So just a day or two ago, I finally got around to getting my PS3 that I’ve been talking about for a while. The need for HD signal is really what drove the decision. I couldn’t settle for my crummy PS2 driving my new TV.
Unfortunately, while I picked up the PS3 earlier the HDMI cable did not come until today. Until that point I was connecting using the S-Video cable from my PS2 (480i = balls). Now though, we have upgraded to the 1080p/720p/480p set for games and movies.
I still don’t have a Blu-ray movie yet (I’ve requested some from BB Online but they have not come) and I still don’t actually own any disc-based PS3 games. I tried to rent Call of Duty 3 but the Blockbuster store I went to accidentally gave me the PS2 version so I’ve got to go exchange it sometime.
I have been abusing the ability to download demos to the machine though. I’ve got the Resistance: Fall of Man, Motorstorm, Full Auto 2 downloaded already and am in the process of downloading the Ridge Racer 7 demo. I’ve also purchased flOw, Blast Factor, and the free Gran Turismo HD games that are available in the store.
GTHD is kind of interesting in that it’s Gran Turismo (which I haven’t played since GT2 on my original Playstation) but kind of annoying since it’s one track and only 10 cars. Supposedly a better free version may be coming out later this year with the full version coming out sometime next year.
Blast Factor and flOw are cool because they both use the motion sensing functionality of the controller. I didn’t know how I’d feel about this technology but after seeing how it can be used well in a little game, I think it’s really cool. flOw works so seamlessly with it that it’s amazing. It takes a little bit to get used to, but once you figure it out, it’s pretty sweet. You certainly feel like you’re interacting with the game in a more natural way than if you were just pressing buttons.
Sony recently announced another downloadable game that looks like it will use the the SIXAXIS to great effect as well, Super Rub-a-Dub. So I’m excited to see how future games incorporate this.
I’d also like to comment on how quiet my PS3 is when compared to the old PS2. While the previous system sounded like some asthmatic wind-tunnel the PS3 is virtually silent. This definitely helps make watching movies and playing games a more engrossing experience.
Anyway, that’s it for now. I’m sure I’ll post more about it in the future.