Sony PlayStation 3 (2006 - 2007)

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.

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

Basic Specs

3D enabled Yes
Audio / Video playback DVD, Blu-ray, SACD, CD
Controller connection Wireless, Wired
External memory Memory card, USB mass storage, SD, SDHC, Compact Flash, MMC, Memory Stick
Game media Disc
Backwards compatibility PlayStation 2, PlayStation

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...
Alias PS3
Pricing / SKUs
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
Hardware
Width 12.8 inches
Depth 10.79 inches
Height 3.86 inches
Color Black / Silver, Black
Exterior surface Glossy
Performance
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
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Optional
Wi-Fi support 802.11g, 802.11b
Bluetooth Yes
Audio / Video
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
Ports
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
Storage
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
Software
Game media Disc
Online multiplayer Yes
Online store Yes
Backwards compatibility PlayStation 2, PlayStation
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