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About the product
- A copy of the PlayStation exclusive Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
- Slim, light PS3 system with a 160 GB HDD, Internet-ready built-in Wi-Fi, 2 USB ports and HDMI + Bravia Synch output for 1080p resolution and connectivity between other Sony HDMI products
- DualShock 3 wireless controller with detachable USB charge cable and AC power cord for console
- Free PlayStation Network membership and access to Netflix with Unlimited membership (sold separately)
- A copy of the PlayStation 3 exclusive SingStar Dance with 2 included wired SingStar microphones
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PlayStation 3 Hardware with SingStar Dance, Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time
The PlayStation 3 160 GB Amazon-exclusive family bundle provides every member of the family with the unique blend of entertainment, excitement and fun that PlayStation 3 is famous for. The bundle consists of a PS3 loaded with a hefty 160 GB hard drive, a DualShock 3 controller, a copy of SingStar Dance, two wired SingStar microphones and a copy of Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. SingStar Dance Party Pack is a multiplayer karaoke / dance dynamo supporting up to eight players online and four locally.¹ Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time is a single player platform shooter starring the famous pair of heroes in an all-new adventure in which you play as both characters, taking advantage of a wealth of new features, weapons and time-based abilities. Couple this with the advanced audio-video features of the PlayStation 3, which now includes disc-free access to Netflix, and you have the perfect means to enjoy the world of modern digital entertainment.
What's Under the Hood
As with previous models, the PlayStation 3 160 GB system features an IBM "Cell" processor and a co-developed NVIDIA graphics processor that together allow the system to perform two trillion calculations per second. Yet the 160 GB system manages to improve on this with its 45nm version of the processor, which although running at the same 60+nm speed as previous PS3 versions, uses less energy. This makes the unit's smaller size and quieter fan possible. Along with the traditional AV and composite connections, the 160 GB system also boasts an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port, which delivers uncompressed, unconverted digital picture and sound to compatible high-definition TVs and projectors. (The system is capable of 128-bit pixel precision and 1080p resolution for a full HD experience) This console also provides for an extreme sound experience by supporting Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, as well as Linear PCM 7.1. Finally, it features cross connectivity with your PC network and PlayStation Portable (PSP) and its pre-installed, 160 GB hard disc drive allows you to save games as well as download content from the Internet.
Blu-ray, PlayStation Network Downloads and Beyond
PlayStation 3 utilizes the Blu-ray disc media format, which gives you the best high-definition viewing experience on your television, by way of the format's ability to hold six times as much data as traditional DVDs. This tremendous capacity, combined with the awesome power of the system's processor and graphics card, promises an endless stream of mind-blowing games and other multimedia content. This doesn't mean though that the PS3 is limited to Blu-ray discs. It also supports CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+R formats. In addition, PlayStation 3 system software includes BD Live support that allows you to play discs that support Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0 (BD-LIVE), meaning you can also connect to the Internet while playing discs that support this format to obtain additional features. And of course PS3 owners also receive free access to the PlayStation Network (PSN), where through The PlayStation Store and PlayStation Home, they can download games, game demos, movies, and other content, as well as chat with friends, play mini-games, compete in tournaments and explore dedicated game spaces.
A Sensational Controller
The DualShock 3 wireless controller included with The PlayStation 3 160 GB system provides an intuitive gameplay experience, with pressure sensors in each action button and the inclusion of the highly sensitive Sixaxis motion sensing technology. Each hit, crash and explosion is more realistic when the user feels the rumble right in the palm of their hand. The DualShock 3 can even detect natural movements for real-time and high precision interactive play, acting as a natural extension of the user's body. DualShock 3 utilizes Bluetooth technology for wireless game play and the controller's detachable USB cable to seamlessly and automatically charge the controller when connected to the PlayStation 3. By integrating all of these features into the popular PlayStation controller design, the DualShock 3 further enhances the advanced gameplay experience only available on the PlayStation 3 system.
Disc-free Netflix Video Streaming
The PlayStation 3 160 GB system is fully compatible with Netflix Instant streaming video functionality.³ Instant streaming video on the PS3 is now available without the need for an additional system disc from Netflix. The PS3 also supports some movies and TV shows in 1080p high definition with Dolby 5.1 channel surround sound.
