I'll be honest: when I went down to pick up my reserved PlayStation 3 on launch day (to be even more honest, I would never have gotten it if it weren't for this job), I expected the worst. I worked at EB during the launch of the PS2, and I distinctly recalled the terrible reliability of that first batch of systems. To Sony's credit, they worked out the issue relatively quickly; I'm thinking it took less than a year. According to some retailer information I've found, the PS2 has maintained an excellent defective ratio ever since 2002, but even then, there were a few DRE issues that popped up here and there. Nothing half as bad as the DRE issues we had with the original Xbox, but I think we all know by now that Microsoft makes the least reliable video game consoles in history. And for the record, Nintendo makes the most reliable. At the end of the world, three things will exist: bacteria, Cher, and my SNES.

The original PlayStation was pretty erratic, if I remember correctly. I think it had something to do with the disc drive, but although my second system lasted many years and the redesigned PSOne was far more reliable, the first iteration of that machine wasn't especially free from defects. And now that I'm looking at it, with well over two years gone in the PS3 generation, I really can't find any major defective spikes. There were a few instances where a firmware update bricked some systems, and I've recently heard some minor upheaval concerning a "yellow ring of death," but for the most part, it seems that the PS3 is one hell of a reliable machine. There's always one sure-fire way to tell: if it's easy to spot complaints on the Internet. If it's a widespread problem, the articles would be popping up all over the place (just do a search for any articles with the term, "Red Ring of Death" in the title), and I haven't seen anything like that for Sony's console. And then there's the personal – albeit anecdotal – evidence:

Everyone I know had a PS1 or PS2 die on them once or twice in each life span, which isn't too terrible considering we're talking about the years between 1995 and 2008. Everyone I know has gone through multiple Xboxes and Xbox 360s. And when I say "multiple," I'm talking about four, five six… God, they're such pieces of sh**. Any way, nobody I know has had a PS3 die on them yet. Nobody. Not one. Now, I'm certain there are plenty of people out there who are screaming at the screen, going "well my damn PS3 died!!!" I'm aware of you; there's no such thing as 100% reliability in the world of electronics. But I'm really hoping Sony releases some statistics at some point here, because based on the surface picture, it appears as if the PS3 – to date – is the most reliable PlayStation console ever produced. And I'm telling you, I was firmly convinced it'd be a disaster at first. Everyone was talking about how advanced and how complex it was, and all I could think of was, "well, they couldn't get the PS2 launch right…how could they do any better with a far more complicated machine?"

But despite the horrendous lack of available hardware during the PS3 launch, there were no discernible examples of a prominent failure issue. And thus far, there still hasn't been any. So although we don't have hard numbers, I'd like to think we can say with some degree of certainty that the PS3 is indeed the most reliable PlayStation console we've seen.

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LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

Hm I dunno, I've never had any issues with my original PS1, but I have 3 PS2's, my firstone died, then I bought a ps2 from a pawn shop (stupid idea, it asploded), and then I got a slim which I still have. and my ps3 has had no problems. Whether it's the most reliable or not, it stands to reason that the PS family as a WHOLE is a reliable product and I will forever stand behind it. Sony products are just genuinely good 😀

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

Also you left out roaches as some of the things at the end of th day lol, and I think it's called the "Yellow Flashing Light of Death" or maybe the "Yellow and Red flashing Lights of death"? i dunno lol

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

Yeah, that's it "Yellow Light of Death" (YLoD). My first PS3 (60GB) model stopped recognizing BDs. DVDs, CDs, PS1, and PS2 games still worked, just not PS3 games or BD movies. At least it happened right before my 1 year warranty ran out. My second PS3 just died on me last Wednesday night, this time the YLoD. This time, I had to pony up the dough to get it fixed. Already shipped, now just waiting for my refurb.

I don't understand it, my woman has had the same PS3 for years and I'm on my 3rd.

Luiscosmo2
Luiscosmo2
11 years ago

I've had 2 ps2. And my 80gb Ps3 still works…It just freezes once in a while but still works

cegmp
cegmp
11 years ago

^ I have a 80gb as well and it also freezes once in awhile.
@nynja
Sorry to hear that man. And to your new PS3, I wish it a long a fruitful life!

javon_27
javon_27
11 years ago

yeah, i think it is "YLoD". Anyways… you know i have to post. I'm about to send my 2nd refurbished system back to Sony. Apparently they forgot to check the AV connection for sound. Other than that I've been enjoying Killzone 2 on it. I'm sure my experience is very unique so I'm not gonna completely disagree with the article, but damn, what bad luck have I had with these refurbished systems, huh?

