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    Default 😎My FIRST PLAYSTATION 3 !

    If all goes as planned within a couple weeks I will be getting my first ever PlayStation 3, a slim series model with Custom Firmware even. I had the OG PlayStation and PS2 and loved them but was put off of PS3 launch price and somehow it just slipped by me since. I won this one in a contest though much to my surprise, not sure what I can do with the Jailbreak custom firmware besides load games to hard drive, I've no interest in online play with others or if I need and PSN account to do anything with it or what is risk of messing up the custom firmware etc? All new to me, I watched a video on the process of how it was modded, frankly not hard but many tedious steps involved, now I just want to get the most out of it but it's all new to me. Anyway I intend to research and learn as much as I can, might post back here in a thread for help or suggestions once I have received and set it up. 🍻
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    Congrats on winning one! I'm in a similar boat. I've gotten every other Sony system while they were current gen, but I never picked up a PS3 while it was alive and still haven't done so, despite building up a small collection of PS3 games. I'll have to grab one sooner or later. It's a shame the PS4 isn't backwards compatible.

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    I bought one from Circuit City in 07/08. I returned it shortly thereafter because there werent enough games I wanted to play and couldnt deal with the load times and install times
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    Quote Originally Posted by gbpxl View Post
    I bought one from Circuit City in 07/08. I returned it shortly thereafter because there werent enough games I wanted to play and couldnt deal with the load times and install times
    Wow, Circuit City, that takes me back. A recession victim.

    I got my PS3 for Christmas in 2006, it was the original model that was backward compatible with all PS1 and PS2 games. Mine was the 60 GB bundle. Although it seems like it would be the ultimate PS3, the slim and super slim models are more reliable and have a bigger hard drive. Anyway the PS3 got a lot of good games in its lifetime, should be a lot of fun. Hope you enjoy it.
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    Congrats on getting one soon OSG.As for psn it's only needed if you want to play online or buy games digitally.By the way online play is free.Currently though,games for it on the second hand are dirt cheap at this point.I still have a 60GB model but it died years ago from ylod.All i use now is a super slim but mostly for netflik and youtube.
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    Alright, let's break this into several sections, it's quite hard to understand which PS3 is the best x worst to get.

    First of all, you need to know if you absolutely need to run PS2 games on it with the most compatibility possible. If that's one of your goals you have 4 models to buy:

    CECHA/CECHB, which have ALL the PS2 hardware inside (CPU/GPU/RAM/Bridge)
    CECHC/CECHE, which have only the PS2 GPU inside (as a cost reduction measure)

    Games will run from original PS2 disc on those models, you just insert the PS2 game and it'll read and run as if it was a PS2. You'll be able to use the Suxaxis/DualShock3 wireless controllers.

    HOWEVER those early PS3 suffer from the YLOD (Yellow Light of Death) syndrome, which in the past everybody and it's dog would tell you to "reflow/reball" the CPU and GPU, but that's not the case anymore. The YLOD is caused due to overheating, yes, but mostly by the shitty NEC TOKIN capacitors.

    All PS3 after the CECHE will have only two USB ports in the front, no Card reader, and NO PS2 hardware. PS2 games will run via emulation, and will not run from original disc. You'll have to buy digital versions from Sony, and they do not run too bad, but it's not perfect.

    So to make it short: you want to run PS2 games with maximum compatibility, maximum fidelity to original, buy a CECHA/CECHB PS3. You don't want to run original PS2 games, and don't want problems with overheating, buy the latest PS3, the Superslim.

    NOW another thing to consider: Running 'backups', pir8ed games, homebrews:
    You have basically 2 methods: on older PS3s, you can have the CFW, which removes Sony's consumer version of PS3 Firmware, and replaces it with the firmware found on Debug PS3s. That way you can run games from all regions, can basically do whatever you want with your PS3. You can fully install games on HDD (and never use the physical disc ever again, even for PS2, even for PS1 games), you can run emulators, media players, etc.

    The second method of "jailbreaking" your PS3 is using a HFW (Hybrid Firmware), which will patch the consumer firmware and adding the jailbreaking stuff on top of it. Not as compatible, doesn't do everything that the CFW can do but will work on ALL PS3 models.

    So my reccomendations are:
    1) You want to run PS2 games and backups: find a CECHA
    2) You want to run orignal PS3 games only: find a Superslim
    3) You want to run backups/homebrew, but don't care about PS2: find a Slim model 2100 (because the first 2000s Slims have the NEC TOKIN that plague the Fat PS3).

    Now about the elephant in the room: the absurdly high failure rate for FAT PS3s:
    As I said, they are not caused (only) because of the overheating: 95% of the times, it's caused by the NEC TOKIN capacitors, 8 in the CECHA/CECHB/CECHC/CECHE. All of them have to be replaced by standard SMD capacitors, each NEC TOKIN replaced by 4 standard SMD capacitors. This is very time consuming, but there are people around that do that. I have a working CECHA, and I still have to do this on it.

    Also, to take care of the overheating, look for something called DELID.

    Sony GLUED an aluminium block on top of the CPU/GPU on the PS3, and over time, the thermal paste gets dry, like any other thermal paste. So you have to remove this lid on top of both processors, clean it up, and then replace the thermal paste with a new one (nowadays with much higher quality than Sony's).

    By doing the NEC TOKIN capacitor replacement, plus doing the DELID, it's guaranteed that your PS3 will last forever. And by adding the jailbreak method using CFW, you can have a much more precise control of the temperatures inside the console, thus making your PS3 live longer.

    Feel free to ask me about all of this. I went quite ballistic about the PS3 a few months ago, and ended up with 7...

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    I wonder if a CECHA with the NEC capacitors replaced and DELID and a larger hard drive would be the ultimate PS3? Because it would have PS2 hardware and the hard drive size that a Superslim might have, and the reliability problems fixed.
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    I bought my PS3 at launch, but because I didn't have any interest in a lot of the games during the release it was about two years before I actually played any PS3 games. As a platforming and JRPG fan, I had to play completely different genres to continue gaming.

    You stated you'll post for suggestions, but I'm going to throw out one. Don't buy White Knight Chronicles, I'm not stating this because I didn't like it, it's actually a good game despite the bad reviews and when it actually was playable online it actually had thousands of people online before they shut the servers down. The reason I'm mentioning the game though is because White Knight Chronicles 2 includes the first game as well as the second plus all the quality of life improvements, no reason to buy the first game in that case.

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