December 15, 2009

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly : PS3

playstation-3-game-consoleHolding its own with more than 27 million sales worldwide this gaming platform has earned its place in the market.  A 7th generation video gaming console that has a 3.2 GHz cpu.  Yea, this is a review that was supposed to come out 3 years ago, but the site’s new, so here we go. . .  Some very cool features include its vast media capabilities.  One of the coolest things the PS3 offers that none of the competitors have is its blu-ray playing capabilities, this is a great asset of the PS3 considering the average cost of a blu-ray player 2day is around $251.00.  The PS3 slim is now selling online for $299.99 new, and used through eBay at prices around $234.00 with an 80GB hard drive (plus shipping).  This fact alone puts PS3 near the top of my “cool” list.  One sweet feature that PC gamers especially take for granted bill-gatesis its FREE online gaming access.  WTF is up with Microsoft charging to game online, ppl already bought ur system, ur games, use ur OS for our computers, and besides you made more than 17,000,000,000 (billion) in 2008?!?!?  Ahh rant done. . .

Other cool features are PS3’s cool design, built in flash and media reader, and built in Wi-Fi (if you cannot run a cable to your system, wireless gaming not recommended  ) :     Something that may be even cooler than these other things is PS3’s backwards compatibility feature, so if there are some rad games that you loved from PS or PS2, such as these top sellers: PS1 – Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid; PS2 – GTA: San Andreas/Vice City, Kingdom Hearts, Dragon Quest VIII, Jak and Daxter, u can play them on ur PS3.  Or you’re free to choose from the more than 557 games that have come out since PS3’s release (exclusive – 159 multi-platforms – 395).  This backwards compatibility feature sure is sweet, so if you wanted you could head down to your local pawn shop, pick out some very entertaining PS2 or PS games for 5 bucks a pop, put them in your PS3 and off you go.  So, sounds pretty sweet, right?  But some drawbacks of the PS3 are that some of the best titles out there are not available to play with PlayStation.  This is a huge drawback for gamers, especially when the bottom line is the quality and fun we get outta the games we play.   One possible explanation of this lack of rocking games could be summed up in Valve developer Gabe Newell’s statement, “The PS3 is a total disaster on so many levels, I think it’s really clear that Sony lost track of what customers and what developers wanted”.  Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said about PS3, “It’s expensive to develop for the console, and the Wii and the Xbox are just selling better. Games generate a better return on investment capital on the Xbox than on the PlayStation.”  This is a pretty grim outlook of the future of Sony’s PlayStation, but tell that to someone that just spend 10 hours owning then decides to watch a HD movie on the same system with his hot girlfriend after she got home from working all day : )

11 comments

  1. DeathProof - December 22, 2009 5:15 pm

    For sure Dedicated servers have their advantages. But like thesoundman once so gracefully put it, “It’s about control”. And it really is, F U Microsoft, U and ur Smart Pants.

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  2. Crazieman_47 - December 22, 2009 12:33 pm

    I still would like the option to run a dedicated server for just me and my friends on what ever game we plan to play ps3. That is the one option I still enjoy with the PC is the ability to run a slave computer just as a server so we all can connect.

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  3. thsoundman - December 21, 2009 3:31 pm

    http://ps3.ign.com/articles/105/1056817p1.html

    Sony is going to be charging for their online play in the future. It’s only a matter of time now. I knew from the begginning they could not support free play. Free play is only feasible is the users front the costs of the servers. This can only happen with dedicated servers. As console play does not allow dedicated servers the only option is for them to host it or for a third party to host it which costs oodles of money 😛

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  4. PimpmasterF - December 18, 2009 1:03 pm

    Agreed, why give it for free when you know people will pay for it, I just hope Sony doesnt begin thinking that way and start charging

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  5. DeathProof - December 18, 2009 12:53 pm

    For sure Microsoft could give a great free online gaming experience, but the bottom line is money, and now that everyone is used to paying for xbox live, i would be very suprised if they started to offer it for free, even though they should : )

