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Sony PlayStation 3 160GB Slim Console with DualShock Wireless Controller

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

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  • ASIN: B005EL3ACK
  • Product Dimensions: 34 x 33.5 x 16 cm ; 2.9 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months

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 160 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

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.


Play all your favourite games online and much more over the PlayStation Network. With the 160GB 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.

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Sony Playstation3 160GB Slim Console

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234 of 249 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent all round media package. 30 Aug 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Some things not mentioned in the product description; This is a new CECH-3003A console which comes loaded with firmware 3.65 and will require an update to 3.70 if you intend to use PSN. The controller which comes with the console is a vibrating DualShock3 with six-axis, not the non-vibrating original controller the description wrongly states.

I've been a happy Xbox360 user for almost 6 years so after a few weeks, these are some of the pros and cons I've experienced compared to the 360:


- Much quieter than my 20gb Xbox 360 (I don't know how it compares to the newer 360's). Every now and then you'll hear the Blu-ray disc spin up momentarily but general noise is very low while playing.
- Wireless controller has a charging lead which connects into a usb port. Buying batteries/play and charge kit isn't cheap for the 360.
- Great TV on demand services including BBC iPLayer, 4od and ITV Player. BBC iPlayer is partically impressive, allowing much of its content to be played in HD if your connection to the internet is sufficiently fast enough. Dragon's Den looked brilliant.
- The system is generally much more open than the 360. You can use your own keyboard, mouse or bluetooth headset without having to buy Sony's own peripherals. You can also put a bigger hard drive in if you like, quick glance on amazon and you could upgrade to a 640gb hdd for around 50, not bad at all!
- Had success importing video files to enjoy on my PS3. Firstly, external storage devices must be formatted to FAT32 which means all files must be below 4GB's in size. All the AVI and MP4 files I tried worked, sadly videos formatted in MKV format won't work.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a bargain 8 Feb 2012
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
BluRay player
DVD upscaler
Media streamer (my NAS is stuffed with movies, music and photos)
Turns my TV into a web browser
iPlayer on my main TV (and C4OD, ITVplayer)
Lovefilm and MUBI

All this for 180! oh - and I am told it plays games too.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One hell of a console... with a few flaws 21 Oct 2011
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The Good:
> It's black and it looks very sexy in comparison to the uglier fatter version
> It's powerful processor renders graphics slightly more beautifully than the Xbox 360.
> There is a wide range of titles to play on both new (Uncharted, Deus Ex, Mass Effect and familiar faces (Final Fantasy, Devil May Cry, GTA).
> Loads of fantastic downloadable content available on the Playstation store.
> Plays Blu-Rays in stunning HD quality.
> The Six-axis motion sensing controller is pretty accurate although a bit of a pain to get used to....
> If you're lucky enough to own a Sony Bravia 50-inch HD TV to play your PS3 on then you tend to forget all the points I made out below.

The Bad:
> Due to the powerful processor it does heat up pretty quickly (guess you win some, you lose some...)
> Can't play Playstation disc media on it.
> Didn't come with a HDMI cable.
> Provided USB cable is too short.

The Ugly:
> XMB software is a horrendous operating system as it requires specific folder directories in order to display images and video. For example if you wanted to view some photos you need to put it in a folder: PS3/PHOTO and your storage device must be FAT32 formatted.
> Although it can play Youtube videos it can't play downloaded flash videos, which is a bummer for me as I have a lot videos in the flash format.
> Can't play PS2 games which is a shame because I have A LOT of PS2 games.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 28 Sep 2011
By Cwas
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Arrived in 2 days, work's great super quiet does everything that i would want and im really happy with the product. So much better then the chunky old version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Console 20 Feb 2013
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Not sure this review is needed... but fantastic console. very versatile. I use it to watch TV, listen to music, surf the web, watch dvds...and play games.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Console atm 21 April 2012
By Carrie
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Just upgraded from an 80GB hard drive to this one. Have had both Xbox 360 and PS3 and have to say the PS3 is much better value for money.

For the 150 give or take you get online/multiplayer included without need to pay extra.

Also BBC Iplayer, ITV player, 4OD all easily available to download.
Lovefilm and Netflix work well with it (obv subscription reqd) and there is an internet browser.

Bluray player can also play Bluray 3D as well as normal dvds and games. 3D games also appearing more.

Also works well with a wireless media server so can watch most films wirelessly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Price 22 Dec 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This console is the king of consoles and Amazon is selling it for a great price of 179.99 that is really cheap bearing in mind that this console was originally 249.99.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CANCEL ORDER IF FROM YODEL 29 Nov 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Title says it all really. Cancel as soon as you are told that the carrier is yodel. If you want to wait past the 3-5 working days then thats fine, but if you really want to deal with phonecall after phonecall with amazon, and it arriving two weeks late, go ahead.

PS3, as expected, brilliant. Must buy! :) Make sure you buy a HDMI cable if your tv is compatible! The graphics are far better than I expected.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good buy.
Very happy with the PS3. So easy to operate, play games, cruise the internet, play films, so many uses. Great.
Published 10 days ago by D. S
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge playstation fan and never needed to switch
I use my ps3 more then anything else it has been completely abused from day one. I play amazing games on it, I watch DVD's (all my box sets) and I watch Blue Ray's on it too. Read more
Published 28 days ago by B. Appleby
2.0 out of 5 stars Had to buy the new PS3 because my first-gen PS3 stopped working
I like the PS3, but I don't like having to buy the same product twice just because the first generation was badly designed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M D
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony PlayStation 3
I bought my husband this for Christmas and he loves it. Brilliant graphics - will give him years of pleasure!
Published 2 months ago by MRS LYNN BAILLIE
4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks
Thank you so much its in great condition and amazing graphics definitely buy off you again ill have to keep a look out fir more games
Published 3 months ago by Brandon
4.0 out of 5 stars Works fine, however problems were not mentioned.
The console works fine. No complaints there. However, what the seller failed to mention was that the controller charger provided was not the official sony cable shipped with the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by AlexB
1.0 out of 5 stars none delivery scam
Do not bye anything. From pw ltd they do not exist lost a lot of money and never got the goods
Published 5 months ago by k Harrison
1.0 out of 5 stars please be careful!
I had this model of ps3 160gb for 20 months and the laser has gone it now wont play games or blu rays I got in touch with PlayStation to tell them what happened because I... Read more
Published 7 months ago by nik
3.0 out of 5 stars ps3 works as should controler doesnt
after contacting relevant people and getting no reply, controller will not hold a charge for longer than a min

forced to at my own expense to buy another controller
Published 7 months ago by G. Herring
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Kept hubby from under my feet, he loves it, I can go out, shop or visit friends and he is none the wiser, best Xmas gift ever
Published 8 months ago by Babypink
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