on 28 December 2007
Wow. What a console. The sheer sleekness and power of the console is simply jaw dropping. I have to admit, I was worried about the console, after the harsh reviews that many people have given it; But do not be put off by The Xbox360 teenage "Hardcore" Fans. They are just trying to ruin the PlayStation 3 as they think their console is better, even though most haven't even played a PS3, never mind owned one. I have put off purchasing a PS3 for a while now as the 60GB came with a hefty £350-400 Price tag and few games that I wanted to play were out. Now you can pick one up for just £269.99, Lets put that into perspective with the Xbox360 20GB Premium Package £229.99 + £54.99 Wireless Bridge and another £99.98 got the HD DVD player, That's a whopping £384.86, and With the PlayStation 3, you get Over double the storage (Minus the 7GB the Xbox360 Uses before you even Store your game data etc.)I'm not just going to sit here and go on and on about the PlayStation Vs Xbox war; as you have probably read too much about it and are sick and tired of hearing it. Here are something's you should no about the PS3 40GB vs. PS3 60GB.
1) PS2 Compatibility - If you want to play your PS2 Games, keep your PS2 Plugged in, You will more than likely not want to play it after buying the PS3, with many more release's coming soon, and enough games to do until then, you will be more than pleased.
2) 20GB less storage - Most of my friends who own the Xbox360 haven't even used half of their storage, and considering the PlayStation 3 has more than double that, you will more than likely not need the extra 20GB, but as the PlayStation 4 might not be released until 2016, You can purchase a regular 2.5" Laptop drive 160GB-250Gb for under £100, although the 40GB will do for another 2 years at least. If you want to Store Music, Photos or Videos, Purchase one now as you'll use it up quickly, although for now my laptop does the job for me.
3) The memory card slots and only 2 USB ports - You can buy a stand for around £14.99 which will give you 3 USB ports, if you still want the Memory card slots, you can buy a 25 in One for pretty cheap now days, although you will more than likely not use them, keep in mine this is a GAMES console.
Blu-Ray is simply STUNNING, I have only watched Die Hard 4.0 on it, and was simply astonished. The image was perfect, although, you really do need a 40"+ HD TV to show it off, surround sound helps boost that Cinema-Like feeling. Many people are critical towards Sony about bringing this to the PlayStation and putting them into a Format war they do not want to be part of. Lets look at this from a gamers perspective, A Dual-Layer Blu-Ray Disk can store up to 50GB, Now its nearest competitor HD-DVD can store 30GB maxed out. And then there's DVD, which the 360 uses, it stores a mere 9GB, that's nearly 6 times less than Blu-Ray, and considering what Rock tar did with GTA San Andreas, The possibilities are endless. Although, if you are a 360 owner, you may need a HD-DVD player for future games, as the 9GB just will not do for future releases. Ok, now we come to the Online. Yes, the Xbox Live service is Leagues in advance, but is the £40 annual fee really worth it? The PlayStation in my eyes has everything you need to play people online, and although Sony do not need to add new Features, unlike Microsoft, who need to keep Those Xbox360 Fans glued to their service to Maximise profits, They are adding a Service called `Home' which should reach us soon, and I am looking forward to this. Last thing is The SIXAXIS controller, I love this little gadget, great controller and I can only assume how it will be accompanied with the Dual Shock 3 due to be released to Europe.Now with the games, the Xbox360 has loads of great games out now, but the PS3 is relatively `Future Proof' with many great releases, such as MGS4, GT 5 and HAZE exclusive to the PS3, not to mention GTA IV, with HD really coming into its stride, the PS3 in my eyes is by far the better choice. Other people are starting to see it too, over 8.5 Million PS3's have been sold, and the XBox360, 13.4Million, Not too far to go. People were worrying about its say in this console war, but everyone from now on will be purchasing this truly great masterpiece of technology by Sony from Now on. I think the Picture is great on my 26" Sony KDL26S3000 BRAVIA HDTV In my bedroom, but even just looking at the trailers on the 40" Sony Bravia in HMV I was just like WOW. Hope this Review has been helpful; any questions/Comments just post them here.