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Submitted by jjdoyle 1251d ago | article

PlayStation Plus' new "free" game download killed PS3 Slim? "Came home to find it dead."

"A friend called me Friday afternoon and said he was having PS3 issues. His system would cut on, but the television was not displaying any video footage from the system. I asked him a series of questions (did he do a hard-reset, did he check/unplug the cables, did he unplug the television, etc.), seeing what all he had tried. After realizing he had done pretty much everything suggested on the PlayStation 3 forums, he mentioned he had even already taken it to Game Stop, where they tested it and told him they thought it was fried and/or a chip in it had stopped working.

I replied something like, "But your television still works right? And no other electronics are messed up?", trying to make sure it wasn't a lightning strike that hadn't been mentioned yet. I asked if he had the box still, and he said he was actually looking for the PS3 box as we were talking. I told him I would check back with him later that night, to see if he had made any progress.

After I sent a general text o... (Borderlands, PS3, Tag Invalid)

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PirateThom  +   1251d ago | Well said
What an odd conclusion to come to. A corrupted file is not going to lead to system failure like that. I had an issue with the Dust 514 auto update where it just froze and I had to turn the system off and on again and, guess what, the PS3 still works.

So, I'd say the corrupted data was, at best, a symptom, but not a cause.
Abash  +   1251d ago
"Free = Fried?"

I literally rolled my eyes when I read that, there could be so many captions that are actually witty and creative to use.... "Free = Fried?" though is just atrociously bad
MmaFan-Qc  +   1250d ago | Funny
my jeep is burning a lot of oil, i blame Sony for it.
jadenkorri  +   1250d ago
wow just wow, this shit happens all the time on computers and even the 360. I dled borderlands and installed it, no problems, as I am sure the millions of other people had no problem doing the same. 1 person, even out of 10000 dls is not a major issue.
Veneno  +   1250d ago
Is it a Turquoise Jeep?

Smang it, Playa
jeseth  +   1250d ago
What is really odd ....

I bought the GOTY Edition off Amazon and tried playing it today for the first time and my PS3 (320gb Slim) froze at the Main Menu every time. I tried about 5 or 6 times and couldn't get it to start, had to reset my PS3 every time because it froze.

I'm kind of bummed about it.
SilentNegotiator  +   1250d ago
I farted on the day jfk was shot. I must have killed him :(

This is such a BS coincidence. The author must not have the slightest clue about how computer hardware/software works.
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nrvalleytime  +   1251d ago
Sentionalism looks as symptoms as the problem. Sadly, causes are usually ignored in articles like these because it won't gain hits.
Awesome_Gamer  +   1250d ago
Didn't happen to me...
QuodEratDemonstrandm  +   1250d ago
Of course not. Would you read a story if the headline was, "Some Guy's PS3 Breaks?"
Armyless  +   1250d ago
I am very close to taking N4G out of my daily website viewing rotation.

This is not an article, this is not journalism.
bostoner  +   1251d ago
Well The same thing happened to me with the corrupted data and the display not working when going into a game. The only difference is I'm not dumb enough to just go buy a new one. I was still able to do a back up with this problem and with a little compromise I was able to back up the important stuff on my 500GBs fairly quickly. Then a restore and a re load and problem solved. Also the system kept trying to pull a game in on start up with any game in there. I had to insert a disc and just eject it again and that headache was over. Corrupted files don't always cause chaos like this. I find though that a corrupted file not dealt with like restoring file system after incorrect shut down or such can have devastating effects on your system down the line. One which you may not be able to back up anything before the restore.
Campy da Camper  +   1250d ago
Agreed. I have about 5 corrupted files. They usually occurred when I was being impatient. I would go to delete a game file and before it populated the file name and size I already hit delete. After 5 minutes of freezing I would have to do a hard reboot via unplug the power supply. When I turned it back on I had a corrupted file.

I have noticed that when you are installing or deleting a file, you have to wait a few seconds once it opens for the name and file size to appear. If you just hit the action (delete/install) before this the system locks up and even the power buttons do not work. You have to literally unplug the system and then plug it back in. Once you boot up you have one of those lightning bolt thingy and it says corrupted file.

