PS3 Review

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I picked up a Playstation 3 (PS3) today, along with Batman Arkham Asylum and inFAMOUS games, and The Dark Knight on Blu-ray for the price of a console by itself. I was pretty stoked to find this deal. Although I hadn’t heard of inFAMOUS before, I certainly was interested in Arkham Asylum and The Dark Knight.

The majority of my electronics right now are Sony, so it was only a matter of time before I picked up a PS3. I even bought the Playstation Portable (PSP) a couple of years ago in anticipation of the interactivity between the two devices. I am pretty stoked that I got it today, especially since I had to wait for four hours during Black Friday to get it.

I was familiar with the console from playing with it at my father-in-law’s house. Setup was really easy. I connected to my wireless network without any hassle. I had already used my PSP as a remote control for the PS3, so the process was easy enough to replicate now that I had my own PS3. When I started setting things up I learned that there was a more current version I needed to upgrade to. This was easy enough to do as well.

Once the system was updated and I tinkered with the interface a bit, I was ready to play my first game. I chose Arkham Asylum of course. What happened next was pretty frustrating, but I am not sure if this is going to happen every time. When I loaded my game, it wanted to download content to my console. This took over 5 minutes and there was no progress meter to show me that everything was working as expected. I am hoping that this had something to do with the fact that I was downloading game demos at the time. If this is how every game goes however, this will be more than a nuisance.

Other than the initial load of Arkham Asylum my testing has gone really well. Even the cartoon graphics show up with incredible clarity. The PS3 is way better than my Xbox 360 in terms of picture quality. There are a few things I prefer on the Xbox, and there are many things I prefer on the PS3.

One thing that I was looking forward to was the Facebook integration. Xbox Live has a Facebook, Twitter, and Last.fm interface, as well as Netflix, which it has had for a year or so. Facebook was new to both consoles. What I like about the PS3 use of Facebook is the ability to post game achievements as status updates. Xbox lets you use Facebook in a really easy, streamlined way, but I haven’t found a way to tweet or use my Facebook wall to show my gaming activities. PS3 certainly got this part right.

Easy setup, excellent graphics, a good demo library, and a chargeable controller are all reasons that I am glad I bought my PS3. While the load times are longer than I would prefer on some games, overall this system is really well done. I am looking forward to spending more quality time with my PS3 this weekend. If you know of any games I should rent or download, feel free to comment on this post and let me know.

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