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The good: Slimmer, more compact design with quieter operation; all games in high-definition; easy-to-use interface; doubles as a Blu-ray and upscaling DVD player; built-in Wi-Fi; 120GB hard drive; HDMI output with 1080p support; no external power supply; built-in Web browser; free online gaming service.
The bad: Lacks backward support for PS2 games; no infrared port means non-Bluetooth universal remotes aren't compatible; online gaming, media, and commerce options still aren't as fully developed as Xbox Live, though they're getting better.
The bottom line: With a smaller design, more energy-efficient operation, lower price tag, and built-in Blu-ray and multimedia capabilities, the PS3 Slim delivers a compelling package for an affordable price.
More affordable $299 price; slimmer, more compact design with quieter operation; all games in high-definition; easy-to-use interface; doubles as a Blu-ray and upscaling DVD player; built-in Wi-Fi; 120GB hard drive; HDMI output with 1080p support; no external power supply; built-in Web browser; free online gaming service, NetFlix and Hulu with more enhancements to come!
With a smaller design, more energy-efficient operation, lower price tag, and built-in Blu-ray and multimedia capabilities, the PS3 Slim delivers a compelling package for an affordable price.
slimmer, more compact design with quieter operation; all games in high-definition; easy-to-use interface; doubles as a Blu-ray and upscaling DVD player; built-in Wi-Fi; spacious hard drive; HDMI output with 1080p support; no external power supply; built-in Web browser; free online gaming service.
Lacks backward support for PS2 games
More affordable $299 price; slimmer, more compact design with quieter operation; all games in high-definition; easy-to-use interface; doubles as a Blu-ray and upscaling DVD player; built-in Wi-Fi; 120GB hard drive; HDMI output with 1080p support; no external power supply; built-in Web browser; free online gaming service.
The new PS3 and price point really deserves a 5-star rating (relative to ALL previous PS3 console releases)... unfortunately this system is not ALL it could be, and with the equally reduced Xbox360 prices, the PS3 now only has a marginal edge over the next-gen market.
The Good: There's so much to say here--you get the SAME great hardware in the most recent GEN PS3 80gb--but with capacity increased to 120 GB. 25% starting price reduction. 30% lighter AND slimmer. 30% more energy efficient (and MORE than 50% more efficient than GEN1 PS3's). The same CPU/GPU power of previous PS3 consoles. You retain the ability to swap hard drives easily. New matte finish that is both scratch and fingerprint resistant. Added compatibility with Sony Bravia hardware--limited appeal, but a bonus.
The Bad: Two USB ports maximum--disappointing. Lack of memory card readers--not a big deal. Removal of the dual-boot Operating System feature--a slap in the fact to Linux fans. The refusal of Sony to bow to consumer demand and enable PS2 emulation at the software level--disgusting.
The Ugly: While the new matte finish is more scratch and fingerprint resistant than its predecessors, it gives the PS3 a MUCH less professional look. Most will agree that the new design is uglier, and rather bland (see logo).
Even with the most recent xbox360 price drop, Sony FINALLY has a leg up on the competition, in terms of price-to-performance ratio. The xbox360 is arguably equivalent, if not for the lack of a Blu-Ray drive, which is a MAJOR selling point for the PS3. At only $50 more expensive than the Nintendo Wii (without a price reduction planned), the PS3 may easily begin to siphon off sales from Nintendo come the Holidays.
The REAL difference between consoles is the ported games and system exclusives. Game ports between the PS3, Xbox360, and PC standards are pretty much a given with the majority of games--the Wii however will end up with watered-down ports in almost every case. At this point, system exclusives on all three systems are nearly equal in terms of quality and customer appear--each system has standout games, which should be used as the main criteria for console selection.
Favor the new PS3 SLIM if only because its hardware is superior AND features a built-in Blu-Ray drive with 7.1 surround... quite the nice perk, what with low-end Blu-Ray players starting at $150 now.