That said, my PS3 still works fine and I have a few of them lol
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morkendo23  +   1250d ago
sony should be sued my shoe lace came undone, I've fallen cant get up.
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NewZealander  +   1250d ago
corrupted data on ps3 pisses me off, every time i try to delete the corrupted data the console just locks up, why cant you get rid of it?

other issues im having is while watching TV on demand the system randomly tells me that there is not enough memory so the image has been replaced by a blank screen....WTF?
so ill reload watch the rest of my program then the console will freeze, hitting power gives three beeps, and when i boot back up it tells me data may have been corrupted and system is going to restore files, this is too regular for my liking!
jjb1981  +   1250d ago
A corrupted data file @ 2gb, took me an hour to delete, in the meantime I was watching the big bang theory...
WeskerChildReborned  +   1250d ago
Yea, that's like me blaming Prototype 2 for my PS3 braking, i bought a new PS3 and played Prototype 2 on it and it worked fine.
Veneno  +   1250d ago
GT 5 was the game that busted mine.
Dee_91  +   1250d ago
After a file was corrupt on my slim ps3 I had to reformat it.I lost all of my data I didnt have backed up.
My fat ps3 yellow light while I was downloading ..... coughcoughporncoughcough but it was already on its last leg anyway however corrupt files might can cause a system failure.Although leaving his PS3 on for 12 hours was more than likely what caused it.
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SnakeCQC  +   1250d ago
it happened to one of my ps3s(im on my 4th) they died mainly from ylods but one died from that damn 3.60 FW update
Ryto  +   1250d ago
Recently got a ps3 slim and have only played the ps plus downloadable games, not had one crash or problem yet.

Just a silly article, probably damaged the ps3 from other reason, but I read someone else say this... If your DVD player went bust, would you blame the DVD?
ame22  +   1251d ago
I have malaria, must've been Playstation 3. Sue Sony.
KwietStorm  +   1251d ago
I would join you, but we can't do class action suits anymore.
subtenko  +   1251d ago
Hmm that's all companies now or just Apple or AT&T? I'll have to re-look that up because I remember hearing something about it with AT&T at least.
guitarded77  +   1250d ago
@ subtenko

KwietStorm is talking about the agreement between PSN users and Sony, which was made mandatory after the "outage". We cannot go class action on Sony.
shgadlic  +   1250d ago
chuck testa.
Blankman85  +   1251d ago
". . .update Version 3.60 killing his PS3 system." I cannot be the only one that finds that wickedly chuckle worthy.
3-4-5  +   1251d ago
They somehow transferred the red ring ! lol
GribbleGrunger  +   1251d ago
Ok, we need an age restriction on this site. Do I really have to wade through the playground to get to the University every time I come here?
BitbyDeath  +   1251d ago
Wait, there's a university?
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GribbleGrunger  +   1251d ago
well... er... I could have picked a better analogy lol. I just thought, playground (kids), University (adults) and went for it! The educational theme lead my analogy astray...
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BitbyDeath  +   1251d ago
Lol, i just meant i haven't seen much of anything outside of the playground :-p
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Reverent  +   1250d ago
Well, there is definitely a University here, but it's hidden behind a mile long playground and boxed away in a ball pit fortress.
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glennco  +   1250d ago
you have come to the wrong place if you want anything but fanboy talk.
TheRacingX  +   1250d ago
BIG Bubbles for you ......that was rich...
ftwrthtx  +   1251d ago
Electronics fail. Blaming the failure on a game or a system update is not good science. LOL
wishingW3L  +   1251d ago
well, an update did kill my first PS3 phat and another one messed up the bluethooth and wi-fi on my slim. I'm currently on my 3rd PS3 all broken after an update. Way too much coincidence don't you think? PS3's dying right after an update....
PirateThom  +   1251d ago
Yeah, definitely coincidence. I've had a few PS3s and none have died during a firmware or title update. One died while playing Killzone, one died while playing Burnout Paradise and one just stopped reading discs.
pixelsword  +   1250d ago
I put GoW III near my PS3 and it killed my PS3; I saw Kratos' hand come out and cut the cords.