Synch with Your Other Sony HDMI Devices
The PlayStation 3 160 GB system features HDMI + Bravia Synch functionality. Bravia Synch allows connectivity between Sony HDMI products, without having to utilize multiple remote controls. This means that with the push of one button users can control compliant Sony devices connected to your PS3 via HDMI cable.
- CPU / GPU - Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.) / RSX
- Sound - LPCM 7.1ch, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTs, DTS-HD, AAC
- Memory - 256 MB XDR Main RAM, 256 MB GDDR3 VRAM
- HDD - 160 GB 2.5" Serial ATA
- Networking - Ethernet (X1 (10BASE-T,100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)); IEEE 802.11 b/g; Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR)
- Controller - DualShock 3 wireless controller included
- AV Output - Resolution (1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i (for PAL 576p, 576i)); HDMI OUT + Bravia Synch (1); AV Multi out (1); Digital out optical (1)
- BD/DVD/CD Drive (Read Only) - BD 2x (BD-ROM); DVD 8x (DVD-ROM); CD 24x (CD-ROM)
- USB Ports - 2
- Backwards Compatibility (PS1 and PS2 games) - No
- Netflix Video Streaming³ - Yes, disc-free; 1080p high definition with Dolby 5.1 channel surround sound supported
Get into the Groove with SingStar Dance
SingStar Dance for PlayStation 3 is a unique extension of the SingStar music gaming experience that adds dance gameplay to the familiar karaoke-like performance action that the franchise is famous for. Dance activities utilize Sony's PlayStation Move motion controller and PlayStation Eye camera combination to replicate precisely choreographed routines on-screen, while singing gameplay uses standard USB microphones compatible with the PS3. Additional features include 4-player multiplayer that includes multiple dancers, 50 audio/video tracks, additional downloadable tracks, the ability to upload performances to the SingStar online portal, and more.
- 30 of the best new hits and classic pop songs
- Sing and dance¹ alongside your favorite artists in their original music videos
- Includes 2 SingStar microphones²
- Supports up to four players with two PlayStation Move motion controllers and two microphones
- Challenge friends in online competitions and watch their performances streaming live on your TV
- Upload and share your personal SingStar Dance performances
- Download additional tracks and videos from the SingStore
Action Platforming Fun
Concluding the events set into motion by Tools of Destruction, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time at long last answers some of the franchise fans' largest questions. After discovering that Clank's disappearance was engineered by Dr. Nefarious, Ratchet races to rescue his best friend. Unfortunately, he discovers that Clank's capture is just the beginning of Nefarious's latest diabolical plot. In this follow-up to the best-selling series, players take on the role of both Ratchet and Clank as they attempt to reunite and save the universe. Along the way, both finally uncover the hidden truth behind their origins, and discover their ultimate destinies. As the duo come closer to reuniting, they'll have to ask themselves the biggest question of all: Do Ratchet and Clank's destinies lie with each other? Or is it finally time for the universe's greatest duo to separate for good?
- An original new single player adventure and story that answers many of fans’ most-asked questions and wraps up the story arc that started in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest For Booty
- Nonlinear levels with plenty of hidden areas to explore, and new gadgets like the Hoverboots that let Ratchet soar to new heights
- All-new Clank gameplay and special "Time" abilities that bring new meaning to "past selves"
- The series' renowned arsenal gets even larger with brand new weapons, as well as weapons that players can customize with various modifications
- New space gameplay that gives players the opportunity to engage in space battles, explore the surrounding star system, and discover hidden items and collectibles
¹ Dance functionality requires PlayStation Move motion controller and PlayStation Eye camera (both sold separately).
² USB microphones are required to play this game. Official SingStar Microphones and SingStar USB Converter are recommended for use with this product.
³ Sufficient broadband Internet connection and Netflix Unlimited account required.
Top Customer Reviews
When my last PS3 died, I was unhappy, but there was no question -- it would be replaced by another PS3. I decided on the Sony over the Xbox three plus years ago, and all the arguments that were true then remain so today: Blue ray, now 3-D, free Playstation network, more storage, integrated wireless. Now it is cheaper with four times the hard memory (I had a 40 gig, this is 160 or 4^2).
