– [JAMES] Should you buy a PlayStation 3 in 2018? The PS3 was released originally back in 2006 and since then has had a ton of games, peripherals, and even console redesigns, but should you buy one nowadays? Well that’s what we’re going to discuss in today’s video! Welcome to Stuff We Play, where I unfortunately do not have 3 PS3s, but if that’s okay with you, why not subscribe? So today we’re talking about the PlayStation 3. Everything and anything about it. A buying guide of sorts. It’s much in the same vein as my other buying guides, such as my 3DS buying guide, it’s somewhere up there. So without further ado, let’s get right into it! The PlayStation 3 was released back in 2006, and it was a strange console that could support this new format called “Blu-Ray”, ooooh! And I ultimately didn’t get one until a few years later because it was nearly $700USD in its original form! Gah, it was probably going to be more expensive originally especially with that funky looking controller that it had when it was announced, but the first model had some flaws and if I remember correctly it had some reliability issues. So they later release a redesigned Slim model. That was the version that I ultimately got. Those are supposedly more reliable though funnily enough I ended up having one’s disc drive die on me. Granted, I got the infamous Street Figther X Tekken and upon popping that game disc into my PS3 Slim, the disc drive just died immediately. I think it’s Street Fighter X Tekken’s fault for killing it. So years go by and finally the PS4 comes out and around that time they release this: the PS3 Super Slim. In this model, what’s nice is that while the earlier models had a motorized disc tray, this one doesn’t. Oooh, it has Sonic Generations in there! But yeah, this one has a spring-loaded disc tray. It’s definitely the cheapest looking PS3 but like all of them it feel very solid and well built. PS3s are pretty cheap nowadays. I bought my PS3 Super Slim, that’s the 3rd revision, back in 2016 for a whopping $90CAD. However, if you want one of the original launch model PS3s, that might run you around $150 or so and that’s for one reason: backwards compatibility. Every model of PS3, along with being able to play PS3 games off of discs and download games from the PlayStation Network, can play PlayStation 1 games off the disc. “But what about the PlayStation 2?” I hear some of you asking. The very 1st model of the PS3 had hardware emulated PS2 compatibility. The system would be able to play PS2 games because it literally had an actual PS2 shoved inside it. And after that, they took it out entirely! And you can’t play PS2 games. But if you really just want to play PS3 games, then ignore all of what I just said and get a PS3 Super Slim. I feel that especially if you get a later model PS3 you should have no issues, PSN is still live, and there’s a ton of great games for it! One of the best things about the PS3 was the games. The beautiful thing about PS3 games is that, at the making of this video, you can still buy them at your local EB Games/GAME/GameStop or whatever you local major game retail chain is and of course at any Mom and Pop game store. And they’re cheap! The most expensive PS3 game that I’ve come across that’s not a special edition, as this was the generation when special editions became huge and, yeah, I’m not getting into those, but the most expensive game that I’ve gotten in the past year was this, which is Persona 5. And why was that? Because this was a late release PS3 game. As such, I actually found my copy new. Well what games would I specifically recommend for the PS3? Well I can safely say that there’s something for everyone here. You have your shooters, of course, you have your platformers, your racers, and in fact, the main reason I originally wanted a PS3 was for Gran Turismo 5. It’s unfortunately not a game that I have anymore, but I do have Gran Turismo 6 and it’s such a great game. You can’t go wrong with Gran Turismo, especially with a force feedback steering wheel and it’s such a solid racing experience that I just can’t recommend it enough. But there are 5 more games that I have here with me to go over. Persona 5. I already brought this up. But, this game is also on PlayStation 4. In fact, it’s probably better on that system. Pretty much the plot is you’re part of a group called the Phantom Thieves living in Japan, you’re high school students, and the soundtrack is amazing. Then there’s Akiba Strip. It’s not a great game, okay. Pretty much, there are these vampire-like guys going about and the best way to kill them is you actually have to strip them. Like, there’s no nudity here, but you literally strip them down and the sunlight burns their skin up and stuff. It’s such a silly, stupid game but I bought it for a whopping $6 and you know what, at that price yeah, I’d love to go around Akihabara ripping clothes off of people to make them burn up in the sun and then to also play weird arcade games and stuff. The next game I’m going to recommend is a multiplatform game. But, it’s one that I feel obligated to mention as I’m a Sonic fanboy. That’s Sonic Generations. You can play as either Modern Sonic, playing much as he did in the daytime stages of Sonic Unleashed, or Classic Sonic, who here tries to replicate how he played in the classic games on the Sega Genesis. He’s not 1:1 but it’s very solid. The stages are all fun and based