Editor's Note: This is an editorial written by one of the PSX Extreme members/readers. We asked if readers might interested in submitting some of their own stuff – we're one big happy community, after all – and they obliged. It was a mini-contest where we assigned the topic and selected our favorite; we'll continue to do this every now and then so if you want to participate, visit the Reader Submissions thread in the forums.

Why Choose The PlayStation 3?

This generation of consoles is quite fractured, more so than the previous two generations. The Wii has grabbed most of the casual audience that previously turned to Sony for cheap, simple gaming, and Microsoft has spent a great deal of effort (and money) on making the 360 an attractive alternative for the core gamers who in previous generations turned to Sony for high-profile third-party games.

So where does this leave Sony; specifically, its PlayStation 3? The most obvious answer is that the console is still left with arguably the strongest collection of first-party developers and exclusives of all three home consoles currently on the market. Certainly, unless Microsoft or Nintendo have some big announcements planned for E3, the PS3 has by far the strongest line-up of exclusives for 2009. It's also worth noting that the loss of third-party exclusives seldom means the game becomes a 360 exclusive and no longer available on the PS3; only that the game is released for both.

Then there's the matter of value. Both the cheapest 360 and the Wii sit comfortably at much lower price points than the PS3. For the average consumer, that's enough to swing the decision away from the PS3, but the fact remains that the extra cost is far outweighed by the gains of features like Blu-Ray functionality and a wireless internet connection right out of the box, both things lacking in its HD competitor. The disastrous hardware issues of the 360 also need to be mentioned, even if these problems are diminishing.

While not quite on par with the premium Xbox Live service, Sony's PlayStation Network is still an excellent free service for online gaming, with the PlayStation Store being a good source of demos, downloadable games, themes, videos and additional content. When not free, these downloads are always sold with real prices rather than the vague points systems used by Microsoft and Nintendo. Sony has also made great strides since the system's launch to make the PSN more comparable to XBL, and as the years go by it will likely become increasingly difficult to find ways in which the PSN does not stand alongside Live as a robust online gaming service.

Another strength of the 360 has been its community features, with achievements, mandatory leaderboards in Xbox Live Arcade games, gamercards and access to other gamers' profiles from the PC all coming together to result in entire communities building up around these features. This is another area where Sony has done a good job catching up; it's rare now for games to release without trophies (and soon all games will have them), the EU PSN recently launched gamercards (with the US likely to follow) and players can access their own profiles and trophy collections from their PCs, with more functionality to come.

Of course, the primary consideration when buying a games console should always be the games available for it, and Blu-Ray, Live, trophies/achievements and motion controls are all secondary considerations. After a rough start, multiplatform games on the PS3 are generally on par with the 360 versions, meaning that it is mainly about which games are exclusively available on one system.

Titles like Halo, Gears of War, Fable and third-party games like Mass Effect (still currently exclusive) all represent the 360 well, with exclusive DLC deals for certain third-party games making them more attractive propositions on Microsoft's console. The Wii has all the old Nintendo stalwarts of Mario, Metroid, Zelda and Smash Brothers that some gamers will enjoy each and every generation, with certain third-party exclusives like MadWorld and No More Heroes bolstering the line-up.

As mentioned above, to compete with these the PS3 has some of the strongest developers and franchises of the last few generations, with series likes God of War, Killzone, Uncharted and Gran Turismo all seen as leaders in their respective genres, and high-profile third-party exclusives like Metal Gear Solid 4 adding to the line-up. When combined with the console's other existing exclusives and the new IPs we are likely to see as the generation progresses, it's difficult to see how a PS3 purchase could possibly disappoint.

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SplendidBlended
SplendidBlended
11 years ago

Nice editorial… Ben? Wait, another Ben?
Oh god.

"While not quite on par with the premium Xbox Live service"

^ True, but you can avoid the type of crowd Xbox Live attracts. [:


Last edited by SplendidBlended on 5/2/2009 1:30:07 PM

Jordanboi123
Jordanboi123
11 years ago

couldn't agree more thats one of the reason's my ps3 is the main system for me everytime i go on the 360/XBL and play online i get some little kid's calling my mum names that kind of thing.on psn i find that most of the player's are adults and alot more friendly.

The_Benny
The_Benny
11 years ago

That is a good point. If you're not playing with friends then the worst elements of Live's community can definitely harm the experience, and there does seem to be a higher chance of that than on the PSN.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Amen to that

Deadman
Deadman
11 years ago

I have no clue what the LIVE experience is like but as of late my friends and I have had to deal with some unfavorable rasist comments on COD4 on the PSN so I think its migrating.

SplendidBlended
SplendidBlended
11 years ago

Everyone I've met so far has been very polite, and friendly.
Which, for me, was a total surprise.
I mean, this one guy even helped me fix my computer the other night while playing RE5 Versus mode.

