Last January, my white 40GB PlayStation 3 played its last game. It was Bionic Commando Rearmed. I’ve just defeated the large-wheeled boss that launches grenades at the top of the Area 05 construction site when my television screen suddenly went blank. I thought this was just a reset quirk.
Well, it wasn’t a quirk. It was the dreaded Yellow Light of Death, or YLOD.
The YLOD is triggered when the lead-free solder balls connecting the RSX and Cell chips lose their elasticity and crack, leading to a disconnection in the circuit. Apparently, this is caused by marathon gaming sessions, which I am guilty of, followed by rapid cooling because the game console was immediately turned off, which I also do regularly. Brilliant.
I tried having my game console repaired but oddly, several technicians seemed almost afraid to touch it. One said it would never be the same again.
My PS3 was already four years old when the YLOD hit. Hopefully, I could get it repaired again, but it hasn’t happened yet.
How about you? I’d really like to know how long your game console lasted before it finally conked out. What was wrong with it and what did you do that triggered it?