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- HDMI + Bravia Sync functionality that provides both 1080p output resolution.
- A new 33% slimmer, 36% lighter PlayStation 3 entertainment system that is also more energy efficient.
- Includes a Dualshock 3 wireless controller and a built-in 120GB HDD for storing games, music, videos, and photos.
- Built-in Wi-Fi for connectivity anywhere and multiple media format compatibility.
- Free membership and access to all the events, as well as game, movie, TV and other media content available on the PlayStation Network (PSN).
- Instant in-synch connectivity between your PS3 and other Sony HDMI enabled products without the use of multiple remote controls.
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1) blu ray player
2) built in wi-fi
3) netflix capable
The closest competitor of comparable quality was the LG 390, which was $260 at the time of this review. For only forty bux more, I got a media center, game console and one less remote (I have a Sony Bravia TV). Everyone has their opinion about the game selection from the fanboys to casual gamers. Consider me the latter. I like that since the ps3 has been out a while, you can find some good titles for $20 to $30. I was really into Battlefield 1942 a while back on PC so I decided to get Battlefield Bad Company for only $20! If I get hooked, I may have to shell out $50 - $60 for BC 2 coming out soon.
I know most have to get a separate remote to operate the ps3, but given the Bravia Sync capabilities, I was able to operate it with my Bravia remote. I have the 46z4100 and it worked like a charm! You just have to enable HDMI control in the ps3 settings and it will work great! You can even navigate most of the menu with it except for maybe internet and some options where you need "x" and "o" buttons. I am still exploring other buttons on the remote to see what relates to all the Dualshock controller buttons, but it appears to be limited to the center navigation for ps3 control and the the blu-ray works with the DVD button controls.
Another great function is the media center functions. I connected to my router easily and after a little tinkering, I was able to allow the ps3 to see all my media on my PC. It wasn't crystal clear how to set it up since most tutorials are for WM11 and WM12 was included with Windows 7. For WM11 I think you can actually select the ps3 to allow access, but in WM12, next to the Organize button, I selected Stream > Automatically Allow Devices to Play My Media... and then it worked. When loading folders in the ps3, it may take some time to get the folders to show up if you have a large collection. I thought it wasn't working since there is no progress bar or anything but they eventually showed up. This is probably dependent on the speed of your network as well.
Speaking of networks, that is probably my only negative... The ps3 has 802.11 b/g built in, while the LG 390 had "n". To get full advantage of Netflix, I wish it had "n". One other minor drawback is you have to put in the Netflix disc to get streaming to work. I read that it uses BD live to stream the content. Apparently Microsoft has a deal with Netflix to be exclusive on offering the software built in on XBOX and the agreement expires in late 2010. I'm glad Sony found a work around but hope they update the firmware after the agreement expires.
Overall, I think its a great deal and if you can get in on a nice bundle, then it will sweeten the pot even more! I was a day late on getting a BF deal since I was still deciding what to do and missed out, but even at full price I have no regrets!
First of all, PS3 has the most horsepower, and it shows. For certain games, the XBox 360 version will be better, but in general, the PS3 version offers better graphics. The PS3 also almost always offers the best video cut-scenes and audio due to the storage capacity of Blu-ray. But to be fair, for gaming, each console has its pros and cons and so there is no clear winner amongst them.
This is less true for everything else. The PS3 clearly defeats the Xbox360 and blows away the Wii in AV capabilities, whether it is the black levels and color accuracy I am able to squeeze out of my plasma for streaming video from Netflix or Crunchyroll without hours of calibration at best, or the brute force audio video domination offered by Blu-ray playback which no console including the Wii-U from the 6-th generation can even come close to.
PS3 offers many games and "apps" the other consoles don't cater to, namely those originating from the Japanese market. If you play mostly RPGs PS3 is an obvious first choice. If you want to watch Nico-Nico channel PS3 is an obvious choice.
There are also little things about the PS3 that are just right, like my Samsung plasma knows how to control it correctly via the AV standards established, or that DLNA really just works right and doesn't have just the same interface/support offered in 2006 like the XBox360 does.
PS3 offers some really one of a kind offerings like shared support with the PSP and Vita in the marketplace(you can buy PS2/PSX games and play it on all your devices, how about that!), which are just nice and the competition doesn't offer.
The downsides are mostly that PSN is not as good as XBox Live, or at least, wasn't as good. As of 2012 the differences are more moot but by that point for 6th gen it hardly mattered since XBox fans already had a billion gamer points to their profiles and a thousand friends racked up on their superior service while PSN users were sort of just confused and annoyed by downtime or hacking disturbances. Hopefully in the 7th generation this will not matter as much. But that said, I think many PS3 gamers didn't miss games XBox fans racked up hundreds of hours on all that much.