Tha' bastage.

Kidding. :D
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glennco  +   1250d ago
i reckon updates are the biggest cause of failure for consoles. then the manufacturer denies any wrong doing. the forums for all 3 consoles are filled with updates bricking consoles. generally firmware though
wishingW3L  +   1251d ago
why do people approve this garbage?
kB0  +   1251d ago
pixelsword  +   1250d ago
It's truly garbage, but according to a bunch of "journalists", it's the PS3 fans who are actually fanboys, so it can't be because of fanboys...
JellyJelly  +   1250d ago
If it was about the 360 you would hold hands and jump for joy.
Sketchy_Galore  +   1251d ago
Damn, it actually took them longer than I thought to figure out some way that giving away free games could be a terrible terrible thing.
Hicken  +   1251d ago
Oh, they were doing that from the start.

"They're just giving away a bunch of games nobody wants to play, or that they already own. It's not worth it."

Anything. ANYTHING to complain about.
ceballos77mx  +   1251d ago
Its ridiculous stating that an update killed a console, if it is true then every console would be dead after this update, my fat ps3 is still running after this.
kneon  +   1250d ago
Hardware dies, it's a fact of life. Sometimes electronics fail even if you don't use it.

The problem is that there are a lot of machines out there and a lot of whiners. Assuming there are about 60 million PS3s and let us assume a failure rate of just 2% per year, then you would still have over 3000 PS3's dieing every day on average.
ceballos77mx  +   1250d ago
I know hardware die,I've lost a ps3 and a 360 but stating that an update killed them is stupid.
kneon  +   1250d ago
I'm not saying an update killed it, I'm saying that there are so many devices dieing every day that there are sure to be some that die during an update, even though the update has nothing to do with the failure.
ziggurcat  +   1251d ago

post hoc fallacy at its finest...
sycnation  +   1251d ago
My resistance 3 game save data (initial install data) isn't deleting and it just says "invalid" when I click to delete it.

Weird huh?
idiealot  +   1251d ago
R3 is really weird when you try to delete it, it took over 30 minutes for it to completely erase all the files. Look in the forums for help good luck man!
GribbleGrunger  +   1251d ago
Ah, my R3 is corrupted and won't delete either. Is there a workaround?
MySwordIsHeavenly  +   1251d ago
I have that with Resistance 3, Heavy Rain, and Burnout: Paradise.

There is no work-around. You have to format. :/
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BitbyDeath  +   1250d ago
I had that happen to me as well with R3.
I searched on google for the solution. (Don't remember the link).
But i had to hold down some buttons on the playstation to get into the backend menu (on booting up) and say repair/recover playstation or something.

After i did that it was then deleteable.

This is the only game i've encountered that before... what a pain.
Jazz4108  +   1250d ago
The ps3 is a terribly designed system with updates thrown ontop of updates. What surpises me is pirate tom one of the big sony fans on here has had three ps3s die and he still thinks sony can do No wrong.i personally have had two ps3s die and my launch 360 died earlier this year. Just from what I read on here from sony fans shows that alot of ps3s have been repurchased because of bricking while ms when they had issues replaced them all free under warranty and ms is supposed to be the bad guy. Dont even get me started on the ps3 hack.
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madjedi  +   1250d ago
@jazz No one cares about what a mindless 360 fanboy like you thinks of the ps3.

"while ms when they had issues replaced them all free under warranty and ms is supposed to be the bad guy."

Because for about 2 yrs, all ms was saying was the xbox 360 is well within industry standards.

The reason the they started offering free replacements, is because they were getting close to having a recall forced upon them.

Really a 360 owner is trying bring reliability of another console into question, you might as well give the other side the rifles to shoot you with.

Reliability has not been one of the 360's strong points, not unless your completely stupid. It's online gaming is one of it's strong points.

Lmao the psn hack, you mean were sony disabled psn till it's security and customers credit cards were confirmed to be reasonably safe(nothing is unhackable). Damn sony for not leaving psn on and potentially unsecure. -_-

Why does that have your panties in a bunch, it's not like you even owned the console, your a flat out xbox fanboy.

