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YMMV: PlayStation 3
  • Author's Saving Throw: Discontinuing the 20GB model and reducing the price for the 60GB model to $499 to help PS3 compete with the 360 after a rough first year.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The "Cell" microprocessor. In theory, it was an extremely powerful chip with second to none parallel processing capabilities that blew 360's processor out of the water. In reality, it was so hard to work with that the raw power didn't translate into better or smoother gameplay.
  • Fan Dumb: You're more likely to hear of PS3 fans going after critics for 8.8 or He Panned It, Now He Sucks scores of their exclusives, even if the game in question hasn't been released to the public yet.
  • Follow the Leader: After the 360's achievements system became a fan favorite, Sony implemented Trophies in 2009.
  • Growing the Beard: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots was the first game to really show what PS3 was capable of. PS3 started to grow another beard in late 2008, when its serious games drought began to let up and 360 stopped getting big titles as timed exclusives.
  • Hate Dumb: The $599 model with a 60GB hard drive got a ton of hate, but no one bothered to notice that the other model, $499 with a 20GB hard drive, was the same deal Microsoft offered with the 360.
  • Internet Backdraft: The $599 price tag, the original "boomerang" controller design, Ken Kutaragi's comments that the high price should motivate gamers to work harder so they could afford it.
  • Irony: The Blu-Ray drive and Cell processor helped drive up the cost of developing for PS3 to the point that developers couldn't take advantage of either, as they had to port their games to 360 and PC to remain profitable.
  • Memetic Mutation: The PS3 has no games. Explanation 
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: By Wii and 360 from about 2006 to 2009. The 360 had a stronger lineup for most of that time and cost less, while the Wii's motion controls were blowing audiences away everywhere.
  • Tainted by the Preview: The reveal at E3 2005 went very poorly: The controller and price tag got negative reviews, and the system premiere came across as generally arrogant.
  • He Just Didn't Care: When asked to defend the $599 price tag, Ken Kutaragi said gamers should feel motivated to work harder so they could afford it. Needless to say, this came across as condescending and arrogant to most people in the audience.
  • Vindicated by History: PS3 got mixed to bad press from the moment it was revealed through launch and sold poorly in in its first year on the market, leading analysts & critics to ask if Sony was done as a console manufacturer. Fast-forward to 2013, when PS3 has edged out 360 for second place worldwide with 80 million sold, and has been the best-selling console of 2012 and 2013, with game lineups that put the competition to shame.

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