The PlayStation 3 (officially abbreviated as PS3) is the third home video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment and the successor to the PlayStation 2 as part of the PlayStation series. The PlayStation 3 competes with Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles. It was first released on November 11, 2006, in Japan, with international markets following shortly thereafter.
Major features of the console include its unified online gaming service, the PlayStation Network, its multimedia capabilities, connectivity with the PlayStation Portable, and its use of the Blu-ray Disc as its primary storage medium.
Developer: SCEI Manufacturer: Sony EMCS, Foxconn, ASUSTeK Product family: PlayStation Type: Video game console Generation: Seventh generation Retail availability: November 11, 2006 (see reference link) Units sold: 63.9 million (as of March 31, 2012) Media :
Blu-ray Disc (PlayStation 3 game disc)
PlayStation game disc
PlayStation 2 game disc (1st & 2nd generations only)
Super Audio CD (1st & 2nd generations only)
Operating system: XrossMediaBar System software version: 4.21 (as of July 5, 2012) CPU: 3.2 GHz Cell Broadband Engine with 1 PPE & 6 SPEs Storage capacity: 2.5-inch SATA hard drive
(20 GB, 40 GB, 60 GB, 80 GB, 120 GB, 160 GB, 250 GB, or 320 GB included) (upgradeable) Memory: 256 MB system and 256 MB video Display: Video output formats
*All models can decode Dolby TrueHD and as of firmware 2.30 DTS-HD Master Audio, to be output as LPCM. Output of the raw undecoded stream is limited to slim models.
Sixaxis, DualShock 3, Logitech Driving Force GT, Logitech Cordless Precision controller, standard USB controllers, GT Force, Rhythm game controllers, PlayStation Move, GunCon 3, PlayStation Portable, Keyboard and Mouse.
Connectivity:Check out this link for in-depth information. Online services: PlayStation Network Backward compatibility:
PlayStation (all models)
PlayStation 2 (20 GB, 60 GB and some (CECHExx) 80 GB models)