The glare from its polished black sheen is almost blinding, but the first fully-functional PS3 to be seen, held and heavy-petted outside of Sony is now in the hands of Playstation 3 Magazine
. Their initial impressions?
"The pads lighter than we anticipated and we were pleasantly surprised by the top-notch feel when controlling the vehicles with the pads motion rather than the sticks. We also got to grips with Resistance: Fall of Man too. The jury's still out on this one but it looks amazing; like proper next-gen."
Today is a big one for PS3 fanboys everywhere. It's not the TGSs, the press releases or the game trailers that get me pumped for a big console launch. That's all manufactured, artificially polished. What's real, and what's really exciting, is seeing the final game cases, seeing the final demo kiosks in stores and seeing the actual console out in the wild... running actual games and being played by actual gamers who are now in the process of reviewing the entire experince.
As of today, the PS3 is no longer something powered only by PR and marketing. Today, for better or worse, the PS3 is real.