Is the console broke? If so ring Sony. You can pick up another COD4 for £20 if that.
I understand you're frustrated, but these things CAN and WILL happen at some point.
I'm concerned regarding these Slim designs. What's to say that all of my games will break? Can somebody answer me that question instead of side stepping it? I have it on icey cold bathroom tiles. My room is slightly cooler because I've decided to point my fan on the back of monitor and cool that, so it gives of a lot less heat. My room is less hot (though it is a cool day).
I played Oblivion for 1 hour 20 minutes. Disc was mildly warm. Played Dead Space for 1 hour 5 minutes about 5 minutes after that and after taking the disc out it was VERY warm. I'm pretty conviced the Sony PS3 Slim 120 GB (Sept 09 model - 34% less power) is a DISC BREAKER.
Note: I have contacted Activision via E-mail first regarding the disc. Reading the MW2 manual it requests doing so. I think the idea is, is so they have all your details, including e-mail, home address etc... making it easier over the phone should a replacement be sent. I'm still not happy.
Oh btw. I'm to pay £12 for a replacement apparently. I've seen many people saying they were asked to pay £12 or more for a replacement. No freebies. I never expected such a thing anyway. I might just risk sticking MW2 in the console. Trying to get all the trophies and throwing it in the bin.
I wouldn't mind if the console was breaking. I've been told endlessly after being told to get a PS3, that I should get the new Xbox. Even though these things break the customer service and repair is obviously - as you'd expect due to the volume of previous console failures - is top notch. But my PS3 isn't breaking. It's simply POOR design weakening discs with it's extreme heat?
Who here lives in a mountain. Seriously? An why is it, my console is heating discs? Which dumbass at Sony decided on putting the hard drive under the blu-ray disc? Perhaps they new issues would arise but they did it anyway because it looked cooler?
If it was me. I'd of made the thing a 6KG block. Huge. With large fans at the back. Who cares if it looks big or weighs a bit? Why have it small, sleek but breaking stuff?
I wish the consoles was breaking instead so Sony could repair it. It's not like Sony are going to pay me for broken games are they?
Yeah well. Microsoft and Sony both deserve to go bankrupt. I also hope that the people who worked for these companies lose everything. Where's my compensation for the sheer excess of cash I've spent on broken hardware? Trading Standards should have stepped in. Perhaps someone should have sued them for making useless stuff that breaks?
Oh and regarding your CD player... it must be designed primarily as a toaster because even in this inferno room, my CD players or my PC CD/DVD tray never gets hot.
Like I said before. I'd prefer broken consoles over broken discs. I have to pay £12 for a MW2 disc and Activision are not being the slightest bit helpful. Least with broken consoles they are covered by warranty.
It will cost approximately £15-16 to buy MW2 again. Which, if you ask me isn't worth it.
Decided I'm going to purchase MGS4. Which I've wanted since the PS3 was first released. (Not saying MGS4 was released in 2006, but there were videos and teasers.)
Old Snake! FTW
Actually... I wasn't being rude, an bravo for making an account to winge back. I'm annoyed because I spent LOTS of cash on stuff which breaks. It shouldn't be allowed to happen. This entire generation of hardware has been a complete disaster. Fun, but a disaster.
I didn't see any help given to be honest. I don't see the point in a vertical stand and I don't want any coolers. Also, I hope you realise a mouth isn't required to type.
I do appreciate the effort people have put in, but really there isn't a solution to this. The PS3 Slim (Sept 09 model) is a disc breaker. I could see how the 2100 version will be better off, since the entire thing uses less power yet again, thus less heat.
Simply. I will avoid playing games entirely in hot environments. Which means gaming late at night or early in the morning in Summer. ;) If the environment is hot, I will play for less than 2 hours.
LOL still love the fact you registered to cry at me. (Posts: 1) lol
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