The PS3's Best And Worst Moments

by Gaetano 'Xbot' Prestia Featured 34 Comments 44 Votes 3198 Views 13/05/2013 Back to Articles

Last week we looked at the Xbox 360 as its cycle winds down ahead of the next Xbox’s May 22 reveal. We looked at my five favourite Xbox 360 exclusives, as well as the best and worst moments of Microsoft’s record-breaking console.

While the PS3 still has much more life in it software wise than the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 4 and what will surely be a better and more revolutionary entertainment offering will still soon replace it.

The PS3 launched in Australia in late November and has since sold more than 70 million units.

What were the best and worst moments in its long and successful career?

The Best of the PS3

Continued Exclusivity

As far as first-party support goes you can’t go past the PlayStation 3's exceptional lineup, even if Sony is especially inept at marketing its products. Even this late in the generation we have The Last Of Us coming, although Sony's pushing of the game into post-E3 territory suggests the Japanese gaming giant doesn't have much faith in Naughty Dog's ambitious survival horror game.

But sales haven't always been reflective of quality, and the PS3's lineup of exclusives and innovative experiences put it well ahead of its competitors. It's not that Sony has a strong lineup of recognisable characters: rather, it gives developers the freedom to create unique experiences, just as David Cage, love him or hate him, has proven.

 

Ever-improving PSN and Store

With the introduction of PlayStation Plus in 2010, the PlayStation Network finally became a legitmate contender to Microsoft's industry-leading Xbox Live service. Sony offers free games (and generally great games) to "PS+" subscribers, but that only scrapes the top of what's available on the PS3's online network.

The store has evolved in leaps and bounds since the console launched, and while it lacks the visual, image-based pizazz of its closest competitor, it has enough content to make up for any initial design flaws.

There's also far, far, FAR more free content on PSN than on any other online gaming service, which makes it one of the most appealing reasons to invest in a PS3 (and eventually, a PS4).

 

Indie Love

Initially the PS3 was anything but a developer's paradise. Cross-platform games like The Orange Box and Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 struggled to stick to the standards set by gamers for a machine as expensive as the PS3. It wasn't that the machine wasn't capable of producing high-quality products: it's just that developers were struggling with the console's ahead-of-its-time arcitecture.

Microsoft jumped on the indie bandwagon at first and for a while there led the way with indie content, having a section on Xbox Live dedicated to indie games and developers. However, this support eventually wanned, and developers jumped ship to Sony. The end result was games like Journey, which almost tookout Game Of The Year honours in 2012.

The development scene is now embracing Sony's push to get indies onto the PS4, while Microsoft appears more focused on its entertainment offerings than the game development scene.

 

Slim rebranding

Sony was able to take an already very attractive piece of hardware, tweak it, shrink it, and make it even more appealing.

The PS3 Slim was praised by critics and gamers alike, while consumers lapped it up and shot it up to the top of Amazon's best selling list within 24 hours of its announcement. The original PS3 design was named one of the biggest tech screwups of 2006, but the PS3 redeamed itself with a fantastic piece of slimmed-down hardware.

The Worst of the PS3

The boomerang


Not even the excitement of the PS3 reveal and unveiling alone could bury the disaster that was that controller. The boomerang-shaped PS3 controller that was revealed alongside the console for the first time was blasted by gamers for its awkward -- and ugly -- design.

Sony quickly turned off the hideous controller, replacing it with the DualShock design we all love so much (and which it basically stuck with for the PS4).

 

PS3 price announcement


While a US$600 price point for a technological marvel at the time isn't that bad, Sony made a massive error in judgement in expecting the gamer market to spend that much on a new gaming console. The inclusion of a Blu-Ray player -- a new media format -- as well as wi-fi and graphical prowess drove the price point up, and while the console's design appeared to justify its price, consumers turned away.

Ask anyone that went to a PS3 midnight launch: they were generally ghost towns.

 

PSN outage


In April 2011, Sony shut down the PlayStation Network because of "an external intrusion on our system". Sony later revealed that the private information, including financial details, of 77 million registered users had been stolen.

In Sony's defense, the company said sorry with a "Welcome Back" pack, which included 30 days free membership to PlayStation Plus, two free downloadable PS3 games, and a free one-year enrollment in an identity theft protection program.

 

FFXIII goes multiplatform


This one hurt Sony fanboys more than anything. When Microsoft brought out Final Fantaxy XIII during its 2008 E3 conference, the audience, and millions of gamers worldwide, were stunned.

While the Xbox 360 version of the game is a shadow of the far-superior PS3 version, the fact that a once proudly-exclusive game was now moving to the competitor sent forums wild.

What do you think have been the best and worst moments in the PS3's history?

