I have Uncharted 3 on my holiday playlist. Would fancy a discussion on that one should you get to it.
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@impynickers Yep, I’m using HDMI on a 24 inch monitor. Still waiting for the rca to 3.5mm adapter so I can line-in (fingers crossed) the audio to my headphones, but for now the sub par speakers on the monitor will do for being ganked by black phantoms.
Can you triple up on adapters? You’re already using a vga to dvi, what if you stacked a dvi to hdmi on top of that? Like a sega genesis sonic & knuckles tower.
@beige A sudden, burning desire to play Demon’s Souls (due in part to your bullshit), combined with an epiphany, and a rapid chain of bad logic and rationalizations has led me to this: PC attached to monitor attached to PS3 attached to PC.
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair.
@RocGaude Whatchoo talking about? You can organise your music by date added in iTunes no problem. If the heading isn’t there, just right-click on the headings and add the ones you want, including date added.
I don’t get why people (not you specifically, Roc, people in general) bag on iTunes all the time, aside from the fact it’s more expensive than Amazon. All new music releases are DRM-free and work fine on m4a-compatible players, which should be most of them these days. I find the software simple to use and easy to organise my stuff. Where’s the problem?
The iPod touch is awesome, but then I am saying this as someone who has owned and loved an iPhone since the beginning. But I wouldn’t have upgraded twice if it weren’t a solid bit of kit that does all the things I want it to.
Since we’re all doing it, here’s my lists:
- Certainly used to have more interesting downloadable games, though XBLA has been on the up for some time now, and there are a few hidden gems amidst all the crap in XBLIG.
- I PREFER THE PS3 TROPHY NOISE. Deal with it. The Xbox Achievement noise is the same sound as someone coming online!
- I also actually prefer the “bronze, silver, gold, platinum” trophy thing vs the utter meaninglessness of Gamerscore.
- I also prefer the cleanness of the XMB. Xbox LIVE can be overwhelming with all its HAY LOOK AT ME information sometimes. XMB is clean, slick and looks “professional”.
- You can see how much things cost on the store.
- PS3 exclusives are often more interesting to me personally than Xbox exclusives. See: Demon’s Souls, Disgaea, Uncharted vs. Halo, Gears of War etc.
- TV web browser! I never thought this would be a big deal until I started using YouTube Shows and iPlayer. TV on demand.
- PS3 now has LoveFiLM, which hopefully will eventually become our Netflix despite a relatively poor selection right now.
- PS3 also has MUBI, which I haven’t explored yet but looks like becoming an interesting source for weird and/or foreign movies.
- The PS3 hard drive appears to be bottomless whereas I’m always running out of space on the Xbox.
- Xbox LIVE. I think everything has been said that needs to be said. If there’s a game with multiplayer or leaderboards that I care about, I will play on 360 because I know everyone else is.
- I agree that Xbox controllers are superior.
- Supports Raptr better. This might not be a big deal to some people, but the fact you can message someone on the Xbox via the Raptr client, and also see what they’re playing easily in case you want to go and join them is a big plus.
- Backward compatibility… sort of, though I have to confess I’ve hardly touched any original Xbox games.
- Geometry Wars 2
- Most importantly, though, the lineup of games is just better. Multiplatform releases generally tend to favour the Xbox technically, even without taking leaderboards and multiplayer into account. I always forget that Call of Duty even exists on PS3.
Having no previous experience with any Playstation before I got my PS3 in July, I must say that the controller difference was and still is absolutely shocking to me and will definitely continue to lead me to buy multi-platform games on the 360 in the future.
I will say though that I am using my PS3 more of a media device than my 360 – like @beige, I have found it much easier to get downloaded movies and shows onto it.
@unmanneddrone I can’t imagine discounting a game named Warsoup. You’re right, little Alex would be all over this one should it live up to the name’s stature.
