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PlayStation 3 About the PlayStation 3

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[1]
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)
  • DVD
  • Compact Disc
  • PlayStation game disc
  • PlayStation 2 game disc (1st & 2nd generations only)
  • Super Audio CD (1st & 2nd generations only)
  • Digital distribution
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
  • Composite video 480i, 576i (PAL)
  • S-Video 480i, 576i (PAL)
  • RGB SCART 480i, 576i (PAL)
  • Component (YPBPR) 480i, 576i (PAL), 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
  • D-Terminal 480i (D1), 480p (D2), 720p (D4), 1080i (D3), 1080p (D5)
  • HDMI 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Graphics: 550 MHz NVIDIA/SCEI RSX 'Reality Synthesizer'
Sound: Audio output formats
  • A/V-Multi
    1. Analog stereo
  • TOSLINK
    LPCM
    1. 2ch
    2. 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88 kHz, 176.4 kHz
  • Dolby Digital 5.1
  • DTS 5.1
  • AAC
  • HDMI
    1. LPCM
      • 2ch, 5.1ch, 7.1ch
      • 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz
  • DTS-HD Master Audio Bitstream (slim models only)*
  • Dolby TrueHD Bitstream (slim models only)*
  • Dolby Digital 5.1
  • DTS 5.1
  • AAC
*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.
Controller input:
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)
Predecessor: PlayStation 2

References: PlayStation 3 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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