So I finally get a new game to play on my PS3, picking have been slim so far Heavenly sword was OK but very short and there has been very little since. So I'm playing Ratchet and Clank which looks amazing really pixar movie in real time at some points, if my TV supported HiDef it would probably look even more amazing.
So anyway I play that for a bit and then it's getting a touch late so I quit and decide to do the firmware upgrade that has just come out. It completes everything looks OK I shut the thing down and go to bed. Come the morning, or afternoon as the case may be on a Saturday, I boot the thing up to play a bit more. It doesn't auto play and for some reason the disk doesn't show up in the games section of XMB. I eject the disk and try putting it in again, still nothing. I try restarting the machine and trying it again, still nothing. By this point I'm angrily thinking that the game disk has become unreadable some how maybe it got to hot or some such. So I reach for the nearest available disk I know works and try it, nothing. Half an hour later I've tried every possible PS3 game disks I have and several Bluray disks, DVD's, PS2 disks and not one seems to work.
I go online and find other people saying the same thing, so it looks like the latest firmware has buggered my PS3 at least if I want to play a game off the disks. The online functions and the games I've downloaded onto it via the playstation network all work fine so the main hardware is functional, they just seem to have fucked it's ability to read any type of media in its disk drive.
Naturally I get straight on the phone, they suggest several things in increasing levels of improbability. Reset the system settings to default, might work but doesn't. Reformat the unit's hard drive, hmmm maybe but no does bugger all apart from necessitating that I erase all my downloaded stuff which I hope I can get back since I paid for some of it. Then unplug the unit completely for an hour and then connect only the tv and power leads leave it for a short while then stick a game in to turn it on, Hmmm no. So now it's too late to call them up but they said on my last call if this failed then the unit is faulty and needs to be replaced. Which is misleading, it wasn't faulty till their buggered up firmware screwed it over. It makes me wonder if my UK ps3 has some slightly different hardware set up to a US/Japanese one that means their new firmware buggered it. Perhaps better testing was needed on this since by the sounds of it this isn't just my machine that's been turned into a very expensive semi paperweight.
So now I am quite annoyed this isn't the first time I've had a console fail my 360 blew up about a month out of warranty (though they thankfully didn't charge me for it and of course now they have extended it to a 3 year warranty). My ps2 which is a launch model still more or less works some 6 or 7 years on from when it was released. Are all new consoles just inherently unreliable and prone to massive hardware and or software failure. It seems a bit off to me.
To top it all I went to see if I could get the simpsons game to cheer myself up a bit and the local sainsburys had sold out, bastards so now I'm just seething quietly. I guess I'll be spending tomorrows on the phone to see if I can get them to replace my still fairly new ps3, bloody sony.