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6 Ways to Make Your Video Game Console Last Forever

by Kiri Blakeley on December 7, 2012 at 5:53 PM

With the holidays just around the corner, it's a good bet that you'll either be buying your kid a video game system, or you'll be buying them a video game to play on their video game system. These things aren't cheap. Game consoles can cost hundreds of dollars, so you want to make sure that the one you buy or have already bought lasts for awhile. And you know how kids can be -- destructive little monsters! Haha. JK. Your kids are lovely. But they're probably stronger than they think, right? And you want to make sure that they don't accidentally destroy their lovely (and expensive) gift, amiright?

Her are 6 ways you can make your game console last forever.

Keep it dry. It might be easy to forget that the console isn't a toy, it's a piece of electronics equipment. So make sure to keep it in a warm, dry area. That means no banishing it to a damp basement when you get sick of hearing it.

Don't keep it on the carpet. Woah. Who knew?! Apparently carpets absorb heat faster than wood or other surfaces. And heat is BAD for consoles.

Keep it dust-free. Might sound impossible, but every once in awhile, squirt some compressed air into the vents to blow out dust. Routinely dust around the console. Dust is the biggest console killer.

Give it plenty of space. You might be tempted to pack the console in between your Journey albums and the kids' Bieber CDs, but don't do it. Consoles need room to breathe. Give it its own shelf.

Keep it standing. Don't put it on its side. That tends to cut off ventilation and gather dust.

Don't play too long. Consoles get hot when they're played and need to cool down every few hours. So no 12-hour video game marathons, unless you take long breaks.

If you care for your console well, it should last you up to five years. Okay, that's not forever. But as far electronics go, it's pretty close.

Do you have a video game console? What are your tips for caring for it?

 

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  • Carly
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    Carly

    December 7, 2012 at 6:03 PM
    5 years? They should just be outdated in 5 years. My old playstation and my ps2 which I've had for the better part of a decade are both in fine shape, minus a few scratches.
  • Vegeta
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    Vegeta

    December 7, 2012 at 6:28 PM
    You can get cooling docks or fan attachments, but if your system is overheating it's provably because the fan it has is bad (wii and ps3) or the manufacturer put in the wrong kind of heat absorbing pads (xbox 360).
  • Gamer
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    Gamer

    December 7, 2012 at 6:29 PM
    Actually, do NOT stand it up. The instability of the system when vertical brings up a host of even worse problems that range from destroyed discs to console failures. There are no vents on the bottom sides of any console for this purpose.
  • Reepi...
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    Reepicheep.CSL

    December 7, 2012 at 6:31 PM
    Five years? Seriously? My brothers still have the original Nintendo and all of the games and they still work perfectly. Obviously technology hasn't really gotten better.
    Btw, that thing was stored in the basement and my brothers weren't exactly gentle.
  • EmmaF...
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    EmmaFromEire

    December 7, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    yeah, have to agree on the point about not standing them up. i've always been seriously advised against it, that they're just more stable laying flat. also a lot less likely to tip over.


  • amiec...
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    amiecanflie

    December 7, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    My wii is the same one we got when they first came out... works just fine. Just dust it occasionally and keep it on its side so it doesn't fall over.

     


  • poshkat
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    poshkat

    December 7, 2012 at 8:11 PM
    Dh's first Xbox from 2002 just died last year. He taped pennies inside where the heating pads were about 4 years ago when the red lights of death flashed. It worked wonders instead of those pads that the company charging you 100 dollars for sending it back to be "fixed". He lays his down and it seems to work better than standing up.
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