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My PS3 hates me…

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So yesterday, I decided after a long debate with a friend of mine to sell him my PS3. It was an old 60G PS3 and he wanted it for the backwards compatibility. So with the money I went and “upgraded” to the new 80G PS3 bundled with 2 Dualshock 3’s and a copy of Gran Turismo Prologue. All was good and I was when happy I got home.

The happiness ended the moment I opened the box and unpacked it, because as I really should have known they ship PS3’s with the bare essentials. The console is not even HD ready out the box and that’s right, I forgot to buy an HDMI cable. Besides that, just the experience of unpacking the box was disheartening. No headset – seriously, Sony Bluetooth headsets are so cheap these day, why not just throw in a cheap one with some ps3 branding and an Ethernet cable, that would be nice too.

So after my trip back to the store to pick up another Ethernet cable, HDMI cable and a cheap Bluetooth headset I was now ready for online gaming – well, not really. At this point i would just like to note that in the box of a Premium Xbox 360 system, you get a headset, Ethernet cable and an HD solution cable as well. But that aside I finally get to plug the PS3 in, gaming goodness couldn’t be far away now…

But it was. Firstly of course, it’s a new console so it needed an update, unfortunately the update took an hour. With that finally done and another 10 minutes or so to set up my profile, I’m was now ready to game, so I put Gran Turismo in.

“Oh look it’s installing”, “oh and there’s no option to not install”, that’s fantastic, so even if I want to just quickly test the game i had to install it, that’s super. So after what was the longest install of my life – around 25 mins, I could now play games. Too bad then that After 3 hours worth of cables, installs, updates and whatever I really didn’t feel like it anymore.

This all did however get me thinking this morning. I thought the installs were necessary because the “read speed” of Blu-ray Discs was not great, but Motorstrom runs fine, and it doesn’t install? I could run off my conspiracy theory of how Sony know they have issues with the optical drives in the PS3 and in turn have introduced installs to try and extend the life of the drives, instead I’ll just ask that they make installs optional.

The sad ending to all of this is that Christmas is coming and a lot of people may be receiving PS3’s for gifts, I just think it really sucks and borders on unacceptable that all the stuff needed to enjoy your PS3 in not in the box.

Last Updated: November 18, 2008


  1. Syph1n

    November 18, 2008 at 14:14

    Are you new here? Have you visited this site before??

    good luck…..:P


  2. kab123

    November 18, 2008 at 14:18

    Eh if you already had a PS3, then surely you already had a HDMI cable (or new that you’d need one eventually) as well as online account (or knew that you’d need one). AFAIK, you don’t need HDMI cables to play games. You just need them when you want to stream HDCP content… ala blu ray movies. So if you just quickly wanted to “check out” GTP, your trip to get a HDMI cable was your our fault

    As for the rest of your rant…. sux to be you I guess. Don’t really see the point in upgrading from a 40GB to a 80GB anyway.

    Oh and your are you refering to the 60G or 40G model. The 40G model ain’t backward compatible so it sux to be your friend as well I guess.


  3. Kale

    November 18, 2008 at 14:21

    Aaah the wine route (proposed new name for the site) gets another addition. So sell it and buy a 360.


  4. darthdad

    November 18, 2008 at 14:22

    lol, that’s very good! Have you read the Xbox one?


  5. easy

    November 18, 2008 at 14:23

    o so true… i can see all those kids around the world in absolute tears because mommy and daddy bought them a ps3 and it didn’t come with any cables (make that hd cables) and they have to wait 25 mins (???) for an install.
    the life of children nowadays is at an all time low. that must be way kids go loco, its not the games, its the thoughtless and callous parents that buy them ‘soul destroying’ ps3’s and ruin christmas.



  6. Paradox

    November 18, 2008 at 14:23

    Shhh ! Playstation fanboys


  7. 0rk0

    November 18, 2008 at 14:30

    You knew about all of these issues before buying the console.

    You only have yourself to blame for poor planning…

    Most of the people today do research before they buy and with all the mud-slinging going on between the fans it’s very hard to be uninformed about each console’s short comings…

    The purpose of the article is clearly, once again, just there to be negative about the PS3, in true lazygamer tradition.


  8. V@mp

    November 18, 2008 at 14:33



  9. spl0it

    November 18, 2008 at 14:37

    Lazy you better do one of these for the 360 before the Ps3bois hang you.

