The PS3: The Casual Gamer's Console of Choice?

For the past year, the console wars have raged on, and so far, one clear choice has emerged as the casual gamer's console of choice: the Nintendo Wii. Casuals have flocked to the friendly line-up of easy-to-play minigame compilations and non-traditional games, leaving the PS3 and Xbox 360 pretty much to more hardcore gamers.

But it's not the Wii that may end up being the casual console of choice. It may very well be the PS3.

Why? There are six strong reasons that could appeal to casual gamers:
1. Nintendo has lost total control over the Wii's developers.
2. Blu-ray.
3. Free online.
4. Comparable choices for casual gamers on PSN.
5. Home as more than a gimmick.
6. A strong 2008 line-up.

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TriggerHappy3964d ago

A strong 2008 line-up ?

This is by far the strongest line up ever. Last year was amazing but this year has no rival except maybe a while back when FF and MGS all launched in the same year for the PS2.

wowsauce3964d ago

It's not the strongest lineup ever. It's definately the most exagerated lineup ever.

Jeanne3964d ago (Edited 3964d ago )

"This is by far the strongest line up ever."

Yes, 2008 is looking to top the PS2's 2001 for the greatest year ever for a console by a huge margin.

A huge number of the Playstation's big franchises.
A huge number of brand new big name games.
Most older 2006/2007 games getting new life with Home integration.
And an amazing number of smaller but incredibly high quality PSN games.

wowsauce3964d ago

when did 3 become a huge number?

whoelse3964d ago (Edited 3964d ago )

So this lineup is exaggerated:

Burnout Paradise
Devil May Cry 4
WipEout HD
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue
Metal Gear Solid 4 (inc MGO)
Killzone 2
Resistance 2
Eight Days
Motorstorm 2
Final Fantasy

wowsauce3964d ago

Burnout Paradise - not exclusive
Devil May Cry 4 - not exclusive
WipEout HD - no release date
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue - not my game, but ok
GTA IV - not exclusive
Metal Gear Solid 4 (inc MGO) - same as GT5
LittleBigPlanet - no announced release date
Killzone 2 - no release date
Resistance 2 - no release date
Eight Days - no release date
Motorstorm 2 - no release date
Haze - looks decent
Final Fantasy - no release date

answer: yes it is exagerated...

Electronic Arts3964d ago

Burnout Paradise - fall
Devil May Cry 4 - fall
WipEout HD - this year
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue - not my game, but ok
GTA IV - not exclusive
Metal Gear Solid 4 (inc MGO) - same as GT5
LittleBigPlanet - fall
Killzone 2 - fall
Resistance 2 - fall
Eight Days - fall
Motorstorm 2 - fall
Haze - looks decent
Final Fantasy - whenever

wowsauce3964d ago

I have little faith in TBD 2008 actually being in 2008 for every one of those games. In my experience any release date that doesn't have at least a month is just a way of telling people when you're going to announce that the game is getting delayed.

Palodios3964d ago (Edited 3964d ago )

you don't believe these games will come out? Killzone 2 has been in production for four to five years, and besides Surfer girl, there is absolutely no indication it should be delayed any longer than it already has, considering the big priority sony has placed on it. LittleBigPlanet is really a simple game without major programming needed, so I'm assuming it'll release and there might be expansions or episodic content later if they didn't get it right the first time. Considering Insomniac has NEVER missed a deadline, and they say the Resistance 2 single player storyline is already done, and they already have 60 players running online, its reasonable to say it is coming out. Eight Days and Final Fantasy have never been confirmed for 2008. Motorstorm might not release this year, but it seems probable. Gran Turismo Prolouge, Haze, MGS, and Socom are all coming soon.

