18th Jul 2007

Sony Playstation 3 Review

Ever since the launch of the original Sony Playstation all the way back in 1996 Sony has been a force to reckon with in the world of console games. The Playstation 2 only served to solidify its base as the premier gaming console out there. Now the Playstation 3 is the newest Playstation on the market.

The Sony Playstation 3 certainly has a lot to offer. It’s got a beautiful and slick design that makes it very attractive sitting there in your media center. It can both lie horizontally and stand up vertically, making it easier to fit in wherever you need it than ever. Just based on looks it is certainly a nice piece of technology.

Add to that excellent design plenty of functionality. It comes in two versions; one has a 30 GB hard drive and the other has a 60 GB hard drive, more than you are going to get on many notebook computers. That’s a lot of storage punch and definitely one of the highlights of the Sony Playstation 3.

Just as the Sony Playstation 2 was backwards compatible with Playstation One games, so is the Playstation 3 backwards compatible with both Playstation 2 and Playstation One games. This is really nice, no having to get rid of all your old games because they won’t work with your new console: they work perfectly with your console, no problem whatsoever.

Sony is of course behind the new Blu Ray technology which is hoping to win as the next generation of digital video technology (its main competitor is the HD-DVD), and the Sony Playstation 3 can play Blu Ray disks. Don’t worry, though, it is also backwards compatible with old school DVDs. In fact, hoping to boost sales of the new PS3 Sony is offering 5 free Blu Ray movies with the purchase of a Sony Playstation 3 these days.

The Sony Playstation 3 boasts unbelievable graphics, it also boasts excellent online play through the Playstation Network that is also 100% free. That means you can play games with other players with absolutely no cost, unlike some other major consoles out there. The online system is also built into the console; no need for any additional components.

There are a couple of problems with the system. For one thing, the controller doesn’t have any rumble capability (something which has been around since the PSOne). This problem will most likely be fixed, but it is somewhat of an annoyance if you are used to the rumble functionality. It uses BlueTooth technology for the remote, which is good, but it has no infrared port on the device, meaning that you can’t use a traditional universal remote for DVD watching; it has to be BlueTooth. These are a bit more expensive and this is a drawback for the PS3.

The biggest single drawback to the Sony Playstation 3 is definitely the price. It is the most expensive console by far on the market, and the games available on it still don’t set it apart from the pack compared to, say, the X-Box 360 or the Nintendo Wii. However the underlying technology is incredibly powerful and sophisticated, so there is definitely room for the games available to improve.

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