    I’ll start
    1. No local live support
    2. RROD straight out of the box
    3. No HDD for Arcade even with the NXE coming out
    4. Kicks dogs and steals from old people


  10. Swedish Boys dad

    November 18, 2008 at 14:39

    u should kill yourself


  11. darthdad

    November 18, 2008 at 14:43

    Yea true sploit. I’ll add no charger for the controller. And no HD cable unless you get the Elite as well.


  12. Wolfy

    November 18, 2008 at 14:45

    you can get nxe for your arcade you douchebag you got a 256mb memory unit qand the application is 128 to install do the math


  13. Wolfy

    November 18, 2008 at 14:46

    wowowow im lost so you have to install EVERY single game you wanna play on your PS3??? I thought it was optional. HAHAHAHA omg thats a laugh and BD is suspose to be so superior


  14. Fred

    November 18, 2008 at 14:47

    I got an ethernet cable in my box … jeez stop complaining already.


  15. spl0it

    November 18, 2008 at 14:48

    No need for name calling. The original Core came with an optional 64mb card. I have one of those. Luckily I bought a HDD some time after


  16. LousyGamer

    November 18, 2008 at 14:50

    Yet another PS3 bashing session. I doubt if Gareth ever owned a PS3.

    Why waste 3 hours to type this post? Judging from your intelligence, that’s how long it would have taken you.

    You should have just phoned one of your other gullible friends, fans or readers and sold them your imaginary PS3.

    Between you and me, it’s not just your PS3 that hates you!


  17. Wolfy

    November 18, 2008 at 14:50

    only one thing that sucks about the Xbox 360 and this is gonna be the only thing you’ll ever hear me moan about ever about this system. That the 1st generation .. and im talking about the core version was never FULL HD thanks for not putting hdmi there MS very smart now i have a full hdtv and only a 1080i resolution.. and thats about it


  18. darthdad

    November 18, 2008 at 14:51

    Cheers for that wolfy. My bad, I actually meant a HDMI cable.


  19. Syph1n

    November 18, 2008 at 14:51

    My xbox killed my goldfish…


  20. Syph1n

    November 18, 2008 at 14:54

    I think his xbox wrote this article. It hates every one. Even children


  21. easy

    November 18, 2008 at 14:56

    has no one on this site ever played pc games? its all shock and horror install stories here.
    and wolfy, bd is superior to dvd… its kinda simple like that.


  22. Maggot

    November 18, 2008 at 14:57

    I Love the fighting, it’s hilarious! 😆


  23. Syph1n

    November 18, 2008 at 14:58

    The first 500 times yet. After that it gets a little old and stupid.


  24. 0rk0

    November 18, 2008 at 15:00

    LOL – Funny name


  25. ewie

    November 18, 2008 at 15:00

    you get a hd cable out of the box, but if you need a vga cable of hdmi it is not supplied. but you can do 720p out of the box.


  26. 0rk0

    November 18, 2008 at 15:09

    Agree with easy,

    and get used to it, seems that 360 is going to go that way themselves, having to do a install for NXE, what’s next, dare I suggest a game install…hahaha


  27. LousyGamer

    November 18, 2008 at 15:09

    Nope, he probably typed the post with his newly acquired PS3 Wireless Keypad and is bound to complain about that in his next instalment.

    What an idiot!


  28. Syph1n

    November 18, 2008 at 15:11

    Soon xbox’s and ps3 will demand a blood sacrifice upon starting up of the console.


  29. Goose ZA

    November 18, 2008 at 15:12

    Oddly enough, I have to agree with the PS3 boys here. This article serves no purpose whatsoever. If you had a bad experience, go tell your friends over a beer or something. All this does is piss people off and make them want to go elsewhere for their gaming news.


  30. 0rk0

    November 18, 2008 at 15:14

    LOL – For DNA verification


  31. Syph1n

    November 18, 2008 at 15:16

    Well said goose. I’ve honestly come to expect more from this site. Opinion is one thing but this really has no relevance. And the fact that the writer gives so much wrong information (ie : 40 gig has no bc) makes you wonder..

    This isnt fanboism. Its stupidity. Lazy if you watching from your mighty tower with beer in hand. Please spare the other hand and just delete this.


  32. Syph1n

    November 18, 2008 at 15:28

    Maybe his xbox caught him playing the wii and hit him on the head he forgot about all the cables and stuff he should know he needs. The xbox is the devil. I caught mine killing small animals


  33. Fox1

    November 18, 2008 at 15:31

    The HD cable also supports 1080p for gaming.


  34. baba

    November 18, 2008 at 15:40

    Stop bashing the PS3, and give us some real gaming news.
    Otherwise you can change the name of the site to:
    http://www.lazy360gamer.co.za, then I know I can come bash the PS3 on this site.