You were probably laughing your ass off about it, given the comments of your's i have read the last few yrs.

And every 360 owner is still on his/her original 360, that works flawlessly./s ALL electronics will die eventually, you name it and some part in it will stop working.
tigertron  +   1250d ago
It takes AGES to delete R3's game data. If you cancel mid way it will corrupt the file, but don't worry, just delete it again and wait for about 30-45 minutes. It will get deleted eventually, you just have to be patient.
Blastoise  +   1251d ago
Seems legit
LakerGamerEnthusiast  +   1250d ago
plz tell me you simply forgot to add " /s " and don't believe this.
Lord_Sloth  +   1250d ago
"Seems legit" is by itself a sarcastic comment. You should keep up with the memes on the web more if you intend to stay on a site which uses them often.


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LakerGamerEnthusiast  +   1249d ago
I apologize about my backtrack in memes.. I simply have not been up to date on what means what is all. Thank you for the update Lord_Sloth :)
kingPoS  +   1251d ago
I doubt a single download game all by it self destroyed his ps3. Was it well ventilated? How long was it on? What type of media was used the most? All those factor in untimely ps3 death.
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sandman224  +   1251d ago
Nice headline jjboyle. That's a good way to stir things up.
strange1986  +   1251d ago
The author clearly isn't familiar with the concept of sample size. Two people's PS3's dying during an update/download is hardly incriminating evidence. Even if a bunch of other people experienced similar situations, we're talking about an install base of millions of consoles. Also, the friend clearly says in the second text that he left his PS3 on for over 12 hours before he found it dead. It's GOTTA be Sony's fault! What a dumb article.
Getowned  +   1251d ago
I've had my Ps3 on for a day and a hlf before, still works and this was before the summer abuse were its been on allday everyday by 3 or 4 people lol

btw anyone know if it voids warranty if I open my PS3 up and spay it with a air can to clear out dust thats been really building up?

Dust = Bad for any electronics. My slim started sounding loud so I took my vaccume and some q-tips to the vents, it seemed to help a bit, its not as loud now anyway.
strange1986  +   1251d ago
Yeah I have definitely had mine on for many many hours at a time as well - I just thought it was worth pointing out.

Also, I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure just opening it up will void the warranty.
topekomsi  +   1250d ago
@strange1986 Give this man a dollar, you are correct, there is a seal and if it has been opened they will not honor factory or best buy black tie protection warranty.
kneon  +   1250d ago
Yes opening it will void the warranty, but unless you have pets or smokers in the house it shouldn't get all that dusty during the warranty period. But once that's over go ahead and crack it open, excessive dust buildup is a sure fire way to fry any electronics. I clean out my PCs and PS3s 2-3 times a year.
rainslacker  +   1250d ago
It is usually good to vacuum out the ventilation about once a month using a basic vacuum attachment, or you can get specialty mini vacuums from computer stores which work well. There's a way to make the fan spin at maximum speed when booting the system to blow out the dust, but it's not applicable to all models, and there is some debate on whether or not it's advisable to do so. Can't remember the button sequence since it's not applicable to my system, I've never used that method.
Getowned  +   1250d ago
ahh, thanks for the advice. I tought it would void warranty but was to lazy to look it up. I forget how old my PS3 phat and slim are, I know for sure the phat is well without warranty now, but the slim not sure I think it may have some warranty still on it I got it in 2010, and I may have bought extra warranty at best buy. still I want to open it and clear out the dust.
Dualshockers_Carlos  +   1251d ago
This should be on a rant video on youtube or something. Not a good writing piece!
hardcorehippiez  +   1250d ago
to rainslacker above. its running a fan test. you hold down eject and the start button and turn on the main switch at the back. it is in most models . for the slim you need to disconnect the power lead hold start and eject and the plug the power lead back in.
sway_z  +   1251d ago
Well, I can say I have upgraded my HDD from 160 - 500GB and have been re-downloading all my stuff again from the store since the 7th sept's still on now some 3 days issues, not even hot!

