Should You Keep Your PS3?

As the next iteration of the PlayStation line readies itself for release, you may find yourself asking what you will do with your PlayStation 3 console once the PS4 is out.

Above all, fans still interested in playing any games from the last few years will want to hold on to the console. This is because Sony says that old PS3 games, whether digital or retail, cannot be played on the PlayStation 4 natively, meaning you'll still need your PlayStation 3 for the time being. In addition to this, there are still plenty of upcoming games to check out that are due for release on the PlayStation 3.

The following is a list of games that can still be purchased before the PlayStation 4 arrives:

- God of War: Ascension is due for release on the PlayStation 3 on March 12;

- Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel will release on March 26;

- BioShock Infinite arrives on March 26;

- Injustice: Gods Among Us is due on April 16;

- Metro: Last Light will release on the PlayStation 3 on May 14;

- Naughty Dog's highly anticipated title, The Last of Us, is due on June 14;

- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist arrives on August 20;

- Grand Theft Auto V releases September 17;

- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag comes to the PlayStation 3 on October 29

Should You Keep Your PS3?This is also not an all-inclusive list; back in September, Sony promised it would continue to support this generation's console over the next three years, or until 2015. Says the vice president of hardware marketing, John Koller: "A lot of great content is coming, and over the next 2-3 years, the PS3 has got an incredible lineup." We can expect Sony to stay true to its promise; as a testament to the company's faith, Sony continued to manufacture the PlayStation 2 for a rather long time -- in fact, the Middle East still currently has market for the PS2, seven years after the PS3 was released.

Sony only stopped making new PlayStation 2 consoles this past January, with the last game made for the PlayStation 2 released as late as September 2012. All this means is that we can certainly expect the PlayStation 3 to remain an important part of gamers' lives long after the PlayStation 4 comes.

In addition, fans who purchased a PlayStation 3 console at launch likely still have a full backwards-compatible device. A feature not present in later consoles, owners of these special PS3s can still play PlayStation 2 games. This effectively makes your console a rather all-in-one and all-inclusive entertainment device, running all of your favorite games wrapped up in one object. Of course, all PlayStation 3 consoles can play any original PlayStation retail discs with an internal memory card for convenience.

However, even if you don't mind the thought of selling your old games, your PlayStation 3 still has a use in other aspects of entertainment. For example, the PlayStation 3 uses a Blu-ray drive rather than a standard DVD drive, meaning you can watch high-definition Blu-ray movies on your television. The drive can also play standard DVDs, which doubles its function and eliminates the need for another entertainment device. Those who prefer to go the digital route can also take advantage of the hundreds of television shows and movies found on Hulu Plus and Netflix, respectively.

Of course, you can always sell your PlayStation 3 console to a retailer, trade it in for in-store credit or even donate your console to someone in need; if you ever want to go back and play your old games, you do not need to worry about never being able to find the console again. Currently, there are plenty of used PlayStation 3 consoles available in a variety of stores; at the moment, you'll only need to pay about $200 to get a 40 GB refurbished console, and we can likely expect this price to drop in the future as more and more players purchase PlayStation 4 consoles.

All in all, even when we are so close to a PlayStation 4 release, there is still plenty of use for the PlayStation 3. Whether it remains a game system for current generation titles or turns into an all-inclusive entertainment box, you can definitely find something to do with your console even when the next-generation device releases this holiday season.

Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 3/13/2013

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