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PS3 Exceeds Expectations,
This review is from: PlayStation 3 60GB System (Electronics)
After months of mulling it over, I decided to go with a PS3 over an XBox 360 or a Nintendo Wii. The reasons that I did so were as follows:
First, the PS3 is technically superior and more powerful than either the 360 or the Wii. Because of that, there is nothing that the 360 or Wii can do that the PS3 cannot do. And all of the advantages for the 360 (better game lineup and networking) or for the Wii (novel game play) could be overcome by the PS3 given the right amount of time (the PS3 game lineup for next year looks impressive, the networking should improve and the EyeToy coming for PS3 should counter the Wii's advantage).
Second, the PS3 60 GB gives you more for your dollars (even though it will take 600 of them) than the other systems. It includes a BluRay player, a 60 GB hard drive, a memory card reader and WiFi networking. If you tried to build an XBox 360 with the same specifications, it would end up costing you $300 more than the PS3. And the Wii is incapable of meeting these specifications.
Third, the PS3 is reverse compatible with most PS2 games - preventing my PS2 library from becoming obsolete overnight.
That said, when I bought the system, I was a bit apprehensive given all of the criticisms that I had heard here and elsewhere. I did have high hopes for the system given its specifications but was afraid of buying the next NeoGeo. After a couple of days of playing, I can say that my expectations have been exceeded and my fears have proven to be unfounded.
I have had the system set up and playing for two days (not continuously of course) on a Samsung 720p/1080i 50" plasma screen with an HDMI hook-up. (Note: There is NO need to buy an HDMI cable over $20. Sony and Monster will try to sell you HDMI cables for almost $100. HDMI relies on a digital signal - either you get it or you don't. I bought a $9 cable from an online retailer and have been doing quite well with it.)
I have played Resistance, Fight Night, the Grand Turismo Demo, the Genji demo and the MotorStorm demo. I have used the WiFi connection to play online as well.
The system has its pros and cons - but the pros far outweigh the cons.
- Breathtaking next-gen graphics. The Grand Turismo High Definition demo shows off the power of the PS3. When playing GTHD, you almost forget that you are watching a computer animation - the cars and track look entirely lifelike (the spectators not so much). Fight Night shows off impressive flesh reconstructions, lighting and details (e.g. the sweat on a fighter's face, the skin ripples on a knockout punch).
- Hassle free wireless networking. There have been some drops - but for the most part, the WiFi keeps us downloading and gaming as much as we need it. It provides a web interface and easy access to the PlayStation store and other PS3 users.
- Peripheral possibilities. With four USB hookups in the front, the possibilities are many - including a PS3 EyeToy and SingStar game.
- An impressive 2007 lineup with Tom Clancy's Vegas, Assassin's Creed, Metal Gear Solid 4, Grand Theft Auto and a variety of other games coming out, the future for the PS3 is bright.
- Extensive hard drive space. There is no need to skimp on demos or downloads.
- BluRay player opens up next gen DVD to our home theater system.
- SIXAXIS controllers open up the possibility of a fusion of traditional gaming with motion sensitive gaming.
- Surfing the web with the PS3 WiFi connection is an exercise in frustration. I don't plan to surf the web on the PS3 anyway and this is more of an annoyance than anything else because the network and PlayStation store run quite smoothly on WiFi.
- The smooth, plastic casing is a fingerprint and dust magnet. (Really not a big deal at all).
Overall, the PS3 is a solid system with spectacular potential in the hands of the right software developers. It only gets 4 stars for fun (as opposed to 5 overall) right now because of the limited game lineup (which may not be fair since this is a review of the console and not the lineup - but a console is nothing without its playable games) - but with time, those 4 stars should become 5.
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Initial post: Oct 2, 2009 1:41:06 PM PDT
Kevin W. Sober says:
an expensive hdmi cable is not needed unless you have a good tv. hdmi cables have the ability to give you superior graphics through 1080p- 1080p reception. if you have a ps3 which has the abilty to run 1080p and have a 720p tv your not gonna have the abilty to see the difference in contrast. so if you have a tv with something more then 60hz then a monster cable might be what ur looking for. ive had my ps3 playing on my tv rated at 720p with a monster cable and then swtiched to a 15 dollar hdmi cable from target and believe me theres no difference. so unless u have a top end tv rated at 120hz with 1080p capabilty dont overspend on the cable.
also this guy is right cause the capability on the ps3 and the wifi network suck because it blocks out alot of java script networks and flash player add ons in alot websites. so in no means is this another computer for you to use in the living room or wherever u have it.
another thing is that when this guy posted this is he didnt do his homework on some ps3 games of 2006 where it was going to be awhile before any of the games could come out. where most of the games he mentioned didnt come out to end of 2008.
one more thing if. if you plan on saving some money dont go so far as to get a plasma for a ps3 system. because if your gonna pause the game and walk away from it for like 5 minutes you'll get whats called a ghosting still frame affect on the screen which causes the picture to be instilled on the backround of you r screen for ever and ruins the plasma screen. also its not covered under the manufactures warranty for this problem.
Posted on Mar 6, 2014 1:40:14 PM PST
Jennifer A. Everhart says:
I just traded my PS3 slim for a 60GB CECHA01 model with PS2 backwards compatibility, and even at 1080p via HDMI, some of my PS2 games look interlaced, even though people said the PS3 deinterlaces them. Is there any way to fix this? I tried asking a bunch of people, and they never answered. Please help.
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