MadKatBebop
MadKatBebop
11 years ago

For real man! Ive been called so many racial names on XBL or some cat would say he wants to kill all black and mexican people! I like PSN much better the people seem nicer.

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
11 years ago

PSN is "nicer" than XBL because fewer people have headsets on PSN. Its not that Xbox appeals to a certain demographic that just happen to be racist and chauvinistic. There are duches on PSN also!

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
11 years ago

@bugzbunny

I agree, And I actually hope it stays this way.

migabyte
migabyte
11 years ago

I don't know about XBL, but I've met quite a few cocks on PSN. Play SOCOM for a day and you'll see. I will probably never play the game again (I own it), because of these people.

Wage SLAVES
Wage SLAVES
11 years ago

360 has a crazy bad problem with Teenies blabbing away with annoying racist comments. Thats that I have hours of Live play and DAYS of PSN gaming!

Racism is retarded…we are the only species of animal on the SAME earth that do this…and we call ourselves CIVIL?

MadKatBebop
MadKatBebop
11 years ago

Nicely put Wage SLAVES!

WolfCrimson
WolfCrimson
11 years ago

LOL @ the fact that under the article, below the author's name, a twitter link has appeared.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Heh, that's okay.

EddPm6
EddPm6
11 years ago

I actually dont see any diffrence between live and PSN. Besides price………. I had one of my xbox friends tell me " well they got netflix renting" oh congrats, you first pay $40/ month for internet then $50 a year on XBL and NOW you have a minimum $8/month for movies you dont OWN.

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
11 years ago

meenwhile you have the $40/MO for internet, $00.oo/MO for PSN, And the ability to BUY/Rent Movies For Cheap…
my stance was always this:

I Pay For Internet Access, Why Must I Pay To Use It???

Riku994
Riku994
11 years ago

Lol, this is definitely just Ben in disguise 😛

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

Nah, I definitely don't think Ben would lie to us. 😛

SplendidBlended
SplendidBlended
11 years ago

Ben, you would never lie to us, right? Never ever? Oh my god, I can't even thing about such a thing. ;__;

SHADOW
SHADOW
11 years ago

The Benny has been around here longer than Ben. This is definitely his work. Check out the forum if you need proof.

www
www
11 years ago

Trust me, he's too old for that.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Yeah, this is very legitimate. Please, everyone visit the reader submission thread in the forums. Anyone is welcome to try!

I'll post up the next topic in a week or two.

The_Benny
The_Benny
11 years ago

It would be kind of amusing if Ben had been secretly roleplaying a second person named Ben all these years, having disagreements with himself over the merits of the Wii.

Unfortunately I am real though, sorry.

SplendidBlended
SplendidBlended
11 years ago

Obviously I was joking.
Don't take the interwebz too seriously.

Lairfan
Lairfan
11 years ago

Nice editorial. Personally, I have never seen anything on Xbox Live that has outdone anything on PSN (I usually don't use all of those trivial extra features, like photo albums and what-not), but that's just my opinion.

dveisalive
dveisalive
11 years ago

Why choose the PS3 because its future proof!

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

The only difference is the little Arcade games(most of which you can get on the Wii's Virtua Console).

Anyway PSN is great, and unlike countless ports *cough* XBL *cough* it has a lot of great games like Flower, Pixel Junk, etc.

Oh don't forget ps1's Greates Hits(and the fact that you can play on them on your psp!)

PSN's where it's at.

When it comes to games. Seriously, in terms of exclusives, the ps3 already surpassed the 360.

SHADOW
SHADOW
11 years ago

I love how you hate on ports and then praise the PS1 ports on PSN. Blatant hypocracy for the win. lol. I'm only half serious.

Deadman
Deadman
11 years ago

Good editorial "Benny" congrats dude its a good read.

bebestorm
bebestorm
11 years ago

Good one " The Benny"……I like how you compared all the consoles strengths and weakneses without any fanboyism.

Sir Shak
Sir Shak
11 years ago

Hey Benny ,nice article , congrats on winning the competition .

I got into console gaming last year because GTA hadn't been announced for Pc's yet . I chose the PS3 because of the playstation brand's instantly recognisable success . And after playing the games it had to offer and looking at upcoming titles, the one thing PS3 can boast about its line-up is variety . Whatever genre I may feel like playing , I know the black box has me covered .


Last edited by Sir Shak on 5/2/2009 4:13:30 PM

www
www
11 years ago

Actually i don't really see how LIVE has that much of an advantage over PSN….almost if not the same! Okay,the only thing is the premium 360 comes with the headset and i have it, so that's the only plus i see.

No doubt PS3 definitely has this year,way too many exclusives.

