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One Year Later, Is the Playstation 3 Still An Option For Me?

Nov 27, 2007
On November 16th, Playstation 3 celebrates its first birthday. The newest addition to the Playstation family officially became one year old, and despite an admittedly slow start, business is definitely on the rise. According to a report by GameDaily, PS3 sales has reach 5.6 million units worldwide, out of which 2 million of those sales came in North America. As part of Sony's strategy to increase their market share, it plans to release around 160 new Playsyation 3 title before the end of the fiscal year.

But when it comes to us, the game console users, a fair question to ask is; is the PS3 still worth for me?

There are many features to the Playstation 3 that have many saying "I want it" With its Boasting Blu-Ray and up to a 60 Gigabyte of hard drive, PS3 is moving ahead to become the gaming system that will be sitting on the top of the video game world for years to come. However, some don't believe all the hype.

The Playstation family of game consoles began its dominance of the video game world in 1994 with the Playstation 2 following suit in the year 2000. In the early 2006, Sony reported that the end of the Playstation 2 was at hand and with the launch of the Playstation 3, a new generation of video gaming was about to hit the market. So this has left many asking if the high price tag on the PS3 is worth paying. There are several exceptional reasons, which include the following:

Its Blu-Ray technology is utilized on the new PS3 games and it will allow the usage of six times more data than traditional game discs. This will provide for video games that boast incredibly complex game playing graphics. Blu-Ray technology will likely aide in bringing back a number of forever-favorite classic video game titles.

Playstation fans and current console owners don't have to go out and purchase an entirely new collection of games, since the PS3 is equipped to play - not only Playstation games - but PS2 games as well, leveraging on a vast collection of games already in the market.

Gamers are now able to connect with other game-playing fanatics online in addition to being able to download quite a bit of content from the Internet, something that Microsoft has a strong hand with its Xbox Live. This multiplayer game playing capability makes the PS3 appealing to large numbers of video game playing fanatics by allowing video game systems to be able to compete with a huge majority of personal computer games.

You have the option of paying out less money with the base Playstation 3 model, although you get fewer features. A 20 Gigabyte model of the PS3 can be had for around $500 while the often harder to find 60 Gigabyte model weighs in at $600.

Now while most avid gamers will tell you that the Playstation 3 is second to none in the video game industry right now, there are a couple of bad points to the system. In order to get the superior graphic capabilities of the PS3, you need to have a deep wallet as the PS3 retails at $600.

The Playstation and the Playstation 2 simply don't compare. While the earlier PS2 sported a light weigh slim case, the PS3 weighs in at a heftier eleven pounds. So while there are many that may not see the point of spending so much money on a video gaming system, if you are a hardcore video game enthusiast you simply can't compare the gaming experience that the PS3 can provide you with.
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