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Unveiled at E3 2005, the Sony PlayStation 3 was the first videogame console to utilize the Blu-ray disc media format. The ability to play high definition movies made the PS3 an easy recommendation for home theater enthusiasts and gamers alike. Original launch models offered full hardware-based backwards compatibility with PlayStation 2 titles, a luxury that wouldn't extend to later hardware revisions. While other specifications may differ between them, the three SKUs listed here all feature four USB ports and SACD playback functionality.

Description

  • Status: Discontinued
  • Availability date: Nov. 17, 2006
  • Price at launch: $499.00

Availability

  • Alias: PS3

Also Known As...

  • SKU description: 60GB with full backwards compatibility, 4 USB ports, card reader, 20GB with full backwards compability, 4 USB ports, no Wi-Fi, no HDMI output, 80GB with limited backwards compatibility, 2 USB ports

Pricing / SKUs

  • Width: 12.8 inches
  • Depth: 10.79 inches
  • Height: 3.86 inches
  • Color: Black / Silver, Black
  • Exterior surface: Glossy

Hardware

  • CPU brand: IBM
  • CPU model: Cell Broadband Engine
  • CPU speed: 3.2 GHz
  • GPU brand: Nvidia
  • GPU model: RSX Reality Synthesizer
  • GPU ram: 256 MB
  • RAM: 256 MB

Performance

  • Wi-Fi: Optional
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Bluetooth: Yes

Connectivity

  • Supported resolutions: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
  • 3D enabled: Yes
  • Audio / Video playback: DVD, Blu-ray, SACD, CD
  • Supported video files: MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, WMV, DivX

Audio / Video

  • Audio / Video output: Proprietary, HDMI, Component, Composite, Digital optical
  • Physical controller port(s): 4
  • Controller connection: Wireless, Wired
  • Wireless connection type: Bluetooth
  • USB: 4
  • Ethernet: Yes

Ports

  • Internal storage: 60 GB, 20 GB, 80 GB
  • User upgradeable: Yes
  • External memory: Memory card, USB mass storage, SD, SDHC, Compact Flash, MMC, Memory Stick

Storage

  • Game media: Disc
  • Online multiplayer: Yes
  • Online store: Yes
  • Backwards compatibility: PlayStation 2, PlayStation

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