The Tipping Point: 10 Things to Make the PlayStation 3 Worth Buying

Here are 10 things Sony can do to get us to buy a PlayStation 3.

The PlayStation 3 may not be flying off store shelves right now, but you'd be foolish to dismiss Sony this early in the console generation. The PS3 has all the processor, graphics, and communications power necessary to win this generation. Unfortunately, Sony wasn't able to pull together the right game portfolio in time to justify the console's high price tag. The fact that Sony stumbled at launch, failing to consistently sell out at retail even after cutting supply, shows how competitive this console generation will be. If the Xbox 360 and Gears of War didn't exist, the PlayStation 3 would be sold out everywhere; thus, we would all be happily playing Resistance: Fall of Man and marveling over the sweat in Fight Night Round 3

The major game developers believe that the PlayStation 3 will have a sizable install base and allocated resources to ensure a steady supply of games. Larry Probst, the outgoing Electronic Arts CEO, stated in a recent Web conference that he believes the PS3 will eventually win this console generation in a very close race. Sony may have lost a few exclusives because of the PS3's slow start, but those games will still appear on the PS3, even if they're also going to be on the Xbox 360.

Selling more than 100 million PlayStation 2 units will give you a strong brand and, if treated kindly, a loyal customer base. However, Sony has squandered much of its customer goodwill over the past year with a string of disappointments: product delays, price raises, feature cuts, and lackluster games. Many of us, despite all the letdowns, are still prepared to buy a PlayStation 3 because we know that Sony is very close to transforming the console from a maybe into a must-have. Here are 10 things Sony can do to get us to buy a PlayStation 3.

Improve Developer Support to Secure More Exclusives

Brad Shoemaker | Editor

Sony has a decent number of exclusive third-party games in its PlayStation 3 stable already, and a few of them carry some of the biggest names in the industry (Final Fantasy and Metal Gear may ring a bell). But the support that third parties provide the platform seems to have been driven by their expectations of the PS3's potentially enormous user base rather than a commitment to faithfully continue making games for Sony. Now that Nintendo and Microsoft are both presenting a serious challenge to the PlayStation's market dominance, we're watching one PS3 exclusive after another go multiplatform, which is not providing many satisfied 360 owners with a compelling incentive to pick up a PS3.

It looks amazing, but will it be enough to get more PS3s into homes?

There's a catch-22 at work here. Sony needs to get more systems into homes to make third-party publishers want to invest the resources in great exclusive games. But you need great exclusive games to sell systems. I don't know if management at Sony became complacent after the PlayStation 2's ludicrous popularity, but the company can't get lazy about courting and supporting developers this time around. Based on statements by some well-known developers and scuttlebutt I've heard here and there, it seems that Microsoft's tools and developer support are considerably better than Sony's right now. You can't blame developers for going with the platform that lets them create the same great game but requires fewer resources.

Sony has indeed started increasing developer support. At the Game Developers Conference a few days ago, the company announced a new development suite called PlayStation Edge that will give third parties superior tools for getting the best effects and performance out of the PS3's powerful hardware. Sony needs to keep up such efforts as PlayStation Edge if it wants the PS3 to compete against Microsoft's considerable sales advantage and Nintendo's current cultural cachet.

Fix Online Fundamentals Before Going Home

Jeff Gerstmann | Editorial Director, Reviews

It's probably going to take more than a microtransaction-filled virtual world to get the PlayStation 3's online functionality where it needs to be. While I'm definitely interested in the concepts put forth by PlayStation Home, what I really want is the ability to read my inbox without having to quit out of a game. How about voicemail messaging so I don't need to reach for my USB keyboard every time I need to tell someone something? The existing community features need to be better integrated into the games before something like PlayStation Home will sound appealing.

But PlayStation Home will certainly have its applications. I look forward to getting invited to the private spaces of other users so they can show me their vast collection of ripped DVD porn films and mind-blowing animated GIFs. I also look forward to going to the Sponsored By Big Summer Movie Area, where I can watch the trailer for Big Summer Movie and perhaps even acquire a T-shirt with the logo for Big Summer Movie right on it!

