There’s no denying it was a slow start for Sony‘s PlayStation 3 console. The console launched over a year after Microsoft‘s Xbox 360, it was way more expensive than its competition and it was in short supply at launch. However, those early adopters knew they were onto something very good, and for many it was the home console of choice.
Forward to over six years since the release and the PS3 is now not only the biggest selling of the two main consoles, but arguably has the best selection of games from both first, third and independent developers. Some see this as a minor miracle. At the beginning, there seemed to be no chance of Sony winning this generation’s console war. However, in true Sony spirit they came, they saw the competition and they conquered. It was a long struggle, but worth it in the end. How did Sony achieve this feat?
There’s no denying that Sony showed a lot of promise with the early releases on the PlayStation 3. The very first Resistance game was an example of the potential power of the console. Yet early cross-platform titles suffered horrendously from badly programmed ported games, which affected people’s vision of how great the console was going to become in later years. For those who stayed through the tumultuous early years, they were greeted with better and better games. When it came to Sony Exclusive titles, the full power of the PlayStation 3 was released. Over the years Sony produced the best looking games on any of the console platforms, with titles such as Killzone 2 & 3, the Uncharted Series (all three pushed graphical boundaries unseen on a console before), the Resistance series (number three being technically uber-impressive), the sensational God Of War 3, Gran Turismo 5, Wipeout HD, Heavy Rain and the stunning MotorStorm series to name just a few. But there is, of course, more to games than graphics, and each of those titles mentioned pushed the relevant genres to further heights. This push allowed console gaming to grow to a level where we expect much more from games now than we ever did before.
It was not just the big titles that pushed limits though, as gamers flocked to obscure titles such as Little Big Planet and chose to download titles from Sony’s ever popular PlayStation Network service such as the PixelJunk releases, Flower, Echochrome 2, Dead Nation and the wonderful Super Stardust HD. For those people looking for a bit of retro-gaming, the PS3 can play PS1 games, and there are many to download on their download service, plus early PS3s played PlayStation 2 games, and now in 2013 there is a great selection of this software to download on PSN.
Quality is always far more important than quantity, and with Sony’s approach to quality software, it has left gamers with a mind-blowing choice of top-notch games that will suit everybody’s taste. Even as this generation comes to a close, Sony and developers writing for the machine are pushing out titles that are proving that there is still plenty of life left in the system.
One of the early criticisms of the PlayStation Network was that it paled in comparison to Microsoft’s Xbox Live. What many people seemed to forget though was that Sony’s offering was totally free, with no subscription and available to everyone upon purchase of a new machine. Over the years though, Sony has been fine-tuning the PSN and their store. For those of us who have seen the PSN since day one, note that the difference now between PSN and Xbox Live is that there really is not any.
For those who play online, they will know that PSN has always been rather robust. Although it lacked some of the features of Xbox Live, it did a good job of allowing players to play online together at no cost. Today, there really is no difference between the two online services, except you have to pay for Xbox Live, and anyone who says otherwise is living in a fanboy-dreamland.
The same can be said for the PlayStation Store. It is now got a huge amount of content, and thankfully due to Sony’s ongoing quality system, the quality of the titles on PSN is unsurpassed. There are quality titles available for every genre, plus genres that we never knew could exist. Looking at the titles on offer on both PSN and Xbox Live, you would be hard pushed to realize which one was the pay service and which one was the free service.
Since its launch though, Sony has released PlayStation Plus which is a brilliant pay service. PS Plus offers an instant collection of various games upon subscription, with many titles discounted to Plus members, and a lot of titles given away free each month, plus free early access to demos and Betas. The positive of it is, that it is optional, you are not forced to pay Sony, and may do so only if you want to enjoy the benefits.
Sony’s PlayStation 3 has been re-designed on a number of occasions, and the latest models are half the size of the original PS3. Of course, just like all console designs, one’s opinion on its aesthetics are totally based on personal opinion. However, taking into account that around the World the PlayStation 3 is outselling other consoles, its newer designs are obviously doing their intended job.
Also on a cost versus cost basis of each console, many people see Sony’s machine as the perfect choice because of its huge hard-drive, great game library, free internet access and so much more. In some territories there are also various coloured consoles available, which of course attract more customers.
Thankfully, Sony did not mess too much with the controller either. The PS3 Dualshock controller still remains a favorite with gamers, with its perfectly formed shape to enable hours of endless gameplay.
There are territories where the PlayStation 3 is not doing as well as the Xbox 360. However, even in these areas the PS3 is selling extremely well. Around the World, the PlayStation brand is as popular as it has ever been, and the success of the PlayStation 3 has shown that you just cannot keep a good console down if the games are there that players want to play.