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  6. PimpmasterF - December 18, 2009 9:01 am

    Thsoundman has a good point, However I think that Microsoft is in more of a position to be giving a free onine experience than Sony is, just due to the fact that I think Microsoft is a much bigger company with more product and a larger consumer audience. Not to say Sony isnt huge but out of the two I wouldve expected it to be the other way around with “pay to play online” And Xbox may be a bit more organized but I also think peoples outlook on this has alot to do with the fact that 360 was here first and it took Sony a while to catch up on that front. Today I think Sony has dont a great deal to improve PSN and what it comes down to now is visual preference between the two. 🙂

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  7. thsoundman - December 16, 2009 8:29 pm

    When you think about it though if 5 dollars is hurting your bankbook you should of thought of that before spending close 500 dollars on a gaming system. Most people spend 5 – 15 dollars a day on coffee and that’s not an exaggeration.

    Next you have to realize all of the extra features that XBL gives you from demos/HD content/netflix/lag free servers/more games/etc. Some of those things you can get on PSN but not all of them. Another thing i have noticed with the PS3 vs XB360 is that it’s far more conducive. It’s far easier to find things and download things and orgranize things on the xbox.

    I do prefer the ps3’s layout in some aspects thought. As a media center the PS3 is dead on. The way you can organize your content/changes your settings/and the general asthetic appeal is far superior.

    As of 2005 xbox *399.99 at the time* was costing microsoft, i repeat microsoft 126 dollars per system. So for every system they sold they lost 126 dollars. I suspect that figure is still relevant. Sony at the time was loosing close to 300 dollars per system. So just cause you paid that money doesn’t mean that they are running to the bank. Microsoft and sony both loose money on the systems they sell. Just some things to consider 😛

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  8. PimpmasterF - December 16, 2009 1:37 pm

    Yea I can understand microsofts stand behind charging for xbox live and how PSN isnt as developd or well maintained due to its free of charge nature, however Ive not had a single issue using PSN or playing online. I connect my ps3 wirelessly and highly enjoy playing modern warfare 2 onine, and Ive only lagged once, granted ive got a decent connection na my ps3 isnt far from the AP but the signal still has to travel through a wall and I get seamless online play every time. So until i really see it go down hill microsoft can kiss my subscription fees goodbye.

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  9. DeathProof - December 15, 2009 12:47 pm

    cool, thanks crazyman 4 ur input!!

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  10. Crazieman_47 - December 15, 2009 12:02 pm

    I personally bought my Ps3 for 2 things, Grand turismo, and Blue ray DvD capability. My brother used to be the Rep. for Xbox and so I had first hand 1st generation feel of the original Xbox, which I loved amped snow boarding but that is about it. Some complain about the lack of games and the expense, yet the Games that come out for Ps3 have that Replay ability that I find Xbox games can be rather boring to play more than once. I enjoy the ability to play free on ps3 servers and don’t notice the lag at all. But there are servers you have to pay for, such as the game Warhawk, is a cheep game to buy now, $14 or something but all the good servers where everyone is playing are Pay servers.

    Although PS3 will soon become pay I feel, as the PSP has now moved into a Pay download Only gaming device, which is great cause their little mini disks were crap anyway, and I ended up Bricking 2 of them just to download games and hack the device. “dont tell walmart” hahahah returned both of them. Anyway, one thing I loved about the PSP is the built in Wifi Sniffer that was real time.

    Anyway, G8 Web site guys, and I have sent out the word to the 200 people I know to come check it out!

    Peace

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  11. thsoundman - December 15, 2009 10:15 am

    You also have to consider that microsoft reinvests alot of the money that they charge into large server farms that provide you those lag free servers that you play on. Sony doesn’t do that as such you get much lagier multiplayer play on the PS3. Creating and maintainging large server farms is expensive on a good day.

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