The Playstation 3: 24 Things You Need to Know

It's becoming increasingly hard to tell what is truth and what is flamebait when it comes to Sony's forthcoming console, the PS3. So, the guys at Macworld have done everyone a favour and made a list of 24 facts about the PS3 that have been confusing everyone for the past couple of weeks.

Touch-sensitive power and eject buttons are a nice touch — literally

The eject and power on buttons on the face of the PS3 are touch sensitive, not unlike the iPod's wheel or the Chocolate phone's softkeys. It's a nice, classy addition that helps give the PS3 a more cutting-edge look and feel, especially compared to the somewhat clunky "clicky" Xbox 360 power and eject buttons. A small detail, perhaps, but on worth noting.

The PS3 is not just a cheap Blu-ray player

Nothing about the unit looks or feels cheap. The build quality of the console itself seems to be sturdy and substantial. The familiar red and blue/green LED lights, which indicate the system status, make a return from the PS2, but look more slick and futuristic. There are also tiny "feet" on the unit's left side — handy for standing it in a stable vertical position. And the chrome trim is a surprisingly cool bonus on the $599 premium model, for purely aesthetic reasons.


Read whole article @ Macworld.com

Not all games will be 1080p

Although the hardware is certainly capable of delivering 1080p at 60 frames per second, certain titles will not reach this destination. In some cases, it's a matter of not having enough time or resources before launch to include the feature. In other cases, the game is so visually complex that ensuring 60 FPS 1080p might be more trouble than it's worth. We were informed that Resistance: Fall of Man maxes out at 720p — but this is understandable in light of its ambitious multiplayer. The game uses some pretty advanced physics calculations that require a ton of horsepower. Motorstorm also does not support 1080p and requires some serious calculation for its crash sequences, if appearances are any indication.

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The only reason the article sounds biased is because there's been nothing but negative press about the PS3. Imagine if it was the Wii being reviewed. I don't think people would be complaining about an article that says that the Wii looks good.

Let the battle begin.

Yeah, the article seam to be somewaht one sided just like their counterparts. No criticisms whatsoever over the PS3, I wonder what they left out. Nevertheless a good response to other articles criticisms that seam also too arsh to be facts. Well Sony needs someone to fight back GamesRadar :)

I wish I could read some good peace of journalistic review about PS3 and XBox 360 side by side. In a month maybe.

Trance
PS: I can tell you this, when I see one I'll make an article for myself :)

if people actually read the article they would see it was from gamepro and just reprinted by macworld

(Reprinted from GamePro.com. For the original version of this story, visit GamePro.com.)

Quote - Marduk said @ #12.2
Heh, oh and that makes it brilliant?

No, it shows that it wasn't written by Macworld and so it wasn't designed as an article to bash the 360; but more to make a comparison, because that's what people do with products.

Quote - Marduk said @ #12.2
Heh, oh and that makes it brilliant? Those worthless hacks(Gamepro) couldn't write a review to save their lives.

Nobody ever said it makes it brilliant, but it certainly does shed some new light for the people who thought that MacWorld had written it out of spite for Microsoft.

I didn't see it as a bashing the 360 article. yes it made comparisons, but that is what competitors do. I did not see this as a must know list though.

i think its fine and not biased at all i dont see how you others think it is maybe cause its only bagging reason you can come up with it "oh this is a fanboy review"

Quote - Kushan said @ #10.1
Yeah sure just look two comments up and read my actual reasons.

sorry dont see any reasonable reasons lol

The Sixaxis gets roughly 30 hours of battery life

Though there doesn’t seem to be a way to swap out the battery once it’s been exhausted. Oh, well — we officially entered the age of “disposable technology” with the iPod anyway.

This made me laugh. It's as if they know deep down inside that they've touted how awesome the iPod is so much that they couldn't very well say anything about the ludicrous PS3 controller battery life without sounding hypocritical.

Also, how many of these "facts" are just reworded ways of them saying how nice it looks?

