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Sony Playstation 3

Typically of Sony, the PlayStation 3 is not a console without having achieved a milestone of sorts. It is, in fact, the world's first video game console to fully utilize a Blu-ray Disc as its primary storage medium. Sony's PlayStation Network gaming service was also first launched with the PlayStation 3. Read more below!

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Revolutionary Performance for Game Consoles

When the PlayStation 3 was launched in 2005, it received many critical praises for its powerful internals and specifications – even for a moment it was rivaling the specifications and performance of a gaming computer. The Central Processing Unit (CPU) of the PlayStation 3 is a cell microprocessor that utilizes an array of processing elements. It was considered revolutionary at the time, but was ultimately rather hard to develop games for, leading to a rather shortage of great titles during the earlier stages of the PlayStation 3.

It was also praised for the use of Blu-ray Discs as its primary storage medium. As Blu-ray Discs can hold a large amount of data, large games could be stored entirely onto and operated from a single Blu-ray Disc. It is the first game console to ever use Blu-ray Discs, and also the first console to be able to natively operate as a Blu-ray Disc player for movies.

PlayStation Network

The PlayStation 3 also marked the launch of Sony's first social and digital media gaming network, PlayStation Network (PSN). Originally only meant for PlayStation consoles, the service is now extended to smartphones, tablets, Blu-ray Players, and Sony's very own line of HD television sets.

The PSN service allowed the users to stream videos, movies, and music from online servers straight to their PlayStation, acting as a sort of set-top box for TV. Recently Sony also introduced PlayStation Now, a game streaming service in which gamers can rent to stream a game direct to their PlayStation without owning a physical or digital copy. Besides these first-party services however, third-party services such as Netflix and Crunchyroll are also made available on PlayStation.

PlayStation Plus

The PlayStation 3, along with the PlayStation Network, launched also with PlayStation Plus, a premium PlayStation online service that gave the subscriber specific benefits during their time as a PlayStation user, such as early access to games, special discounts, and automatic downloads of updates. One of the most outstanding factor of the PlayStation Plus service is the Instant Game Collection, which offers 6 games per month to a subscriber for free – although it is only active until the PlayStation Plus subscription ends. The free games offered are not only available for the PlayStation 3, but also on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

