The Playstation 3 (PS3) has been with us for over six years now. At first, the games were very expensive, but the prices have now come down so it is relatively easy to buy new releases and good quality pre-owned PS3 games at competitive prices.
Over 70 million units have been sold across the globe as of September 2012, so there is a huge demand for newly released ps3 games and pre-owned ones.
Many retailers offer discounted prices when new PS3 games are pre-ordered before their release dates. Pre-ordering is an advantage to both the retailer and the purchaser in that the retailer knows how much stock is needed, and the purchaser is guaranteed a copy when the game is first released. Gamers like the “buzz” of being one of the first to play a new game.
PS3 Games Make Great Christmas Presents
These games make great Christmas presents. Provided you know the type of game the person you are buying for enjoys playing, there are normally a lot of pre-Christmas bargains around for both new and used games.
Tips for Buying PS3 Games
When buying a PS3 Game for a present then it is worth noting exactly which PlayStation the recipient owns. The Playstation 3 is backwards compatible, meaning that it should still play even on the oldest of playstations, but you do need to check. That said, the majority of Playstation 3 owners have the newest version.
It is best to buy used PS3 games from a reputable games shop rather than from auction sites. A reputable games shop or online retailer will give you a 6 months guarantee, whereas an auction site seller, especially private individuals, may only offer you a refund within a few days of you receiving delivery of the game. Beyond that, you have no comeback with an auction site seller. There are a few unscrupulous people out there who sell copies rather than second hand original games. These copies tend not to work reliably and can get any player who uses them banned from online multi-player games. Reputable console and games retailers weed these out, so there is very little risk of being sold a copy rather than a genuine game. Even in the highly unlikely case of this happening, they would offer you a full-refund or exchange on the spot.
The other advantage of buying this way is that you have a better chance of a refund should the person you give the game to not be happy. Most shops will happily swap an unwanted game bought from their shop with another one that retails at the same price. Sometimes you can pick up a game that was only released a few weeks ago, because a gamer has tired of it and wants to trade it in, in order to buy another game. A worthwhile bargain for Christmas.