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While retailers have been having stellar deals for the Playstation 3D Displays, buyers have been reporting issues with the displays.

It was first reported back in December 2011 that the displays were experiencing some technical issues. While at the time the issue wasn’t that big, that same thread now has nearly 500 replies with the majority of them stating that their display have been experiencing some issues such as; back-light bleeding, red blinking light of death, and black screens that happen randomly, and sometimes permanently. This has prompted users to contact Sony.

Sony has assisted these users, however, though they are sent a refurbished model the issue is still not yet fixed. Some users have claimed that they have gone through 2-5 sets already. The most common report though is that the displays seem to be experiencing these issues only after 2-5 months of use.

One user even went as far as to take the set apart himself to see if he could find the cause of all this:



Though this isn’t a fix, according to a reply, customer support has recommended that you take these steps to ensure that the Playstation 3 didn’t just reset the resolution on it’s own.

1. Turn your ps3 off and unlug your display from its power supply.
2. Remove hdmi cables and make sure there not broken or bent.
3. Plug back the HDMI cable to the console and plug your power cable back on the display and then turn it on.
4. Now at all this the ps3 should still be off, now press and hold the ps3 button down, you will hear 2 beeps one for pressing the button and the other for keeping the button held down. once you hear that second beep release the button ( RELEASE ) lol…
5. Now you should be all set you will see on your display the setup for using the device, follow the instructions and you wont go wrong.

Even some reviews on Amazon.com show that the displays may be having issues.

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  • ACEMANWISE
    April 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Happened to me today. After a few hours it returned to normal. Someone needs to provide phone numbers to get this issue resolved. I read in the manual that these TVs aren’t owned by Sony. Don’t know how that’s possible but that is what the manual claims.

    Anyway the forums all over the net provide dead ends and NO answers. We need to find out who actually is hiding behind Sony’s brand name or get a lawsuit started. There is no way these guys can get away with selling a 300-600 TV with a 4 month life span and think they can just walk away.

    For anyone who needs to know, the warning signs are clear. Occasional blackouts while gaming is an instant red flag for your TV. According to the forums it only gets worse. Very, very high failure rates with many customers reporting no help (or lies about helping) from Sony. Also there have been reports of “dead pixels” on these TVs out of the box. My suggestion is to stop buying these sets. It’s not worth the risk.


    • Matthew Cash
      April 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Hmm, that must kind of suck, especially since 3D TVs aren’t exactly cheap.

      Hopefully, Sony calls out the incompetent people making these crappy TVs and get them to start fixing their expensive displays.


    • Torgal
      September 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Dude how did you fix it so it went back to normal, I’m trying svasta, drZO the ignition button and enter, leave it a couple of hours to be shut down and so does nothing!!!! what to do, I bought it in another country it’s kind of complicated to be back : (, I place I never expected this from Sony


    • Larry Taylor
      October 15, 2012 at 1:03 am

      Went to GameStop yesterday. They would not even sell me the extended warranty. What does that tell us?! What a shame at 179.99 I was very excited but will not buy it.


      • Andrew Caraveo
        November 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

        The reason they didn’t sell you the extended warranty is because the monitor is now most likely discontinued. even the 3d glasses are as cheap as $25 if i remember correctly. got another pair for myself at gamestop for $30. even mine is starting to do the whole black screen thing. does it for both my ps3 and pc. oh well i got my ps3 3d display at best buy and it is under warranty.


    • hackersdbm
      November 19, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      I’ve the screen black out problem. I called ps support and they said is my ps3 freezing. They told me how to get into safe mode and do a FILE SYSTEM CHECK becouse it might be corrupted. Indeed it was but that didnt fix it. I still have the same issue. Only happens when it’s on for more than 1 hour. I could be playing games or in the ps3 main menu.


