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Sony PlayStation 3 Console (20GB Standard Version)

3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B000FN7KF0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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124 of 137 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars expensive 29 Nov. 2006
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
We got our hands on an XBox 360, a PS3, and a Wii on launch day. Each is good at specific tasks. Here is a fully unbiased review of how the PS3 performs as a next generation console unit.

To start with, the PS3, like the XBox 360, supports full high definition. The Wii only supports a lower resolution. Since the Wii has a much lower price tag, that is a fair trade-off for people with a tighter budget. Gamers for whom a very high level of graphic detail is important will have to pony up for that ability.

Along the same lines, the XBox 360 supports the HD format of high definition DVDs for movies, while the PS3 supports the Blu-ray format. If you haven't been following the whole format war for high definition DVDs, I have several articles on the topic on my gaming site. In short it's like the VHS/Beta wars when the VCR first came out. Is one better than the other? Will one format win out as the sole survivor? There's no way to tell. People will argue vehemently that one is better than the other. From a gaming point of view, the PS3 has the Blu-ray BUILT IN meaning every game can have 50 GIGS worth of game information. Think MASSIVELY huge maps, types of characters, etc. The XBox 360 only uses "regular" DVDs as its base game holder, which is 7 GIG. That is much smaller. You can buy an add-on HD DVD unit for about $100 but the storage is still smaller than Blu-ray - about 30 gig.

People will argue about graphics until they're blue :) A lot of this comes down to how a specific game company *uses* the ability of the system. Looking at graphics on a tetris-like game will be much different than viewing the graphics of Oblivion or Gears of War. I found 360 graphics amazing on Oblivion.
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45 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Patient, Judge for yourself 10 Dec. 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I don't really do reviews for things as a rule, but after reading some negative comments about the console in and around the web I thought I'd give my impressions. I have had my PS3 now for about a week and half (got it off ebay) and I have to say I am impressed.

The games are easily on par with 2nd generation xbox 360 titles (which is a big compliment), don't get me wrong there are some frame rate issuses with Call Of Duty 3 but its not that big of a deal, I remember not being overwhelmed when seeing the first generation 360 title. The graphics are great, but the most impresive thing is the amount things going on-screen the in game physiscs are really impressive (just check out motorstorm).

Word of warning, hooking the PS3 up to a normal tv is an underwhelming experience, I got a HDTV to go along with it and it is a much better experience. Unlike the 360 you can't hook it up to a monitor via vga.... (vga is analog ps3 outputs digital).

My advice is to not listen to the doom and gloom merchants and judge for yourselves once it arrives in March. For all you guys who on import now my addy is FullMetalAlchyUK
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Passable graphics crippled by Blu Ray inclusion 6 Nov. 2006
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
Despite its expensive price I was SHOCKED to learn something even MORE disappointing about buying this product. The serious lack of movies found on Blu Ray itself!! It seems Sony has backed the wrong horse and has given us a format that is not as widely supported!!!

There are FAR more movies available on the HD DVD Disc format (just check amazon), and no Universal picture releases on Blu Ray!!! When you compare this against the Xbox 360 with its cheap HD DVD add-on and its main competition; the PS3: there's really no contest the XBOX 360 is the best way to go for your console/movie playback needs.

My advice is to not to wait for this overpriced solution for HD movies to be released here in Spring and buy an Xbox 360 now. Not only is the Xbox 360 a more powerful unit (e.g. 3 times the triangle fill rate of the PS3) with better games, but the format it uses (HD DVD) is supported more with its discs being able to hold a massive 54GBs (45GB HD and 9GB Dual layer DVD on the flip side!) - Currently shipping Blu Ray moveies are squeezed into 25GB and only encoded in inferior Mpeg 2 - unlike HD DVD which uses the much more Powerful VC1 Codec from Microsoft. Also Blu Ray does not provide the option of a normal DVD on the flip side
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just Can't wait! 19 Feb. 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I first signed up with every website I could find that sold the PS3, to tell me when I could pre-order it.

Finally, GAME e-mailed me telling me I could pre-order it, and so I did, with Motorstorm, Risistence: Fall of Man, and Call of Duty 3. I've already got Call of Duty 3 on the PS2, but whats the point in having it with no HD, no wireless controller, & maybe even multiplayer content,(I don't Know), but I know I can't wait.

Resistence, looks amazing, and hopefully is. It also has internet multiplayer! Isn't that just great?! Some wireless control as well!

Motorstorm, I didn't like or want it at first, but then I read that you can steer the car with your controller! And they've sorted out the wait of the vehicles, e.g, motorbikes will be harder to turn than the cars.

All these games are amazing, and personally, I can't wait for GTA IV!
The PS3 comes with all amazing features, wireless internet, Blu-Ray, HD resolution, amazing graphics, fast technolgy, and lots of add on's, don't forget about the sony online store. By the way, you do know that the internet is free on the PS3? Oh, wait a minute, the x-box live is [...] a month, it might not be a lot, but it is still [...] out of your pocket, [..] pounds a year, £36 that you could do some good with, donate it to a charity or something, I don't care, it's your money.

The PS3 is great value to say what it comes with, I mean, a Blu-Ray player is like, £1000 or something daft, your getting it for [...], with a whole load of other stuff, and sure the price of the player will go down, but by that time, they'll be bringing out the PS4 with a "green-ray" player, which would be 1000 times better.

If you asked me....

PS3 or X-Box 360
PS3 would win all the time.

By the way: I wrote this review for the 60gb model, but I have already wrote a review for that one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Xbox 360 is so much more convienient
The problem with the PS3 is it has went too far beyond the needs its customers need now Blu-Ray may well be built in but so few people have the convenience of a HDTV as it stands... Read more
Published on 19 Mar. 2007 by Hirork
4.0 out of 5 stars 1 question
i have one question for amazon will i get my ps3 for launch day ? right anyway iv ordered the 60 gb version of the ps3 for one reson and that is that i wanted a ps3 so bad i... Read more
Published on 15 Mar. 2007 by E. Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Praise the 20 GB Playstation 3
The best system ever has finally arrived. The heavens have parted and given us a really great gift. The lord has blessed us with the Playstation 3 and we should all give extra... Read more
Published on 6 Mar. 2007 by E. Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars PS3- BEST CONSOLE IN THE WORLD.
The playstation 3 looks awsome and have ordered mine. The games look awsome with Ea sports signing a contract with Sony for exclusive games on the ps3. Read more
Published on 20 Feb. 2007 by Ian John Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars Why I think 20GB PS3 Console is better than the 60GB
The 20GB Console maybe less powerful than the 60GB model, and sure you have to wait a few months longer. Read more
Published on 1 Feb. 2007 by DAVE
1.0 out of 5 stars Where have you been?
Have any of you people read the reviews coming from all over the world?

From the NY Times to ARS Technica and even some developer from SONY (who lost his job because of... Read more
Published on 22 Jan. 2007 by Ricardo Rebelo
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great sucerssor to the ps2
I'M looking forward to the realese of the ps3 in europe. When I heard it was delayed to march, I was relevied because I don't have enough money to properly buy it yet. Read more
Published on 17 Nov. 2006 by Mr. Noel M. Higgins
3.0 out of 5 stars well it crashes!
was at the sony centre in japan (a must see by the way) and they had a couple hooked up to very large lcd screens, one was playing blu ray previews, other was playing rolling demo... Read more
Published on 25 Oct. 2006 by S. Hislop
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