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I didn't purchase a PS3 at launch - the price at the time seemed far too high for just a games console. After time, however, I began to realise that I would have to update at some point (being a fan of the ageing PlayStation 2). So I finally bought one in 2009, a brand new 40GB model. I've now owned it for 3 years and I assure you, I regret not getting one sooner.
It's a rather large and heavy piece of hardware - I had a little difficulty lifting it out of the box! Then again, it's not designed for portable functions, so it doesn't need to be a lightweight machine. It sits comfortably under any TV, it's around the same width as a Sky box so putting it under my telly was easy. I chose to connect it via HDMI, after i heard such good reports on the HD capabilities. And sure enough, when i turned it on, the output was vivid and sharp. I won't review the gaming side of it (it may seem silly, being a PlayStation) but I'm here to review the actual console, not the games. That being said, it is a VERY powerful piece of kit.
The Blu-Ray player was a huge advantage - i was a little doubtful moving over from DVD but now, every film I purchase is a Blu-Ray because of my PS3. The hard drive was a little too small for my liking, but that was easily solved by replacing the hard drive with a larger one (it voids the warranty, however). Now, I can use it to listen to music, play videos and view photos with ease. The controllers were also a large step ahead of the old PS2 ones - the lack of wires is fantastic! I'm yet to try Move, but most likely will do it the future!
Would I recommend it to a friend? Without a doubt - it has truly become the central piece of my living room.
I've owned both a ps3 and an xbox, and can confidentially say that the ps3 is the better of the two.
Why i hear you ask... well lets start with the online experience, yes the xbox does win on this front as it has a far better selection of demos but ignoring that the basic online experience is basically the same and your better off not having to pay monthly for your online experience.
Next the offline experience is phenomenal especially due to the ps3 exclusive games such as gran turismo and uncharted. These games will look stunning and blow you away with how good they are. Once again it's even wit xbox here really though as xbox also has great exclusive games like halo and forza.
The media experience is where the ps3 beats the xbox as it comes with a blue ray player and you can watch bbc iplayer, 4od and itv catchup from your ps3, making it far easier to catch up on your missed tv from the comfort of your couch and as far as i know the xbox doesn't offer any of there features.
So for 2 consoles roughly the same price i recommend you buy the ps3 because of what i have listed here, ofcourse your main reason will most likely be chosen by which console your friends have as playing with your friends really makes gaming great.In summary:
Great media experience
The PS3 is the latest in a line of consoles from Sony. First was the PlayStation (otherwise known as PSone), which was amazing at release, pushing graphics and sound to the limit. Then came the PS2 - a technical achievement, which to this day is one of the best-selling consoles of all time. In 2006, the PS3 was released to a negative reception because it was too hard to programme for. WHAT? They made us wait all this time, and it turns out to be a disappointment? It's over four years since its release now, and luckily the console is getting a much better reception and developers are getting used to the hardware. So now, I'm going to tell you why the PS3 is such an impressive console despite what people said at first.
First, I'll tell you about the design of the 40gb console. One advantage of the earlier PS3's over the new slim versions is the great design. You buy the PS3 in black from most stores, but you can get it in several other colours including silver and white. Each one has a smooth, shiny material with PlayStation 3 written in silver writing on the top of the console. You turn the PS3 on or eject discs by tapping a touch sensitive pad. Some people say they are a bit annoying but I like them - they are quite a nice touch. Overall, the design is excellent.
Setup is fairly easy and requires only two wires if you don't need an Ethernet cable, etc. One cable goes into a HDMI socket in the back of your telly; the next goes into a plug socket. So you don't to fiddle around too much to get your PS3 set up, which is a bonus!
You have your PS3 set up, but there are a few things to do before actually playing. First, you must create an offline user. Name it whatever you want - you can change it at any time you like. Then you can either get straight to gaming, or explore a little bit. In the next bit, I'll give you some information about the PS3 menu.
