Sony PlayStation 3 160GB Slim Console with DualShock Wireless Controller
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Sony Playstation3 160GB Slim Console
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 HoodThe 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.
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.
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.
OnlinePlay 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. See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
> 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.
> 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.
> 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.
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.
Now this YLOD due to solder problems and as Sony wanted over 134 for a refurb unit this seemed like the better deal.
First of all this is a brand new CECH-3003A console that was just released. It is extremely light and quiet compared to my old PS3. It is missing the wifi indicator, eject indicator and has an etched sony logo on the front. It definitely is a cheaper look and feel than my old one, but is under half the price, and plays games/films the same!
Otherwise it is exactly the same as the previous slim model.
Loud disk eject compared to my old one, but thats the only big negative. (I have a PS2 still and I rarely used the memory card slots) Although more USB ports would have been useful
Hope it lasts more than 3 years of the previous machine.
Edit: Had a little play with it and noticed you can now with my Samsung LCD tv turn the console on and off with the TV remote via HDMI-CEC (anynet) Pretty cool! :)
Blu-ray only play in HD with HDMI cable not component but thats no trouble for me anyway! Just thought I would let you guy know.
Definitely runs quieter. Had it on all night redownloading all my data from PSN.
Swapped the drive out (which is a single platter 160gb thin 6.5mm drive) with a 640gb from my old PS3 and had to reformat the disk which is annoying. But works.
Comes with firmware 3.65 (June 2011) which at time of writing needs updating to 3.70 to play online.
However, since the recent death of my Xbox (RIP) i decided to venture forth and purchase the PS3 160GB and i can safely say, I wish i had done it years ago.
The console itself looks alot prettier than the new xbox model and fits nicely into any available area due to its compact size. The first thing i noticed was there is no oversized powerpack for the pS3, only a power cable, nothing more. Also during gameplay the console makes vertually no noise other than when reading the disc, superb when compared to the infernal roaring of the 360. In addition the console does not get hot when used for hours on end unlike the Xbox that frequently overheats and shuts down.
The online is simple to set up and best of all ITS FREE!!!! with all the xbox arcade games plus PSN only titles to enjoy, the Playstation network matches Xbox Live in every aspect, did i mention its FREE!!! However, the navigation of the menus takes some time to get used to but nothing to complecated.
The only niggle i have with this console is that the more recent games HAVE to be installed before use, however this isnt such an issue as it is done automatically and doesn't take too long plus it means installed games have virtually no load times during gameplay once it has started. Also the older games (the first resistence for example) do not feature trophys, which for an achievement junkie like myself finds frustrating.
Overall a great console in both design and functionality. The social side is not as broad as the Xbox but still there are millions of players online at any one time. With a wide array of PS3 titles such as Killzone 3 and Infamous, the Playsation is really a must for any gamer regardless of whether you have an Xbox or not.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this console back in 2011 and I'm still playing Final Fantasy XIV with it. I'll keep using it until it breaks down or Square Enix stops supporting PS3!Published 16 days ago by Ville Koskinen
Great condition. Had no problems with it. Like as new performs great,Published 16 days ago by robert ansell
Love this bought it for my kids few years ago would recommend buying if your a collector of consolesPublished 2 months ago by Sarah
Wasn't expecting it to be perfect coming 2nd hand but it constantly crashes and shuts down, very annoying. Resorted into buying a brand new one!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer