PS3 Five Years Old In America
Five years ago today, a gigantic, fat, plastic baby was born in the Land Of The Free.
PlayStation 3 was released in America five years ago today – do you remember the past? Back in 2006 things were very different: 360 games tended to come on one disc, Blu-rays were still really bloody expensive everywhere, we didn’t expect to see rumble in our sixaxis pads and most of the world was snorting derisively in the direction of Sony.
Well, that’s what it felt like.
I was one of the lucky few to get my hands on a launch US model of the PS3, working as I did in a specialist videogame retailer that simply had to have the new Fancy to put it in the shop window and lure unsuspecting marks… umm… ‘customers’… in.
What do you remember about first locking eyes on a PS3 in the flesh? My memory is one of ‘wow, that’s big’. Because it was. Even today, the fat PS3 is still massive and really heavy. I often forget how heavy it is when I go to pick one up and ferry it around the office.
Have any of you ever hurt yourselves carrying those damn things? I’ve come close.
But the main feeling of around that time was one that the PlayStation 3 was a true luxury item. This was backed up by its glossy sheen, the wealth of features included (built-in wi-fi!) and the fact it was really bloody expensive. People were paying £1,000+ to import US models, for Thor’s sake.
It would be a while until I actually got my own machine, when the UK release came about, and that told a different story. But the US release of the console, when we got one in my shop, brings back oddly warm memories. It’s just a chunk of plastic and metal, but it conjures up a bizarre fondness.
Still, Sonylol and all that.
What do you remember from all those five years ago?