Wanted to put this post here so as not to get the Development Thread off track.
I know there have been some heated discussions in the past regarding the PS1 laser, and I absolutely do not want to get into that type of debate in this thread, but I do want to share my experience, which is pretty much the opposite of yours.Takehaniyasubiko wrote: ↑August 4th, 2020, 11:10 am For now, I only think about finally completing my PS1 games with no issues. I couldn't do it before because those stupid PS1 CD-ROMs would keep dying during long playthroughs, especially with JRPGs (I had to use two to beat Persona 1 in full). I hope PSIO will finally open the gates to the PS1 heaven.
I got my first Playstation for Christmas in 1998. It was a 7501 Dual Shock model. I got it with Metal Gear Solid, Crash Bandicoot, and FF7 to start. Played it religiously for about 5 years, and then packed it away for the following 5. Since 2008, It's been used very regularly on weekends and rainy days. Typically once a week for a few hours, during Christmas and Summer holidays for much more. For example I used it last weekend to beat Crash Bandicoot again.
I haven't done anything to it besides adding a Mayumi V4 to use backups instead of my originals. I burn using Taiyo Yuden discs (I bought a few hundred back in 2011 for all my retro systems)
I annually disassemble and clean the system, lubricate the gears and laser rails, and clean the lens. The system was stored for 5 or so years in a carrying case in a temperature controlled environment.
All that to say:
I haven't had a single problem with my laser unit. It's still original, and doesn't skip a beat. Metal Gear Solid skipped back in 2000, but that was because I'd scratched that disc to hell and back. On my pristine backups it plays beautifully. No FMV skips on any game I've played, no long loading, weird noises, etc.
I've beaten Crash Bandicoot (one of the more notorious laser killers as we've previously discussed) at least 6 or 7 times, FF7 the same number, and Metal Gear Solid at LEAST 4 or 5 times a year because I'm a fanatic.
Resident Evil 3 is also a huge personal favorite. I've beaten that one probably a dozen times in the past 2 years.
I've been preparing for a laser death for years, it was one of the reasons I was SO excited to get PSIO. I've installed ODE's into My Saturn, Dreamcast, and 3D0 as well, so I'm not a CD purist or anything. I want these systems to last as long as possible, and the laser unit will almost certainly be the first main failure point. Over the years I've also bought 3 back up 7501's when I've found them at Garage sales or great Ebay auctions for under 20 bucks. Figured I'd steal the disc drives from them when I needed, but so far I haven't had to.
So please understand I love PSIO. As soon as I can play all my favorites without issue on it, my original is getting packed up for good. Can't wait!
Now I'm well aware of the laser issues in the 1000 series and warping/wear to heat from the power supply and all the plastic parts and what not, but it was my understanding that Sony beefed up the laser units starting with the 5500 series or thereabouts. I apologize I don't have a source on that, it's been years since I've read up on the detailed (non Wikipedia) history of hardware revisions. I do remember my neighbor had one that we had to turn upside down to play because of warped rails, that was always fun.
So in the big picture I LOVE the PSIO, and am super excited that we may be approaching true 99%+ compatibility. I would love to retire my original unit back in it's box for display in the game collection.
So when you say you've had to replace a laser just to finish one game I wince, because that's gotta be annoying as all hell. Good laser units aren't cheap anymore. It's also been my experience that even good aftermarket ones are much louder than stock units. How many lasers have you gone through over the years?
I've heard and seen laser failures on a few different consoles over the years, but your history has been worse than most people I've spoken with. My experience has been the opposite. 20+ years of great performance, no problems at all, with (in my opinion) heavy usage.
Do you think there were huge swings in quality variance? Or is my laser just an amazing outlier that is actually a ticking time bomb ready to die any day now? (Rhetorical, it'll go when it goes, and Matt, Yuri, and their awesome PSIO have assured that my PS1 can live forever )
I've always assumed most lasers degraded or dies because they weren't cleaned or lubricated and just kind of burned themselves out for lack of a better phrase.
Would love to read other member's experiences with their PS1 disc drives. Most people I grew up with traded theirs in to Funcoland or Babbages back in 2001 and haven't touched one since.