OK, so some Warhawk impressions (once again in the stream of consciousness fashion)
-Another Install screen? WTF is this a PC (BTW, I need to try installing Ubuntu on this thing since I saw that has a an "Install OS" option in the menus)
- OK I'm in, let me find my cousin, ::looks at a list of all 278 servers currently running the game, not there. Presses the PS menu button looking for some type of "Friends" menu, nope. Go to "Community" sees "Buddies", he's in a "Home Page" I can't contact him from the game:::
(BTW, there's a neat little chatroom feature for voice chat, but you literally can not do ANYTHING while chatting. Browse your pictures, start a game, go to the PS store.)
-OK, well he starts a game, I join and we're off and running.
-Crap, I hate inverted controls in this game, let me switch.
- Cool, I got a tank, wait the controls are all screwy again, what? I have to change my controls for each vehicle type too? Ummm OK.
- After getting owned in this game 10 straight times, I tell him to meet me in the chat room again.
- We talk for a while, I can't send him the pics of my kid from the menus sine I can't even view them without getting booted from chat, I grow tired of the "free" experience.
"Hey dude, it's kinda late, but do you wanna play some campaign in Halo 3?"
"Let's do it..."
Not entirely horrible, but a lot of little things that make Xbox Live just work are blatantly missing from the PS free solution. I mean chat shouldn't be such a CPU/bandwidth consuming program that it locks you out of every other feature, they need to fix that. I was pleasantly surprised that they give you a free Bluetooth headset in the Warhawk package, so now I don't have to drain the one I use for my phone for all night gaming.
Oh yeah, the headset AND controller can be charged using the USB ports on the PS3, but the console has to be ON for the devices to charge. That really bites...