It really hurts me to have to write this article, but you know I always call them how I see them here at ZKG. So anyway that reads this blog knows that while I love the PS3, I respect other people’s preferences. I just want to make sure that folks who read this understand that I am NO XBOX 360 Fanboy!! The PS3 console is the only one I own and thus writing this article doesn’t help my argument but it has to be said.
In my previous article I spoke about what happened to me recently, I was playing Call of Duty: World at War online and kicking some major butt I might add. Then the game closes out and I am waiting for it load back up and it never does. I hard cancel the game since my XMB was still alive and after a few seconds I got the error noise and the home screen loaded back up but this time the game disc wasn’t there. I tried to take it out and put it back in, that didn’t work. I tried powering down and powering back up but that didn’t work. Finally, I got on the message boards and started to look around and see if anyone else had experienced this and this was the beginning of the story.
In fact, a lot of people had. Most of the post ended with the people sending it back to Sony to be fixed for free if it was still in warrantee or paying $150 US if the warranty period had expired. I found that this problem has happened with old and new systems alike. Here is a note, keep your receipt in a safe place.
I read this trick about putting a DVD in and that would restore the compound elements or something. I did that and by golly it worked..or at least I thought it worked. At first it worked to the point of allowing it to read the blu ray disc again but it went from bad to worse after that. I was able to load COD again but then after finishing a game online, it froze once again and this I had to hard quit. I tried other games and no dice. Eventually, I got some error “could not complete start operation” and that was it. My PS3 was now a glorified DVD player and a very expensive one at that. Since I am a PS3 junkie, I went out and bought another one but now I wonder what to do with the one I have here. I could pay the $150 and send it back and then try to sell it for a little more, I could sell it at Gamestop for like $100 credit, I don’t know that’s not the point of this post.
The point of this post is that Sony appears to have a problem. XBOX has the RROD and now Sony seems to have a problem with the disc lens either failing or becoming in some way compromised but it all ends with the PS3 not being able to read the Blu Ray disc. I had my PS3 a little over a year and never move it. There is nothing that should have occurred to cause this. I understand things fail and anything with this many moving pieces is bound to have issues but this seems to be a little more than a few issues. Bottom line if this happens to you, know that you are not alone and it has happened to a lot of other people, just go to google and type “ps3 can’t read disc” and you will see how many. I don’t know exactly how big this problem is but it is bigger than I thought. Be aware.