I finally succumbed to temptation last August and bought a PlayStation 3. I tried my best to hold out, but with the release of the third Ratchet and Clank game for the system and the price drop to $300, I finally cracked. God of War 3 was on the way, and I also thought it would be nice to have a Blu-ray player.
Fast forward two Novembers, and I have six boxed Playstation 3 games, a few downloaded games, twenty-six Blu-Ray movies, and a busted PS3. The damn thing won’t start. I press the power button; hear a beep and the power light turns green. Yay. A few seconds later, I hear a click, the system shuts down, and I hear three beeps. Crap.
Of course, after realizing something was wrong, I tried turning it on and off, held down the power button while turning it on a few times, but still nothing. The Internets proved to be less than useful; I found plenty of ads for repair services or repair instructions, but very little as far as DIY fixing. My PlayStation 3 was also just out of warranty. Sending it to Sony would mean a repair bill of at least $100, not to mention shipping costs. The repairs would also only be covered for 90 days…forget that.
I have now had one of each generation of PlayStation go kerplotz on me: an older ‘box’ PlayStation (remember how dependable those were?), a launch PlayStation 2 (which, to be fair, did last five years), and now a PlayStation 3 that lasted just long enough to be out of warranty.
My only ‘good’ option would appear to be dropping $300 on a new and hopefully more reliable PlayStation 3. I’m not sure I want to, though. It’s not the money (well, okay, maybe a little) but to be honest, I haven’t really missed it. After the awesomeness that was God of War 3, there just haven’t been many games exclusive to the PlayStation 3 that I’m interested in playing. I sadly never got around to playing some of the good exclusives like Resistance and Uncharted, and I certainly won’t be anytime soon. The Xbox 360 continues to be my game console of choice because the online experience is better, and most of my friends also own Xbox 360s. Lots of big games are also multiplatform these days, so it doesn’t make that big of a difference which system you own. Unless you own a Wii, which means you’re boned as far as M-rated games are concerned.
I’ll probably end up dropping a c-note on a Blu-ray player, but as far as the PlayStation 3 is concerned, I’m done. Yeah, DONE. That’s it. Farewell. Adios. Sayonara. Bueno, bye. No more PS3 for me!
What’s that? Sly Cooper 4? Well, nuts…just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!!