On Black Friday this year, I walked into Best Buy at 8 a.m. and almost left with a Playstation 3. To be fair, they had a pretty good deal on it; $300 for a PS3 Slim with a 120 GB hardrive, a wireless controller, and the games LittleBigPlanet and Ratchet and Clank Future: a Crack in Time (around $120 savings). Now some of you may laugh, click out of this window and go back to playing your Xbox, but really; the console has drastically improved since its November 2006 release at $600 for 60 GB, in terms of both hardware and software.
The PS3 has finally nailed down some exclusive titles that almost coaxed me into buying their system. For example, LittleBigPlanet offers a unique platforming experience along with unrivaled customization, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots extends Konami’s already famous franchise, and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is raising the bar in terms of gameplay and graphics.
Plus, you’re getting wifi out of the box, free access to the Playstation Network, and a sexy, slimmer version with more memory at a fraction of the cost. Yes, Playstation is still losing money on every system, but they’re probably hoping to make up ground through downloadable content.
I went with a new TV instead, but the improvements to Sony’s system shouldn’t go unnoticed. Because pretty much every family in America has purchased a Wii already, be on the lookout for a surge in PS3 sales this holiday season. They’ve retooled the system to meet the consumers needs, now all Sony has to worry about is competing with Project Natal.