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I bought the Playstation 3 not long after the UK launch - five or six years ago. The game titles have increased significantly, despite a somewhat slow start, especially when compared to the titles available on X-Box. However, the machine is superior to the Microsfoft offering both in terms of graphic capability but also having Blueray included - the controllers are also more ergonomic. Drakes fortune, shipped when I bought the machine is fantastic and the new games in this series, well worth trying out - fantastic graphics, great game play and competition for anything available on other consoles.
The PS3, as is standard with consoles these days, has plenty of on-line features alongside capacity for storing music, photo and games that can be downloaded. All in all this is a fantastic, market leading piece of kit and even though a newer version is imminent (PS4?) would still be a recommended purchase, if only to avoid the excessive prices that will no doubt be charged at launch for the new version.
The PS3 is a quality games console and a whole lot more.
Connection is via hdmi to your TV and wirelessly to your router so no trailing Ethernet cables.
Unlike the PS1 and PS2, discs are front loading so just push in.
PS2 owners will be familiar with the hand controller layout which is great for game play.
Games are wonderful thanks to the fast processor and great graphics chipset.
The PS3 also doubles as a bluray\dvd player which is incredibly handy though operation is not particularly intuitive with a games controller rather than a specific remote. Picture quality though is wonderful as we have come to expect from Sony.
Another bonus is the entertainment available via the internet connectivity. This covers youtube, Lovefilm on subscription, BBC i player and the other catchup TV services.
Considering it offers games, bluray\dvd and internet TV connectivity it is a great all round package to improve any Saturday night at home!
I have all three of the current gen consoles at home, any serious gamer will overlook the wii and be left with the choice between the microsoft xbox 360 or the sony playstation 3. After extensive testing of the two over the years i can tell you that the playstation is superior on all front and what i love best of all, its free online! My 360 has broken twice and needed repair but my playstation is still going strong.
Graphics match that of most top end pc's and this particular model has been finished in very nice chrome and also features four usb slots, a backwards compatiability chip so you can play your playstation 2 games and also a card slot reader which i have found extremely handy for photos. The unit is also a perfect media center, with a blu ray reader and wi-fi features all built in.
For ease of use the supplied controls also have built in batteries and are charged by mini usb so there is no dying batteries in the middle of a game.
My ONLY flaw in this console is the fan noise is considerable and after many hours of play becomes quite annoying.
The easy winner of the current consoles and a no brainer choice.
@ The Console, Gameplay @
I bought this console because I wanted to make the switch from Xbox to PS3. I was sick of the breaking down and the expensive Xbox live gaming fees. One great feature on this then, is the free play station network, which is also much more reliable than Xbox LIVE. Setting up the PS3 is easy and simple, but will take quite a lot of time to download the updates form the Sony database. You can connect controllers by pressing the PS button and your console will automatically sync with them without needing to install anything. The dashboard is a simple line of icons related to different areas of the console such as video, music and games. There are tons of ways you can customise the PS3 including custom background or "themes" and there is an Internet browser. During gameplay games run seamlessly and the console CPU takes a lot of strain from HD FPS games yet still copes fine.
In my experience, crashing has only been an issue after extensive gameplay or during high quality FPS games using a lot of CPU memory. During gameplay games seem crisp and have good quality graphics and sound. Saving games to the hard disk take a few seconds but when you're overwriting during gameplay it takes less than a second to do. For noise, it makes a change not to have something rumbling and screaming at me, unlike the Xbox this console does not vibrate about or makes tons of fan noise - when it loads up its almost silent on the dashboard but when you start playing FPS games it whirs up a bit and that's it, its still quiet. It will get a little hot at the back after hours of continuous gameplay but not burning hot to touch, and it takes about 20 minutes to start heating up, it just gets hotter the longer you use it.
The console dashboard is well laid out and you can adjust almost anything from within the main menu, things like chat settings, network settings and display. Loading games takes about 5-10 seconds depending on the game you are playing and when you get to the main menu you can press the PS button and still interact with the console without quitting to the dashboard.
