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  1. I've never had a HDD die on me personally, been using some for 10+ years without issue. I know others aren't quite as lucky though, but I definitely don't think HDDs are that fragile. If anything, I've found them more reliable than some USB sticks and SD cards which have failed on me over the years (or just been extremely slow). Yeah, a lot of consoles have gotten expensive and hard to come by during this pandemic, even the Xbox. I have noticed a lot of consoles went back to normal prices and stock being more readily available a week or two ago, but I have no idea if that's still the case. The only console I've ever opened up to clean out was my original fat PS3, as it started overheating and turning itself off during some games. I haven't bothered with any other console though as I haven't had issues with overheating, yet. I do clean around the vents of my consoles at least once a week though, as my room tends to get very dusty very quickly. I still semi-regularly use my 14 year old Wii which I've never cleaned out and it still works fine and doesn't seem to run particularly hot. I wouldn't worry too much about opening the console to clean it unless you think it's getting a lot hotter and/or louder than usual. I saw a friend's opened PS4 earlier this year after he was having issues with the disc drive randomly ejecting discs (was due to the rubber foot at the bottom of the console), and it had a thin layer of dust inside it, nothing too bad. He's had his PS4 since launch like I have, and he definitely doesn't clean it as much as I do because I always see it covered in quite a lot of dust. The PS4 is a very loud console in general, the loudest I've ever owned I think, though I'm not too sure about the slim model.
  2. I've noticed my PS4 making clicking noises during some games as well, I noticed it all the time when playing Mass Effect Andromeda few months back, but I'm pretty sure it's just the fan, usually when it sounds like it's set just below the point where it sounds like a jet engine. I've also heard it occasionally just make random clicks like the plastic is heating up/expanding when it's been on for a while, and when it's recently been turned off. My PS3s are lot more clicky though. I've also had an external HDD that is pretty noisy/clicky compared to what I'm used to, been told multiple times it's dying, but it's still working fine and there hasn't been signs of it dying. I've had my PS4 since launch and I've lost count of how many weird issues I've had with it, I've thought it was on the verge of death on numerous occasions. I've had it randomly hard crash and reboot itself when just quitting games before or just browsing the PSN store, I've had it turn itself off when putting it into rest mode before (and telling me it didn't shut down correctly when turning it back on afterwards), I've had it refuse to turn off on one or two occasions, and the worst of all is when it would randomly keep closing games on me seconds after starting them due a trophy corruption error (NP-32091-5), I had to delete my profile from the system completely and re-download all my saves in order to fix that. It's still working fine though. I've actually had very few consoles ever die on me, and most that do seem to have factory defects to begin with because they'll usually fail in the first 12 months (had my first Xbox 360 die on me in 2 weeks, and a PS3 super slim model die on me within 5 months. At least they were still under warranty). I have plenty of consoles that are 10-20+ years old that are still working fine, if it's any consolation. Whenever I have power outages, it's usually during the summer as well. Actually had quite a lot last year, way more than normal (haven't had any this year so far), and I was in the middle of playing something on my PS4 when one occurred, and it was in rest mode when another happened. Think it's actually the first time I've ever had blackouts while my PS4 has been on or in rest. It's always scary knowing the power could go out while it's saving or updating. Anyhow, I'm still getting the issue with the images not displaying for saves in the cloud currently. It's more annoying on PS3 where it doesn't list what the saves are at all unless you hover over them. Hopefully it gets resolved soon.
  3. I'm the same way. If anything even remotely strange/"bad" happens with one of my consoles (e.g. crashing, games having weird issues that they didn't before, other weird issues like icons not loading, etc., it's not unusual for me to worry about it for the rest of the day/next few days, even if it seems fine after the fact. Probably due to my anxious personality in general.
  4. On PS3, go to your save games folder and the PS Plus folder should be at the top of the list. You simply click on that to see all the saves you currently have uploaded to your cloud storage. On PS4, you have to go your settings, click "Application Data Management" then "Saved data in Online Storage", then click either delete or download (you don't actually have to do either, it's just how I view my saves anyway. I'm sure there might be a simpler way to view your all your PS Plus saves but I'm unaware of one). It might take quite a long time to load depending on how many saves you have, I have about 18gb of saves currently and it takes a good 2-3 minutes to load, even long before the COVID19 pandemic. I've had the issue with info for games never loading as well. I've had a few other minor issues as well, such as downloads sometimes simply stopping completely, and seemingly refusing to download further until you pause and unpause it.
  5. Wasn't aware that this is also happening on PS4, but I can confirm it is indeed also an issue on my own PS4. Must be some issue on PSN's servers in general.
