|Sony PlayStation 3 60 GB Launch Model Firmware 1.00 Other OS Lunix PS3 PS2 PS1|
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|Sony Playstation 3 PS3 60GB Backward Compatible CECHA01|
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|PS3 Playstation 3 FAT Console CECHA01 System Working w Power A/V Controller|
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|Entertainment becomes essential when you have the Sony PlayStation 3 - a Sony gaming console - in hand. You can play High Definition and stereoscopic 3D games on this Sony gaming system, for a more immersive gaming experience. With the Sony gaming console’s support for Blu-ray, you can watch movies with a lifelike quality. Free online gaming is possible with this Sony gaming system, as also access to the Sony PlayStation Network at no charge. You can share content across the Sony PlayStation 3 and PSP by linking the devices via the DLNA network.|
|Product Name||Sony PlayStation 3|
|UPC||0711719699651, 711719699651, 711719800002|
|Product Line||Sony PlayStation|
|Device Input Support||Game pad, Joystick, Wireless Gaming Controller|
|Video Color Output||Color|
|Audio Output Support||Stereo|
|Power & Battery|
|Power Source Types||Power Supply - internal|
|CPU||Cell Broadband Engine|
|Ram Technology||RDRAM (RAMBUS)|
|Supported Media||BD-ROM, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080|
|Ram Capacity||256 MB|
|Memory Capacity||256 MB|
|Country Region||North America|
|Hard Drive Capacity||60 GB|
Swanky design with quiet operation; all games in high-definition; PSP-like user-friendly interface; plays high-def Blu-ray movies in addition to upscaling standard DVDs; built-in Wi-Fi and flash media reader; 60GB hard drive; online play is free; HDMI output with 1080p support; no external power supply; free online gaming service; plays PS2 and PS1 games; backwards compatibility is hardware based.
Compelling exclusive games are still few and far between; PlayStation Home and rumble controller not available until 2008; a USB port on the back would've been nice; no infrared port means non-Bluetooth universal remotes aren't compatible; glossy black finish is a fingerprint magnet; online gaming, media, and commerce options not nearly as developed as Xbox Live.
The high-end Sony PlayStation 3's larger hard drive and ability to play PS2 games makes it a worthwhile alternative to the cheaper model--so long as you're willing to wait several months for the more promising exclusive titles to hit store shelves. If backward compatibility is your top priority, this hard-to-find model may be worth the search.
Average review score based on 1,057 user reviews
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PROS: Very pleased with the PS3. It upscales normal DVDs so they look better on your HDTV, it plays Blue-ray discs very well, and offers extra functions that 'normal' players don't have. You can game with it of course, and the graphics are phenomenal. You can also surf the web, browse content from YouTube, Facebook, and others. With built-in wireless and Bluetooth, you have the same connectivity options as a laptop or media center PC. If you run a free media server app on another PC on your home network, the PS3 becomes a 'Swiss army knife' of a media player, able to play audio, video, and view pictures. (and arrange them into albums) Of course you can connect a USB flash or hard drive (only FAT32 format I believe) and play content from there, or copy content to the PS3's hard drive if you wish.
-There appears to be a firmware bug such that when you wake it from standby with the controller or power button, it shuts down and must be turned off and on. (at least mine does)
-Sony, being the money-grubbing control freaks that they are have released an update that makes it very difficult to install Linux as a second OS like you used to be able to do. Not a big deal for the average user, but I like to tinker, and what harm was it doing Sony to leave this? What was Sony getting from this feature other than even more acclaim for an excellent device? It would be a true media-center PC if they'd open up a little.
-The wireless (on my model anyway) doesn't support any better encryption than WEP.
My speculation: if Sony were to sell an "unlocked" version of this device for maybe a little more, I'd buy it. I know that Sony makes money on content and almost gives away the console, like printer manufacturers do by selling cheap printers and then making money on the ink, but if the PS3 were more open to tinkering, it would go from having a large fan base to a cult following.
I received my PS3 last year as a graduation gift for passing my GED, and it has not failed me yet.
I love that i am able to watch Blu-ray, and while the quality is slightly better when you use a blu-ray player i think it is satisfactory to just use my ps3. Playing dvds on it is also easy, i got the remote with my packaged set, and i find it much easier to skip the trailers when using the ps3 instead of a standard dvd player.
Gaming is fun, the controller is easy to handle, for me at least, and can be charged instead of using batteries so thats great. I dont really use PShome, i find it pointless and boring, but i do often browse through the playstation store. Some good finds in there if you are looking for a demo, or just buy a game right there, often times you can put it on your psp if you have one.
It IS a dust magnet though, so it would be good to keep a duster (I use a swiffer) on hand nearby to make sure it does not clog anything up. I also do the cleaning thing where it runs the fan super fast, once in a while to prevent any buildup inside that can lead to overheating etc. Its not in the manual,but you completely turn off the ps3, then while your are turning it back on (in the back) you keep your finger on the power button on the front, and keep holding it there it should beep, and start the fan very fast to help get rid of the dust inside. it takes maybe a minute or two, and i have never had trouble with it. I learned this trick from a game store manager, who repairs these machines often.