The first section is named 'settings' which is where you...well, look at your current settings. Here, you can change your network details, sync a peripheral such as a Move controller or remote and more. No, it may not be the most interesting section to look at but is obviously handy if you want to adjust some settings.
The next is 'photo' and here you can upload photos from a camera, screenshots from a game or photos from your PSP system. There are no editing options here unlike phones, but you can access a photo gallery, which shows all of your photos. It's a cool feature and depending on the type of person you are, you might use it quite a lot.
The video section is for watching DVDs and viewing recordings you have made in games. The PS3 supports Blu-Ray films. There's not much else to say about this bit really.
There are other various things to do as well - uploading music and listening to it etc, as well as watching BBC iPlayer, 4OD and ITV Player. Overall, there is plenty to do and there are updates every now and then to add even more in. So, you won't only be playing games.
Next, I shall talk about the PlayStation Network (PSN). This is essentially Xbox Live (XL) but on a PS3. The PSN is better than Xbox Live in several ways, though. The most obvious reason is that it costs nothing at all, while XL costs £5.99 per month or an annual cost of £39.99. Despite this, they are both similar and gaming on PSN has the same quality. If you are mainly getting a console for online and you want can't decide between getting an Xbox 360 or PS3, get the PS3.
Signing up for PSN will take a few minutes. You must enter your name, address, e-mail etc, and you will need to access your e-mail to confirm that you are joining PSN. There are many features of joining the PSN, other than online gaming. You can send messages to friends, your 'trophy level' will be shown online and you can use the PlayStation Store, so you can buy games whenever you like without going out. Here, you can get games, free demos, DLC and movies.
At last, onto the games. Here I will do some quick reviews of the games I recommend getting.
LittleBigPlanet 2 - unleash your creativity with LittleBigPlanet 2, sequel to 2008's game of the year. Explore Craftworld in the adventurous story mode, create fantastic levels in the easy to use but comprehensive create mode or play other people's levels. One of the best games on PS3.
Uncharted 2 - the sequel to Uncharted: Drake's Fortune mixes action-packed gameplay with dramatic cut-scenes to make an essential videogame. It is packed with humour and features many memorable characters. Combat has now been cut down and there are more puzzles, which are the strong points of the game. A fantastic game.
InFamous - rule Empire City as Cole, a guy who gets electric superpowers after a huge blast. You choose your path, becoming a hero or villain. Gliding around and showing off your moves by zapping enemies can be serious fun. It's not flawless, but still great.
Those are the first-party, PS3 exclusive games but now I shall go onto third-party games that are on other consoles.
The Orange Box - the best deal in gaming history. It contains Half-Life 2 and its two episodes as well as Portal and Team Fortress 2. Half-Life 2 is an amazing FPS, which has a deep story, plenty of mind-bending puzzles as well as fun shoot-outs. The same goes for the episodes. Portal is a puzzle game with a difference - complete 19 fabulous puzzles with the unique Portal gun. I recommend getting Team Fortress 2 on PC more than on PS3, but this version is still fun. Play online against gamers across the world in this FPS which doesn't take itself to seriously, wielding many powerful, over-the-top guns. All this for only £10!
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - an open-world RPG, Oblivion is one of the best third-party games on PS3. You get hundreds of hours of gameplay for a low price. Level up your character, defeat goblins with a range of weapons like swords and set out on many missions and side-missions. Oblivion is essential.
I'll just mention one last thing - trophies. These can be collected in games for doing certain things in games. There are four different types of trophies: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. You have a trophy level, and in each level you must get to 100% before you reach the next level. You only need a few trophies to reach level 2, but reaching level 10 from 9 requires you to get loads of different trophies. Gold trophies will raise your percentage by 5 for example, but a bronze trophy will raise it by one. Anyone who looks at your profile online can see your trophy level. It's quite a good addition to the games - it raises the length of games and makes them more challenging.
Overall, the PS3 is amazing. It features plenty of fantastic games, a huge range of extra features, free online and amazing graphics. However, I recommend getting one of the PS3 Slim models, which can have 320GB memory, as 40GB isn't really enough these days because a lot of games are 3-5GB. It is, overall, a brilliant console though and you'll get your value for money.
To me the PS3 is the best out of this generation of consoles. Competing with the likes of Microsoft and Nintendo, Sony have shown their true colours. This 40GB version contains two USB ports and an UI/Dashboard almost the same as the Original PSP. The speed, processing power, graphics with a HDTV are absolutely brilliant. I can't think of anything this console cannot do. It is updated regularly and now the likes of BBC's iPLAYER, 4od & stv are featured on the console to make it more pleasurable to use as a home console. an internet browser, a dedicated Playstation network store along with Playstation Home and a wonderful Trophy system makes this console remarkable. Custom themes can be applied, blu-ray discs can be played (A FEATURE THAT IS ONLY ON THE PS3 CONSOLE ONLY), user accounts which can be customized, ability to print, save music, film and gaming data to the hard drive which can be replaced with one for a higher capacity e.g. a 500GB drive. This is, no doubt, the best console ever and every household should have one, take my advice you will NOT be disappointed!
The games on this console are astonishing also, GT5, Little Big Planet 1/2, Killzone, Fallout, the list is endless. Playing the PS3 is an experience in itself, fluid response to controls, easy use of the pad which is dualshock now as well as having the SIXAXIS feature. But then sony released another addition to the console which is the Playstation Move. I haven't yet had the opportunity to play it but all in all i think that this could mark the end of the Nintendo Wii. The Wii was only console to have a motion controller but now Sony have followed up to that and if more games of a high quality are produced for the Move you have no reason to buy another console.
Online. Playstation Network online. Whether you want an shootout with friends, a football game with your family from across the globe? It's all there for you. - The online use of Playstation is amazing and if not the best. Lag is hardly there and is dependant on your internet connection but is overall good. This feature is enough to make anyone want to buy this console and has to be tried!
I dont want to start by dismissing the 60GB original model. It was a fine machine and wowed both me and the world with its high quality and huge array or services and options.
Over the years however, sony has in its infinite wisdom removed the option of running your PS3 as a Linux computer so has eliminated the need for 4 USB ports and a card reader. These are the physical differences between the 60 and 40GB models as the 40 only has 2 USB ports and no reader. The internal difference is the removal of the ability to play PS2 games, if this is a must for you its the 60GB or nothing at all.
On the plus side, the newer 40GB model uses a smaller Cell processor chip that uses approximately a third less power than before, Meaning the overall temperature of the unit is lower and the fan tends to cut in later, and quieter, and this is the key.
Many PS3 units have suffered the YLOD (or yellow light of death) caused by overheating of the solder around the main chips. The 40GB is quieter and cooler, meaning you are less likely to suffer this problem.
Dont let the 40GB label frighten you, upon arrival i instantly swapped out my drive for a 500GB and copied my system straight from my old PS3, easily done and now I have a much more efficient, and quieter PS3.
Overall, highly recommended if your buying an older system and want to avoid a possible failure in the future.
The PlayStation 3 along with a hd ready tv is all you will ever need as far as home entertainment is concerned. Ok to start with let talk about its main use' a games console' only a high end PC can beat the graphics and performance of the PlayStation 3 some people might disagree with me on this one and it may make me unpopular but i think the PlayStation 3 is heads and tails above the xbox360 in many ways' i can say this because i have owned both.
Not only do you have quality but also quantity with a huge liberty of games with loads of big titles.but the ps3 also has a online store were you can buy full games and content for your exciting games' not only that their are loads of demos to try too. it has a wireless modem built in too or you can just plug it in.
