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Greetings everyone,

I just had some questions pertaining to the PS2 and PS3 consoles...

Addressing the obvious, I realize quite a bit of time has passed since the release of both of these systems, so I realize this post may come across as old news...but recently, my PS2 (of 10 years) has passed on to a better place & I am now looking for a replacement (within reason). While I have done a bit of research, I can't seem to find current information to help assist me with deciding which models of these consoles to get.

1.) Which PS2 is more reliable (lasts the longest and has the least problems) the fat or slim? Should I pay attention to a certain model?

I've pretty much given up on considering purchasing a PS3 due to all the problems I've been reading about them having, but just in case...
2.) Does anyone recommend buying a used PS3? Why or why not?
If I'm not mistaken, I've read the 60 gb and 80 gb Playstation 3 models (the PS1 and PS2 backwards compatible models?) have had the most problems with functionality, but I really haven't been reading many good things about the system in general. So, any relevant information that can be added in response would be welcomed with open arms. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/default/welcome.gif http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/default/thumbup.gif

Naturally, I would love to get a used PS3, but if it's just going to die on me after a month, I see no reason to purchase it.

Thank you very much for your time,


You're better off getting the PS3. If you simply want it for PS3 games, the new slim and super slim models of the PS3 are built great and will last for years when treated properly. I bought a used 160GB slim PS3 and have had it for over 3 years, no issues whatsoever.

As for the PS3's that were backwards compatible, those do break more often than not. One of the biggest issues is the disk drive. The disk drive was designed for blurays, and playing the PS2 DVDs in the drive wears it out faster than just playing blurays. They are also infamous for overheating and dying. I would strongly suggest staying away from these used if you can, although like any other piece of technology, they can last for years and years if treated right and taken care of.

If you're getting a PS2, go for the slim, without question. Built better in every way.

Used to be a manager for the largest video game company in the US, so any questions let me know!

Hope that helped.

Sorry for the long delay in response, been super busy the past week!

All PS3's (new or used) can go online, and you can only be locked out if Sony detects that the PS3 has been modified in a way to allow cheating in online games. So unless you go out of your way to do this, it cannot lock you out.

Anything connected to the internet is susceptible to a virus or hacking attack, but in my experience I have NEVER seen this happen, nor would there really be any reason to. No one is going to want to access your saved files on the system, which is pretty much all they will be able to get if they were to somehow hack into it. There is no anti-virus software, and your chances of actually getting a virus on the system are probably .000001% or even less. Most viruses are designed for WIndows computers, so they will not affect a PS3 since it is a totally different architecture and operating system. I really would not stress too much about viruses or hacking.

Here are pictures of the 2 different "slim" models of the PS3:
http://www.bigmediadaily.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/ps3-slim-01.jpg - Slim
http://images.vg247.com/current//2012/09/20120919_ps3_super_slim.jpg - Super Slim

The systems are identical spec wise, just the design is slightly different.

Ideally, you want the system in an open, well ventilated space, but they are both well designed so that they will not overheat (unless clogged with dust!)

And no, that should not be an issue! As long as the systems are well ventilated!

There is only one model of the slim PS2! So any one of those will work.

http://www.clickbd.com/global/classified/item_img/671396_0_original.jpg - slim PS2

As for the ps3s, they are all built the same. The only main difference is the hard drive size!

And no worries, glad I can help. Again, sorry for the delay!
- Beans

Thank you for replying back...I wasn't sure if you would return, so I hope you don't mind I asked several of these questions on the eldergeek forum, and they had similar answers to yours. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png

Although, I do have a few more questions to ask:

Do you recommend the latest system updates like PS3 Firmware 2.70 from Trend Micro/Sony? Why or why not?

In this thread, I believe we covered that there have been Playstation 3 units in the past, that played both PS1 and PS2 games, as well as the games made specifically for the console...but do all PS3's (including the New Slim and Super Slim) play PS1 games?

Can you plug PS1 and PS2 controllers in the Playstation 3 control ports, or do you have to use a PS3 controller?

beans17, on 30 May 2014 - 8:56 PM, said:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/public/style_images/master/snapback.png (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/index.php?app=forums&module=forums&section=findpost&pid=3382270)

Here are pictures of the 2 different "slim" models of the PS3:http://www.bigmediadaily.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/ps3-slim-01.jpg - Slim
http://images.vg247.com/current//2012/09/20120919_ps3_super_slim.jpg - Super Slim

On a side note: I really like the look of the Super Slim. It's very sleek, and visually appealing. Do they come in different colors, or always black?

Once again, thank you for your response. I look forward to your next!


I always recommend the latest firmware! Makes sure your PS3 is up to date and usually they patch flaws from older firmwares in the newer firmware, so your best bet is to keep it updated.

All PS3 consoles will actually play PS1 discs, but not PS2. So if you have PS1 disc-based games lying around, they will work.

The ports are all USB based, so the 1st party sony PS1 and PS2 controllers will not work, unless you get an adapter (EX: http://www.amazon.com/eForCity-Playstation-Controller-Adapter-Converter-3/dp/B000PS1TG6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401804195&sr=8-1&keywords=ps2+controller+adapter+for+ps3). All of the controllers are very similar though, so it should not be too much of an issue!

I have seen the Super Slim system come in red, white, blue and black! http://cdn2.ubergizmo.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/garnet-red-ps3.jpg