Playing DVDs and blu-rays are the speciality of the PS3 because they run smoothly, fast, and without glitching or faulting. The blu-ray discs will remember where you left off so when you re load them you can select "yes" to continue playback.
@ Build Quality @
Build quality of the PS3 is superb, much better than the Xbox 360. All the components are solid and put together well without any faults, and they don't overheat as easily. Even in a not so well ventilated area mine has never broken down due to overheating. The cooling system is perfect. PS3 does experience YLOD after many hours of use each day for months on end and it will break down but this apparently is only 0.5% of consoles, which is why I made the switch, these are much more reliable.
@ Overall @
Fantastic console, gameplay is seamless and crash free and the set-up is easy, simple and well organised. It's a perfect alternative to the Xbox 360, and much more reliable. Highly recommended. Don't get an Xbox!
Well as a game enthusiast I was bound to buy a PS3, in the end I bought it when it first came out. From the first day of receiving it I have enjoyed every minute even when it got the laser problem.
For the time it was released it was the best console on the market, even today I would say it is still an amazing piece of kit as it is ready for 3D when it comes to games consoles rather than hand held consoles.
Anyway I used the console for over two years and finally had the laser issue where it would not read discs, very frustrating. In the end instead of buying a new one as I wanted to keep the original as it was the only model that could play PS2 games, I searched on-line for a replacement bluray drive. Found one for a reasonable price and set about replacing it, in the end it was very easy to replace and as it was out of warranty there was no worry about voiding it. Once installed it work perfectly and ever since have had no issues.
The console has hundreds of games and one of my favorite which only comes on the playstation console is Gran Tourism and it has not disappointed even though taking so long to create. Since the release you can now get the move adapter to make it more like the Wii and Kinect for Xbox.
I personally don't own a Playstation 3 however many of my friends do and I have also borrowed them for periods of time allowing to get extensive hours of use on them enough to formulate my own opinion. At first i was a bit skeptical about the Playstation 3, to me I believed it was just going to be a Playstation 2 with a wireless controller and slightly, very slightly, better graphics. After my first stint on a Playstation 3 with HDMI lead and a 1080p HD television I could tell the vast difference between the two, the Playstation 3 could produce game play that was almost life like in comparison to it's predecessor.
When first powering on the Playstation 3 the UI ( User Interface ) is very similar to that of the PSP - Playstation Portable, displaying the different options of web browser, game, settings, friends or Home. I would be stating the obvious if i listed what all of them do to you however I will mention that by clicking the home button it allows you to select which user account you want, which is useful for a family/shared console. What this does is allows people to log in to there individual gaming account so each person has to complete there own game without something damaging/improving it without the other wanting them to do so.
The game play of the playstation 3 is out of this world, i really do think the Xbox will have to up it's game to bring a console out that can even be considered in the playstation 3's league. Games boast very high quality, realistic quality where previously it hadn't been anything special. The integration of online game play has been a massive gain for Playstation as i think this improves game play so much i think that the online experience is better on the Playstation in comparison to the Xbox, Playstation network's online game play is also free forever where the Xbox's "LIVE" online system is subject to a £40 yearly fee to access it, which i think means the Playstation works out much cheaper as although the Playstation is more to purchase the Xbox is costing you year after year.
Although the Playstation is utilized for HD television sets you can use it on any old SD television, however you do have to change the settings if you need to move it between HD and SD televisions.
In conclusion i believe that this console is a better and cheaper choice in comparison to the Xbox 360 and also offers a better game play and online experience.
I've always been a gamer my whole life from originally having a Commador 64 right through to Amiga's Nintendo NES, Megadrive, SNES, Playstation 1, Playstation 2, PC's and now Bought myself the 3rd generation Playstation 3.
I know many will argue the comparisons with Microsoft's xbox but for me the only one is the Playstation 3.
I bought my Playstation 3 when it originally came out onto the market for around £450 at the time packaged with Motorstorm and Resistance, and it's still going strong and never flickered despite everyone else blowing up numerous xbox's .
