Someone rescued an abandoned PS3 from a swamp, and now they're trying to save its life

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A PS3 has been recovered from a swamp by a Reddit user, now they're scrambling to try and restore the console. 

As shared in the PlayStation subreddit, a series of events has led to the discovery, and retrieval, of a PS3 console that was abandoned in a swamp. Originally starting out as a post from u/WxmTommy95, who shared that they had found the console, led to a comment from another Reddit user u/ThatWasTayla who said that they’d go grab it after finding out the swamp in question was located in Gold Coast, Australia.  

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Staying true to their promise, ThatWasTayla actually did go find the swap and eventually dig out the PS3 from its watery grave. It doesn’t look like we’re going to get the miracle ending we’re all hoping for though, as in the comments of the post, the PS3 rescuer shared: "[It’s] not looking good tbh. After days of heavy rain the whole thing was completely submerged and likely was beforehand."

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Unfortunately, "[It] looks like it had been there a while, the ports are all rusted and there's mud leaking from the vents." Tayla did, however, say that they're planning to "pull it apart and try to clean it" the best they can.

There's a problem with this though, as an update on this comment reveals, ThatWasTayla can hear something crawling around inside of the PS3, and it hasn’t been confirmed what it is yet. The comment section does however suggest it could be a type of crustacean.

Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing how this console ended up in the swamp, but there were a few suggestions as to how it might have got in there elsewhere in the comments. "Damn someone must've rage-quitted hard," one comment read, with another suggesting that the game to cause such a reaction must have been FromSoftware’s Dark Souls. 

There were also some not-so-helpful tips for ThatWasTayla as to how to get the console up and running again. "Put it in rice," the top comment suggests, whilst others compared the operation to some kind of animal rescue. There was one user that wasn’t entirely pleased with the console rescue though, pointing out that ThatWasTayla just stole Shrek’s PS3

Looking for something to play on your not so watery PS3? Take a look at our best PS3 games list for inspiration. 

Hope Bellingham
News Writer

After studying Film Studies and Creative Writing at university, I was lucky enough to land a job as an intern at Player Two PR where I helped to release a number of indie titles. I then got even luckier when I became a Trainee News Writer at GamesRadar+ before being promoted to a fully-fledged News Writer after a year and a half of training.  My expertise lies in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, cozy indies, and The Last of Us, but especially in the Kingdom Hearts series. I'm also known to write about the odd Korean drama for the Entertainment team every now and then.