Worlds like Second Life and There exist on the fringe and, if I may recklessly dismiss and generalize something that I deliberately choose not to understand, are only used by lunatics and shut-ins. Is that because not enough people have been exposed to these sorts of virtual worlds? Or is it because most people simply aren't interested in some creepy emote-based chat room where 30 guys are doing the robot while trying to hit on the one female avatar in the area and 30 more guys are trying to tell you that you aren't cool if you don't go buy some more virtual bucket hats and headphones for your already-far-too-metrosexual-looking avatars? As long as the PlayStation 3 keeps selling, PS Home is going to be the big mainstream experiment that finally gives us the answer. But all I want to do is accept a game invite from a friend without first having to fumble through a bunch of game-specific menus and obsolete lobbies.

You might think I'm down on PlayStation Home, but to be honest, I can't wait to try it. It all looks so creepy and marketing-driven that getting in there and messing with people is almost certain to be a good time. But considering that Sony doesn't quite have the basics of online functionality down yet, it's hard to get excited about anything that isn't directly focused on filling those basic needs first.

Standardize Online Features for Multiplayer Games

Greg Mueller | Associate Editor

In this day and age it seems inexcusable for a multiplayer game to ship without at least a modest suite of options for online play. It's especially frustrating on the PlayStation 3 because the idea of a free online multiplayer is one of the few features that Sony's system has over the Xbox 360. Unfortunately, thus far Sony has shown us that you get what you pay for.

Show me the online play!

PlayStation 3 games don't have a standard set of online features, so it's a bit of a crapshoot when you're buying a game as to whether or not it will have decent (or any) online multiplayer support. Resistance: Fall of Man and MotorStorm are shining examples of how online games can be done right on the PlayStation 3. And if Sony could guarantee that type of quality online gameplay for every multiplayer game, the system might be worth the investment.

Unfortunately, for every Resistance there are games like Tekken and Virtua Fighter 5, which have no online play whatsoever. Even the games that do have online play are often missing features that are taken for granted on the Xbox 360. Sony needs to take a more active role in setting guidelines for PlayStation 3 games to include such features as online matchmaking, voice chat, in-game messaging, and leaderboards. Basically, Sony needs to rip off Xbox Live. If Sony can do that, then it will at least make the decision to purchase an Xbox 360 game versus a PlayStation 3 game a little less one-sided.

Reconsider the Price

Laura Jenner | Site Manager, GameSpot UK

There's one major reason why I'm not going to buy a PlayStation 3 in the short term--it's just too much money.

Gaming has never been a cheap hobby. Even with trade-ins, pre-owned games and consoles, and rental, to keep up with what's new involves significant costs. The development costs of next-generation games and consoles are reaching movielike levels, and gaming companies are under pressure to maintain their bottom line. But even with the price levels we've become used to, Sony's ?25 ($825 US) has caused some shock waves.

The problem is that ?25 is a lot of money. If you throw in a couple of games, you're looking at more than ?00, which psychologically at least seems a barrier to purchase. While it has the benefits of Blu-ray (if it takes hold) and, later, the PlayStation Home environment, are those really enough to persuade gamers to part with stacks of cash?

Imagine for a second that Sony decided to take a bigger loss and cut ?00 off the UK launch price. Looking at a ?25 price tag would be a significantly different proposition. There's no denying that the PlayStation 3 is an attractive, technologically sophisticated console, and although the games lineup isn't earth-shattering at the moment, it's bound to improve (Metal Gear Solid 4 anyone?). With the Xbox 360 still retailing at about ?79, narrowing the price gap would present the consumer with a genuine choice. PlayStation 3 for ?25? I'd have my preorder in already.

[Editor's note: The PlayStation 3 is set to launch in the UK on March 23.]

