As always Sonyís consoles and some of the games mainly the Gran
Turismo series seem to always get delayed near its release day.
So itís no surprise that the next generation console the Playstation
3 has been delayed. So 2 questions you maybe asking yourself why
has its been delayed and should I still wait to buy it or get
a Microsoft Xbox 360, or even a Nintendo Wii?
Before I give you my answers
for those questions I firstly will tell you more about the ps3
Playstation 3 is the 3rd games console made by Sony; common sense
tells you that from the name. There first step onto the games
market was the PS1 which was released in 1994/95 around the world
and became extremely popular and was the best selling console
with over 100 million sold, until the release of the 2nd console
PS2 released in 2000 and have sold over 110 million units.
As you can see Sony and
its consoles have been loved by gamers, with leading the last
two generations of gaming, the seventh generation is now upon
us with Microsoft and Nintendo already unleashed there consoles
with only the PS3 being released in Japan and America at the moment.
Along with the Xbox 360
the PS3 has a massive 3.2 GHz coming from its processing unit
which is at the top specs of the PCs some of you may have with
the Nintendo Wii only having a quarter of that.
== SIXAXIS Bluetooth
The controller is wireless along with the other two console controllers.
It keeps the design of the pad of both the previous Playstation
and its 2 analogue sticks. The great design makes it looks cool
and more important itís easy to use with out having any buttons
in awkward places with its grip and comfortable to use will let
you play for hours (if you wanted to)with out having much if any
hands or fingers aching. The rumble feature the pad had, I found
good as it gave me that more real fell when a gun fired or the
car crashed. But this had to be removed from the PS3 pad as it
conflicted with the new feature called SIXAXIS which lets you
control say a plane or a car by tilting the pad in different angles
with out having to use buttons. I donít think many games at the
moment fully use it in there games if at all but we should see
some cool ways in how to use it. I believe that the team behind
Metal Gear Solid 4 are doing some thing special with it.
== Hardrive ==
The PS3 comes with a 60gb hardrive where as the xbox360 only has
a 20gb, you be going to need this to save demos, music, photos
and other download stuff to make sure you have loads of space
for it instead of using memory card which some of you that had
the PS2 had to buy extra cards, although I could cope quite easy
with 1. The Hardrive is easily detachable if you wanted to take
saved data of any kind over to a mateís house which will be also
lighter and smaller than PCs hardrives.
== Data Media ==
The PS3 data media has been upgraded from the PS2ís DvD-rom to
a Blu-ray which is the newest technology in storing data. A Blu-ray
disc can hold 25gb (5x bigger than the PS2) on a single disc plus
thereís dual layer and also double sided ones that takes up to
100gb. Which is a massive amount, as you could fit 5 PS2 games
onto 1 blu-ray disc. Comparing it to the Xbox 360 which uses HD
DvD discs which starts with a single layer of 15gb ranging up
What this means is the
developers can put as much as possible into there games with out
going over the limit of data the discs can hold, which resulted
in getting rid of some data or lowering the quality of the sound,
graphics AI and so on. As they have mass amount of data to work
with this means that we will get much more details in the graphics,
more realistic sounds, voices, improved AI, more game modes with
lot more levels and so on.
Blue-ray disc has also
better quality in high definition then the normal HD disc which
is why they have now released Blu-ray players as of June 2006
and Dvds come in Blu-ray format.
== RSX ďReality
The RSX is a graphics processing chip design especially for the
PS3 by NVIDIA and Sony. It can display up to 1080p, (Xbox 360
is 720p or 1080i) which means it has a resolution of 1920 ×
1080 which makes up of over 2 million dots of pixels, thatís one
hell of a lot of detail. The p in1080p is progressive scan which
updates every other pixel and then does the others, where as 1080i
is interlaced will update every other line before going back to
do the rest but this can cause flicker and various kinds of distortion.
Progressive Scan will give you a much smoother look to the images.
To make the most of the quaity of picture you will need to buy
a HD TV (High Definition) that will have Interlaced and/or Progressive
Scan for either of the HD consoles.
