The PlayStation is a series of video game consoles created and developed by Sony Computer Entertainment for making you experience the real world of video gaming. After the huge success of PlayStation 1 and 2, Sony introduced PlayStation 3- slim, advanced and powerful, on November 11, 2006, in Japan.
PS3, the successor to the PlayStation 2 as part of the PlayStation series has over 50 million users worldwide as of March 29, 2011. The PlayStation 3 competes with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles. Major features of the console include its unified online gaming service, the PlayStation Network, its robust multimedia capabilities, connectivity with the PlayStation Portable, and its use of the Blu-ray Disc as its primary storage medium.
Detailed Description: Sony’s PlayStation 3 comes in different variants with different storage capacities like 60GB PS3, 80GB PS3, 120 GB PS3 slim and 160GB PS3. You can play various games. The PlayStation 3 has two types of games, those released on Blu-ray Discs and other downloadable games from the PlayStation Store.
Designing: Like the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii, the PS3 can stand vertically or lie horizontally in an AV rack. Having curved shaped top, PS3 is currently available only in black color. As for its dimensions, the PS3 measures 12.8 inches wide by 3.8 inches high by 10.8 inches long and the 120GB PS3 Slim weighs just 7.05 pounds much lighter than other previous consoles. The graphical user interface currently used for the PlayStation 3 is the XrossMediaBar. The interface features icons that are spread horizontally across the screen. Navigation moves the icons instead of a cursor. The PlayStation 3 (excluding PlayStation 3 Slim) also supports running Linux OS on firmwares prior to 3.21 without the need for buying additional hardware purchase.
Most impressively, there’s no external power supply for the PS3; you just plug the included power cable into the back of the unit and you are ready to play. Now no worries of power back up or external power required as in the case of XBOX 360.
Key Features of PlayStation3:
Gaming: The PS3 system was the first to use the Cell Broadband Engine, an advanced microprocessor that lets your PS3 system work at incredibly fast speeds to give you the best possible gaming and viewing experience. The list of games for the PlayStation3 system is growing daily. You can play hundreds of games and can download exclusive games from playstation network market.
Blu Ray Movies: The PlayStation3 system’s Blu-ray technology is built to offer you pristine picture, theater-quality sound, crisp HD action with 1080p resolution and huge 50GB storage capacity.
Multimedia: You can store all your music, videos and photos in one place for easy viewing and sharing.
PlayStation 3 also provides you other features like connectivity through the internet, parental controls, customization of the PlayStation, etc.
PlayStation Move defining Motion gaming: PlayStation Move redefines motion gaming with the most immersive and realistic gaming experience only possible on the PlayStation3 system. The simple, easy-to-use controller captures a full range of motion using PlayStation eye, gives you ultimate control over how you play the game. Now the game moves as you move, by recording your motions through the camera.
The Controller: The single controller that comes with the PS3 is very similar like of PS2, but there are some notable differences. For starters, the controller is wireless. You can connect as many as seven controllers via the system’s built-in Bluetooth ranging 20-meter. Recharging the built-in battery simply requires connecting the included USB cable between the console and the controller.
Other changes are like The L2 and R2 trigger buttons are a bit bigger, and the increased depth in stroke offers players more subtle game control. The other big upgrade on the Six Axis controller is motion sensitivity. As the name indicates, the controller’s capable of sensing motion in six directions: up, down, left, right, forward, and backward.
On the bottom line, Sony really has come through with a smaller, lighter, quieter, and more energy-efficient piece of hardware and ability to play PS2 games makes it a worthwhile alternative to buy – just spending $300.