The systems usually give warning signs. They may make funny noises, randomly stop working. My PS2 disk tray is starting to make noises when opening up and closing. My PS2 controller times out sometimes. The rest of my systems still work great. If the PS3 is like the PS2, Xbox it has a life span of 5 years max.
DC 2-5 years
Xbox- 6months-5 years
PS2- 1-5 years
I own a NES, SNES, N64, Saturn, DC, PS1, PS2, Turbo Graphix 16, Atari 2600, Game Boy Color, Wii.