PS3 Editorial: Top 10 Reasons To Own A PS3
7: Enhanced Online Service
It was fairly common knowledge that Microsoft had the best online program in Xbox Live, but given the capabilities of the PS3 and Sony’s newfound emphasis on Internet cooperation and functionality, things are changing with the PS3. A good example of this enhanced focus is the launch title, Resistance: Fall of Man, which allows up to 40 players online at once. That’s a far cry from the maximum of 16 in Halo 2 (and reports say that 16-player maximum returns for Halo 3>), and thus far, all feedback concerning the online Resistance experience has been overwhelmingly positive.
Overall, we can certainly expect a more complete online service from the PlayStation Network with the advent of the PS3. Live already has a healthy head-start in terms of quality and popularity, but the PlayStation Network is poised to meet the Live challenge in the years to come.
6: Multimedia Functionality
All you have to do is take one look at the Users Guide (found here), and you’ll see that the PS3’s Cross Media Bar is chock full of menu options. From the completely detailed system settings and picture adjustments to the extras like photos, media, and music, the PS3 is primed to offer a ton of extra multimedia goodies. PSP owners can expect something very similar to their interface, but with the first PS3 update (version 1.10), the Cross Bar will be a bit heftier.
Those who love to fiddle around with their hardware can’t possibly miss the nice array of functions found on the PS3, so all you tech geeks should take notice. Hell, this console will even let you run Linux, if you so choose! It’s a fiddler’s dream come true, plain and simple.
Destined to be in a bitter war with HD-DVD, there are a few lingering questions about how the general public will take to this expensive new video-viewing technology. However, it’s yet another upgrade from the supposedly “archaic” DVD, and those truly obsessed with picture quality will likely get excited about what Blu-Ray can offer. Whether you want it for your games or your movies, it matters little; what matters is the level of clarity and sharpness we can expect. Is it superior to HD-DVD? Perhaps in time, it will become more clear…
But for now, at the very least, we can say that Blu-Ray is one of the most intriguing new video technologies to come about in quite some time. It’s just one of those things that screams potential, and despite the business-related questions, that potential is undeniable. And if you’re so inclined, feel free to wonder how this new technology might impact future video games...
11/12/2006 Ben Dutka