PlayStation 3: Clearing Up A Few Things
We're going to take this opportunity, now that we've spent some time with the PS3, to provide our thoughts on a few issues that have been circulating through the news, lately. There are three we'd like to address right off the bat, and snippets of this info can be found in the recent Start Up feature:
Actual Start Up Time
For the past few weeks, we've heard rumors about some very slow start-up and loading times on the PS3. In fact, it was one of our concerns when first hitting the power button...but as it turns out, any claims that it takes a long time to go from power-on to main menu, and from menu to actual play, are completely unfounded.
Once you've set your system settings - a process which every new console requires - the time from power-on to the menu is only about 7-8 seconds. And when you input a disc, be it CD, game (PS1, PS3, or PS3), DVD, or BD, you simply select the disc from the game menu, and off you go. When the disc goes in, you'll be brought automatically to that option, anyway. In comparison to other systems like the PS2 and Xbox 360, the PS3 - in terms of speed - is right on par with those consoles.
There's been a lot of talk about this thing, but to be perfectly honest, we're not seeing where all the hubbub comes from. It's essentially identical to the Dual Shock, only much lighter, minus the rumble, and the small change to the R1/R2 buttons. We haven't yet toyed around with those new trigger/buttons yet, but for the most part, the controller is exactly what we expected: a lighter version of the DS. We don't really see a big problem there.
Backwards Compatibility Issues
We're going to offer a full report on this later on tonight, but for now, let's just say things are going well in our b/c analysis. We just wanted to inform you that this may not be something you should be concerned about, despite all the bad press. We'll elaborate further in a bit...
11/17/2006 Ben Dutka