*Same for my's always on
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hazelamy  +   1251d ago
my first ps3 died overnight while it was off.
same with two of my xboxs.

the solder can crack as it cools down when the console is switched off and it contracts.
then you've got a console dying while you weren't using it.

i don't think corrupt data would do physical damage to a console, if it did, my ps3 would have died some time ago.
kneon  +   1250d ago
Well it's possible that if the OS becomes corrupt rather than just a data file that the fan control will not function correctly. If that happens and you leave it on for too long then it could over heat.
hazelamy  +   1250d ago
that's a possibility i hadn't considered.
DK99  +   1251d ago
I got bored after "A friend"
BitbyDeath  +   1250d ago
I got bored after 'PlayStation Plus' new "free" game download killed PS3 Slim?'
dumahim  +   1250d ago
Odd. I had downloaded Borderlands last week and just fired it up today. When trying to start a new game, it was looking for save files and just got stuck. I had to quit out of the game and relaunch. Now, every time I do, the screen goes black for a couple seconds, comes back for a couple seconds and just repeats. I deleted the game and save data and was going to reinstall, but of course PSN is down.

Now, fired up Ghost Recon Future Soldier to make sure everything else is working, it's stuck on "Logging in to Ubisoft server, please wait."
Simco876  +   1250d ago
Better for this guy, Borderlands is a waste of time (IMO) Disagrees welcome.
stage88  +   1250d ago
My lawnmover broke, I guess I should sue Sony...
RandomDude655  +   1250d ago
How the hell did you get a contraption that moves lawns?
LakerGamerEnthusiast  +   1250d ago
uhh.... ^ :l
stage88  +   1250d ago
Haha I see what I did there. I mean... with the rules of physics anything is possible!
chukamachine  +   1250d ago
More bashing.

Sounds like a case for mulder and scully.

The truth is out there, you just have to know where to look.
madeinLeeds  +   1250d ago
My arse is burning up, should I blame Sony? Nothing to do with the curry I ate, It's definitely Sonys fault!!!!
chiefdog11  +   1250d ago
Consoles eventully die like all electronic devices. WIth all the millions of consoles online odds are some will die during a download. Doesnt't mean it's the download's fault. Jumping to conclusions a little too quick here.
Freakazoid2012  +   1250d ago
It wasnt the free game that caused the issue but the way the guy handled it that caused it to fry.

Cant really blame Sony or Borderlands because the user had an issue and rather than look into the proper steps he simply started it over then left it sitting like it would all work out fine in the end.
Neko_Mega  +   1250d ago
The way I see it, if downloading could kill your PS3. Then PC's would have that happen to (with out the download having a virus), but seeing how that isn't true and I have downloaded this game and all the add ons as well as games that take more memory.

I call bs on this, at best his PS3 had problems before hand.
HSx9  +   1250d ago
The website is very suspicious, it was trying to make me download something, I would advice people to stay away from it.
Avalanche  +   1250d ago
this happened to me to where the tv woould cut on and off when i was playing Borderlands(Free PSN Version). all i did was start the game and it stopped. Basically just kept pressing X until the games opening video played
fullmetal297  +   1250d ago
The author mentions about leaving his PS3 on for twelve hours only to discover a dead PS3. The problem is obviously an overheating issue. Leaving any electronic device running for extended periods will build up heat, causing permanent damage.
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dazzrazz  +   1250d ago
You're brain has a permanent damage ! Building up heat while idling console lol
Pintheshadows  +   1250d ago
People in glass houses...
rainslacker  +   1250d ago
Yes...any operating circuit builds up heat during any operation, even at idle. Don't believe me? Take the fan off your computer's CPU. about 30 seconds during the computers post procedures touch the CPU.
Bladesfist  +   1250d ago

No one do what he says, It only takes 10 seconds with no cooling for a CPU to get damaged from heat and you will have to reapply thermal paste. Most new PCs will not even boot without the CPU fan plugged in to the motherboard.
rainslacker  +   1249d ago

I'm well aware of this, although didn't know about newer PC's not booting. My comment was aimed at dazz who thought IC's don't get hot when running and using it for a personal attack against someone else.

Realistically you could touch almost any circuit on a running computer and feel some heat being given off by it. It's not advisable to do so however because static discharge could cause problems in of itself.
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