Many people have the question if their 120 volt Playstation 3 will work if they plug it into a 230 volt outlet in another country, or will it lay a fart and fry. Some other people have the question whether their 230 volt Playstation 3 will work if they plug it into a 120 volt outlet, or will it just sit there like a brick. Many people consider buying a transformer, or a voltage converter. Even I was considering this when I was planning to take my PS3 slim from one country to another, I checked the internet and couldn’t come up with a good reliable answer, so I was curious so I opened up my PS3 to check the innards (an open chassis surgery so to speak).
Well will the PS3 survive the voltage changes? Well folks it looks like the PS3 supports UNIVERSAL POWER INPUT….that’s right, you can plug your PS3 from any country (that is of any voltage) to a power outlet in another country with any voltage, and the PS3 will not fall flat and die.
This is what was shown on the outside label of my PS3 from North America:
but when I cracked her open and checked the power unit on the inside, this is what it said:
Notice the outside label says to plug in only 120 volts, but the power unit on the inside notes that the unit can handle voltages between 100-240 volts.
Yeap, most modern electronics come with universal power input these says, as its much easier and cost effective for manufactures to make one product and labeling it different than making two varieties of the same product. Due to certain laws in certain countries and other mumbo jumbo, they are required to label the product as the power output of that country, even though the machine will accept universal input.
Again I dont know if this rule of thumb for the power supply will apply for the first generation PS3 (the fat one), my PS3 was the slim kind and this is what I found on the inside.