PlayStation 3 Hardware

  • Released on Nov 17, 2006
  • By SCEI for PS3

PlayStation 3 Hardware review
A king among consoles.

The good:

    • Amazing graphical capabilities.
    • Blu-Ray advantage.
    • More than a console.
    • The PSStore
    • Future prospects.
    • It looks SEXY. ;D

The bad:

    • Price tag.
    • Current Game Lineup.
    • File organisation.
    • Access to XMB.


Where to start. I bought my PS3 almost 2 months ago at this stage, and with only 3 games, I haven't put it down.
The first thing that I noticed when I came home with my huge box and took it all out onto the middle of my Living room floor is how awesome this console looks and feels. When you pick it up you can feel that you have an expensive and sturdy piece of equipment in your hands.

The graphics on the PS3 are simply amazing. And all I can think of is how the PS3 is using, at most, with it's current games, about 20 to 30% of it's potential power. With games like Motorstorm and Folklore accounting for only 20 or 30% of what the PS3 is capable of, it boggles the mind to think about how it's possible to make a game that looks almost 5 times better than either of those games.

The main reason the PS3 can run all of these amazing looking games is not entirely down to the system though. Sony's Blu Ray technology has a lot to do with it. The Blu Ray is the next generation of disk. It can store up to 25 gigabytes of data on a single layer disk. Previously, DVD's could only hold around 9 gigabytes. Without the Blu Ray technology, it would almost certainly mean that the PS3 wouldn't be able to store the data to make these games look so amazing without leading onto multiple disks for every game.

My favourite thing about the Ps3 is how it isn't just a simple games console. It's so much more. The ability to play Blu Ray movie disks, DVD movie disks, Playstation 2 games, Playstation games, the ability to stream music, videos and pictures through your PC with the right connection, it's online capabilities. Not to forget that in the near future we will be able to record TV through our PS3's and even stream TV from the PS3 to the PSP. It's an amazing piece of technology that just seems to get better and better every day.

The PS Store is just so much fun. It hasn't got the flashiest layout around, but it's the content that matters. Being able to download videos of your favourite upcoming titles to your Hard Drive. Not only games, but movies too. Bored? Why not take a trip down memory lane and download a classic game like Crash Bandicoot? At a fraction of the cost it used to be, I might add. How's €3 for you? ;D
The Store is updated constantly with new demos, games and classics. It just keeps getting better and better with the prospect of entire games being up for grabs on the Store, like Warhawk, which will be available on the PS Store almost a month before it's available on the shelves of any of your local games stores.

The future is looking bright for the Playstatoion 3. With games such as Grand Theft Auto IV, Metal Gear Solid 4, Heavenly Sword, hailed as one of, if not the greatest looking game ever made - Killzone 2, Warhawk - also being hailed as the best online game ever to grace any console, LittleBigPlanet, Alone In The Dark, Resident Evil 5, SKATE, LAIR. The list could go on forever.

Compared to the Good, the bad points of the PS3 are minuscule. The only thing I've heard people have major gripes about is the price. When you take a step back though, $500/€600, isn't a hefty sum to pay for such a behemoth of a console. I know children's parents will look at it and say 'I'm not paying that much for a games machine', as that is exactly what my parents said. When you take into account that a Blu Ray player alone is almost a thousand dollars to buy, the Ps3 suddenly seems cheap for all of the amazing functions it provides.

The game lineup at the moment isn't the most impressive I've ever seen either. It's got all of it's big-hitter, console selling games coming out late '07 and early to mid '08. Once they touch down though, the Playstation 3 is going to run away with the competition.

The only other tiny problems I could come up with could, and most likely will be fixed with future updates to the Cross Media Bar, and those are how the files are organised when they are downloaded. It would be nice to have them organised more efficiently. It would also be great if we could access the Cross Media Bar while playing a game without having to quit our current game to go back to the PS3's dashboard.

So I hope you found this review helpful. My advice would be to get yourself a PS3 if you're seriously into gaming. It'll be the best thing you've ever done in your gaming life. ;D


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