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10 reasons to hate every console


The people who accuse us of loving the 360 too much are often the same people who think we hate the PS3. That’s not really fair, but at the same time there’s just as much to hate about the PS3 as any other console. Possibly more. Those of you with thin skins might want to skip ahead.

It’s still too expensive: Yes, we know: the PS3 includes a Blu-ray player, and those are often even more expensive than the console itself. We’re also aware it packs in WiFi connectivity, uses a standard hard drive that can be replaced relatively cheaply and has media-hub features that make the 360 look like a baby toy. But you know what? If you just want a machine that plays games, none of that counts for a damn thing when there’s a $100 price difference between the cheapest PS3 and a mid-range Xbox 360. Especially not when…

There’s very little difference between 360 and PS3 games: Whenever a high-profile, multi-platform game is released, every game journalist with video-capture equipment scrambles to put together a 360/PS3 comparison video. And nine times out of 10, the only visible difference is a slight variation in the color palettes.


Above: It's just one example, but can YOU tell the difference?

Look, we’ve heard for years that the PS3’s capabilities are light-years beyond the 360’s, and we’ve seen PS3 tech demos that went way beyond what we would have guessed was possible on a console. So why hasn’t that tech made it into the games yet? Why isn’t the PS3 blowing the doors off the best the 360 has to offer?

It’s as simple as this: for $100 more, we expect to get at least an extra hundred dollars’ worth of awesome. But so far that hasn’t come through in the games, and what by all rights should be an obvious technical edge on par with the one the Super Nintendo had over the Genesis instead feels more like comparing the Wii’s graphics to the PS2’s.

Home is awful: When Sony unveiled its Home service in 2007, we were immediately interested, and as it was delayed and altered over the following year, we only got more interested. But looking back, it’s difficult to understand why. Home’s promise as a virtual world was doomed the minute Sony put its marketing department in charge of the project, and what could have been a fun place to hang out online instead turned into a stylized, IKEA-flavored nightmare world that gave players the opportunity to exchange real money for fake t-shirts. As a matchmaking service, it puts an unnecessary layer of interactivity between you and the game, and as a virtual world its standout features are sponsored ad-spaces and a selection of crummy minigames that you have to stand in line to play.

On the other hand, it’s free.

Blu-ray load times are slower: There’s no question that Blu-ray is an impressive format, considering that it packs in about six times the capacity of a standard DVD. So far, though, a lot of games haven’t really benefited from all that storage, and the medium’s size apparently means it takes a little longer for the drive to search through. The solution to this problem, unsurprisingly, has led to another problem:

Mandatory installations are a drag: Remember when having to install games to your hard drive was something only PC users had to worry about? Those days are long gone, and it seems like every PS3 game we get these days makes us sit through a lengthy installation the first time we boot it up. These can be short, or they can run upwards of 20-30 minutes, and the games that take the longest tend to be the ones least worth waiting for.


Above: The rare exception to that rule

Those installations also take up a hefty amount of space, meaning you’ll have to wade through and weed out your old ones when a new game tells you your hard drive is full.

Sony doesn’t pay for platform exclusives: Remember what we said about Microsoft paying for exclusives? It’s a dick move, sure, but before you go demonizing the company for being underhanded, remember that videogames are a business, and that Sony could easily do the same thing.


Above: NO THIS IS NOT FOR YOU

Really, the only thing stopping Sony from paying a company like Rockstar or Bethesda to develop PS3 exclusives is that it doesn’t want to. Now ask yourself: is Sony really showing integrity by not shelling out cash when Microsoft will, or is it just doing a disservice to its customers?

Support for Trophies is still patchy: More and more games are adopting Sony’s Trophies, but support for them isn’t mandatory like Microsoft’s Achievements, and so some games still ship without them, or add them later. Granted, incentives like Trophies and Achievements might be meaningless, but they’re fun to collect and compare with friends (and to quietly admire when nobody’s looking). And to be honest, once you get hooked on them, playing games can feel like a waste of time without the promise of a little reward every time you do something cool.


Above: Hey, remember this?

And while we’re on the topic, whatever happened to the big-ass Trophy display rooms Sony was going to give us in Home? Apparently that’s still on its way, although it’ll be interesting to see how many companies are really onboard with the idea of creating displayable 3D models to represent each and every one of a given game’s Trophies.

Exclusives tend to come from one source: On paper, the PS3 boasted a killer lineup of kickass exclusive games in 2008. If you subtract all the titles published by Sony itself, however, you’re left with just two notable ones: Haze, one of the most disappointing games of the year; and Metal Gear Solid 4, easily one of the best. Apart from MGS4, every last one of the PS3’s best games have come directly from Sony, which has picked up the third-party publishing slack like no other console maker in recent memory.

Killzone 2? Sony. LittleBigPlanet? Sony. Ratchet & Clank Future, Uncharted, The Last Guy, Flower, Heavenly Sword, PAIN, inFamous, God of War III and Resistance 2? All published, or about to be published, by Sony. Even the disappointing MotorStorm: Pacific Rift came straight from Sony.

Now, that might give the impression that we’re ripping on Sony for being a powerhouse publisher, but really it’s just that we don’t think it’s a good indicator of a console’s health when its most prominent games are all produced by the company that makes the machine. That’s like… well, where have we seen that before?


Above: OH SNAP WE JUST WENT THERE

Harsh, we know. But this is a Week of Hate article.

Sixaxis never really panned out: Have you ever played a game in which the Sixaxis motion controls felt completely natural and weren’t either a gimmick or an outright hindrance to the gameplay? We sure as hell haven’t, but for whatever reason, Sony thought its seldom-used, me-too motion controls were just the thing to make its customers forget all about those troublesome rumble features.


Above: Hey, remember what a great idea this was?

It was an interesting idea, but once it was clear that neither gamers nor developers were really taking the bait, Sony should have wasted a little less time bringing the inevitable DualShock 3 to market.

Firmware updates: Man, these things are just awful. They don’t pop up with the frequency that they used to ,but having to drop everything to download an update, wait for it to install and then restart your system is almost as much of a drag as waiting for a mandatory installation for a crappy game.

104 comments

  • aaron171 - April 25, 2011 1:38 p.m.

    i know this is article is over 2 years old, but some gamecube games ported to the wii weren't all that bad. Okami, Zelda: Twilight Princess, Resident Evil 4 (better on the wii IMO because of the aiming and added content), and last but not least, Metroid Prime trilogy
  • DARK_SIDE - January 5, 2010 5:36 p.m.

    hahaha great article GR! bring on the hate. haha snob!! the "incomprehensibly creepy"...couldn't...stop...laughing!! music lovers + DS = unhappy person(possible insanity). upgrade?...NNNNOOOOOO!!!! I think the analog nub is fine where it is though. haha mistyped "Ooops - that's not what was written in the image. You may be a robot. Try again"
  • kaneman - December 2, 2009 5:41 a.m.

    "Even the disappointing MotorStorm: Pacific Rift came straight from Sony." Im sorry gamesradar is usually spot on but motorstorm is one of the most fucking awesome racers ever, the graphics are awesome the tracks are awesome and diverse and u can play your own music so the above statement is complete and utter bullshit.
  • AuthorityFigure - November 23, 2009 10:27 a.m.

    Wii controls: "This shit isn’t putting you in the game – it’s taking you out of it like never before." I think GR better go back and read some of its own reviews!
  • BoneyardWolf - April 19, 2009 5:03 a.m.

    WTH is a GameCube? And are those gamepads? How the hell do u hold that thing?! It looks worse then the Xbox pads. Eww.. Thank God for PS's Dualshock.
  • samdamana - April 15, 2009 3:52 a.m.

    I CANZ PLEY CRYSIS ON DA MAX!!!!! YOU CANT YOU POOOOOOR NOOOOOOOBS!!!! HAHAHAHAH NO LIEF=NO CRYSIS (I jk)
  • TheAnswer - April 5, 2009 6:33 p.m.

    I agree with gamesradar a little because every system has its flaws like the 360 makes you pay unneccesary amounts of money for there stupid accessory if microsoft can payrockstar that much for an add on why cant they just come out with a system with ever ything built in like sony but on the other hand microsoft has a good selection of games which would b the only reason id get one Now sony in my opinion is my favorite.psn online is great and the online connection is great wifi or not and yes your internet connection does have a lot to do with your online connection asswipes. and even though downloading the updates for your games is kinda shitty lol ( im downloading an upgrade right now thats been going on for an hour) its not exactly required if u just want to play. And also if i hear another fucking complaint about there being to many assholes when u play online xbox live or psn fucking deal with it theres assholes every fucking where and no there not going anywhere no time soon
  • RedOutlive10 - April 4, 2009 11:11 p.m.

    I don't own a Wii but I feel bad for the ones who do. I would buy a Nintendo console mostly for the homemade awesome franchises such as Zelda, but there's no Wii Zelda game yet, just a GC port. While at it, the "casual" (I would classify them as crap because you can't tolerate a casual session of them) floods the game selling stands. Doh.
  • ppopopp - April 2, 2009 11:55 p.m.