  35. evilgrinningmonkey

    November 18, 2008 at 15:41

    Man what a bunch of cry baby’s we have on here today. What he said is correct. Setting up your Xbox to play games out of the box is a lot faster than for the PS3. Simple facts.


  36. baba

    November 18, 2008 at 15:43

    How about this for the next poll:
    lazygamer.co.za is a:

    a) 360 Fanboy site
    b) PS3 Fanboy site
    c) Gamer site


  37. trin

    November 18, 2008 at 15:43

    this article is meant to be taken as a joke right? I mean, you can’t seriously be complaining about such minor issues?


  38. Fred

    November 18, 2008 at 15:49

    You can have plenty gaming goodness 30 secs after unpacking your ps3 , so don’t come here with all this bs. There are plenty titles who do not need installs.


  39. Goose ZA

    November 18, 2008 at 15:59

    While it may be correct, this site is for news about upcoming games, industry news etc. This is not his personal blog. I don’t need to read this.

    And before anyone posts it, yes I’m well aware of the fact that noone forced me to open this article bla bla bla.

    @Lazy – I love your site. I have it in my RSS reader and read pretty much every article every day but there have been a few too many of this sort of article lately imo. If anything they just decrease your traffic.


  40. Fox1

    November 18, 2008 at 16:00

  41. Goose ZA

    November 18, 2008 at 16:12

    Now now, be fair. The site is great. There have just been one too many of these articles lately…


  42. David

    November 18, 2008 at 16:15

    Ya shhh


  43. David

    November 18, 2008 at 16:17

    I got My PS3 80 Gb and Im loving it i also have a Xbox 360 so don’t call me A PS3 fan boy.


  44. David

    November 18, 2008 at 16:22

    Well constructed words there. I applaud you 😀


  45. baba

    November 18, 2008 at 16:24

    Goose, I agree. I love this site, and I’m no fanboy. I have all the consoles, but I have been trying to defend the PS3 to often. It is a great gaming machine, just like the 360 and dare I say, the Wii.


  46. MaxiViper

    November 18, 2008 at 16:25

    Right now its a 360 Fanboy site. But by the way things are going here some dudes are then going to post some PS3 articles insulting the 360… who knows ❓


  47. baba

    November 18, 2008 at 16:26

    PS3 bashing always attracts a lot of traffic, do the maths…


  48. gazza

    November 18, 2008 at 16:27

    Im sorry you feel that way Goose and I think you are missing my point, What im questioning at the end of the day is just why things like a hdmi cable and a ethernet cable are not just standard issue in the box, Im not hating on the PS3 just pointing out that if those simple issues were dealt with in the begining the experience could be alot better. Its an HD system, id like it to be that right out of the box without extra purchases, especially becauseits the most expensive system on the market.


  49. gazza

    November 18, 2008 at 16:30

    Lets not get technical here the set up of the console will cost you ten minutes, and unless you bought an extra cable such as a hdmi cable your gaming “goodness” will be in sd.


  50. gazza

    November 18, 2008 at 16:31

    Well no each issue on their own is nothing really, compacted together however, they get a bit frustrating.


  51. MaxiViper

    November 18, 2008 at 16:33

    😈 I vote that we just order an assassination on Gareth Seiler 😈


  52. kab123

    November 18, 2008 at 16:34

    Thing is you’ve been questioning it for 2 bloody damn years now. It’s really weird that 2 years after the launch we still get articles with:

    “but but but it doesn’t have a hdmi cable 😥 😥 ”

    Get off you arse and go buy a ellies cable.


  53. LazySAGamer

    November 18, 2008 at 16:43

    I am glad to see the article got people talking, though it’s a bit sad to see that people are being aggressive against Gareth for posting it.

    Honestly while I didn’t think it was fascinating news I did think it had a point in an opinionated way and that is what we have always posted.

    Again over the last week we have posted some negative 360, Wii and PS3 news. However once again people are jumping on the PS3 bandwagon.

    As a simple example why does the story about Microsoft making a mistake closing ensemble only get 2 comments while this casual piece gets a billion?

