Why do the press hate the Sony PlayStation 3?

A brief history of PS3 hate-mongering

Whichever way you shake it, it’s obvious that certain elements of the press were determined to sink the PlayStation 3 before it even set sail. And the hate has only intensified over time — look no further than Gameplayer’s volatile Sony Gives 64 Million Gamers The Finger article for concrete proof. Even relatively sober critiques can’t help adding sensationalist headlines. (e.g. 10 things I hate about the PS3). Those of you who own a PlayStation 3 are already aware of the anti-PS3 bias in the press — it’s kind of hard to ignore. Well, it’s time that somebody made a stand. It’s time to step up to the plate and shout “no more!” To other games journalists I say: lay off Sony and the PlayStation 3. We need to bring balance and fairness back into games journalism.

Now, before you tar me with the fanboy brush, please note that I don’t personally own a PlayStation 3. As this cynical PS3 Ghostbusters article attests, I keep both feet firmly planted in the Microsoft camp — not Sony’s. I’m appealing to all games journalists not out of some misplaced loyalty to a multibillion dollar company, but because it brings our very profession into disrepute. Every time you write an anti-PS3 opinion piece, you’re making us look like that kid who scribbled ‘PS3 Sucks’ on game cases at Toys R Us. It’s irresponsible and immature. Furthermore, you’re forgetting what made a lot of us gamers in the first place.

Why the hate?

The PSP - the press' other favourite whipping boy.

Without question, the gaming industry wouldn’t be the behemoth it is today without the PlayStation brand. Sure, Nintendo may have helped invent the wheel, but it was Sony who pimped it out and drove it into the mainstream. Before the original PlayStation, gaming was very much on the fringes of society — in the same dilapidated shantytown as comic books and 12-sided dice. It took the likes of WipeOut, Tony Hawk and Lara Croft to lift videogames out of this geeky quagmire — which all found a permanent home on the PSX. One thing is for sure: without the runaway success of the PlayStation 1 and 2, it’s unlikely Microsoft would ever have joined the console race. How about showing a little respect?

Even the popularity of motion control can be partly attributed to Sony: the Sony EyeToy was a household name long before people started trashing their homes with nunchucks. At every turn, the PlayStation is there, helping to shape the video game landscape. So where’s the love, people? If Nintendo can get by on broken shovelware and a fading sense of nostalgia, surely Sony deserves better treatment? I know which console I’d rather be playing, anyway.

I'm not saying that Sony deserves a free pass based on former glories - that would be going too far in the other direction. But the company does deserve to be treated objectively. So the next time you’re writing a PS3 flame-bait article in an endless quest for Web traffic: try and show a little restraint. After all, if it wasn’t for Sony, you almost certainly wouldn’t be making a living writing about video games.

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Chris Jager

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8 Comments

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1

+1

Finally someone with a sensible opinion! Sony has done their fair share of propreiary crap but Sony hardware is timeless.

3 years on since the original Playstation 3 came out, there's no need even think about a "spec-update". It's such a future-proof beautiful piece of mechine.

I think most of the writers out there are not journalists, they are simply sansationalists. Anything Apple is hyped up and anything Sony is bashed even before the release.

Since 2006, there were 3 different iPhones(iPhone, iPhone 3G and 3GS), 54% returned XBox360s and 1 PlayStation 3. Give the credit where it's truly due!

Anonymous

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i hate sony because i've been a fan of it since i was 5 when the 1st playstation came out then i also went through the trouble of buying ps2 and then the ps2 slim back then because i was small i didn't understand money, but now 5oo dollars or 300 pounds for a toy is just unfucking beleivable and sure i would love to play fifa 10 and tekken 6 but 500 dollars is like 1 month or 4 months of salery for some people(not me) but still money's not a toy sony
better make your ps3's a bit more like wii nintendo has set a great example
they have they're own franchise of games and characters (in which rivals cant rip off of)
they're game is fun and educational, and when they first released wii it's already slim and its 176 pounds!!! meanwhile that ps3 is gonna cost 400! i would have brought a wii long time ago if it wern't for the fifa series so sony better make the price 178 or something

Peter T.

