Found 16th Nov 2010
My 9 year old son wants a PS3 for xmas.
Due to finances it will probably have to be a used one.
Can anyone recommend somewhere where I can buy one that comes with a warranty ?.
Also, there are so many different ones with different specs are there any that I should avoid buying?
I have no idea what price they normally go for.I did google but it got very confusing!
Any advice will be much appreciated.

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websites like GAME sometimes have them pre owned with a warranty, but make sure first, my son has one with 120gb hard drive which is plenty for him but they vary with more or less hard drive space as does the price, if thats any help

If you are confused with the wide selection of PS3 options at present, I'll not (try to) add to this.

To narrow the options available to you would be please advise on...

a) your absolute maximum budget (split into purchase price of console & ongoing insurance costs, of as one lump sum if you prefer),
b) how many "joypad" controllers your son will require (the standard is one, sometimes two in certain promotional packs, but typically you will have to buy more if your son wishes to play multi-player games at home with you or his friends), and
c) the likely usage of the console (just for games, &/or watching DVDs & Blu-ray Discs [or listening to CDs], &/or storing music & photos)?

Thanks.

BFN,

fp.

Original Poster

Thank you for your replies.Much appreciated.
It will probably be used just for playing games and blu-ray discs.
Another thought occured to me.Is there much difference between the fat and thin PS3's?

summerjoo

Thank you for your replies.Much appreciated.It will probably be used just … Thank you for your replies.Much appreciated.It will probably be used just for playing games and blu-ray discs.Another thought occured to me.Is there much difference between the fat and thin PS3's?



The thin PS3 (also known as Slim) is newer than the "Phat".
Edited by: "dontdothatagain" 16th Nov 2010

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If you are confused with the wide selection of PS3 options at present, … If you are confused with the wide selection of PS3 options at present, I'll not (try to) add to this.To narrow the options available to you would be please advise on...a) your absolute maximum budget (split into purchase price of console & ongoing insurance costs, of as one lump sum if you prefer),b) how many "joypad" controllers your son will require (the standard is one, sometimes two in certain promotional packs, but typically you will have to buy more if your son wishes to play multi-player games at home with you or his friends), andc) the likely usage of the console (just for games, &/or watching DVDs & Blu-ray Discs [or listening to CDs], &/or storing music & photos)?Thanks.BFN,fp.



joypad?! You really are a total.......

OP: Get a slim one, 120gb is still big for general gaming, so if moneys tight etc... thats probably a decent bet.

Edited by: "vibeone" 16th Nov 2010

summerjoo

Thank you for your replies.Much appreciated.



Try and answer the ?(a) fanpages asked you.
Edited by: "thesaint" 16th Nov 2010

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thesaint

Try and answer the ?(a) fanpages asked you.



Thats unfair saint - no one should be forced to engage in conversation. I'd rather have 10 years in solitary - and it would be more fun.
Edited by: "vibeone" 16th Nov 2010

vibeone

joypad?! You really are a total.......



vibeone

Thats unfair saint - no one should be forced to engage in conversation. … Thats unfair saint - no one should be forced to engage in conversation. I'd rather have 10 years in solitary - and it would be more fun.



Nobody is stopping you.

PS. "joypad", or "control pad", or "gamepad"; the generic term for a handheld input controller for a games console.

Back on topic...

summerjoo

...Another thought occured to me.Is there much difference between the fat … ...Another thought occured to me.Is there much difference between the fat and thin PS3's?



Depending on your budget, yes.

Each revision of the PS3 console has improvements (mostly in terms of power usage, i.e. electricity costs). There is a difference between the very first PS3 console ("Fat" or "Phat") & the subsequent "Phat" models, & when the "Slim" was introduced other changes were made. The latest revision to the "Slim" offers the most reduced power consumption of all the previous models.

If you can advise on your budget this will help us suggest, in our opinion(s), the better model for you & your son. As I mentioned, I was trying not to flood you full of information, but as price is the determining factor then we can narrow down the options available to you.

BFN,

fp.

Unless your thinking about one of the early 60Gb ones that had slighly different specs than the later ones, most of the newer ones are more or less the same just larger hard drives (reduced power consumption of the slim excepted) and changing to a larger drive is fairly straightforward so that shouldn't be an issue, but if your thinking of the secondhand market I'd just be asking the question why are they selling it, so be wary of faulty units & as you are already aware if you go S/H get a warranty.
Just avoid any units with 360 on the front, (_;)

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Deleting some comments -

Vibeone, back off.

I have the original 40gb and that's more than enough, even got a few movies on there!
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