Damn, the PS3 is One Tough Machine…

PS3With the Xbox 360’s hardware woes continuing to snag headlines, the guys over at PS3 Vault decided to go ahead and put the PS3 through its paces and test its stability and durability under some pretty harsh conditions. The results turned out heavily in favor of proving that the PS3 is a beast of a machine, and one that won’t crap out at any given time like Microsoft’s box seems to do far more often than it should. PS3 Vault’s stress tests were quite extreme, running the system nonstop for long hours in a freezer van and steamy sauna at gradually decreasing/increasing temperatures (as low as 0 degrees and as high as 120 degrees). Other than some sluggish playback at the temperature extremes on both ends, the testers have reported that the PS3 survived without failing and is still working perfectly fine back in normal playing conditions.

Now this is only a small sampling and doesn’t prove that continuous play over a longer period (months/years) of time won’t wear systems out, but as a PS3 owner it is nice to be assured that the investment returns a durable piece of hardware — even beyond these stress tests, when was the last time you saw any major report of PS3s dying to begin with? Sure, the Xbox 360 may be cheaper, but having gone through the hassle of replacing two “bricked” 360s and now being on my third in only a little over a year, the PS3’s steeper price looks more and more like a better deal to me as time goes by — as the old adage goes, “you get what you pay for.”

Via its PlayStation.Blog, Sony is even using this report to take a little shot at the 360, and as well they should because they definitely have Microsoft by the nuts in terms of hardware design.

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