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Tano
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Should I have slid in PS Home? I just don't think enough people care about it...
And the PS3 Australian launch actually occurred in late March 2007, not late November 2006 as stated above
FF is going back to sony only
Best - definitely exclusives. Unbeatable range and variety.

Worst - the awful light-weight controller and heavy console. Obviously the console was changed, but I have no idea about the controller... I just know that the controller I have is terrible.

Tano said: Should I have slid in PS Home? I just don't think enough people care about it...



Wouldn't that make it a prime candidate?

Tj866 said: FF is going back to sony only



Since when? Think money wise it would either be a saving or bankrupt move.

Worst would for me would probably be the Last Guardian debacle. One of the reasons I bought a PS3 (though thankfully there were many more reasons for keeping it).
I will always remember the ps3 for heavy rain and infamous honestly best memories of those games. Will stick in my mind forever
Ever improving store??? are you kidding me? [WTF]

The new PSN store is still a complete mess and was far better before.

Slim rebranding? how about the Super Slim??

With it's cheap plastic and sliding disc cover and that grill effect on top? how you suppose to keep that clean? what were Sony thinking?

That damn DS3... if only Sony had the balls to change the design back then. Its cheap, flimsy and way too light worse on launch with no DS.

Gran Turismo 5

The colossal **** up
Quantity over quality. The time Kazunori aimed a little too high for perfection. Crap UI, music, damage modeling and engine sounds adding up to a hugely dated and tired experience. There is a great driving model here but for everything else, Kazunori? times have moved on time to catch up.
@OllyEbbz on the topic of GT5

ps3.mmgn.com/...

I wish I'd posted that article now rather than then :P Read the comments
I'd have to add the this YLOD and Backward compatibility to the worst of PS3..

Whilst not as widespread as Xbox's RROD i think it is a pretty common problem in the Phat PS3's.

I think the biggest failure of PS3 (and soon to be with the PS4 also) is the lack of backwards compatibility. One of the advantages of the PS2 was that you could still play all of your PS1 games whilst you were saving up for that brand new $100 game.

This is what turned me off initially from the PS3. Yes i am aware it was in the earlier models but the option to remove this i feel was a mistake. Sony didnt realise that alot of gamers traded or sold their console to save up for the new one. It seems they are going to repeat their mistake with the PS4.

Definately agree with the initial price point was my biggest gripe with PS3 also. Way too expensive and i felt this is what gave the Xbox the boost into the market, the fact it was so much more affordable than ps3. Unfortunately now it has been playing catchup ever since.

The positives were for me Blu-Ray Support (one of the key reasons i upgraded, free Blu-Ray Player) and DS3. I agree that the initial SixAxis felt very light but i think DS3 is the perfect controller shape for my hand, but then again i have grown up with PS consoles so may have an acquire taste. I also enjoy the fact it has a built in battery unlike the Xbox controllers.
Anyone mentioned the PS3 having nothing but demos for like a month after its release?

Tano said: @OllyEbbz on the topic of GT5
ps3.mmgn.com/...
I wish I'd posted that article now rather than then Read the comments



Gosh! what an article, nothing wrong with it but damn there was some trolls about then :P
I feel so bad for having a go @Guyver but it really was getting bad back then not just in that article but on the forums too they had their pitchforks out for me that was for sure but I was just being brutally honest (i'm always this way). Tis a much better place these days ^_^

OllyEbbz said:

Tano said: @OllyEbbz on the topic of GT5
ps3.mmgn.com/...
I wish I'd posted that article now rather than then Read the comments


Gosh! what an article, nothing wrong with it but damn there was some trolls about then
I feel so bad for having a go @Guyver but it really was getting bad back then not just in that article but on the forums too they had their pitchforks out for me that was for sure but I was just being brutally honest (i'm always this way). Tis a much better place these days



We had to ban half the forum in the process :P

Kaogen said: Anyone mentioned the PS3 having nothing but demos for like a month after its release?



Yeah it took a while...but the fact there is so much content on the story now maybe makes up for it...although by that logic I shouldn't have included the price point seeing as though that's been improved.
Still got one of the original ps3's, had no issues with YLOD. Does sound like an airplane thou.

Aeschylus said: Still got one of the original ps3's, had no issues with YLOD. Does sound like an airplane thou.



