Ok, judging from the title, I guess you guys already know what I'm about to ask.
I still have a broken ps2 (given up on fixing it...sort of) and I had a good thought about whether I should fix it, or save up for ps3 in christmas (UK don't have it till later in the year and it's too expensive for most people). Below is what I thought about the positives and negatives of these two actions.
Pros and Cons to fix ps2:
*Play till ps3 price falls (something to do during this time)
*Allow consideration into the homebrew world
X Spend hard cash and time (repairs are expensive and hard to source locally)
Pros and Cons to save for ps3:
*Get backwards compatibility for ps2
Those are the stuff I thought of so far. Your views?
P.S. I gave the ps2 to a local repairer last week and whilst he said that the fan is indeed broken (that's what is physically broken, dunno about fuses - he never checked bcos...read on and find out X-D), he says that he can fix it all for "Â£65 (about $120)". He claims that the fan is a hard to source product and costs about Â£50 ($90).
I, being well prepared a MONTH early, doing hours of research into wtf is wrong with my ps2, knew that you can get the fan for about Â£5 ($10). I told him this, gave a surprised look and added: "LOL, you can send it to Sony and they can trade it for a refurb one for Â£40 ($75)! AND you get 1 year warranty!" (which was true)
He was surprised at that accusation - "Ok, I take it, you leave Â£40, and I can fix it for you"
Of course, I won't get that 1 year warranty if I agree, and I'm only going to him to fix what seems to be an easy fix (broken fan and/or fuse) - I'm willing to pay about Â£15 only ($28).
I refused to lay down my Â£40 without a good enough reason.
"I can fix it for you in about a week - Sony would take too long, and they would probably have to charge you for examining your ps2, like PC World would do", he boldy claimed.
I wasn't sure about his service. I shrugged my shoulders and said: "forget it, I don't want to use your service". I didn't want him to touch my motherboard for fuses incase he actually does blow some up. He didn't even know how to put my ps2 back together again even though outside was a sign "PROFESSIONAL REPAIR". I had to do it myself, due to my expertise in disassembling the ps2 countless times. Sheesh, to think that a young boy of 17 can have more knowledge AND practice in a field than the 35 year old person who claims to have pure expertise...
As I left the shop, he shouted like an 8 year old: "See, I didn't charge you a single penny!" and spreaded his arms out, showing his generosity.
"F*** y**", I mumbled (behind his back obviously because I didn't want to upset the guy) and I left the shop unhappy.
This is why I'm leaning towards the ps3 option...