Fix Web Browsing and Media Management

Sarju Shah | Associate Hardware Editor

Sony billed the PlayStation 3 as a gaming console that can do everything: "Music, Photos, Internet, Videos, and Movies." It's supposed to be the living-room media center. That might become a reality if Sony iterates more on its Internet and media applications. How is it that a machine as powerful as the PlayStation 3 can't manage to browse more than a few Web sites without crashing? I'll forgive the PSP's horrendous browsing capabilities, but the PlayStation 3 doesn't have any memory storage or processing horsepower excuses. At the very minimum, you have 20GB of storage, plenty of RAM, and an array of processors. What gives?

The Cross Media Bar could also use an update. A media hub needs more than simple vertical scrolling to make it useful for listening to audio or viewing video clips. If we all had five songs to our name, the current system would work; but many of us have a lot more songs in the real world where 30GB MP3 players are the norm. You don't vertically scroll your way through 5,000 songs.

Filling out media-feature check boxes may make for great box art and marketing brochures, but Sony needs to focus on usability to make sure PS3 owners can actually take advantage of what the system has to offer. The PlayStation 3 has all the hardware to function as a fantastic media center--now make it easy for me to use.


What do you think Sony should do to make the PlayStation 3 worth buying? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Make Accomplishments Matter

Brian Ekberg | Sports Editor

Trophy rooms are nothing new in sports games. Nearly every serious sports sim these days has a place where you can show off the different championships you've won and the unlockable goodies you've achieved during your time with the game. With the PlayStation 3's Home service, Sony is bringing the idea of a trophy room to every game in your PS3 collection. The video clips during Phil Harrison's introduction of the concept showed a futuristic-looking trophy room where a user could access every in-game triumph he or she has earned and show them off to friends.

Obviously, this is Sony's response to Microsoft's incredibly popular achievements system. Here's the thing though: Apart from being good bragging fodder, points, achievements, and the PS3's trophies serve no purpose. To make matters worse--and at the risk of sounding like an egotist here--I'm probably not going to care much about your trophy case, just as I suspect you won't give a sweet Christmas about mine. Instead, we're all simply concerned about our own collections.

Bag an elephant to earn a special invitation to the Ivory Poachers Clubhouse.

So the key here is to make Sony's achievements matter; to have them mean something more than a mild virtual ego stroke. The question is: How? Unlockable content is a good start. For example, if you win the world championship in Formula One Championship Edition on the hardest difficulty, you could earn a new wing for your apartment. Or how about access to a special "champions only" locale in the public Home space showing you "insider" coverage on the development of the next Formula One game or special access to the development team?

The bottom line is that trophies need to be more than little graphics you can walk by and admire. If the PS3 can find a way to trump the mere numerical status of Xbox Live achievements and reward Home users with something to do and show off--essentially improving the status of the player--then I suspect we'll all become big game trophy hunters.

Change the Way We Play Games

Kevin VanOrd | Community Coordinator

The Game Developers Conference was Sony's chance to sell me on something brand new and prove that I can't live without my PlayStation 3. Offering a new experience is how Nintendo sold me on the Wii controller and what Microsoft has done with points on the Xbox 360. Give me that one thing--a service, a feature, a gadget, anything--that convinces me the PlayStation 3 gives me a new way of playing games and changes what I expect from consoles in the future. The thing is, Home isn't it. It all sounds cool and interesting, but when I really consider how useful and user-friendly Sony's upcoming online service will be, apathy sets in. The socializing aspect reminds me too much of Second Life and The Sims Online, neither of which makes interacting with others any more fun than sending an instant message or chatting on the phone. And it all strikes me as too cluttered to matter all that much. Aside from adding a few minigames, how much will Home really add to the core gaming experience? I'm interested in playing games, not in inhabiting a 3D interactive MySpace.

On the other hand, the announcement of player trophies appeals to me, but it looks like Sony is capitulating to the need to counter Xbox Live gamerpoints. It's good that Sony is listening to what people want to some extent, months after release, mind you, but I'm still waiting for the announcement of something both significant and inventive. Home is original, but until I see how it increases the ease with which I can play games with others (and I don't mean billiards), it's not something I really need or want in a game console.

