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