off of previous titles up to this point in the series and features bosses such as Metal Sonic or Perfect Chaos for you to fight with again. And, it’s an absolute blast. The next game I’m going to recommend is a horror game. It’s another one that’s on other system and another one that apparently has performance problems on the PS3, though I haven’t noticed a ton, and that’s Alien: Isolation. You’re playing as Amanda Ripley and you’re going through this ship. It’s been 15 years after the 1st Alien film. So, there’s an actual xenomorph that’s lurking around and what’s incredible about the xenomorph here is its adaptive AI. For example, there are vents scattered around the ship and if the AI realizes that “Oh, you aren’t hiding in the vents” or whatnot, well then it’s going to start hiding there so it can attack you. I loved this game for the entirety of my playthrough. And the final game that I’m going to mention of these recommendations is a game that’s the best Zelda game that’s not a Zelda game. That’s 3D Dot Game Heroes. It’s everything that a Zelda 4 should’ve been. Y’know, like a “Link to the Past”-style Zelda 4. Pretty much, you’re going through this medieval world that’s made up of pixel-y graphics but in 3D of course and you have a giant sword that takes up half the screen when you’re at full health! So you go through dungeons and various towns and you collect hearts and stuff like that but one of the coolest things here in 3D Dot Game Heroes, though, is you! Instead of having a static character, though there is a base character that you can use, you can actually create your own character! If you want, you can play a Zelda game essentially as a tank! It’s great. It’s fun. You’re doing yourself a disservice by not buying 3D Dot Game Heroes. So that’s cool and all but what else can you do besides games? Well let’s get into that in the next section! What can the PS3 do besides your traditional-style games? Well of course you can use like Netflix and Hulu and whatnot, and there were a variety of peripherals. There were several versions of the controller. The first one was called the “Sixaxis” but, don’t get that, get the Dualshock 3! It’s more prolific and the only difference is the original Sixaxis PS3 controller didn’t have rumble features. Along with that, there was your stuff like DDR pads RockBand instruments, but one that I’d quickly like to bring up here is this: the PlayStation Move. Now for those of you who are unfamiliar, this thing right here is essentially a Wiimote but with a glowing ball on the top. It’s compatible with the PlayStation Camera and there’s also a little wireless nunchuck-like-thing that you can use for your non-dominant hand. Not a ton of games use this. I have one, but it’s Sports Champions, which is pretty much just a more boring version of Wii Sports. I know there’s a version for the PS4 now that goes along with the PSVR and a lot of games there use it, but, but is there really any reason to use the PS3’s version of PlayStation Move? No. Now, these peripherals are great and all and a lot of you YouTubers out there may be like “Wow this is a great budget console that I could get!” Perhaps not. One issue I have had with the PlayStation 3 is its HDMI-out. Mainly, it has HDCP encoding, and unlike on the PlayStation 4, you can’t turn it off. What does that mean? Essentially, if you use the PS3’s HDMI-out with a capture card to try to capture gameplay footage from a PlayStation 3, all you’ll get is a black screen with no audio. For mine, to get around that, I had to get component cables. But, as I know some TVs nowadays don’t even have component inputs, then if you aren’t able to use component cables then maybe this isn’t great for you if you’re a YouTuber. However, something that I will bring up as well which I think is important to bring up because I know this was actually a selling point for a few people is that the PS3 can function as a Blu-Ray player. I remember that when I got mine and I found that out that it was crazy! Especially because my parents were actually wanting to get a Blu-Ray player! But then I was like “No! Mom! Dad! My PlayStation can play Blu-Rays!” Seriously, if you want a great Blu-Ray player, get… well get a PS3. Well, if you don’t own a Blu-Ray player, or a PS4, or, if you want to play 4K Blu-Rays, maybe you’re better off getting an Xbox One S, but unlike an Xbox One this actually has games for you to play on it. But anyways, before I go off snarking other consoles for a bit, do you think you should buy a PlayStation 3 in 2018? I personally think that if you have the money for one and if you want a new PlayStation console to add to your collection this is the one to get! I’ll be honest, for probably about $100 you could get a PS3 Super Slim, a controller or 2, and a few great games. And that sounds awesome! And, it’s something that is well built and will last you for years to come. So, should you buy a PS3 in 2018? If you haven’t, yeah, do it. But anyways, leave your thoughts on this console down in the comment section below but more than that, leave me your memories with the PlayStation 3 or any PlayStation console down there as well and while you’re at it, why don’t you subscribe to Stuff We Play for more great content like this. If you enjoyed this video, why not support us on Patreon, so with that, thank you very much for watching, stay classy, and I will see you… next time!