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    Default Is it true that the PS3 Blue-Ray may kill your lens if you use it too much?

    Hello,

    My uncle told me that you should be careful with the PS3 Blue-Ray Player; apparently, a PS3 game only spin when it load (then stop), but a BD will always be spinning, so abusing watching Blue-Ray Disks may eventually break your lens.

    Is that true?
    I haven't tried any Blue-Ray Disk (Well, I think these are useless, for now. I don't have an HDTV, so...), so I prefer to know before trying.

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    The Blu-ray drive spins constantly with games as well. The amount of data needed for games is a lot more than the system can hold. The extremely loud DVD drive of the 360 is always spinning when I play games on that system.
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    I've used my PS3 almost exclusively for playing Blu-Ray discs for the last four years, and I haven't had any problems with it. I don't think you have anything to worry about.

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    Well, you could look at it like this: every mechanical device has a finite number of uses. Some last longer than others, but the more you use it, the faster it will eventually fail.

    Would I worry about it? Nah. I use my ps3 as my primary media/dvd/bluray player as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GohanX View Post
    Well, you could look at it like this: every mechanical device has a finite number of uses. Some last longer than others, but the more you use it, the faster it will eventually fail.

    Would I worry about it? Nah. I use my ps3 as my primary media/dvd/bluray player as well.
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    I heard the same thing about the PS2 years ago. "Watching DVDs will ruin the lens!"

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    Of all the things to have an urban legend about, why the lens? Not "the disc motor will where out," its "the lens itself will mysteriously stop working."

    I guess the energy of the laser itself could maybe slowly warp the lens, but it seems more likely that moving parts will wear out first.

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    O yeah, I remember the rumor about the PS2. That it would slow your games down or something if you played DVDs in it.

    Yeah, Just rumors my friend. Playing Blu-Ray Movies in your PS3 won't wear it out any fast than playing games.

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    Seeking is MUCH more wearing than constant spinning, that's the reason pirate DC games can wear out the drive faster (less linear loading).

    Not sure if any newer systems specifically manage seeking better as such though.
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    My ps3 blu-ray drive wore out after maybe 2 years. I watched alot of blu-rays and dvds on it. However my ps2 lasted since january 2001 being my only dvd player till 2007 and never had problems. I'd say don't worry about it. Even if it can wear out, just buy another one. It doesn't make much sense to buy a second machine and have 2 to do the job of 1 imo. Plus by the time it wears out they'll be cheaper anyway.

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    YET another way to look at it: Since you don't have an HDTV why watch Blurays to begin with? DVDs are good for CRTs, and the players are a dime a dozen. By the time you get an HDTV BD players ought to have become cheaper. And if you're worried about tear and wear just perform full installs on your HDD. Thankfully the PS3 accepts normal spec drives. Simple logic if you think about it, unless you're building up a Bluray movie library.

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    Eventually, you'll see PS3's for $8 at thrift stores, and that's about when your laser will die, so you'll be in good shape :-)

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