Right its time for me to talk about my favorite part of the ps3 the blu ray player and in my mind it is just a good as any of the players on the market and if you have a decent surround sound system and a good hd tv then your blu ray movies will look and sound out of this world. If you are going to buy a blu ray player get a ps3 because you get so much for your money.If you don't want to go down the shops or your local video rental store you can hire a movie off the ps3 stone online' you can rent or buy in standard or high def on your hard drive. Imagine that a video rental store it your front room.
If you find that you are running out of hard drive room you can also plug in a external hard drive in to one of the 4 usb sockets. Not only that the hard drive in the ps3 is easy to upgrade too' plenty of tips on the net e.g. youtube e.t.c. if you shop on play.com it even shows you which hard drives are compatible.
In the box you get all the leads you need to get you started but i would buy a good hdmi lead' if you are going to spend the money you mite as well for best results.
the wireless controller feels nice in your hands and when charged it lasts a long time.The ps3 it self is not to bulky and look stylish.
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The Playstation 3. For me, it didn't get quite as much release-attention as it might have done, if the xbox had not been released slightly before. But, that hasn't made a difference to the quality that shines through from the console now. For a start, the user interface is brilliant, with many options accessible, and many things to do on the console, besides just playing games. And that is why i think that this has become as popular as it has, there's are still so many activities to do, even if there isn't a game with 100 miles of the console. In terms of gameplay, the graphics are top notch, if you have the right game and are using a HD television with a HDMI cable, especially compared to PS2 graphics. The web browser is also pretty good, but can be lightly irritating at times because of the speed of browsing when we have a mouse at a real computer. Then there is the Iplayer which is built into the software, and runs perfectly, even if your connection is only average. Then there is the opportunity to put music on the console, which is very helpful if you are borrowing CD's etc, and it is features like this which I think have made this such a success. Sure it has competition from the Xbox 360, but in terms of features, I think that the PS3 wins every time, great piece of kit!
I have been a big fan of the Sony games consoles right from the word go going through the 3 generations of PS1 and PS2 and I am glad to say the PS3 does not disappoint!
When i bought my one it cost £300 which at the time did feel like a lot of hard earned cash but the hours of fun I have had back have more than recompensated me. However, I have found a few on various sites where you can pick one up now for around the £150 which in my eyes is a bargain.
I believe that the PS3 is the number 1 console on the market just now and beats the Xbox and Wii hands down. Whether you are just looking to play games or looking to use it to its full capacity it meets everyone's needs.
I have heard a lot about, there are more games on the Xbox range but in my opinion if you take a walk into your nearest gaming store you are going to find a lot of titles are released on all formats so you're not going to miss out on the big games like Fifa and Call of Duty. If the PS3 does have a smaller amount of games available then this is made up by the quality that this console allows you to play them and being honest if you have a look there are hundreds if not thousands of games to choose from.
Connecting the unit online using your wireless router is very easy ( However can cause many arguments when you are engrossed and realise that you have been playing fifa for hours and other half has missed her soaps). This was a new experience for me last year as I only got 1st wireless router at this stage. This could be looked at in two ways It was a great thing as I was able to play my games to there full capacity but now I seemed to be on the console for hours on end. Seriously though I have found the PS3 online gaming experience absolutely brilliant and it's great fun making friends with other players and meeting up with them online for a game.
The bluray disc player is also another bonus, which, if you think about it is a money saver for anyone out there who is looking to buy a blu ray player and a games console, if you buy the PS3 who have a machine that does both for you. I have found it to be of a very good quality aswell.
The wireless controllers are a breath of fresh air. I did love my old PS2 at the time but it seems really irritating now when I think back at you having to have a wire connecting you the console all the time, with the new controllers you have the freedom to be as close or as far away (within reason) as you like. Also you can recharge them as often as you like rather than replacing batteries as you have to do with the the Wii.
Not that this really causes much upset but I feel I should bring up that sometimes when connecting the machine to the internet to play online you have to carry out updates, on a few occasions this has taken over an hour which annoyed me no end at the time but if this allows me to improve my gaming experience, then so be it.
