Not the whole unit. Actually just the Blu-Ray disc player died.
I purchased my PS3 a few days before GTA IV launched and it's the only game I have so it stays in the unit. I haven't played the game that much. I'm about 20% through the story mode and I have probably played online just as much.
Anyway, was playing online yesterday when I received one of those "one or more players disconnected" errors and the story mode boots back up. I press up to engage Niko's phone again and he pulls it out but the phone display on the right doesn't come up! At this point none of the buttons work and I have to turn the PS3 off. When I turn it back on, it doesn't recognize the disc. I take it out and try others to no avail.
I bought mine at WalMart so I boxed it back up, ignored the sign on the box that says contact $ony and don't return the unit to the store and I got me an exchange unit.
However, I forgot to backup my game & system saves so I'm starting GTA over from the beginning.
Anyone else have their blu-ray player die? Did you let $ony fix it?