I think I have pretty much talked myself into getting a PS3 for some of the reasons listed a few posts below, but I still have not convinced myself that $599 (plus some other stuff to boot) is a good purchase. Of course that is the rub when it comes to throwing down a bunch of money on a frivolous purchase. I am not normally too concerned with video game system purchases, but things are a little different right now. The wife’s van is at Mr. Transmission, and her laptop is going to have to be replaced fairly soon. All of which makes it harder than normal to justify purchasing a new console.
Still, the allure of Blu-Ray with my beautiful Sony BRAVIA KDL-40V2500 is starting to capture my imagination. Ah, to lust after stunning HD movies and games. I know. Graphics whore.
Backwards compatibility is a big factor for me for a couple of reasons. First, I have a large library of PS2 and PSX games. Second, I still play some of the PSX games. I know in Europe hardware emulation is a thing of the past, and rumor has it that the next iteration of the PS3 in the US will also go to software emulation. All of this can only mean one thing – I have to get a current 60GB model PS3 sooner rather than later.
In other video game news, I actually played GT4 again yesterday. Two days in a row of gaming; that is a record of late.
I need to weed through my gaming library because I just have too many games that I never get around to playing. The only problem is that most of these games have no resale value on eBay. Not really a huge issue, but it does suck when I do not time a sale correctly. Of course there are always the stack of “rare” PSX games that usually do well on eBay, helping to balance out the others.
I have not made a decision on this year’s Madden and NCAA Football. I usually have NCAA pre-ordered by now, but I cannot really tell what (if anything) has been changed with last year’s PS2 version and the upcoming version. I assume the PS3 version will look pretty, but will not include as many options, features, and teams. Typical of next generation releases. I have not picked up Madden in a couple of years now; to be honest I have not missed it much. If I get a PS3, my assumption is that I am going to pickup at least one of these, but maybe I can show some self restraint. Then again, the whore in me will think these games look too pretty to pass up.