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Yes

Though my Playstation1 never died
But when it comes to being reliable since its launch, yes the ps3 is number1, no doubt 'bout it.

Qwarktast1c
Qwarktast1c
11 years ago

my first ps2 is still kickin!! since like 03 i think….. it's hard to remember

but i tell you what ben, my first ps3 had a DRE error and it wouldn't read anything 🙁

but i sent it to sony and a couple weeks later i had a factory refurbished ps3, which works fantastic btw 😉

psxmax
psxmax
11 years ago

I have read that a lot of people are having problems with their 60 GIG YLOD. I don't know how true this is, because it might be Xbox owners making stuff up to make the PS3 look bad.


Last edited by psxmax on 3/23/2009 10:36:06 PM

Blood_Haze
Blood_Haze
11 years ago

i agree, unless i see a yellow light im not going believe a single word about this yellow light.

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

I just want to go on record that I have had a yellow light experience. I am not in anyway trying to make Sony look bad and get people interested in an xbox I am just stating that it does happen. My fan died out on me. To Sony's credit it took 7, yes 7 days, and not working days either 7 24-hour days from the time I called them to the day I got my refurbished 60GB from them. The 60GB they sent was not mine and I could tell because they sent me one that looked like it had never seen a human hand before. So there is not 100% reliability as Ben has pointed out but they are damn efficient at servicing their customers.

-I'm not here to service you, I'm here to service these young boys. (Role Models)


Last edited by coverton341 on 3/24/2009 12:31:06 PM

dso8515
dso8515
11 years ago

Our original PS2 started having issues reading discs after we'd had it for, at least 4 years. It's been awhile now so I can't remember exactly. I bought a slim PS2 in 2003 and it still works great, sold it to a friend of mine when I got my PS3 and he still uses it. I got a 60 GB PS3 in August of '07 and never had any problems until about 5 months ago it stopped playing Blu-Ray discs. Unfortunately it was no longer under warranty so I had to pay $150 to get it fixed, but Sony had it back to me within a week and a half and it's been good as new since.

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

I have never had a problem with my 60GB… no bricking, nothing… it has been easy for me thus far 🙂

Q!

"i am home"

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Same

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
11 years ago

I have yet to find a console that has broken on me. I dont own a 360, so that might be why… My original xbox is still going strong, though to be fair i havent used its disc drive since i modded it about a year into its life., but even so it was refurbed when i bought it. Idk, it still works. I still have my old NES and it works 100% all the time. My Genesis still works if i hold the power plug a certain way. I sold my psx so i caould buy more ps2 games, but it still worked like new, and so does my ps2. I still have an old grey gameboy in my closet that works. I play pokemon on it sometimes just to be retarded. I hope my ps3 lasts as long as everything else i own. I baby it just like my other consoles, so unless sony screwed something up it should keep going strong.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

I play pokemen on my ds just to be retarded.

Zemus101
Zemus101
11 years ago

My ps1 didn't ever die of internal electronic problems or anything, but the spindle thingy that you place the disc onto, well …that eventually broke and I had a hard time playing games with it after that, but then the ps2 came along just a couple years later and finally got me to throw that damned thing out (which still worked, but not only did it have to stand on it's side for the last year i had it, but i also had to make sure the discs were completely spinning level and not wobbly)

My ps2 had the DRE after about a year of launch (ps2 was the first game system I bought around when it launched) first I couldn't play my dvds (I remember thinking planet of the apes killed my ps2 since that was the last dvd i was able to watch on it) then a few months later I couldn't play psone games (which was terrible since that's mostly what I played on it at this time) Then eventually the blue colored ps2 discs stopped working, and shortly after that music cds. Then, I was watching TechTV at my dads place when they mentioned how to fix it (and at this time my ps2 was sitting at the local electronic shop waiting to be repaired, but it was sitting there for like 5 months or so) so i went and picked it up, and did exactly what they told me to do, and it worked! no more DRE, until about 5 months later. I kept fixing it and fixing it until eventually it would break down every other week. So I went out and bought a new ps2, with network adapter included (among other features) and also picked up the hdd and stuff. That was about 2004 or so.

