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In November of 2009, Sony introduced Netflix to the PlayStation 3 home console. Netflix subscribers can order a free PS3 Netflix Blu-ray Disc online from the site and must use it every time in order to stream a movie. Users can manage their queue and watch any film that's available (including some HD content) for instant viewing. Please see our hands-on review of the Netflix PS3 service .
With the Playstation 4 out there will not be a huge price on the older systems so if you are interested i suggest you buy now and read all of this. The playstation 3 provides thousands of games to keep you entertained through the day and night which is excellent for all those gamers out there! The design of the playstation may look a bit bad and bulky to some people so if thats the case then get the other playstation 3 designs (There is 3 of them so far) The console is fairly cheap i would say but that depending how much you have. Whatever the money this is very much worth it and lots of people would say that. Can''t be botherd to go to the shop to buy games? No problem with the Playstation store you can buy and pre order upcoming games that are coming out, not only that but you can buy or rent out movies to watch it isn''t just for gaming. (lovefilm and Netflix are included on this console aswel you dont have to go onto Playstation store to rent out movies.) Graphics: Graphics arn''t Next generation graphics but they are curtainly stunning on most recent released games. Unforntunately on the New generation console (PS4) You now have to pay to play online which is the biggest downside about the 4 but luckily for all you guys that are going to buy this there is no need to pay for playstation network on the playstation 3 its completly free! Just sign up and your finished! The controllers for the playstation are great it fits your hand perfectly unlike the Xbox ones where you have to stretch your thumb to move your character around and most likly strains your thumb. There is alot of acceseries to the playstation 3 like Playstation move which is just like the Xbox kinect and headsets and fancy controllers. I reccomend this console to any Online or singleplayer gamers who have plenty of time to spare playing video games day and night!
I got my PlayStation 3 sometime around 2008. I cannot recall what I paid for it but you can buy a preowned one for around £120 now. I have to say this is the best gaming device I've ever had.
There are so many things you can do with a PS3. You can connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi, connect your computer or laptop up with it and transfer music and pictures onto it, and play against friends on PlayStation Network. The easiest way to transfer music and photos onto your PS3 is to turn on home sharing on your PC which your PlayStation will be able to pick up. I haven't transferred music or pictures before but my laptop is connected to my PS3 this way.
PlayStation Network is a way of playing with your friends over Wi-Fi. This means that you do not have to be anywhere near your friends to do this. It is very easy to set up a PSN account. You go over to the PSN tab in the menu and there is an icon there saying 'Sign Up.' You click that and then follow a few steps and before you know it, you'll have your own PSN account. You can then add your friends by sending them a request and then you can play games with each other. Most PlayStation games support this feature, but some are single player only.
When you turn on your PlayStation, you can log on to your profile. You can set up different profiles so that if you share your PlayStation with someone else, they can have their own PSN account and memory data. The PlayStation menu is very easy to navigate round. There are tabs at the top with small icons to make it easy to slide between settings, memory info, PSN, games, profiles, and media. It is very simple and you will get the hang of it straight away.
I feel that the downside to this PlayStation is its looks. It is very big and chunky and surprisingly heavy. It gets scratched very easily and it isn't very portable. It has two USB ports in which you can plug in your wireless controllers to charge them up. It has a socket at the back to plug it in to the mains, an HDMI port, and an AV socket. It also has a port to plug in the Internet cable if you have a wired connection.
The PlayStation uses wireless controllers which have a very long battery life. It can be connected to Wi-Fi and you can play online with your friends for free. There are hundreds of games you can get for it, but in my opinion, most of them are aimed towards boys. It is very fun and I play on it very often. Like I previously said, it is the best gaming console I have ever had. I would definitely recommend it to any avid gamer who likes to play with their friends without having to play on a split screen!
I have never had a playstation before. But did have a Wii console and a Xbox. The only reason I went for a playstation is that it can play Blu-rays. After buying it and connecting it to my LED samsung TV the picture clarity was such that it felt you were actually there (a marked difference from my DVDs) It could be said it was just because of blu rays. But even my old DVDs looked very much different and crisper!!