Yeah still got mine to going strong but your right its like it gets louder every day lol.
the PS3 has had a bad moment [WTF]

Tano said: @OllyEbbz on the topic of GT5
ps3.mmgn.com/...
I wish I'd posted that article now rather than then Read the comments


Can you change his name back to DumbnutzUK? Seems more relevant nowadays :)

metalliguy said:

Tano said: @OllyEbbz on the topic of GT5
ps3.mmgn.com/...
I wish I'd posted that article now rather than then Read the comments


Can you change his name back to DumbnutzUK? Seems more relevant nowadays



So i'm dumb lol? nice. I try my best i guess... :'(

metalliguy said:

Tano said: @OllyEbbz on the topic of GT5
ps3.mmgn.com/...
I wish I'd posted that article now rather than then Read the comments


Can you change his name back to DumbnutzUK? Seems more relevant nowadays

thats mean :E

M@ndyz said:
Can you change his name back to DumbnutzUK? Seems more relevant nowadays
thats mean



He doesn't like me so... what do you do?
I do my best to fit in lol but i guess i'm too much for some :P
I'm joking lol :P

Kaogen said: Anyone mentioned the PS3 having nothing but demos for like a month after its release?


Every system in their launch year ever.

The poor design of the L2 and R2 bothered me quite a bit initially. Better than the DS2 controller but can't hold any kind of light to even the Xbox controller S.

The redesign of the PSN Store is the most recent blunder in my eyes. I don't dislike the layout that much but it lags hard and suffers from some usability issues.
FF went down hill from FFX (in my opinion).
I would love to see it come back to it's glory days when FF was fun to play because of it's awesome story and characters.
Instead of making the game look nice and shiny -_-

metalliguy said: I'm joking lol




(love) ? I seriously never know lol
IMPROVING PSN STORE? What are you guys smoking? The old one never froze, it was fast, and easy to navigate. This new is complete SHIT. AND it didn't require hard drive space! SHIT!

OllyEbbz said:

metalliguy said:

Tano said: @OllyEbbz on the topic of GT5
ps3.mmgn.com/...
I wish I'd posted that article now rather than then Read the comments


Can you change his name back to DumbnutzUK? Seems more relevant nowadays


So i'm dumb lol? nice. I try my best i guess...



Back to Dumbnutz you go :P

Darklurkr said: IMPROVING PSN STORE? What are you guys smoking? The old one never froze, it was fast, and easy to navigate. This new is complete SHIT. AND it didn't require hard drive space! SHIT!



Never freezes for me now...I don't know. I prefer the new one. I like image layout, less text. The original one felt like a mess to me.
Great article Beta - only things I'd call out are FFXIII (the game was dead-set mediocre - it was almost a crime to put Xbox-only gamers through it!) and the PS Store (Which is great aesthetically, but struggles to run on PS3 - I'd wager the store's been designed with the PS4 in mind). Don't get me wrong, of all my gaming platforms (PS3, PC, Xbox360, Vita and Android phone/tablet) the PS3 is my favourite by some margin, and the reason for that is the breadth of content and the quality of the exclusives, the reliability compared with PC gaming and not being nickel-and-dimed (Microsoft, I'm looking at you!)
The Slim redesign was good.

The Super Slim was going too far.

Tano said:

OllyEbbz said:

metalliguy said:

Tano said: @OllyEbbz on the topic of GT5
ps3.mmgn.com/...
I wish I'd posted that article now rather than then Read the comments


Can you change his name back to DumbnutzUK? Seems more relevant nowadays


So i'm dumb lol? nice. I try my best i guess...


Back to Dumbnutz you go



Don't you dare lol :P
Tano
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OllyEbbz said:

Tano said:

OllyEbbz said:

metalliguy said:

Tano said: @OllyEbbz on the topic of GT5
ps3.mmgn.com/...
I wish I'd posted that article now rather than then Read the comments


Can you change his name back to DumbnutzUK? Seems more relevant nowadays


So i'm dumb lol? nice. I try my best i guess...


Back to Dumbnutz you go


Don't you dare lol



How about DickyDumbNutzEbbz?

It actually rolls off the tongue.

Tano said:

OllyEbbz said:

Tano said:

OllyEbbz said:

metalliguy said:

Tano said: @OllyEbbz on the topic of GT5
ps3.mmgn.com/...
I wish I'd posted that article now rather than then Read the comments


Can you change his name back to DumbnutzUK? Seems more relevant nowadays


So i'm dumb lol? nice. I try my best i guess...


Back to Dumbnutz you go


Don't you dare lol


How about DickyDumbNutzEbbz?
It actually rolls off the tongue.


no disrespect to you dicky but that is quite funny :D
I still hate the DS3 controller. I hope the new one is better thought out.

Shame they coudn't redesign the controller to be a little more sturdier when they introduce the well made SLIM PS3.

If sony can continue with their fantastic line up of exclusive 1st party games, we're going to see some great stuff for the PS4.

FF is a sinking ship so they might as well make more money out of it with multi platforming.

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