Why you shouldn’t buy a Playstation 3

Posted: April 20, 2011 in Gadgets and Gizmos, Games
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Why you shouldn’t buy a PlayStation 3. The PlayStation 3 was the last of the current consoles to be released, and despite having about a bazillion features, it was the slowest console to generate sales, due mostly to the fact that it cost a bank-breaking $599. Although the price has come down since those early days, the PlayStation 3 may not be worth the investment. Champions tout its Blu-Ray capabilities and numerous exclusive games, but the PlayStation 3 may not be for everyone. Here are five reasons why you should just say no to the PlayStation 3.

5. You’re All About Online Features

Though the PlayStation 3 features plenty of online-enabled features, when it comes to actually playing games online, the console falls flat. Sure, games like MAG buck this trend, but if you’ve ever tried to play Call of Duty on a PlayStation 3, you know there’s a problem. In fact, if you like Call of Duty, you should just abandon hope on the PlayStation 3 altogether, as the console will not run Modern Warfare 2 (thanks to a weird update that just broke the game) and Black Ops is so hacked that you can’t take two steps without being affected by some rogue exploitation glitch. Add that to the PlayStation 3’s lack of cross-game chat and a persistent invite system, and you’ve got an online experience that is sub-par on every level.

4. You Like Playing Games Immediately Much was said when the PlayStation 3 was released about its required install time. Sony’s response? Go make a sandwich. But if you’ve already had lunch (or are on a carb-free diet), waiting the twenty minutes (or more, in the case of games like Gran Turismo) to play a game is a little ridiculous. I don’t want to have to plan ahead for my game time, and the idea of putting a game in the machine and then going to do something else seems counter-intuitive. I recognize the idea behind game installs is a solid one, but man, sometimes I wish I could just take the longer loading screens instead. And then add this to almost-weekly firmware updates, and you may just feel like the only game to play on your PlayStation 3 is the waiting game. This is especially bad if you have a highly-scheduled life. For instance, if you only have an hour carved out for your personal game time, you can expect to spend twenty minutes updating your firmware, twenty minutes installing your game, and then you’re left with twenty minutes to play. Doesn’t quite seem fair, does it? If you like playing games in short bursts, or are just impatient, the PlayStation 3 isn’t for you.

3. You Don’t Like Disappearing Features

While the other two home consoles have been slowly adding features to their consoles to make them more competitive in the rapidly-changing world of video games, the PlayStation 3 has been systematically taking features out of its console. First on the chopping block? PlayStation 2 backwards-compatibility. Unless you shelled out the $599 at launch, you never even got the chance to check out this feature. Next up? An alternative OS. If you were a fan of Linux, the PlayStation 3 used to allow you to use the open-source platform with your console instead of the default operating system. Now? Not so much. Though you may not have ever used these features in any great capacity, it wouldn’t surprise me if even more features get axed in the future, especially in Sony’s continuing war on the hacking community.

2. You Like Being Social With Your Gaming Friends

The PlayStation 3 was not built for social games. Plain and simple. If you’re playing MAG and then want to talk to your niece, who is playing LEGO Harry Potter, you’ll have to exit your game, she’ll have to exit hers, and you’ll both have to enter a communal space so you can use the voice chat feature. That’s not fun. And of course, if you and said hypothetical niece have a competition going about who can get the most trophies in Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time, you’ll have to select her name, and then wait the 4.5 billion years it takes for the trophy system to sync both of your trophies before you can compare and contrast. Though the PlayStation Eye is the exception to the poor social offerings, and is a great way to webcam straight from the PS3 dashboard, if you want to play games, and then check out what your friends are playing, and then maybe strike up a conversation with them, you’ll have to jump through some serious hoops to do so. And even though I might love my hypothetical niece, after waiting for updates and trophy synchs and mandatory installs, the last thing I want to do is waste any more time not playing a game on my PlayStation 3.

1. Homebrew And Hacking Are Your Favorite Pastimes

Look, if you like creating your own software or “modding” your console, Sony already hates you. Though piracy is an issue across all consoles, Sony has taken the most radical stance against it and is severely punishing anyone who plays games on systems that have been altered or use non-Sony approved software. Of course, you can argue about how “legal” the activities of hackers and modders are, but no matter what your intentions are, Sony won’t stand for it, and you could find yourself at the receiving end of a banned PSN ID, bricked console, or, in the case of George Hotz, a nasty lawsuit. If you like modding consoles, you really need to stay away from the PS3. In fact, you should stop reading this article and never think about the console again. Sony’s watching you. The PlayStation 3 is a great console overall, and certainly benefits from being the only Blu-Ray equipped console around (hooray for pure HD!) However, just because the picture is pretty doesn’t mean it’s right for you, and there are plenty of reasons why you shouldn’t buy a PlayStation 3. Of course, home consoles aren’t the only thing you shouldn’t buy.

