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PlayStation®3 Systems FAQs

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What are the differences between the 80GB/160GB PS3™ systems and the PS3 120/250GB systems?

The core functionality of the PS3™ remains the same. The PS3™ still comes with a high-definition Blu-ray player, hard drive, Wi-Fi, and 2 USB ports.
Compared to the very first PS3™ model with 60GB HDD, the PS3™ 120/250GB systems' internal volume as well as its thickness and weight are trimmed down to approximately two-thirds. Furthermore, power consumption is also cut to two-thirds, helping to reduce fan noise. While inheriting the sleek curved body design of the original model, the form factor of the 120/250GB PS3™ systems feature a meticulous design with a textured surface finish.

What are the software prices?

The frontline games are still priced at $59.99 and Greatest Hits titles are priced at $29.99.

Will all existing PS3™ system peripherals be compatible with the PS3™ 120/250GB systems?


What peripherals became available for the PS3™ 120GB/250GB in 2009?

In addition to the Satin Silver DUALSHOCK®3 controller, we launched Metallic Blue and Deep Red DUALSHOCK®3 controllers.
A Vertical Stand launched only for use with the new PS3™ 120/250GB systems. This stand is required for stability when placing the new PS3™ 120/250GB systems in the vertical position.

When was the 80GB PlayStation®3 system available?

The 80GB PlayStation®3 system was available in North America (U.S. and Canada) in August 2008.

When was the 160GB PlayStation®3 system available?

The 160GB PlayStation®3 system was available in North America (U.S. and Canada) in November 2008.

What is the difference between the 80GB PlayStation®3 and 160GB PlayStation®3 systems?

The 160GB PS3™ system model has a 160GB hard disk drive (HDD). This is twice the capacity of the 80GB PS3™ system model. Both the 80GB and 160GB PS3™ system models come standard with Cell Broadband Engine™ (Cell/B.E.), Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) player, built-in HDD, 1080p high-definition output, Wi-Fi connectivity, two USB ports and the DUALSHOCK®3 wireless controller.

Can I add more USB ports on the 80GB PlayStation®3 and 160GB PlayStation®3 system models?

You can connect a high-speed, USB-certified hub*.
*Commercially available high-speed, USB-certified hubs sold separately.

What is the Cell Broadband Engine and how does it benefit the consumer?

The Cell Broadband Engine is the digital soul behind the PlayStation®3 system. Years in the making, engineers from Sony, SCEI, IBM, and Toshiba have developed an advanced microprocessor unlike any other. The Cell Broadband Engine has up to eight Synergistic Processor Units (SPUs) or "cores" to help balance the processor workload thus making it more powerful and more efficient than traditional "single-core" processors. Breakthroughs in fidelity, believability, and hyper-reality enabled by the raw power of the Cell Broadband Engine processor provide limitless experiences.

What is HDMI?

High-Definition Multimedia Interface* (HDMI) is an industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. HDMI provides an interface between any compatible digital audio/video source, such as a set-top box, DVD player, an A/V receiver and a compatible digital audio and/or video monitor such as a digital television.
*HDMI cable not included. Additional equipment may be required to use the HDMI connector.

What is the SIXAXIS™ motion-sensing system used in the controller?

The SIXAXIS™ motion-sensing system found in the PlayStation®3 allows users to maneuver the controller as a natural extension of their bodies. With this system, sensors read when a player angles, tilts, thrusts, or pulls the controller, all in real-time and with high precision. The SIXAXIS technology is found in both the SIXAXIS™ wireless controller and the DUALSHOCK®3 wireless controller.

How can you upgrade the PS3™ system hard drive?

The PlayStation®3 hard disk drive is removable and upgradeable. You can upgrade the hard drive by removing it and replacing it with a larger-capacity drive.
Find out more in the Knowledge Center.


What is Blu-ray?

Blu-ray (BD) is the next-generation media format that delivers the ultimate high-definition* entertainment experience. Just like the DVD format offered a technological leap over CDs, Blu-ray Disc is the next leap forward in the natural advancement of data storage and digital entertainment.

Facts about Blu-ray Disc:

  • Blu-ray Disc is supported by the Blu-ray Association and it has a broader industry support than any disc format ever launched
  • The format offers more than five times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs and can hold up to 25GB on a single-layer disc and 50GB on a dual-layer disc
  • Pristine picture quality with the capability for full high-definition resolution up to 1080p
  • Blu-ray Disc recordable formats offer unsurpassed storage capacity to store your digital world (photographs, home videos, music libraries, and data)
  • Blu-ray Disc gives consumers a smooth way to transition to high-definition by protecting their DVD investments; Blu-ray Disc players are compatible with DVD so existing DVD and CD collections can be enjoyed on Blu-ray hardware.
  • More information about Blu-ray can be found at the Blu-ray Disc Association website *Video output in HD requires cables and an HD-compatible display, both sold separately. Copy-protected Blu-ray video discs can only output at 1080p using an HDMI cable connected to a device that is compatible with the HDCP standard. HDMI cable not included. Additional equipment may be required to use the HDMI connector.

  • Why is Blu-ray Disc important to gaming?

    With Blu-ray Disc, the PlayStation®3 system offers game developers unprecedented power to express their creativity and a larger canvas to create a level of interaction, sophistication, and reality that has never existed in gaming. As a result, consumers can experience a whole new generation of high-definition gaming.