The PS3 Dilemma: The Future of Sony’s Playstation 3
By OtakuDante On 22 Feb, 2011 At 09:06 AM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, PlayStation | With 2 Comments

Over the years seasoned gamers have come to expect the constant evolution that takes place in the world of video games. There have been many consoles released during my time as a gamer, and they are still being made as I type this editorial. I’ve seen many consoles in my time, from the Atari 2600 to the current next gen consoles like the Xbox 360. Out of all the systems I play only a handful of them are worth revisiting. Some of those just happen to be the PlayStation consoles that were released by Sony. When PlayStation was at it’s best it seemed gaming could not get any better. There were epic RPGs, and even fighting games created that paved the way for the next generation of consoles. I’m truly grateful for that experience.

"PSOne w/Monitor"

Those of you who know me, or follow my tweets on Twitter realize how serious of a PlayStation 3 gamer I am. I’m constantly tweeting about putting the hurt on some poor noob in Call Of Duty: Black Ops, or totally ruling someone in Super Street Fighter IV. I’ve owned my PS3 for close to two years now, and have really enjoyed it until recently. As most of you have  heard, or witnessed first hand, the PlayStation has been dealt several blows by hackers, and half done game releases. Since the end of last year, and the beginning of 2011, it appears to me that the PlayStation has been going downhill. Every time I log onto Twitter, it seems that some bad news is being released that concerns PlayStation, or its creators.

"Playstation 3 Console"

The current issues, or rumors are pretty big. If they’re true then PlayStation’s future is looking rather dim. One rumor is that ‘LG’ is trying to ban PS3s from the US. That issue revolves around some dispute that ‘LG’ has about patent infringing by SONY. I won’t go into details, because I’m not sure what’s rumor and what isn’t. The fact of the matter is that if this whole ordeal is true then the PS3 could become an obsolete system. I’m totally outraged by the whole entire thing! I have spent nearly $1,000 on my PS3, and games! I’m honestly sick of it all, the hackers, the half done games, and all of these legal issues!

The catastrophe doesn’t seem to end with the lawsuit either. The second rumor, or issue involves a hacker attack on PS3 gamers credit card info. To add insult to injury, it is rumored that PS3 owners’ credit card info is currently vulnerable to a hacker attack through their PS3 console! Luckily I don’t deal with credit cards, but I definitely feel sorry for those that this situation has effected. A good friend of mine also brought to my attention that Sony keeps all of your info on a separate server, so even if you did manage to delete it from your PS3 it’s likely that it’s still on Sony’s server! That would make the info still readily available for ID thieves, or hackers!

In all honesty I don’t see the PS3 surviving much longer. I’ve debated whether or not I want to stick with Sony, and their PS3 considering the heavy blows it has taken so far. If you follow my tweets on Twitter you’ve most likely seen the comments I’ve made that I might pack my gamer bags, and hop aboard the Nintendo train. As humorous as that is, I have given it serious consideration. I realize the issues are not 100% Sony’s fault, but it seems to me that they would care enough about their customers to have put some effective security measures in order to protect them from situations like these. If this PS3 dilemma as I call it gets any worse I truthfully can’t see myself supporting Sony or it’s PlayStation products any longer. I sit here typing this editorial for all of my readers wondering what happened to the gaming industry I once loved? Where has the fun that I once experienced while playing Castlevania: SoTN, or Final Fantasy VII gone?

I’m sure many of you are as upset as I am about the whole thing. Whatever your stand is one the situation feel free to leave a comment below letting us know.

About - I'm a hardcore PS3 gamer, age 31. Currently I'm into RPGs, FPS, and Fighting games. Some of the games I'm currently into include Super Street Fighter IV, Marvel vs Capcom 3, Killzone 3, and CoD: Black Ops.

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  2. San_Andreas says:

    Everything considered, Sony didn’t do too badly. It took them four years to really break the PS3.

    By contrast, the 360 was hacked almost instantly, and it’s about as poorly secured as Windows is. The difference is that MS is able to use the threat of permabans from Xbox Live as leverage against hackers. Every few months you’ll read about Microsoft doing a sweep for modded 360s and locking them out of Live. Sony needs to start doing this as well. In order to get your credit card info off of Live, you also have to call Microsoft directly and have them remove it.

