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Why you should buy a PS3 in 2014

The PlayStation 3 may not be new, but with PlayStation Now, PlayStation Plus, and a huge backlog of games, Sony's console still has a lot of life left.

Join us over the next few days as we look at all of the leading games consoles and platforms out right now and try to convince you why you should spend your hard-earned cash. Today we're looking at the PS3, with Justin Haywald taking you through the highlights of Sony’s system.

The PlayStation 3 has come a long way, especially in the US. Sony’s console was the frontrunner in sales across Europe and Japan, but Microsoft always dominated the massive US market. However, those numbers have recently started to even out, and although Microsoft still has a lead in America, the PS3 and Xbox 360 are neck and neck worldwide with just over 80 million consoles sold in total.

But the reason for PlayStation’s comeback after a pretty tumultuous few years has everything to do with how they’ve improved their online capabilities, listened to their consumers, and started offering exclusive content that gamers really want.

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The Library

The current PS3 library offers an almost unrivaled variety of content. Of course, the system is home to all of the big AAA games from last year: Tomb Raider, BioShock: Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Rocksmith, DmC: Devil May Cry, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons... Basically, if it was a multiplatform release, one of those platforms was PS3.

But Sony is able to round-out those offerings with a massive slate of exclusive titles from their own stable of studios.

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  • Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series set the bar for what an adventure game could be, and they followed it up with the powerfully moving story in The Last of Us.
  • The Metal Gear Solid series may have some divisive entries, but almost everyone can agree that the PS3-exclusive Metal Gear Solid 4 is one of the (if not the) best.
  • Journey and Flower from thatgamecompany pushed the boundaries of what a game can be and how to tell a multi-part story without using any words at all.
  • Dark Souls may be all the rage now, but it started with the PS3-exclusive Demon’s Souls (which you can pick up for ridiculously cheap as part of the PlayStation Greatest Hits collection.
  • The family-friendly LittleBigPlanet put creation directly in the hands of the players, giving them the same tools the developers had access to to make their own levels.

You get the point. There's also Valkyria Chronicles, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, 3D Dot Game Heroes, God of War III, the Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection, Infamous, Katamari Forever, Kingdom Hearts HD, the Ratchet & Clank series, Killzone...just too many to list. The PS3 has something (exclusive) for pretty much every gaming taste.

Upcoming Games

It's safe to assume Sony is going to focus primarily on PlayStation 4 in 2014, but there’s still a lot of life left in the PS3. Most games are going to continue to get multiplatform releases:

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And, of course, PS3 will still get the full slate of yearly sports titles, and Call of Duty and Battlefield’s regular outings will be sure to get some love on every platform. But the PS3 will be the only console that lets you revisit Final Fantasy X and Kingdom Hearts 2 in HD. And Persona fans will need a PS3 to get their fix; Persona 5 will be a PS3 exclusive.

Some games are up in the air: Will the PS3 get The Last Guardian or has that long-in-development title officially moved over to PS4? We’ll learn a lot more at this year’s E3, including a few final promising exclusives for Sony’s "last-gen" system.

The Hardware

One of the best things about the PS3 is the budget price. Used consoles sell for bargain-basement prices, and new consoles come bundled with extra peripherals and games to get you playing right away. We already have a slimmer form factor for the PS3, so the hardware itself probably won’t change, but near the end of the year, another slight price drop is very likely.

Other Stuff

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All of the above is great on its own, but it ignores the console’s arguably biggest selling point: PlayStation Plus. Unlike the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s consoles, you can access most of the PS3’s online functionality at no cost. Multiplayer comes standard for the system, but the reasonably priced PlayStation Plus service introduces cloud-game saving, deep discounts on the game’s online store, and (most importantly) free games every month. The Instant Game Collection Sony makes available to members makes the service worth it on it’s own. And these aren’t old games either – January’s offerings for the US include BioShock Infinite and DmC: Devil May Cry. Plus, if you do happen to have a Vita or PlayStation 4 as well, you only have to purchase the service once: your account applies across every current Sony gaming platform.

And some of the best stuff for PS3 is still on the way. The PlayStation Now service, promises to let you stream PS1, PS2, and PS3 games from the cloud directly to your system. We don’t have any details on the price yet or how it might work with your existing library of games, but more access to old games (especially if it offers a Netflix-like all-you-can-play option) will be hard to resist.

If you’re on the fence about upgrading to the next-gen consoles, the PlayStation offers every excuse to just wait. There’s plenty to play until the next-gen consoles fall in price next year, and by then, there’ll also be a lot more can’t miss titles for the upgraded consoles. But 2015 is still a long way away.

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Go ahead and purchase an outdated PS3 and whine and moan about Uncharted 4, God of War 4 (future ?) , Gran Turismo 7, etc that's never coming to your console lol.

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I feel for all you current ps4 owners. The ps3 is here to stay and will hang in till the end of 2016 and maybe even after that. Ps4 owners were like beggars this year and will be the same for sometime next year as well. the true year for PS 4 will be 2016. by then it would be feasible to make the switch, definately not now lol!

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i use to be a pc faithful, now i only use mac; likewise xbox kicked me off, and i ended up solely playing on my ps3. ps3 was ahead of its time, and at first it was priced like it. buy it for its exclusives and free access. not to mention a kick ass media player (that won't happen again).

