We really though the 360 would go first. It’s the oldest of our next gen systems. It threw up on itself during Mass Effect 2. It griped and groaned each time I played Fable 3. Sometimes it started and sometimes it didn’t. We pretty much thought the “red ring of death” was inevitable.
But perhaps it knew something we didn’t. Since we set it up several weeks ago, it’s been working fine. (Who has two thumbs and will soon start Mass Effect 3? This gal! :D)
I wish I could say the same about our Playstation 3.
The first sign of trouble occurred about a week or so ago during one of my husband’s after-work-before-dinner rounds with Sleeping Dogs. I was prepping food when I heard a string of expletives from the other room. I went into the den and saw the blank TV, the quiet PS3 and its flashing red light, and my incensed significant other holding the controller in disbelief while letting loose with more apropos curse words.
“I’ll go to the internet,” was my standard answer when technology failed. I found that the flashing yellow/red light “of death” was a common occurrence with older PS3’s like ours, an 80GB model from 2007. I searched through various forums. Some folks said it meant death; others said it was a sign of overheating (which made no sense for us because he couldn’t have been playing the game for more than 15 minutes.) We strolled through numerous YouTube videos on solutions – they were, somewhat sadly, interspersed with videos from kids and adults mourning the death of their systems. We didn’t want to believe that the console was dead, so we told ourselves it had just overheated. We tried a hard reset (didn’t work), cleaned out its air vents, dusted the area where it sat, and let it rest for awhile.
Today, he decided to give it another go. I stood at ready, hoping to see the console spring to life. He sat down, took the controller, and pushed the PS button.
And!…nothing. Except more flashing lights on the controller…damn. He asked me to turn the system on.
I hit the switch, and the lights flashed blue (yay!)…then yellow (oh)…then red (shit). It gave no further response other than that same stupid flashing red light.
This time, he went back to the internet and called a friend of his, a PS3 enthusiast, who pretty much confirmed everything the internet said – it’s wasn’t overheating; the system was fucked. We could send it to Sony for refurbishment for a fee (yeah, right) or buy a new one. Either way, everything on its hard drive was (gulp) lost. All the games…all the save data…all of it…oh god…all of it was gone.
We officially declared our PS3 (sniff sniff sigh) dead.
Cue Sam & Dave’s It Was Nice While it Lasted…
We played our precious PS2 until the day we got our PS3 in late 2007. The PS3 had been released the year before, but we had heard of people having major problems with the system early on. So we waited until we felt all the bugginess had passed and we could safely enjoy the system for many years to come. When we first got the thing, it was really my husband’s domain. He used it regularly to play the likes of SOCOM, CoD, Madden, and Street Fighter with his friends. And that was fine – I stayed close to the 360 and eventually our Wii. It really wasn’t until Dragon Age: Origins that I became a regular PS3 user. (We got it specifically for the PS3 because we thought our “dying” 360 couldn’t handle it.)
In 2010, we started regularly clearing out the hard drive of old save data that we didn’t need anymore. But some data we’ve been keeping, and that’s the data that’s so hard to see go.
Together, we had accomplished a lot in Little Big Planet 1 and 2. Gone.
For me, it’s Arkham City. All the progress I had made, gone.
For him, it’s Skate 3. He loves that game and had it at nearly 100% complete. Now, gone.
It breaks my heart to know that we’ll have to start at ground zero with these games we love. It’s kind of a silly notion to be so attached to save data, but as you well know, many hours of frustration and work went into those games. No, it’s not as bad a having your computer crash on the day of your big presentation or losing all your wedding photos or having your house burn down in a fire, but having all that game data just ripped away is pretty painful.
But, we’ve been discussing our two options: buy a new PS3 or wait for the fabled PS4. Since the PS4 doesn’t appear to be on the horizon any time soon, we’re leaning towards getting a new PS3. But I don’t know. I don’t know what our next move will be. What would you do? Buy or wait?