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Aren’t You Glad You Stuck With PlayStation?

   The Playstation 3, Sony’s successor to the popular PS2 , made it’s first public appearance in May 2005. Right out the gate Sony started with a bit of controversy by unveiling only CG trailers for alot of games that never saw the light of day. Square Enix’s FFVII tech demo being one of the few that were actually in real time. Fitted with a bluray drive, Cell and free online play,the PS3 came at a high price, $599 60GB or $499 for the 20 GB. Too much for a system that launched a year behind it’s competitor with a less than stellar lineup, according to some gamers, critics and analysts.

     For the following 3 years the PS3 lagged behind in sales to the Wii and 360. The system was branded Sony’s biggest failure by almost every one in the media and any hardcore 360 owner with an internet connection and a blog. Some well known names in the gaming industry voiced their negative opinion about the high cost of developing for the system and it’s hefty price tag. Third party developers, who refused to learn the ins and outs of the PS3, created less than flattering versions of their games for the system compared to the 360 counterpart. Some other third party developers were swayed by Microsoft in order to grab a few timed exclusives games away from Sony while others moved to a full multi-platform stance for both systems. Fortunately, Sony had it’s own in-house games that proved what the new system could do, in the right hands. Despite the competition’s bests efforts to derail the system ( and some missteps from Sony some would say ), Sony proved the PS3 was here to stay.

    Fast forward to 2009. The rumors were building for sometime. Everyone but Sony confirmed that a PS3 price cut and a new PS3 model was coming. They were right. This past August at Gamescom Sony officially announced the PS3 SLIM. This new model retailed for $299, was 33% smaller, 36% lighter, consumed 34% less power than previous models and included an upgradable 120GB hard drive. The SLIM sold over 1 million units in it’s first 3 weeks, selling more than the system did in it’s first 3 quarters of ’09. The PS3 is currently outselling the Wii in it’s home country. Not only did the HW move thanks to the price cut but in some parts of the world software sells recieved a boost as well.

         After some 3-4 years of negative press, sloppy ports, and pathetic marketing, Sony seems to be in prime position to take back the gaming crown that they lent to Microsoft. With AAA exclusives like Uncharted 2, Gran Turismo 5, God of War 3 ( and the GOW 1-2 rerelease ), Ratchet and Clank, Ninja Gaiden 2 Sigma, White Knight Chronicles, Heavy Rain, Demon’s Souls and numerous others releasing in the next 6-12 months, aren’t you glad you stuck with PlayStation?