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Posted by moonhead on Dec 4, 2007
Festive Console Buyers Round Up Part 3 The Playstation 3.

Festive Console Buyers Round Up Part 3 The Playstation 3.

As Christmas draws closer it is time to wrap up our festive round up of the home consoles. So we will finish off with a round up of Sony’s Playstation 3. Hopefully once you have read all three parts to this round up you will have a clearer idea of what console suits your needs.


For the first time since it decided to get into the console hardware market Sony is not having it all their own way. Most of the the problems Sony are suffering are of their own making but behind all the controversy and poor decision making that has surrounded this black behemoth of a console do they still have a good games machine? Whether its a good machine or an overpriced albatross it is hard to tell, but with Sony being one of the most recognisable brands in video games and the market leader for the last 10 years they may just get away with it anyway but only time will tell.

The machine in Europe at the moment comes in 2 different versions. There is the full fledged 60gb version and streamlined 40gb. The 60gb is no longer in production so once the stock on shop shelves is gone all that will be left is the 40gb. The 60gb version of the machine which is now retailing at £350 has the full feature set with backwards compatibility with PS2 games via emulation, 4 USB ports and slots for compact flash, SD and memory sticks. The 40gb which retails at £300 has no backwards compatibility no memory card slots and only 2 USB ports.

Both versions come HDMI enabled and are capable of outputting at up to 1080p producing a stunning high definition picture. Also unlike its competitors Sony opted to go with a Blu-Ray drive and disk over sticking with a standard DVD. The benefits of this is the disk itself is capable of storing up to 50gb’s worth of information and it also means that the PS3 is a “High Definition” movie player out of the box.

Sony has also packaged a new version of its joypad which connects to the PS3 wirelessly via Blue-tooth. It is slightly remodelled from the near perfect PS2’s dual shock controller and at the moment  does not feature rumble. The lack of rumble support according to Sony is due to the new controllers motion detection system called Six-Axis (this was a blatant lie as Sony is just about to release a new version of the controller with, suprise surpirse! rumble added) Six Axis can read six directions of motion as opposed to the Wii-Remotes 3. It does not seem to work as successfully as the Wii’s controller though and use in games has been limited so far. Some have said it is nothing more than a bolt-on gimmick to try to steal some of the Wii’s thunder.

The PS3 has a wireless Giganet Ethernet connection out of the box and its on-line service is much improved over its predecessor. Sony has made no secret of its admiration of Microsoft’s Xbox live centralised service and have tried to directly emulate it with its Playstation Network. Although they have some way to go before their service is as good as the Xbox 360’s they are definitely starting to get ir right. It does however have one major benefit over Xbox Live though, it is completely free. Also like the Xbox 360 you can purchase and download original games with Super Stardust HD, Warhawk and Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection being standout titles prices are similar to those found on the Wii and Xbox 360. You can also download original PSone titles such as Medievil, Jumping Flash and Tekken 2. 

Now for the pros and cons. Lets start with the pros from a technical standpoint the PS3 has a bit more power under the hood than the Xbox 360. As it stands at the moment though we have not seen much evidence of this but I am sure as things progress you will see the PS3 pull away a little from the Xbox 360 in the graphics department. Add in the Blu-Ray disk and it is clear that the PS3 is a slightly more powerful and versatile machine than the Xbox 360.

Secondly as already mentioned earlier in this feature is the PS3’s ability to play “High Definition” movie Blu-Ray discs straight out of the box. The PS3 really is a top quality Blu-Ray player and watching films in full 1080p “High Definition”, with full true Dolby™ 5.1 surround sound is a real boon and just like having a cinema in your living room.

Last but not least considering the amount of technology stuffed into the machine and especially when you compare it to the Xbox 360 it does not break. According to figures the PS3 has a failure rate of less than 2% (this is the same for the Wii) compare this to the Xbox 360’s failure rate of around 33% it is very impressive.

For the cons lets start with games or lack of. The PS3 does not have 1 standout exclusive title out yet, a whole 9 months down the line from its launch and a year if your from Japan or America. It would also seem that nearly every multi format title out there is either out first or works and looks better on the Xbox 360. There has also been a string of delays that has left the PS3 festive line up looking very light compared to its competitors.

Next up are Sony themselves, compared to the company that first got into video games and could do no wrong they now seem to be blundering around like a blind drunk man lurching from one disastrous decision to another. From the ridiculously high price point for the launch of the PS3 (£425)  and crazy Ken Kutaragi’s assertion that everybody would have to work harder to own one to the botched worldwide simultaneous launch that ended up with Europe having to wait another 4 months to get the machine as they had been unable to make enough of the things. This list could go on, how about cutting full hardware backwards compatibility in favour of software emulation for the European launch meaning we paid more for a console that was less in terms of hardware than what the rest of the world had recieved. In all it shows that Sony has lost its way seemingly forgetting how to treat its customers or even who their customers are.Things are starting to get better however, the recent price cuts were a good thing but taking out the backwards compatibility and memory card slots show they are still not thinking altogether straight.

