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As a retro gamer it took me a long time to get into the current generation of games consoles. Having only gotten hold of a PS3 earlier this year, you could say I was late to the party. While everyone else ebbs towards the PS4 and Xbox One, I am currently enjoying a system that has an expansive library of quality titles, stable and refined system software, and a host of extra apps that expand the functionality of my system. I do not feel that I have arrived at the party late, just that all the noise is gone, the obnoxious people are either moving to the next party or are passed out. This leaves me with the room, time and patience to enjoy every aspect of this system and it feels great.
The PS3 Slim is much sleeker and quieter than it's predecessor meaning that to me personally, it is less of a distraction while playing games or watching movies. The unit looks more stylish than it's older brother, losing nothing of the original.
Due to a lot of software refinements and more apps being added, the system has gone from a gaming machine to one of the best entertainment systems you can buy.
I was recently quite impressed by a friends "smart" TV, but if you hook a PS3 upto your not so smart TV, you can gain all the functionality. Youtube, Amazon Instant Video (Lovefilm) Netflix, Iplayer and even Crunchyroll are all downloadable apps. As a youtube addict, I absolutely love this as it means I can be sat in bed watching lovefilm or youtube before I sleep.
Last Of Us and GTA V are flagship titles for the PS£, and rightly so. The library of games for the PS3 is staggering, and the inclusion of the psn store means you can download many more at really great prices. I am a massive JRPG fan, so the PS3 was the obvious choice for me over the Xbox.
PSN plus is highly recommended by me.
Pay £40 for a year subscription and enjoy highly reduced psn store prices and free PS3 games every month. Playing online is free on the PS3, unlike Xbox which requires an xbox Live membership. PSN is completely optional, and offers so much more than the Xbox counterpart.
Call me crazy but I still love my Playstation 3. It's a solid piece of technology with a large body of games available at very reasonable prices. It is also seeing a steady wave of the top new releases like Fifa and Watchdogs with graphics that stand up surprisingly well.
I myself brought a PS3 for the Blu-~Ray playback and that is one area that it has never disappointing me. Sharp Picture quality are the norm and; unlike the Playstation 4, this console can play 3D Blu Rays with Ease.
However the core reason for buying this is as a games machine, and you still can't go far wrong. It has hundreds of back catalog titles with enough variety for all the family, and is one of the only mainstream consoles to feature free online play.
On the basis of those titles you have the best exclusives of the last generation. Uncharted 2 is the single greatest shooter in existence, with a cinematic game-play that no other console can match. Little Big Planet remains one of the most fun Platforming experiences that you can find, and who can forget Killzone 2; one of the most difficult shooters in history. All of these fantastic exclusives are available alongside the multi platform greats of the last generation. Rayman Origins/ Legends; Street Fighter 4 (in all its incarnations) Fifa, Call Of Duty, Lego Lego Lego. The choice and variety available is simply staggering.
As I said earlier though; all of this is combined with the free online play model. The Ps4 has gone the Xbox route of charging £40 a year to play online, but the experience seems no better than it is hear. Online matches are stable and feature very little lag, but result in amazingly fun experiences without costing you a penny. Although you may still want to subscribe to PS+ even though it's not a must. £40 a year nets you 2 top quality games every single month, and you can keep the games as long as you own a Playstation + subscription. That's the kind of value for money that Microsoft could not match on the Xbox360 even with a charge required for online play, and even with them now offering "games with Gold" the selection of games is not even close to as strong as those offered on Playstation Plus!!!
It also features a wonderfully versatile controller that really stands up to some punishment. This is a major bonus point as the Playstation 4 controller has ended up being very flimsy, and Sony are not very forgiving on the damage front, so the PS3 should save you money on that front alone.
Unfortunately it has reached the peak of its power now, so if you want to be continually WOWED by the biggest graphical updates and the sharpest frame rates then you'd be better off getting one of the cheap PS4 bundles doing the rounds. However if you want a cheaper present for the kids, or you don't mind catching up on some of the greatest hits from the last 5 years, then the PS3 still offers fantastic value for your money!!!
As you all probably know Sony were the creators of play stations which is most likely the reason why they deliver such good service and engage with gamers so easily. Play stations are by far better than it's competition which mainly consists of xbox or Microsoft and Nintendo. It is a blunt charcoal black colour which goes nicely with the pad and matches with the standard black tv. The experience that comes with buying a play station is unmissable since it brings such a spectacular experience anywhere where it is. It has a well designed built in Blu-ray Disc drive entry compartment. The high definition gong is astonishing really. It allows me to play music and watch tv channels or shows and watch movies. The online service is not as impressive as the xbox online service but it is for free unlike the xbox online which can cost £80 and certainly not worth that sum of money.
I have had many a game console. I'm a true gamer, and I have to say that the PlayStation 3 is, in my opinion, the top dog.
Able to play blu-ray for a start. Who needs to buy a blue ray player when you've got a games console and one already merged. Already that's saving you a few hundred.
Second, the easy use of the console is to be desired with others. The console's layout is simplistic and this is what makes it great for me. Some consoles try a little to hard to make their consoles design the fanciest. Take the Xbox 360 for example. I love the console, really, but the way it works, the home menu, starting screen etc. They just don't do it for me, but that's just me.
At graphics though, I really don't think that this console can be topped. For games such as Uncharted, the console can really show off what it's made of. the crisp picture and great contrast is brilliant.
Then there are the controllers. I'll admit the charge level isn't great but the same design of the controller, bar the very slight alteration of the L2 and R2 buttons just gives me a sense of familiarity and makes my game-play that extra little bit enjoyable.
Overall, the PlayStation 3 really makes it's mark on me and is definitely worth the what you pay for it. I've had weeks worth of leisurely gaming on it and not had one problem. Not one. A highly recommended console.
Launching several years back, the Playstation 3 made by Sony offered unmatched processing power and gaming performance. Trying to keep things new and appealing, Sony launched a slimmer and cutting edge Playstation 3. What it's made up of is pretty much the same, but read on if you want to find out whether it's a better option than the original PS3.
What I like
The way the PS3 Slim is styled, in my personal opinion, is a massive improvement compared to the original. The original console may have had more power, but it was also too big and bloated, taking up the space for all the other gadgets you might have, and not quite promoting the sleek, sexiness that the latest line of HD TVs brought along with them. The slim Playstation 3 shows off a much thinner chassis, and also gets smarter matt black finish. Nice.
There was the issue of gaming for the original PS3, and this is yet another area where the slim brother wins. Thankfully, we've witnessed major title launches, at last taking advantage that this gaming console has to offer.
Sony also improved services along with the casing, with features such as BBC iPlayer being implemented allowing you to use your PS3 Slim as an all-round home entertainment system.
What I Disliked
The biggest hindrance on the Sony PS3 Slim is the absence of the ability to play older PS2 games on it. The move seems completely absurd, as it fails to take into account the numerous PS2 owners who wish to upgrade their consoles yet still want to play their older games.
Playstation 3 what can I say a brilliant piece of equipment for multi-uses. The gaming aspect of the PS3 is realistically on par to the Microsoft Xbox360 so theres no clear winner there. Being a fan of Sony for years the playstation 3 is always the choice, this slim version compared to the original PS3 is better in many ways - the size is smaller, the sound of the PS3 running is significantly quieter than the original and from experience of having both versions the slim works rarely 'crashes' compared to the original. As for the features of the PS3, there is programs on it that makes this multimedia for example it has the BBC Iplayer and 4od for catching up on TV, it has Netflix and Lovefilm. Online gaming is currently free aswell which gives it the edge on the main competition. The hard-drive capacity aswell will leave you unlikely to fill it unless your downloading full games online however at the moment they are more expensive than buying games from a shop.
This console sits nicely next to my Nintendo Wii, one for hard core gaming and the other for fun with friends and family.
This is one powerful machine rendering realistic hdr images to your tv screen, when it comes to graphics this bad boy provides the best possible quality available from great scenery to tiny details in peoples faces. With a very fast processor and plenty of Ram there are no gliches during game play with the exception of online gaming but this is down to broadband speed not the Ps3 itself.
Apart from being HD there is also a few games that will play in 3D, a scart cable is suplied but a HD cable will get the full greatness of the graphics to your screen, HD cables cost only a few pounds now version 1.4 will do fine.
Internet connection is easy to configure takes a couple of minutes, some may struggle with this if there not good with technology but for the majority its straight forward, there are two choices here built in wifi or ethernet cable.
Once online the gaming community comes alive, multi-player games like call of duty are very big and theres always loads of people on to play with, broadband speed is an issue though as someone with fibre-optic cable will have a hundreds of a second advantage over normal BB this doesn't sound like much but in reality it gives them a great advantage, if you dont want to play with strangers linking up with mates is easy just add there user name and when there are online you can you will receive a pop up message, a headset is a must for online games the sound quality is brilliant footsteps can be heard crisp and clear plus chatting to fellow gamers, luckily muting people during games is available as some can be very noisy or abusive. Other online features are games shopping, basically can be used to surf the internet, watch tv, the list goes on.
The built-in optical drive is a dual speed Blue-ray disc player saves money on having a seperate machine.
The controller is wireless or can be plugged into one of the USB ports while connected this will charge the controller battery this is quick and will last for a good few hours of play before needing charged again.
Not cheap to purchase but the hours spent on this will mean the hourly cost will be pence per hour.
The latest Sony games console and the best there is in my opinion. Since the introduction of Sony's PS1 way back when the playstation has always been "THE" gamers games console... the controller itself is the result of hours and hours of research to develop the most comfortable, easy to use, perfectly laid out controller, which is completely wireless.... and that type of detail has gone into every part of the playstation3.
Obviously the first thing to note is the games, the quality, depth, storylines, extra features... the list is endless but due to the blu-ray disks modern games are almost overwhelming, I often play a few ps1 games and maybe a couple of PS2 games once in a while just so when i put a modern PS3 game in i get to re-live that first moment of "WOW".... "IS THIS REAL!!!"
It plays Blu-ray disks as well as regular dvds so no need to have a seperate dvd player or blu ray player when you have a ps3, its also region free so any blu-ray disks only available from the states (the protector - Tony Jaa for an example) can be played on the ps3.
Its connection to the internet means online gaming is simple, games can be updated so improvements or extras can be added after you've purchased the game!!! Also, having the internet means i have a connection to my netflix account... so movies galore are just waiting for me on my ps3.....
I imagine that in a few years sony will release a smart TV that has an in built player and you download playstation games to the tele and play them that way... but for now this is only one step away, you have the internet, ability to play dvd, blu-ray, ps1 and ps3 games... Storage for photos, music and other media, downloadable content and much more... it really is an excellent games console and i would highly recommend to anybody who was looking to buy one!
I am a huge Playstation fan, I've owned them all ever since the PS1 came out all those years ago. When the playstation 3 was released I just had to get one, and since I have upgraded to the 320gb Slim model.
The playstation is more than just a games console! Its built in blu ray player (which no other console with ever have the rights too - unlucky microsoft) one of the best features turning it into an all round entertainment centre. You can also access features such as Netflix, Lovefilm, BBC iplayer, 4on demand etc etc completely free through your playstation as long as you have it hooked up to the internet. With a massive 320gb hard-drive you can also store your films and music on it with plenty of room to spare.
Unlike other consoles, Sony do not charge you to use their online service which is a big bonus as I definitely would pay over £100 for a console and then another £40 odd just to use it online.
Playstation lays claim to some of the best exclusive games out there - such as Heavy Rain, Ratchet and Clank, God of War, Infamous and Little Big Planet - Little big Planet being a big enough reason in itself to purchase a Playstation - I mean a game narrated by Stephen Fry!?
I could list all the technical specifications about the graphics processor and what not but to be honest I dont really understand it and I work in a games shop so it likely that you wont either. I will just say that it is one of the best consoles out there in terms of its technological capabilities and it is literally future proof and way ahead of itself.
So if your looking for a console that can do just about everything you want it to, then a playstation is definitely the one for you! I would highly recommend this over other choices out there such as the XBOX, the Nintendo Wii or any of the handhelds!
This PS3 Slim is just like the old PS3; the slim is lighter, takes up less space and is also quiter. The games are amazing, the games graphics are amazing and there are thousands of amazing games to choose from. The ps3 has wifi built in so your dont need to use a Ethernet cable however if you do not have a wireless router then you have the option to use a Ethernet Cable (wired connection). There are 2 usb ports at the front these allow you to add accessories and also charge the controller; the controller is light and sturdy the battery life of the controllers is also amazing can go a week or two without a charge. The console has browser built in this will allow you to watch youtube videos and videos from many other websites. The console allows you to transfer videos and images using a USB, and is a amazing media player; i use it every day to watch videos on netflix and also listen to music.
The PlayStation 3 has gone from strength to strength in the past few years, overtaking the Xbox 360, even though I have no evidence for this. The allure of free internet and blu ray capacity has overtaken being able to play music in game. I've had two PS3s, the original 60gb and the newer 120gb PS3 slim, the latter being the better product. It's hard to believe there were once 20gb models, which would be like trying to house the every song by a black American onto a 50mb iPod...it can't be done. So, yeah, clumsy metaphors aside if you want to buy a PS3 defiantly don't go lower than 60gb or you won't have enough memory after a year.
There's not much to say about the graphic processor that hasn't been said...next-gen games look better than they ever have done and if you have a good HD television (see my LG TV review) and a HDMI cable your good to go, making even the first Metal Gear Solid look immersive and real again. There's also a very nice range of PS3 exclusive titles now; whereas the Xbox does have it some great exclusives, it's pretty much a dozen different variants of shooters set in murky grey/green environments. The PS3 on the other hand has the amazingly ground-breaking LittleBigPlanet series, the most enjoyable ever and clichéd (and that's a good thing) adventure series Uncharted, hugely original film-game noir Heavy Rain and the stunning but downright sadistic God of War III. So, if you get a PS3 you do get a nice few games.
My original console did get the 'yellow light of death' which was annoying, but it lasted 3 years which isn't to outrageous. No problems with the slim version so far, which also emits far less noise.
Sony (wisely) doesn't make you pay for online useage, but does include the new PlayStation Plus feature. I don't care enough about online gaming to spend £40 on these things usually, but with a huge amount of discounts free content like all the first 3 Resident Evil titles, and full PS3 games like Tomb Raider Underworld, on a constantly rotating basis, the PS Plus is surprisingly worth getting, as you do make that money back.
In summary, the blu ray feature, internet browser, iplayers, Netflix, and various other free content make this win out over the 360.
After having a Playstation 1 and 2 I thought it was only right to choose the Playstation 3 over the xbox 360 and I glad I did.
The Playstation 3 is a extremely powerful console and comes with a massive hard drive. I decided to buy the 320gb version as this is the biggest one you can buy and thought that its best to have too much memory than not enough.
A Playstation 3 is much more than a console but a great entertainment system as it has a blueray player so you can watch blue ray films which gives of a much better quality picture compared to the stand player. With the big hard drives means you can store alot of films and music on and able to download games straight to the Playstation without worrying about running out of space. The graphics are amazing and I think has the best graphics compared to the other consoles out on the market.
The Slimline versions are smaller than the first version which was first released and have more memory than the first versions. I think that the Playstation 3 is alot more reliable than other consoles as there has bin problems with other consoles such as the red ring of death which lead to alot of them being recalled. The Playstation when first come out was expensive compared to other consoles but the price have come down quite alot so if you are thinking about getting a console then I would say get the Playstation 3
I bought the PlayStation 3 slim 160gb on black friday. I also own a Xbox and wii, but to be honest I only play my Playstation 3. I'm not to fond of the wii's controlls, and after Xbox made me withdraw on my bank account because of the 5 dollars monthly fee for the internet i stop playing it all together.
The graphic's on the playstation 3 seem much better than that of the xbox and wii. You get more games to choose from. Although i do miss halo. i an glad to see that games like the Call of Dutys and final fantasys are on both xbox and ps3. I am also very excited that Playstation network is remaking Ps2 games, so that you can play them on your ps3, you got to love the classics.
The Ps3 is a great consol for familys It doubles as a computer since you can get on the internet. It has games that ranges from all ages so if your family's looking for a consol i would reccomind the Playstation slim.
Almost all my friends have a Ps3 and we all like to do some hard gaming so if your looking for a consol to play with your buddies the Ps3 is the way to go.
I bought a PS3 slim 120gb console just over a year ago now and originally only purchased it to play GTA 4 as it wasn't coming out on PS2. I have to say there's been no looking back my games library has grown because the HD capability of the PS3 just blows the PS2 out of the water for both in game experience, controls and visuals. I couldn't believe the difference between regular and HD everything is so much sharper and more detailed and everything now looks much more realistic which is brilliant. The grass detail in COD is amazing.
GTA 4 is a must for the PS3 and now I have chopped in my PS2 as the PS3 is so fantastic I just don't use it anymore. The wireless remotes make play from any where in the room much much easier and they hold their charge extremely well even with several hours of game play.
The new six axis control feature also adds to the experience. I also have play tv which means the ps3 can be used to record programmes and watch television.
All in all a purchase I don't regret and would make again.
After a good few months of debating, I brought myself a PS3 about 2 months ago with my Christmas bonus. I was a bit apprehensive about buying one as it is quite a lot of money to blow in one go, but as I had money to spare, and found one at £170 just before xmas I thought, why not.
On getting it home, I immediately dived in to setting it up. It's very straightforward to install, and as it's the new slim version, you can easily slot it into any free space, either standing upright or lying flat.
Turning the console on, I can immediately see the amazing HD graphics (I am used to playing the Wii which does not support HD) on the home screen, which itself is pretty straightforward to navigate. The setting up takes some time, putting in all your details etc for online play but this only needs to be done once. When putting a game in for the first time, it can take along while for it to upload, as each one may need a different system update to be able to play the game. For example, GT5 took nearly an hour to install before I could play, but this only needs to be done once. As I said before though the graphics are amazing so it is worth the wait. I found that taking one evening to insert each game into the console and doing the installations required would save me time when I come to play the game.
The co-op online play is good, although I haven't used it much (I am trying to get better at the games before I go and ruin someone else's!) and it is free unlike the Xbox.
The controllers keep there charge for a good amount of time, and don't take long to re-charge.
There is a wide selection of games available, but they can be quite expensive when they first get released, some nearly £50. But once they have been out for a while, they do get reduced quite heavily, and you can find some good bargains around.
The Blu-ray player is brilliant, being lucky enough to have a Sony TV, it is a match made in heaven. The picture quality is amazing; it's like being in the movie yourself!
All in all it is a good buy. If you are thinking of investing in a Blu-ray player, you may as well by the PS3 as it just as much to pay out for a decent one, and you get a lot more for your money.