PlayStation is a game console created and developed by Sony Computer Entertainment, which has reached three series through years. Since the launch of the first PlayStation model, in 1994, Sony reported a total of over 310 million sold units. PlayStation 3 was released worldwide in 2006 and competes against Microsoft Xbox or Nintendo Wii to win the Gaming Consoles market.
The PS3 console is connected to a TV device, through an AV cable, but it’s recommended to use HDMI one if you want to get the best gaming experience(@1080p).
A basic component on a PlayStation console is the controller, which has the following important features:
-two analog sticks.
-four main select buttons(“Triangle”, “Circle/O”, “Cross/X” and “Square”).
-two Left(L1 and L2) and two Right(R1 and R2) buttons situated at the top and of the bottom of the upper part of the controller.
Along with this controller, a PlayStation 3 unit is equipped with a 3.2 GHz Cell Broadband Engine processor and a 2.5″ SATA hard drive(from 20Gb). The main RAM has 256 Mb, same as the GDDR3 VRAM @700MHz video card. The video card supports HD output resolution up to 1080p.
Each Console has connectivity features and Sony couldn’t do better on this chapter:
- Bluetooth 2.0
Each unit has an Blu-Ray disc Drive which is capable of reading cd, dvd and blu-ray discs(up to 50Gb-dual layer version). Various accessories or peripherals are also available from stores: Racing Wheel, Wireless Microphone, Keypad or Headset, PlayStation Eye(webcam with microphone).
PlayStation 3 starting price was $500, but over years this has dropped significant due to reduction of manufacturing price, which was initially $840.
In trend with small things, in September 2009 a Slim version of PlayStation 3 was released.