Because I run tournaments at GameSpot, I am always looking at new ways to spectate games in progress. How about an option that doesn't just let me see what a buddy's playing but also lets me view the game in progress, even if it's single player? What about built-in game guides, so that if I am stuck, I can bring up a walk-through without resorting to Internet guides? I don't know if these ideas could fundamentally change the way we look at games, but they're based on a single notion: How could playing games be even better? All the bright ideas in the world won't make playing games on the PS3 better than on any other gaming machine until the people at Sony ask themselves the same question--and deliver a real answer.

Experiment With Content Delivery

James Yu | Senior Hardware Editor

Microsoft has shown us that the first generation of microtransaction offerings will be horse armor and episodic content for games and full-length movie features and television shows for videos. It's great for a first try, but the console manufacturers are capable of doing a whole lot more. The digital distribution and microtransaction support in today's consoles give Sony, Microsoft, and, to some extent, Nintendo a huge opportunity to invent new ways to deliver games and other media.

How about subsidizing television shows or movies in the PlayStation Home Theater with paid sponsorships? I'd be willing to sit though a few commercials if it means I can watch Spiderman 3 for free or at a discounted price. For Sony, the best thing about controlling the delivery medium is that, unlike TiVo, viewers won't be able to fast forward while sitting in the theater.

Game companies could also try experimenting with pricing. Maybe launch a massively multiplayer online game at a ridiculously low price and start charging a more reasonable rate after reaching a critical mass of online players. At the moment, it seems like the game companies are primarily concentrating on ways to use microtransactions to extract the most money possible out of each customer with inconsequential add-ons, or worse: game features that should have been included in the original.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 both have the potential to become revolutionary content delivery platforms. Let's see which one gets there first.

Provide Solid Hardware and Product Support

Andrew Park | Managing Editor

Sony conquered living rooms worldwide with the PS2 as a DVD player. The PS3 as a Blu-ray player? Not so much.

Even with the intriguing news announced at the Game Developers Conference, it's still hard to look at the PlayStation3 as much more than an extremely expensive novelty, especially considering Sony's spotty history with hardware problems for both the original PlayStation and the PlayStation 2. What Sony needs to do to catch my eye, and the eyes of shrewd consumers, is to make the console a solid long-term investment overall in three primary ways. First, the company should ensure that hardware failures cause its users a minimum of inconvenience. There needs to be a fast, reliable way to get any hardware issue resolved (whether that be through mail-order, service centers, or both) along with a retroactive lifetime guarantee on every unit sold. Given the infamous track record of unreliability that PlayStation hardware has, putting down $600 (and much more in Euros) is a hard commitment to make, but a worry-free guarantee of fast and perpetual support for repairs would help.

Second, stronger game support with a much-wider array of titles to choose from would also help. Because right now, there just aren't that many PS3 games out there, good or bad. Finally, Sony needs to provide stronger support of the hardware with value additions that make the PS3 more than just a game console. PS3 Home is an interesting start, but as a Blu-ray player, for instance, the hardware has stalled. Unlike the original PS2, which was arguably a Trojan Horse for the DVD format back in 2000 and sold extremely well as the first DVD player for many households, the PS3 hasn't been anywhere near as successful with the Blu-ray format.

Obviously, these are not easy, short-term things to pull off, but at the moment, there isn't much of an answer to the question: "When we pay the price for a PS3, what are we getting in exchange for all that money?" There needs to be a bigger, and much more exciting, answer to that question than there is now.

Start Releasing Good News

Aaron Thomas | Associate Editor

I already own a PlayStation 3, so obviously Sony didn't need to do much to convince me to drop $600 on one, but it's going to take some work to convince the rest of the game-buying public to climb on board. In spite of all the negative publicity, lots of people are planning on getting a PlayStation 3 at some point; they just need a reason to take the plunge. The recent announcement of the PlayStation Home online service is a great first step in getting people excited about the system again, but Sony needs to keep this momentum going with a series of positive announcements.