Authored by Don ( kelaway05@gmail.com )

Don is one of our admins here at ‘La Critique’ and runs his own blog @ Planet Game http://www.game-funia.blogspot.com

  1. Yes, $250 is not a small amount of money, and no, the games for the PSP are not cheap. However, you definitely are getting what you pay for. Simply put, the PSP is an amazing device – it has crystal clear clarity for movies, flash memory for MP3s, and a large assortment of FUN games (as opposed to the DS – but I will touch more on that later). Really, what more could you want?

    I don’t mean to trash the Nintendo DS ( I have them both), but they clearly are not in same league. This is probably partially by design – the Nintendo DS (Judging by its assortment of games) is designed for kids under the age of 12. With the exception of Super Mario 64 – I have yet to find one game that I enjoy. The PSP already has a much better selection of games, and games that adults actually want to play – notice there is not a “Madagascar” for the PSP. The PSP is designed to be a total entertainment device.

    Here are some comparisons and pros and cons-

    PSP 5 out of 5 – really they are as good as you could ever expect

    DS- 5 out of 5 – maybe a shade worse than the PSP- but still very good

    Sound –
    PSP – 4 out of 5 Has issues with volume (you almost have to wear the headphones) – but plenty of options for tweaking the set-up

    DS – 4 out 5 also a little problem with volume , but not bad

    Load TImes
    PSP- 2.5 out 5 – clearly this is where the PSP underperforms the DS. The Nintendo DS uses a flash type memory compared to the PSP’s optical read. There is a large difference between the two.

    DS- 5 out of 5 – The Flash memory is much faster

    Games –
    PSP- 4 out of 5 – an already large selection and growing by the day. HUGE advantage over the DS

    DS- 1.5 out of 5 in my opinion- it only has 1 good game. Supposedely there will be a metroid game released, but I have been waiting for 8 months.


    PSP- Another HUGE advantage over the DS… here is a list of thing you can do on the PSP that you can NOT do on the DS

    – Watch/rent movies
    – Listen to MP3s off of a flash media card (Much like an ipod)
    – view pictures off of your digital camera (or Sony Digital camera at least)

    Things you can do on the DS that you can NOT do on the PSP

    – draw pictures using a stylus


    Tip: Be VERY careful of the PSP screen not to get it scratched. I can see no easy way of replacing it, and to severely scratch it would be horrible. My advice is (until you can buy the “Real” screen cover) trim a piece of plastic wrap around the screen. The static electricity will cause the plastic wrap to stick and thus protect your screen.

  2. Don says:

    nice view charles buh i am talking about the PLAYSTATION 3 and not the PSP. anyways nice view on the psp and i love the psp…

  3. chingaling says:

    nice article… Very enlightening, but just to b fair i think u should follow this up with a “why u SHOULD buy a ps3” article bcos i think wen it comes to d main gaming aspect, the ps3 cant b critisized much.
    “….seems the only game u can play on the ps3 is d WAITING GAME.” lol….genius!

  4. I preordered it along with a remote for the PS3 from Amazon. They are second on my favorite list of online stores. Newegg being the first. The release date for the keypad was supposed to be the 15th. Amazon shipped it along with my remote on the 14th. The stated arrival date was also beat by one day.

    Of course this thing is in the usual bullet proof packaging which is slightly annoying. Once I got the keypad out, I was impressed with the feel of it. I think it weighs a little less than the Dualshock 3 controller(s) that I have. It does add weight. Though for some reason the keypad does not seem to throw off the balance of the controller by much but it obviously does change the feel. I’m not a small guy so maybe that has something to do with it.

    The keyboard is automagically paired by turning on the keyboard and then plugging it into the PS3 with a USB cable. The instructions for this thing are hidden in the packaging. So pulling the cardboard out of the plastic and unfolding it reveals the paper foldout.

    Not being a small guy, my fingers are fairly long but thin. So I have only one small issue when using the keypad with my thumbs; I know how to type. I’m not the best but I rarely look at the keyboard. So using my thumbs to type will take some getting used to but it is obviously easier and less frustrating than using just a controller. Oh, it does have the raised bumps on the F and J keys, though I am not sure if those will help. The bumps make those two keys feel like they need to be deburred. They probably should have been put in the middle of the keys instead of at their bottom end.

    The keypad clamps onto the controller very nicely and does not move. The Start, Select, and PS buttons are extended through the keypad as shown in the pics and line up perfectly. There is a button on both the right and the left edge of the keypad. They are color coded and used to access the extra characters on some of the buttons. The shift key works as it should so the blue colored characters above the numbers (the usual exclamation, ampersand, parentheses, etc.) can be accessed by the color coded button or the shift key.

    The last feature is that most of the keys can be used as a mouse pad – just the letter keys. I hate mouse pads and since I hate them my review of this function is biased. I used the PS3’s browser to check out the “mouse pad”. Underneath the Sony logo are three buttons. The one in the center changes the keypad to a mouse pad. Using the keyboard as a mouse pad is jerky and I hate it even more than a mouse pad. Moving my thumb faster over the keys does not seem to engage any acceleration in the pointer. Going slower over the keys does not seem to work any better. All in all the left analog stick is much better for moving the pointer than Sony’s attempt at a mouse pad function. Because I did not expect this feature, hate mouse pads and don’t use them, I did not use this function as a factor in my rating.


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