What makes a video game system good, great or even outstanding? Also at the same time giving you the most bang for your buck. It is the ability to adapt. We have seen this with the next generation systems since the Xbox and Playstation emerged on the scene.
Older systems like the NES and Sega consoles played games and did this very well, but the next gen consoles introduced more. Starting with the PS1, it came with a CD player. I know it sounds mild by today’s standards, but this is the first time you got more than you expected and Sony began moving the gaming console from simply gaming to integrating it into a part of your home entertainment system.
Today the transformation is complete with the PS3s ability to be an integral part of home entertainment giving you everything from Blu-Ray, DVD, internet, HD Gaming and now even 3-D capability. It has done this by adapting to current trends and continues to offer value far beyond what you initially paid for it.
This great ability to adapt also offers problems however.
The PS3 has seen several different hardware changes over its lifetime. Every time you turn your Playstation on it wants to connect to the internet offer you the latest and greatest goodies. This is how the system was able to upgrade itself and offer 3-D movies and games.
While this should technically go off without a hitch it doesn’t always happen. My original launch day system was a sleek machine that was killed off by one of these updates. A quick call to Sony left me holding the bag on a $150 repair bill should I have chosen to send it off to be fixed. I nixed that idea in favor of simply buying a new system. I have always been one to be rational to repairs on any item, you buy something eventually it breaks and you either fix it or buy a new one if money allows for it. All good things must come to an end at some point. Yet I could never quite get that rational to work here because I was forced to update a perfectly working system only to have it crash and die. That is a hard pill to swallow for any gamer or anyone else regarding any other situation in life. Imagine taking your car into the shop for a routine oil change only to have them tell you when they were done that your car is dead and now you have to buy a new one.
I have been a gamer since I was a kid with the NES and I have nothing but great memories of sitting around the TV set with my family playing the PS1. While the PS3 is by far my favorite system ever, it still leaves that little fear in the back of my mind every time I perform an update wondering will this kill my system again. If it does, rest assured I will simply buy another one.