The Playstation 3 and Its Problems

The first step is admitting it.

It’s well known that the Playstation 3 has problems. Whether it be lacking something or has difficulties on the inside. Being a PS3 owner, I was well aware of these faults when I got one and I was very accepting of them. So for the sake of anyone who does not have one but wishes to get one, I will list the major faults so you can make an educated decision.

1. The major one is a lack of backwards compatibility. Now bear in mind, early versions of the PS3 did have this but at one point, they stopped supporting it. In 2007, Sony felt the need to pull the ability to play Playstation 2 games on a Playstation 3. This can be a problem but odds are, if you have a PS3, you’ll have a PS2. I have reason to believe that Sony pulled this because they were still making a profit on the PS2. If you’re making money, why quit? But recently, a patent has popped up showing an add-on for the PS3 that includes a CPU, disk drive, etc. This may be used to play PS2 games through a PS3. No other information is known but it’s something to keep an eye on.

2. Lack of USB ports. Launch consoles originally came with four on the front and two in the back. They have now downsized to two in the front, one in the back. While I can understand downsizing in order to cut costs but when you have games like Rock Band or Guitar Hero that require three or more USB inputs, you’re gonna run into some problems. Thankfully, Rock Band comes bundled with a USB hub.

3. The inability to install an alternate OS. Since the beginning, Sony has touted the fact that you could install a version of Linux onto your PS3 system. This is now gone. Someone found a way to crack the security of the PS3 through the alternate OS. Sony had to make sure their powerful defense would not be compromised. This actually led to a class-action lawsuit claiming Sony was falsely advertising that you could install an alternate OS when they had removed that ability.

4. Removal of external media ports. This is another case of lostĀ convenience. Sure, it’s a little disappointing that you can’t just pop in an SD card and upload some photos but it all comes back to cutting costs. Removing little things that are more luxury than anything else is logical but something like that is peanuts in cost compared to the whole thing. I’d say I hope to see it brought back sometime in the future but since the redesign of of the PS3, I don’t think it’s even possible.

5. Damn, its infrastructure is complex. This problem has plagued most developers. This is the reason that most multi-plat titles are superior graphically on the 360, save for a select few. Its Cell processor is so complex, most devs don’t bother to make games work with it so they throw it together so it works and think nothing of it afterwards. Some devs, on the other hand, have figured it out and it should be interesting to know that these devs are primarily third parties of Sony; Insomniac, Naughty Dog, Square Enix, etc. This is not an easy console to develop for and the fact that so few are taking the time and resources to figure it out is disappointing. At least Valve is starting to take the initiative…

So despite the fact that these are mostly hardware based faults, they are more luxury. Sony was losing money on the PS3 from the get go and removing these small things and bringing the price down shows determination and confidence that the console can come out on top above all the rest. I feel that in due time, it will.

About Ian Long

Ian Long is the resident Canadian. Likes new games but prefers old ones. He is also usually the one that has an opinion that the rest don't agree with.