Overall, prefer ps3 to XBOX360, grew up with ps2 so i am used to it.i think it's easier to navigate, the xbox sometimes still confuses me, but many people prefer the 360 over this.
Likes; universal, region-free, useful, plays dvd/blu-ray, stunning graphics, menu is easy to navigate, good sound
Dislikes; Dust magnet, slow updates and installs(game), less variety for games
The Sony PS3 is truly an innovative gaming and socailizing console which is highly customizable and versatile. I purchased the item for the console specific titles that have and will release and found myself more than satisfied; Sony has made a gaming console that is really a media-based computer rather than just a game system. It offers internal WiFi and an internet browser and free online play and the use of bluetooth headsets, keyboards, and mice (possibly even cameras, I'm not sure), which means you can use your already purchased computer/phone related accessories for your console. You also have the choice to watch Blu-Ray discs or regular DVD's, you can create virtual ps1/ps2 memory cards on the internal memory card for all your old games, and a memory card adaptor is offered to move all your existing save files onto the harddrive. Really, for what until recently was the same price as the 120GB Elite 360, you get so much more for your money.
The 360 requires that you buy wireless headsets that are only compatible with the console, and that you spend an extra $100 just for the possibility of wireless capabilities. The reliability is also definitely worth the money; about 25% of all 360's encounter total system failure within two years, while only about 10% of ps3's fail within two years. The 360 also requires you to pay a monthly or annual fee for online play and does not offer any kind of internet browser to make your 360-based entertainment center quite as well-rounded.
I give you this review as an avid xBox 360 fan and user of the system for several years; my home will always be complimented with the presence of the original xBox and xBox 360, as well as the ps2 and now ps3. I really do love the 360, but for financially-conscious consumers the Playstation 3 is the obvious choice for your home entertainment center and gaming needs due to its numerous features not offered by the 360 and the fact that most main brand games are released for both consoles.
A fantastic system that had an extremely rough start. The prevalence of these systems even today makes me proud to own one. Why I prefer this over the newer models? Exclusively for the PS2 backwards compatible play. It plays 3 generations of Sony games, Blu Ray, CDs, and DVDs; it's a media monster! It arguably has the best design; massive, gawdy, yet attractive. It is noisy, however, and gets warm after about an hour of play. It has a low failure rate, but I would coax a owner in being gentle with it due it heating up quickly. Another issue some gamers may have is its 60gb HDD; which is great for an Xbox 360 but for PS3s and their mandatory installs means that a lot of space can be taken up from just a few games, some patches and updates. Still, 60GBs is a fair amount of space, but maybe on the short side considering there is a model that has 500GBs! System wise, I can't really see any faults; it's the interface and menus that Sony uses that will likely irritate. No point in beating around the bush, the PS3's XMB and menus are slow and it is hard to forgive how slow they are. Checking your trophies takes 20 or 30 seconds to sync, then several more moments of them loading when the 360 could do it instantly. Same can be said with the new PSN, easy to navigate but even slower than what it used to be. That said, try not to be deterred by this as the PS3, no matter which model, will serve you VERY well with its nearly limitless HDD space, wonderful exclusives, Blu-Ray ability, and it just looks so dandy as a colossal black console. It's there for the absolute hardcore gamer/media fanatic and, honestly, can be a justified buy just for Blu-Ray since you can also hook Netflix up to it, too.
This Model of the PS3 is pure awesomeness. (Model CECHE01) What makes it so impressive is that it has an 80 GB HDD, & it still has all 4 USB ports as well as the Multi card reader built in.
But were not done yet, this Version is also a great buy because it can play your old collection of PS2 & PSX games. And whats really nice about the backwards compatibility is that it up-converts the game onto your HD TV (720p, 1080i, 1080p). Granted the Graphics are still pretty much the same, but the clarity is great now (I can play my old PSX games & they've never looked better).
Also this unit has the ability to have a 2nd operating system installed on it. Simply use the default OS & choose install another OS in your settings & follow the on screen instructions (It Partitions the HDD so that you can run & Install the 2nd OS with Ease). *A Note to this is that you will need to know a bit more about Computer function to fully enjoy this feature.
Now aside from the Newer Model PS3 having a larger HDD (120GB to 250GB) There is nothing else that is able to perform better. The New PS3 is unable to Play PS2 Games (& most PSX Games), Has only 2 USB ports, no Multi card reader, can't install 2nd OS, Etc...
& One last note, the newer Model PS3's have 2 main issues that are still being worked on by Sony. 1st. Overheating - The new units are prone to overheating & shutting down (Especuly when playing a Graphically intense Game), and getting the dreaded "Yellow Light Of Doom" (AKA: YLOD). Once you receive this Yellow light you have no choice but to send your PS3 back to Sony for repairs, or a replacement. 2nd. Freezing - The new units are prone to freezing mid game, or even in a game movie scene. Again Sony is still working on the issues & I hope they are solved. (*It should be said that the New model PS3's will very rarely freeze while playing a Blue-Ray)
But for now I will Enjoy my Superior Model PS3 (CECHE01)