    The Wii has also been hacked constantly since its release, which is why Nintendo keeps constantly releasing firmware updates that wipe out any homebrew apps you have on the Wii.

    I no longer have credit cards on either PSN or Live. I use prepaid cards to get anything online.

    The Sony situation is something I see as one symptom of a more systemic problem in today’s video gaming. Internet connectivity has brought us online gaming and downloadable games. On the other side of the coin, it’s also brought us hackers that can hurt our gaming experiences from a thousand miles away, increasingly invasive DRM to try to combat them, half-finished games relying on the crutch of post-release patching, and nickel-and-dime DLC. I don’t think any video game company was prepared for the seventh generation, and hopefully MS, Sony, and Nintendo will go into the future with a more concrete game plan to ensure a future that will have something to offer us other than iOS and Facebook social games.

    Anyway, great blog, great blog.

  3. OtakuDante says:

    I totally agree San_Andreas. I had no idea that Nintendo was also being hacked. What upsets me about the whole PS3 ordeal is the hackers so-called motivation behind what they are doing. They claim that they are getting back at Sony for basically taking away their right to hack the console. In my opinion this couldn’t get any more ignorant. Not only are the hackers’ actions hurting Sony, but the gamers who own the PS3 as well. I’m totally with you on using prepaid cards for game DLC. I wouldn’t trust any online gaming system enough to use a credit card, especially with the recent attacks on the PS3. Another thing I cannot stand is the half finished games you mentioned. I’ve bought one of them myself, and wasn’t happy about it at all. It seemed like the gaming company in question was trying to get by cheap by having the gamers find all the problems. MS, Sony,and Nintendo need to all start focusing on the security of their customers, and what is important to them. The customers are the whole reason they thrive as the Gaming giants they are.

  4. ReasonableDiscourse says:

    First of all, the LG suit is a punitive suit after Sony sued LG on December 28th where LG phones and blu-ray players infringe on 7 Sony patents. The likelihood of LG getting an injunction to prevent PS3s from being sold in North America is absolutely zero. At some point whichever company’s liability is greater than the other will reach a settlement that covers all the infringements and an undisclosed sum will be paid. It’s just a negotiation tactic to bring people to the table.

    Second, the credit card issue only causes a security vulnerability to those people who have installed the custom firmware.

  5. Tom says:

    Like news or any sort I think a lot of things tend to only talk about the negative side of things because they’re bound to get better hits then most things.

    I don’t think you’ll find it any better getting a Wii or 360. I’ve been enjoying my PS3 more as of late with the better games to download and overall better games coming out this year for it then either 360/Wii. My 360/Wii are gathering dust as we speak as there isn’t any worthwhile games till the fall.

    I do agree though about the credit cards. I just moved my account to PSN cards instead as well. Hopefully Sony settles things with all those court cases going on.

  6. Istanbull says:

    Lol why would I jump to another console when PS3 is the best console out there with the best and most exclusives, numbers don’t lie:

  7. Plstcsldgr says:

    They can’t mess with your Credit card info unless you are hacking the system and using custom firmware your self so that doesn’t matter at all unless your one of these dicks.

  8. AgentGreyFox says:

    In all honestly, I believe that you are letting the media, and various gaming “news” sites influence your decision. The PS3 has an extemely strong line up. Secondly, its not the only hacked system and the PS2 was hacked for years which didn’t influence Sony’s dominance. This alone makes your argument void.

  9. zeroskie says:


    Relax. If anything the PS3 and SONY are going stronger than ever. Let me clarify a few things for you. I hope it makes you feel better.

    1) The PC, X360, Wii, PSP and DS have all been hacked and piracy is rampant on those consoles. The reason there’s so much news about the PS3 being hacked is because it was the only console to hold out for such a long time. Also, SONY is rumored to be making their new batch of PS3 slims with a hardware update to actually prevent hacking. As an interesting corallary, this press about the PS3 being hacked has actually sold more consoles and given SONY more of an install base for when they fix this whole issue.

    2) Your credit card info is not hackable. Sony doesn’t store your credit card information with just numbers, it’s encrypted in the same way Amazon, PayPal and other trusted websites are encrypted. Hackers may be able to get information about you, but they won’t know what to do with it because it’s all encrypted. And even then it’s unlikely that your profile can be hacked because each PS3 has a unique ID, like a mac-address that lets SONY match your PSN ID with your PS3.