A little bit about the Playstation 3 Spec
It's a games console and the 3rd generation of Sony's infamous Playstation. It comes with a built in Blu-ray player as its default. It has a 256 MB GDDR3 SDRAM installed video memory with an NVIDIA RSX graphics controller. It comes with a surprising 256 meg of RAM and the reason i'm surprised is that buy todays standards it sounds quite low but in fact its perfectly fine.
It weighs 5kg's which is quite heavy for a console but it's not like you carry it around with you like a laptop so the weight isnt an issue really. It's so sleek and good looking with its black polished shell and metal trim with the trademark Sony badge. It uses Dualshock 3 wireless controllers which I prefer over the horrible chunky xbox controllers. I know many others have said they prefer the xbox controllers and thats fine, it's just my preference is the smaller lighter Sony controllers.
It comes with 4 USB connecters at the front of the console which I mainly use for charging the spare controllers up when i'm not using them but I have plugged in my portable HD into them so I can backup my games and saves and watch a few movies through it as well which is great as it upscales the movies to look better.
It also comes with an ethernet port , HSMI output port, a normal AV output and a SPDIF output ( TOS Link ) as well.
In the box you get a composite AV cable, ethernet network cable and a USB cable for the controller.
Its the single most impresive console to date. The graphics are superb and sound is just the best. Its so easy to use as well once you set it all up to your TV. I'm lucky enough to have a top of the range Samsung 42" FULL HD LCD TV so it just looks 'SWEET'.
The main menu is so easy to use and intuative and it just took me a couple of minutes to link it to my wireless broadband so I could get onto the PS network straight away. And thats a massive plus over the xbox. I just dont see whay after buying a console that you should then have to PAY to play online. The PS3 is completely for FREE to play any game online. As I've owned my PS3 now for at least 4 to 5 years since it was released in the UK I've had 4 to 5 years FREE online gameplay as opposed to having to pay £40 a year on the xbox which by now I would have spent a further £120 .
The Blu-ray player is just a dream. I read reviews of the PS3 blu-ray compared to others on the market and it excels in all areas especially for the price. At the time of launch I remember people buying Blu-ray players for £300 - £800 and I use to tell them why bother, just buy a PS3 as the Blu-ray player was better than the entry model stand alone ones anyway and its like your getting a free console with it.
I've bought many Blu-ray movies and boxsets and the quality is just fantastic. I've never seen such image and sound quality and its weird now watching anything else as its just not the same. I liken it to someone who spends years watching a 14" portable tv and one day getting a 50" HD plasma . The difference is very noticable. But the biggest thing is that you just cant go back to watching the 14" portable anymore because you now know what your missing. It's the same here. DVD's are great.. but Blu-ray is the way to go and I was so pleased when they won the battle with HD dvd's and are now the only real format.
I could write endlessly about the fantastic games and I've played hundreds so I wont bore you with that but all I'll say is the PS3 performs so well. It's by far the best games console I've owned and the games are just the next level up.
It's the daddy of all games consoles and easily the best one on the market with a free built in Blu-ray player to boot and FREE online gameplay it's just the best.
I got the Playstation 3 when it first came out and even then I was not aware of its capabilities. I have always bought Playstations and they had the best games and graphics of its time. Also Sony pioneered being able to play DVDs in a game console before XBOX did it first so for this reason, I trusted Sony to make something special.
What was a great step up was having access to the Internet on the Playstation 3 though it was tedious scrolling through the letters to type, but later Sony released a keyboard for the Playstation 3 to remedy this.
As time went on, I realised that you could attach standard computer mega hard drives to the Playstation 3 and this allowed me to play my collection of music and to play my downloaded movie collection all in one place. It is like having a home library of films at your fingertips on demand, the only drawback is that the playstation does not play MKV files so when downloading BluRay films, avoid the .mkv file extension.
The DVD player from the PS2 got replaced in this model with a BluRay player. And even when playing my collection of films, the PS3 also upscales the DVDs to near enough HD or 720p.
Later as the years progressed, Sony allowed updates so applications such as Play TV (you can use your playstation as a Freeview receiver) and BBC iplayer and 4oD to be used through your playstation through the internet connection. And recently advertised is lovefilm as you can stream films through your Playstation by renting through their paid service.
