Even though the PlayStation 4 (PS4) has finished off four phenomenal years, it is still far behind the install base of the PlayStation 3 (PS3). The PS3 is now over a decade old with a fantastic catalog of blockbuster titles. The PS4 has slimmed-down and also gotten a beefier upgrade (PS4 Pro). However, it’s the PS3 that still reeks of awesomeness all these years later.
For those wondering if it is a worth getting one now it is a no-brainer. The prices have fallen way below its original 2006 $599 starting price. It has gone through a few makeovers, stood the test of time and is a very reliable console. All the launch issues are fixed and it is now slimmer and cooler than ever. The PS3 slim really turned the tide for Sony since most of the YLOD and overheating issues were history. The Super Slim has gotten a mixed reception. Regardless of the form factor, it still packs the same power we all expect from a PS3.
Think about it. The PS3 not only serves as a games console; it is a great Blu-Ray player and media streaming device. The PS4 is not yet capable of DLNA or any kind of media streaming. It is best used as a games console, Blu-Ray player or for streaming Netflix, Hulu Plus or whatever service is available in the corresponding region (which the PS3 already does).The PS4 only supports MP3 playback via USB. The stick has to be plugged in at all times, but on the PS3 you can simply store music on the hard drive.
PS3 is a gaming heaven
Gaming purists judge game consoles by the games. In that department alone, the PS4 loses the battle by a huge margin. In the last few years, several PS4 titles were also released on the PS3 (and Xbox 360). FIFA 17, Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Need for Speed: Rivals and Watchdogs are all excellent examples of cross-generational titles. Assassin’s Creed Rogue was a PS3 (and Xbox 360) exclusive and has been the last of the franchise to be released on last-gen consoles.
The back catalog of PS3 games speak for itself. Grand Theft Auto IV, GTA V, God of War 3, Uncharted series, Devil May Cry series, Metal Gear Solid 4, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, Heavenly Sword, Assassins Creed II, AC Brotherhood and a plethora of AAA titles are all available for the PS3. The Assassin’s Creed Ezio series are now remastered for the PS4, but that only happened just recently. Granted some titles like ‘GTA 5’ and ‘The Last of Us’ have been re-released on the PS4 with updated graphics and other extras, but one needs to spend $299 on the console to first play these titles.
Free Online Gaming
The best part about the PS3 is that online gaming on the PlayStation Network (PSN) is completely free. On the PlayStation 4, one needs to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for $60 annually to enjoy online multiplayer gaming. It used to be $50 a month. The PS Plus subscription does have its perks and works on all Sony’s current consoles. You get free games a month, there are a few drawbacks.
$60 may seem affordable, but not everyone will spend that much to download games due to slow internet speeds. At the same time, the games you download for ‘free’ are basically rentals good until your subscription is active.
A similar debate came up among fans when the PS3 first launched and its predecessor, the PS2 was around six years old and also had a vast library of AAA titles. The PS2 later went down as the best selling game console of all time and its life extended to that of the PS3 as well. Old is gold..and the PS3 is pure gold at least for now!