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The Tech Fixes the PS3 Still Needs, Eight Years On 99

An anonymous reader writes "The PlayStation 4 has well and truly arrived, but Sony's still selling its last-gen console by the pallet-load, eight years after first going on sale. Of course, as a new article points out, that's nothing compared to the PS2's astonishing 13 year manufacturing run. To help achieve that, the author outlines some tech fixes the PS3 could still do with, even after all this time, from tighter PS Vita integration, to yes, cross game chat. Can it make it past a decade, too?"
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The Tech Fixes the PS3 Still Needs, Eight Years On

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  • HTPC (Score:3, Informative)

    by tepples ( 727027 ) <tepples AT gmail DOT com> on Saturday August 23, 2014 @02:32PM (#47737783) Homepage Journal
    You can buy Other OS in a box. They call it a home theater PC. Alienware [] is only one of several companies making them. Slashdot's own Hairyfeet build them for a living.
  • Re:Real tech fixes (Score:4, Informative)

    by SScorpio ( 595836 ) on Saturday August 23, 2014 @07:17PM (#47739419)

    The Blu Ray drive has nothing to do with the YLOD. Yes the laser can burn out, and I've had to do a single replacement.

    YLOD is caused by micro fractures in solder eventually leading to connections failing. This is because the PS3 came out in 2006, which is the same time PC video cards were also combating the move away from lead based solder (thanks California, do you have that sign up that the state of California contains things known to cause cancer so anyone visiting or living there is aware?).

    The YLOD and RROD caused both Sony and Microsoft to be very conservative with power and heat in the new console.

  • Re: Real tech fixes (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 23, 2014 @07:35PM (#47739533)

    Ylod on ps3 is for more than one error. It can be for a bad CPU, or GPU connection, it can also be a drive read error.

  • Re:Wet Dream (Score:5, Informative)

    by CronoCloud ( 590650 ) <cronocloudauron@ ... minus herbivore> on Saturday August 23, 2014 @08:04PM (#47739669)

    So, you think wanting a feature that was in the product when you bought it and then taken away

    I own a CECHE model PS3 that at one time had a YDL install on it. I was even a moderator over at the Yellow Dog Forum. I have said the following many many times.

    The thing is, you have to agree to have the feature taken away, it won't be taken away without you agreeing to do so....twice.

    The choice is yours, keep Linux and lose access to PSN because your PSN isn't "trusted" or keep access to PSN and lose Linux. Your choice.

    Now perhaps Sony shouldn't have required you to make that choice, but they believed that Geohot gave THEM no choice and the final choice is yours.

  • by tepples ( 727027 ) <tepples AT gmail DOT com> on Saturday August 23, 2014 @09:25PM (#47739991) Homepage Journal
    Or without someone else in the household agreeing to do so twice. Not everybody lives alone. And it's not just PSN that was taken away but also access to newly published games on disc.

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