Last but not least is price. Despite the price drop, it is still the most expensive console on the market with prices starting at £300 for the slimmed down 40gb and £350 for the soon to be gone 60gb. If you compare it to its competitors especially the Xbox 360 Elite edition which is the same price as the 40gb PS3 the only differences are the wireless Ethernet and Blu-Ray drive, whilst the Elite comes with a hard disc that is 3 times the size of the PS3’s. Games are generally cheaper for the PS3 though but not by much.

10 Of The Best Playstation 3 Games

1. Motor Storm – The only launch title that actually showed what the PS3 is capable of. This off road racer is still probably the best looking racer available on the market. It is a high octane arcade racer with all the thrills and spills normally associated with a game of this sort and has a raft of decent on-line options to.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

2. Call Of Duty 4: Modern Combat – This multi format game is the best example of a modern warfare FPS ever made. This game is an explosive thrill ride that does not let up from beginning to end. And one of the best examples of FPS gaming ever made. If you want to find out more you can read my review of the Xbox 360 version right here.                                                                                                                                                              

3. Oblivion – This free roaming RPG is one of the best games to be found on the PS3 or anywhere for that matter. Boasting one of the largest game worlds ever to be committed to disc and is a game of unparalleled scope and vision. Without a doubt the premier RPG to be found on the PS3 or on any other machine.                                                                                                                                                                                      

4. Ratchet And Clank: Future Tools Of Destruction – The Ratchet and Clank series of games have rarely disappointed and this game is no different. It has the same mix of third person platforming and shooting as its predecessors albeit wrapped up in gorgeous “High Definition” visuals and loads of additional mini games.                                                                                                                                                                  

5. Ninja Gaiden Sigma – This “High Definition” re-imagining of the Xbox’s Ninja Gaiden Black is a stunning game. The game is incredibly hard but is one of the best 3rd person action / beat’em up games ever made and looks incredible on the PS3.                                                     


6. Virtua Fighter 5 – This is without a doubt the PS3’s top fighter. Sega’s long running series has long been the beat’em up of choice for connoisseurs of 3D fighters. An easy to pick up but very difficult to master control system is backed up with stunning visuals and a wide array of different combatants.                                                                                                                                         

7. Resistance: Fall Of Man – This launch title remains one of the PS3’s premier titles and is a more than competent FPS. Set in and around World War 2 that is thrown into turmoil with a Sci-Fi spin it is a good looking game developed by Insomniac the makers of Ratchet and Clank. The on-line side of the game has been well supported and has had a raft of play modes and extras added to it since its release, all for free.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

8. Assasins Creed – Ubisoft’s game based in the Middle East during the Crusades places you in the feet of Altair an elite Assassin has been hyped up all year long. Thankfully it has lived up to the hype with stunning looks and is a decent free roaming sandbox style game.This is one of the best out there on the PS3.                                                                                                                                                                                 9. Rainbow Six: Vegas – This stunning tactical squad based shooter from Ubisoft is a real return to form for the long running Rainbow Six series. Featuring a cracking line in co-op based multiplayer gameplay this is one game that every PS3 owner should own.                                                        


10. Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 – The best football sim on the PS3 by a country mile and probably the best sports title for the PS3. As always with the Pro Evo series it is easy to pick up and play but incredibly difficult to master. A must have title for any PS3 owning football fan.


I would like to add that this is not my definitive top 10 list of PS3 games. But rather a list to show the variety and quality available to buy for the PS3. If you want to add your top 10 list of games for the PS3 then feel free to add them to the comments section at the bottom of this page.            

So now to summarise, in terms of games available and in particular console exclusives the PS3 is lagging behind. But it does seem to be over the worse and starting to catch up on the Xbox 360 and Wii and next year is looking good for the PS3. What with Haze, Metal Gear Solid 4 and Killzone 2 all exclusively coming to the PS3 things are starting to look up. So anybody looking at buying a PS3 right now is not wasting their money but compared to the Xbox 360 and Wii at this very moment in time it is a bit light in the games department and more expensive. So the PS3 really is for the serious gamer with a bit more spare cash in their pocket and a good “High Definition” set up to make use of the Blu-Ray movie playing capability as you will not be playing any top PS3 exclusive games this year. 

I hope these guides prove helpful to everybody out there looking to buy a new games machine this Christmas and help you make an informed decision on what you buy. Good luck and happy gaming.

Happy Christmas Shopping.


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4 Responses to “Festive Console Buyers Round Up Part 3 The Playstation 3.”

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  3. Can’t wait to get this! I can feel a sick day coming so I can stay home from Uni and mess around playing this.

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