  6. Just noticed today that when I check my PS Plus cloud saves after uploading a save, I can no longer see the images for them in the cloud storage, it simply just shows the controller icon with a spinning circle around it indefinitely. I still seem to be able to upload and download saves as normal, but it is annoying not being able to quickly identify saves based on their image, as I have to hover over each one currently to see what the save is for. No idea how long this issue has been going on for but I'm almost 100% sure it was fine just a week ago when I last checked. Not sure if it's just me, but it's happening for me on two different PS3s with two different accounts. Tried the usual as well such as turning the systems on and off again and all that. Everything else online-wise still seems fine, at least what I checked (e.g. PSN store, trophy sync, profiles). Anyone else having this issue?
  7. I've avoided the leaks like the plague, so they haven't affected me at all. Personally I haven't been too hyped for this since the game's announcement. I liked the Last of Us (even though I believe it is highly over-rated) but I didn't feel like it needed a sequel. From what I have seen of the game so far as well I can't say I'm too enthused. My partner already has this pre-ordered anyway, but I would personally be waiting till it's fairly cheap if it was me. I'll play it eventually but I doubt it will be this year. I'm more hyped for Ghost of Tsushima.
  8. I've had a massive backlog (literally 1,000+ games) for a while now that I know I'll never complete, because even when there's been a few times when I have seen the backlog count drop a bit, it will soon go up again next time I inevitably end up with new games due to pre-orders and sales. I've had some games sitting in my backlog for over a decade now (still have a small PS2 backlog, and a very large PS1 backlog), I know I'll likely never get around to some of them. Personally, I wouldn't worry about things like how long a game takes to complete or how long it takes or how hard it is to get platinum in a certain game. Just play whatever you feel like playing, you don't need to get a platinum for every single game (unless that's your goal), and you also don't need to complete every single game you start if you really aren't enjoying it. I used to hate dropping games thanks to my completionist mindset, even if I didn't 100% a game, I'd like to still complete the main story. But some games just aren't worth completing due to just how boring and/or frustrating they are, and then there's some that you may not even be able to complete thanks to things like game breaking bugs (those ones always bother me the most, though it's only ever happened to me twice or so). Games are about having fun at the end of the day, if you're getting zero enjoyment out of a game for an extended period, I think you're better off spending that time on a game you do enjoy. I've had issues with lacking motivation to start new games as well, especially super long ones. What I usually do is play multiple games at a time so I don't get too bored of one (though if I'm really enjoying a certain game, I will mainly focus on that). I find it helps to play one long game alongside a few shorter ones, even if you only end up playing that longer game once a week or something, it's still putting progress into it rather than it just sitting there. But again, don't force yourself to play something you don't feel like playing at that point in time. Also, try not to burn yourself out with certain genres. I wouldn't recommend playing a bunch of FPS or RPG games back to back and continuing to do that even when you start getting bored, for example. Once you start getting bored of a certain genre, try a different one for a bit if you can. And don't be afraid to replay games. I replay about 3-5 games every year when I get the nostalgia itch to play them again, and I enjoy my time doing it so why not? If you're worried that replaying something will eat into your time clearing your backlog, try playing something new alongside whatever game you're replaying, alternating between what you play each day or putting a few hours into each the same day if you have the time. Ultimately, just have fun and try not to feel too overwhelmed by your backlog. I know it can be enjoyable trying to make goals for yourself on how many games you complete and what not (I've been doing that myself), but don't take them too seriously and don't treat games like work. I like having a huge backlog because I know I'll never run out of games, and I have a lot of choice in what I play at any given time.
  9. As it stands, I think my PS3 backlog is fairly small now, at least compared to how it was a few years ago, and especially compared to my 300+ something backlog on PS4. Games currently in my main backlog: Eternal Sonata Lost Dimension Tomb Raider Legend Tomb Raider Anniversary Tomb Raider Underworld Tales of Symphonia (currently playing) Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World Tales of Graces f Tales of Xillia Tales of Xillia 2 Disgaea D2 Disgaea 3 Enchanted Arms Wonder Boy in Monster Land Monster World IV Rayman 3 HD Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath Games I'll likely never play/very low priority: One Piece Pirate Warriors Ducktales Remastered Turok (2008) R.U.S.E Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 PS Plus games I'll likely never play/finish: Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood Akedo Series Swap, Pixel and Jump Serious Sam 3 Sacred 3 Anna From Dust I think I should hopefully get my backlog done in the next 2-3 years or so, not counting all the PS1 and PS2 classics I have across my UK and North American PS3s (it will would likely take more like 6-8 years if I include those). Since the start of this year I've had one PS3 game "on the go" at all times, even if I only end up playing it once a week for a few hours, it feels like I'm making progress, albeit slowly. I finished the FF13 trilogy across November 2019 to early March this year (should give you some indication of just how slowly I'm going), and I'm quite enjoying Tales atm despite not feeling it when I first tried it about 5 years ago. Not bothering to plat any more of my PS3 games though (may plat Lost Dimension if I enjoy it enough though), that would just be too much of a time sink considering most of my backlog already consists of long JRPGs, 2 of which don't even have trophies.