Since my son’s 360 is on the way to the shop, I’m back to using the PS3 again as the main console and it kind of bums me out. Mostly it’s because all of the games I’ve been buying and playing are on the 360 (most notably AC2) so I’m stuck in limbo until his unit is sprinkled with magic Microsoft dust.
In other news, I’m back on the hunt for my next MP3 player to replace my old faithful 80GB Zune. Since I’m planning on getting an Android phone in July, I’d prefer to get a dedicated PMP that excels at music. The Cowon J3 looks pretty sweet but I don’t know if I’m willing to sacrifice the ease of use that comes with an ecosystem ala iTunes and Zune Marketplace for superior sound quality and file format flexibility.
I’ve had the chance to mess around with the iPod Touch and I’m not sold on it. There’s nothing wrong with it per se. It’s iTunes that I can’t get re-acclimatized to. Believe it or not, I liked the Zune Marketplace much better. At least there I could organize my music by date added. So, I may wind up getting a ZuneHD after all.
Don’t forget to buy the Tron soundtrack today. Amazon has it on sale for $3.99 today only.
I’m just gonna say that on XBL it’s just easier to find and join your friends. On PSN if I find someone playing a game and I want to join in, I need to boot up the disc and then either see if his room has slots available or send him an automated game invite. On XBL I can just click “join,” or suggest we play a game together on party chat.
Now, in 2007 I made the decision to get a gaming-quality PC over an Xbox 360, and thus I’ve been exposed to PC online which I have become more comfortable with. If things had been different I’d probably be playing a couple dozen more games on Xbox than I am now – among them Left 4 Dead and Call of Duty, and I’d probably be pretty loyal to XBL.
In terms of interface and controllers I could honestly take or leave either. The 360 controller is shaped better but has the worst Dpad in the world. I own an Xbox fightpad specifically for certain 2D XBLA and PC games. Interface-wise I actually think the PS3 is better for accessing media content in general. I can more easily access photos and properly format wallpapers.
The PS3 also better handles videos I might bring over onto its hard drive with better playback and a wider range of compatibility. The PS3′s web browser also isn’t terrible at handling streaming sites like YouTube, Crunchyroll, etc. PS3 Media center (which strangely enough my Xbox 360 detects) is also hot shit. As a Blu-Ray player it’s also still better than most standalone models, if for no other reason than the amount of tweakable features. That combined with a superior Netflix App, Hulu Plus, and Vudu, all make the PS3 actually one of the best movie-playing devices you can have hooked up to your HDTV.
I’ve played my PS3 less than my Wii this generation. The last disc I put in it was Heavy Rain.
As for the 360, well, my special Halo 3 edition (the ugly green one) crapped out right before Thanksgiving. No RROD, but it stopped outputting video. Tried it with three different wires on two different TVs. I’m pretty sure it’s finished. And just a few months after the three-year warranty expired. They’ve gotta have a timer on these things…
That said, I used this as an excuse to pick up one of those lovely black slim 360s. Y’know, I get that the Kinect bundles are sold out all over the place, but it’s crazy how hard it is to find just the standalone 250GB 360 slims, especially right before Christmas. Microsoft must be going crazy.
I finally caved and picked one up off eBay, new in box, for $5 over MSRP. Should be here by the end of the week. Honestly, I couldn’t be happier to be rid of the fucking tornado machine. Sweet silence from now on.
Here’s the deal: at the end of the day, the 360 and PS3 are more alike than different. They both play games, both play movies, and both stream Netflix.
The question is what are the differentiating factors, and how does that favor each console?
Movies: Nod to the PS3, because of blu-ray. However, if all things were equal I could just get a standalone blu-ray player.
Controller: Big nod to 360.
Network: I know that XBL is overpriced. The fact that millions of people continue to pay for it WHEN THE FRAKKING MAIN COMPETITOR IS FREE is a testament to how weaksauce PSN really is.
