EDIT: Requires GAP membership; sorry if you aren't in the GAP; I joined years ago so I don't know how they changed requirements of entry.
Outside of preordering or harassing up some codes, just head on over to the GAP site (via playstation.com) and log in. Then head to this site (i know it looks fishy for a site, but it's direct from the email i got from the GAP peoples... then again may only work uniquely per email address?) and hit the gimme button!
While the rest of you will be GTA IV'ing, I shall be dying miserably, while shouting "SNAAAAKE" randomly, for good measure.
Yesterday (since in God's time zone, where I live, it's now Thursday) Sony shipped my repaired PS3 back to me. At least, I think it's repaired. E-mail wasn't clear on type of replacement. I won't complain, as long as it works.
Nothing displays or is acknowledged from UPS for the tracking number they gave me; so either it's shipping tomorrow with a stock label from Sony (thus not in the UPS system yet) or UPS updates slow and it'll show tomorrow.
My only complaint about it is I don't know how it was shipped. I highly doubt it went out NDA like the coffin came, but it would help to know. I'm assuming it's not out yet, so I'll find how it was shipped when UPS acknowledges it.
The grand total of "business days" it took Sony to receive, process, repair, and ship out my borked system: 5 days. 5 days.
Epic win, in my book. I'm sure it's going either ground or 3-day select, so I'll have my system up and running for the next WNW event! Watch out, Y0j1mb0; I'm comin' for you (only because I can't kill Shipero).
(best ps3 related epic win picture I could find in 10 seconds; I'm lazy)
Dear PlayStation(R) Owner,
On 04/23/08 we shipped a PLAYSTATION 3 - CECHE01 and if applicable, peripheral(s) and/or accessories, to you.
The system was shipped to you via UPS. The Tracking Number is [ ]. To track your shipment, you may log on to www.ups.com
Your exchanged system will come with a 90-day limited warranty. Please note that, if the original limited warranty that came with your brand new product is still valid, it will remain valid for a period of 1 year. The warranty coverage on your replacement consolewill be the greater of your new 90-day limited warranty or the remainder of yourvalid original 1-year limited warranty.
I got my SIXAXIS controller back from Sony. For those who aren't in the know, the left stick was jamming some and wouldn't go back to a neutral position, so it would constantly glide up. I tried cleaning, air blasting, etc and couldn't get it to work right, so I dialed up Sony.
I had to pay $3-4 to ship it out to them (whatever USPS Delivery Confirmation costs), but other than the USPS telling me it was delivered on April 7, I didn't get any word from anybody that the controller was received or even existed.
I checked on Sony's online Repair status ticket site, and entered my ticket number (alternatively my phone number as well) but there was nothing in the system about it. I was preparing to call Sony soon inquiring about the controller, but I had a turn of luck. On Saturday, FedEx attempted to make a delivery. I was not at home, so they left a tag on my door. Once again, no tracking information appeared when I looked online with the numbers (FedEx's website as well), so I had no idea what the delivery was or who sent it.
I was hoping it would have been a contest winning delivery or something, but I'll take what I got: a brand spankin' new controller! Granted, it's a SIXAXIS, but since I bought myself a DS3 anyway, it's a second controller (better battery life is good for such a controller I think).
Instead of just repairing the controller, which couldn't have been that hard... pop it open, clean it off, close it again, I get a new one?
No complaints here. Only took 2 weeks for this one, and I'm pretty sure it's a lower priority than a console repair request, so I can only hope to get that one back in roughly the same time frame.
At least one thing is going right in my life; don't get me started on my "getting the second computer up and running for the wife without buying all new parts" gig. ><
First I have a change in the whole "time to completion" Sony thing. The online service now acknowledges my shipment arriving, saying it's been assigned to some one. They say it will take 7-15 business days not including shipping to repair. Better than 10-15 days, but I have a feeling it may come sooner (we shall see).
But in other news, I have had myself a homebrew-enabled PSP for quite some time now, enjoying the likes of Cave Story and other such greatapps.
But I always had friends wanting me to help them out, but they were beyond the 3.50 trick via Lumines. I had heard of Pandora, but it just sounded bogus or odd to me; how could converting a psp battery really help flash the internal memory?
But I had a friend with nothing to lose (see: cracked screen on phat psp). So I followed some directions from a reputable site. They were as confusing as possible, so I tried to follow DA's directions. Also no use; something just seemed to be missing. But I stumbled on a place with a very clear step by step plan on what to do.
I did it, and am now proud to say I have a magic stick and pandora battery.
The battery isn't destroyed (thanks to new developments in the pandora code allowing reverting), and neither are the psps. Huzzah for allowing me to play the PS1 games I own without having to repurchase them (assuming they ever come out) without doing the whole remote play thing, since most of my gaming on the machine takes place at work, where I have no access to the Internet.
If anyone has any issues or questions about the process, I can help you along, since really the most use anyone gets out a psp beyond a few stellar titles is the homebrew scene.
I'm glad most of the psp info in this sector isn't just hogwash hoping to brick your machine, but then again, pandora also works as the universal unbricker bwahahaha