Heat Tests: PS3 Slim vs. New Xbox 360

By Daniel Chubb - Jul 12, 2010

Just how does the new Xbox 360 stack up against the Sony PS3 Slim? Go Fanboy decided to find out by performing a few tests over a week, and the results are pretty interesting, which came from running different tests on four PS3 slims and four Xbox 360 S consoles.

Sony’s 160GB (fat) PS3, and an old Xbox 360 Premium were also tested. According to
Brandon Thompson from Gofanboy.com, the tests were run using a few copies of Madden 09, and the systems were put in closed cabinets and tests were run into they shutdown or overheated.

You can read their reasons for running the tests the way they did in their article, see in full here. They claim that the PS3’s shutdown first in all Slim model tests, but the reviewer points out that this means they either “heat up faster” or are designed to shut off at a “lower temperature”.

All PS3 models did reboot after shutting down. As expected, the old Xbox 360 run into a RROD problem, and could not reboot. The newer PS3 and Xbox 360 models prove to be more reliable than their predecessors. But which Slim model performed the best?

Have a read of the full test, and let us know what you think of the results.

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  • aplsong1212

    Great article….. If it weren’t for the fact that Sony removed backwards compatibility and the cost is so high I’d have a PS3 … I hate Xbox I’ll never support them. Unfortunately I stopped supporting Nintendo when they stopped making the SNES. Yes I guess you could say I’m an old school gamer.

  • Blaker98

    The xbox 360 will always be better than the playstation 3. Microsoft just makes better things than Sony ever will.

  • Mujtaba

    I This xbox is way better than ps3

    • Dante

      Where are the facts to this statement of yours? Anyone with a brain can easily say" XBOX" is better, but without evidence your just talking out of your butt. Same goes for everyone else here on this forum saying things such as this ignorant being here. For example, another fellow here says, " Microsoft just makes better things" well how the hell do you know that? do you personally work the microsoft? I highly doubt you have the knowledge of thinking this as a fact. Damn people are so stupid these days.

  • notfanboy

    ok well i can tell that this is going to start a flame war but truthfully yes both consoles can overheat, yes one may overheat faster then the other who cares again oh wow my ps3 lasted a minute longer then your 360 from overheating that makes it better i will say this ps3 slim compared to the old ps3s is a major downgrade 360 slim compared to older 360s major upgrade 360 slim compared to new ps3 slim 360 slim wins by a long shot why the hell would sony take a perfectly good console remove features and make it have that ugly matted finish i have no idea ps3 fat ones look nice sony fail microsoft win for now until xbox 600 and ps4 an nintendo zii

  • Asda

    Just confirms what I thought, the 360 Slim is now the better console.
    Amazing how many PS3 fanboys appear when it dosen't go their way and spout out nonsense, the PS3 got/gets the YLOD and the BRLOD but you will probably pretend that didn't happen in a couple of years to…

  • Adam

    you ps3 fanboys need to get a life. that was proof the new xbox is more reliable than the lattest ps3, and of corse the disk will scratch if you move the consol while its playing.

    • the xbox 360 is the only disc-playing game console in history that plays discs when you scratch it. the sega cd didn't, sega dream cast didn't, ps1 didn't, ps2 didn't, ps3 doesn't, gamecube didn't, wii doesn't, and the original xbox didn't. i like the xbox 360, but any non-360-fanboy has to admit microsoft went with a cheap disc player. and if you read the article, the ps3 slim might just be shutting down at a lower temperature than the 360. it might go to 30 degrees higher temperature past the shutting down point and still work, while the 360 old model got Rrod. The new ones didn't tough, which is really cool.

    • the xbox 360 is the only disc-playing game console in history that scratches discs when you move it. the sega cd didn't, sega dream cast didn't, ps1 didn't, ps2 didn't, ps3 doesn't, gamecube didn't, wii doesn't, and the original xbox didn't. i like the xbox 360, but any non-360-fanboy has to admit microsoft went with a cheap disc player. and if you read the article, the ps3 slim might just be shutting down at a lower temperature than the 360. it might go to 30 degrees higher temperature past the shutting down point and still work, while the 360 old model got Rrod. The new ones didn't tough, which is really cool.

    • JDM fanboy

      fanboy you are an enabler just keep giving your money to microsoft for crappy product.

  • Michael

    Microsoft just can't make hardware at all.. They suck at it. Even the new 360 Slim will shutdown when it gets hot and will still destroy your discs if someone moves it while loading. Cheap Cheap Cheap.

  • MUZZZZAAAAAAAAA

    how many years has it take xbox to be anywhere near ps3. STILL PS3 IS BETTER !!

  • lAmin¬

    The test in fundamentally flawed because the 360's power supply isnt included. Because the PS3 has an internal power supply it obviously has more strain so the 360's power supply should have been in the sealed box with it.

    Its very easy to build a low heat console if you leave the hottest part of it out.

  • Klatu

    If they titled it "two consoles enter, one console leaves" that would be better, but still not a great or even interesting read. They'd HAVE to have a pic of Master Blaster on there somewhere, or Tina Turner with the huge wicker earrings. I'm just saying. Other than that, we knew the new versions shutoff before they overheat, so what the heck is the point of this test? To see who's shut off first? Is it a race? My moneys on black! Oh wait, they're both black, hmmm. How about Kenya, are either from Kenya, they're pretty fast over there…

  • thebigted

    what the hells the point of these tests i mean get a life "omg which product gets hotter quicker". who the hell cares!

    • spartan stingo

      I really do agree

    • thebigted

      your obviously a nice individual! so you think this is helpful research hmm? helpful research is helping to aid cancer not finding out what stupid home entertainment system warms up quicker. A great use of money and time. so shut your mouth you idiot.

    • realist

      seriously how can the ps3 be less reliable when microsoft had to give out free consoles to costumers