Expert Reviews

Reviewed on 2014-04-10
The biggest thing that the PlayStation 3 has going for it right now is the unique built-in Blu-ray player. As more people upgrade to HDTV, the prospect of adding Blu-ray to your entertainment unit becomes very enticing. The PlayStation 3 offers a very goo...
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Reviewed on 2014-04-03
SSD storage option, Tiny dimensions, Great media capability, Perfect for newcomersFlimsy exterior, Cheap drive mechanism, Tough price point
Sony may have taken the next-gen console battle by storm with the release of the PS4 last year, but that doesn't mean that it's neglecting its legacy. The most recent release of the PS3 - a 'super slim' model - makes even the last iteration of the console...
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Reviewed on 2013-11-29
PS3 vs PS4: price Here's why we're comparing the PlayStation 3 with the all-new PlayStation 4: you can still buy the former. You can still buy games for it and, as we'll find out later, it remains a great Blu-ray and media player. And here's the kicker...
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Reviewed on 2012-11-15
At first glance the new Super Slim version of the PlayStation 3 is all good news: it's notably smaller than the most recent Slim iteration of Sony 's long-running console, and its 500GB hard-disk is the largest yet offered as a standard fitment. Compare i...
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Reviewed on 2012-11-08
Sony has given the PlayStation 3 its second makeover since the game system first debuted in 2006. This new version is smaller than the “Slim” update from 2009 and sports an even bigger hard drive, offering 250GB and 500GB versions that put the original 20...
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Reviewed on 2012-11-08
Smaller size. Larger hard drive.Overall, feels slightly flimsier than the previous PlayStation 3. Sliding-door optical drive doesn't feel sturdy, and it feels like a step backward
Sony has given the PlayStation 3 its second makeover since the game system first debuted in 2006. This new version is smaller than the "Slim" update from 2009 and sports an even bigger hard drive, offering 250GB and 500GB versions that put the original 20...
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Reviewed on 2012-10-30
Impressive smart features, decent sound and picture, lower priceFeels cheap, dedicated decks beat it on performance and match it for smart features
When the original PlayStation 3 was launched back in 2006, besides being a serious gaming machine, it was a bit of a bloaterIt looked a premium product, but in terms of size it could give some home cinema amps a run for their money.A launched in 2009,...
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Reviewed on 2012-10-01
Stuff magazine Wed, Oct 10 2012, 6:06PM At first glance the new Super Slim version of the PlayStation 3 is all good news: it’s notably smaller than the most recent Slim iteration of Sony’s long-running console, and its 500GB hard-disk is the larg...
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Reviewed on 2011-07-04
One of the major advantages we write about in our PS3 vs XBOX 360 coverage that the Playstation 3 has over the XBOX 360 is that you can install just about any standard 2.5″ SATA hard drive into it. This means you can either buy a smaller capacity console ...
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Reviewed on 2010-06-01
The PS3 has BluRay and DVD capabilities,The PS3 lacks a wireless networking adapter, extended battery pack and builtin microphone.
Sony’s PlayStation 3 emerged after a long and successful run with its PlayStation 2 video game console, which remains the best-selling console to date, selling more than 140 million units sold. With vast improvements made to its hardware and a new emph...
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Reviewed on 2010-04-21
The is currently one of the three competing consoles in the eigth generation and so far it is in the top of its game with new games taking full advantage of the graphics power. But as a home entertainment device, the Sony PS3 has a huge advantage comp...
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Reviewed on 2010-01-25
Smaller and lighter, Quieter and more energyefficient,Only two USB ports instead of four, Backward compatibility is limited to PS1 games
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Reviewed on 2009-12-17
Sheer oomph and myriad multimedia skills.It's pricey and the choice of games can't match the Xbox 360's.
The Sony PlayStation 3, on paper at least, should be able to give the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii’s shins and knees a firm and deeply unpleasant kicking. Unfortunately the Xbox 360’s monumental back catalogue of games and the Wii’s inimitable, innovative...
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Reviewed on 2009-11-28
It does the job, and loaded our Blu-ray discs fractionally faster than any of the standalone players, but unless you are a gamer, we reckon you’ll still be better off with a dedicated player.
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Reviewed on 2009-09-27
Sony PlayStation 3 120GB version. Launched in September 2009, the PS3 Slim features a smaller, less obtrusive design, a primary criticism of the first iteration of this next-gen console. The PS3 slim also features a 120GB hard drive, versus the earlier...
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Reviewed on 2009-09-14
You’ve heard about the new PS3 Slim, maybe even seen it on store shelves, but is it really worth upgrading to if you already own a big ol’ fat PS3? We thought we’d take a close look at the two models to help you decide if you should upgrade, or just be...
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Reviewed on 2009-02-26
From the outset, the PlayStation 3 has billed itself as more than just another game console. And this machine lives up to its promise: Its one of the most capable Blu-ray Disc players available today. The 80GB PS3 ($400, as of 2/18/09) has built-in gi...
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Reviewed on 2009-01-31
Sony PlayStation 3 (80GB)It comes with a new Dual Shock 3 wireless controller with rumble. The unit uses the Cell Broadband Engine, has two USB ports for controllers, and can play Blu-ray high def discs and DVDs with 1080p upscaling. The PlayStation 3 ...
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Reviewed on 2008-12-29
The Playstation 3 has been on the lips and minds of everyone but what does it really contain and is it really as cool as they say it is? Well wonder no more with the help of this review! OverviewPlaystation 3, the third gaming console released by Sony...
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Reviewed on 2008-11-19
Terrific gaming performance. Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. Free networked gaming. Integrates a high-quality Blu-ray player. Supports Blu-ray Profile 2.0.Costs more than competing consoles. Sony has removed memory card slots. Online features lag behind Microsofts Xbox LIVE. No dedicated Blu-ray remote.
Its been two years since Sony launched the PlayStation 3, and although the box itself looks the same today, a lot has changed. The price has dropped; developers have released dozens of cool new titles; and Blu-ray has triumphed as the high-definiti...
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DC-in jack
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10,100,1000 Mbit/s

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802.11b, 802.11g


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500 GB

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PlayStation 3

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256 MB

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IBM Cell Broadband Engine

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256 MB