So the ps3 launch was on Friday here, and one of my buddies from work got one, so he invited me up for a gaming session tonight. He got a 60gb ps3, 4 games (motorstorm, resistance, virtuae tennis 3 and virtua fighter 5) and an extra controller, i don't know how much he spent in total but it must be around the £600 mark.
So anyway, here goes.
Now i didn't actually physically touch it or anything, but i thought the "touch scree" eject controls were pretty fancy, I liked that. I still think the system itself is an ugly monstrosity, but each to their own. It's not as quiet as people make out, I would say the fans are on par with that of the 360's, however when comparing it to a 360 with a game disc running it's a million times quieter, which is nice.
I quite like the OS on it, the simplicity appeals to me, however i think that of the 360's and wii's are far more user friendly, in saying that, it's not difficult to navigate by any means, it feels very.."sony", heh. The ability to reassign controller is a very nice feature, something i would like to see on my 360. By pressing the home (guide) button during a game you have instant access to the ability to shut down the console, turn off the controllers etc.
The browser is a nice feature and it seems to have a lot of cool stuff in it, most of which i have yet to sample
Loading times seem to vary between games, motorstorm being the slowest, it was pretty ridiculous actually.
The controllers are something i must mention, where they have improved in one area they have almost degraded in others. The lack of rumble being the worst, i really miss it, even the owner of the system admits to missing it despite previously being adamant he wouldn't. I didn't actually try out the six-axis, although i watched him use it in motorstorm, doesn't seem anything special, or anything i cant have on my wii.
The addition of actual triggers is very nice and something i was glad to see, however, i feel they are too high up (i have big hands) and they feel a little flimsy, i also felt that they didn't have enough "action" on them, being that they dint move as much as i would like.
The analogue sticks are still poor, in fact i think they are worse, they feel thinner, and they are still in the wrong place, that is definitely something they should have changed, the buttons are still spongy due to the fact they are still pressure sensitive (why?).
I like they fact they are nice and light, but not too light, sort of like playing with a wired 360 controller, they still feel slightly uncomfortable as far as I'm concerned, but hey, the snes pad was hardly a marvel.
The lack of HDTV cables and a headset for online chat is a poor decision on sony's part, but i think that's been discussed enough already.
i wont go into too much detail here for fear of boring you guys. But i will say the lack of achievements is a harsh blow,
This was a fun racing game, reminded me of an old PC games called 1nsane, sort of a combination between that and burnout. I was slightly disappointed at the damage, i feel in this day and age full deformation should be on the cards. i mean 1nsane came out about 7 years ago and to this day nothing has even came close to beating its vehicle deformation. i experienced a few frame rate drops whilst i was playing, for a racing game, i find that unacceptable. Overall this was probably my favourite game out of the 4 i played, it's definitely a title i will get when i purchase a ps3.
Resistance : Fall of Man
Your average "shoot all the aliens" shooter, It's a fun shooter, something i could play through but i felt the visuals were disappointing. There were never any framerate drops here, even when the action got quite intense. It feels like a good solid shooter, nothing special though. The multiplayer was fun for a while.
Virtua tennis 3
Exactly the same as the 360 version minus the online play and achievements. A very good, solid and fun tennis game, its very easy to just pick up and play a few matches with your mate, i recommend trying this out if you like tennis games. Oh, and the graphics are SUPERB.
virtua fighter 5
Great fighting game, it has alot of nice customisation features and the gameplay is good. Everything is smooth and looks fantastic, and hey, the chicks are hot. I will probably pick this up for my 360 when it comes out.
I think the PS3 is a good solid system, it has it flaws like any other system. The price is a major issue, although i do understand it and with a lack of really good first party titles anymore i think that alot of people will go for a 360 or wii. Sony could have done better this time. I hope that the exclusives that do come out are great, i don't want to buy a ps3 and have it sit unplayed for 6 months at a time whilst im waiting for a decent game to come out on it, unfortunately i'm going to favour games for my 360 (mostly due to the controller, and achievement's ). here's hoping for a bunch of really good games for a very decent system, i look forward to owning one.
These are just my thoughts on it at first impressions, ive tried to be as unbiased as possible although i will imagine a lot of you will disagree with me there. Hope at least a few of you read through the whole thing