Sony Computer Entertainment America’s communication’s chief
Dave Karraker was proud to note on the official
PlayStation blog an independent PlayStation 3 “stress test” that put the
console through triple-digit hours of operation in various adverse conditions
that no gamer would endure.
The test, as conducted by PS3
Vault, is titled, “How to kill a Ps3 Console” and sends the machine
into zero degree temperatures and sauna-level heat for over four days at a
The first test environment was the typical family room – the
place nearly all gamers will be using their PlayStation 3 consoles – where the
machine ran for a continuous 108 hours with a mix of Blu-ray Disc movie
playback and videogaming. The only recorded anomaly was a “slight vibration
coming from the tray area which lasted approximately 20 seconds.”
The second test environment moved the PlayStation 3 into the
back of freezer van, where temperatures started at 50 degrees Fahrenheit and
progressively dipped down to zero. “We noticed a slight sluggishness in
playback once the temperature reached 0 degrees,” the test notes. “This was
maintained for the last 24 hours, with 12 hours to go we thought we were going
to crash with a sudden blackout to the screen, [but] this was tracked down to
condensation on the cord for the screen.”
The final testing area was inside a sauna, where
temperatures started at 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and went up to 120 degrees over
the last 24 hours. “Strangely enough we thought this would prove to be the
ultimate area to kill the console, and to our surprise the only incident we
noticed was a slight burning smell that came in around 64hours at 110F,” read
the test report. “The console was extremely hot when we finished the overall
test but had come thru all environments with flying colours.”
According to the test notes, the test console is now back in
a normal environment and is exhibiting no abnormal operation.
“A lot of noise has been made recently about the reliability
issues of one of our competitor’s systems. So, not surprisingly, some of our
more ambitious PlayStation faithful decided to run their own stress test on the
PlayStation 3,” wrote Karraker of SCEA. “They put it in a freezer at zero
degrees for up to 108 hours and they put it in a sauna at 120 degrees for up to
64 hours — all the while running games and Blu-ray Disc movies on it. Did it
fail? Nope. Like the Energizer Bunny, it kept going and going and going.”
quote: I'm sure you also like your processor too running at 70 degrees C also too
quote: Couldn't we go back to no moving parts? How much does 4 GB of flash memory cost now? It's maybe $20, but that's only if you buy 1. If you bought in bulk, you could cut it in half or more? If you need more space for a game, then just increase the size.Then, you'd never have to worry anymore about load times, about your disc being scratched, about how much "space" was available, and the power consumption would be cut. Why don't they do this already? I think games on flash based media would be a very good thing.
quote: Look at Microsoft and their stupid 512 meg flash based memory cards. $40 for the thing. If they move to flash, I can easily see Microsoft charging $100+ for each game.
quote: Either way, games are expensive as they are now and to use flash would simply increase costs. Oh and you can guarantee that they'll raise costs by a lot.
quote: the Play Station 3 is a well designed and reliable Blue Ray Media hub
quote: there are no decent games to call it a "gaming system"
quote: the only incident we noticed was a slight burning smell that came in around 64hours at 110F,” read the test report. “The console was extremely hot when we finished the overall test but had come thru all environments with flying colours.”
quote: The final testing area was inside a sauna, where temperatures started at 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and went up to 120 degrees over the last 24 hours.
quote: oh wait did I mention soooommmeeething that Piece of shitbox 360 cant do ? who cares if u have more *shitty* games when your system cant even last 2 days ? LOL !!!!!
quote: I have to say there was a great selection of FPS type games for the Xbox and PS2. But the PS3 has grainy graphics just like the old system.. and is far overpriced. A free PC emulator that only works 50% of the time is preferred. We need solid state game cartridges again.