Best PS3 games out right now
Updated to include the $200 PlayStation 3 now available in the U.S. on 8/19/2013 at 10:40 am.
Have you ordered a next-generation gaming console? The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are set to hit shelves this fall, and retailers have already had to resupply several times to keep up with demand.
But buying a just-released console isn't always smart. In fact, if you're looking for a gaming console —particularly if you're new to gaming in general or console gaming, in particular — you might actually want to buy a current generation machine.
Why? For one, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have never been cheaper, and they'll only drop in price in the coming months, particularly during and after the holiday season, when all the focus will be on the new consoles.
But there are even more reasons why you should consider buying a current-generation gaming console, such as more-reliable hardware and a better selection of games.
Newer isn't always better
It's been seven years since the PlayStation 3 came out and eight years since the Xbox 360 debuted, so you know Sony and Microsoft have been thinking about their new consoles for a while now. Still, in the few months leading up to the release, there's a mad dash to rush testing and hastily apply fixes in order to get a mostly functional product on the shelves in time for the holiday rush.
That means there are going to be bugs. Just like the Xbox 360 had launch bugs, such as the now-infamous "red ring of death, " the newer consoles will have some glitches, both in the hardware and the online gaming networks. If being an early adopter isn't important to you, it's usually better to wait a few months to a year before purchasing a brand-new technology.
Plus, the launch versions of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 won't be backward-compatible, meaning that games designed for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 won't work on them. Sony does have plans to make its older games available on the PlayStation 4 via a streaming service over the PlayStation Network, but this feature won't be available at launch, and a release date has yet to be confirmed. Microsoft, on the other hand, has said that backward compatibility is not part of its marketing strategy.
Upcoming PS3 and Xbox 360 games
The lack of backward compatibility means that if you buy a next-generation console right away, you might miss some of the great-looking games that are still set to come out in the two months before the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 arrive.