|Sony PlayStation 3 PS3 80G CECHE01 backwards comp PS1,2|
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|Product Name||Sony PlayStation 3|
|Product Line||Sony PlayStation|
|Device Input Support||Game pad|
|Video Color Output||Color|
|Audio Output Support||Stereo|
|Power & Battery|
|Power Source Types||Power Supply - internal|
|Ram Technology||RDRAM (RAMBUS)|
|Supported Media||BD-ROM, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080|
|Ram Capacity||256 MB|
|CPU||Cell Broadband Engine|
|Memory Capacity||256 MB|
|Country Region||North America|
|Hard Drive Capacity||80 GB|
Swanky design with quiet operation; all games in high-definition; PSP-like, easy-to-use interface; plays Profile 2.0 high-definition Blu-ray movies in addition to upscaling standard DVDs; built-in Wi-Fi; HDMI output with 1080p support; no external power supply; free online gaming service.
Lacks full backward support for PS2 games; only comes with two USB ports; no infrared port means non-Bluetooth universal remotes aren't compatible; no flash card or memory reader; glossy black finish is a fingerprint magnet; online gaming, media, and commerce options not nearly as developed as Xbox Live.
Even though PS2 backward compatibility has been dropped from this version, the PS3 is still a superb Blu-ray player and high-definition game console.
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First, I must disclose that my experience is with the 60GB model and not the 80GB. I also think you should strongly consider purchasing the 60GB model if you are buying used. I say this because this model had all the hardware bells and whistles that were taken out of subsequent generations. For those who backwards compatibility is really important for, the 60GB model contains the Emotion Engine hardware of the PS2 thereby making it fully backwards compatible. The subsequent 80GB model used software emulation to play PS2 games, which as I understand it makes some PS2 games incompatible. It also has flash memory card readers and 4 USB ports. Models released after 2007 had the flash card readers removed, the USB ports were reduced from 4 to 2, and backwards compatibility was eliminated. So, if any of these things are important to you, a 60GB model is your best bet. If the size of the hard drive is of concern, it can be easily upgraded by the user with any 2.5 inch SATA hard drive. My 60GB model now has a 500GB hard drive in it, which is bigger than any stock PS3 HDD.
With the hardware alterations aside, the user experience is pretty much the same from model to model. I also own an Xbox 360 so I will make some comparisons to it for anyone on the fence with these systems. Sony has done a good job of evolving the operating system which originally had some glaring inadequacies when compared to the XBox OS. Xbox social features are still better developed in my opinion and offers a better online gaming experience. If online gaming is important to you, Sony's Playstation Network is good enough but Xbox Live is a bit more robust in my view.
The graphics are phenomenal no matter what you're using it for. With this generation of consoles taking advantage of High Definition TV technology, games can look photorealistic at times. The PS3 also supports DVD upscaling to help your DVDs look their best and of course, the PS3 doubles as a Blu Ray player as well, which also works flawlessly. If graphics are a big concern for you, neither system really bests the other. You can often find online comparisons of games released on both the 360 and PS3 only to find the writers straining to find the tiniest flaws in either version. On 99% of games, the difference in quality is so insignificant that you probably won't be able to tell the difference. The Blu Ray drive doesn't really give the PS3 an edge in graphics or anything else (besides the obvious advantage of Blu Ray playback). Yes, it allows to store far more data on a single disc, but since disc costs virtually nothing to produce 360 games can simply ship with two or more DVDs if necessary.
The PS3 also works quite well as a Media Center. It's easy to set it up to stream content from your computer or to load your photos, video, audio or other data on to the PS3 hard drive to view on your TV. Additionally, the Playstation store allows you to download game demos, full games, previews, and rent or buy movies with a few clicks on your controller.
Conclusion: While the PS3 used to be prohibitively expensive and lacked a strong game library when compared to the Xbox 360, the PS3 has done away with both of these problems and the consumer can expect to be quite satisfied with either purchase. IF you are really in to online gaming though, the Xbox 360 may be a better fit. Other than that, the systems are pretty evenly matched in my book and you can't go wrong either way.
