The PS3 Stress Test


With all the recent news about spontaneous Xbox 360 meltdowns and the infamous “red rings of death,” one has to wonder just how durable Sony’s next-gen console can be. Well, the boys over at PS3 Vault took it upon themselves to find out through a series of stress tests. They took a PS3 system and subjected it to 108 hours of continuous use — using games, DVDs, and Blu-Rays — in three different environments: a living room at room temperature, the back of a freezer van, and the inside of a heated sauna. Their findings: the PS3 is one tough system. The console never once shut down and continued to perform the tasks throughout the experiment. Their only problems were a slight burning smell in the sauna and some condensation on the TV cord that caused it to shut off (but not the PS3).

I have to admit, I was a little surprised by this. You pick up a PS3, and it feels like a powerful, but fragile piece of hardware. Still, as has been proven many times before, even the strongest pieces of technology rarely survive a sledgehammer.

Via PS3 Vault

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Gordon Freeman

On August 13, 2007 at 5:01 pm

PS3 is awesome. I’m not surprised about this. I saw a Blu-Ray stress test, one tough disk for one tough console. Shame about the sledgehammer. Next console sony make should be made of steel.

I hate PS3

On August 13, 2007 at 6:18 pm

Yes and then they can charge over about $2000 for it because Sony ruins everything with their bull XBox 360 is the only good next gen system despite the problems it has. PS3 has no good exclusive games none at all.


On August 13, 2007 at 9:39 pm

I don’t have neither one of these things but I’m trying to figure how can you base how good a system is on what game it has. From what I’ve ready the 360 isn’t as good as the PS3 plain and simple. The only thing going for it is the amount of games. Can somone explain to me how all of these people stand by a machine and a company that the system itself has such a major issue. As much as I may want to play Halo 3 this ring of death is keeping me from buying a 360 (also I don’t have 400 bucks to waste).


On August 13, 2007 at 10:09 pm

@ LaChandra:
How hard is it to understand that what MAKES a console is its games? So you don’t have enough money to buy an Xbox 360, but you’d rather spend your hard-earned $700 bucks on a console with so-so games? Ooh, ahh, they remade Oblivion. Don’t even get me started on Resistance. I have all 3 warring consoles, but my PS3 is in my closet. I jam with my brother on GoW, but no one in my house goes, “THREE CHEERS FOR… Mist of Chaos?” Give me a break, LaChandra, if you don’t rate a console on its games then you’ve obviously chosen because you like the brand name. Plain and simple the 360 isn’t as good as the PS3? That’s all you’ve got on it is that it’s “just not as good”. And 1 to 2 percent of 360s have problems, and if you buy a $20 intercooler the Red Ring of Fire won’t even appear.

So where you say you don’t have $400 to waste? I ask why you spend the extra 3 to play games that have higher FPS on the 360.

(Madden 08, NCAA 08, APF 08… The List Will Grow)


On August 13, 2007 at 10:32 pm

:roll: It’s not made by Microsoft….. duh :razz:


On August 14, 2007 at 6:37 am

I don’t think the games alone make a system or even the graphics the whole package together is worth a lot more than just one or the other.

What keeps me from buying the ps3 is the price as well as the games out for it. In a few months (like the 360 had) I hope there will be enough games on the system to make it worth the money I’d have to spend to get it.

Any system that you have to buy “addons” for just to keep it running isn’t built well… I don’t care how many beautiful games a system has when it’s going to overheat in a few hours of game-play.

I’d buy a system worth twice as much as the PS3 if they would make games that have as much enjoyability as the old systems had to their name. (like Legend of Oasis) Seems like most the games that are coming out now I can spend 20 hours on and beat with almost no satisfaction other than a hard boss fight. If it’s not that I get into the cg stuff like Xenosaga had. (I LOVED Xenogears even with some irritations in it but I won’t buy vol. 2 of saga)

Instead of worrying so much about who looks better or who has more/less buttons how about worrying about the actual elements of the games that are disappearing into nothingness…


On August 14, 2007 at 6:50 am

look at all the xbot trolls crying because they bought a failing system that only has halo 3, trying to say the ps3 has no games? you are all stupid, the ps3 has better exclusives than your box60, or halobox, or whatever FPS you are hyping this week


On August 14, 2007 at 8:16 am

@ the moron who hates the ps3, you say no good exclusives? ok, live in your make believe world then but here goes
lair, heavenly sword, warhawk, uncharted, unreal tournament 3, killzone 2, mgs 4, infamous, littlebigplanet(you truly are an idiot if you dont like littlebigplanet) haze, eight days, afrika, resistance, motorstorm, ninja gaiden, the list really goes on, but your xbox has halo 3 gears and mass effect, oh wait 2 of those are pc, so your xbox has halo 3, now what system has no exclusives again? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :roll:


On August 14, 2007 at 9:06 am

How can you simply say that people are idiots if they don’t LIKE LittleBigPlanet? How can you like a game that isn’t even out? I guess that wasn’t thinking on your part. And ooh, shiver me timbers, Afrika? Yum, I get to take snapshots of rhinos in the wild. How enticing. And don’t get any E3 enthusiast going on Eight Days. Where was it during the ’07 E3? Being brainstormed? I could rip apart 75% of your games, but I’m not using a source. So for your special PS3 exclusives you so happened to choose a game produced BY EPIC, known as Unreal Tournament 3.
MGS 4 looks badass, but Killzone 2? Killzone 1 sucked enough balls that I almost broke the disc after playing a nonsensical, buggy multiplayer for about 30 minutes. I really don’t want any more of that.

And congrats, you’ve realized that Microsoft is making more money than Sony! What with your realisation that the good games come out on more platforms. GoW and Mass Effect coming out on computer?
Is that supposed to be a bad thing?
Thanks for your time.


On August 14, 2007 at 11:09 am

I wouldn’t necessarily buy a PS3 right now either because I don’t have the money but if I did have the money I’d buy it. Why buy something that consumers show is not stable. Buying something you know has a high chance of not working and knowing that people are on their third one is just dumb. If you’re into buying something that needs extra parts to ensure it runs I have a car I can sell you.

Now, I’m not a fanboy or whaterver I’m just practical and not that into having the latest thing. I probably will like games that the majority don’t. Sony’s machine is more stable. I haven’t heard near as much, if any problems with the PS3 running or people needing to return it for a different one multiple times.

Honestly, I would like both systems because they both have somthing to offer but based on stability Sony is winning this one. Also, correct me if I’m wrong(I just might be) doesn’t the PS3 have more storage and more crap and maybe since it hasn’t been crashing it might just be worth the price.


On August 14, 2007 at 2:02 pm

@ zack, how can you not like a game that lets you create whatever you want, i dont need to play it to know that it has the most potential out of any game made, the great thing about littlebigplanet, is that for haters like you, i can just say: hey its time to put up your levels, or shut up!


On August 16, 2007 at 10:30 am

Wait wait wait wait WAIT. You guys are arguing about 2 consoles that came out almost 2 years apart? Of course Xbox 360 has more games and its a given that within that pile of games theres going to be some great games. PS3 JUST came out and good games are just starting to come out for it. So how about we have this argument in lets say.. a year? Then we’ll see whos the best

that guy

On December 4, 2009 at 3:19 am

Are you retarded?