Are you a serious video gamer?


If you are a serious video gamer, by that I mean you play for several hours each day as I do, sooner or later the technology will let you down.

Before I go any further, you should know that I am retired and therefore able to finally indulge my passion for video games. As far as the current crop of game consoles go, having tried them all down the years, these days I stick with Sony Playstation – currently the PS3. I’ve tried Playstation’s main opposition in the form of the Microsoft Xbox. To say the product left a lot to be desired, would be a major understatement. Meltdowns being the chief problem.

As for the Playstation, it is a far superior product, or it would be but for its Achilles heal – the BlueRay player (the unit you insert your game disc into), and a major internal design fault. For some totally unfathomable reason (probably financial cost cutting), Sony never redesigned the inner workings of the console to fix the problem. Or did they? Read on.

It simply beggars belief that the company who manufacture the best laptop on the market today (the Sony Vaio) would allow their game console division to use inferior components like their current BlueRay player. My latest standard PS3 lasted thirty one days before the BlueRay unit inevitably died. This is a typical length of time regarding daily use. I have only had one console in the form of the Sony Playstation 3 500GB Super Slim, which despite trying to die after a month, actually lasted for six month’s daily use.

Down the years I’ve read all the ‘how to fix your PS3 when it dies’ articles, which if you screw it up still leaves you without a working console, not to mention voiding the warranty. I even inquired about getting a console fixed under warranty once. The problem there was that it was going to cost me even more than a new console is worth, making a total nonsense of the whole free warranty system.

The chief problem in the standard console is that the Blueray unit allows  your disc to descend into its bowels where the fan designed to keep things cool, also sucks in lots of dust.

The Super Slim console keeps your disc away from any dust attracting fan. But even though it is totally enclosed, the simple action of a disc spinning creates air movement, attracting dust. But at least with the Super Slim’s Blueray unit it is relatively easy to wipe away any dust on the unit’s lens with a soft tissue.

So this latest unit goes to join the seven other standard dead consoles in my spare room. Its back to yet another new Super Slim console next week. At least my other one lasted a bit longer than a standard console…


PS – Ok, then why not simply play your games on a proper computer I hear you cry? I tried that over two decades ago. The problem then and now is that you need a hard drive free of all normal software to accommodate most games. Plus, the real problem is controlling your in game characters movements and actions. Using a combination of joystick and keyboard is ponderous to say the least. Give me a PS3’s  Controller any day.

PPS – Since posting the above article yesterday, a good friend of mine has offered to take my latest PS apart to dust it. Of course I accepted. But, given that this particular console behaved like all my previous Playstations from day one, by staggering, locking up, etc, I do hope he will forgive me for being a little skeptical about his conviction that the problem is nothing more than dust and not, as I still believe, mechanical… 😉

PPPS – If your console is connected to the internet, isn’t it about time the manufacturers of video game consoles did away with Blueray players altogether? After all, most game suppliers offer downloadable content, thereby eliminating the inherent, nay inevitable, mechanical problems. Just a thought…

9 thoughts on “Are you a serious video gamer?

  1. Holy hell, you must be hard on your consoles. I frequently play for 6-8 hours per day, and regularly do charity 24 hour sessions. Since my launch ps3 died last year I have the 500gb super slim and have had no problems whatsoever. And I’ve had that unit since June. And the ps4 is reliable as hell too. I don’t know what you do to your units or to the bluray drives in them but that is most definitely not normal.


    • In short, I don’t do anything to them. The standard ones just die after a month. As I said in the article, the only one that managed to get past the initial first month was my first Super Slim. Which is why I am now waiting for another one. 😉


      • Nothing odd about it friend. We all live with dust on a daily basis. Read the article again, this time slowly and carefully. The idea of enclosing a BlueRay player close to a dust attractor like a fan unit is clearly undesirable. Even the Super Slim while physically separating the BlueRay player away from the fan unit by placing it it on top of the console, is still subjected to dust.

        BTW, I only buy new…


      • Maybe it’s just me that’s odd then. As part of my cleaning schedule I frequently vacuum dust out of my consoles and keep a relatively dust free environment for them.


  2. Oh and as a quick FYI – you can get controllers with the Playstation or xbox layout, depending on preference, for your PC. PC gaming has come a long way since the 90s.


  3. To ‘A gamer’.
    I just tried your dust extraction solution. Sadly it made no difference. I also tried resetting everything with the same result. On inserting a game disc you can hear it enter a first stage inside the BlueRay unit. Next you hear it drop to a second position before the unit ceases to function….


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