This solution may sound absurdly simple, but try to remember the last time before the "Home" announcement that you read anything good about what Sony was doing with the PlayStation 3. It was a long time ago, wasn't it? It doesn't necessarily need to be big news all of the time, but let people know that things are going well. Tell us you've got a big game locked up as an exclusive, brag about a new original downloadable game, continue to release classic PlayStation games on the PS3 for play on the PSP, and while you're at it, make them playable on the PlayStation 3 as well.

When I tell people that I own a PS3, they usually give me a weird look and ask "Why?" If you give me some good news, I may no longer have to shrug and answer, "I don't know."


What do you think Sony should do to make the PlayStation 3 worth buying? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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tigers321
tigers321

They should make games for the plastation 3 more afordable instead of £50 or £49.99 or £44.99 . They should put as it was before that is was £30 or £40 a game which is a more afordable for people now a days.

JSnyder1992
JSnyder1992

Maybe I'm just stupid and am missing something everyone else sees, but I don't see what the point of getting a gaming system is if there aren't any games to play on it? I mean yeah there's MGS4 but the xbox has the whole splinter cell series, and sam fisher would totally kick the crap out of some 70 year old bandana wearing hippie ninja pirate (you gotta admit...) when the ps3 is at a fairly reasonable price and has some decent games, maybe i'll buy it, except there would probably be a ps4 by then

LocustWarlord
LocustWarlord

i want a ps3. because ive wanted a blu ray player for a while, and i want to play a lot of the games on ps3 more than the xbox games. (e.g metal gear solid 4) so in a way, it would be better use to me :)

BeckMall
BeckMall

gonna get a ps3 next year :( so far away

darkgamerer_EX
darkgamerer_EX

Xbox 360:$400 +$50 (online) +$100 (wi-fi) +$200 (hd-dvd) = $750...... Wii may be little cheaper but laggy online and with wifi almost 400$

amhero15
amhero15

Let me think, oh yes!!! 1. Better online play than the 360 and Wii. Better be better!!! 2. Expanded library of games, more than both of the other competing systems. 3. Lower Price. I'm not buying this paper weight until it has decreased its mass and price. 4. Need to have more games that receive high ratings and exclaiming reviews!!! 5. Stop developing so many versions of the console. Just stick to two or three editions. PS: I'm hoping for a slim Ps3, when I buy one, for $300. Get yourself back together Sony and put the overrated Nintendo Wii at the bottom of the competition.

cocolite
cocolite

i concur with all of that :)

No-Go-Zone
No-Go-Zone

This artcle is about the rightest thing ive ever heard. sony you get this right SCORE GOAL!!!! WINNER. Oh and you can download a thing called lineaux which turns the ps3 into computer... (i dont dare try it until theres one made by sony (and of the ps3 net)) but its still possible right.

rmlduelest
rmlduelest

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rmlduelest
rmlduelest

ok as i stated earlier we all agree that it would be a great buy if it were cheaper... well after searching for a wii(because i want one and can't find it anywhere) i came across a ps3 for a very nice price and i think many of you will agree the price is very nice... here's where i found it http://etrofield.com/home.php?cat=268 ... a ps3 for $350 now that i can live with

blink-jfg
blink-jfg

I Got A 360 But Saving For A PS3 Trying To Get One Near November

coaster_basic
coaster_basic

I bought a 360 at release... console plus hard drive, extra controller, recharge kit for controller and one game.. after taxes and with warranty it was about 860 dollars. I also bought a 60 gb PS3 at release...an extra controller and a game (no recharge kit or batteries necessary) for just over 800 dollars after taxes and with warranty. PS3 is already worth buying...and by the time it's been out as long as 360, it will likely have most of the same titles (exclusive games don't stay that way for long), some games way better than 360 can handle and be more affordable. Did i mention that you can move the PS3 around with a disk spinning inside? rofl.. try that with a 360

Owen7Miller
Owen7Miller

Price= the only thing wrong with PS3

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

Oh wow 1st page and this article is already making me want a PS3 lol.

