Sony Computer Entertainment is proud to produce the third home video game console for video game fans. Its official name is PLAYSTATION 3 and it is abbreviated as PS3.
PS3 is the third and latest in the PlayStation series which was released in 2004. PS3 is the successor to PlayStation 2. It has competition in the market under the brand name of Nintendos Wii and Microsofts Xbox 360. PS3 is the seventh generation. video game console.
It’s the new features of the PS3 that set it apart from its predecessors. Sony has introduced PlayStation Network, which is a unified online gaming service. Initially, Sony had a policy of relying on game developers for online play. However, the rules of the game have changed with PS3.
Some other noteworthy features include the strong networking capabilities of the PlayStation and its connectivity with the PlayStation Portable.
Connectivity with PlayStation Portable and powerful PlayStation network capabilities are some of the other notable features of PS3. Additionally, PS3 uses the Blu-ray Disc format, which is the latest high-definition optical disc format on the market. It can be said that PS3 is the first Blu-ray 2.0 compatible player on the market.
PS3 was released in different countries successively. It was first released in Japan, then in North America, and lastly in Europe and Oceania. In Japan, the release date was November 11, 2006, while in North America it was November 13, 2006. In Europe and Oceania, it was released in March 2007 due to technical issues cited by Sony.
Sony first introduced the PS3 to the general public on May 16, 2005 during the E3 conference. It was then demoed on the Tokyo game show in September 2005. However, a working version was not present at both events. At both events, the demos were done on Devkits and PC hardware. In addition, video footage based on the intended PlayStation 3 hardware was also shown.
The different features on both models lead Sony to price them differently. The 20GB model was priced at $499, while the 60GB model was priced at $599. However, a few extra features like the HDMI port, Wi-Fi internet, flash card readers, and a chrome trim with the logo in silver were only available in the 60 GB model.