Playstation 3 Overview
The Sony PlayStation 3 is one of the world’s most renowned video game consoles with success that can only be rivaled by that of the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. As one of the seventh generation video game consoles succeeding the PlayStation 2, the PlayStation 3 promises players a gaming experience unlike any other. Despite its late release on the market and several negative reviews in the beginning, Sony has since then revamped the console to deliver on its promises. This third generation of the PlayStation console series made its debut in 2006 and is similar to its predecessors in the fact that is has been dominating the video game console market.
Despite its similarities with the PlayStation 2, the PlayStation 3 offers numerous features and options that make it an extremely unique console. One of the more commonly known features in question is the Cell processor of the PlayStation 3. The Cell processor is unique due to the fact that it was developed through the collaboration of three of the world’s leading electronics giants, namely IBM, Toshiba and of course, Sony. Needless to say, another unique aspect in the PlayStation 3 console is its graphic capabilities due to the development of its operating system graphics by NVIDIA Sony. The graphics chip features 256MB GDDR3 of video memory for graphics processing and an additional 256MB of XDR RAM for the console’s CPU.
Apart from that, software updates can also be downloaded via a direct internet connection. Another major improvement is the graphical user interface the XrossMediaBar (XMB) which essentially turns this console into more than just a simple gaming machine. As a matter of fact, the PlayStation 3 now supplies the user with a wide range of functions ranging from multimedia, gaming and even networking. Gamers are not only able to play their favourite games on the console but also use it for watching online movies and television shows. Additional uses include photo managing, music media player and of course, online online communication with family and friends alike.
Needless to say, the Blu-ray disc drive greatly improves the movie experience and by utilizing a HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) output, the gamer can now expect Full High Definition (A resolution of 1920×1080) for the best gaming experience possible. With the increase in the presence of Bluetooth ports, up to seven wireless Bluetooth controllers can be attached to the console. Needless to say, the PlayStation 3 also contains an increase in Ethernet ports allowing for better access to Wifi. The PlayStation 3 can also be used in conjunction with several services provided by companies such as VidZone, Catch Up Tv, Mubi, Netflix and VUDU allowing for an almost limitless library of videos, movies and music online for PlayStation users.
Like its rivals from Nintendo and Microsoft, the PlayStation 3 also allows gamers to enjoy online gaming experiences. Additionally, the console also comes with a significant built in storage device which renders the old portable storage system obsolete while still compatible with external data storage devices. It is a worthy rival for the Nintendo Wii as well as the Xbox 360 S and its strong sales and fan base is a testament to its capabilities.