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PlayStation 3, 20GB

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Platform : PlayStation 3
97 customer reviews

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  • Cell Broadband Engine advanced microprocessor NTSC 256 MB XDR Main RAM 256 MB GDDR3 VRAM
  • 20 GB 2.5-inch SATA hard drive Four (4) USB ports SIXAXIS wireless Bluetooth controller
  • Blu-ray Disc player built-in High-Definition capabilities Communication
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PLAY BEYOND Playstation 3 computer entertainment system unleashes a brilliant, high-definition entertainment experience. As its digital soul, the Cell Broadband Engine represents a tour de force in parallel processing, which means a gaming experience that is beyond what you know today. Its built-in Blu-ray Disc drive delivers a whole new generation in high-definition gaming and unmatched digital media storage. Whether its gaming, Blu-ray movies, music or online services, Playstation 3 invites you to Play Beyond.

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  • ASIN: B000IZWNLG
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 12.8 x 3.9 inches ; 11 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 17, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,069 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By John Larson on September 7, 2008
Once considered the red-headed stepchild of Sony's large, confusing fleet of Playststion 3 models, the news that new models of the PS3 will contain no PS2 compatibility gives this model some extra appeal.

Just like the 60GB model, this system has full hardware backwards compatibility and will play the vast majority of PS2 games very well. Replaying Metal Gear Solid 3 on the system, there was noticeable improvement in some of the game's loading from my old PS2, and the game looked great upscaled over HDMI.

There are three drawbacks I can think of with this model- which are easily addressed for the most part.

1. The 20GB Hard drive fills up very quickly on the PS3, even if you're just using the system for gaming and not as a media hub. The game I purchased with the system, Metal Gear Solid 4 took up 4.5 GB on it's own. Thankfully, it's cheap and simple to drop a much larger SATA laptop drive into the system.

2. This is the only Playstation 3 model that does NOT include built-in Wi-Fi and Sony doesn't have an officially supported adapter. That's a pretty big drawback since so many of the PS3's cool features are online. A gaming ethernet bridge does a pretty good job of taking care of this.

3. No media card slots- I can't plug a compact flash card into my PS3 like the 60GB models can... oh, wait. Why would I want to plug media cards into my system anyways? If I did, it would be as simple as buying a $6 hub.

So, if you want a system that plays all your Playstation games and have a wired internet connection, I highly suggest giving this PS3 model a look. It doesn't fetch the premium price that the 60GB units currently are and its drawbacks are easily addressed.
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312 of 392 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 18, 2006
We got our hands on an XBox 360, a PS3, and a Wii on launch day. Each is good at specific tasks. Here is a fully unbiased review of how the PS3 performs as a next generation console unit.

To start with, the PS3, like the XBox 360, supports full high definition. The Wii only supports a lower resolution. Since the Wii has a much lower price tag, that is a fair trade-off for people with a tighter budget. Gamers for whom a very high level of graphic detail is important will have to pony up for that ability.

Along the same lines, the XBox 360 supports the HD format of high definition DVDs for movies, while the PS3 supports the Blu-ray format. If you haven't been following the whole format war for high definition DVDs, I have several articles on the topic on my gaming site. In short it's like the VHS/Beta wars when the VCR first came out. Is one better than the other? Will one format win out as the sole survivor? There's no way to tell. People will argue vehemently that one is better than the other. From a gaming point of view, the PS3 has the Blu-ray BUILT IN meaning every game can have 50 GIGS worth of game information. Think MASSIVELY huge maps, types of characters, etc. The XBox 360 only uses "regular" DVDs as its base game holder, which is 7 GIG. That is much smaller. You can buy an add-on HD DVD unit for about $100 but the storage is still smaller than Blu-ray - about 30 gig.

People will argue about graphics until they're blue :) A lot of this comes down to how a specific game company *uses* the ability of the system. Looking at graphics on a tetris-like game will be much different than viewing the graphics of Oblivion or Gears of War. I found 360 graphics amazing on Oblivion.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By M. Texidor II on March 23, 2009
I'm gonna make this simple , the 20gb , 60gb , and early 80gb versions are the only ps3 models that support ps2 playback, only drawback on the 20gb is there is no built in WiFi .But ethernet allows faster downloads and wifi supposedly makes anything run hotter . I had a 40gb ps3 and its the same except obviously ps2 backwards compatibility and wifi. also there are 4 usb slots instead of 2. If you want ps2 support for your future ps3 get a original model ! But if you can care less get a 40gb , newer 80gb or 160gb .Its all about personal preference ! but get a ps3 .
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jin-ho Tan on November 19, 2006
Oh dear, I look at the existing reviews and found many fake ones. So I decided to share my own experience here.

I have an imported PS3 60Gb at home and highly recommend MotorStorm (downloadable demo) and Resistance. They are two of the most impressive launch games I have seen so far. In particular, you should play MotorStorm in first person view to see what I'm talking about ;^)

When playing games like Resistance, you should pump up the volume to listen to all the sound effects (like bullets zinging past me left and right). The game is also captivating and grows on you when you progress to the later levels.

Hardware-wise, the PS3 build quality is excellent. During operation, the right side of the console feels warm (when placed horizontally) like my laptop. But it has been running for days. I have not turned it off yet since I bought it.

In fact, I downloaded Fedora Core (Linux) to turn my PS3 into a Linux computer. This means that I can start my PS3 as a game machine, or start it as a computer. As a computer... it's a little slow but it works great. The Linux community (e.g., Yellow Dog Linux) is working on a faster version by Christmas this year.

During operation, the unit is also silent. I got a shock initially when I turned it on and nothing happened (because it is too quiet and I have not met a home console this quiet before). Be patient !

As for the Blu-ray player, the picture quality is breath-taking. Only problem is my loose HDMI connector. After some adjustment, it works like a charm.

The controller is familiar but a little too light. In any case, it works as expected so far. No major comments here except to wait for more games to take advantage of the built-in motion sensor.
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