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Consider what you're getting for the price...,
This review is from: Sony PlayStation 3 Console (60GB Premium Version) (Video Game)
I've had a few console in my time, not all of them admittedly, but each time a new generation comes out we hear people who have concerns with the price - not just of the hardware, but of the games themselves. I got myself a Nintendo Wii some time before the PS3 and I love the Wii - it brings a whole new level of immersion and fun to multi-player gaming. Yet, I still ended up with a PS3 as well. This is surely the height of technology - it's like a Formula 1 racing car. However, I'm not going to try and review the games, or the Wii - I'm going to concentrate on the PS3 itself and the potential it offers.
The price might put some people off, but (certainly if you take advantage of one of Amazon's deals) you are getting an awful lot for that initial outlay. The PS3 is a marvel and exceptionally well put together. It is reassuringly heavy when it comes out of the box - you know there's a lot inside. The appearance is not exactly to my liking, but I can't say it isn't stylish and it takes pride of place on any deserving equipment rack.
The connectivity and equipment of the PS3 is something to be in awe of - USB ports, HDMI, Sony proprietary connections, card readers, 60GB drive, Bluetooth, wired and wireless Ethernet, optical audio - it beggard belief really. Yet, what's inside is the most amazing - remember that this beast contains the unbridled power of the IBM, Sony and Toshiba Cell chip - bringing a whole new dimension to computing power. For today's games, when the developers are still getting their heads around how to program for this chip - which is different from previous chips by a long way - we will see pretty standard ports I guess... but as the months and years pass by and the developers get more proficient, we will start to see PS3 titles outstrip titles on other formats... the power under the hood promises that at the very least, nothing else can match it in terms of brute processing power. Take a look at the Folding@Home statistics page to see how the PS3 clients are outstripping many other clients in terms of work completed.
Then, consider the fact that you can put Linux on the PS3, consider the fact that the hardware API is a version of OpenGL, consider the fact that there is a Cell SDK available - the options are pretty breathtaking.
On top of all that - consider the Blu-Ray drive you get too. That's worth the price of the console alone still today and once you get a Sony Bluetooth remote, you will have no real need for a separate DVD player in my opinion.
Usin the PS3 is a very good experience. The wireless controllers are better than any generation of controller I've used, save the Wiimote. The landing screen is easy to navigate and provides all the options you could ever want. The network setup is simple and just works. Addition of a Bluetooth Blu-Ray remote is simple. Installation of software (like Folding@Home and even Linux) is made simple and pretty straightforward. Running of PS3 games just works, of course, and I've not really noticed any interminable waiting... you're into the action pretty soon.
My review has tried to concentrate mainly on the hardware and the options you will have in using the PS3 to its abilities. I have tried to give my view that the price is very good, when you take into consideration what you get for your money.