Posted on June 5, 2008,

The Trials and Tribulations of Replacing a 60GB PS3

ps3-dead.jpgI’m lucky enough to own a 60GB PlayStation 3. If you aren’t privvy to the SKU setup of the PS3s, I don’t blame you; it’s rather confusing. That’s where this venn diagram comes in handy. (Thanks to Chris Kohler once again for proving things learned in school aren’t entirely worthless.) As you can see, the 60GB is really the best SKU, hands-down, as you get full backwards compatibility with PlayStation 2 games.

But imagine what would happen if your 60GB system broke. It’s been discontinued for quite some time now, so how would you go about replacing that system with a new 60GB? It’s a frightening thought that has occurred to me before I pushed it out of my mind so as to not jinx my good luck.

Unfortunately for one of the writers at Ars Technica, a 60GB PS3 did crap out and this problem had to be faced. He had an extended warranty with EB, but if the system is discontinued, what could they do? The trip through replacing the system can be read over at Ars; it’s certainly something worth reading if you’ve got a 60GB system.

Just in case.

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7 Comments on The Trials and Tribulations of Replacing a 60GB PS3


On June 5, 2008 at 6:44 pm

Not a PS3 owner, but i found this article interesting.

Its crazy to think that sony have actually taken backwards steps with the hardware.
Surely there must be something illegal in the process of Advertising, selling, then removing a feature from a product.

But ignoring that, why would you remove a working feature that people bought.

I’m totally puzzled by this.


On June 5, 2008 at 7:20 pm

On that Venn article, the comments are hilarious. Mainly because of how obvious of a fanboy Norbit is, and how he can’t admit it.


On June 5, 2008 at 7:56 pm

If Sony are able to simply repair any SKU that is sent to them as they say then surely the sensible thing for stores honouring warranties would be for them to get them repaired by Sony.

Kev_M said: “Surely there must be something illegal in the process of Advertising, selling, then removing a feature from a product.”

I’m pretty sure there would be. If you ever hear of anyone doing that be sure to let us know :lol:

@ Evismang

Chris was advising people to go to the Xbox 360, Wii, and PlayStation 2 areas of stores because of how confusing the situation was with PS3 SKU’s according to that graph but not only was the graph out of date because it containd an SKU that wasnt even on sale anymore there were actually twice as many different 360′s on sale at that point making his advice completely idiotic.

That was without a doubt the worst article ever written on this site :lol:


On June 5, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Not really. There was a whole 1 more 360 SKU being sold at the time. Unless we’re reasonable and don’t count the Halo 3 package as a different SKU, since it was essentially a Pro with a different color, they were matched.


On June 6, 2008 at 2:12 am

My 60gb ps3 packed up abouty four months ago with the ps3 code of death. I’m in the uk and simply had tio phone Sony who had a nice sginy console on my doorstep the next day. all i had to do was put my broken console in a plastic bag swap it with the guy at my door and sign a bit of paper. all in all a totally painless experience and am very impressed with sony. i’m guessing the U.S doesn’t get the same level of service from Sony seems a bit odd at they don’t have a general worldwide rule for exchanges etc. Maybe Sony are upset with every the otherside of the Atlantic for the hign 360 install base.


On June 6, 2008 at 2:58 pm

Norbit. You are a constant source of amusement. Thank you.


On June 6, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Norbit, are you really still upset about that line? It was a joke. Let’s laugh it out.