I’m saying that as a console it’s got a lot more to offer than just gaming. As a platform with a distinct and distinctive identity (in addition to its hand-crafted and proprietary platforming and RPG-lite), it has a lot to offer. It’s got a lot to offer in terms of breadth and depth. What I’m saying is this: don’t buy your PlayStation 3 expecting to play games on it. Don’t buy your PlayStation 3 expecting to play games on it. And if you want to play games on it, then don’t buy any games at all. Because the PlayStation 3 is a platform with a distinct and distinctive identity, it is a console with a lot to offer in the world of gaming. It is a console that’s very different in so many ways from the PlayStation 2 and the PlayStation 3. And it is very different in so many ways that it’s understandable that people might feel confused about it. Above: Don’t worry, it’s still the PlayStation 3! Because it’s so different, it’s understandable that people might feel confused. And that confusion is understandable. Because, quite frankly, there’s a lot to think about when you start to look at the PlayStation 3. What is it, Sony? What are the differences, and how does it stack up to the other consoles? It’s a giant, complex beast, and there are many factors that will factor into your decision. But let’s start with the PlayStation 3 and its specific features. And let’s start with the PlayStation 3’s unique features. Above: Internal hard drives are great for storing games and saves, but external storage is where the gaming community will be storing their downloaded games If you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber, your downloads will have a priority. If you aren’t, they won’t even come to you. And the more time that you spend on PlayStation Network, the more important it is for you to be on top of every game every week. And there are a lot of titles that will give you that. But if you want to get the games on your PlayStation 3, you’ll need to use a PlayStation Network that is compatible with the system. So what does the PlayStation 3’s storage mean for you? It’s not just that the PlayStation 3’s storage will be free of charge. Like the Xbox 360’s, it’s a component of your monthly subscription. But to actually gain access to the virtual world that PlayStation 3 players will be living in, you will need to have a subscription that is paid for on top of your PlayStation Plus membership. If you have a PlayStation Plus subscription, you can also purchase digital games. Above: We’re guessing the difference between a digital game and a disc game will be less significant than the difference between a 360 game and a PS3 game So let’s look at the next-gen consoles first – how big is the difference? In the case of the Xbox 360, the biggest difference is that you’ll need a disc-drive dedicated to your Xbox Live account. Sorry – analog sticks don’t work on Xbox 360. They’re better on PS3. But the difference between the Wii and the PlayStation 3 is probably the least significant thanks to the fact that the PlayStation 3 is a digital medium, meaning that buying games there will be easier for publishers and developers to manage. The biggest difference between a digital game and a disc game will be less significant than the difference between a digital game and a disc game. Above: Developers will be able to use the disc to distribute their games to the PlayStation Network. Microsoft will not The Switch’s biggest difference is that you’ll need a Nintendo Network ID for online play. And yes, that means that means you’ll need a Nintendo Network ID if you want to play games online, but it’s a big deal. But what happens to downloading games on the go from your hard drive? It’s going to be a different story for the Switch. The process of getting the game from a disc to a digital game is different. However, there is a similar process for getting a game from an Xbox One or PS4 disc to a Nintendo Network ID. So let’s take a look at the Switch’s download process. Above: Don’t worry – your games will still play! The method that I used to get the Green Arrow is actually a little bit different to the way that I would have liked to have got it. I was able to download the game on my Switch from my console while the disc was spinning, and then I unbox it and pull the disc out. Before I pulled it out, I had to eject the case, which then warped the disc out of the slot.