As for the others? Tekken 6 has already been in arcades in Japan for a while. Infamous, team-ico project, and a few others are toss-ups. Yakuza 3 will very likely come this year. White Knight Story is very likely to make it out, atleast in Japan. Heavy Rain/ God of War/ Resident Evil and a few other big ones are all slated for 2009.

mikeslemonade3964d ago

The PS3's highest rated games are new i.p. where as MS and Nintendo highest rated ips are rehashed titles.

pharmd3964d ago

casual gamer? how bout the console of choice for anyone thats SMART!!

wowsauce3964d ago

Are you high? Mass Effect Bioshock and Gears of War were all reviewed far and away better than anything on the PS3 (perhaps excepting Uncharted, which probably would have done a lot better if it were released sooner).

mikeslemonade3964d ago

Mass Effect is coming to PS3. Gears of War is a new I.P. but it caters to same Halo hardcore gamer fan. Bioshock is new I.P. but it caters to the same fan as well. The 360 doesn't expand to the casual audience. Crackdown is an example of a game that expands the audience.

sonarus3963d ago

lol at wowsauce. Just hating on ps3 line up

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HowarthsNJ3964d ago

This blog just lost credibility IMO. Whatever.

gonzopia3964d ago

Yeah, I'm not sure where that's coming from either. Heavenly Sword is one of the best action games I've ever played. Great characters, good diverse gameplay, entertaining cut scenes, good use of the SIXAXIS, good graphics. This was one game that helped sell me on the PS3. It's not perfect - but it's highly ranked in my book.

Genuine3964d ago

Any console above $300 can't be considered "casual".

Room 641-A 8 5neDDaM3964d ago

can't be for hardcores, if we're using genuine "logic".

Electronic Arts3964d ago

Hardcore gamers get the games they want, no matter what failure rate

cLiCK_sLiCK93964d ago

And Hardcore gamers own all three systems.

Room 641-A 8 5neDDaM3964d ago

New Message:
9 hours ago | By: Genuine | Block

You got a problem with me fa*got?
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(I had to use an asterisk because the system wouldn't let me post this wonderful message) This is the type of mentality you get with this guy. Typical.

Blank10173964d ago

just cause you have way too much disposable income for games doesn't make you more of a gamer.

Mc1873963d ago

Genuine ain't that bad he just really hates smarta$$es, or anyone that might come off as a smarta$$. He really ain't that bad if you have a civil discussion with him.

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Mikey_Gee3964d ago (Edited 3964d ago )

... I still find myself playing games (online in particular) on my 360 far more. Mind you, Ratchet and Clank and UT3 are awsome, BUT ... my 360 still gets most of the GAME action.

PS3 online being free is great, BUT, I will not BS ... XBL is a much better online service/experience with better communication features.

At least now with HD-DVD being DEAD I feel better buying Blu-ray movies and watching them on my PS3. Perhaps once LBP and KZ2 come along (and Crisis if PS3 exclusive) the tide will turn.

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ukilnme3964d ago

I feel your pain Mikey_Gee.

Mikey_Gee3964d ago (Edited 3964d ago )

What a bunch of tools. God fvcken forbid you give an HONEST comment with no hate or fanboy toward either machine. Just a straight up comment.

I have not logged into this site for over a month and finally decided to start logging back in to see if the retard syndrome was maybe extinguished ............... GUESS NOT !!

I even had to remove my gamertag from my PS3 and 360 since I had a few GOOF BALLS shoot me messages of ill will using that method. REALLY INSANE to say the least.

Genuine3964d ago

The stupidity of sony fanboys is legendary everywhere, not just on this site. I honestly think sony is paying people to mislead unsuspecting gamers on gaming websites. I hope to God that people aren't this diluted for real. I get the same silly treatment though. I could type "water is wet", then watch the disagrees pile up. Here are a couple sites that are very likely sony funded.

The people on this site are sony nazis (and yes quiet a few N4G contributers are members)

This is SPG's "father" site.

Mikey_Gee3964d ago

This sort of stuff almost makes me feel ashamed to even say I am a PS3 supporter.

What else can I say other than .. "WOW" (and not a good WOW either)


AceLuby3963d ago

See, I find myself playing my PS3 FAR more online. The only game that I play online is Halo (though I don't have Gears yet). From what I've experienced the only plus to the 360's online is in-game XMB and better 'online friend' system. I say 'online friend' because I have never met anyone and have only played w/ most of them one time.

I think what it probably comes down to is which system you bought COD4 on. I bought it on my PS3 and if I had bought it on the 360 my 360 would be getting more online play.

Genuine... Your comments are not welcome. Every time you post all I see are 'Sony fanboys' this and 'SDF' that. It isn't necessary or welcome in this zone.

AceLuby3963d ago

I lost a bubble for that...

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