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Ragnarok Odyssey Ace, is coming out on the 4th of April, 2014.

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Sure will get one~!

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PS 3 if far from over, there are still many reasons why you should buy PS 3 if you do not have a gaming console at home for entertainment. Many great games yet to come in 2014.


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the level of butthurt in these comments.

it is immeasurable.

boo hoo guys, what the hell do you care. buy the one you want.

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Unprecedented amount of GOTYs, a perfect 10/10 game and 2 top 5 GOAT make the PS3 worth buying since 2008.

Now if you were talking the PS4.

Like I would of waited till 2014 to buy the world's most powerful video game system to have ever been created in the history of video games. *chuckles*

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<< LINK REMOVED >> the ps4 isn't the most powerful video game system ever created. pcs beat it.

now before you say 'of course pcs are better, but they are more expensive' , I should remind you that when the xbox 360 and ps3 came out, they were better than the leading edge pc at the time. first time it happened, and last time it seems

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For the price its a steal actually for anyone who does not own it currently.

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Left out Dragon's Crown. I swear if my PS3 broke down I'd buy another one for that game alone. Bottom line, there are more than enough great exclusives to justify dropping around $250 on a PS3 if you've never had one.

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My PS3 makes for a great doorstop. Gaming machine? Not so much.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> someone likes xbox tell me why you don't like ps3? Is it the free internet?

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Look upon these comments ye mortals and tremble at the fake gamers within.

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because it is the shiznet

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I still got my fat PS3 and still working great. Just finished Last of Us and still has so many great game skipped! Its too early to move to PS4 for me... Got a decent PC anyway.

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not to mention the amazing exclusives not mentioned

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Because my PS3 (original) got a YLOD?

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Valkyria Chronicles made me glad I decided to buy a PS3.

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I just saw the video so I didn't read the article (gotta go to sleep -.-) but they didn't mention how the PS3 is the best device to play movies, whether blu-ray disks or DVDs. once upon a time it was the cheapest Blu-Ray player and right know I think it's still the best for it has 3D capability and it up-scales your movies

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Unless of course you just hook your PC to your TV with an HDMI at which point there's no reason to use the PS3 for anything multimedia at all.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>first, in 2006 PCs didn't have HDMI, unless you buy an expensive one.

second, I agree with you but most people don't hook their PCs to the living room TV.

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@eternaldragoonx Totally! I just threw my PS3 away actually. I mean, no one would want to buy that old hunk of junk amirite? All those hundreds of games are worthless now that I can play Knack on my PS4.

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GOD OF WAR nuff said

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Will definitely buy one when I get some extra cash as the PS3 had a lot more interesting exclusives in my opinion compared to the Xbox 360, so I have a lot of catching up to do there alone. Between that, my 3DS, and my PC, I probably won't need to buy a next-gen console for quite some time.

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With the PS3, I witnessed all the great games of the past 7 years or so. It was the only platform that had the best acclaimed games, there was a type of game for every mood. It was not the just the games, the whole experience, I made some really close friends on the PSN, more than enough enough to meet them one day in real life. It was a fantastic journey, one which I can't let go, once I do, there is the PS4 :)

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When I bought my PS4, I was surprised by all the free games you get with PS+, which I hadn't subscribed to before. Way more than XBL Gold gets, on 360 anyway.


I don't know why I wasted the money for an hdmi switch...doesn't look like my 360 is gonna get much use anymore.

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I think a better feature would be: Why should be buy any of the current gen consoles in 2014? Look at which has better value for money and explain the Wii should be at the bottom of the list as you can simply buy a Wii U which can play Wii games.

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Yes there are many games available on PSN, it wouldn't be much of a store if there wasn't. But they shouldn't neglect one area of the store in order to focus on another.The PS2 and PSOne sections of the PSN store are gathering dust, Sony should be on top of this by adding at least one new title a month, or they should get rid. They shouldn't keep it there just for the sake of it when there is so much more that can be done with it.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> They also shouldn't lie about adding titles when they do. They said they added Fatal Frame 2 like almost a year ago and it literally wasn't on the store for over 6 months afterwards.

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A very good article. It is clear that the PS3 won the exclusive war because of Naughty Dog games.


I am an X360 owner & I am considering buying a Wii & a PS3 before buying a next gen console, just for the exclusives.

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The games you can download at PS Store are plenty (something Wii's Virtual Console should have learned from...) if you don't want to spend money with PS3 DVDs. PS brand systems just get better as the years go by.

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yes they did. Seriously, just keep posting on facebook if you gonna show with your post how out of touch you are in the site.

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Exclusives, tons of quality exclusives that will stay that way and are as cheap as the console and some of them are compiled in an antology box. Online is free, like it should. PS+ gives the illusion of value, it's not that great, but benefits are pretty solid if you keep paying. If you stop, most of those die, just like the possesion of the games they so call gave you for free.

Getting a PS3 today with such a load of content is patience paying off greatly at it's finest.

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The 2014 GOTY will be released on the PS3: Dark Souls II.

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@TheLeftHandDoom For sure GOTY and It's not out yet, but I can say that with confidence. Even if the critics don't agree there will still be a lot of us who say Goty. Oh, and it's also going to be released for the 360. Sure you know that, but gotta be fair to everyone.

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