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Sony 320GB Slim Console (PlayStation 3)

by Sony
PlayStation 3
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Leaner and Meaner: 32% smaller, 36% lighter and consuming 34% less power than the original PLAYSTATION 3 models
  • A World of Gaming: Play the latest games with stunning visual and audio quality. From Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Gran Turismo to Buzz! Quizzes and SingStar, there's something for the whole family
  • Blu-Ray: The built-in Blu-ray disc player means you can enjoy next-generation high-definition entertainment, displaying the latest movies with picture-perfect presentation
  • Always On: PlayStation 3 delivers an "always-on" online experience, offering a world of online possibilities including multiplayer gaming, text and video messaging, voice chatting, downloading content and browsing the internet
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • BBFC Rating: Universal, suitable for all
  • Media: 3.5" and 5.25" disks
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

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  • ASIN: B00422MS8E
  • Item Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Release Date: 17 Sep 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,595 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

As DVD playback made the PlayStation 2 more than just a game machine, hefty multi-media features make the PlayStation 3 Slim an even more versatile home entertainment machine. 32% smaller, 36% lighter and consuming 34% less power than the originals, this latest edition of the PlayStation 3 has been completely redesigned for a much more streamlined feel. Features such as video chat, internet access, digital photo viewing, and digital audio and video will likely make it the central component of your media set-up. Still, it is first and foremost a powerful gaming console.

Under the Hood
The PS3 features IBM's "Cell" processor and a co-developed Nvidia graphics processor that makes the system able to perform two trillion calculations per second. That makes the PlayStation 3 40 times faster than the PS2. Along with the traditional AV and composite connections, it also boasts an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port, which delivers uncompressed, unconverted digital picture and sound to compatible high-definition TV and projectors. The system is capable of 128-bit pixel precision and 1080p resolution for a full HD experience. This console also provides for a sound experience by supporting Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, as well as Linear PCM 7.1. A pre-installed 320 GB hard disc drive allows you ample room to save games as well as download content from the internet.

PS3 Slim- Vertically
PlayStation Slim: Leaner and Meaner

A sleek new look
Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Blu-Ray Is the New Way
Sony's PlayStation 3 games are encoded onto the Blu-Ray disc media format, which can hold six times as much data as traditional DVDs. This increase in capacity, combined with the awesome power of its processor and graphics card, promises mind-blowing games once developers have learned how to fully harness the new console's power. The PS3 will also support CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+R formats.

In addition, PlayStation 3 system software update version 2.20 and up includes BD Live support. With this you can now play discs that support Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0 (BD-LIVE) and you can also connect to the Internet while playing discs that support this format so that you can obtain additional features. Features that are available vary depending on the software in use.

Sensational Controller
New gamers intuitively move the controller while playing, even though that movement has traditionally had no relation to what's going on in the game. Sony has picked up on this tendency and is using it to bring a new level of control to the PS3. Inside the controller is a high-precision sixaxis sensing system that accurately detects fine movements in pitch, roll, and yaw, as well as three dimensions of movement. This means that future PS3 games will be controlled by the movements of your hands rather than just your thumbs. For example, you might be able to steer a car by holding the controller like a steering wheel.

While the PS3 controller looks much like its Dual Shock predecessors, it will lack the force-feedback vibration since that would only interfere with the sensing system. It uses Bluetooth 2.0 wireless technology and can support wireless controllers. It's a hot-swappable system, so if your controller is running low on power, just pause your game and connect a USB 2.0 cable. You can continue playing while your controller recharges automatically.

A Slew of New Games
With a series of games exclusively available on PlayStation 3 as well as an extensive catalogue of major titles, Sony have kept the PlayStation 3 to its gaming roots. With top titles in high definition, enjoy the biggest current and future releases such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, FIFA 10, Final Fantasy XIII, Metal Gear Solid 4, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Tekken 6, Gran Turismo 5, MAG and many more besides.

Play all your favourite games online and much more over the PlayStation Network. With the 320GB storage capacity of the PlayStation 3 Slim, you can also store more downloadable games, music, photos, videos and much more. PlayStation network members can also download free applications such as PlayStation Home, a ground-breaking 3D social gaming community available only on PS3 that allows users to interact, communicate and share gaming experiences, as well as Life with PlayStation, which offers users various news and information on your TV by connecting the PlayStation 3 to the network.

What's in the Box?

  • Game system
  • DualShock wireless controller
  • AC power cord
  • Audio/Video cable (HDMI or Component cable sold separately)
  • USB cable

PlayStation 3 Slim 320gb Specification:

CPU Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.)
Sound LCPM 7.1ch, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, ACC and others.
Memory 256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
HDD 2.5" Serial ATA 320GB
Ethernet X1 (10BASE-T,100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
IEEE 802.11 b/g Included
Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR) Included
Wireless controller
AV Output Screen Size 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
(Read Only)
Maximum Read Speed BD 2x (BD-ROM)
CD 24x (CD-ROM)
USB Ports 2
Backwards Compatibility No
Dimensions Approx 290(w) x 65(h) x 290(l) mm 
Weight Approx 3.2kg

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
223 of 228 people found the following review helpful
By Nicholas Sales VINE VOICE
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
First, I'll summarise my views of the newest PS3 console, then I'll list pros and cons to help you decide. I've also got a tips.

