I just sold my PS3 – here’s why

Back in February 2008, when the Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD war was finally over I went out and bought a Sony Playstation 3 (PS3).  I didn’t buy it for the games; I bought it because at the time the PS3 was the cheapest and best Blu-Ray player around.  In fact, in the last 3+ years we haven’t played a single game on it… we only used it for DVD, Blu-Ray and Netflix movies.

My reasons for selling now:

  • The unit was 3+ years old – Systems with moving parts like fans and hard drives are more prone to failure
  • It used a lot of power (see table below)
  • PlayStation 4 is probably coming out late next year and resale value of the PS3 is going to drop
  • I was able to sell it for a fair price of $165 or about 42% of my original purchase price
  • The PS3 requires a Bluetooth remote and thus was the only thing that wouldn’t work with my universal remote.
  • Based on my families movie watching it cost us approximately $7-$10 a year to run the PS3.
  • The PS3 was a bit noisy and could be heard slightly when watching movies.

PS3 Power Consumption

With the $165 I got from selling my PS3 on Craig’s List, I purchased a new Panasonic DMP-BDT110 Wi-Fi Ready 3D/2D Blu-ray Disc Player.  This new player cost me approximately $135 including tax and shipping.  The result is that I now have a player that does everything I need, since I don’t use my PS3 for games.  I got this particular player because of its price and exceptionally low power consumption.  I also do not believe in paying a lot of money for “fancy” digital players.  The key components inside a $300 Blu-Ray player are basically the same as that of a $100 player… the difference is in the bells and whistles (Wi-Fi, styling) and, since it is all digital, the resulting picture and sound is identical.



Benefits of the switch:

  • I have an extra $30 in my pocket
  • I have a brand new player that will easily last another 3 years
  • The new player uses 97% less power in standby and 92% less power when playing a movie.  This will save approximately $6.75-$9.75 a year in power.
  • The new player uses IR and thus is compatible with my universal remote
  • The new player is entirely silent and has no fans
  • I got a “free” copy of Avatar
  • The depreciation of the new player will probably be on par with that of the PS3 I just sold – so this is a wash

If you are interested, the player I got is available at the following Amazon for a pretty good price: Panasonic DMP-BDT110 Wi-Fi Ready 3D/2D Blu-ray Disc Player

Note: If you have one of the original PS3s from 2006 or 2007, the amount of power that system is using may be significant.  These models typically use between 180 and 200 watts of power when on.  Newer “slim” models only use about 60 watts.

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