== Cell Processor
As I said before itís a 3.2GHz and is along the same speed as
the best Pcís but unless Pcís that have 1 chip, sometimes a dual
processor but here the PS3 is very unique. It has eight, yes thatís
right eight processing chips that runs simultaneous to make up
its core cell processor of the PS3 brains.
Where as playing a game
a PC has to it single chip work every element of the gameplay,
but by doing this section things may not play right with say the
weather effects in the game taking a lot of power away from the
character details or the opponents AI. Not so with the PS3 as
it will assign tasks to each of the 7 chips, where as the eighth
will be a back up to the others. So say be giving the job to a
chip of the AI, 2nd one to make the shadow and lighting as real
as possible, 3rd one for the audio and another to keep the online
network going and so on. The cell makes it much easier to run
the game and give you the best this generation can offer by working
as a team with all its chips operating efficiently.
== Online Capabilities
The PS2 online was ok but nothing special, it let you play games
online and some games also supports online chat rooms, forums
and a use of a headset. Microsoft has been very good with its
online features with chat rooms, friends lists, downloads and
much more. This time around thought the PS3 has greatly improved
to about the same standards, there are no subscription fee unlike
the Xbox. However developers are allowed to charge which more
likely to be MMOs (Massively Multiplayer Online Game) like EverQuest,
Guild Wars, World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy.
The PS3 will also let you
use an internet messenger type of service, chat rooms, Sony webcam.
Downloadable content will be available in forms of demos, maps,
levels, cars, modes and so on which will add to replay of games.
Some of this you may have to pay for along with you can download
fully PS1/PS2 games that are available at very cheap prices.
== Other Features
-Up to 7 simultaneous wireless controllers are supported along
with the PSP used as additional pad or even as a rear mirror in
the up coming F-1 game.
-Backwards compatible with PS1 and PS2 games.
-Memory Card Adaptor, which lets you transfer data from your PS2
cards, although you can save PS2 game data straight to the PS3
-Internet browser with a Sony shop to buy or get free demos and
trailer plus much more.
== So why has the
PS3 been delayed? ==
Well put simple the parts that make up the blu-ray rom have been
difficult to get holed of and have slowed down the process of
manufacturing enough consoles for release and have ending up sending
all the available units to Japan and the US at only 100,000 and
400,000 units being shipped.
Released on the 11th of
November 2006 over in both country but being delayed until a few
months later here in the U.K, with the official date just announced
for the 23rd of march 2007 with not long to go now with a price
tag of £425 for the 60gb version.
== Should you still
wait to buy it or not? ==
I think I really depends on one question, which is: are you a
If you are a very younger game I would say go with the Wii as
the Nintendo is made more for them and will have more fun out
of it with most of its games aimed at children.
But for those that are
more older and a more of a big gamer then I say go with the ps3,
although itís cost more than the Xbox 360 you getting more for
+The blu-ray rom cost £1000 alone if you were to buy a stand
alone blu-ray dvd player.
+Hardrive is 3 times as big as the 360 (which Iíve heard gamers
have also most filed them up)
+A much conformable easy to use pad
+More power with its 8 chip cell processor
+Sony has always been the leader with a load of great companyís
backing it with amazing exclusive games.
I really think its best to wait for the ps3 as it has loads to
offer, along with some stunning exclusive games-
-Motor Storm (stunning visuals with realistic mud spatter)
-Resistance: Fall of Man (FPS with amazing AI)
titles to be released---
-Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots (Amazing series with twists
and turns in the storyline)
-Stranglehold (A John Woo game sequel of the classic film ďHard
BoiledĒ staring Chow Yun-Fat)
-Gran Turismo (The most realistic racing game packed with tons
-Devil May Cry 4 (Capcom's half man, half devil and half bad,
half good character returns)
-Warhawk (Plane flying game that fully using the new tilt feature)
-Lair (Action, adventure game that also using the tilt feature
but to control dragons)
---As well as some previous
exclusive Xbox 360 games coming to the PS3---
-Saintís Row 2 (One of the Xboxís greatest games decides to jump
on board of the PS3)
-Full Auto 2: Battlelines (Great car combat game sequel Now only
PS3 exclusive title)
-The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion (Massive open world game with add
-F.E.A.R. (One of the PCís top FPS also to come to PS3)
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