The good: Swanky design with quiet operation; all games in high-definition; PSP-like user-friendly interface; plays high-def Blu-ray movies in addition to standard DVDs; built-in Wi-Fi; 60GB hard drive; Bluetooth support for wireless controllers and accessories is coming; backwards-compatible with PS2 and PS1 titles; built-in memory card readers; online play is free; HDMI output with 1080p support; no external power supply
The bad: Pricey; first wave of games is somewhat anemic; doesn't upscale DVDs to HD resolution; no force feedback (rumble) support in controller; 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; HDMI cable not included.
The bottom line: Sony's PlayStation 3 may be the most expensive next-gen game console, and its launch titles are not all that impressive, but its swanky design and bevy of features, including a Blu-ray drive, make it hard to resist--even at ?
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.
Sony and Microsoft, both notorious for pulling out all the stops, are going head to head with their latest game machines. Although not a gamer, I'm drawn to the PS3 and the Xbox 360 (and its new trimmings) as feats of hitherto unseen technological wonder. Both companies have bet recklessly on their platforms, and both see them as gaming plus a whole lot more. So while the gaming world has its own critiques — and while the Nintendo Wii continues to charm with its less performance-based attitude — my desire was to see what the Xbox and PS3 could do in the way of movies, music and other entertainment. I tethered both of them to a smokin' 46-in. Sharp 1080p high-definition LCD TV and let them rip.
Most gamers know that the PS3's delay was caused by its Blu-ray drive, and many suggest that the Blu-ray advantage isn't worth the price or the wait. Sure, movies on Blu-ray have a picture quality six times higher than a standard DVD, but the vast majority of so-called high definition TVs don't even have the 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution (known as 1080p) to show Blu-ray's full glory. From a home-theater point of view, though, the PS3 was not only the first Blu-ray player to be priced well under $1,000, but the first to be introduced from Sony, the mother of the Blu-ray initiative. In other words, for anyone who already has a sweet 1080p TV, or is planning to spend $2,500 or more to get one, the PS3 is almost a requirement, being one of the only reliable sources of full HD video.
If you don't know about Blu-ray, it's because it's not the only successor to the DVD. A few companies, including Microsoft, support a different standard for next-generation movie discs, called HD DVD. The conflict between the two formats has made it tough for consumers to make any decisions, so sales have been miniscule. But now that Sony's Blu-ray is appearing in Sony's eagerly anticipated PS3, Microsoft's HD DVD format is appearing in, you guessed it, Microsoft's Xbox 360. Okay, not "in" the Xbox-an accessory drive that connects to the console via USB has just gone on sale for $200. That brings the total for Microsoft's premium high-def-movie playing system to $600, the same price as the premium PS3.
I'm a big fan of high-definition TVs, even the more affordable 720p sets, and I can vouch for the fact that whether they're on Blu-ray or HD DVD, movies look much better than they do on standard DVDs. Pop in the Blu-ray edition of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby that comes with the PS3, and you're blown away by the detail (and by how old and pockmarked Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly look up close). Likewise, load up the copy of Peter Jackson's King Kong that ships with the Xbox HD DVD player, fast forward to an action scene and suddenly, there are two T-Rexes and a gorilla duking it out in your living room. I can't spot the difference between Blu-ray and HD DVD movie; no one but the most finicky of videophiles could. So when looking at both game consoles as a source of high-def movie content, forget about differences in video quality and think more about your gaming preferences as well as the movies themselves, the Blu-ray and HD DVD lineups on Amazon.com or Netflix.
"PlayStation 3 opens up new possibilities for thrills and excitement. The built-in Blu-ray Disc player allows you to step into the world of high-definition entertainment, from intricately detailed and explosively powerful video games to favorite movies that come to life on screen with new depth and clarity. The console even plays and upscales your DVDs so you can experience them in a bold new way. A 120GB hard disk drive provides ample storage for games, music, videos and photos, and built-in Wi-Fi enables easy Internet connectivity. This PlayStation 3 also comes complete with a free membership to the PlayStation Network, where you can play games online, download movies and games, stream music and photos, chat in-game with friends and much more"