Ps3 Fat vs. Ps3 Slim: Problems with The Ps3 Slim?

This article is not meant to discuss cosmetic problems, this article is meant to articulate any potential hardware issues and differences that have arisen so far with this version of the PS3.
I have to admit this generation I jumped on board the Microsoft bandwagon upon the release of the Elite and I’ve loved it, when I heard about the loss of exclusivity for FFX13 I was completely overjoyed and it was a HUGE blow to them (Sony). I never liked the high price of the PS3 and the only games I really wanted for it was FFX13, MGS4 and MAG but now that they lost that exclusive, it made my decision to buy a 360 all the more sound. There was more games that I wanted on the 360 like Mass Effect, Gears of War, Dead Rising, etc. that at the time were not (and still not) available on any other console.

 Now with the recent price drop the PS3 became quite affordable and I could finally get MGS4 (picked up Limited Edition for $20 at local Wal-Mart J), well I have to say WOW. I really love the system, it’s super quite, heat is not an issue  and I can get in on all three systems now, if I had any one complaint that would be PSN being EXTREMELY SLOW. I have a 5mbit connection and I have tried both wired and wireless and same thing, something that my computer or even the 360 would download in less than 10mins takes 30 on PS3 or there about. Now this is and has been a constant complaint, but I guess when something is free you get exactly what you pay for which is not always a lot. Although an exception I guess is LIVE is still faster you just can’t play online without their Gold membership which is a whopping $4.61/month if you buy the 13 month subscription for $59.99 (or if you watch they occasionally go down to $49.99 or you get it in one of their bundles). I’ve had some minor random disconnects from online games but that also has to do with how the developers coded it too. Moving on.

The PS3 slim has been out for about a month now and ever since its release I was hearing about problems with the machine. One co-worker was adamant that the slim was one of Sony’s worst products and they changed the BD drive to a lower quality one over the original and of course this is what he had heard. I told him I was looking into it before I bought mine and his response was “Well it’s only been out for a short time so there’s nothing really on it yet” but yet he was able to determine that the drive was of lower quality? Go figure.

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  1. Valdo
    Posted October 14, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Great review thank you, it really helped

  2. Jejeff90
    Posted November 19, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Great review! My “fat” PS3 is all messed up (AV problem).So I’ve been considering the Slim ever since it came out but kept having seconds thoughts after what I experienced with the Slim PS2 back in the days(lens problem,AV problem,power problem,I bought 3 of them lol). Thanks again!

  3. Xav
    Posted November 24, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Nice review ill buy the ps3 slim

  4. Posted November 25, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Glad you all like it and it was helpful in your decisions. I have the orginal ps2 and a slim (bought it instead of getting a dvd player for a second room, just better deal for the money) and it hasn’t been till recently that my ps2 fat has started with the whole disc read error on movies and games. I have been fairly fortunate in that respect. Again thanks for the positive comments.

  5. Posted December 14, 2009 at 10:26 pm

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  6. jlozon
    Posted December 16, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    hey great review i liked how you covered problems the older one had to the slim, i peeked at what i was geting for xmas and it was a ps3 slim 120gb so im pumped to play the damn thing!!

  7. Zack
    Posted December 17, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    LOL! same for me jlozon, well i didn’t peak at the box that appeared to be a PS3, but i was curios at one that looked like ps3 game, and what do you know, it was call of duty modern warfare 2, so i’m a bit ancy for next friday.

  8. Posted December 28, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    You forgot the ylod issue!!

  9. Posted December 29, 2009 at 1:41 am

    the ylod issue is not related to the slim in particular and seems to be less prevalent on the slim models than on its predecessor. Not saying it has not occurred, a quick search will point you to some posts containing mostly spam and a questionable video.

  10. Will
    Posted January 1, 2010 at 2:36 am

    I received a PS3 slim for x-mas this year. So far I love the system. It’s quiet and attractive and the graphics are fantastic. I did however purchase a copy of Afro Samurai that will not play on my system. I took it to my brother’s house (he has a PS3 fat) and it loaded up with no difficulties. Has anyone heard of this happening before and is there a patch or solution to this problem? Input would be greatly appreciated.