Then I went for games on the PS3 which was another revelation the graphics were so real. The other useful function is the catchup TV service. It has BBC iplayer 4OD and the likes. The PS3 also has wireless capability so you can position it anywhere in the house and stream videos or watch TV. The USB slot lets you watch divx movies from an USb stick. The built in hard drive is handy to use if you want to download movies or store music bought on line!
You can play games, watch movies including blu-rays , watch photos, play music, browse internet and catch up on television programs. The sound is excellent- dolby digital sound.
80 Gb hard disk space allows me to download many games. The design is nice and sleek. It can be kept flat on the TV stand drawer or upright by the stand side to save space.
It comes with a wireless controller which is well designed for gaming.
It cost me £199 almost 2 years back during Christmas sale but today you even might be able to buy it for a £120.
This console is amazing! I've always been a Sony fan, owning the PS1, PS2 and have two PS3's now, but i'll try to keep this review as unbiased as possible.
This PS3's most up to date piece of technology is the built in Blue-ray player which allows the graphics in new games to be increased and portrayed using this console, (unlike the Xbox360). Even without any games you are able to watch blue-ray DVD's.
New things are being brought out for the PS3 as time goes on, including the PS-store where you can buy or download for free features/addons/trailers/demos and much more.
The features I've mentioned so far don't even begin to explain the potential of this up to date console, they have released many different versions with different amount of memory, I previously owned a 60gb and this was great but then I went for this one, the 80gb and it's had no trouble storing all the downloads and updates.
The Playstation runs smoothly and calmly from the start, over time it may start to make more noise but that means you may need to clean the dust off the fan. I've had no trouble with it overheating, it gets warm after a few hours of play but never to a dangerous level.
The third installment from the Sony Playstation series was one of the most widely anticipated electronic items of the near past an boy did it deliver! The Playstation 3 is so much more than just a games console, it really is an entertainment centre. With services such as catch up tv via bbc iplayer and the ability to stream films via lovefilm it really is the only thing you need in the living room along side the tv!
The high definition graphics look amazing when combined with a HD ready tv and the ability to play blu-ray films really makes the movie come out of the screen with vivid colours and crisp sound. The playstation 3 offers free online gaming which is possible one of the biggest advantages over its main competitor (the xbox 360) and with inbuilt wi-fi it is so easy to connect to millions of players world wide. The new machine in the series now gives wireless controllers using bluetooth technology, the range of these controllers are fantastic and can not only be used on the other end of a larger room but often on the other side of the house.
To any games console lover the playstation 3 would make a real impression and would change the way you look at games, 10/10!
This is the best looking playstation by far, and easily the best. Basically it is like buying a new computer, that also happens to be amazing at playing games. Solely as a game playing console, it is brilliant. Although when it first came out, there were only a few pretty poor titles. Now, there are hundreds of amazing games, that are already cult classics. The fact that all games are blu ray discs, means that the picture quality and speed of playing are vastly improved. The new discs are also very tough and can resist even being drawn on! Then come the rest of the playstations features. The blu ray player also plays dvds, saving on purchasing an expensive blu ray player. The internet connectivity is easy to set up (wired or wireless), and allows very quick online gaming. The PS3 also feature its own dedicated web browser. The massive hard drive allows storage of photos, music and save game data with plenty to spare.
Many may disagree with my opinion that the PS3 is the better 'serious' gaming system on the market. With the hiccups Sony have had recently with their online gaming being brought down by security breaches, people have now become disillusioned with the Sony brand - even going as far as trading theirs in for an Xbox 360! Despite this, I am still happy with my console and would never swap it in for a rubbish Xbox!
I originally asked for a PS3 for Christmas 2008. My dad tried to dissuade me saying an Xbox would be better. My mind did not budge and I received something that I had wanted for a long while.
The PS3 box I had received came with an 80GB Playstation 3 console, a mains plug, SCART adapter, RCA connector, PS3 controller and a mini USB adaptor (about one meter in length). I also got a HDMI cable separately for Christmas too to go with the console so I could play the game is clear HD. This turned out very handy for some games.
The PS3 is easy enough to set up. Just connect the plug to the mains and console and RCA (or HDMI) cable to the console and TV of your choice. Sometimes using just the RCA can make the picture black and white so it is advisable to use the SCART adapter. You are then ready to go.