In short to sum up, a cracking machine but can eat into your social life!
Keep up the good work Sony!
At first my mind was on a Nintendo Wii when I had my eyes on this product, but after reading through hundreds of reviews such as this one I managed to open my eyes to the beauty of the Playstation. I got mine 2-3 years ago as a Christmas present. Since then I have upgraded the hard drive to a 200Gb seeing as the 40gb doesn't really meet my needs due to my excessive needs of as many music tracks as possible on the console. The thing that really opened my eyes about the console was the never ending stream of improvements via Sony updates. Many features have been improved on in the time I've had it, mainly to do with the Playstation Network online service. Another thing which continues to stun me is the pure quality of the graphics and gameplay. I've never had a problem with freezing/crashing other than with Fallout 3. The consoles 2 USB ports were slightly disappointing seeing as the 60gb model had 4, other than this I find nothing wrong with the console. I would definitely recommend this model over the new slimline versions as in my experience the slim's are filled with problems, I have fixed my mates 3 times due to hard drive corruptions etc.
My first ever console was the PS one. I knew then Sony were the only way to go for a great games console. I still know that today. I was itching to get a PS3 and didn't wait long to snap one up at £250 around a fortnight after its original release. I really was expecting this to raise the bar on everything that is gaming. Sony never fail to disappoint.
OK now then lets take a look in the box. Well the console itself is obviously the most important part of the package. I opted for the sleek black look. It glows with a green light on the side when on and sports a rather fitting chrome strim with PLAYSTATION 3 written in chrome across the top. Its rather chunky but slick and streamline shape gives it a sports car like quality while still being small enough to slip under the TV or on a shelf. There's no longer a tray for the disc. You simply slip the end of the disc in the slot and the PS3 does the rest for you swallowing the disc whole. This rather lazy solution to disc reading only adds to the futuristic feeling that this game pours out in bucket loads. If you can remember the original look for the controller it was going to be a boomerang type chunk of plastic with an ugly mushroom type head. Luckily this was scrapped at the last minute and the PS3 is operated using a supped up version of the original controller. There's no need for wires any more, just press a button in the centre of the controller and the console will turn itself on (no need for any movement any more). This means there's no more plugs calling out and no more wires trailing along the floor. Also there's a change to the L2 and R2 (back buttons). While the Play-station 2 control was prone to back button stick this has been eliminated with the PS3 as the bit of plastic behind the back button has been removed to provide a much smoother feel that never locks or sticks. Also there has been an extreme change to the way you can use the controller. SIXAXIS is a motion sensitive way of playing some games that is built into all the controllers. This can be used in some games to do small things like reload or throw grenades but some games rely on it. However even in the smaller sections of use it gives you a much better feeling of control.
So the PS3 is set up and ready to go. The first thing that you have to do is to set yourself up a profile either online or offline. But of course your going to going to go for the option of online as its free! Yes that right unlimited online for unlimited profiles completely free. Also with your free online you'll get what's know as PLAYSTATION HOME but ill get into that in a second. All of the menus are clearly labelled and allow you to easily flick between media, audio, DVD, game etc. But by now even the brand spanking new HD TV has begun to loose its spark and watching a damp dry DVD just wont cut the mustard, but you don't want to fork out £500 on a new blu-ray player? Well guess what? The play-station 3 can play blu-ray discs with no extra cost! So there's money saved already. And I am sure that if you haven't seen it yet your are most likely a sceptic of the power of blu-ray as to was I. In fact I would never have ended up buying most of my films in blu-ray if it hadn't been for receiving a copy of "heat" ( one of the greatest films ever might I add ) last Christmas. This single blue disc changed blu-ray from another scam to fool the tech heads out of there wallets and jewellery, into one of the greatest visual experiences ever (even if you are watching Avatar).
