Analyst says demo PlayStation 3s overheated

Sony looks to be going through tough times lately. After the postponement of the PlayStation 3’s European launch and the near-eight million Sony battery recalls announced over the past few weeks, Sony’s PlayStation 3 is now said to have made a poor showing at the Tokyo Game Show late last month. An analyst for Macquarie Equities reported that demo PS3 consoles on display at the show “operated erratically and had to be repeatedly reset.” The analyst attributed the problem to overheating possibly triggered by high temperatures on the show floor and added, “We are concerned that such a problem has occurred so close to full production.”

Indeed, the PS3 is about five weeks away from launch in Japan and six weeks away in the United States, so the presumed overheating problems may not bode well for final retail units. However, a Sony spokeswoman told the Associated Press that Sony’s kiosk at the Tokyo Game Show housed 200 PS3s “clustered together in close proximity,” and that overheating problems encountered in such conditions will not apply to home users.

Update: Sony Computer Entertainment International has responded to the allegations by calling the analyst’s report “unsubstantiated” and saying it was not aware of any incidents at the Tokyo Game Show where PS3 consoles needed to be rebooted. Sony did however reiterate that the show floor conditions were extraordinary and that “if indeed, there was the occasional unit that needed rebooting,” it was not due to general problems with the PS3.

Meanwhile, Sony Europe told GamesIndustry.biz, “SCE can categorically deny that there’s any problems with PS3 units overheating.”

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    • Starfalcon
    • 13 years ago

    It is the same as sony refused to admit that the first model of PSX had overheating problems…even though it did.

    • Tarx
    • 13 years ago

    Ok… if it is anywhere close to overheating, why is Sony showing folding@home on it? That runs all the cores heavily (plus the graphics uses the GPU). Think of the warranty

    • Corrado
    • 13 years ago

    Didn’t everyone say the same thing about PS2s? Developers were saying that their dev units were ‘burning out’ from overheating.

    • DrDillyBar
    • 13 years ago

    The PS3’s didn’t overheat, it was the air running through them that overheated. shesh….

    • Sargent Duck
    • 13 years ago

    /quote “Sony did however reiterate that the show floor conditions were extraordinary and that “if indeed, there was the occasional unit that needed rebooting,” /quote

    when the average person (gamer included) throws his/her PS3 in a poorly ventilated cabinet, ontop of the dvd player, underneat the tv, beside the xbox 360/Wii, I don’t think those floor conditions are that extraordinary.

      • lex-ington
      • 13 years ago

      They may be right though.

      People don’t have pot lights aimed right at their media cabinets or wherever they keep their elecrical equipment.

        • eitje
        • 13 years ago

        nor will they have 200 of them sitting right next ot each other.

        • Namarrgon
        • 13 years ago

        No, instead they just put their equipment in tiny enclosed spaces with 700w surround receivers, or on thick pile carpets which block the air intake vents.

        I don’t doubt for a moment that we’ll see much the same situation as the 360 saw, with silly people not taking any care for ventilation etc. However, assuming Sony hasn’t forgotten about how to build hardware, I don’t expect it to be anything unusual. Depends on how obvious the heat warnings are in the packaging.

          • Gandhi
          • 13 years ago

          y[

            • ripfire
            • 13 years ago

            Ooooh. Check MATE!

    • deathBOB
    • 13 years ago

    Woo, prepreduction hardware that overheats! Alert the media!

    Reports of hardware failures hasn’t hurt the 360 and it certainly isn’t going to hurt the PS3, but that price might.

      • williej81
      • 13 years ago

      It didn’t hurt the 360 because it wasn’t very widespread. However, with these PS3s potentially overheating plus using multiple new kinds of technology, there is a huge potential for a massive percentage of the PS3s to fail in some way. But until it’s actually released and at the homes of consumers we won’t find out how well/bad it performs in the home environment.

      • eitje
      • 13 years ago

      don’t you think they should be into production, now that they’re only about a month away from launch?

    • stix
    • 13 years ago

    Didn’t they also deny a delay??

    • Inkedsphynx
    • 13 years ago

    [Clinton] I did not have overheating problems at that game show [/Clinton]

    Oh Sony… what ever shall we do with you? Impeachment isn’t an option.

    Hopefully this isn’t true, but man has Sony been taking a beating lately.

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