The_Benny
The_Benny
11 years ago

For the most part it comes down to lots of little things, some of which the 360 pretty much had at launch and the PS3 is still slowly acquiring. The global voice chat and private chat channels, easy forming of groups and jumping both into games and from game to game, and a bunch of other things that are mandatory requirements for Live games and not for the PSN.

Of course, when you take away everything from Live that the PSN does for free I'm not sure the extras you'd be left with are going to look like good value for the monthly fee. Sony are doing a good job of trying to match most of what Live offers while keeping the costs away from the user.

Even if the PSN could only objectively be declared 70 or 80% as good as Live, that's still damn good for not having a fee attached.

N a S a H
N a S a H
11 years ago

LMAO dude, PSN is miles behind XBL. It never lags, mics are better, there is a movie market for Europe and not just America, the party system where you can talk to people in any game. That's just a start.

Don't get me wrong, I love my PS3 but I'd never take is seriously online wise.

Fatcat3788
Fatcat3788
11 years ago

You (NASAH) have obviously not played Gears of War 2 online that much… Go play a couple rounds and come back and say that Xbox live doesn't lag.

As for the PSN and Xbox Live being 100% equal. I don't think so. I still think that xbox live has a one up but that is only slightly. As CobraSalad said earlier, you get a different environment when you are online on a PS3. This one advantage is enough for me to choose the PSN over the Xbox live.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

NASAH: Then you haven't played online with the PS3. Live lags constantly in my experience and as far as I can tell, the Network is often more reliable.

The_Benny
The_Benny
11 years ago

It's not an exact science. Some people find Live flawless while others find it laggy, some have perfect experiences with the PSN while others have trouble even staying connected.

Obviously neither Microsoft or Sony are going to be running online services that don't actually work, or placing a heavy focus on online mulitplayer games if they wouldn't actually be playable. Presumably each works for the majority of people for most of the time. It's probably especially true in Live's case, because if it was too unreliable for too many people then they wouldn't have any subscriptions.

In terms of lag, disconnections and general stability one service might be slightly (or even significantly) better than the other, but I don't know of any data being collected anywhere that could objectively prove that.

migabyte
migabyte
11 years ago

50$ is enough money a year. I don't know about XBL but for 50$ it better be flawless. Over a 6 year period that's 300$, enough to buy a PS3 which everyone keeps saying is soooooo expensive.

kreate
kreate
11 years ago

for people who are not sure about the xbox live stability:

google 'xbox live class action lawsuit'
(i used yahoo)
multiple links will show up as well as multiple lawsuits will show up.

google 'psn class action lawsuit'
it will redirect u to the xbox live class action lawsuit page.

this is all cuz xbox live have failed numerous times.

so can anyone please tell me how xbox live is better than psn?


Last edited by kreate on 5/3/2009 5:18:47 AM

ocelotboss
ocelotboss
11 years ago

you should chose ps3 because it has better online service, best graphics, and best games hands down- mgs4, killzone 2, littlebigplanet, resistance 2, and come at me if u disagree. Kojima for life , mgs for life

Fatcat3788
Fatcat3788
11 years ago

Just keep what you are saying in mind when Kojima starts making multiplat. REMEMBER that he is good at what he does and NOT that he went multiplat… WHEN it happens I hope you will still say the same about him.

WNDRTWN1
WNDRTWN1
11 years ago

Amen to that, Benny. Nice editorial by the way.

Neurotoxiny
Neurotoxiny
11 years ago

Awesome. That's all I have to say about this article. And Benny. And the PS3.

chicko1983
chicko1983
11 years ago

nice post Benny

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
11 years ago

The 360 has ran out of fuel, as far as I am concerned. It seems like Microsoft has given up on it. The software is deplorable, systems are still failling, the last XBL update was terible; they could have done much better than that. It is holding on to a very thin thread; only its price tag is giving it life, but it's demise is imminent. I am now only intersted in the next console Microsoft will be introducing.

twenty8nine
twenty8nine
11 years ago

That next console will probably be the xBox Bomb. Not because it is "da bomb", but because with their launch problems, it is likely to explode and take a chunk of the room with it.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Congrats Benny, this is my second read through as I've been sorta kinda involved in the Reader Submissions thread myself 🙂

Excellent job being objective. And well, I chose PS3 for many of those reasons, others I was surprised to learn about AFTER I'd bought it.

twenty8nine
twenty8nine
11 years ago

I didn't discover a number of features of the PS3 until I had gotten one. The multimedia machine is very nice.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

Nice article, Benny!

duffman
duffman
11 years ago

give me xbox 360 any day i dont like companies forcing you to have features your not interested in. i dont like wifi people can tap in and use it on you. i already have a blu ray player so i dont need that either. but well writen.