Performance on multiplatform games: The 360 generally gets the nod here, whether it’s straight up performance, or timed dlc exclusives, or having more of your friends readily available, it generally makes more sense to buy a multiplatform game on the 360. (Darksiders being a notable exception. Did they ever fix the screen tearing problem?)
Exclusive games: Halo: Reach and Fable 3 vs Gran Turismo 5? Hell, I didn’t even really like Halo or Fable and that’s still one company trying a hell of a lot harder than the other.
Don’t get me wrong, I want to love my PS3. I’ve been a very vocal supporter of it for years. I get pissed when it sits there gathering dust in November and December, though.
@beige I can vouch for @feenwager‘s warning and suggestion about HDMI switching. Your best bet is grabbing a new receiver that can handle everything. It just doesn’t make sense to spend the same amount of dough on a one-hit wonder.
As for the PS3, I’ve been thinking the same thing. Looking at sales numbers, Sony seems to be content on being the current gen leader in Europe and Japan. I agree with their low key approach to the Move which seems to be working for them. It doesn’t make sense for them to go crazy with their marketing until they release some key games that show off what it can do for enthusiasts.
I think Sony’s biggest fault is its insistence on leading the 3D push. I think Nintendo will knock it out of the park with the 3DS but that’s a “right product, right time” case.
Finally, @beige’s XBox 360 Slim isn’t the only one that’s had disc drive issues. My son’s brand new Reach model just pooped out on him. Lame.
I got my PS3 about a year before I bought a 360 and the majority of my gaming in 2008 was done exclusively on the PS3. I’m currently playing the Sly Collection on it and I am happy to report that the games survived the transition to 1080p intact and gorgeous. I had forgotten how much better Sly 2 looks over 1 though.
With motion controls I am more likely to buy a Move. I already own a PS3 Eye camera. I dusted it off this weekend to play around with the head tracking in GT5 and I can report it does work but requires you going in and out of game multiple times to adjust the sensitivity (you have to back out to the main menu to change its settings).
As for Netflix, its made me realize that a 60 gb/month cap is a tad on the small side. Though downloading The Witcher also did that with its 15 gb download
Actually, since the day I got it my PS3 has been arguably more valuable as a video-playing beast than as a video game console.
I originally got it when 300 came out on Blu-Ray (which coincided with the impending removal of hardware PS2 BC). Since then there have been times where I would turn the thing on every day just to play some movies on discs or stuff I downloaded (since the PS3 plays so many formats). If I turn it on at all this season it’ll be to watch some Blu-Rays and Netflix.
@sinfoy From what I understand, according to IGN GT5 is “a 10/10 simulator stuck in a 5/10 game”. I’ve seen people who don’t give a shit about racing games declare their desire for GT5 just to look at everything in it. I admit I feel the desire sometimes as well.
Oh, and since PS3 is still my console of choice for fighters, that’s probably what I’ll get Marvel vs Capcom 3 on.
I hear GT5 is simply chock-a-block with content, just tied together with a bit of a piss-poor UI. A shame, considering how much Polyphony are nuts for attention to detail. When it comes to racing game menus, I cannot fault the PSP launch title of Ridge Racers. Oh, the glorious tastefulness of that game. The soft colours, the clean contours and iconography. Ahem.
In regards to the PS3, I wouldn’t discount GT5 as not compelling and certainly not a game that a large section of “Gamers” aren’t going to pick up. It just doesn’t make sense that GT consumers are solely GT players, especially not with those numbers. Little Big Planet 2 was going to be the big, safe, cross-demographic season release until the push-back. There are the HD rejiggered versions of the Sly games and the Prince of Persia trilogy…but nothing huge outside of GT5.
I’m quite enamoured by my Move controller, granted when time allows, and can’t wait to see how Under Siege plays with it. Hell, I’m just keen for Under Siege! This week, PAL land, this week! Anyway, being a PS3-only console owner, I’m in no position to judge what’s up or down with the console – outside of seeing Live’s cost good for only Party Chat, which I’d die for on PS3.