The best thing -- online I saved the sales tax and only had to wait about 16 hours to save the thirty bucks I would have paid if I were to have gone to Target (check your local listings for validity). Also, this bundle contains a couple of pieces of family-friendly software. My wife and I have already in the last few days played and enjoyed both the Singstar and the Ratchet and Clank. Being that they are extra, even if you don't like them you might be able to turn around and sell them or offer them up to some hobo. This is clearly the best value on the best game system available today.
What you are looking at here is the Playstation 3 160GB Amazon family bundle. It comes with a PS3 160GB, Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time, SingStar + Dance Party Pack, and $25 in credit on Amazon's video game store.
As the title implies this is definitely a good bundle for anyone that wants a more family oriented experience. But we all know that PS3 is considered a hardcore gaming console because of it's raw power, so the bundle is also good for getting started and getting some nice sweet little extras. The two games that come with it along with the $25 in credit total are worth around $91 so you will easily be able to get at least one or two new PS3 games from Amazon and selling or trading in the included games if you wish.
Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time is the final third chapter in the Ratchet & Clank Future series, the first two being Tools Of Destruction and Quest For Booty. Before you pass on Ratchet & Clank I highly recommend you give it a try even if you are not a platform gamer. I am not a platform gamer but I have highly enjoyed the Ratchet & Clank series. It may be a family friendly game but it is hilarious (they are constantly whipping joke after joke) and a blast to play with tons of hidden stuff to find. I am living proof that probably just about anyone who bought this bundle could get into the game.
SingStar + Dance Party Pack may be another story. Initially I planned to sell it which you could do and get good money for it on Ebay, but I decided to keep it in case my girlfriend wanted to play it or we had friends over, whatever. Looking on the back of the case once I received the bundle I realized that there were actually some pretty good songs on it and it has the ability to download new songs from PSN. It does include two microphones as well and a USB adapter to connect both mics. The mics are well made and good quality. They fell heavy and as well-made as a professional mic in your hand, honestly. Still I know a lot of hardcore gamers looking at this bundle or a lot of other people are not going to be interested in this game. Like I said it can be sold for a good price if you leave it unopened.
Then there's the PS3 system itself. Unlike bundles we're used to seeing, it's not a bundle that actually comes with Ratchet & Clank and SingStar bundled in the PS3 box. Rather Amazon takes a big box and puts a normal PS3 160GB in it and packages a copy of Ratchet & Clank and SingStar along in the big box with the PS3 box. A fair word of warning (if it matters to anyone) that this PS3 does not come with a Blu-ray disc with previews and videos of movies and PS3 games. Not too big a deal but I rather liked those discs which came with all my previous PS3 units I bought new. The normal stuff comes with the PS3 160GB you'd normally expect in a PS3 package...The unit itself, AV cables (HDMI cable still sold separately), Dual Shock 3 SIX AXIS controller, power adapter, and paperwork.
So all in all if you are looking at starting out on a PS3, switching to one, or upgrading from a fat model, this bundle is perfect. There are other bundles that were available for Black Friday with better games and a movie that are probably harder to find now, but that doesn't mean you can't sell or trade the included games and then use the $25 in credit on Amazon's video game store toward new games...Although the Ratchet & Clank game is a generally very good game that most people who bought this bundle would want to keep I would think.
On another note, surprisingly enough, the $25 in credit can also be used toward accessories. Anything in th video game store that is shipped and sold by Amazon. I used mine on a brand-new copy of Borderlands and a brand-new PSP car charger. The total order ended up being $0.66 - Hard to beat. :)
That's it for the PS3 160GB Amazon family bundle. I hope whoever is looking into this bundle now will have a much better idea of what it's all about and whether they wish to get it or not.
For Microsoft fans I recommend the Xbox 360 2010 Holiday bundle. $299.99 for a slim 250GB Xbox 360 and two completely awesome games, Forza Motorsport 3 and Alan Wake. http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-360-250GB-Holiday-Bundle/dp/B0047Y9BGE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1291865481&sr=8-3
For Nintendo fans I recommend the limited edition red Nintendo Wii bundle. At $199.99 this Wii looks awesome in hot red and comes bundled with Wii Sports and New Super Mario Bros Wii. Both are entertaining and fun right out of the box! http://www.amazon.com/Wii-Hardware-Bundle-Red-Nintendo/dp/B0045FEEAS/ref=sr_1_2?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1291865704&sr=1-2