I bought my PS3 320GB mainly because I want to watch Blu-Rays, and it's not much more expensive than a Blu-Ray player, if you take into account it's also a games console, a media renderer (which means it "plays stuff" from media servers), and many other things.

I bought the 320GB model the day it came out (thanks, as always, Amazon) because I thought a big hard drive would be better. (I may have been wrong...)

To put my review into perspective, I also have a much-loved PS2 slim, a Wii, and a DS.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PS3 comparison to Xbox 360 which to buy 31 Dec 2010
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've been playing consoles from the era of Nintendo and Sega Master System. I've gone from a hardcore gamer to a casual gamer over the years, but habit still makes me get the latest one out.
I have both the first and second versions of the xbox 360 (not the new shiny 3rd generation one) and the PS3 early version and now the new one. So I am no fan boy.

The new PS3 is a solid build with a smaller form factor over its older brother. The now shiny piano black replaced with the matt finish. I have to say I liked the shiny black but the machine picks up dust and finger prints alot. So the matt black is a relief in some ways. The lost of a few ports and backwards PS2 capabilities is replaced by a larger hard drive. I don't find the trade off a big deal. I never really use the backwards capabilities anyway.

For me the important thing is the games. Of course the blu-ray capabilities is impressive as is the support for the latest updates for it. For example the internet connection meant since the early days support was added for the sound codecs when used in conjuction with a AV receiver. Sony really supports this product, with 3D capabilities been added and updated as well.

Since around 2009 I feel the PS3 has really taken off with their exclusives and really got there act together. There have been such exclusives as Little Big Planet 2, Kill Zone 3, Infamous 2, SODCOM 4, Yakuza 4, Resistance 3, Uncharted 3 and Starhawk just to name a few. Also the gap between games graphics that are released on dual platforms has been reduced.
I still find if its a dual platform game I tend to purchase the Xbox 360 one and I hope game producers narrow the gap so I can happily purchase games on PS3 if needed.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars multi-entertainment station 8 Feb 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is my second console, the other one being a Nintendo Wii which I love, but it can't play movies.

We decided that rather than a standard Blu-ray player a Play Station would be better as it gives more than just a games console or a blu-ray player, it is also an i-player (BBC, ITV and 4-on-demand so far), and LoveFilm, it can play music and photo slide shows, the Play Station shop and these are the main ones I have found so far. The PS3 seems to update on average every couple of weeks adding something new.

So, after several months of consideration, looking around and asking a lot of questions we decided that the PS3 was probably our best option. Having, also, experienced the sudden shock of filling a hard drive really decided us on the 320 Gb memory over then 160 Gb hard drive and having seen the rate of update from Sony it was definitely the right choice.

A slim-line PS3 320 Gb was purchased, in the main, to watch blu-rays rather than to play games on ... well that was the initial idea.

Once we got it home it was a case of plugging it in, and this is where my sister comes in. I'm really not that good at connecting electrical items - I can do it but I spend hours reading the instruction booklets so I get it right. I still have nightmares over the connection of our very first video recorder. So my sister connected everything up. This was where the first problem arose.

The PS3 makes a big deal out of its High Definition capability so it is a great disappointment that (especially considering the price, even when sold as a bundle) they haven't included even a short HDMI cable. Fortunately we had one we could use - AmazonBasics 3M Dual-Shielded High Speed HDMI Cable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars All Playstation platforms
Like all Playstation platforms, this one was no different. Everything works 24/7 with the exception of the BlueRay video /Game system. I have seven dead PS3's in my spare room. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Jack Eason
1.0 out of 5 stars unhappy with seller who sold me this :-(
was sold a faulty console and communication from the seller not good! still awaiting a courier to supposedly come and collect the faulty console , keep waiting in all day for... Read more
Published 29 days ago by michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars the best
this is the best ps3 version ever, no other ps3 version console is better than this type. if you want quality with no problems but this type. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ardit pashkij
5.0 out of 5 stars Husband loved it
As usual the husband was over the moon, upgrade from last model and judging by the fact I never see him I guess it is good!
Published 3 months ago by A. J. Muirhead-starr
5.0 out of 5 stars Working fine, everything as treated
Everything arrived before deadline and working just fine. Problem solving worked ok and eveyone here is happy about the new games.
Published 3 months ago by renata
4.0 out of 5 stars review of sony playstation 3 320gb slim console
So far no problems with console. Working well. My son said he is satisfied and is glad that he purchased it.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Marie Niland
5.0 out of 5 stars The clear winner of the last generation
I am not done with my PS3 console yet, though I have to say it's leaps and bounds beyond the Xbox360. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Inspector Gadget
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I was fairly sceptical about buying a used ps3 but I was very pleased. The ps3 has given me many hours of pleasure! Read more
Published 4 months ago by lowri
5.0 out of 5 stars good
i like it seems very well kept.i didnt tried yet but i think will be nice when my boy will play.
Published 4 months ago by elena read
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent bit of kit
I have been X360 gamer from the beginning but picked this up on a great offer from Amazon. I still play cross platform games on my 360 because of the controller but this is great... Read more
Published 4 months ago by NabMo
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