Now, I've had my ps3 since about December of 2007 and besides the occasional we browser freeze when viewing certain sites (Joystiq.com does this daily when I try to watch a video sometimes) I haven't had a single problem with it, and I use every single feature on this baby. Media server this, web browsing that (i don't even use my pc anymore) *knock on wood* The system is on probably about 10 hours of every single day on average. I'm very happy that Sony makes such wonderful products (I've also had my fat psp for about 2 years or so with no issues at all) and I believe that if you take really good care of your systems (Keep them decently dusted and in a place where lots of air can get to the system) they can last a lifetime. But of course, there are those systems that fall into the 1% or w/e and fail…

ThugNificent101
ThugNificent101
11 years ago

I bought my 60 gig used in November of 07
I love this machine to death! It is a very reliable console, although i am experiencing minor problems here and there, and im hoping it will be here with me for a long time


Last edited by ThugNificent101 on 3/23/2009 10:47:37 PM

asdkams
asdkams
11 years ago

Never had problems with my PS1, PS2 1 time only.

I have 2 PS3 and never had any problem with them.

Zemus101
Zemus101
11 years ago

Oh yeah, I have an 80gb ps3 for those that want to know. The one that came with motorstorm


Last edited by Zemus101 on 3/23/2009 10:47:06 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

me 2

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

I've been one lucky SOB, technically speaking, I've never had a system brick on me. This is probably because I won't buy a 360 mind you, but (putting the Ninty and Sega days behind me because they were close to 100% reliable) My PS1 lived until I sold it, my PS2 lived a long and healthy life but it did stop playing PS1 games so when I cracked it open and adjusted the laser I bricked it myself, but the replacement works fine and is a launch model.

My launch Xbox1 survived me cracking it open, sucking up all the solder, jerry rigging a chip into it and loading up all the software I could find. And it still handles most of my retro needs.

PS3 has been flawless with hours of play on end. Thats why even if xbox1 had its troubles I still think it's pathetic (though not unexpected)that MS actually got worse between consoles.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 3/23/2009 10:51:08 PM

hart_attack
hart_attack
11 years ago

i still have a ps2, one of the older bigger ones. got it for christmas about 7 or 8 years ago i think, never had it break, still original parts. i've my ps3 for almost a year now and the only problem with that is it freezes every now and then, but thats to be expected i suppose. also when i have graphics intense games going like lbp or kz2, the xmb is very laggy, is this just a ram issue or what?

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

My breakdown

PS1 Born 1997 – Still Alive
PS2 Born 2001 – Died Sept. 19th, 2008
PS3 Born 2007 – Still Alive

Too soon to make any serious claims for the PS3 but if it's anything like my PS1 or PS2 I will be very happy.

BTW I'm playing RE3 on my PS1 currently 🙂

Zemus101
Zemus101
11 years ago

moderator approval? …..doh!

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

They seriously have to code that out

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

My ps1, ps2, and launch day 60gb ps3 have never had any problems. I had 2 original xboxs that crapped out, but they were used. I got a 360 when halo 3 came out and it has been great, but I only play exclusives on it.

KevinCairo
KevinCairo
11 years ago

My PS1 and launch-PS2 and 80gb PS3 are all rockin' hard to this day!


Last edited by KevinCairo on 3/23/2009 11:22:30 PM

jlch777
jlch777
11 years ago

My 60 gb died back in october 2008 with YLOD never take the time to send it to sony because i was out of warranty.

instead i brought one of the new 80 gb they are more lighter and doesnt heats up to much.

Tim Speed24
Tim Speed24
11 years ago

That's my same story also. Launch 60GB lasted till Oct. 08. I probably had over 1500 hours before the YLoD.

The 80GB has been working great but I do miss the b/c for GOW games.

I own 2 PSPs and both of them are working flawless so far. One is the original fatty with about 2000 hours of use.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
11 years ago

My PS1 died in 2005, not because of reliability problem, but because I never touch it ever since I got my hands on the PS2 in 2003.
I don't have a PS3…….yet, plan to get it on either fall 2009 or January because I'm waiting for all the kill apps to come out.

AntDC
AntDC
11 years ago

I have never had a Sony console die on me. Both my launch PS1 and PS2 still work. And they have been hammered. My launch PAL PS3 is doing just fine, hasn't bricked on me or anything 🙂


Last edited by AntDC on 3/23/2009 11:43:10 PM

PhilDis
PhilDis
11 years ago

My PS3 just died today:( While i was playing a game it just shut off on me for an unknown reason. The red power light was flashing so i tried turning it back on. It went back into stand by mode so i pressed it again. It turn on for like a couple of seconds, beeped three times then a yellow light flashed and it then shut back off again with the red light flashing. I was able to get the disc out after watching a youtube video and then learning more about the problem also known as the traffic light of death. I then called up Sony and told them my situation. They told me they would send me a box to mail it to them and they would send me back another one. Its going to cost me $150.00 dollars though. Oh well, i still prefer a ps3 over 360. I bought it in December of 06 so it lasted almost 2 1/2 years. Well worth it, imo.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

