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.
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.
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.
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.