Being a lazy man, as well as one who wants to use the best possible television in the house but is too spineless to actively ask for it, I picked up the PS3 memory card adapter this week. If I want to save money this holiday season, the best way to do so is to burn through some PS2 backlog, and the best way to convince myself to do that is to be able to play them upscaled on the PS3 downstairs. However, since I have to share the remote with my housemates, sometimes the upstairs CRT is the only option. The adapter makes the dream a reality, and also means I don’t have to re-unlock all the goodies in my old fighting games.
It turns out that buying the adapter also sparked another idea in my mind. I can transfer saves between my consoles, but what about getting saves off the internet? I know that Gameshark and Action Replay used to make hardware for just this task, but the PS3 (Computer Entertainment System) should make it easier, right?
Turns out that it does. Sites like Gamefaqs now host saves for PS2/3 games in simple, memory card compatible formats. With only a thumb drive in hand, I was able to unlock all the characters in King of Fighters XI, and get all the cars in Gran Turismo 4. Pretty sweet if you ask me.
Now, some of the more diligent gamers out there will yell at me for cheating. I say that I don’t care about how good I am at Gran Turismo. I just want to take 2 million credits and use them to rice the shit out of a Toyota Yaris (and proceed to tease my friend who just bought one in real life).
In my digging for cool PS3 features, I also discovered that it might be possible to take screen captures if you use a USB keyboard and hit the print screen button. Until Sony’s future firmware update makes this an official feature, it seems like a great alternative. It may only work for a handful of future articles, but I like the idea of knowing I can grace our PS3 reviews with screenshots that I find striking and pleasing.
So if you are out there wondering if a PS3 is right for you, just remember: It isn’t about the games. It is about the stupid, frivolous features that are simply by-products of the console’s computery nature.