All right it's the big one now. Sony's big black bad boy started out of the gate with a rough year. Or two. But now it is ready to start it up. 2008 is shaping up to be the year of the PS3 and I couldn't be happier.
I bought my 80 gig PS3 at Best Buy. I took my unopened PS2 that I had received for Christmas last year and returned it. I just told them I lost my receipt. They gave me a $140 gift card in return and I finally took the plunge. When I got home I opened up my prize...
The first thing that caught me is how shiny the console is. Good lord this thing has a beautiful piano black finish that shines in the light. It's amazing just to look at let alone play. The settings are easy and quite intuitive. I actually had a harder time setting up my PS2 when I first bought it. This one is very user friendly and pretty much sets itself up. The wireless controller is a joy to hold and so weightless it nearly disappears into your hands. The rechargeable battery lasts a long time and charges with included USB cables. The controller is lacking a rumble feature though which cost it some points in my book. However, the lack of rumble was quickly forgotten as soon as I started playing. Honestly I didn't even notice the controller didn't have it.
The setup was quick and effortless and I was gaming withing 15 minutes. Sure the included game with the 80 gig model (Motorstorm) kind of sucks but it was fun to see some mindblowing graphics up on my screen. I have since acquired much better games and am having the time of my life.
The hardrive is another great thing about the system. You no longer need memory cards like in previous iterations of Sony's console. Now, everything is saved to the internal harddrive. For this reason I recommend obtaining the 80 gig over the 40 gig system but to each his own. If one plans on taking the system online however, then the extra space will be sure to come in handy (those downloads take up lots of space).
And speaking of online, Sony's online network is like living in the future. Though nowhere near as good as the Xbox 360's online network (at the moment) it is amazing nonetheless. Plus it is showing some promise with the arrival of Sony's revamped network called "Home". It promises to be a MySpace meets Second Life type of online community with plenty of interaction and user content. Plus, perhaps best of all, Sony's online network is free! You may still have to pay for downloads (although demos and trailers are free) and your actual internet service provider, but you don't have to pay Sony which was a huge selling point for me.
A great system at a great price. Although I mean "great price" as in it's expensive as Hell. But with the Blu-Ray and DVD movie capabilities it sure does seem like you get much more for your money. The last thing I would like to mention is the noise. My PS2 sounded like a clunker and whirred like it was going to win a prize for it. The Xbox 360 is said to sound like a lawnmower in your living room. The PS3 sounds like an ant pissing on a ball of cotton. It's seriously quiet. I leave it on at night while it downloads content from Sony's online store, and it doesn't bother me one bit. And I'm the type of person that requires absolute silence to sleep!
If you're on the fence, then I would recommend waiting until the rumored 120 gb version is out. Or at the very least until some better games are released. Honestly the PS3 barely has any "must have" titles out at the moment. The 360 kills it in availability of titles. This year however will see some amazing games released on the PS3. Great exclusives like Metal Gear Solid 4, Final Fantasy 13, Resistance 2, Killzone 2, Gran Turismo 5 and Little Big Planet seem to be the big guns the PS3 will bring out to roll over the competition. Not to mention a little game (although not an exclusive) called Grand Theft Auto 4.
It's the year of the Playstation. And if you like fun, then there's no better time to be a gamer. And my weapon of choice is the Playstation 3.