If you've missed my last blog you can find it here End of the 7th Generation of Gaming- Part 1
With the PlayStation 4 being released this week for the US and then the rest of Europe at the end of the month, the launch titles on games is pretty good with games like Killzone, Knack, Contrast, Flower, Fifa 14 and Lego Marvel Heroes. We forget about the line-up of games that was launched for the PlayStation 3 back in 2006-
The first the PlayStation 3 was announced was back at E3 2005 back then the controller looked very different to the PS2 controller and looked almost looking like a boomerang/banana shape controller but that was all changed later on after the E3 announcement. Blu-Ray support was yet another big step especially that you could watch Blu-Ray movies on your PS3 instead of buying a separate DVD player for it to watch them, not only that the Blu-Ray even beaten the HD-DVD system which ended up fading away quite quickly. Comparing to watching movies on Blu-Ray and DVD made a difference to some hard-core movie lovers but it would depend on what kind of HD TV you bought or have. If you had a PSP you could connect it with your PlayStation which you could play certain games on Remote Play with games like BlazBlue or Lair, and plus another option to download PS1 games or PSP games from the PSN Store on your PS3 by just using a USB cable for it. During the launch Sony only released a 40GB and 60GB PS3, however most gamers would try and get their hands on a 60 GB PS3 because it would have backward compatibility support for PlayStation 2 games but however not all PS2 games would work on the 60 GB PS3, you had to check online which games were fully compatible because some games will not work or may have glitches and errors through certain games.
There was a short demand on 60 GB PS3 consoles but later on after releasing the 80 GB PS3 they removed a few features and added some new ones in but the bad news was that they took out the PS2 Compatibility which was on short demand and took money to making it. So the 80 GB was released and everyone still bought a PS3 for the number of cool features and there have been some really good games along the way such as Metal Gear Solid 4, Uncharted Series, Gran Turismo 5 and LittleBigPlanet. The Yellow-Light of Death took its toll on a few PS3 systems on older models which were the 40 and 60 GB; In September 2009, BBC’s Watchdog television programme aired a report investigating the issue, calling it the yellow light of death (YLOD). Among the approximately half a percent of all consoles that experience the failure, they found that it occurred usually between 18–24 months after purchase, while the standard Sony warranty covers one year after purchase. After this time, PlayStation 3 owners can pay Sony a set fee for a refurbished console. Sony claimed that, according to its statistics of returned consoles approximately only 0.5% of consoles were reported as showing the YLOD.
Sony offered free-online play for gamers without paying a rental fee meaning that they could play as much online gaming as they want with games that had this support like Warhawk, Killzone series and Call of Duty. After 2010 Sony announced at E3 about PSN Plus where you could pay a small subscription either for 3 months or 1 Year's membership this gave gamers the offer of getting free games every month and trying out some early Beta's or Demo's before they are released a few weeks later to the rest of the public. PSN store also offered gamers the chance to download PS1 games and PS2 games as well which only took some MB space on your PS3, but however all PS3 consoles does let you play PS1 games on your PS3 if you still have the original discs for them.
Over the years there really have been some memorable moments in gaming and have been some classic games for the PS3 such as The Last of Us, Valkyria Chronicles, Journey, Demon's Souls and Ni No Kuni. As we come towards a close on the 7th Generation the PlayStation 3 will still release games for the system so don't need to go out and buy a new console just yet, but with the PlayStation 4 coming around the corner are we ready for the 8th Generation of Gaming?
What have been your favourite games and moments for the PS3?
Part 3- Xbox 360