3

Too little RAM?

PS3 is a fantastic piece of hardware. I have the original 60G model. It is not only a great games console, but a good multimedia system as well. And, unlike M$, Sony does not charge for every extra, such as Vidzone. My only concern about its future ability is that it only contains 256Meg RAM, which is not upgradable. I won't think twice about buying a PS4 in the future!

Steve

4

If you think it's expensive, get a job.

Have you seen the price of other top of the line electronic equipment on the market? $500 is CHEAP!

Here in Australia I was lucky enough to win a PSX at a raffle at my local club when I was 18 in 1997 after having previously owned an Atari 2600 and NES in the late 80's early 90's, I then went on to buy a PS2 on launch for $900! which I used nearly all the time for the next 7 years until I bought a PS3 for $1000... now, I don't know about you, but the price only going up $100 after 7 years is excellent.

Now, to put this into context, I recently bought a HD camcorder for $2300, a 1080p TV about a year ago for $4000, a new surround system for $4500 and a new PC for about $1500 (which I built myself). All four of these things I would consider "toys". To say a peice of kit like a PS3 is still too expensive at AU$499 just shows a complete lack of understanding for the price (and value) of electronic goods in general.

The PS3 is fantastic unit, and is the centre of my home theatre which is used every single day to either play games or stream TV shows from the PC wirelessly. I couldn't live without it to be honest!

Anonymous

5

Best to check facts. the 360 has 512MB shared GPU/CPU memory the PS3 has 256CPU and 256MB GPU memory. And no console has upgradable memory, that's the whole point it has dedicated tasks and specifications for a reason.

Anonymous

6

Remember when the Wii came out and every video game journalist took their turn kicking it in its metaphorical stomach? This isn't new. The PS3 Slim is just the new console to pick on, now that the Wii has proved itself with its ridiculously high sales. There will always be video game press that need to have something to pick on. It gets more clicks when you have a negative article, rather than a positive one.

For the record, this price drop has been consequential enough for me to finally be able to afford a PS3. I already have a Wii and an Xbox, mainly because I could afford them in my monthly budget. Now a PS3 will finally be able to join them on my entertainment center, and I'm elated. But, unlike other consumers, B/C isn't a problem for me because I still own a PS2...

Techni

7

wrong

PS3 has 512 MB of RAM just like 360.

On 360, all 512 MB is shared between the GPU and CPU
On PS3, 256 MB is dedicated to the GPU, 256 MB is shared between the GPU and CPU

Shared < Dedicated
This is why laptops use shared RAM, desktops use dedicated

Anonymous

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They are doing what they are told.

I am in love with my PS3, I honestly can't believe all this stupid fanboy crap. The Machines are both good! If prefer PS3 but the 360 is fine too> They both play amazing games and have amazing graphics.

The Media is going to trash PS3 because, lets be honest. Microsoft is one step away from owning the planet! Their fingers are in or own almost every media companies in North America. Do you really think game journalists are really going to bite the hand that feeds them?

A good example of this is as follows. Recently I was watching a review of consoles and games on a popular game review show by a panel of "Game Journalists" . No one denies that the PS3 had a fabulous year in 2009, but if given an opportunity to say something bad about the console, they jumped all over it! One even went so far to say that " he couldn't forgive the past problems or sins with the PS3". Yet when talking about the 360 and the issues of 54% failure rate, noise, the power "Brick" and 2009's mediocre exclusive game selection, they were all praises. I quote "I can forgive the failures, i am on my 4th 360 and i still love it". "I can forgive it".

These comments obviously come from a very biased media, more than likely afraid of speaking against Microsoft. Because, in case you hadn't noticed, PS3 has none of those problems but can't seem to catch a break because of an old price which was worth it considering what you got out of the deal.

Anyway, the media can't bite the hand that feeds them, that's why fanboys get affected by what the sarcastic tv hosts of X-Play say. They have to say it. You actually think Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb say what they think? Webb can barely read a teleprompter. Anyway, I digress.

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