When you first start your PS3, it will ask you to create a profile. You can make as many profiles as you like and this is good because this means you can all have different save files on games without interrupting or affecting each other's progress. Each profile is completely customisable. You change the colour and can download game themes from the internet (though most of these do cost).
What I feel gives the Playstation 3 an edge over the Xbox 360 is the controller. The Playstation sticks to its classic shaped controller which is now wireless (but needs to be charged with the mini USB provided) instead of being limited to where you can sit because of the wire like its previous consoles. I would advise investing in a three meter mini USB lead (cost around £5 online) so these are handy when needing to game while the controller is charging. When holding the controller, all the buttons are easy to reach and does not feel bulky, unlike the Xbox controller. I would say that the PS3 controller is better for people with smaller hands.
The graphics for the PS3 are much better than Sony's previous consoles. The edges are smooth and they look even better in HD. Although the problem with the PS3 and a lot of its games being geared towards HD resolution, playing through the SCART can be a struggle. For example, Tekken 6 has a lot of tiny writing to read and it is practically unreadable unless you have an HDMI lead.
Also, Playstation has the edge over Xbox by adding in an in-built Blu-Ray player into their consoles and is the only console on the market to do so. Blu-ray players are already expensive so it is probably worth buying this console if you are thinking of buying a games console and Blu-Ray player. After watching 'Secrets of the Superbrands', I found out that Sony actually pay more than we pay to install the Blu-Ray player into the PS3 (a bit of trivia for you). The only problem with having this as your entertainment system is the controller can be difficult to navigate. Most of the actions are under the triangle button (on the PS2 it was always 'Select') and depending on the background, it is difficult to see what you are selecting sometimes.
The PS3 really does have games for everyone. Boys that love their shooters can play the Call of Duty games, light-hearted gamers will love LittleBigPlanet and there is an array of Disney games for children like Hannah Montana and Toy Story 3. They also have games that are exclusive to the PS3 such as Heavy Rain. Sony really has tried to accommodate many audiences although, like the Xbox 360, it is mainly aimed towards male gamers.
Would I recommend this to others? For anyone wanting a console for serious gaming then I would. The PS3 offers gaming in high resolution with an easy to use controller. Having a Blu-Ray player is an added bonus. My current PS3 is quite bulky so the new slim versions are probably better. I would not class this as a family console like the Wii though the PS3 has an array of games for all ages. I would suggest buying one of these over an Xbox 360.
The playstation 3 or the ps3 is a leading console in the gaming industry alongside the xbox 360 and the wii. There are a few different models in the sony playstation 3 range, however there is only a few differences, the main one being the abilitly to play ps2 games and memory, the 40gb, 60gb 80gb and the 120gb consoles are the most popular and in my opinion the 40gb is more than enough to hold a few albums of photos, music and all you game save data. It goes without saying the more memory you have the higher the prices but all consoles in my opinion are reasonably priced.
The console can be played both offline or online (depending on your choice of game,) this enables the user to play offline doing story modes and campaign game modes or enter the online world to play with friends against other players from around the world. Another handy feature included in the console is that you can browse websites just like a computer, however only some websites are compatible with this feature. The main advantage about the online feature is that it is completely free unlike the xbox 360, however this comes with its downsides as the paying customers playing the xbox 360 recieve game add ons and downloadable demos earlier than the ps3 users. Another feature which requires a internet connection is the abiltity to watch tv on demand via; bbc i player, itv player and 4od much like on a computer.
The graphics and gameplay are highly depended on the game you are playing however all the games i have played all have amazing graphics and would satisfy any customer. One way in which you can enhance your graphics to give you self more enjoymeent out of the console is by using a HDMI cable instead of standard AV cables, this is not essential but i would recommend buying one as they do give the game a sharper finish, you can pick a decent one up from any good supermarket for around £30 pounds.
I have all 3 market leaders in the game console industry; the ps3, xbox and the wii and my opinion is the playstation 3 is by far the best mainly because the online multiplayer feature is free therefore you pay for your console and you games and then you are ready to enter the online world, this i like very much. I would definatly recommend th ps3 for a first time gmaes console buyer or even a games console enthusiast looking to buy another console.
