Thursday, March 1, 2007

Editorial: The PS3 is More Than a $600 Grill

I'm sure you all have heard people comparing the PS3 to a grill, due to its likeness in shape to the George Foreman grill, similar to the photo on the right. And while this picture is obviously fake, some people did actually convert their PS3 into a grill. While I cannot think of a bigger waste of money... maybe the Zune... I must admit there are many similarities between the grill and the PS3's shape. That being said, that is where the similarities end. Well, maybe not...

The PS3 is a gaming powerhouse. The George Foreman grill is a grilling powerhouse. Ken Kutaragi is risking his good name on the system. George Foreman is risking his good name on the grill. And with the amount of heat the PS3 generates, it probably could cook a steak in about 10 minutes (unlike the Xbox 360, however, it doesn't overheat). But that's not the point. The point is that the PS3 is not a joke. Just about everybody who isn't planning on buying one thinks this, and even some of the people who have bought it think this. Sony knows what they are doing. Look at the original Playstation and the Playstation 2, and look at their other electronics. Sony brand stuff is the usually some of the highest quality stuff on the market. (And actually, Betamax was the better quality format, but lost anyway.)

I will agree with some people though, Sony may have been a little overconfident in their ability to sell the PS3 based on the fact that its got the Playstation name. Also, Sony may be in some trouble in the game department, as they have lost a lot of once-exclusive titles. However, if Motorstorm, Warhawk, Lair, and Metal Gear Solid 4 are as good as their supposed to be (a big "if", and if Killzone looks just about as good as it did at E3 2005 (monstrously immense "if"), then I think the PS3 has a major shot at winning the console war. And I will go on record saying this: if MGS4 isn't an exclusive, Sony lost. And although they have lost some exclusives, they still have Heavenly Sword, Devil May Cry 4, Final Fantasy XIII, Gran Turismo 5, and I can't forget Ratchet and Clank 5. But if that's not good enough for you, don't forget about all the exclusive games that were on the PS2, seeing as the PS3 is almost fully backwards compatible, something that cannot and will never be said by the Xbox 360.

One thing I must say, Xbox fanboys: stop comparing Gears of War to Resistance: Fall of Man. Yes, Gears of War is the better game. However, you simply cannot, or rather, should not, since people obviously unfairly can and have, compare a game that came out one year after the console launch with a launch title. That's like comparing Metal Gear Solid 4 to Perfect Dark Zero (actually, Resistance itself is better than Perfect Dark Zero), or comparing MotorStorm, or maybe Gran Turismo 5, to Project Gotham Racing 3. Not very fair now, is it? However, because Resistance was compared to Gears of War, it made Resistance look bad.

Also, you may or may not have heard stories about some stores having a plentiful supply of PS3's for while. Most commonfolk would interpret this as the PS3 selling poorly. However, this is not the case. The real reason is that since Sony didn't want there to be a shortage of systems available, they were flying them over, rather than shipping them by boat, to shorten the time of delivery. And since most stores are getting shipments every week, and sometimes more often than that, people are seeing lots of PS3's on store shelves. And the PS3's launch wasn't bad, it's just that the Wii's launch was better, and less violent. It's actually quite the contrary, since the PS3's launch was the best launch of a system Sony has ever had.

A point I have seen made about the PS3 is its online and how bad it is. First of all, I don't really know where this comes from. Yes it could be better, but it's definitely not bad, and is a hell of a lot better than the PS2's online service, which was pretty much none (sure it had online games, but other than that...). Second, I will agree that it should be better. I mean, look at how far Nintendo has come in its online offerings, only two or three games had online and I doubt any of those were really worth playing. My point is though, the PS3's online service isn't bad. Yes, Xbox Live is better. Yes, there is room for improvement. The best part of it is, though, that its free. I paid $600 for the system (actually about $650 with tax), so I would expect some added benefits. And since its free, I can understand how it's not as good as Xbox Live, which, if you didn't already know, costs $50 a year.

Another thing I have against the public's view of the PS3: its price. Stop complaining about its price if you weren't going to buy it in the first place. It's like if I was buying a Toyota because I needed a car, never considered buying a Ferrari, but complained about its price anyway. I don't and shouldn't really care about the price of a Ferrari because I know I'm not going to buy it. Same thing if you are buying a Wii because of the games, so you never considered buying the PS3; don't complain about its price because it doesn't affect you. On the other hand, if you were thinking about buying a PS3, but the price turned you away, then you can complain about it. Dan's right, the PS3 is for hardcore gamers, and hardcore gamers will be willing to pay the $600 for the console, and might end up buying all three next-gen systems. (Unless, of course, they're cheap bastards, then they'll just buy the Wii.) And if you are getting a console, no matter which one, as a gift or by some other means without actually paying for it, you have no right to complain, you lucky bastard. And a major (or minor, depending on the person) selling point was the fact that the PS3 is a cheap Blu-Ray player, but since this doesn't have to do with games, I don't feel like arguing about right now.

So as you can see, the PS3 is more than a $600 grill. It's a $600 grill that can play games and movies. What more could you want?

Editorial by: Eric


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