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PlayStation 3, 20GB

Platform : PlayStation 3
3.4 out of 5 stars 103 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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Release date November 17, 2006
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3.4 out of 5 stars 103 customer reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #14,846 in videogames
#20 in Video Games > PlayStation 3 > Consoles
#424 in Video Games > PlayStation 3 > Accessories
#6,212 in Video Games > Accessories
Pricing The strikethrough price is the List Price. Savings represents a discount off the List Price.
Product Dimensions 10.8 x 12.8 x 3.9 inches
Media: Video Game

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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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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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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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By Mr. Wheeler on August 31, 2011
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It's a little slower then the later models, but only on a few things and it's not very noticeable. If you bring up a text window for instance, there's a slight delay, but gaming it's self is the same speed as the later systems.

Backwards compatibility more then makes up for this. When they first started selling PS1 and NES games on the PSN, everything looked all blocky, just like a jpg at 400%. So they came up with this new feature that smooths it all out. The feature is part of the PS3s updates if the system doesn't already come with it. Turn this feature on when playing PS2 games and they look darn near as good as PS3 games. I hate to say it but I doubt you're going to get the PS2 to put out as good a picture as it's games do on the PS3. Sony; who has been making almost nothing but bad decisions and paying dearly for them since the PS3 was first introduced, is foolish to have tossed that feature out on later models. It gives gamers a huge window of access to games and a reason to keep PS2 games in production.

There are still plenty of these in circulation but supply is going to eventually dry up. Get one while you can. It's a great investment.

BTW. Wi Fy SUCKS on the PS3, so don't make the mistake of thinking that getting one of these machines without it is such a grave loss. My last PS3 had built in wi fy and I nearly pulled my hair out fighting with it. I bet 90% of the bad things you hear about the PS3's online gaming is related to wi fy. I put in a hard line and 99% of the problems instantly disappeared.

Oh, and one last thing. When you first pop in a ps2 game and the first screen appears, press the center button on your controller so the controller will register analog. Otherwise, the PS2 game won't respond to the controller. I had to figure that out the hard way. Telling you now so you won't have to.
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