  • Torgal
    September 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Please help me and how do I fix my PlayStation 3D display, appearing HAS TWO RED LIGHTS, this is the right scheme for repair, what is labeled with the fuse, I would be very grateful if you answer me who


  • peacestol420
    January 4, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    How can this be legal.Sony has an obligation to fix these sets.
    I’m on my second one.first one quit working after a month of casual
    use.Sony r.m.a it and I received a different unit fast.So now what’s going to happen? It makes
    It just past the warranty then I’m out of luck.200+ dollars down the drain.It really Is a nice display when its working.I deserve to have a dependable display for the hard earned money I
    spent.Very frustrating wish someone would do something about this.


  • jon
    January 14, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Sony has never been the best customer support and i have had my 3d tv for 5 days and i have the same problem.. No wonder these tvs are so cheap!! Buy a regular led tv people clearly sony doesnt make these official ps3 tvs im going to start a lawsuit got my family as professional lawyers….


    • Darrell
      April 25, 2013 at 7:01 am

      I Totally Agreed a lawsuit should be put into place because I have a PS3 3-D display unit myself I have not had it for even eight months yet and this is the fourth time that it is being sent in for service this is ridiculous. First the screen Blacking out every so often second the 3-D actually would not work third pixels are burnt out and forth now it will not even turn on it just blinks red.


  • geo
    March 1, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    ive had my display for about 3 months and I plugged it into a powerbar since i started using it.well i accidently turned the powerbar off and the i turned it back on. so i went to play and it started up just like normal til the green light came then all of a sudden it started blinking twice every 2 seconds dang i got mine as a present i just wish that stuff could be easier to replace


  • chris
    June 24, 2013 at 5:07 am

    i will never buy a sony item again i have gone through 3 playstation 3’s as well as a display tv after only 2 months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FUCK YOU SONY i was a loya;l customer i own over 150 ps3 games over 200 ps2 games on 100 ps1 games bought ps1 and ps2 and ps3 on ur release dates. And you let me down. will never own another playstation product ever again.


  • juan carlos
    July 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    ok guys the reason for this monitor o give out dont know but its not the power supply board whats wrong its the mainboard something to do with the eepron write in a chip just to let you guys know so your better answer is ebay f…k U SONY


  • Ricky
    January 22, 2014 at 5:47 am

    The Red ring of Death is quite common with big Sony KDL Tvs.

    Usually the reason is:

    * Overheating of parts on the board
    * Broken parts on the controllerboard or psu

    There is no fix for it – just RMA it…if you have warranty on it but It will happen again…some people had the same problem with replacement units within 2-10 hours others used the display for 1 year (and got the same defect).

    Sony cancelled warranty for some countries where only 1 year warranty applies or for units which are grey-imports.

    Some User claimed that some “Settings” or “Solutions” which can delay the defect happening for a while:

    1) 120mm Fan

    Some Users put a fan on the backside oft the Display to blow out warm air out of the Display to help to cool down the heated cips etc.

    2) lower Brightness and Contrast

    Some User lowered brightness to values under 10 and avoided contrast more than 90%. This lowers the energy consumption and heat in the PSU & controller unit inside the display. The 3d display should burn max. 45 to to 65W and by lowering the brightness (avoid auto contrast, auto brightness etc) the power consumption should bee around 30-40W.

    This means that in 3D Mode the picture will looks dark and maybe crosshatching will appear.

    The fact that best buy did throw out these 3d display for 99 Dollars in 2013 and even the Sony Outlet store sold it for 109-129 Dollars shows that product was a fail.

    Its sad!
    I bought a ps3 slim (new) for 129 Euros in october 2013 and the display for 199 Euros (germany! expensive). The display died in December 2013…got replaced (after 3 weeks waiting) with a new unit….and broke again on 19the january 2014. Now the shop will not replace it with a new unit…they will repair it and send it back to me within 8 Weeks.

    I am pissed…Sony…go f*ck yourself. Today I put my ps3 in ebay for 119 Euros and it got sold within 60 minutes. As soon the display cames back I will sold it for 150 Euros and will pack 10 x ps3 games as a bundle.

    This is the last time that I bought a Sony display and konsole.

    I will switch to Windows-PC-Gaming 🙂


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