Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Nov 2006 22:50 UTC
Games Ars reviews the PlayStation 3 personal computer game console, and they say: "The PS3 doesn't have any grand ideas; Sony wanted something high-tech, so they started from scratch with the processor and GPU, but what does it get them? Very little so far. The controller is a mash-up of ideas from their old systems, the 360's triggers, and the Wii's motion-sensing capabilities, but once it has that tech it doesn't really know what to do with it. The Blu-ray adds cost, but adds very little to the gaming experience for the user. It's great as a media player, but for those of us who love games first and foremost, we have to look at it skeptically. The PS3 is a system with no core message, and that is what keeps it from being elegant. Will it do great things in the future? I hope so, the possibility and potential are certainly there. For now, it's power looking for a mission statement."
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RE[3]: Some home truths -
by santana on Wed 22nd Nov 2006 23:59 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Some home truths -"
santana
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2006-10-22

Well, 10 years ago you didn't have internet download or a complicated setup, because consoles were not doing too much, you would just put cartridge or CD in it and play a game ;)

Today consoles are trying o became the center of home entertainment, and firmware (or console OSes) are starting to get much more complicated. And with a chance to easily get firmware patches, I really don't find it that bad. Sony (or MS) can adopt firmware to what people actually want.

I wouldn't go that far to say that PS3 has sub-optimal experience to XBox 360. It is probably weaker in some areas (downloading stuff) and better in some other areas (uhm, I don't know, built in web browser? 20GB disc by default, 60Gb in high end model, support for guest OSes, support for HD movies, built in power supply....). Btw, MS actually didn't get it right either, their first consoles actually also didn't have background downloading. Which was fixed via firmware patch ;)

Relax, you probably didn't have a chance to buy PS3 yet, by the time you will, the price should drop, and minor annoyances will be gone and forgotten. And if you were lucky enough to get one on launch day, enjoy, it is a really nice piece of hardware and you are in the 0,005 % of world populace that has a privilege of owning it.

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RE[4]: Some home truths -
by smitty on Thu 23rd Nov 2006 00:29 in reply to "RE[3]: Some home truths -"
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2005-10-13

Yea, the 360 wasn't perfect when it came out either, there just wasn't anything to compare it to back then except the previous generation so all the reviews tended to be pretty positive and overlooked some of the problems. The sad truth is that almost nothing that is easily updated these days (by the internet) comes out in a polished form. That has affected PC's for years and now that the consoles are online it is affecting them as well. Obviously most companies have decided that when possible it makes business sense to release early and patch later.

Edited 2006-11-23 00:31

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RE[4]: Some home truths -
by Jemm on Thu 23rd Nov 2006 08:22 in reply to "RE[3]: Some home truths -"
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2005-07-25

>Btw, MS actually didn't get it right either, their first consoles actually also didn't have background downloading. Which was fixed via firmware patch ;)

That's true, but Sony should have learned from others and implemented background download in the first place. No point in repeating the same mistakes.

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