The PS3 is very, very shiny

As a whole, the PS3 itself looks incredibly sexy

The PS3 is not just a cheap Blu-ray player

That last one just goes on about how not-cheap it looks.

I'm sorry, but they should stick to being the "Mac product experts" because they apparently don't know how to do a proper, unbiased review of anything else. They just talk about how "sexy" it looks and defend it for being overpriced, flimsy and "disposable". Then again, that's exactly what they do with most Apple products.

The PS3 is very, very shiny

As a whole, the PS3 itself looks incredibly sexy

lol, those sound hilarious once you point it out :P
I personally don't call my electronics "sexy" but hey...

Well Macworld does know a thing or two about overpriced electronics which look/sound 'cool' on paper only to show themselves to be somewhere between 'neat' and 'you paid how much for that thing?' when you finally get them home :P

All the other gaming websites are saying similar things, but not in an easy to read form. That is why I posted it, I think you guys read into flaming and who's on who's side way too much.

I agree. Seems these guys never got passed the name on the top of the page.
"the PSP will eventually be able to access the PS3’s hard drive from any Wi-Fi spot in the world" That, i didn't know.

I also detected some bias in that read. It was most probably the, "Xbox360 doesn't have this, or do that, or feel like this" aspect. That, and they even wrote off the "fact" you may have to throw out your controller when the battery gives out, like the very [/sarcasm] disposable iPod.

Everyone complains about the source.
If Macworld wrote this, they're complaining it's to bash MS.
If MS writes an article, it's to bash Sony.
If an article is by The Inq everyone compliains it's a crappy source.
If it's from something else people will still find something to complain about.

Could it be that the 360 is a direct competitor to the PS3!? The Wii isn't even out yet (yes, neither is the PS3 but with the 360 it's actually out so they can directly compare it).
Just take some things with a grain of salt.

I wasn't aware of the bias until I read the tons of other articles. I think that's how most whining gets started - someone points it out and others join along, "Oh, you're right - they do diss a direct competitor! BIAS!"

Just my 2¢.

its macworld. it could be a bomb to destroy the world and as long as it had an anti ms flag hanging off it they would promote it

Yeah that's what I thought

A bunch of Mac users who obviously can't stand the xbox 360 simply because it's a Microsoft product. They couldn't do an article about the PS3 without bashing the 360 in there somewhere. The article is a joke IMHO.

Quote - NightmarE D said @ #3.1
Yeah that's what I thought

A bunch of Mac users who obviously can't stand the xbox 360 simply because it's a Microsoft product. They couldn't do an article about the PS3 without bashing the 360 in there somewhere. The article is a joke IMHO.

Didn't read the article yet, will when I get home, so I can't comment directly, but you'd think Mac users would be more warm to the Wii, there are plenty of design similarities between Apple and Nintendo products, including hardware look, interface feel, and simplicity. Not to mention the ability to take and already existing idea that doesn't quite work or know one thinks is a good idea then turn it into something everyone loves.

Quote - faraaz said @ #3.3
im thinking that they didnt promote nintendo because they wanted to promote a console that bashes M$, just like they do

Exactly

Quote - RiVaLSSJ said @ #3.6

I forgot everyone pays attention to the author, and not just the main article. (sarcasm)

Well everybody definitely should before throwing around comments bashing the "author" of the article. Now everybody who bashed MacWorld sounds like a bunch of asses.

These guys are stupid they aren't bashing MS or the 360. They are pointing out the differences between them and how the PS3 has took a different approach, you don't see anywhere saying "The 360 is a pos and should be burned" You just see them referring to aspects of the 360 and the differences on the PS3. Geez you 360 fanboys really need to get off your asses before you talk ****.

"familiar red and blue/green LED lights, which indicate the system status, make a return from the PS2, but look more slick and futuristic." so now using rectangular LED's is futuristic? psh

Good read, it's enough to make me want to see one of these babies in action instead of totally writing them off, though I don't think I'll be buying one at launch. Or at least, when Sony decides to stop screwing EU consumers around and launches it here.