  11. cole
    Posted January 3, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    The playststion3 slim is great and sexy, I owned a 360 I’ve actually gone through 2 and both got the 3 red lights I got sick of the 360 afer and got a slim never gonna get a 360 again

  12. Ross
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Hey thanks your review was very helpful because i got a 250 gb slim around christmas for myself and found that it would shut down with the over heat error (shuts down and beeps 3 times) or at least thats what i have been told so reading this reinforced the fact my system was one of the faulty ones.

  13. Blake.
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    hey guys.
    SO yeah, after reading all that im thinking PS3 is the way to go. i was considering on buying elite xbox 360 but considering that im living in the middle east there’s not much i could do on either consoles in terms of connectivity and all. unlike back in the states i could use xbox live with no probs but i dont think its available in the middle east.

    im heading back soon to get a PS3 is there anything specs that i should keep an eye on? a list would be helpful. mind you buying stuff abroad often are risky…so i need a ‘professional’s consult’ if you will.


  14. Joey
    Posted February 21, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Just got a slim I own 2 phats and well they seem to have more power in the usb department than the slim. I have a splitfish controller I use in slim usb 1 then I tested an assortment of usb flash drives it would not read. This is not a problem with other gamepads etc. While charging it reads the usb drive. My phats never had a problem with this. But there is definitely an issue with the usb ports being WEAKER than the phat models.

  15. Posted March 8, 2010 at 5:00 am

    I am watching Terminator Salvation blue-ray on my ps3(slim) I got a few week’s ago. It’s perfect. It plays Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 on it nicely. GTA IV is a great game for it. All the graphics look good. Internet connection never went down(wireless) as the phat one did always. I don’t see any problem’s with the ps3 slim. I am getting a little worried though about the over heat problem. My little brother plays on it constantly, And leaves it running all the damn time. But other then that, everything is puuurrrrffect. ^_^ add me, harddrive55

  16. Ross
    Posted March 15, 2010 at 9:18 am

    more problems with the fat models, im going to trade my fat in for a slim.

  17. Miky
    Posted March 31, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Thank you very much for the article it was very helpfull……….. i guess i am going 2 buy the slim after all

  18. Gavin
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    alright I have a few problems with what your trying to say here.

    First the noise being more quiet? WRONG while it may be a little more silent the vibrations it gives off is crazy, my parents can hear it from downstairs ( 3 story house )

    Second the “heat is not an issue” is total bull. My ps3 slim has been getting over heated ever since i got it less then a year ago AND within about an hour or hour in a half it will shut itself down because the Hard drive could not be found.

    And lastly I am now forced to go out and try and exchange my slim with a 1 year warranty that hasnt expired yet because of all the things above. My old ps3 lasted me 2 and a half years and now the “newer better version of the product” died within less then ONE YEAR. If you want something that works and works RIGHT do NOT buy the slim, Go grab the big one that has a fan that works and can last you a long time.

    PROVE ME WRONG if you want to Sony or anyone who reads this, and I will personally tell you all the things that happened to my ps3 slim.

  19. Posted April 25, 2010 at 2:52 am

    I’m sorry to hear that you have had issues with your slim, but as with any electronic (or any product period) there are going to be issues with some of the products, there is a reason why manufacturers have a 1 year warranty (or more in some cases).

    If you read the article you would have read that according to their testing the noise level was only slightly quieter than its predecessor, I just know that when I turn mine on and I can barely hear it, of course it does get a little louder when I put a game in or play a movie but it’s no where near as bad as the jet engine that is the 360, simply put, you got a dud.

    When I made the comment about Heat not being an Issue I was referring to the difference between using the PS3 and the 360 (which IS prone to heat issues), yours shutting down after a while as its OH’ing or HD not detected again comes down to once again you having a DUD! A quick guess would be HD failure as I have seen that with laptops in particular, system would OH and they will shutdown or HD won’t be detected!

    Good luck with the exchange! Just think, on the other hand you could have had NO warranty and then you wouldn’t have had to be inconvenienced to have to be forced to go out and try and exchange your system! Man I really hate those 1 year warranties too! I’m sorry but be grateful that it existed and you will get your system fixed!

