Happy Birthday, PlayStation 3!
Wow. Believe it or not, it has already been two whole years since the PlayStation 3 launched in North America. Of course, a whole lot has happened in the past couple of years, as we've watched the situation revert from the early doom-and-gloom to the current upswing status that has the PS3 climbing the ladder at a steady pace.
Ah, I still remember coming home to unpack the new system. Yes, I was one of the very few lucky ones to snag a system on launch morning and I spent the next week issuing our impressions and thoughts on Sony's snazzy new console. I summed things up with the PlayStation 3 Report Card and we turned our attention to a new generation at that very moment. I distinctly recall the dark, early days of 2007 where - despite analysts telling us not to believe the fanboy-ish "PS3 is teh doomed!" predictions - it was difficult to find a positive PS3 story. But we reported all the bad right along with everyone else, 'cuz that's what we do, and admittedly, the PS3 had a terribly slow start. It was expensive, there were very few systems available at launch, software was lacking, and Blu-Ray had not yet caught on. For many, it appeared that things were looking bleak.
Now, two years later, things have changed significantly. Depending on the source you use, Sony has now sold around 17 million PS3s worldwide, which still puts them on track to meet their annual sales goals. The price of the machine has dropped $200, Blu-Ray has long since trounced HD-DVD, rumble returned with the Dual Shock 3, the PlayStation Store and Network have received numerous and important updates and enhancements, the innovative PlayStation Home is almost upon us, the machine's reliability remains excellent (see that PS3 in those pictures? yeah, it's still here), and oh yes, the software has arrived. It's the exclusives in 2008 that are feeding the upwards surge; it's the likes of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, LittleBigPlanet and Resistance 2 that are defining this year. We've already had good stuff like Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Warhawk and Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction prior to this, so it's tough to complain about any lack of quality software now.
And more is on the way. We have yet to hit Gran Turismo 5, Killzone 2, Heavy Rain, inFamous, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, and other PS3 exclusives. The Network has taken great strides to catch up to Xbox Live and it's still free, Blu-Ray is the way to watch high-definition movies at home (it's also a hell of a format for games), and finally, most all major developers seem to have come to terms with the system's complicated architecture. In early 2007, the naysayers would never have predicted the PS3 to be in such an enviable position right now, even with the ailing economy. And lastly, let's not forget that Sony continues to claim that their next-gen console has a 10-year lifespan...which means we got 8 years to go. Hell, that's fine by us. We love the PS3. :)
11/17/2008 Ben Dutka