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OK, I want to clear some simple things...
My Conclusion so far:
This much is confirmed:The PS3's that were released at the launch, in the Late 2006~Early 2007 period had universal PSU's built into them.. Sony themselves confirmed this, by officially stating that the PS3's PSU *is* universal..
Thanx to gudrun, the above has been confirmed by gudrun because of giving me photographic evidence (I can send it to those who request for it)...I have also found numerous early PS3 dissection pictures, showing 100v~240v
However, Sony later stated that PS3's no longer have universal PSU's. They said that PS3 now have region dependent PSU's....
People's response (thanx everyone):
There are people telling me that US PS3's coming out *now* *also* have universal PSU's because they have personally used their PS3s in 220v regions like Europe...
However, there are *also* people telling me the exact opposite! That US PS3's coming out now do *not* work in 220v regions...they claim to know this because they fried their own PS3's when experimenting..
To confirm whether or not US PS3's coming out *now* work in 220v regions, I have put forward a slight experiment..
Can someone who has bought a US PS3 *recently* (*not* at the the launch) (within the last 6 to 10 months), please open up their PS3 a little bit, and take a photo of what is mentioned of the PSU box inside the PS3 ... ?
This PSU box would state the exact input voltage that the US PS3 needs, irrespective of what the sticker on the outside reads...
It would either say something like 100v~240v, which would mean the following:
> That the US PS3 indeed has a universal PSU
> Sony lied by stating '110v ONLY' (or something similar) on the outside sticker..
or it can say '100v~120v' (or something similar), which would mean:
> That US PS3's coming out now are *not* universal (in terms of input voltage)
> That Sony was telling the truth when they said that PS3's no longer have universal PSUs..
I know its a lot to ask, but its I can think of to solve this matter...
Mine was bought in the US in January and works fine in Europe on 220v,
I now have region A and region B PS3, but would also like to have a region C PS3
I think you're missing a third possibility: some US PS3s coming out now have a universal supply, and some do not (e.g. depending on which production line/batch they came from), but Sony doesn't want the trouble of printing multiple labels and matching the right label to the right console (think of what could happen if they screwed this part up), so they just provide the lower spec as the official one.
Originally Posted by ahmadka2