That sucks. I knew as soon as I posted this, somebody would put up a Comment saying their PS3 died on them like hours ago. LOL

Sorry, though…that's no fun. 🙁

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Sorry to hear that bro, but maybe they will send it out to space in a little tube like they did with Spock, and then you'll get something back just like it. 🙂


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 3/24/2009 2:01:51 AM

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

The PS3 is amazingly durable and well built. The launch PSX died less than two years after buying it and the PS2 lasted 3 and a half years. This console, I can't see how you can break it as there's no moving parts. However, my PS3 died on me in November 2007 due to some screwy thing. I don't know if something inside of it shorted out or the 2.00 firmware update did it in. Games simply would not load. At least it was under warranty. The PS3 has been running fine since then. The 60 GB models have had occasional problems.

Neither my Xbox or Xbox 360 died on me but that was probably because I took good care of those consoles unlike the 10-15 year olds who usually just shove theirs in a tight space and have it overheat. And yes, the Nintendo consoles from the SNES on have been well built. They learned their lesson from the flimsy NES.


Last edited by n/a on 3/23/2009 11:54:20 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

man u got screwed

dlte
dlte
11 years ago

my NES still works perfectly

eLLeJuss
eLLeJuss
11 years ago

lol. besides the RROD. theres another new hardware failure called the E35 for the xbox360?! (not sure of the name). i saw an article in yahoo. LoL.. im scared of buying an xbox 😮

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
11 years ago

I think it's called the E74

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
11 years ago

Yep and it isn't covered by the warranty.

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

Jesus Christ! I am scared to turn my 360 on now and days because of crap like this. I haven't played Mass Effect in so long!

Tatsujin
Tatsujin
11 years ago

I have 2 PS1s that still work, PS2 that still works and now a Ps3 (And I bought them all at launch date), I take good care of the systems I buy, or at least I try… Now.. I need a DSi, sure its a PSP rip of in some ways but hey.. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 ;P

karneli lll
karneli lll
11 years ago

My 14 month old 40 gig recently died (the blu drive)and 5 days later its back and running (forgive the repetition).

somethingrandom
somethingrandom
11 years ago

Never had a PS1, my PS2 is like eight years old or so and still going fine.

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
11 years ago

I got my PS1 about a year after launching and it still works to this day like it was brand new. I got my PS2 on launch day and that one lasted about 2 years before the laser went out on it. I picked up a slim version soon after and about a year and a half to 2 years later, that one had the same problem. I still have it but can only watch burned dvds on it. Got my 60GB PS3 on launch day as well and no problems as of yet. Though after going through what I did with my last two Sony systems, I've been careful with it and haven't used it nearly as much as I would normally. But NHL 09 and MLB 09 The Show have been giving it a workout lol.

Luiscosmo2
Luiscosmo2
11 years ago

My Ps2 the big one that I think was like the laucnhed ps2 died on me on 2006 because of the laser thing just like you. And my 2nd one still works. As of my ps2 like i said still works fine.

gumbi
gumbi
11 years ago

My PS1, and PS2 never died on me, they went strong the whole way through. I only replaced them when the slim models came out because… well, I wanted the new toy 🙂

My PS3 gave up the ghost, YLOD, at barely 2 years old. It cost basically twice as much as either of it's predecessors and didn't live half as long.

I may be a stat, part of the minority. But my opinion, based on personal experience, is NO the PS3 is certainly NOT the most reliable playstation… And YES, I am bitter about it. That's a lot of dollars 🙁

P.S. All will be forgiven if Sony gives me a price drop so I can get a new one, and a new LoD game for me to play on it 😀


Last edited by gumbi on 3/24/2009 12:58:30 AM

Cuetes
Cuetes
11 years ago

I've had to send mine in once, UPS damn near had to rip it out of my hands. But it's back and kicking, plus I got second one so Im fully backed up.

The CEO
The CEO
11 years ago

Ive had to send mine in because the drive went out,but I still got more playing time out of it than I did my first 4 360's combined lol!Got a refurb back 2 weeks after sending it in.The only drawback is mine was in pristine condition but the one they sent back has scratches and is not near as pretty but thats nitpicking.All that mattered to me was that I got the same 60 gig model back because I got on launch night,and one of the reasons I purchased so quick was backward compatibility.By the way even though it cost $160 it is still worth it even though I had 3 out of 4 360's fixed for free.PS3 rocks and 360 blows…..up lol.