As I mentioned in a previous article, Sony stumbled with the PS3 mightily when it was first released. Plagued with a ridiculously expensive price, lack of games, the early dominance of the Wii, and the one year head start of the Xbox 360, it’s still surprising that they narrowly edged Microsoft for second place in the 7th generation console wars. Some attributing factors to that were the increase in quality triple A exclusives, and developers finally understanding how to program for the complicated Cel Processor, thus, improving on the once inferior multiplatform games. To me though, the biggest factor was the introduction of the slim and eventual super slim PS3. Stripping away most of the “unnecessary” features such as flash card readers, less USB ports, and PS2 backwards compatibility, allowed for Sony to greatly reduce the price of the system. The key feature that truly angered gamers was the subtraction of the aforementioned PS2 backwards compatibility.
For that reason, the launch 20gb and 60gb versions of the PS3 are highly sought after. Both of these consoles have the ability to play 75% of the entire Playstation console library, obviously excluding the PS4. Not only that, but they don’t use emulation like the Xbox One does to play original Xbox or Xbox 360 games. There is literally a PS1 and PS2 built into the PS3, meaning that they play any disc for those three consoles. To put that in a grander perspective, that’s more than 4000 titles available to play! Virtual Insanity! I personally don’t even own a separate PS1 or PS2 system because the launch model PS3 is all I need. In addition to backwards compatibility, they also come equipped with 4 USB ports instead of 2 that are on the slim and slim models. Also included are slots for SD/Multimedia cards, CompactFlash Type I/Type II, Microdive, and Memory Stick/Pro/Duo.
I greatly suggest anyone who is a Playstation fan to pick up one of these consoles. Not only will their value increase in the upcoming years, but it’s just an amazing piece of gaming history to own. They do run at around $150 for what I’ve seen, but in my opinion, it’s certainly worth it. The best model to get is the 60gb version because it has WiFi built, just make sure the model number is CECHAxx and you’re good to go. Hopefully more people get this great console and give it some love.