This is one that I had heard about and read articles about but wasn’t sure what to make of. Then the other night I was playing Call of Duty: World at War and kicking major butt I might add and after the game ended, it usually goes to the load screen before loading out to launch another game but it didn’t do it this time. This time it kind of just stayed on the black screen with the COD logo at the bottom that said loading. It had taken a little longer than normal before so I waited a few minutes and still nothing. I pressed the PS button to see if my XMB was still alive and it was, so I chose quit game thinking I could quit out and come back in. The only problem was that it didn’t quickly close out like I had expected and then I got the yellow light flash and the error beep, no biggie that has happened a few times when I forced out of a game when it had frozen. So finally, it comes back to the home screen and I go to launch COD and it’s not there. I eject the disc, look for it again no dice. I cut it completely off and remove the power cord and turn it back on and still no dice, it was accepting the disc, just not reading it.
Now had this been the old days when I was a bit younger I would be freaking at this point, but instead I calmly went to the internet to see if I could find an answer. I searched and searched and it began to look dire as most of the post and topics said that it was a failure of the blu ray lens and that folks were sending it back to Sony. I was hoping that this wasn’t the case, but it wasn’t looking good. There apparently have been issues like this before with PS3’s of all ages, from ones that people have had for over a year to ones they have had for a few months. There doesn’t seem to be a particular glut in any one model, though I did see a few more referencing the 60GB model (which is what I own).
So I started to freak out a little, I mean up till this point I had really had no problems with my PS3 and have had it for what just became a year. I kept reading and I came across a thread and at the bottom was an interesting fix and explanation, well not the most interesting that was the one about mustard in the USB ports but I digress. The post recommended putting in a regular movie DVD in order for it to load the compound elements or whatever those are back and then try it. I put the DVD in and still no dice. I cut it off and then back on and wouldn’t you know it, it recognized the DVD. So I popped it out and popped COD back in and it worked, so I have to give that guy thanks though I don’t remember the thread.
I don’t know if this was just a minor glitch or an example of what may be a bigger problem, but the one thing I do know is that it does happen. It happens to people who don’t do anything out of the ordinary and take good care of their systems. Some of the other cases referenced this same issue and the old COD and some of its DLC. I am not saying that it has anything to do with COD but more than a few posts mentioned it occurring while playing COD and it sure happened to me while playing it. This could just be a coincidence but it is worth noting. In the end I am just glad I got my system back working again without having to send it back to Sony, but now I am nervous about if it happens again and I can’t fix it. So the question I pose to all of you is, was this just a phantom PS3 fluke or is it something more? You tell me.