    Well you guys keep doing it. I LOVE your top xx articles. Man...
  • TripleAD - April 1, 2009 7:11 p.m.

    The random crap you find on the Wii really makes my blood boil. Xbox 360 FTW
  • lxTylerxl - April 1, 2009 4:37 p.m.

    This article is total bull. The PS3is the best system ever made and for you to compair it to the Gamecube? That's just wrong and for all you little Bill Gates dick suckers the PSN is not one bit laggy I have a Xbox and a PS3 and I play online with both and i found that the PS3 actually is better than Xbox because you dont have people and their stupidity on PS3. And this last one goes out to GamesRadar SCREW YOU who cares if sony makes their own exclusives their Japanese they know what they are doing especially with those games you mentioned let me see here Halo series made by??? MICROSOFT Gears of War series?? MICROSOFT!!! And xbox charges for EVERYTHING even online which you shouldn't pay for because you already have to pay for internet PS3 PS3 PS3 PS3 PS3 PS3 is the best console ever and its so expensive because wi-fi and bluray is build in GamesRadar shove this whole article up you stupid little asses.
  • UsernameAlreadyInUse - April 1, 2009 2:37 a.m.

    lol this is the first thing i found when i looked up snob http://thewholegardenwillbow.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/snob.jpg
  • gmilf71 - April 1, 2009 1:23 a.m.

    by the way, upon reading some more of these comments, there are some major A-hole x-bots and ps-fanboys, and its really starting to piss me of. and psn is free for a reason. ITS CONECTIONS SUCK!!!!!!
  • villainstone - April 1, 2009 midnight

    "Windows Vista is an abomination" What a bias NOOB statement. Where did this guy crawl out of? I would like to get one serious viable reason Vista sucks. I will not say that it is the best OS, then again there is no best. With that statement he really blew his credibility out the windows.
  • drgnrbrn316 - March 31, 2009 2 p.m.

    @Cernunnos I'm not looking to get into an Xbox vs PS3 debate with you. Yes, it was good business to plunk down money to secure exclusive content, that wasn't my point. My point is that for all your talk of the customer coming first, R* essentially signed a deal that told the people who owned the ~5.5 million copies of PS3 GTA4 where they could stick their game, which ranks just short of half of the install base for the game. If it was about customers, they'd have created content that would see sales from 12 million gamers instead of taking a chunk of cash and flipping half those gamers off in the process. I realize its business first for any company, but that is a pretty blatant move that shows that Rockstar is willing to throw you under the bus if someone wants to pony up the cash.
  • Cernunnos - March 31, 2009 8:16 a.m.

    @drgnrbrn316: GTA IV is far better than san andreas, if only GTA IV had the hydra (or any other plane) it would be perfect. GTA IV coming to 360 WAS a fan-service. at that time, how many people owned ps3-s? and how many of those were likely to be GTA-fans? by making it multiplatform they made it accesible to more fans, much more fans. MS dont buy exclusives to screw sony or its fans over, but to ensure the 360 a good line-up. seing as the sales for the ps3 would have most likely been halved had it not been for MGS4, everyone can see the power of good exclusives. if anyone is evil, its sony. basically saying they want costumers to sell their kidney in order to afford a ps3, claiming it to be oh-so unique and then copying almost every aspect of the 360's functions with firmware updates. the customers are number 1, which is WHY rockstar favoured the 360, it has bigger install base, hence more GTA fans (and money, of course).
  • tjawesome - March 30, 2009 10:55 p.m.

    i totally agree about the umd movies, what were they thinking? it would make sense if it could be used in another machine or something.
  • darkside17 - March 30, 2009 9:05 p.m.

    I love the week of hate
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - March 30, 2009 8:51 p.m.

    @yonderTheGreat: The complaint isn't that the 360 should include built-in WiFi - it's that there's no reason for the WiFi adaptor to cost $100. Not when PC wireless cards cost around $15, and the Wii and DS manage to include WiFi and still be the cheapest systems on the market.
  • Sonneilon - March 30, 2009 8:33 p.m.

    It would seem to me that MS shelling out $$$ for exclusives makese sense. GR might hate it, but that needs to happen to separate the consoles. Isn't that how Sony got big with the PSX? By having games that was only for it and couldn't be played on the Sega DC? Sony needs to step up and have the 3rd parties get in on the act. Sure, Sony's got great games and all... I dunno, maybe it's a typ of business strategy. Rely on 3rd party or buy up 3rd parties to produce. Hmmmmm....

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