    3) The patent infringement fight between SONY and LG is not going to amount to anything. It’s just a spitting contest between the companies lawyers to makes each other back off from their respective industries. It’s all bark and no bite, and this happens all the time. Apple and HTC had the same thing going on a couple of years ago over their phones and it amounted to nothing. Years ago Panasonic sued BOSE over tech infringement and now they work together to make car speakers.

    So basically relax. People like to hype about one thing or the other, but if you look closely, there’s no disaster approaching.

  10. HeavY says:

    Can you say that an X-bot fanboy wrote this article?
    PS3 is the best console in the market, there is no reason to go to any other system (Specially to play “motion controll games where you are the controller, pew pew”

  11. Lavabeast says:

    DC Universe Online,the new elder scrolls…cm’on now a jump to the wii under such circumstances is foolish.

  12. OtakuDante says:

    DUDE!!! I didn’t expect to get so many replies … I’m kind of flattered 😉 First let me state that I tried to make it clear that what I was talking about in the articles may be rumors. In no way was I saying I totally bought into them. The only thing I have encoutered that is legitimate is the in-game hacking/cheating in online PS3 games, and the rather unfinished release of CoD: black Ops. Second of all I’m totally not an X-bot fanboy (I found that pretty humerous Btw). If you ever stop by twitter look at my profile, and it says Hardcore PS3 gamer 😉 I totally appreciate all of your comments, both the good and the humerous 😉 Keep the comments coming. I appreciate it when people take the time to read what I or any of the other staff have to say. Have an Awesome day everyone!

  13. Tom says:

    Nah I am sticking with PS3 for my primary console I have the 360 and a Wii but PS3 is just more stable/reliable overall. As for hopping on board with Ninteno, what are you nuts? Even the most die hard Ninty fans are waning with the Wii’s lack of software and completely abysmal upcoming prospects. Nintendo has just not made a good home console since the SNES and the successor to the Wii will not likely change that it always comes down the the same thing lacking 3rd pary support and 1 or 2 1st party releases a year (if your lucky). Microsoft concerns me, I don’t know what their intentions are. Honestly I would not be surprised if their next console was not even a console but rather a platform that has a minimum spec sheet but different configurations. Almost as if it were a more unified Windows gaming platform with all the games distributed over the XBL service (which I am not a fan of).

  14. Marcin says:

    TOM.. i could not agree more.. I used to be a DIE HARD NINTENDO FAN.. though i has both PSX and N64. currently i own all 3 and i am an xbox guy to be honest but i was all for the wii until i got my xbox. Now the only reason my wii is turned on is to play SMASH BROS.

    the wii messed up in 2 sections.. the NO-HD part, and more importantly POOR ONLINE. though online for Mario Strikers was decent the rest were crap.

  15. OtakuDante says:

    Tom, thanks for taking time to leave a comment 😉 My intentions are to stick with the PS3. I totally agree with what you said about the Wii & the Xbox 360. I am still thinking about getting an Xbox 360 at some point, but my loyalty will still be with the PS3. I like the free online for sure, and the game selection is sweet! I also just heard that ‘Catherine’ will be coming out this summer! That’s even more reason to stick with the PS3 😉

  16. gerrad says:

    the ps3 is an excellent concole this world is full of competition and thats why rumors come out ,, the hacking dosent affect me single player here , all games i played were completed , love rpgs..get the prepaid cards guys and play Demon Souls…..

  17. Rico says:

    Sony wastes more time trying to stop piracy than pleasing its honest customers.

  18. wolfkin says:

    hmm… intriguing.

  19. Gehennakat says:

    I think all the platforms need to be a little more forward thinking. Sony’s biggest mistake, in my opinion, is that they aren’t backing the Vita enough. This should be their flagship device, and short of Golden Abyss, Mortal Kombat, and a few other titles there’s nothing mind blowing. I play mostly ps1, ps2, and PSP titles on my Vita via the Ad Hoc app on PSN (Monster Hunter FTW). Even Xbox needs to start thinking more next gen and stop rehashing GoW and Halo. Let’s get some new IP going.

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