So now your all set up and ready to go but where are you going? Strait to PLAYSTATION HOME I hope. Wii has Mii's. Xbox360 has avatars. And play-station 3 has well avatars. But in a different way to any other console on the market. Most know of the cool little trick of being able to bring your Mii/avatar into certain games as playable characters on the Wii/Xbox360. However the play-station 3 takes this a step further. A whole world to explore full of games, contests and videos with your very own avatar. PLAYSTATION HOME is this very world. Create your very own mini you and jump into a world with loads of maps to explore and plenty of people to meet. And sure your going to get the odd weirdo and stalker type characters that live a second life on their console, but most of the time it can be a fun place to play a quick game of pool and chat about your favourite games. You can listen to music play a host of mini games on loads of explorable mini games, and even go to the cinema to watch videos about upcoming games and films or even sit down to watch a full movie. And the best bit about it is that it is free.
I really don't think I need to say any more about this and I think that its been forced to the side by a shoddy marketing campaign and the ludicrous claims of Microsoft that the X box failed to meet. I wondered why I even bothered buying an X box when I had the play-station 3 all along.
The PlayStation 3 is in my opinion the best games console there is out there. It has the best range of games to choose from with a consistent supply of new software being released for it all the time. It can bring the best of both worlds in terms of entertainment as it is able to give full Blu-Ray functionality, you can store films on the HDD, rip Audio CD's, stream from PC, etc. as well as the gaming aspect it is obviously designed for. The free access it gives to the PlayStation Network (PSN) is one of its main advantages over Microsoft's Xbox 360, also it does not lose its novelty effect like the Wii seems to after a while due to its greater functionalities and ability. It seemsto have exellent qality as a platform for browsing the internet and very fast at it.
The drawbacks to it however are that it is far more expensive to buy games for it as opposed to if you were to purchase them on PC format, an average PS3 game will cost around £40-50 new and the same for the PC circa. £25-30. Also this console appears to have lost many functionalities as its product lifespan increases, by this I can refer to its loss of PlayStation 2 formatted software support, loss of the card readers and additional USB ports. One such action Sony has been criticised heavily over and had a lawsuit filed against them due to it, is the loss of the OtherOS functionality. This stopped users from installing their own operating system and using the PS3 as a home computer (via dual booting,) as well as a console. Seen as it was advertised initially that it could be used as a computer as well as a console and Sony have broken some consumer trust by this action, I would be reluctant in the future to purchase any new consoles or other items they may bring onto the market due to my lack of trust and may even question any other potential loss of functionality to the existing PS3 system due to their history of such actions. There is also the so called Yellow Light of Death (YLOD) which has been reported.
Overall I believe it is excellent as a games consoles and can not be faulted there and gives far better enjoyment and value for money over any competitors in this respect. As for anything else they may advertise their products to do initially I would question in the long run.
I have always been a fan of the Playstation and have owned every generation of the console. As i started working a few years ago i had originally stopped playing video games and never planned to buy another console, but soon changed my mind once the PS3 dropped in price and i started noticing just how good the system was.
The console offered me my first High Definition experience, watching a Blu Ray film with ease using the built in player. The layout of the menu is very user friendly and easy to navigate too, offering you options to download games from the online store and also browsing the internet, which is great if you dont have your own computer.
One of my favourite features that the PLaystation 3 offers is the rechargable wireless controller. On the XBOX 360 and Nintendo Wii you need to keep changing batteries as the controller becomes very hungry whilst in use, but if your playstation controller becomes low on battery, a message pops up on screen to notify you and you can pause your game and plug the controller into the system, charging as you continue with gameplay.
I would recommend this console to anyone who hasnt already got one, it will be around for years to come and is great fun
I had bought the PS3 40GB for my children when it first came out, and I had often played it with them, and still do until today. The PS3 is basically an enhanced version of the PSP that is made of the same materials, but more, as well as having the same layouts, specifications, but more options, and better specifications.