    And lastly you DO realize that everyone that has bought a slim got it less than a year ago as the system is only about 7 1/2 months old? Just thought I’d clarify! (as of April 25th, 2010)

    It’s not a matter of proving anyone wrong, you take the article how you want but again I’ll say it, YOU GOT A DUD.
    (had to repost comment as there were a lot of \ for some reason…)

  20. bob
    Posted May 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I think the psn is actully good. For me its the connection and your internet, router and stuff like that, not the network or the console. Correct me if am wrong. Nice review by the way =P

  21. Posted May 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    As my article indicated, something of equal size I would download much faster on my 360 and PC. The problem stems from PSN network, I have heard and seen a lot of comments about how slow it is compared to their pc or 360. I also speak from actual experience too, as I have seen it. I know that it all depends and routers and specific ports, etc but it is also based on the service you are connecting too.

  22. Brandon
    Posted May 7, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    This really helped me to decide whether a fat or slim was the best choice. Though I do like the glossy feeling of the fat more, and the touch buttons are a cool feature, Im definatley buying the slim. I am buying this package at walmart, that comes with the slim, 2 controllers, 2 games, and an optional accessory. Im getting the Dualshock 3 Controller, with Little Big Planet GOTY and Killzone 2. Instead of paying an extra $40 bucks for the Bluetooth headset in the package, I am just going to buy the Warhawk Package, which comes with the game and a bluetooth headset for a couple more dollars. Any comments?

  23. Posted May 9, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Depending on the the price that may be a decent deal, those walmart deals are usually pretty good, both games are really great games. With the Bluetooth headseat thats usually always the case when you buy accessories. It costs $45 for the accessory or $60 for same on and game. Might as well spend the extra $15! If you like warhawk then thats great, I personally didn\’t care for the demo (enough to pay full price for game)I played but for $15 I\’d probably pick it up!

  24. Karl
    Posted May 11, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Hey llothos! That is a pretty good summary review of the PS3 Slim. I am thinking of getting one purely on the basis of the extra blu ray features and wifi connection.
    I’d like to know what are the chances of getting a problem on the slim? Have you heard of many cases and problems?
    Usually when a new games console comes out, the first batch usually encounter some faults.
    Are my chances of getting a problem free PS3 slim better now as its been 1 year since launch?

  25. Ahna
    Posted May 15, 2010 at 11:32 am

    My old PS3 died last night in the middle of SR2 – doing the flashing red light thing. I’m pissed as I paid a fortune for it (it was the one bundle pack & last of the backward compatable ones). Tossing between repairs or just let a game store take it for $100 credit. *sigh*

    Been checking online about the Slim & this article helped me to feel ok about getting one. Since I can’t live without my game system & several weeks without is not an option, I will be running out to the only store in the county that has one in stock. Gosh – must be a rush on buying them at the moment!!

    Does anyone know (if I can even get the saved game data off the old one) can it be uploaded to the new system?? I am so sick over losing my only platinum trophy….

  26. Commentor
    Posted May 17, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    It really makes me mad that no one can just make a good system, there’s always a problem. I’d much rather have a XBox 360 Elite over a Playstation Three, but I am not paying for XBox Live, that’s crap. Can’t Sony and some other comany that isn’t yet in the the console market team up and make a decent system? If only Infinity Ward or some game company like that would make one. I’ always open to the Macintosh iGame. Even a Vizio system, anything besides Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, they all suck.

  27. KitsunePan
    Posted May 17, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    To Ahna, actually you ‘can’ get your old stuff back though it requires taking out the hardrive and hooking it up and yadda yadda yadda *take it to a tech store XD* or Id google that first,

    Also with the new updates you can upload them to your new system thru usb I did that cause when I wen to get a used old ps3 the touch buttons wernt working and I was having to many problems with teh broken one I exchanged it and paid 30 dollars more for a used ps3 120gb slim and Ive had no overheat issues so far *my rooms is around 80 during the day cause of problems with the ac working upstairs and its on for over 8 hours so…* and it ‘is’ super quite dont even hear it my ps1 is noisier then it and mine dont make much noise at all X3 anyways I hoped I helped!

