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- 160GB HDD For Storing Games, Music, Videos And Photos
- High Definition 1080p Blu-ray Player
- Internet Ready With Built-in Wi-Fi
- Cell Broadband Engine Advanced Microprocessor
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With the PlayStation 3 160GB system, you get free PlayStation Network membership, built-in Wi-Fi and 160GB of hard disk drive storage for games, music, videos and photos. This system will come with firmware 3.6 or greater. You can easily upgrade to the latest firmware for free, simply by connecting the PS3 to the internet. And every PS3 system comes with a built-in Blu-ray player to give you pristine picture quality and the best high-definition viewing experience available. Whether it’s gaming, Blu-ray movies, music or online services, experience it all with the PlayStation 3 system. All PlayStation 3 systems are already equipped with everything you need to play stereoscopic 3D games.
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I purchased the PS3 because I missed video games, and I knew that I could stream Netflix and Amazon Instant Video with it, as well as watch Blu-Ray movies. Even if I wasn't a gamer, I still would have bought it.
It works great. Extremely easy to set up, and it arrived two days earlier, which was fantastic. I stream Netflix and Amazon Instant Video almost every day, when I'm getting ready for school or doing homework and it's never messed up on me.
I've played several games on my PS3, including The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, Batman: Arkham City, Red Dead Redemption/Undead Nightmare, Dead Space, Borderlands, and Shadow of the Colossus. They have all worked perfectly find on the PS3, with the exception of Oblivion, which was a little laggy and actually froze so that I had to reset my PS3. However, I think this is a problem with Bethesda and not my Playstation, as their games have been noted to freeze/crash.
Overall, I really enjoy my Playstation 3. I definitely recommend it over the Xbox 360 (I owned one in high school, but it broke--RROD--and this is my first gaming console since then, almost four years). I wouldn't compare it over the Wii or the upcoming Wii U, since they both have promising titles. I think that just depends on what kind of gamer you are.
If you're considering it, just get it! One other big plus is free online multiplayer. Can't beat that.
Another improvement I noticed is that the wireless seems to work better. With my old PS3, I seemed to get around 75-85% network strength signal, now I get around 100%. This has lead to better performance with Netflix and streaming music.
In terms of looks, I very much like the smaller shape, however I think the old style with the shiny finish looked classier, but the matte finish on the slim does not show fingerprints or dust, so that's a bonus. I also like the physical power and eject buttons (the old PS3 used tactile buttons), which are illuminated in a cool white light when the power is on. Nice touch. I don't miss the SD card slot or the inputs, and I never had a use for four USB ports (the slim only has two), BUT I cannot believe Sony has not included a rear USB on this unit. I would have bought the Move bundle, but that requires the use of the PS Eye, which means I would have to hook the camera up to one of the front USB ports, and wrap the cable around the back to snake it up my home theater center. In short, it would not look nice and neat, and I don't want that. Microsoft and Wii have rear inputs for the Kinect and the remote sensor, why can't Sony, a longtime hardware manufacturer do the same for the Eye?
The harddrive remains easy to upgrade. I installed the 320 GB drive from my old PS3 in about five minutes with no issues.
In terms of games, I'll have to say I'm a huge fan of the PS3 library. When I first got a PS3 about a year after it came out, quite frankly there was a huge lack of quality games. Now, however, PS3 has assembled quite the library and 2011 looks to be a monster year for PS3 owners. They already have the Resistance series, Little Big Planet, the Uncharted series, Killzone, Infamous, Gran Turismo 5, 3D Dot Game Heroes, plus some great PSN only titles such as the Pixel Junk Series, Flower, Dead Nation, and WipEout HD. 2011 is absolutely loaded with exclusives such as Little Big Planet 2, Killzone 3, Infamous 2, Resistance 3, Uncharted 3, and The Last Guardian; plus also the non-exclusives such as Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, which will release the same time as the Xbox 360 version. However, you probably know what games you like and don't, but I highly suggest you research the libraries for PS3 and 360 and weigh how important online gaming is before you make a decision.
Overall, the PS3 slim is quieter, smaller, uses less energy, has improved wireless performance (from my experience), and retains the ability to upgrade the harddrive in a snap, although I hate the fact it has no rear USB input. Even if you're looking for a blu ray player, you should give the PS3 slim serious consideration, as it can also stream Netflix (the app is great and I watch HD content in 5.1 DD), Hulu Plus, Vudu, NHL game center, and you can stream movies, music, and photos from your home computer. I also run a program on my PC called PlayOn, which allows me to stream ESPN3 live games and replays on my PS3, which is great for someone who doesn't have cable. I'm hoping Sony can make a deal at some point with ESPN down the line to have a PS3 app similar to what the 360 has.
The PS3 is the hub of my home theater, where I use it to game (PSN is free, but admittedly no where on the level of Xbox Live), watch blu rays, stream music (not dealing with CDs is GREAT), watch live sports, movies, TV shows, and occasionally check out some sites on the built in browser (which is OK, but gets the job done). At $299, the PS3 is an absolute steal considering all the things this little box can do.