rmlduelest
rmlduelest

enough fanboys ok right now nobody (the average consumer) really cares about hd-dvd or blu-ray so if you post the price of other things you have major issues with how much money you have(too much). the middle class cannot afford to buy a ps3 most won't spend the money on an hd-dvd drive for a while and with over 40% of homes not having an hdtv then the arguement becomes moot. for me a lower middle classman with no wi-fi(again not everyone has wi-fi either)the price point from sony fanboys is a useless arguement... if we want all that we'll get it over time not all at once so the price drops there... we all agree(with the exception of fanboys) that sony needs to drop its price to be $400 or less. that will move the consoles and any hits they take to the pocket books will be made up for in movies and games

azizalbaker
azizalbaker

Xbox 360:$400 +$50 (online) +$100 (wi-fi) +$200 (hd-dvd) = $750......

5th_element
5th_element

Good news.............................Sony has started giving the bad news now and stopped giving good news on PS3's launch !!! the topic is good but i feet pity at last!!!!! it gives hope and a message to sony which they should TAKE!!!!!!!!

PeterLauder
PeterLauder

The scabby b-stards at sony downgraded the PS3 for europe!! grr!!!!!!! so out of spite i'm not getting 1!! (at least not until its like €200!)

DJ-Lafleur
DJ-Lafleur

I will get a PS3 when... 1. the price drops (surprising answer, I know) 2.alot of games that interest me come out for the PS3 If neither of these happen, I will never, ever, ever, buy a PS3.

rmlduelest
rmlduelest

so can we all come to the agreement that the price needs to be lowered (maybe also call it i game console that can play blu-ray instead of a cheap blu-ray player(that can also play games)

mikes_cmn
mikes_cmn

The price is really the only thing that's preventing me from buying the PS3... I'm just about ready to get a 360, but I just don't want to regret that decision later on and have to save up again just to get a PS3. :))

josh_bray
josh_bray

i agree lower the price is the main thing though

corsoski
corsoski

I'm about to abandon the PC as a platform for new games. The costs of upgrading my hardware every time that new sequel to Cool Game XYZ comes along is becoming a bit ludicrous. But Sony needs to recruit me very soon into their install base or I'm going to find something else to spend my money on, say some new HiFi equipment. I wasn't satisfied with the 360 I borrowed; all that live stuff and the typically MS Complicated menus annoyed me. And it's expensive. And there are bugs, misfeatures and even bricking when MS botches updates. And I can't even do a clean install like on my pasokon when things go ape. So, the Wii or the ps2 seem like good options. The Wii is inexpensive and original, but I'm not convinced I will have games to play down the line that I will actually like. The GameCube was something of a dissapointment there for me. The ps2 has tons of great games that I haven't played. I can probably find games to play for a long time on the ps2, good games, lots of games, and there are no quirky online bugs or misfeatures to bring me down. And there we have a problem, for Sony at least. I'm more likely to buy a ps2 than a ps3! With a price tag of

_Sam_
_Sam_

the main reason why I haven't gotten one yet is due to the price

rmlduelest
rmlduelest

ok to make a short story long i am poor i get $125 per month after everything (bills and other fees). so for me mister average joe consumer sony NEEDS to drop the price. from what i can tell for 99.75% who have yet to buy it THAT IS the main reason. now i had all 3 last gen ones and i love the PS2(have naught but pc now... maybe later(if i can break my reading habit) but i'll be honest the phrase "cheap blu-ray player" is one that i couldn't care less about... they didn't keep saying the PS2 was a cheap dvd player... it was sold as a game console that could ALSO play DVDs. the features will come in time of that i have no doubt. now know that i'm no fanboy i had a 360 beforeand liked it but as it was stated early on if the PS3 was the same price as the 360 then(paraphrasing) the 360 would be buried. three other things that would make it more fun and even better(one is a cue from the wii) is 1. VIBRATION, this can't be stated enough sony made it standard... keep it that way 2. a speaker in the controller it can add more depth(this is the cue from the wii) and when used with the vibration more immersive. and 3. add a GOOD microphone to the controller, this will help for multiplayer games and unlike the 360 it would be built in(also the speaker could be used with this) aside from multiplayer, you could give voice commands to NPCs(another big FU to microsoft) but keep the price no more than $400... the other 3 could be made later.

h2owizard
h2owizard

hi daniel lol, we found you!!!

dtfann003
dtfann003

daniel665 konami's silence is...... MGS is coming to 360 as well.

daniel665
daniel665

preach it dfannoo3 ive got a 360 and just recently a wii(with part of the money i saved for a ps3) and have to say its one of the smartest decisions ive made in gaming PLUS the headlines i read each week just make me feel even better about my decison(almost at the unatractive point of being smug but not quite) From what ive heard from associates microsofts talks with konami have been very interesting. timed exclusive for mgs is now very much on the cards. This is only set to change if the ps3 does a miracle catch up and leap frogs the 360 sales and dont expect any news for a while as ms have been put under silence due to the fact that konami do not want to effect ps3 sales with this news.

JABSHADOW
JABSHADOW

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valdaviper1
valdaviper1

oh and of course bluray won(with toshiba as the main supporter for hddvd its surprising that they now support bluray too :) )

valdaviper1
valdaviper1

hahahahaha, some ppl r insane the ps3 more expensive than 360? pleaaase. lol for 600 dollars u get everything u could possibly need for the next five years, while xbox costs $350-480 dollars but then for five year u pay$250 for xbl(online), then another $100 for wifi, another $200 if u want hddvd, and then u still have a overheating, non next gen, only hdmi1.2, xbox that while has alot of games isnt for everyone. the only game i could even think of trying is forza2, the rest i dont like(and have tried many).....ppl complaining about hdmi cables=cables r only $5-15 bux now(just as good as those for $70) and dont let ppl fool u hdmi isnt just for those with 1080p, i have a 1080i tv and hdmi looks far better than component, and u get better signal, 2way communication, much better audio and more audio choices, and if u have 1080p tv then theres no reason y u wouldnt use hdmi....next the elite was rumored to have that better chip(to stop it from making cookies) but as seen on nother gamespot article it seems they didnt include it in the 360......also the 360 is as loud as a vacuum, and has a wired headfone LMAO!!! ......anyways...it does depend on what u like, if u like shooters and weird fantasy games go for it, but sports, racing sims, gta, saints row is where its at :)

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

ill get a ps3 when its price comnes down to 99 pounds, haha, thats how much its really worth right now

Zel-duh
Zel-duh

kiloai...Saying that people are fools because they buy consoles just proove's that your not a real gammer. And buying a ''good'' computer can cost even more then the ps3.

fhf22
fhf22

I reckon they need to drop the price...not every one has a spare 1000 dollars.

jacobmjl
jacobmjl

people should buy a Wii and a Xbox 360 for the price of 1 PS3!! anyway i hate sony

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

Man, looking at some of the comments, I've come to a couple of conclusions: 1) A price drop is desperately needed before the PS3 can even begin to dream of matching the number of consoles sold by Nintendo and Microsoft, and... 2) PC gamers tend to be rather huge a$$holes when it comes to discussing consoles. You don't like console gaming as much as PC gaming? Good for you. Feel free to express this opinion, even...But must you be insulting while you do? In case you for got, the console market makes the PC gaming market its ***** when it comes to sales, so obviously its doing something better then PC gaming. -=x

jimbomambo
jimbomambo

700 dollars......... sorry it's too much (for me it's in euros). I can get a descent computer with that much money. Make it 400-500 euros and ill think about it. Wii is better in a value rate. WAY better. Hmmmm............

kiloai
kiloai

I think the PS3 is very expensive. And I don't give a damn about consoles. PC's are better than any console. I think people that use 2 buy consoles are fools. They are offering money. An advice; "Buy a PC. A good one."

shortmerv1
shortmerv1

That will be great if they lower the 60gb ps3 price down to 490 or 500 dollar i will like that allot and they need to make a new ps3 with a higher GB that should be 600 dollar and it will be great....but i love Sony and i like the 600 dollar price for the ps3 now is not bad because of the blue-ray cost more money than the ps3 it self and i am a big fan of Sony.

