Great bundle (PS3 250 GB Black Friday 2012 Bundle) looking at the pictures and product description. I wondered why this bundle went for such a low price. The included games do NOT come in the original PS3 plastic game cases as depicted on the box itself. The product description WRONGFULLY states the bundle includes the Uncharted DUAL PACK and inFAMOUS Collection. You get 4 games in 4 separate cardboard sleeves. There are no game instruction manuals nor cover inserts. Personally, I like seeing the original games, with original insert covers in their games cases sitting on the shelf. Evidently, someone at Sony does not appreciate this aspect of game collecting.
I notified Amazon customer service regarding this issue of missing game cases. They cheerfully offered an option of a percentage refund credit to my account. I can use this refund to buy empty PS3 game cases. Bravo to Amazon's decision makers. But what I cannot get are the insert covers for the games. Sony ought to somehow provide this for its customers. Perhaps if Sony had promoted this bundle as an effort to Go Green, informing customers of the usage of cardboard instead of plastic, viewing the game manuals online.
This PS3 console measures 11.5"W x 9"D x 2.5"H, with it laying down. Manufactured in Suzhou, China during June 2012. Power cord is over 5' long by approx a few inches. The included DualShock3 controller is wired length of approx 58", with NO battery pack option. There was NO circular plate to stand the console upright. Discs load on top of the console, through a door that slides open to the left side.
After initial setup, system settings read ONLY 205GB free out of max 232GB.
Gran Turismo 5 XL Edition mandatory initial install of game data in hard drive took 12 minutes. Then it recommended the whole game be installed in the hard drive to reduce load times during gameplay, which took approx 40 minutes. The total process used up at least 7GB. Gorgeous game!
Hopefully the system will run flawlessly, providing excellent gameplay. If not, I will edit this review.