Originally Posted by Notti
Some PS3 owners in Japan are also saying their PS3 gets too hot...
Interesting. I haven't had any issues with my PS3 since I got it last Saturday. The other night, I played Tears of the Sun, Stealth and half of Underworld: Evolution back-to-back with not a single glitch or stumble. With my heater on, the room temperature is at least 70 - 75F. If it were any colder, my wife would have complained about it. I have the PS3 on top of my Momitsu V880, but with a shelf approximately 8 inches above it which holds my Sanyo Z2. I did move the PS3 as far to the left as possible to give the exhaust vent on the right the maximum amount of clearance. Most of the PS3's intake vents are along the bottom edges, so you want to be sure that area is clear. Even after playing 3 movies, it never got too hot to touch anywhere on it's surface. The left side seems to get the warmest, probably because this is where the power supply is.
It really does sound like there may be a problem with your unit. Two other friends of mine with the PS3 have yet to report any heat-related problems, even though they are playing games more than I do. How about standing it up in the vertical position? It was certainly designed to be positioned this way (there are even three little rubber feet on the left side for that purpose). Since heat rises anyway, maybe this will provide more efficient cooling since the exhaust fan will then be at the top of the casing.