Sony PlayStation 3 Console

The PlayStation 3 (officially abbreviated as PS3) is a home video game console developed by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is the successor to PlayStation 2, and is part of the PlayStation brand of consoles. It was first released on November 11, 2006 in Japan, November 17, 2006 in North America, and March 23, 2007 in Europe and Australia. The PlayStation 3 competed primarily against Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles.

Release Date Original PS3

JP: November 11, 2006
NA: November 17, 2006
EU: March 23, 2007

PS3 Slim
JP: August 27, 2009
NA: September 1, 2009
EU: September 1, 2009

PS3 Super Slim
NA: September 25, 2012
EU: September 28, 2012
JP: October 4, 2012

Best Selling Game – Grand Theft Auto V; over 15 million shipped (as of December 7, 2013)

Media – BD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-ROM, SACD (1st and 2nd Gen Only)

Included Accessories –

Internal hard drive (20, 40, 60, 80, 120, 160, 250, 320 or 500 GB, depending on model)
Wireless DualShock 3 / Sixaxis Controller
Composite AV cable
Ethernet cable
USB cable

Accessories Retail

  • PlayStation Move
  • PlayStation Eye
  • DualShock 3 Wireless Controller
  • DualShock 4 Wireless Controller
  • Blu-ray Remote Control Video Cable
  • Component AV Cable
  • D-Terminal AV cable
  • HDMI Cable
  • PlayTV
  • Torne
  • Various rhythm game controllers for Guitar Hero, DJ Hero, Band Hero, Rock Band and Singstar games
  • Microphones
  • Guitar and Bass Guitar controllers
  • Drum controllers
  • Turntable controllers (DJ Hero/DJ Hero 2)
  • Keyboard controller (Rock Band 3)
  • Light Gun (GunCon 3)

CPU – Cell Broadband Engine (3.2 GHz Power ISA 2.03-based PPE with eight 3.2 GHz SPE)

GPU – 550 MHz RSX “Reality Synthesizer” (based on Nvidia G70 architecture)

Online Service

PlayStation Network
PlayStation Store
Internet browser
A/V chat via PlayStation Eye or PS2 EyeToy, voice chat via headset

Backward Compatibility

20GB & 60GB: All PlayStation and PlayStation 2 titles
Original 80GB: All PS1 titles, most PS2 titles.[77]
All other models (model code CECHGxx and later): Support for PS1 titles only.

System Software Features

Operating Systems can be installed and run via a hypervisor (feature unavailable with Slim Model[80])
Audio CD playback
Audio file playback (ATRAC3, AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA)
Video file playback (MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, H.264-AVC, DivX)
Blu-ray playback
DVD playback
Image editing and slideshows (JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, BMP)
Mouse and keyboard support
Folding@Home client with visualizations from the RSX

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