My PS3 is screwed

The optical drive is making weird sounds, the discs are getting some kind of grease on them and are possibly even getting scratched. It’s out of warranty by a year too.

What do I do? Do nothing and hope it fixes itself and doesn’t actually do real harm to the discs, or bite the bullet and buy a ps3 slim 250 and transfer all my stuff over?

At the moment I’m leaning towards playing more games on PC and Wii and hoping for the best with the PS3.

It seems like even though I don’t own an Xbox 360 (this is why) essentially every home system I’ve had has had some issue. My Wii bricked its wi-fi when it downloaded a patch at launch, my ps2 had issues reading games and so on.

Having said that I don’t remember having any problems with my old Mega Drive or PS1, so I guess as the tech has got more complex, the more errors happen, which is a great shame.

Consoles should be built as bulletproof as possible but it seems that as much as anyone tries, it’s almost inevitable these days that things will go wrong no matter how many precautions you take.

But you know what the worst thing is? It’s stopping me from enjoying some incredible games. I absolutely love both Uncharted 2 and Ratchet and Clank: A crack in time as well as Modern Warfare 2, but when I play them or watch them being played, the enjoyment is ruined by the noise my drive is making.

I suppose you could say that I’ve got good value for money out of my PS3. It’s been used essentially every day since I got it and I’ve loved it. I’m sure if I was forced to buy a slim, I’d get good value for money as well, but it doesn’t remove the fact that I hate buying the same thing more than once when I shouldn’t really have to.