PlayStation®3 Systems FAQs
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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.
The frontline games are still priced at $59.99 and Greatest Hits titles are priced at $29.99.
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.
The 80GB PlayStation®3 system was available in North America (U.S. and Canada) in August 2008.
The 160GB PlayStation®3 system was available in North America (U.S. and Canada) in November 2008.
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.
You can connect a high-speed, USB-certified hub*.
*Commercially available high-speed, USB-certified hubs sold separately.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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:
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.