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- 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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Sony PlayStation 3 60GB (NEW, Unopened, Sealed) Experience the next generation of gaming with the Sony PlayStation 3. It boasts impressive high-definition graphics and multichannel sound that engage you in the on-screen action. And this home entertainment powerhouse goes beyond gaming, offering a wealth of multimedia and networking features. Cutting-edge, high-def graphics and wraparound sound The PlayStation 3's remarkable performance starts with the Cell ; an efficient, state-of-the-art processor designed from the ground up with next-gen gaming in mind. The Cell and the PS3's powerful graphics engine work together to pump out high-definition images with realistic textures and elaborate detail. This console can even output games in 1080p to perfectly complement today's top-of-the-line HDTVs. And you can connect the PS3 to a home theater system to enhance the experience with energetic surround sound ; hear the roar of engines fall behind you as you speed past the competition, or revel in the applause of a stadium full of cheering fans. Backwards Compatible The PlayStation 3 60GB is backward compatible with most PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games, which means you'll be able to play 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. Even more entertainment choices When you're ready to take a break from gaming, this multimedia champ has you covered. Its built-in 80GB hard drive offers easy storage for your favorite CDs and digital photos; listen to your tunes through your best speakers, or share your photos on your TV's crisp, colorful screen. You can also watch DVDs, or even pop in NOTE: This product description has been cut-off (is not complete) due to the size limit of Amazon(.)com's description field.
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.
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I am a huge PS3 fan. While the console is not perfect, the system has plenty of games almost for anyone, regardless of the age. The only thing that still was driving me crazy is that once I moved to PS3 I stopped using my PS2 games and just because the new consoles are not compatible with older ones.
Knowing that the 60GB old units can play both type of games (PS3 plus PS2) I took the chance. However, the unit worked for about 24 hrs and after that, it refused to play PS3 games again, caput, dead! It worked for some of the PS2 games I have, but sporadically, which made me believe it was a console issue not because my games. The console was taking the disc without any issue though, you can even heard the spinning disc inside, but the system was not playing the disc's information at all, nothing.
So ... I wanted to give the unit a chance :-) ... and because I received it during a weekend, I had the whole Sunday and part of Saturday to troubleshoot the problem and see if it was a software issue, not hardware (unlikely, but really wanted to try)
That weekend the wife got little or not attention from my side :-) I performed a full system format, quick reset of the console settings, tried bunch of games and even manually clean the discs myself, hoping it was some scratched disc ... I did everything possible that was not hardware invasive, you name it ... and nothing worked! I literally spent my whole weekend on the issue but the unit never played a single PS3 game ever again. Actually, after a few hours it also stopped playing PS2 games as well, which the console was reading hours before, sporadically, but it was.
After Google this a bit more the Monday after, I found that this is a typical problem on most of these older units. The PS3 games are Blue Ray discs; the laser and circuit that is in charge of reading that is prone to problems so if that part or parts stopped working, you ended with a unit that will only read and play older PS2 games, which are not Blue Ray discs of course. It can be fixed replacing that part in the motherboard, but I do not have the time for that. And to be honest, I would not recommend anyone to spend extra bucks and time fixing a unit that in computer terms is ancient and already obsolete.
Long story short, I returned it to Amazon. Thanks God the seller was Amazon Prime endorsed and while it took few days, I finally received my money back.
I guess that I will have to display and connect my old PS2 box to the same T.V that I used for my PS3 console, different port of course. Or resign myself and send all those PS2 games to "Play Station heaven", aka trash can, where they will rest in peace for ever.
Oh well, that's technology. New gadgets and advances sometimes put good stuff behind, even when is still good.
*** Bottom line ***
If you have the money and time, and you are willing to take the risk, get one of this units and see what happens. But there is no warranty whatsoever that what happened to me, will happen to you in one or two months. Hate to write bad reviews, but I feel obligated to help others and share my experience during the process, especially when Sony already informed that a new console will be released in spring of this current year, making this 60GB even older and more obsolete than ever.
Sony sent us a replacement 60 GB unit with a different serial number, but the same model number as our old. During the wait, I ordered another 60 GB unit from the Amazon warehouse (this was within the past month).
The replacement unit came back, as did the new unit from Amazon warehouse. Both seemed to be boxed similarly, which causes me to think the occasional Amazon warehouse PS3 60 GB unit sold here may be refurbished by Sony prior to being put up for sale at Amazon.
My kids still play PS2 games, and the PS2 capability of these units has been well used. Today, our use of PS2 titles is greatly reduced. Though the ability to play almost all PS2 games on these units was one of the great selling points that caused me to buy them many years ago, shortly after first release.
If you have PS2 titles, and want to run PS2 and PS3 games, this console is tough to beat. There are very few PS2 titles that don't work with this console (and they are sort of well known by those who are likely to have them).
PS2 games display better on HDTV with the PS3 and generally look a lot better than if played on a PS2.
Anyone reading this should understand the value of a PS3, and the value of the Sony network.
These consoles are more for older gamers, or gamers who inherit older titles and want to see them played on modern HDTV's. The 60 GB PS3 is less energy efficient than newer units, it has more USB ports, and is generally a bit heavier.
I suspect that in the next few years a PS 4 will be released, and it won't support PS2 titles as they will all be very old by then. The 60 GB PS3's, while fantastic, are increasingly collectors / enthusiast consoles and are not necessary for the vast majority of users.