Oh, and I’ve become very appreciative of the iPhone as a gaming platform of late. First Game Dev Story, now Air Tycoon 2…or, a stylish Aerobiz Supersonic clone. One of the great tycoon games of yesteryear, ol’ Aerobiz. I’m running a budget cattle-class carrier out of Sydney. Horrible food, piss-poor service, but at prices you can’t beat.
Just don’t ask how I manage to keep above the red. *psst* I run an understaffed, overworked maintenance shed and rarely are my planes on the ground long enough for any sort of safety evaluation. To make money, sometimes you’ve gotta go to bed with the devil.
The PS3, for me, has always been about the downloadable releases. I swear I’ve played more of Joe Danger, Flower and the like than I have retail games on PS3, Uncharted notwithstanding. I intend to go back to Demon’s Souls at some point soon, and I keep forgetting that I own Disgaea 3.
@sinfony Doubt it.
I’ve shipped 4 million pieces of poo down the toilet before, doesn’t mean I sold any…
Not to compare Move to poo.
@JeffGrubb Well… Sony did post those 4 million numbers. I don’t know if that means 4 million individual pieces of Move or 4 million entire Move sets.
Also, GT5 was in development for so long that people did kinda forget how much that franchise sells. The Gran Turismo games have been some of the top selling titles on every PlayStation console. According to WIki, the first GT is the best selling original PlayStation game ever. GT3 and 4 are the number two and three PS2 games respectively after GTA San Andreas. GT5 Prologue is the top selling PS3 game ever right now. Overall the franchise is still in the top 15 in the world in terms of sales.
Oh yeah, I just realized why this Holiday is the way it is for Sony.
They thought Move would be huge… god damn it.
@RedSwirl Yeah, GT3 or GT4 was the best selling PS2 game, I can’t remember which. As much as we like to think that we — as gamers — take our hobby seriously, we don’t really compare to how hardcore car people can be.
@JeffGrubb @feenwager How the hell could I forget GT5? Yeah. that will probably become the biggest-selling PS3 exclusive ever, because right now that title goes to GT5 Prologue.
@JeffGrubb is right. GT5 is probably enough in Japan and Europe. You also have to remember that North America is really the only territory where the PS3 is in third place. The 360 isn’t even a factor in Japan and Europe is spotty at best with Sony loyalists holding strong in some of those countries. Oh, and the GT games are most popular in Europe – where GT5 Prologue sold 3 million of the game’s 5 million global sales.
I mean, Gran Turismo 5…
I know that isn’t for any of us, but it is huge with the non-gamer crowd. There are a lot of car people out there that will buy a PS3 strictly for GT5.
But that still isn’t really a counter point to @feenwager‘s initial question. There is something just not right about Sony’s offerings in the States. GT5 is enough in Japan and Europe, @angryjedi not withstanding, but they love that game there.
Sony may just be forfeiting North America to Microsoft. Because even though the NPDs every month have the 360 outselling the PS3, Sony has still just recently overtaken the 360 Worldwide.
Here are the anticipated releases:
Little Big Planet 2 – Jan (This should have been holiday 10)
Mass Effect 2 – Jan (hmmm)
Killzone 3 – Feb (not for me, but it has its fans)
Final Fantasy XIV – March
Infamous 2 (Sure)
Resistance 3 (Nah)
Twisted Metal (Really depends)
So, that leaves nothing I’m excited for until The Last Guardian. Whenever that is coming out.
Thankfully, I just recently got my PS3 so I have some catching up to do.
@feenwager The PS3′s finally been picking up some great exclusives over the last couple years but… huh. No it doesn’t really have anything going on this season. I don’t even think I plan to turn on my PS3 again this year except for Netflix (which is superior on PS3) and maybe some games that came out back in Spring.
I haven’t started looking forward to early next year yet. Off the top of my head for Spring 2011 I can point out Killzone 3 and the Ico/Colossus HD double pack.
@feenwager I agree. I do like my PS3 for the few exclusives I do have on it, and I wouldn’t be without it. But I have no idea what they’re playing at.
Maybe next year will be the year of the— haha… hah. Good one.
@redswirl They don’t have a single compelling console exclusive this season, and they haven’t done anything to make psn a legitimate option next to xbl, even though it’s still free.
I just don’t get it.
Just thinking out loud for a second here, but…
…what the hell is going on with the PS3? Is Sony even trying anymore?
@RedSwirl The funny thing is that I just backed it up for grins and giggles last week. I’d be surprised if it breaks down now. The more prepared I am, the less I need to be. Thanks for the warning, though.
If my PS3 does truly die, I don’t know if I’d be in a hurry to replace it. Now that I have my 360 back (Alex has his own now), I only go back to the PS3 to finish games I’ve already started there (Fallout 3) and we rarely use the Blu-Ray player. It’s only saving grace is how well it streams Netflix. If Microsoft corrects this for the 360, the PS3′s days are numbered.
@RocGaude If you’re 60GB PS3 hasn’t broken down yet, expect it to. Mine did. I suggest you back up your shit. Regularly.
Now… thoughts must be verbalised.
Uncharted 1 and 2: You do want. Wonderful, wonderful games with perfect balance of narrative and action. Nolan North doing the character he was born to do. And some of the best female characters of all time. Immensely quotable, very playable.
inFAMOUS: It didn’t hold my interest. I got it free with my PS3 but I couldn’t really be bothered with it. Others love it, though.
Pixeljunk: I’ve only played Eden and it’s an odd, compelling game with a gorgeous art style that I don’t play nearly as much as I should. I know @RocGaude has had fun times with Monsters with his son and Shooter looks great, though.
Flower: The most beautiful game in the world. Not necessarily from a presentational perspective. But as an example of how you can use interactive media to do something other than blow up zombies, it’s wonderful. I feel genuine emotion while I play it, and I’m still to this date not entirely sure why.
God of War, Killzone 2: Can’t help you. Never played. Doesn’t really appeal, either, if I’m honest.
Everyday Shooter: Interesting experiment with visuals and audio. Fun game, too. I haven’t bought it myself, though.
Fat Princess: I’d love to play this more but the relative difficulty of communicating with other people on PSN makes teamwork a difficult thing to co-ordinate. It’s a great game, though; Team Fortress 2 meets Warcraft III.
Heavy Rain: Do it! Even if you hate it, it’s worth playing through just to see, like Flower, a different way of approaching the production of a game.
3D Dot Game Heroes: Did you like Zelda: Link to the Past? Then you will like this, as it is almost identical, in a gloriously self-referential way.
You may also want to check out Demon’s Souls for curiosity’s sake. And George will kill me if I don’t say WipeOut.
@RocGaude RDR put on a massive back-order that would have been shipped…hell…I dunno, sometime in the next few months (my cost-cutting measures meant an Asian version from Play-Asia). I sadly cancelled it under the realisation that I’d heard everyone say everything they possibly could about the game so a lot of the surprise was spoiled (my own fault for not skipping through all the drivetime podcasts I listen to) and also to transfer it over to a RUSE preorder for PS3.
Maybe down the trail, though. If things didn’t take so long to get here, I wouldn’t have cancelled…although, things being what they are, I dunno how much time one has for a huge sandbox – especially in the coming months. I’ve let Squad Leader down!
@papapishu @unmanneddrone …and anyone else who has Red Dead Redemption on the PS3. Where you at?
Folks, any thoughts on the rumoured PSN+ premium online service for the PS3? I suspect I’ll wake up tomorrow and you guys will have flooded the ‘Box with info and opinion.
@beige Not sure about Nintendo. I suppose there’s always the old standby Zelda. *snooze*