So far the best console I've owned ever... Now let give you reasons to why I say that.
1. Hardware- The new slim design feels more solid and durable, You have everything you need right out of the box (If your using a SD TV.) The controller is a improved design of the PS2 controller, Which may seem like a negative if the controller wasn't perfected as it is.
2. Features- The PS3 (offline) can play games,audio CD's (in Which you can import and save to your system.)It can play Blu-Ray DVD's (Movies made for a HD TV) and regular DVD's (SD). It can store pictures and gives you your own account that has all your data on it. (Online) You have Playstation home, which I'm still exploring, you can rent and buy movies and watch them right on your PS3, you can surf the web, play games online, and connect with Playstation Network. For at least the first three weeks, you'll be learning things about you didn't even expect. Now it can't do EVERYTHING, lets don't be silly, but it can do ALOT...a whole lot.
3. Games- The games are really the main factor when it comes to actually enjoying the system to the fullest. PS3 has a great number of good games, so you'll have no problem choosing the right game. One's I consider essential are, "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves," "Metal Gear Solid 4," "Little Big Planet," "GTA 4," and "Batman: Arkum Asylum." See I just named 5 games from 5 different genre's right off the top of my head...and each one of them is a brilliant experience from beginning to end.
4. Exclusiveness- The PS3 has some of the best exclusives I've seen in a system. While it has it's fair share of excellent third party games. Examples to buy the system for the exclusive games are, "Metal Gear Solid 4," "Killzone 2," "Both Uncharted Games," "Arkum Asylum," "God of War 3," and the list goes on and on. The Xbox 360 appears to have more exclusive games, but not as consistent in quality in my opinion. Not putting the 360 down, but this is just my opinion
5. Graphics- Well, I won't breakdown and tell you the logistics of the graphics, but I will say they look amazing, even on a SD TV. On HD you won't believe the kind of detail and colors will pop out at you, no I'm not exaggerating. The PS3 would be my main reason to switch to HD TV.
6. Life left- Playstation systems usually run for about ten years normally, so it should still be around for years to come. It's not to late to buy as it'll be quite some time before you see the PS4. Not to mention a lot of good games are still in development.
You just can't loose with PS3, no matter who you are there is a game for you now I'll recap.
1. Abundant features and multi media applications
2. Free online
3. Abundant exclusive and third party games
4. Strongly built
5. Less expensive in the long run
6. free PS3 demos from PStore
7. Always able to play a disc without malfunctioning
1. The only one I could honestly find was the longish updates and installation times for games and the system, other than that, no complaints
PS3 is one of the best, it would be a mistake to miss out on it.
Pros: Great Blue Ray Player, Equal quality to the 360 for games, huge hard drive, smaller design than original, less sexy matte black holds up to wear MUCH better, "real" computer aspects, very quiet, and a sturdy and stable design.
Cons: Not backwards compatible, no HDMI cable, LOAD TIMES.
Summary: I called myself an XBOX fan boy for the sake of those taking a quick glance wondering if the PS3 slim was worth the money. In truth I have always been a little partial to XBOX/360 but I have always had all the consoles.
The PS3 slim was an easy choice for me. I doubt I would have bought it just for the high quality exclusive titles it offers ( Little Big Planet, God of War 3 and MGS4 just to name a few of the real big guns Drake's Fortune was the one I really wanted and I beat it the first few days I had the system. Great game!) but the fact it is also a Blue Ray player, and one of the best reviewed on the market to boot made this a literal no brainier.
I was just waiting for the inevitable price cut since buying BR movies is not a high priority for me at the current cost, and I already had two 360's to meet my gaming needs. I'm really glad my frugality caused me to wait though as I feel the Slim is a step up.
I know that the shine black is really a great looking piece of consumer electronics ascetically speaking, but the system scratches if you blink at it hard. I don't care for the matte black appearance as much, but I know it will still look great after a year, where every PS3 I have seen looks like it was dragged across the ground.
