2010 Video Game Buying Guide

Sony PS3 and PSP

The two different PlayStation 3 systems that are available are virtually the same thing this season. You have the 160GB model for $299 and the 250GB model for $324.99 with neither of the systems being backwards compatible to play PlayStation 2 games at this point. As a note, though, the 250GB system is no longer in production, but is still available in many stores this holiday season.

PlayStation 3 also has some system exclusives that make it worth grabbing. One of the most well-known is the God of War series, which stands out as one of the best action games in both the PS2 and PS3 generations. Also, there is the Gran Turismo series, with the 5th edition coming out sometime in the near future. The Uncharted series is another popular one on the PS3.

Finally, the PS3 is capable of playing Blu-ray discs. If you do not already own a Blu-ray player, this could be a reason to go with the PS3 over the 360 if system exclusives for either camp do not sway you.

Our Picks
Playstation 3 160GB
Our two PS3 recommendations are similar to our 360 picks. Just like with the Xbox 360, our first pick is targeted at the older gamers. GameStop is offering a great bundle – a PS3 with the entire God of War series for $299.99 – but if you're buying for a family, Best Buy’s bundle is the way to go. Little Big Planet and ModNation Racers are great games that will have a lot of replay value, and Cars is a good movie addition.

Sony PSP

Sony's PSP, while it hasn't been too popular as of late, is still a very solid system. It is more suited for general media consumption – watching movies, surfing the net and listening to music – as opposed to just games. There are currently two flavors of the system on the market, the PSP-3000 and the PSPgo. The PSP-3000 is the one we’d recommend at this point – you can buy any UMD (PSP's disc system) to play games with the system. It is $169.99 ($199.99 if you buy it bundled with a game such as God of War: Ghost of Sparta).

On the other hand, the PSPgo is a hard system to recommend. While it is smaller, it is digital only, meaning that you cannot plug UMDs into this system. It currently retails for $199.99. System exclusives for both are comparable to their parent system, much like with the DSi. God of War, Gran Turismo and the like are typical system exclusives on the PSP.

Our Picks
PSP Bundles this year are rather slim. There is only one variety being offered, a version with Little Big Planet and Karate Kid. K-Mart's $129 Bundle is slightly better than the others as it includes a $15 gaming coupon. Target's deal is $127, but excludes the coupon. In this case, it may be best to grab the system at whichever store you're already going to.


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November 20, 2010
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