Hi, I own a PS3 Slim, its the only PS3 I've owned, I've haven't had any issues so far and I've had it for around 4 years. I can't say that I take good care of it since its pretty dusty. Well any way, sorry for butting in but I wanted to see if I could help answer some questions since I'm bored...
So, if I'm correct, why are there so many GB added to those systems? To download games online perhaps? Homebrew and things like that?
How many GB does it usually take to save your progress in a game?
What makes a 500gb PS3 shine over a 12gb PS3?
It really depends on whether you will be downloading a lot of games or not.
If you are going to buy all of your games on disc then you shouldn't need HEAPS of GB, but there are some games that can only be downloaded or you might find a good deal on a downloadable game.
However, games (Disc or Downloaded) need to install Game Data to play. Game Data is differant to Save Data.
Save Data is your Save Files which stores your progress in a game.
Save Data generally does not take up much memory, normally just a couple hundred KBs or less.
Game Data are saved settings for a game (i.e., controller preferences, brightness settings, etc.) and helps the game to run smoothly.
Game Data usually takes up to 100s of Kbs to 100s of MBs, but sometimes, depending on which game, Game Data can take up lots of memory, up to GBs of memory.
(1024 KB = 1 MB . 1048576KB or 1024 MB = 1 GB)
You can delete Game Data without it losing your progress (save file) in a game BUT you will have to re-install it next time you start the game that you deleted the Game Data from.
It might be worth mentioning that on the back of all PS3 game covers, it tells you the minimun HDD space required for each game.
What is the difference between the Red Light of Death and the Yellow Light of Death?
The Yellow Light of Death is characterized when the power status light goes from green, to yellow, to green, then to a flashing red.
This means that there may be an issue with an internal part within the PS3 system.
There can be a number of causes of YLOD including, but not limited to:
fractured solder points on GPU (RSX) chip
dried out thermal paste
faulty power supply
corrupted hard drive
It was mainly a problem with the fat PS3 systems, though slim and super slim can stil get it.
If a PS3 system has the YLOD, it becomes nonfuncional and any discs inside must be manually removed by unscrewing a particular screw.
Here is a really interesting link you should read that explains some of the causes (and preventive measures) of YLOD in more detail: http://www.squidoo.com/3-tips-for-a-cooler-running-and-greener-ps3-system-models-cecha01-cechg01-
Normally when a PS3 system gets YLOD, it must be sent to Sony to be repaired for a fee if out of warranty.
Some people have also claimed to have fixed the YLOD on their PS3s using a number of methods that mostly including taking apart the system and voiding the warrenty all without a guarentee that it will work.
Its better to try and avoid the YLOD because there no guarantee that it will last long after its fixed, by Sony or a third party.
Some links about YLOD that may interest you:
Yahoo! answers - What causes PS3 ylod?
Playstation Forums - Real cause of the PS3 YLOD
Squidoo - Help avoid the YLOD 3 tips for a Cooler and Greener PS3
Gamespot Forums - Firmware Update 3.55 Causes YLOD?
The Red Light of Death is characterized when the power status flashes red and the PS3 shuts off.
It means there is an internal issue with the PS3 system.
(I am not entirely sure what The Red Light of Death is, but I think its this)
It may be caused by overheating, and probably other things that I don't know.
Even though I think overheating could be a cause of RLOD, I think the PS3 has a specific light sequence that indicates it is overheating instead (flashes red and green) so I don't that could be the RLODs main cause. Maybe some people get RLOD confused with YLOD because when you have YLOD, it plays a sequence of lights then goes to flashing red.
Sorry for not being useful.
Some links about RLOD that may interest you:
Playstation Forum - Blinking Red Light of Death
Playstation Forum - Yellow light of death/ red light of death
Yahoo! Answers - What does a blinking red light on my playstation 3 mean?
Yahoo! Answers - PS3 turned off and red light is blinking?
If an owner says that they've had problems with their PS3 unit (RLOD/YLOD?) but went and got it fixed...Even if I test it, and it works at the moment, do I avoid purchasing this unit at all cost or can I expect it to last at least 5 years now that it's been repaired?
I would recommend not buying a PS3 that had issues and were fixed. Because I don't think it will last very long.
Though buying preowned that hasn't had any issues might not be bad. Make sure you find out how old it is and if its really dusty and if the owner was a smoker or not!!!
Since you were talking about PS2s aswell in some older postes, it might be worth noting though that a small number of PS2 games are incompatible with PS2 slim. I have a PS2 slim and one of my games do not work with it.
Here is a list of playstation games that are incompatible with PS2. If you scroll down it will also have a list of PS1 and PS2 game incompatible with PS2 Slim:
If none YOUR games are on that list and you are seriously considering getting a PS2 over a PS3, you should probably get a slim.
However if one or more games that you would frequently play are on that list, then you probably shouldn't get a slim.
Also, unrelated to some of your questions but I found a list that lists all the PS2 and PS1 games compatible with PS3 backwards compatability that may be worth a look:
Well, I hoped I helped in some way. Sorry for butting in. And Sorry if I didn't explain something properly. I'm just a normal PS3 and PS2 owner... I actually ended up taking hours to write this post......
Edited by I have a computer..., 09 June 2014 - 09:28 AM.