In addition to the look, you get the 120GB hard drive and a (in some cases) quieter and smaller system with no loss of features or power. In electronics smaller is usually better, especially when it comes to my crowded home entertainment set up real estate.
There are a few things I prefer about the 360 over the Sony product, but it's pure personal preference and anyone claiming either system is vastly superior should be ignored. For me, the PS3 could not be my only gaming console. I prefer the XBOX Live experience (despite having to pay for it compared to the free Playstation network) from community to functionality. I like the 360 controllers better (with the exception of some fighting games. Tekken on a 360 controller would have been rough) and I like the interface of the 360 better.
Again though, these things are personal preference. Comparing the PS3 Slim to an XBOX 360 Elite could be a tough call for the objective buyer.
The Quality is there, the functionality is there, the price is right, and the added benefit of a top rated Blue Ray player makes this a smart buy for both hard core and somewhat casual gamers. It does everything it should, and it does it pretty much perfectly.
When you think Playstation, you automatically think video games and thats true, the Playstation has been a video gaming console for the last 15 years but that was the first playstation released. The majority of it was just a video game console but it could also play audio CDs. Then a few years later SOny had produced over 100 million units of the PS1 and even came out with a smaller, lighter version anutil it was discontinued in 2006 because there was a new kid on the block from Sony. In 2000, The Playstation 2 or PS2 for short arrived on shelves and is to this date, the highest selling video game console ever with over 130 million units sold as of August 2009. Thats nore than the Xbox and Xbox 360 combined!
The PS2 was still regognised as a video game console but, it was the first one to have audio CD and DVD playback together. to this date the PS2 is still going strong with 2 versions of the console released and more PS2 games being released in 2010 but with the launch of the Xbox 360 with it's easy to set up online options and High Definition graphics to boot Sony released the successor to the popular PS2 with it's own online, HD gaming software. The colossal powerhouse, The Playstation 3
The Playstation 3 was trying to stick the middle finger up at Xbox with all the equipment injected into it. On it's first launch it was big, shiny, had 60gb of memory and had backwards compatability with PS1 and PS2 games. After a few months of it being on the shelves, 20gb and 40gb versions were realeased at a cheaper price to the whopping $900 original but as a kind of sacrafice, the backwards compatability was taken away.
Earlier in 2009 however, Sony kept up their tradition and released a slimmer, lighter verion of the PS3 with an impressive 120gb built in hard drive. With all the HD gaming and the ease of wireless Internet access due to its inbuilt Wi-Fi receiver, Sony added its Blu-Ray player into it. To this date, if you are looking for an entertainment system that is reliable and dependable as a wood burning stove, the Playstation 3 is the preffered choice.
This Playstation 3 is the ultimate gaming system. It does everything the other ones do (except backwards compatibility) with a smaller size and more efficient processing power.
What i noticed about the slim PS3 is that its much quieter then the older versions. Bluray movies play flawlessly on this system and i can watch 2-3 1080P bluray movies back to back and this thing doesn't over heat or make enough noise to distract anyone. Media lovers will love the PS3, bluray movies, the ability to stream videos from Media Servers (flawlessly - as long as you have a high speed connection) and to access vast libraries of music effortlessly from your computer or media server too.
Of course, where this system shines is in video game play. Games look Amazing on this thing. I have a stack of ps2 games that i was worried about because the slim isn't backwards compatible, but once i played Call of Duty 2 Modern Warfare it was like...what ps2 games? You will totally forget about your PS2 collection.
FREE online gaming is a big bonus as well. Unlike XBOX live, there is no fee, you can play games online, download demos of games, download some free movies/shows, all for free as long as you have a high speed internet connection. The wireless on the PS3 is pretty fast, although right now it does not support Wireless-N speeds, which will hopefully be addressed soon.
