Worst Things About Owning A Playstation 3
Given where the PlayStation 3 ended up, it’s hard to remember just how bad things were at the beginning. When the PlayStation 4 arrived in 2013, its predecessor was still pumping out brilliant exclusives but it took a whole long time for the likes of The Last of Us, Yakuza 4, and Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time to start showing up on Sony’s famously developer-unfriendly machine.
The tables turned during the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 era, with many cross-platform games boasting nominally better framerates and resolutions on Sony’s machine. That was not the case back on Xbox 360 and PS3. The disparity between versions could be dramatic sometimes. Bayonetta was a colorful, fluid action game on Xbox 360. On PlayStation 3 it looked like a muddy, sluggish imitation of the real thing. It wasn’t always that bad, and sometimes the PS3 even got superior versions like Portal 2, which had cross play between PS3 and PC players.
Of course that was after The Orange Box, the package with the original Portal, barely ran on PS3 at all without constantly crashing back in ‘07. Skyrim’s dragons flew backwards. BACKWARDS!
L2 and R2 buttons
The Dualshock 4 is a wonderful controller thanks in part to its fat, comfortably concave L2 and R2 buttons. It just feels good in the hand. So too did the original Dualshock and its legendary successor Dualshock 2, which may not have had concave buttons but they were comfortable and had analog input (i.e. you could press them hard or soft and have different responses.)
Dualshock 3 had analog buttons as well, but those L2 and R2 buttons also felt like something was broken. The smooth, bulbous triggers jutted out of the controller and felt nastily soft like a loose tooth. Think we’re exaggerating? Then to give them a shape more like those on the Dualshock 4?
Squishy triggers or not, the Dualshock 3 was better than what the PS3 launched with. The Sixaxis looked like a PlayStation controller but it felt like a cheap piece of lightweight plastic that could have flown out of your hand. It wasn’t , but it was close. The Sixaxis’ raison d’etre was motion control, a replacement for . In the land of motion control, where almost nothing feels precise, the Sixaxis was especially bad and Sony had a habit of mandating its inclusion in certain games. Not just abominations like the dragon-riding shooter Lair either.
The original Uncharted made you twirl the damn thing around to keep Nate Drake balanced crossing logs. Because that’s what everyone wants to do in the middle of a grand adventure: wrestle cheap-feeling technology because of ongoing litigation.
The PS3 went through three major revisions over ten years, losing key features like backwards compatibility along the way but making a plethora of welcome changes as well. The PS3 Slim is still a gorgeous, compact machine and the 2012 PS3 Super Slim, while feeling a bit cheap feeling compared to the Slim, is priced right and far more durable than the heavy, fragile original.
All three, though, are a nightmare for any organized entertainment center thanks to Sony’s insistence on a curved surface. Want to slot the PS3 into a tight nook on your TV stand? Stack games on top of it, which shouldn’t be problem because its heat vents are on the side? Too bad, son!
This is the one that stings the most. The PlayStation 3’s unique architecture, a multi-core processor called Cell, was powerful but is especially incompatible with PC architecture. As a result, even creating an emulation environment to run PS3 games as Xbox One does with Xbox 360 games is incredibly difficult if not impossible.
This means that dozens of excellent PS3 exclusives, from hits like LittleBigPlanet to fascinating obscurities like Folklore, are doomed to remain trapped on their Blu-ray discs. There are ways to play PS3 games on PS4 and PC but streaming service through PS Now is spotty at best and unplayable on more internet connections. Sadly PS3 grew into an amazing console with an amazing library, but its trapped in time for the foreseeable future.
Source – Gamesradar
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