A few obvious improvements in the PS3 upon the PSP is the memory size, processor speed, extra features, better Wi-Fi, and the ability to read discs, DVDs, and CDs as well as the advantage of being attached to television screens, meaning that you can play games on whatever sized screen you wish to, or can afford.
The games that this console has have high resolution graphics in comparison to other consoles, and they help provide enjoyable experiences. The PS3 offers the user the option to join an online gaming community that they can connect to and play games with whoever they may be, family, friends, or strangers, depending on whether they have online accounts too, as well as this online gaming option, users can experience a feature allowing the to add friends who have accounts on PS3's to their lists and send them messages without having to open an internet browser to do so.
The PS3 can store hundreds of movies and thousands of songs because of the large hard drive disk that it has, and this comes as an advantage because it allows you to have a greater experience as you can either play games, watch movies, or listen to music, giving the console almost endless media bounds. The PS3 also has a web browser and enabled Wi-Fi so you can do what you basically do on your PC on your PS3, again serving it near endless media bounds, as you can watch YouTube, or play games, although some of these can be restricted due to the lack of controls on the games controller.
Accessories such as wireless controllers and Bluetooth headsets allow you to play from anywhere in the room or to talk to other players online of whom you are playing against for example in Call of Duty 6: Modern Warfare 2 respectively.
I've been a playstation fan since I was young, so I was very excited when the PS3 was launched and got one as soon as I could. 3 years on mine has finally died, so I know the pros and cons of owning one!
Pros: The PS3 is designed very well, allowing many features besides the great games you can buy. The Playstation Network is free, which justifies the extra £100+ you pay over Xbox users (Who have to pay £50 a year for their version of the network). It also supports .wma and .avi files, so you can store and play your video and audio files easily. There are also a variety of extra hardware devices that can be used easily with the USB ports.
Cons: The cons of the PS3 have only become apparent in the last 6months. Wear and tear began to take its toll on the console, and with it you realise the problems that come with that. Crashes and errors become more frequent (I've had to reformat the Hard disk twice in past 4 weeks), and should (like me) you get the Yellow Light of Death, say goodbye to all your saved games and files on there. Sony use a form of encryption that means you cannot recover any of the data (Many people have tried but a solution is not yet available). Sony themselves cannot even recover the data. To get the PS3 fixed with the yellow light, you automatically have to pay £90 to send it to them, as well as a 4-6 week wait.
Overall the PS3 is pricey, but what you get is well worth it. However it doesn't age well, so when it starts getting old, you should think about alternate methods of storing your files and backing up your saved games.
Brilliant games console. Great graphics, great features, great online multiplayer and much more. However, prone to overheating, which can get you the yellow light of death, so make sure it is placed in a well ventilated area, preferably not on carpet. Newer slim models much more expensive, whereas you can pick up an 80Gb original ps3 for around 80 pounds nowadays. Having an internet connection allows for fast, high quality media streaming, quick and easy web browsing, brilliant FREE online multiplayer games and a whole range of downloadable content/ games. Unfortunately, the rather strange and stylish design of the ps3 means that there are only a limited amount of places for the console to sit, but you can usually get away with standing the unit vertically and it'll be out of the way. The console is usually very reliable- unlike the Xbox 360, quiet- especially in comparison with the Xbox 360, and durable. If it will withstand falling down the stairs, it's durable enough for me.
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The PS3 features IBM's "Cell" processor and a co-developed Nvidia graphics processor that makes the system able to perform two trillion calculations per second. That makes the PlayStation 3 40 times faster than the PS2. Along with the traditional AV and composite connections, it also boasts an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port, which delivers uncompressed, unconverted digital picture and sound to compatible high-definition TV and projectors. The system is capable of 128-bit pixel precision and 1080p resolution for a full HD experience. This console also provides for a sound experience by supporting Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, as well as Linear PCM 7.1. A pre-installed 40 GB hard disc drive allows you to save games as well as download content from the internet. Unlike the other models of the PlayStation 3, the 40GB does not offer backwards compatibility.