    @Syph1n, you caught me… I was sitting with beer in hand… is that a bad thing 😉


  54. Valante

    November 18, 2008 at 16:51

    Im wondering why he doens’t mention Unreal Tournament 3. It also comes with the 80gb + GT5p. I really believe that this article was made up and I have the perfect article called ‘My 360 hates me..’ We could have a long list going there. Why not put one up? Oh wait, I forgot that LG are 360 fanboys. Im surprised Nick didn’t write this 🙄


  55. random gamer

    November 18, 2008 at 16:52

    Thanks for the entertainment guys 😆

    Seriously though I own a 360 but the PS3 bashing here is getting a bit out of hand. Off topic – does anyone proof read articles/reviews before they get posted here? I’ve seen atrocious spelling in grammar in most of them. Not nitpicking or anything but the site is really good apart from the PS3 bashing. Just my 2c on making Lazygamer an even better SA gaming site.


  56. random gamer

    November 18, 2008 at 16:53

    *spelling AND grammar 😳


  57. LazySAGamer

    November 18, 2008 at 16:54

    Please feel free to email me that article and I will be happy to publish it…

    honestly… support@lazygamer.co.za


  58. Scotty777

    November 18, 2008 at 16:55

    well, it’s interesting that his ps3 and 1/2 of the gaming community hate Gareth.
    but good thing I keep my ps3 offline, I don’t want it to get exposed to this consolism…


  59. Reckless

    November 18, 2008 at 16:58

    Hmmmm nope gonna waste my time… 😕


  60. Diabolik

    November 18, 2008 at 17:00

    [As a simple example why does the story about Microsoft making a mistake closing ensemble only get 2 comments while this casual piece gets a billion?]

    Fiction is much more exciting. :mrgreen:


  61. Syph1n

    November 18, 2008 at 17:03

    Only if its ur last one.. 🙂


  62. Syph1n

    November 18, 2008 at 17:06

    Lol!!! grammar errors in a post slashing someones grammar!!! OMG!!! Thank you!!


  63. LazySAGamer

    November 18, 2008 at 17:07

    Nope I am getting my next one now…

    It’s never the last one


  64. easy

    November 18, 2008 at 17:08

    because ensemble closing has no baring on ps3 owners and to be honest we have enough mmo’s and don’t need another one.
    slagging off the out-of-box capabilities of a ps3 invokes retaliation.
    i don’t understand how you can’t see this article gets more comments than the ensemble one?

    and btw, shot for the inspiration… think a beer is a great idea


  65. LazySAGamer

    November 18, 2008 at 17:13

    Thanks for the constructive feedback… it has been noticed and we are working on it. Feel free to publicly humiliate whoever gets any spelling or grammar wrong.


  66. LazySAGamer

    November 18, 2008 at 17:14

    beers are always good ideas… *if you are over 18*


  67. kab123

    November 18, 2008 at 17:15

    Lazy, lets just recoup what we’ve leant over the past two years.

    The PS3 does not come with a HDMI cable.

    Some games require installs.

    Eurogamer says most games look better on the 360 than it does on the PS3 because they use space age technology.

    The xbox has uber integrated interwebs.

    We’ve known this for a while now. We’ve known this for two years now. In short….

    W.E. K.N.O.W.

    I don’t see what the use is of reminding everyone on a weekly basis. Unless it’s posted as smackdown or to get hits, in which case… please think of something new as I have no problem with some good smackdown.

    What confuses me is comments that I as a PS3 owner should feel hard done by Sony. That by some means, I’ve been cheated in wasting my money. Here is the news flash. I’ve bought a PS3 two years ago. As I sit here now, I couldn’t give a rats ass over the 6k I drop for it. As I sit here now, I can easily go and buy 1.7k uber gfx interwebs enabled xbox on the scarps that’s left for the month. But I don’t want to. I don’t want a xbox.

    We are talking about 2 year bloody old consoles here. Not Ferrari’s, Lamborghinis or 10 carat diamond rings. I think right about now it’s a good time to discuss gaming instead of bitching about HDMI cables or installs. Seriously.


  68. Syph1n

    November 18, 2008 at 17:29

    nuffing makes me so madder as when the peoples dont spell good


  69. Milesh Bhana

    November 18, 2008 at 17:33

    it’s really quite simple.

    PS3.. you have NO excuse about the HDMI cable, you knew about that. We can’t use the rumble argument against them because the 80GB comes with it anyway. If it doesn’t, you’re getting old stock so you better ensure that it’s at a discounted price. Installs are there, deal with it.

    360… yeah yeah, RROD, but again, only an issue if you get old stock. My issue with the 360 is that Wireless is not out the box and the rediculous price of R900 big ones is simply scandolous. The local live thing is not an issue except for that GoW2 issue which was quite frankly a DICK MOVE on MS’s part.

    There! Problem solved.


  70. kab123

    November 18, 2008 at 17:34

    I wrote:

    “I think right about now it’s a good time to discuss gaming instead of bitching about HDMI cables or installs. Seriously.”