The PS3 arrived in a big box, with lot's of instructions on the back and in the manual. It came rapped up inside the box in case it got damaged in the shipping here. It was shiny and in good condition, thankfully. It didn't take long to configure, I just had to connect the wireless controllers, set date and time, and select a username for the console. It took about 5-10 minutes.
When I went on, the first thing I wanted to to was create an online account. This took about 10mins, just had to put in basic information and choose an online username. After that was done, I was fully set up to go. I noticed an internet feature which let you browse the web. I went on that and watched some stuff on Youtube and saved some pictures off of Google images to my "PHOTOS" section on my hard drive. With 80GB of memory, I didn't have to worry about deleting anything. I also went on the Playstation store, on there you can download themes for your PS3, minigames, games, music, dvd's and more! I had a quick flick through that. Then I played COD4. I was amazed by the graphics and how smoothly the PS3's processor handled the game's graphics, with so many frames per second. In HD, it was amazing!
Sony keep adding new features, like Lovefilm, 40D, ITV players, BBCiPlayer, Vidzone and more! They keep updating it which makes it great and exciting. The features are amazing and there is so many things to do with your PS3. You can use it for listening to music, streaming videos, create a photo collection and more. My PS3 has only froze once or twice, it always performs great!
All the games I play on it are top quality and it handles them so well, some games even let you listen to music stored on your PS3 while playing the game. Not a lot of games support this feature however, sadly. DLC can be downloaded from the Playstation store and themes can be downloaded from the internet. Movies and music can also be downloaded from the internet onto the PS3 but that is illegal!
You can chat to friends through Webcam on playstation network, or by text chat and have up to 16 people chat at once. You can send messages and talk through headsets, out and in games! There is also an amazing feature called Playstation home where you create an avatar and meet up with friends, decorate your house, play bowling, snooker etc...It's all free! This is what makes the Playstation Network such a good community and the fun you can have with it is endless. Now with Playstation Move, the fun keeps going for the whole family, making it more interactive.
The PS3 in my opinion is the best possible console you can get this day. Sony keep updating it, it's amazing and worth the money. Even if your not a gamer, you can still use loads of features on it for socializing, browsing the internet and more. This console is pure genius!
It's easy to work and the menu is very easy to get used to, laid out well so anyone with no experience with technical stuff can use it. The controllers are easy to work and most are wireless which is great!
I have had this console for over a year now and it is running as it did when i first got it.
The first thing you notice when you open the box is the looks of the console itself. It is shiny and looks great. The on/off button is touch which i also thing is pretty nice as it shows the 'advancing technology'.
The Ps3 has a great collection of games, including games such as the Uncharted series, God of War, and even Littebigplanet. The are also other games which work great with the console's graphics including FIFA and many peoples favouirte from all consoles: Call of Duty.
The Ps3 has HDMI port on the back so you can hook it upto a 1080p tv and enjoy playing your games in quality High defination. But not only games, it has a built-in blu-ray player which is the latest on the market, therefore getting more value for money.
It also had built in bluetooth to connect your headset and play online.
There are a few things that Sony could've done to improve this console however. This includes voice chat, It would be better to follow XBOX 360's example where anyone playing any game can join a chat room with up to 8 mates and chat, regardless of what game they are playing. However, to chat with mates on Ps3 you either have to be on the dashboard or you have to be in a game with someone to speak to them.
Apart from that, i think the PS3 is great. It does more things than just play video games and the blu-ray player is a huge advantage. It is also very reliable and doesn't suffer from the dread 'RROD' like the Xbox 360.
Definately reccomend, especially as you can pick this up cheaper now due to the release of the slim version.
This is my personal review on the playstation 3 console.
Bought it at around £400 not quite sure, but its well worth the price. It has awesome abilites, comes with blu ray disk player, can play dvds, has bluetooth, and so much more. There are software updates which can be used if you have a wireless router internet connection. You can also go to the playstation store and buy some upgrades for your games alreadt owned, or simply a demo of a game for free. There is abilty of voice changer etc, which you need a mic for anyway. You can make your own PSN aka play station network account, which can make you play online if a game as network compatible mode. The 80gb is the system I have, and is definitely the best, you dont use up much memory anyway with games or downloads etc, it has plenty for thousands of games to play. It has no buttons as is really sensitive to eject disk and turn system off, so you better be careful if you press on it by accident without knowing. You can change your theme, and change your profile picture. Online PSN you can add friends and play with them online in games.