    P.S. Oh! and for those who complain your ps3’s are noisy and have overheat problems is its ‘because’ its overheating that the system is making so much noise.

    I speak from experience if you leave technology in an over heated room and it makes really loud noises its because its overheating and trying to run properly but cant, its trying to make you happy by working still but it cant help but make the noise, think of it like a fat kid with asthma running the mile in gym. they cant run right if they overheat and if they dont have enough oxygen so they gets noisier and noisier until they just pass out with the small chance of death each time they do.

    so yeah keep that in mind anyways Im ganna go before I start rambling night everyone! bye!

  28. Posted July 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Does the slim over heat like regular 60 GB because I bought 1 and year later about a month after my warranty it gets the yellow light of death. So I thought I bad machine so I went and sent it in for $150. They sent a new 1 and the same thing happened. Does the slim get the ylod?

  29. Syu
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    For those who are trying to get their monitor to work with the ps3 slim, check this thread out before buying:

  30. Seonah
    Posted October 14, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Hi my fat ps3 recently got the yellow light of death, it was so heart breaking!!
    I dont know whethe I should buy a new fat one or go for the slim..I’m just afraid I will get the yellow light again on either of them. modern warfare 2 disc is stuck in my old ps3’s drive (it died when I was playing).
    Iv had my ps3 for over 3 years now so the warrenty had already expired. I gave it a go and took it apart, to find SO MUCH DUST inside!!! I cleaned it up and put it back together but still got the yellow light…
    After a bit of research, apparently I need to use heat my circuit board with a heat gun then apply thermal grease to the two square chips on the bottom circuit board. Is this right??

    I’m thinking of taking it to a proper specialised person to do it..
    I have another problem.. How am I meant to get all of my data off my old hard drive and put it on my new ps3 (fat or slim)???

    And if my current ps3 doesn’t get fixed how am I meant to get the disc out…???????


  31. YLOD
    Posted October 23, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Hey Seonah,
    Just Youtube Ps3 Yellow light of death and you should be able to find a videos on fixing the ps3. However, I will warn you that you still won’t know how long it will last. I fixed mine two months ago and it just got the YLOD last week. The only real plus is that you will be able to get your disk out. But then again Black Ops will be out soon so I’m not sure if that’s even a plus. Good luck.

  32. GalinKinlin
    Posted February 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    From what I’ve seen/experienced, installations on the slim take longer. This may be the HDD I have in there, but the speed is the same as the one I had in my fat, so I’m not sure.

  33. Justin Hutchins
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    i think i will go with you on this i am going to get the ps 3 slim 160gig i want it foe cod black ops i have played this game on both systems an i find the ps 3 to be better. thanks for your thoughts on getting the slim.

  34. Billy
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 1:45 am

    i belive the author of this i biased, and no the ps3 slim does have heat issuse Gavin if you try and cram it into a lunch box you call an entertainment stand, six fingers of space poeple on the top and sides, and dont put it on the flippin carpet to many consoles bur to death, vaccume it out once in a while and it will be fine

  35. damon
    Posted August 6, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Not a very comprehensive review. Good for the non technical I guess. I had a 60 GB fatty and it got the YLOD. I removed the crusty thermal paste, replied to the heat syncs and applied heat with a real heat gun to the circuit board. It ran for about 2 months. If you hear any console starting to get loud its your fan compensating for high heat levels. Vacuum your ps3 once a month and keep it off if you are not using it. Also look up Static NAT if you ate getting disconnected from the network. It’s mostly used for when you are hosting games online but if everyone does it then the better the experience for all. I presumed PS3 slims were designed with resolving the issues that the fat had. If it is getting the same overheating with the CPU then what exactly did the designers do? Sounds like a whole load of nothing.

  36. Posted September 28, 2011 at 7:44 am

    If PS3 slim are better than PS3 fat? Just asking, What so different? Are their grapih or system or what… My father wants to buy me PS3, I need to decide which is better grapih and system and no lagging, IS PS3 SLIM OR PS3 FAT?

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