A really great thing about the PS3 is the ability to swap its hard drive out. Most 2.5" SATA hard drives will work. I swapped mine out for a Western Digital 320GB. Now i have more than enough room to store movies, music and video game saves and demos. (Yes, you can copy movies & music to your hard drive)
Interesting TIP i learned by searching on the web, when you plug in the power cable make sure the white text on the cable is facing up both on the ps3 input side and power plug side. I don't know why, but it seems the ps3 slim gets hotter when its not put that way. Also, keep your ps3 slim out in an open area. It wont have any problems if you have it this way, if you have it crowded by other things, it will end up sucking in its own hot air...and that's not good! The PS3 slim is very effective at moving heat out of the system, so make sure that heat isn't funneling back to the front.
Some interesting things about this system:
- The internal fan is a whopping 95mm fan
- The hard drive is changeable WITHOUT voiding warranty. Most 2.5" SATA drives will work with the ps3. (I recommend 2.5" Western Digital drives)
- No more glossy (finger print attracting) finish, its now a flat matte black.
- The buttons for power and eject are now push buttons, not touch
Whats Really Good:
Well for one thing the Price. No longer will it cost an arm, leg and everything else just to get one. no long will you have to save all the money you have to get one.
Games: Yes they got games on here and don't believe them Xbox360 fan-boys. They have something for everyone. PS1 classic games for those who grew up playing them or just want to relive them. You can also play PS1 disc game too.
More than 3 years into the PS3 life more great games are coming out.
Price for older games lower on ebay now but maybe not in store thank God for ebay.
Online well as of now it may be free but that to be seen. either way it good but i am not in charge of that but lets hope it stays free. You can also play friends online as well as strange people too.
Demos: Lots of these and with a large hard drive you have plenty of space.
Hard drive : 250gb well more like 232 but still a lot yes that what you end up with but it all good. If you wanted one larger a 320 is also out there for those who need more. (wow what are you doing with it if you need more space??)
PSN is a great play and you can find a lot of great things here and believe me you will.
The PS3 is lighter & slimmer & better looking I think.
HDMI output for 1080p resolution
Ensures that visuals come alive with incredible depth and clarity on your high-definition screen. Holy freak this looks good.
DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller :
Every one should know how this is. It the best controller to ever come out coming from a guy who never had a PS2 or PS1. (just a Saturn) they made this even better than before.
7.1 audio :
Envelops you in the sound of your favorite movies and games, immersing you fully in the viewing or gaming experience. Gives you a reason to update your home theater Sound amazing holy!
Built-in Wi-Fi :
Makes it easy to connect to the Internet for exciting additional entertainment options.
Blu-ray Disc player: Now come lets just say it worth it it self just to get.
It also plays DVDs so enjoy all your favorite videos.
Netflix: Oh Yeah lets just say that things got better with this not only Dvds but stream them to you PS3
World Wide Web: Lets just say if you want to watch videos, Myspace, Ebay, Facebook, Bank of america, email, it all here. Maybe not as good as a PC but still good. keyboard also for the PS3 to make things easier.
Music, videos, Photos, you get all of this too.
Photos on your PS3 to show to all of your family,
Videos watch all your videos on your PS3 and enjoy.
Music Listen to all your music on your PS3 and stream Music from a PC to you PS3 My acer 5532 can but I do not know about all PC's
Download music from a PS3 to a MP3 player without a PC. (for those who do not won a PC this is big. You don't have to be going to a friends house every time you need new music)
anything else I can't think of right now because the super bowl is on colts vs saints.
The slim PS3 only has 2 USB ports (like my PC) but it cool because you can use a PC USB port to charge your controllers. so not really a problem but yeah.
Software Compatibility is gone. no playing PS2 games on this but then again over 100 million people have a PS2 & it so cheap if you really want to play PS2 games get a PS2 then.
No Flash memory readers: well you can buy this too on ebay under 10 $.
No Linux on the PS3 damn.
Over all I am happy that I have a PS3 because I can do pretty much anything besides play games and met a lot of cool people playing online too.