Hello fellow AxeHeads. I bring forth a question.

Two weeks ahead of me buying a PS4 my four-year-old Ps3 died. Well, that’s not exactly true. The fan blew up (or short-circuited, I don’t know). The console still works, if only for five to ten minutes before shutting down due to intense heat.

Here’s my problem: around 80% to 85% of my gaming library is made of Ps3 games, including some I haven’t played yet.

I’m currently battling with three scenarios:

1) buy a new Ps3 to replace the old one;

2) buy a Ps4 and star anew;

3) buy both.

Considering that I’m presently finishing my thesis, bills + two consoles + tuition = starvation; getting a Ps3 means I’ll have to hold off (at least) until July for a Ps4; buying a Ps4 means I won’t be able to play most of my games.

And so, I throw myself at you mercy in search of wisdom.

Please, sound off below and let me know your opinion...

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Comment by Lance Latham on March 16, 2014 at 7:00pm

Oooh. Tough call. There are a few titles coming out for the PS4, but that will mean plopping down more cash to get them. Both would be the option I'd opt for, but time and money are a consideration. My PS3 died last summer but I did not want to wait to get a PS4 since I had too many games in my pile of shame. I'd say get the PS3 since you'll probably get another one anyway eventually to play the unplayed titles. When it comes time to get a PS4, though the price won't be any less (probably) the game library will be more robust and less expensive.

OR

What about sending in the PS3 for repair? Most likely it'll only cost $99, or so I hear. Repair it and get a PS4.

Comment by Josh Schrier on March 16, 2014 at 8:06pm

PS3, there really aren't enough games yet on PS4 to make it worth losing all that PS3 goodness.

Comment by TheRealGamer on March 16, 2014 at 8:49pm

OR!

-1-

Grab a vacuum cleaner and face it to the fan grill.

Give it sometime to clear of some of the dust.Turn the devil off!

Hold the eject button then turn on your PS3.Let it do its' thing!

( possibly do a new dust sweep )

Turn on the PS3 again and  let me know if this improves the situation.

-2- 

Look into repairing the fan by yourself or by handing it to a PRO!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rbUBSb0ce4

-3- 

Buy a PS4 and keep an eye on the PS3 prices down the line, it is inevitable that you're going to be able to pick one up for dirt cheap at some sale or if you can wait ( Black Friday ) 

Comment by Lance Latham on March 16, 2014 at 8:53pm
good point. I had some fan issues too once. I did a fan cleaning and it prolonged the life of my console for quite some time.
Comment by KyussRyn on March 16, 2014 at 9:53pm

In lieu of fixing the fan you have, take the HDD out and back it up to another one.  Sell the PS3, get a PS4, when you find a cheap PS3 in the future, install said HDD.

Another way to look at it, with the games on the HDD you will have access to them in the future, but as you are doing your thesis you probably wont have a lot of time to play so make the most of the PS4 zeitgeist.

OR, get a PC ;)

Comment by Tracy Gates on March 17, 2014 at 2:29am

Get another PS3.  It has more games and PSN gives you more games vs the PS4 as well.  I got my PS4 on launch and truthfully, the games are good but there are not enough of them(expected launch).  I believe you will get more for your buck by getting the older system and waiting.  July is not that far away and by then hopefully some great games will be released.

If you buy a PS4 now, providing you can find one, you will have to buy new games that will set you back even more.  Most are already available on the previous console that you already have.  As a video console collector its also great to have a backup.  Do you really want to purchase games for a newer system that you already own on the previous gen.  To me, its just a waste of money.  Maybe Playstation Now would help but its still buying older games to play on current systems.  I believe its a convenience thing.  Good luck on whatever you do and remember....

"Don't Starve"

:-)

Comment by Talis12 on March 17, 2014 at 6:39am

Buy a new fan and repair it?

If not, i would buy a new PS3 myself in your situation. PS3's aren't that expensive anymore and there arent much good games on PS4 now anyways. (not many you wouldnt be able to play on other devices anyways)

Comment by Lucius Silver on March 17, 2014 at 12:35pm

Thanks for the feedback guys.

I’m also leaning towards a new Ps3 and holding off until the Ps4 library starts growing.

I was looking forward to playing InFamous on launch, but oh well.

I’m gonna try fixing it of course. It’s my baby!

Tomorrow I’ll take it to my local IT shop so they can assess the damage and give me a repair budget – if repair is possible at all.

On the other hand, I’m not sure if I want to do this. The fact is my console was dying before all this happened. Cut-scenes were slow, gameplay was slow, loading took longer than usual... At first I thought it was fragment as all hell, so I cleaned it using the debug menu; it worked for a while, but things got worse after that. My second thought was dust, so I opened the unit – this was back in November of last year – and cleaned it top to bottom. Nothing changed.

I do believe a new unit is the way to go, but I’ll wait and see.

Thanks again   :)

Comment by KyussRyn on March 17, 2014 at 6:37pm

Alternatively you could also get a PS Vita, cheaper than the PS4, has games from both PS3 and PS4, has PSN PLus free games, later on you will be able to cross play games you have already purchased, especially if cross bought as well.

Comment by Lucius Silver on March 18, 2014 at 12:08pm

Thanks Kyuss, but I already own a Vita...  ;)

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