|In a nutshell|
Last updated December 2012
7 years after its launch, the Sony PlayStation 3 is still a superb games console. Now with Blu-Ray playback and 3D capabilities, it's an all-round home entertainment system. Added features such as LoveFilm and the BBC iPlayer, plus online multiplayer gaming and a huge library of games make it a must-have device.
The PS3 is a multi-purpose entertainment system, capable of playing Blu-Ray, DVD and CD disks as well as games. The console can play Blu-Ray disks in full 1080p/24fps high definition and in 3D too, provided you have a 3D compatible TV. An optional Play TV box lets you record TV programmes like a digital video recorder. Sony's smart TV options are also available, including Netflix, LOVEFiLM and the BBC iPlayer.
But it's at gaming where the PS3 truly excels, combining full HD graphics (including 3D), awesome sound quality and a fast processor and GPU to deliver detailed immersive gameplay - both first person and multiplayer.
The PS3 is fully integrated with Sony's PS Vita portable games console. Cross-platform play lets you pause a game on your PS3 and then resume on your Vita. Both PS3 and PS Vita players can join in multiplayer games.
The console includes a 500GB hard drive that can be used to store games, movies, music and photos. DLNA compatibility lets you stream content from connected PCs, laptops, etc.
Internet access is available via ethernet cable or Wi-Fi. The PlayStation Network lets you play free online multiplayer games, download games and other content to your console. You can even use it for making voice or video calls with other PS3 users (PlayStation Eye required for video calls).
Sony PS3 features include:
- Bluetooth wireless controllers
- BD/DVD/CD drive (read only)
- Memory: 256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
- 500GB hard drive
- PS Vita compatible
- USB: 2 sockets
- AV output: 1080p full HD resolution
- Audio output: LPCM 7.1ch, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC
- Output: HDMI, AV multi-out, digital audio
- Internet: Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 b/g), ethernet, Bluetooth 2.0
- DLNA support
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