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Old 11-18-2006, 02:43 AM   #1
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People who have been camping out for days finally get their PS3s today. Sadly, both their time and money has been wasted
Sony released the Playstation 3 in Japan on November 11. That was last Saturday. By Thursday Japanese import units had already made their way halfway around the world to New York City's Chinatown, where they were available for a 100% markup — and they were selling. That's how high the demand is for Sony's new video game machine: people would actually pay double the price to get it one day early.

The Playstation 3 goes on sale in the U.S. today, but I wouldn't recommend buying one, not even for the regular price, which is plenty expensive without the import markup. Sure, the Playstation 2 was the bestselling machine from the previous generation, and sure, the Playstation3 is powered by a stupendously powerful chip, the "Cell processor." (I'm sorry, but naming a computer chip is like naming your genitals: you're compensating for something.) Patience, young padawan. The time has not yet come.

Look at what you get. The Playstation 3 is expensive: $500 or $600 bucks, depending on which version you buy, plus $60 for each game. (An Xbox 360 only costs $400 max, and Nintendo's Wii — yep, that name, still funny — is only $250.) For that kind of scratch you want the deluxe treatment, and the PS3 simply doesn't deliver it. It's got some good-looking games, but unless you have a top-notch TV, the difference isn't mind-blowing. (And even if you do have a fancy TV, Sony makes you supply your own HDMI cable. Stingy.) And Sony's launch line-up just isn't that interesting. Almost all the PS3's outstanding games — F.E.A.R., Madden NFL '07, Need for Speed: Carbon, Call of Duty 3 — are available on the Xbox 360, and most (all except F.E.A.R.) are out for the Wii, too. There just isn't the leverage there to make buying a PS3 de rigeur.

The only exclusive Playstation 3 title I'm really excited about is Resistance: Fall of Man, which is a truly fun shoot'em up set in an alternative version of the 1950s. Aliens have invaded earth; your job is to put bullets in them. While doing so you prowl through some gloriously detailed, beautifully gloomy factories and labs and shattered cityscapes. The audio is gorgeous, the weapons copious and diverse, the levels huge and complex. In short, it's my idea of a good time.

But so is Gears of War, the stunning shooter just out for the Xbox 360. Resistance isn't enough to drive sales of a $600 console, or it shouldn't be. Playstation 3 doesn't have a battle-tested, feature-rich online service the way the Xbox does. It doubles as a Blu-Ray DVD player (that's the main reason for the high retail price), but guess what? Nobody cares. And did I mention Playstation 3 controllers don't rumble? Whose genius idea was that? Without rumble, it just ain't a jungle.

Give it time. The price will (probably) come down. Sony's online strategy will (probably) mature. More decent games will come out — the Playstation3 is notoriously difficult to develop for, and game-makers are still figuring out how to get the most out of it. Next holiday season, it just might be worth it.

For now it's pretty much moot anyway. Because of the difficulty of manufacturing Playstation 3's, Sony has only been able to put a few hundred thousand units on sale in the U.S., so unless you spent last night camped out in front of a Gamestop, buying a Playstation3 is not an option. Congratulations: you made the right call. And you smell better for it, too.
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Old 11-18-2006, 03:12 AM   #2
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Was he saying it wasn't worth the wait or wasn't worth the price? I'm not sure after reading this. I mean, did he actually review the system or give his opinion about whether it was worth the price tag in comparison to a 360? Either way, this was done very poorly.
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Old 11-18-2006, 03:33 AM   #3
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The article is saying $600 is to much for a PS3 when XBOX360 and Nintendo are $400/$300/$200 and not that much difference.
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Old 11-18-2006, 03:57 AM   #4
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The article is saying $600 is to much for a PS3 when XBOX360 and Nintendo are $400/$300/$200 and not that much difference.
Well if that's the case then the article is inaccurate. I mean, there are features on the PS3 that cause it to be more expensive, but he totally discarded those features and it's benefits. Hence, this review is irresponsibly done, IMO.
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Old 11-18-2006, 04:03 AM   #5
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Worth the hype if you can eBay it for $2000+
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The only thing that makes PS3 even worth looking at is the fact it can play BluRay DVD's. Other than that it is the most over-rated system launch I've ever witnessed.

The only people that don't acknowledge or argue against this are Sony fans who would buy the system regardless of what any and every one has said.

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Old 11-18-2006, 07:30 AM   #8
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The only exclusive Playstation 3 title I'm really excited about is Resistance: Fall of Man, which is a truly fun shoot'em up set in an alternative version of the 1950s. Aliens have invaded earth; your job is to put bullets in them. While doing so you prowl through some gloriously detailed, beautifully gloomy factories and labs and shattered cityscapes. The audio is gorgeous, the weapons copious and diverse, the levels huge and complex. In short, it's my idea of a good time.
This reminds me: Super Contra for SNES is still the greatest game ever. I still play it.
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Old 11-18-2006, 07:37 AM   #9
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This guy is retarded..

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Sure, the Playstation 2 was the bestselling machine from the previous generation, and sure, the Playstation3 is powered by a stupendously powerful chip, the "Cell processor." (I'm sorry, but naming a computer chip is like naming your genitals: you're compensating for something.)

All chips get names. Moron.

That said, I'm not getting a PS3 until 4-5 revisions and $300 cheaper, heh.
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All chips get names. Moron.
I'm guessing that's kind of his point. Why are you giving "fancy" names to a processor chip. It's just a processor chip?!?

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That said, I'm not getting a PS3 until 4-5 revisions and $300 cheaper, heh.
Smart man right here. It's a really over-rated system right now. It's like the Darko Milicic of gaming right now. Way too much hype coming in and you gotta hope for the best down the line.
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I'm guessing that's kind of his point. Why are you giving "fancy" names to a processor chip. It's just a processor chip?!?


Smart man right here. It's a really over-rated system right now. It's like the Darko Milicic of gaming right now. Way too much hype coming in and you gotta hope for the best down the line.
You obviuosly don't have HI-DEF equipment to fully maximize te capabilities of the system. Now is that Sony's fault? No, of course not. But what you don't realize that is the PS3 is truly next generation material. Yeah, you could nitpick and say all the **** it does isn't needed, but in 3 years when every TV signal has to be in HI-DEF, then you'll find yourself reevaluating your stance.
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Old 11-18-2006, 01:04 PM   #12
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Just about every CPU has had a name since somebody realized 10 years ago that they couldn't register trademarks for strings of digits. So now we've got Pentiums, Opterons, Cells, PowerPCs, and so on. It's too trivial a point to ever make when trying to evaluate the merits of a piece of kit.
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Plus back in the day when you talked about 80386s and stuff people looked at you like what the **** are you talking about.

Chip names are very necessary imo.
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Just about every CPU has had a name since somebody realized 10 years ago that they couldn't register trademarks for strings of digits. So now we've got Pentiums, Opterons, Cells, PowerPCs, and so on. It's too trivial a point to ever make when trying to evaluate the merits of a piece of kit.



It's that simple.
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386DX baby! I thought that was the ****.

Anyway, even considering the future of digital televisions the difference isn't worth all that to me. XBOX has superioir graphical capabilities to PS2 and that didn't matter. It was noticeable in some games but not most.

I'll take a Wii and a 360 for the price of 1 Ps3 thank you very much.
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