The Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) is a High Definition capable home game console featuring Blu-ray movie playback. Additionally, the PS3 can play your music library by streaming the data from your home network or directly from a disc, hard drive or USB drive connected to the PS3.
PS3 owners often find that they are pausing movies or games to do other things, or are simply listening to music. During these times, the PS3 is still outputting a video signal to your television, and if the TV is left on, you could risk burn-in. Burn-in occurs when images remain on the screen for prolonged amounts of time. Plasma televisions are especially susceptible to burn-in. Thankfully, Sony has included a screen saver on the PS3, which can help protect your television.
To activate your screensaver, first go to the “XMB,” also known as the “system menu” or “main menu.” Navigate to Settings -> Display Settings. Now select screensaver and press the X button. Select the amount of time you wish PS3 to wait prior to activating the screensaver. You can choose from 5, 10, 20, or 30 minutes. It is recommended that you choose the shortest time to maximize your televisions protection.
Keep in mind that if you are using your PS3 to play music through your home theater audio system, it isn’t necessary to leave the television on. While a screensaver can definitely protect your investment, turning the television (and PS3) off when not in use can save a bundle on your electricity bill, as well as decreasing the wear-and-tear on your devices caused by prolonged use and heat buildup. To save even more on your electric bill, turn your PS3 off using the switch on the back of the unit when it is not in use. Some televisions and other electronic devices don’t have an actual power switch, like the PS3, but can be unplugged to reduce power consumption. Standby modes on electronics don’t use much electricity, but with the number of devices in the average household today, the electricity used adds up.
To further to protect your devices from excess heat, ensure that they have adequate ventilation. Electronics devices that process complex computations are able to build up very high temperature levels, and need ventilation to move hot air away and replace it with cooler air. It is also a good idea to regularly clean out ventilation holes on your electronic devices, such as your PS3, as blocked vents will quickly render your device useless under the wrong circumstances.