  10. Sly Cooper Ratchet and Clank God of War Deponia Danganronpa (minus the PS4 trophy list for 1 and 2 if that counts) Spyro (I've 100%ed the original trilogy like 3-4 times now since the PS1) Think that's it. They're all pretty easy so I don't think they're massive achievements or anything. If I had all the time in the world and the patience, I wouldn't mind platting all the Souls games.
  11. Legend of Kay Anniversary Edition on PS3 Was literally right at the end of the game, was set to get the plat and everything, then I get a game breaking bug where a chest with a key needed to open the door to the final boss (if memory serves) didn't spawn. Tried reloading my save, restarting the console, re-downloading my save from the cloud, but nothing worked. It never spawned. Still annoys me to this day. It was kind of a crap game anyway, but it just feels all the worse that it kinda feels that I wasted my time even playing it to begin with when I could never even finish it. Other than that, there's plenty of games I can never be bothered to get the platinum for, that's most of my games actually. There's been a few I've gotten close to but I just end up getting too bored and/or frustrated to continue.
  12. Might sound obvious, but have you made sure "analog mode" is switched on in controller settings after starting the game? Some PS1 games don't seem to like working in digital mode, and vice versa. If that doesn't work, all I can really suggest is maybe try another controller if you haven't already. I haven't ever had too many problems with PS1 emulation on PS3, aside from very rarely (like 1 in 100 chance of happening) audio not working for whatever reason when booting up a game. Resetting it has always fixed it though.
  13. Yeah, the Dualshock 4 definitely seems like the most fragile out of Sony's controllers. My 13+ year old Dualshock 3s are still perfectly fine (aside from their battery lives only lasting about 6-8 hours now), so are my Dualshock 2s. Never had issues with stick drift or anything with any of them, whereas now I've had 2 Dualshock 4s with the issue. I did have a Dualshock 2 die on me once but that was probably because I abused it as a kid. I do hope the Dualsense is better quality and more long lasting as well, but I won't hold out hope. Seems a lot of companies are cheaping out on the hardware nowadays.
  14. Thanks for the responses. I know I probably shouldn't have, but I decided to blow around the stick, and it seems to have actually fixed it, for now. Not sure why my breath worked and not the compressed air. If it continues to be an issue, I'll probably see about taking it apart by watching a few videos, as HusKy suggested. I'd rather not have to retire this controller unless even taking apart doesn't help, as it's still less than a year old. I've thought about returning it since it's still under warranty, but that's basically impossible at the moment with the lockdown and most stores being closed. Not to mention I doubt they could replace it with another purple controller anyway, since they don't even have it listed on their website any more. I have 4 other controllers so it's not like I don't have other ones to fall back on, it's just disappointing given that this controller was a Christmas gift, it's basically brand new, and also kinda rare now it seems. The only place I've found that still sells it for a semi-reasonable price is PlayAsia, but I'll likely get charged double what the controller is worth in the end with shipping + custom duties/tax.
  15. So while playing Dreams earlier, I noticed my camera was rotating around constantly when entering a level. Moving the right stick fixed it, but I decided to enter create mode, where I've noticed if I move the right stick ever so slightly to the left, even just lightly stroking my thumb across the thumb-pad towards the lift, it will often move very quickly to the left, "jitter", or just constantly start drifting in that direction even when I'm no longer touching the stick. I've tried blowing compressed air around the stick and resetting it, but the issue persists. Tried using my other Dualshock 4s in create mode in Dreams as well and I'm not getting any issues. I've only had this controller since September or so, it's the Electric Purple model. It was a Christmas gift and it's very disappointing to see it having issues so soon, especially when my other two main controllers that I bought 3-4 years ago now are still perfectly fine. Heck, even my 2013 launch Dualshock is still fine, aside from the rubber being partially ripped off the sticks, and the battery life not being great any more. Anyway, it's not completely unplayable or anything atm, it still works fine but it's insanely sensitive to any slight movement to the left. Problem is, I just know it's likely gonna get worse. No idea how long my Dualshock 4 has had this slight stick drift for, I haven't noticed it at all until just today. Can't even get the Electric Purple model any more, or really any Dualshock 4s currently (at least here in the UK, consoles and hardware in general are pretty rare here atm, even the Xbox One). I have had stick drift on one Dualshock 4 before, an original model blue one that I got with my PS4 at launch, happened after about 3-4 years of owning it. It was the left stick however, and like my other controller the rubber was coming off the sticks anyway, so it didn't feel like a huge loss even though it was disappointing. Only controller I've ever had stick drift with previously, haven't even gotten stick drift with my 3 year old Switch Joycons yet (granted I barely use them as I almost always play it in TV mode with a pro controller). Is there anything I can do short of taking it apart? I've never really taken apart a controller before and don't really trust my ability to not screw something up in doing so.