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What You Need to Know About the Original PlayStation 3 Video Game Console

The original PlayStation 3, also sometimes known as the 'fat' model to distinguish it from the slim models, was available in the first few years after the console's release in 2006. The console will play the entire library of PlayStation 3 games. Affordable used versions of the PlayStation 3 can be found on eBay.

What should you look for when choosing a used PS3?

Make sure that the console is in good working order and preferably comes with the necessary power cable, HDMI cable, and controller out of the box. If the console is not in working condition, then it may require replacement parts before it will properly function. The original PS3 fat is no longer in production, but some consoles have been refurbished or fixed up to ensure that they are still in working order.

How do you choose the right PlayStation 3 model?

The PS3 fat underwent several revisions over its life span, so the hardware features changed quite a bit between models. The original PlayStation 3 can be roughly broken down into three different generations. Each generation saw the release of a few different models.

  • First-generation models: The first-generation consoles had a 20GB model and a 60GB model in reference to the size of the hard drive. Both models feature four USB 2.0 ports, a Blu-ray drive, PlayStation 2 backward-compatibility, and a Sixaxis controller. The 60GB model also introduced a flash memory card reader and integrated Wi-Fi. The first-generation consoles were initially released in Japan and North America.
  • Second-generation models: The second-generation versions came with either 60GB or 80GB of hard drive space. The 60GB version was released in the European and Australian markets whereas the 80GB version was designed for North America. Both models made the memory card reader and Wi-Fi receiver standard.
  • Third-generation models: The third-generation models offered the choice of 40GB, 80GB, or 160GB of hard drive space. Sony removed PlayStation 2 backward-compatibility and reduced the number of USB ports from four to two. The 80GB and 160GB models also replaced the Sixaxis controller with the DualShock 3 controller, which had rumble technology.
What kind of media will the PS3 fat accept?

The original PlayStation 3 can play high-definition Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs. In addition, all models of the PlayStation 3 will accept and run original PlayStation discs. As mentioned previously, only the first- and second-generation models are backward-compatible with the PlayStation 2, and only first-generation models specifically have hardware-based emulation, which means that they include PS2-compatible hardware. Hardware-based emulation tends to be more reliable.

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