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About the Product
- Games use Blu-ray discs as media format
- Features a powerful Cell processor and a dynamic RSX graphics chip
- Completely backward compatible, all the way to the original Sony PlayStation
- Built-in Wi-Fi access for easy connection to gaming services and the Internet
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As DVD playback made the PlayStation 2 more than just a game machine, hefty multi-media features make the Sony PlayStation 3 an even more versatile home entertainment machine. Features such as video chat, Internet access, digital photo viewing, and digital audio and video will likely make it the central component of your media set-up. Still, it is first and foremost a game console--a powerful one at that.
Under the Hood
The PS3 features IBM's "Cell" processor and a co-developed Nvidia graphics processor that makes the system able to perform two trillion calculations per second. That's approximately 320 times more calculations per second than the PS2. Along with the traditional AV and composite connections, it also boasts an HDMI port, which delivers uncompressed, unconverted digital picture and sound to compatible high-definition TV and projectors. The system is capable of 128-bit pixel precision and 1080p resolution for a full HD experience.
Blu-Ray is the New Way
Sony's PlayStation 3 games are encoded onto the Blu-Ray disc media format, which can hold six times as much data as traditional DVDs. This increase in capacity--combined with the awesome power of its processor and graphics card--promises mind-blowing games once developers have learned how to fully harness the new console's power. The PS3 will also support CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+R formats.
New gamers intuitively move the controller while playing, even though that movement has traditionally had no relation to what's going on in the game. Sony has picked up on this tendency and is using it to bring a new level of control into the PS3. Inside the controller is a high-precision six-axis sensing system that accurately detects fine movements in pitch, roll, and yaw, as well as three dimensions of movement, to control games. This means that future PS3 games will be controlled by the movements of your hands rather than just your thumbs. For example, you might be able to steer a car by holding the controller like a steering wheel.
While the PS3 controller looks much like its Dual Shock predecessors, it will lack the force-feedback vibration since that would only interfere with the sensing system. It uses Bluetooth 2.0 wireless technology and can support up to seven wireless controllers at a time. It's a hot-swappable system, so if your controller is running low on power, just pause your game and connect a USB 2.0 cable. You can continue playing while your controller recharges automatically.
Plays All PlayStation Games
The PlayStation 3 will be backward compatible with PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games, which means you'll be able to play all your favorite games without keeping all the old systems. The console will have slots for Memory Stick Duo, an SD slot and a Compact Flash memory slot. It comes with a pre-installed hard disc drive, which allows you to save games as well as download content from the Internet.
A Slew of New Games
A whole host of game publishers are already backing the PS3 and several have even confirmed games for the console. At the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), more than 30 titles were displayed for the system, including Gran Turismo HD, Resistance: Fall of Man, and Final Fantasy XIII. Previously announced titles include Metal Gear Solid 4, Devil May Cry 4 and Tekken 6.
Sony has stated that the PS3 will have similar online connectivity and services as the next generation of Xbox Live. Calling it "an always on, always connected device," SCEI's chief technical officer Masa Chatani said the PS3 would be constantly in touch with a "PlayStation World" network "fundamentally based on community, communication commerce, and content." Technically, the infrastructure is there to make that connection. The PS3 supports 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T Ethernet, as well as IEEE 802.11 b/g wireless networking protocols.
Top Customer Reviews
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 about 7 GIG. That is much smaller. You can buy an add-on HD DVD unit for about $100 (shop around - they're there at that price) 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.Read more ›
First, the PS3 is technically superior and more powerful than either the 360 or the Wii. Because of that, there is nothing that the 360 or Wii can do that the PS3 cannot do. And all of the advantages for the 360 (better game lineup and networking) or for the Wii (novel game play) could be overcome by the PS3 given the right amount of time (the PS3 game lineup for next year looks impressive, the networking should improve and the EyeToy coming for PS3 should counter the Wii's advantage).
Second, the PS3 60 GB gives you more for your dollars (even though it will take 600 of them) than the other systems. It includes a BluRay player, a 60 GB hard drive, a memory card reader and WiFi networking. If you tried to build an XBox 360 with the same specifications, it would end up costing you $300 more than the PS3. And the Wii is incapable of meeting these specifications.
Third, the PS3 is reverse compatible with most PS2 games - preventing my PS2 library from becoming obsolete overnight.
That said, when I bought the system, I was a bit apprehensive given all of the criticisms that I had heard here and elsewhere. I did have high hopes for the system given its specifications but was afraid of buying the next NeoGeo. After a couple of days of playing, I can say that my expectations have been exceeded and my fears have proven to be unfounded.
I have had the system set up and playing for two days (not continuously of course) on a Samsung 720p/1080i 50" plasma screen with an HDMI hook-up. (Note: There is NO need to buy an HDMI cable over $20. Sony and Monster will try to sell you HDMI cables for almost $100.Read more ›
For starters it lets you create a virtually unlimited amount of PS1 and PS 2 memory cards on its harddrive so with the help of an adapter sold seperately. I've been able to transfer all my saves from older PS1 and PS 2 memory cards to the PS 3 or download the data from the PS 3 back on to a memory card with no problems.
The PS 3 has played all of my PS 2 and PS 1 games with no problems, it really irks me that its been over a year and I still can't play but 5 of my xbox games on the 360 and even then I can't transfer any saved data... I love never getting up to search for memory cards any more.You can pause a game at any time, go into the menu and choose the card you want then assign it to a virtual slot.
The graphics of the first generation PS 3 games are about even with the 360 but I don't think thats going to last long. PS 3 blu-ray disc give the potential for some huge levels.
The negatives so far are
1.The controllers rumble feature is gone "crys"
2.I've had to purchase the memory card adapter and hdmi cables.
3.The usb charging cable for the controller is two feet to short making me sit on the floor in front of the sofa if it needs charging.
4.The PS 3 blows VERY hot air like a hair dryer set on a low setting. My computer doesn't generate this much heat. I've moved everything two feet away and purchased a fan to blow on it. Its like having my own little super nova in the middle of my living room.
The positives so far are
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was broken when it showed up it had a yellow light of death and also the screen won't work at allPublished 8 days ago by Ryan
I got This PS3 and thought it was backwards compatible. this was not the case. The one main way to tell is the 4 usb ports on the bottom front of the ps3. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Robert Haviland
So I was sceptical about buying this system, due to the fact that online sellers aren't always trust worthy. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Cole H.
I paid 180 for a "very good" quality ps3. it arrived with many scratches. I understand that it was used and old but it shouldnt be put under very good. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am so disspointed with this
it came to me with scratches on it ... and without original controller
and you know what ?? Read more
Well first off I'm writing this review and on the track package screen it says "it's on its way" and I have it right here next to me! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sufyan M.
actually had it for 28 days, but past the shipping date by a few days when it died. Thing worked for maybe 14 days top, not even with serious gaming. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was under the assumption I was receiving the console, a controller and power cord. All I received is a console. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer