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Games Console and Blu Ray Player
Sony PlayStation 3 Slim
Member Name: m4DD0gg
Sony PlayStation 3 Slim
Date: 04/07/11, updated on 07/07/11 (19 review reads)
Advantages: Powerful, Free PSN, Blu Ray
Disadvantages: Security issues
The Sony Playstation 3 is the 3rd of Japanease electronics giant Sony's games consoles following in the foot steps of the Playstation 1 and 2. The Playstation 3 is marketed by Sony as a competitor to Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Wii.
Some of the major features of the Playstation 3
The Playstation 3 has a large catalogue of games available that are platform exclusives such as Reistance fall of man, Metal Gear Solid and the Gran Turismo series. Many of the early Playstation 3 games however were direct ports of the Xbox 360 versions which often led to poor performance on the Playstations 3 platform. As time has gone on more titles have been designed with the sole intention of only running on the Playstation 3.
The PSN network is a free online environment for users to connect to and play games online to other Playstation 3 gamers. In April 2011 however the PSN network was hacked and Sony confirmed that the personal information of upto 77 million users could have been obtained.
The Playstation 3 is the only next generation console which comes with a Blu Ray player as standard. Blu Ray is a next generation video format created by Sony as a logical progression to DVD.
My User Experience
Owning both and Xbox 360, Wii and now PS3 i have to say i prefer the Xbox 360, i think this is partly due to my familiarity with the Microsoft brand and the controller, i noticed that the PS3 controller feels a lot smaller and lighter in my hand which feels strange.
I do like the PS3 design as it looks sleek and slim under my TV and does not take too much room. The console when running is fairly quite and does not sound like a plane taking off like the xbox 360 :)
Free online capability is great as i like playing games online with friends however i have noticed that the PSN seems a lot more unstable compared to Xbox live and i certainly prefer the NXE experience - guess you get what you pay for as its free.
Perhaps my main reason for buying the PS3 was the ability to play Blu-Ray discs, i understand that there are far better Blu-Ray players on the market however the added incentive of a games console and free PSN make the console a bargain in my opinion. The Blu-Ray playback is fantastic and i was blown away by watching films like the Dark Knight and Transformers in full high definition.
For those seeking a Blu-Ray player i can highly recomend the PS3, the fact that its a games console as well is an added bonus. For those purely looking for a games console i would suggest going down the Xbox 360 route as there are more games and the Xbox live experience is better than PSN.
Summary: Powerful next generation games console and Blu Ray player