Overall the ps3 is definitely the best console around, and provides users with excellent game, gameplay, and sound and graphics.
*stands* My name is Tongue of Truth and I am technophobic. *sits*
This review is from the point of view of someone who played computer games 30 years ago (I admit I had a ZX Spectrum and used to spend hours playing 'The Hobbit'), and humoured my son by playing a few games with him up to 10 years ago, but I have never been a massive gamer.
I know they're fun, but once you get out of touch and out of date, it all seems such an effort and like trying to learn Martian. I haven't been in a games shop since I tried to be 'hip and with it' and asked for a copy of 'THUG' instead of 'Tony Hawkes Underground' only to have the spotty 14 year old serving wet himself laughing at this poor old lady trying to be cool.
So....we bought this for my stepsons (age 8 and 10) last Christmas for them to play with during visits. They get it out, they do noisy things with it, they put it away. End of.
Then my own son (early 20s) came to visit. Pounced in delight and dragged the PS3 into the living room. Beat me lightly about the head with unpacked cardboard box for turning into such a pathetic technophobe and leaving this sit on our shelf. Then threw me out of the room and set to work. He emerged briefly to plonk our old DVD player in the kitchen bin.
20 minutes later I was called in for a demo.
Well, I am now a reformed technophobe. Wow.
This console does the lot. Plays DVDs. Plays games. Accesses I-player so I can watch in comfort and no longer have to crouch before a tiny laptop screen to watch those TV programmes I've missed. You can use the internet. You can view your photos and listen to music. There is the Playstation network where you go online and join games, or go to the shop to download games directly into the memory. Ah...the games. They've improved a bit, haven't they. No more trailing wires between you and the console for one thing, with the Dual Shock controllers working wirelessly (is that a word?) and adding to the fun with vibrations. I was very surprised that elements of some games responded to the actual movements of the controllers and not just button pressing.
He'd downloaded the trial versions of 5 games for me to fool around with, and we sat there for four hours playing and I made a mental note to download more trials and DEFINATELY buy and download the full version of Heavy Rain. The graphics are vastly improved from games a decade ago (well, duh) and almost 'film-like' in some cases.
This has been a permanent fixture in our living room now and just a few days later I can't imagine being without it. It's NOT hard to use or set up - I was just being pathetic about it - and it's really useful. The games look excellent and there is something for everyone.
So if you are hesitating about getting back into gaming, or into one of these 'do lots of stuff' consoles, there's no need. Give up the fear and pick up a PS3.
*update - since writing this we've also discovered LoveFilm through the PS3.
After finally giving in to my partners pleas for a playstaion 3 I have to admit I am really impressed.
The graphics are amazing, almost like watching a film.
So much you can do on them and I had no idea. As well as playing the games, you can go online, either to surf the web or to connect up with other players with the same game from all over the world and compete against them.
You can store and look at photos, watch music videos, rent films and watch blueray dvds (amazing quality).
We went for the 80gb ps3 as it was cheaper and we found out that if the hardrive starts to get full you can transfer data onto an external hard drive, which we already had.
All in all really pleased with this console, huge variety of games to choose from so we should never get bored!
Also looks great, sleek and black and not realling looking like a games console!
The graphics from the playstation 3 are absolutely out of this world, especially when connected to a HD TV! I play a lot of the FIFA games on it, and it is the nearest anyone has got to looking like real life, and comparing the price of the console, to the quality of graphics makes it a good buy! I found the hard drive was too small for my needs and quickly upgraded it, and have a lot of music, videos, etc on it. It is hopeless however for organising your media, as you can't properly make folders on it, as you would on your computer. I find it works quickly, processing games and showing movies very well, although I do occasionally have freezes and have to reset, when it overheats. Blu ray DVD watching is out of this world, the quality really is unmatchable! The wireless controllers are so good, and have a long battery life, and it came with all the wires I needed to connect to power, tv, etc. This is a great console, that could do with a few tweaks to make it the best!