Ars Technica re-reviews the PS3 – Blu-ray, Dual Shock, Home lift rating

June 5, 2008

Ars Technica re-reviews the PS3 - Blu-ray, Dual Shock, Home lift rating  The Playstation 3 has had a chequered life so far since it was released in November 2006. Though it was hyped beyond all reality to begin with, it failed to deliver what Sony had promised, and left the Xbox 360 as the console of choice for serious gamers. However, a lot has changed in the 18 months or so, but is it enough to now justify the early claims?

When the PS3 was launched back in November 2006, it was generally received well, with early adopting gamers looking to upgrade from the ageing PS2 rushing out to buy one despite the high price. It was also well received by the press, who couldn’t really see how Sony could fail to build upon the incredible and long lasting success that the Playstation 2 had enjoyed.

However, there were a few non-believers in amongst the reams of hyperbole, most notably from high profile technology blog Ars Technica, which at the time wrote a scathing review on the 60Gb launch PS3.

They criticised the HD limitations of 480i available by using the standard composite cables, the Sixaxis controller, the lack of big titles available at launch, the poorly implemented multimedia options, the online functions, and the high price. Phew, that was a mouthful.

They concluded the review by awarding the Playstation 3 a score of six out of ten. Which probably made Ken Kuturagi cry in to his cornflakes.

However, here we are a year and a half later, and a lot has changed. The system is still selling poorly, with the Nintendo Wii kicking it’s butt on a monthly basis, and the Xbox 360 keeping up with it despite being a year older. But in terms of known issues with the system, Sony has one wonders. So Ars Technica decided to re-review the PS3 in its new and improved current state.

The review basically details how constantly evolving firmware updates have helped the PS3 go from a giant empty monolith to a machine starting to realise it’s potential. 720p support was added, the Blu-ray profile was improved so that the PS3 is now regarded as one of the best Blu-ray players on the market, and cheap too.

Then there was the launch of the Dual Shock joypad with rumble function, which saw the Sixaxis finally consigned to the dustbin. Home is then brought up, the fabled online service which is meant to be far superior to Xbox Live, or at least it will be if it ever launches.

Then there are the games, which have improved immeasurably. Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, and Warhawk are all cited as reasons to buy a PS3. The price has also come down considerably since launch, and the Playstation 3 is no longer just the domain of the rich.

The review concludes by scoring it a nine out of ten, and while some problems may remain, Ars Technica now seem to think the PS3 is finally living up to the incredible hype it received at launch.

Do you agree, disagree, don’t care one iota? Let us know in the comments.

8 Responses to “Ars Technica re-reviews the PS3 – Blu-ray, Dual Shock, Home lift rating”

  1. Royzy:

    What did 360 and Wii get? Will they be re-reviewed too?

  2. Matt:

    well…first of all…xbox 360 was released before the ps3…and the wii was out…the 360 was the only system for next gen gamers at the time…and people buy things fast…and wii was for kids mostly…and like i said MEDIA AFFECTS KIDS MOSTLY AND ALOT!!…so what do you think kids want?…der….and the fact that 360 was expensive and the wii was cheap….

    now ps3 comes into the picture…ps3 is really expensive and there is hardly anything for it

    now systems keep selling and wii keeps coming out with crappy, uncreative, baby games….and 360 has halo 3 and gears of war and so on


    now things are changing…people wanted to buy ps3s, and ps3 lower its price, and 80gb comes out….wii still has gay crap…360 is just 360


    the end of 2008 and 2009

    thats how i see it…im just think thats how it will be because of news, reviews, and other stuff…..dont go all gay on me if i made a mistake or if you get mad for some reason….if you want to correct me, then do it without being mad

  3. SW:

    Whilst its true the Wii doesn’t have a zillion AAA games, I’d be hard pressed to find 10 that I enjoy on the 360 or PS3, it does have GOOD games available.

    In terms of position from hardware sales the Wii is going to stay no.1.

    For the PS3 or 360 to even begin to start making ground back they would need to almost TRIPLE thier sales. It is NOT going to happen, even GTA couldn’t push them.

    So Wii = 1.

    2 & 3 is more tricky. The PS3 continues to outsell the 360 in the world, but I don’t know if its enough that it can overtake the 360 by this gen’s “end”.

    Really it doesn’t matter, if there is one thing that you can take from this and the last three generations. It is that regardless of who wins today, tomorrow is a new day :)

  4. winner:

    Who is Ars Technica and why should we care who they are?

  5. Larry:

    Yeah – at the rate the ps3 is “outselling” the 360, it should catch up in 6 or 7 years.

  6. kevin:

    6 out of 10? they must’ve been feeling generous that day.

  7. Matt:

    well ps3 outsold 360 quite a few times…ps3 outsold 360 in 2007… again outsold it in jan 2008….and some other times…..ps3 is beating 360 in european countries and japan an china….microgay 3shitty only has US…sounds to me that ps3 will overtake 360 in a short time

  8. Jonathan:

    oops Matt . . .

    360 price drop = imminent

    PS3 price drop = sony execs “we’re not interested so much in “market share,” now we’re going to recoup some of the R&D costs of the Cell processor and BD.”

    Translation = don’t hold your breath.

    And OOPs matt . . .80% of PS2s sold in the last generation sold AFTER they dropped below $200. Guess who’s going to reach that first? That’s right, microgay.

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