The future for Sony is looking promising again. After the earlier failure of the PS3, Sony will no doubt ensure that the PlayStation 4 will be the gaming platform of choice for the next generation of gamers.
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How the PS3 won the current gen console war
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04-16-2013 #2Soldier 95BGuest
Lol. Entertaining read.
Now let's see if Nintendo can do what Sony did and turn the Wii U around.
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Microsoft gained a huge amount market share this Generation and Sony lost a large amount of market share and you call that a win? Guess if that's what you need to tell yourself to feel better after its been proven the PS3 isn't significantly more powerful than the Xbox360. I didn't include the WiiU because Nintendo just entered the current Generation.
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04-17-2013 #8Soldier 95BGuest
I'm just glad that Sony didn't need 4 years to prepare for next gen and is still rewarding its customers for their investment with the usual deluge of exclusives and badassery in the form of IGC. I'm loving the seemless momentum Sony is demonstrating as it moves into next gen. Not many could release 5 new IPs while apporaching the door to next gen.
Whether Sony won this gen or not is pretty subjective as everyone has their own metric for successs and winning. I think it did an admirable job in recovering from a late and more expensive start, arrogant attitude and lack of games early on.
In any case, ALL the mistakes of last gen have been tidied up and the buzz around PS4 has almost been fully positive. Sony has launched a VERY clear message too, and one that most will understand and accept in a heartbeat: PS4 is all about the games.
It will be interesting to see how MS positions the nextbox.
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If you want the largest library of exclusive and multiplatform games, the Xbox was the clear winner this generation. If you want to go by each individual title metacritic ranking (if that is what you feel makes a game better or worse for you), then that would be another thing to look at. Though, I don't know the answer to that one. That would be a lot of work to figure out...when in the end, it's probably so close in rankings, it wouldn't make a bit of difference.
I love the way the quoted content in the OP deems 3rd place as "winning" lol.
I need to make sure the author of that article gets this, a nice reassuring pat on the back:
Really... this late in the game, someone is still so desperate that they have to have a "winner?"LMAO
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04-17-2013 #19Soldier 95BGuest
[QUOTE=Nucleus;6068035]So what is it about?[QUOTE]
It is what YOU want to make it about.
Like I said, it's all subjective metrics, changed and manipulated to suit everyones individual agenda.
Not only have I enjoyed many more games, including exclusives on the Xbox this generation, it's a fact that the Xbox not only has more games, but more exclusives as well.
If you want the largest library of exclusive and multiplatform games, the Xbox was the clear winner this generation.
Ultimately it comes down to your opinion, but if you could only have one of the two, PS3 offers more in variety and quality, there's a reason despite it's rough start PS3 has lasted this long and gone on to sell more than 75m and why a lot of people didn't just get a 360 instead of it.
[QUOTE=Soldier 95B;6068043][QUOTE=Nucleus;6068035]So what is it about?
It is what YOU want to make it about.
04-17-2013 #23Soldier 95BGuest
had it been the other way around you would be putting PS3 ahead, which is why it pretty much comes down to the exclusives, 1st and 3rd party, in which PS3 has the edge quality wise.
Plus the fact that there's much more variety.
But only if you include indie games
which can offer the same amount of enjoyment but most suck, IMO.
That doesn't give it the edge in the quality department though, most of them were thanks to it's early launch sharing a lot of PS2/Xbox multiplats, and then all the indie games. Exclusives wise there's been a far more diverse offering on PS3; LBP, MotorStorm, R&C, Sly, GT, Siren, GoW, MGS, Yakuza, Tales, KZ, Resistance, Valkyria Chronices, Ni no Kuni, MNR, LBPK, Uncharted etc. etc. whereas 360; Halo, GeoW, Forza, PGR, Fable, Splinter Cell, Banjo etc. etc. it's mostly shooters and racers.
Ultimately it comes down to your opinion
but if you could only have one of the two, PS3 offers more in variety and quality
Luckily for me, I have enjoyed both experiences tremendously. Just one more so than the other. Which is why I will get both consoles again...I can't get enough.
"Sale numbers are all that matters" , "if it sells good then it means it is better"... what kind of logic is this?
04-17-2013 #25Soldier 95BGuest
I traded it in two years later, completely unhappy with it, found it to perform very poorly in the snow, very loose steering, roll lover like corning, under powered and had less options for the money compared to the competition. The comparable Chevrolet Malibu is what I replaced it with. Doesn't sell NEARLY as much, does not get the media hype support, trails in Consumer Reports comparisons. Yet I found the car quicker, more responsive, better cornering, tighter steering and more comfortable with more options for less money.
I don't go with what the sales tell me, I go with what I tell me. My personal experience and what makes ME happy. In this case, the Malibu is the clear winner. Not in sales, but in my driveway and my garage.
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