A nice touch I feel by Sony is the ability to log in to Playstation Home, where you can create an avatar of yourself and move in the different worlds and chat to other uses much like on Second Life where it also advertises latest films where your avatar goes into a real cinema to watch the trailer and goes to play Poker in real poker halls. And at around xmas, you can do favours for Santa in order to gain little gifts to add to your customiseable collection of clothes and accessories for your avatar.
Overall, a mindblowing machine.
Over the past year or so, there has been a lot of speculation over whether the Playstation 3 from Sony is better than the Xbox 360 from Microsoft or not. I believe the Playstation 3 is much better. The Playstation just offers a greater amount of brilliant features.
The only downside people pick out with this Playstation is the fact that it only has a 60GB memory. I think that this is plenty enough if you are just playing games and you only use the memory for save data, and I've never really had a problem with memory until recently. After Sony's hacking fiasco and the Playstation Network being shut down, everybody received 3 free games to download, courtesy of Sony. After I selected my 3, I started downloading them. I was a little worried about memory, but they all downloaded fine. After that, I went to start playing one of them, and it told me that there was not enough memory free. I was gutted. This, however, is the only downside to this Playstation 3, other than the fact that Halo games are exclusive to Microsoft.
Another great feature of the Playstation 3 (one that the Xbox 360 does not have) is an internet browser. This allows you to browse any website you want on your PS3 and instead of it being on you tiny little computer or laptop screen, you've got your entire TV to look at pictures and watch videos on the internet.
A further feature the Xbox lacks and the PS3 is proudly boasting is the Blu-ray player. This allows you to watch any DVD you want without having to go out and separately buy a DVD player, just like you would have to do if you owned an Xbox. A great new update for the PS3 also allows you to access 4 On demand, ITV player and BBC iPlayer so you can watched any TV show you missed, straight back on your TV.
The navigation of the PS3 menus and home page is very easy too. You can just simply scroll across to the part you want, then scroll down to what you want to access. It is very quick and easy. Also, these home pages are customizable with many different themes available.
The PS3 allows you to make many different accounts on the same Playstation, so you can each have you separate accounts for the games you like and this stops anybody from interfering with any statistics you have built up.
Another great thing about the Playstation 3 is the controller, very standard but very comfortable to hold. Simple and effective. Also, there is a wide variety of games out there that are exclusive to Playstation and there is also a brand new game and controller out for the PS3 called Playstation move which is very similar to the Wii remote and great fun to use, with many different games that are compatible with it.
The ultimate gaming machine!
60gb hard drive, flash memory card, blu-ray drive, 256.0 MB XDR DRAM, NVIDIA RSX video memory, supports bluetooth, IBM cell of 3.2 GHz.
The good thing about this original version is that it aids SD memory cards, Compact flash cards and memory sticks with the four USB slots and SD slots aswell as Compact flash slots on the system!
It's a bit bulky but its design compensates for this, looking sleek and impressive.
The dimensions for this system are: 12.8" width, 10.8" depth, 3.9" height and weighs 11.0 lbs!
The XMB interface, which is like the software platform on a computer (e.g windows 7), is simple and easy to use, aswell as looking good too!
I bought mine in December 2007/January 2008 and have had it since! For those 3+ years I have made good use of it, and it was working perfect with no problems until recently where the YLOD problem occured. But luckily it will only cost me £35 to repair from local technicians :)
Well worth the money with the options to watch blu-ray movies, share music & images & videos, Voicemail chats with friends via headsets, full access to the internet!
I've always been a Playstation guy, had the original and the MKII and couldn't wait to get the 3 when it came out. I decided to wait for eighteen months to make sure all the bugs had been ironed out before taking the leap, this also allowed the game makers to put together some titles too as they had all been focussing on the X-Box 360 until this point.
I think it's a great piece of kit, sleek, quiet with built in Bluray, what's not to like?? It's extremely easy to use and offers some great features especially if you register it online which I'd suggest as that's where all the real gaming benefits come out.
