E3 2009: Why would you buy a PS3 in this day and age?

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Are any of you ardent Sony PS3 supporters concerned with the way things have turned out? You lost Final Fantasy exclusivity (well, outside of Japan) at last year‘s E3, and Metal Gear this year. Those are two of the biggest franchises that made PlayStation what it is today. Or what it was yesterday, as it were. I’m just trying to think, if I were to buy a PS3 today, what’s in it for me?

I can think of a few reasons why you’d spring for a PS3 over an Xbox 360 before looking at each system’s respective library:

• You hate Microsoft or love Sony.

• You don’t want to pay for Xbox Live, so you opt for the free PSN.

• You just so happen to want a machine that can play games as well as Blu-ray discs.

Keep in mind that plenty of big games are multi-platform, if unequally so (that is, no DLC for the PS3 version, or just a long Xbox 360 timed exclusivity). You’ve got Resident Evil 5, Street Fighter, GTA IV, Fallout 3, Modern Warfare, etc. Hundreds of stuff.

But PS3-exclusive? How many of those are left? God of War, Uncharted, maybe Gran Turismo if it ever comes out… I can’t really think of too many PS3-exclsuive games that would make me want to shell out $400, especially when I’d be be able to buy a 360 for $200.

To be fair, are there any Xbox 360-exclusive games that make my mouth water? Eh, not really. Fable II was fun, sure, but it would not have made me buy the system just to play it. Same thing with Halo: fun, yeah, but not something I’d go crazy over.

Come to think of it, maybe the days of platform-exclusive games are long gone? Development costs are so high these days that publishers can only break even by putting the game on as many systems as possible. Why else would Konami “join the dark side”?

I don’t know, it just seems like Sony’s in a weird position right now. Let’s hope it all turns out for the best.

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