In the latest generation of console gaming, the PlayStation 3 stands strong against the competition. Like the Xbox 360, however, it occasionally encounters a damaging error. Gamers around the world have come to calling this error, evidenced by a yellow light on the console’s exterior, the “yellow light of death.” Here are a few tips on how to fix this problem.
Normally, the lights on the front of a PlayStation 3 console are, at most, green and blue. The green light comes on when the console is turned on, and the blue light comes on while a disc is in the console. The Yellow Light of Death, on the other hand, replaces the green light when the console is activated, indicating a hardware failure similar to the Xbox 360′s “Red Ring of Death.” This hardware failure technically means that the CPU (Central Processing Unit) and GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) have failed due to extreme temperatures within the console. Sounds bad, right?
But before you ship it in to Sony, lose your hard drive and all your save files, not to mention $150 and several weeks of play time, consider taking a few simple steps to try to fix it on your own. Because this is an overheating problem, start by just turning your console off and leaving it alone for 20-30 minutes. This could allow the console to cool enough for you to turn it back on, no problem. If this does work, great – just remember not to leave the thing running for so many hours next time.
If that doesn’t work, check for loose cables. Then take out your hard drive and put it back in; do this 2 or 3 times for best results. If it still isn’t working, you can send it in to Sony… or you can try to fix the serious problem yourself. There are some guides available on how to repair this exact problem; they only cost $40-$100, and there’s no wait time. That way, you can get back to your awesome, exclusive games on the otherwise-fantastic console that you bought and paid for. After all, the PlayStation 3 is a great console – and it would really stink to lose it for 6 weeks when you can fix it yourself for cheaper.
So keep an eye on how long you leave your PS3 on, and if you get the yellow light of death, follow these steps. It could save you time and money.