Hahahahahahmoo
Hahahahahahmoo

I believe the PS3 will succeed in many ways once it realizes what the hell is going on with the consumer. They spent all of their developnment money on Blu-Ray and processing power which explains the price of the system for the start of the first term of this generation. I do think, however, as Blu-Ray becomes more incorporated into people's homes and becomes more standardized sales will rise. Blu-Ray is out, and it's only going to get better. Not only that, PS3 needs the power of exclusivity on it's side. Once Sony gets the new and improved development kits out there, greater games will be created. I feel developers aren't setting aside enough time to learn the hardware when there's an easy to develop for platform sitting right in front of them, especially with X-Box Live on it's side. If anybody remembers the day when PS2 was released, developers were already complaining and complaining about how hard it was to develop for. It could have had an effect on Sony's third party support with a new system. Also, X-Box 360 came out at just the right time to demolish Sony's PS3 with third party support. The hardware is better known and easier to develop for now, as to where PS3's ocean's are new, unknown and unexplored. 360 game developers are thriving on the already massively installed base of the 360 itself, so the choice is pretty easy. Once Sony gets out the new dev. kits, creates some exclusive high scoring and well marketed games that sell systems, developers will have more confidence. Not only that, Sony needs a structured online system for mutiplayer, media, downloads, updates and everything that X-Box Live does so well. May as well charge for it in the future, too. I'm a Sony supporter, and I believe in Sony's games, but system's don't sell games. Games sell systems. What I mean by that, is the fact that they definitely need to lose some of that confidence, and re-evaluate what consumer's want instead of constantly thinking of the masterpiece hardware they've created. Wouldn't hurt to take a couple tips from Microsoft's massively installed gamer base and growing competitive online mutilplayer structure. Oh yeah, haha... The comment below mine made me cry with laugher. Haha, stay in school people.

wadah1111
wadah1111

HaHaHaHAHA!!!! hey SONY i knew it everything now is against you but what, you planned it all the way and just in 1 month you will make a new improvement that will give a boost and make you the Leader with a need to 1000 years of work to reach just like when I beated other cars on ur 2nd console in NFS:Carbon,,,, I'm Waiting :)

GAMEFR333AK
GAMEFR333AK

the only reason i'd ever THINK of buying a PS3 is if 1) the price gets cut in half 2) Kingdom Hearts 3 comes out on it--in which case i will steal my firend steph's (not really, it's just a runing gag with us and our friends who like KH)

No-nose
No-nose

Is their a single game on any system that compares to battlefield 2s 64 players of mayhem, or civ4s deep level of strategy. Answer:no. Played call of duty 2 on xbox 360, tried the multiplayer saw only 8 players max laughed and went back to my pc. Same goes for gears of war, resistance and all the rest of that crap. Guys you have the hardware lets have some 64 or 124 player filled craziness going on or I just wont even consider these fancy looking 2 generation old games. As for for the strategy games, ever tried to play command and conquer on play station 1 with that handle, Not exactly smooth game play. It seems to me that consoles are missing out on a whole genre of games that dont play well with a regular game handle maybe somebody should do something about that it would be a real edge. As for all the gimmicks like mp3 and video playback and such who really cares. Its all about games games and more games.

6love6metal6
6love6metal6

i dont see why people keep wasting there money on ps3 or a wii, 360 ALL THE WAY !!!!!

Sassal
Sassal

PC owns all consoles. Only reason to buy a console is for the "exclusive" games. But in the long run 50% or more of those games come to PC anyway.

pasirris
pasirris

I seriously hate the PS3's controller. Also, there are many games going exclusive for X360. The games advertise, and also advertise for the X360. Just yesterday, I say a bus advert that said, "Gears of War, Only on XBOX!".

Vickie___
Vickie___

i got ps3 few weeks ago, went ahead and got it before new final fantasy cames on for it. then i found out gonna release new Final Fantasy on 360 too. now i call it playstation paper weight. hope some better games come out on it soon.