Review by Uchiha_Avenger

"Very strong package all round"

Having had the first generation PS1, then the PS2, Gamecube and Xbox in the second generation; we now come to the "next" gen. The Playstation 3.

If you ignore all the hype and the recent crying and moaning between the so called "fanboys" about exclusives and what not. You will be able to see what this console actually offers.

Firstly, there is the price. If you live in the UK its between £400-£425. This is quite expensive I will be the first to admit but also remember that the PS2 was between £300-£350 at launch. What you are paying for is very advanced "CELL" technology as well as a good future investment in the form a blue-ray DVD player.

The PS3 offers you the ability to access the PSN or Playstation Network. Which is totally free, you are able to download movie trailers, game videos/trailers, demos and game addons. Unlike microsoft's XBL service you are not constantly charged a monthly fee. Download speed's are fast and you are able to make accounts for different regions which means you can access EU, US and Asian PSN items. PSN allows you to create a friends list, send messages. The PSN along with Sony's coming "HOME" will allow seamless integration of the PSN, Games and video/music on the PS3.

Graphically the Playstation 3 so far has matched the Xbox 360 despite being released a year behind the 360 and only having first generation games the Playstation's graphical future is looking very bright. Where the PS3 excels is its CPU it can handle far more complex physics and numbers of AI and even more advanced AI if the Cell processor is used correctly than the Xbox 360. It also functions as a computer. You can watch movies, slideshow photos and browse the internet. The PS3 has CF, SD/MiniSD slots as well. This allows you to view pictures directly on the PS3.

The PS3's controller is similar to the fan favourite Dual shock 2. However, it now is wireless (charged via USB occasionally) and is lighter. It also includes the "Six Axis" which for games such as F1 allow you to use the controller like a steering wheel.

Reliability wise unlike the PS2 there have been no disc-read errors, and its failure rate is so far a VERY tiny fraction of a percent. Compared to the 10-33% failure rate of the 360.

All in all this is a investment for the future. Its built in Blu-ray player allows you to watch beautiful HD movies. Sony have suggested it's going to have a 10 year lifespan which means after the first year or two you will see this console pay you back in terms of the money you paid to buy it; through entertaining you immensely. The reason it gets only 9/10 is because we still are yet to see its full potential. Only time can allow for this to happen. Some of how well this so called next generation will do is down to the game publishers and developers using the hardware they are given rather than making cheap year on year franchises as they have done in the past.

Lastly, as a side note you may wonder why I compared this console to the 360 and not the Wii. I believe that long term the battle is between the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Wii, unfortunately is last gen with a novelty thrown in.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 07/16/07

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