Before reading, please note that this article is not a bashing statement to other gaming consoles, and that the author owns all 3 current-generation gaming systems. Also, the PC is not considered a console, and so has not been included in this article.
All views expressed in the article are strictly of the author’s perspective.
1) Better Exclusives
Let’s face it. Owning a gaming console is useless unless you have great games. While all three major systems (Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii) have fantastic games, only Playstation 3 provides the player with exclusive blockbuster titles that can’t be found anywhere else. Dynamic, original series such as Uncharted, God of War, Ratchet & Clank, Resistance, Killzone, Little Big Planet, Infamous, Motorstorm, and Gran Turismo are just a few of the highly rated series-exclusives you can find on the Playstation 3. PS3 is also the home of several one-hit wonders, such as Metal Gear Solid 4, Heavenly Sword, Modnation Racers and Heavy Rain. While the Xbox 360 has high profile games such as Gears of War, Halo, Fable and Forza, their library of exclusive games just doesn’t compare to the Playstation 3. The Wii on the other hand, has an assortment of the most memorable characters in gaming, such as Super Mario, Donkey Kong. Zelda, and Kirby (to name a few), yet as great as these games are, they still don’t match up to the caliber of exclusive games found on the PS3.
2) Online Features
Easy and accessible, the Playstation 3 has a wide array of PSN (Playstation Network) titles that provide endless hours of entertainment. The PSN Store houses hundreds of demos, gaming titles, and movies and TV shows that you can rent or own. Best of all, online is free! While the Playstation 3 has a membership option called Playstation Plus (where you can receive discounted or free games, as well as an online storage option for all your game data), you can easily bypass this payment option and receive free online play as soon as you create an account. You can also play online with a various assortment of gaming titles with friends from anywhere around the world, and share Trophies and Messages with just a click of a button. All free! Again, Xbox 360 has a great online addition as well (XBL), but it is a paid subscription, and the Wii has a much more convoluted online option, but the Playstation 3 can provide what the others have for free and with ease. You even have access to Playstation Home, a 3D community that offers an interactive and virtual space to meet, chat, plan and launch into games. These are just some of the online features that can be used on the Playstation 3.
3) Additional Accessories
So you have a Playstation 3, but what if you want to expand your gaming options? Well, the PS3 has many peripherals and devices that can easily enhance your gaming experience. If you have a PSP (Playstation Portable) system, not only can you access Playstation games when on the go, but you can also use the Remote Play option to access your Playstation 3 when you’re not home. Want to start downloading a new game while driving home from school or work? The Remote Play option lets you do this with ease. Do you live far away from your relatives or friends? Then the Playstation Eye is the perfect device to communicate with them via video or text messaging. Want some hands-on, motion sensing gaming? Then the Playstation Move can provide endless hours of arcade style fun. While the Wii started this motion sensing craze, and the Xbox 360 jumped on board with the Kinect, it doesn’t negate the fact that the Playstation 3 also has a motion-sensing device for those interested in this style of play. Also, the PS3 supports an addition that no other console has – it also acts as a Blu-Ray Player. Not only do you now have a gaming console, yet you also possess a Blu-Ray player as a bonus, where you can play any Blu-Ray or DVD.
Bottom line, all 3 current generation consoles are fantastic in their own ways, yet if you want a true gaming and entertainment experience that has it all, the Playstation 3 is the system to own above all!