5 Things | I Love About My PS3

Every­one love to talk about which gam­ing con­sole is their favorite.  Com­par­ing sys­tems to decide which is best is some­thing nat­ural for fans, but that’s not what I’m here to talk about today.  I’m not claim­ing that any one home con­sole is any bet­ter than the other, in fact I love them all for dif­fer­ent rea­sons, but I want to take a few moments today to acknowl­edge a few of the things that I love about my PS3.

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I’ll be hon­est, I was extremely skep­ti­cal of Sony’s sub­scrip­tion ser­vice when it was first announced at E3 2010.  It seemed like, at the start, there just wasn’t enough to draw me into the ser­vice and I thought I’d never get it.  Sony did a great job of feel­ing out their customer-base to see what fea­tures they val­ued in this ser­vice and at the 2012 E3 show, the dealt the killing blow with the Instant Game Col­lec­tion.  At any given time, if you’re a sub­scriber to this ser­vice, you can instantly have access to sev­eral full-sized games.  Every Tues­day night, I’m glued to my com­puter check­ing to see what new games are added to the ser­vice and I have no plans to can­cel my mem­ber­ship any­time soon.

Awe­some Exclu­sive Titles

You might respond to this one with the, very true, fact that there are great exclu­sives on all of the major home con­soles.  While I would read­ily agree with you, I’ve found that there have been more that I’ve con­sis­tently enjoyed for my PS3.  This could eas­ily be a fac­tor of me look­ing more closely for them on this par­tic­u­lar sys­tem, but with series includ­ing: Uncharted, Kil­l­zone, Heavy Rain, God of War, InFa­mous, Ratchet & Clank, Warhawk and Lit­tleBig­Planet, it’s hard to argue against a very strong cat­a­logue of exclusives.

Tro­phies

Most peo­ple got into Xbox Achieve­ments pretty early and started build­ing their Gamer­score.  Believe it or not, the PS3 was my first HD gam­ing con­sole and it was not until sev­eral years later that I got my Xbox.  Hav­ing already built up a nice col­lec­tion of tro­phies, that being the first sys­tem of that type I was exposed to, I was pretty hooked on it and haven’t been able to fully com­mit to any of the oth­ers.  That being said, I’ve greatly enjoyed col­lect­ing my tro­phies and build­ing up my level.  The great thing about these types of sys­tems is that they will often get you to try some­thing in a game you might oth­er­wise com­pletely skip over.  This can often lead to dis­cov­er­ing some­thing you weren’t expect­ing to love in your games.

Free Online Features

Okay, yeah, I’m going there.  It’s get­ting more and more ridicu­lous that Microsoft charges their cus­tomers to play games online.  Espe­cially with the addi­tion of the Instant Game Col­lec­tion via PlaySta­tion Plus, the Xbox Live Gold sub­scrip­tion ser­vice really needs to step up its game.  It’s a huge weight off my shoul­ders to not have to worry about when my sub­scrip­tion might expire and how that might effect my abil­ity to play online or even just watch Netflix.

Blu-ray

I’m def­i­nitely com­ing around on the idea of stream­ing video from the inter­net.  It’s super con­ve­nient and makes it incred­i­bly easy to use ser­vices like Hulu and Net­flix to watch movies and TV shows.  All this feel­ing instantly dis­ap­pears the sec­ond I pop a Blu-ray into my PS3 and real­ize how much bet­ter these videos look in this medium.  It’s like eat­ing boxed mac­a­roni, which I like to eat quite a bit, and then going to a fancy Ital­ian restau­rant and real­iz­ing just how good it can really be.  While I largely watch thing on Net­flix nowa­days, if I really care about a movie I’ll still pick it up on Blu-ray so I can watch it in the full HD glory it really deserves.

I’d like to close by say­ing that I’m in no way say­ing that the PS3 is the best con­sole.  I cur­rently own all of the current-generation con­soles and there are sev­eral things that I love about all of them.  Keep your eyes peeled for more 5 Things about why I love my other systems.