    Perhaps I should explain that just a tad better. As soon as a really AAA multi platform game launches, LGZA is heavily predictable. 99% of the time the first article about the game is “xxxx game requires a install on the PS3” or “xxxx looks fucking 10x better on the 360, fuck yeah” instead of initial reviews, photos of midnight launches or a general discussion about the game.

    Now image the best Hollywood actor putting up the best confused facial expression. That’s me when I open the LG.co.za on launch morning of an AAA multi platformer with my first cuppa in hand.


  71. SlippyMadFrog

    November 18, 2008 at 19:01

    Don’t mind the PS3 fanboys Gareth, I liked the story :mrgreen:


  72. LOL

    November 18, 2008 at 19:38

    There’s a remix on the PS3ZA forum… 😆 http://www.ps3za.co.za/forum/showthread.php?t=15442


  73. LOL

    November 18, 2008 at 19:39

    on page 4


  74. MaXiM

    November 19, 2008 at 03:43

    LOL.. Love the flawed article… The firmware update is not mandatory unless you want to go online and being an 80GB it would have been updated enough already to play GT5P without needing any new firmware.

    If you bought a new XBOX and you wanted to go online, from what I remember hooking mine up, I had to give false information on my location/country and only then I could use my SA Credit Card to buy MS points, but all in all if it was my first time trying to buy an XBL membership to play online, it would have taken me a lot longer than the quick and painless PSN registration and they accept SA CC’s… 😉

    When I wanted to cancel my XBL subscription, they wanted me to phone in for it to an International UK number. They would not let me do it online, but my CC expired the following month, so I let lapse.. To this day they still send me mail every month telling me to update my CC details to bill me 😉

    Can you still use your SA CC to buy MS Points? Or is MS still giving SA the old shaft…


  75. LousyGamer

    November 19, 2008 at 07:03

    This could have been you if you bought a XBOX: http://bushleague.tv/2008/09/16/the-ring-of-death/

    So be grateful you still own your imaginary PS3…


  76. Messiah

    November 19, 2008 at 09:25



  77. Messiah

    November 19, 2008 at 09:33

    I think the reason a Ethernet cable is missing is because the PS3 comes standard with a wifi connection, and these days, most ADSL models come with built in wifi, so imo that is why it aint there. As for the HDMI, would you want a crappy one that they give you for free or just go out and get a decent grade cable that you will be happy with?

    I bought my PS3 and was up and running in less that 30 mins. I knew what I needed when I bought my PS3 and I had no regrets.

    Once again we see a s***** article on a top class site. Save your ranting for your emails and supply us with news and relevant information that we all crave.


  78. groot_papa_beer

    November 19, 2008 at 09:35

    i love my ps3 but the point lazy is trying to make is that it isn’t quite what you would expect when buying a new ps3 while having an xbox360. not getting an HD cable and headset out of the box (especially a 80GB model) is just ridiculous. if sony made a standard ps3 headset when the console launched and put in every box, people on psn wont sound like robots and we wont get so much feedback and bad voice quality.

    installing games really sucks since no other console in history required it. going from xbox live to ps3 is a big pain since you dont have the treasured “join a friends current game without and invite” feature.

    but i will also say that i’m tired of being shafted by MS over xbox live in SA & RROD


  79. Messiah

    November 19, 2008 at 09:43

    Gareth, the problem with a story like this, IMO I doubt anyone will take a story you write seriously again. Anyway, hope you enjoy the PS3.


  80. Wolfy

    November 19, 2008 at 10:14

    it might be superior in capacity but what i read not superior in price… for now


  81. Wolfy

    November 19, 2008 at 10:16

    dude you crack me up!


  82. Wolfy

    November 19, 2008 at 10:22

    Guess cosnole bashing is more fun then bashing loyal compaies…


  83. Wolfy

    November 19, 2008 at 10:29

    Im actaully thinking of getting a PS3 just for online gaming seeing MS not caring for the customers here in the south


  84. Wolfy

    November 19, 2008 at 10:32

    Okay question. Why buy a brand new PS3 80GB if you can just get yourself a 80 GB HDD and install it without a warranty void?


  85. LousyGamer

    November 19, 2008 at 10:40

    To see some more cracking, go here:


  86. doobiwan

    November 19, 2008 at 13:13

    You mena you didn’t here they’re handing out free MU’s to guys with Cores and giving them options on refurbed 20Gb’s for ?


  87. xyber

    November 20, 2008 at 17:45

    no. just cause they can 😈


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