Yes Sony have had some online issues recently, and yes because it's a free service (unlike X-Box) you do sometimes get some migration issues half way through a game which does suck, but on the whole it's an extremely impressive piece of kit and I find it better than the 360 - which I have in a box in the wardrobe!
I am a big fan of the Playstation and have owned all 3 Playstation models. I have used many other game consoles such as the Xbox 360, the Nintendo Wii and the GameCube, but the Playstation 3 is definitely my favourite. The graphics are outstanding, and the selection of games available on this console are excellent - particularly the Uncharted and the Resistance series. The additional features the playstation 3 offers which were not provided by previous models includes a hard drive rather than the memory cards previously required, a blu-ray player, the ability to play on-line with either friends or strangers, and the ability to download games, films and music and store them on the hard drive. I have never had any problems with my PS3 - the gameplay is always fine with no lag at all, and it has not once crashed on me. Almost all games available on other models are available on the PS3 so I would recommend the PS3 to anyone with an interest in playing games.
Playstations have always been my favorite console's, and the Sony PS3 is no different. The graphics on this console are second to none, with games being brought to life. I personally have had no problems with the PS3 and find it to load very quickly. One problem has to be the online service, with its recent high profile failure's. This may have pushed many towards the xbox, but the PS3 is still superior in my hands. The wireless controls of the PS3 have good battery life, and in my opinion are much better than the far chunkier xbox controls. The internet access allows you to watch bbc iplayer and other streaming websites, further enhancing the experiences. The PS3 always loads quickly. On a more practical side the PS3 is very small, and as it can function on its side or in its normal postion is easy to store and takes up little space. It is also quiter than the annoying fan noise of the xbox. Game choice is now almost identical to the xbox so this is no longer a problem. In terms of Price the PS3 may be more expensive, but it should be as it is the best console on the market, and will never have the 3 rings of death.
What can you say about the playstation 3 that people won't know already? it is an amazing piece of hardware and with the Playstation Network, the software will keep improving until Sony bring out their next console. The playstation looks great, even the standard version (as opposed to Playstation 3 Slim) is sleek and elegant. The system contains one of the best Blueray DVD players on the market for HD movies from disk and also plays music and films in a variety of formats from either its internal harddrive, a data stick or USB external hardrive. The photo viewer is simple and nice to use and you can also watch Iplayer, ITVplayer and 4OD if connected to the internet.
The internet browser is not particuarly impressive as it is quite slow and using the PS3 controller is awkward and anoying, but if you invest in a USB wireless keyboard it makes surfing the web easier.
At the end of the day the Playstation 3 is about playing games and this is where is excels, especially compared to other main consoles (XBOX and Wii). Reading game reviews, it seems the visuals for most multi-platform games are best on the Playstation (though I have not played enough XBOX to comfirm this).
Online play is FREE and provides an excellent platform for competitive and cooperative play on the net. I think the XBOX probably has a more solid platform for online play, but then it should be as you have to pay for it. I think the fact that its free means it is more accessable to gamers and means more people can get online and play.
I have owned my Playstation3 for about three years and have never had any problems with the system. The hardware is definately built to last and is not easy to scratch or damage.
The playstation is an amazing piece of engineering and is in my opinion is the best of the current consoles on the market, though I am sure the XBOX/PS3 debate will rage on and on...
Me and my brother's have owned a playstation 3 for about 3-4 years and it was working perfectly fine until the problems started -_-. the first problem was the dashboard would not appear but luckily i managed to fix that but about 2 weeks after the first problem the ps3 died. i researched what it was and i found out my ps3 was dead meat with the ylod ( yellow light of death). tried fixing it but would not work. everything comes with it's downsides but in my opinion i think microsoft and playstation make problems for money. on the bright side of life before i occured problems the ps3 did not dissapoint with it's great games, gameplay and of course it's great online network. haha who am i kidding the network can't even keep out a group of hackers. luckily i didn't have my ps3 working when this happened a couple of weeks ago and didn't have my credit card details on it. i love the feel of the ps3 controller and the game play is great. The ps3 has extremely good graphics compared too the xbox 360 and is enjoyable to play. overall i would not buy this product because you will be put through to much stress and it's not worth it.