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90
Global
Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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Engadget Review

The PBS show Postcards From Buster highlights a curious animated bunny, named Buster, that leads this children's travel show. This week, under pressure from conservatives including Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, PBS has pulled an episode of the show that featured a family headed by two women. Buster visits different children all over the country to bring diversity into the home. Obviously his trip to Vermont, in the episode called “Sugartime,” was a bit too diverse for conservatives. According to this USA Today story, there is no mention of the words “gay,” “homosexual,” “lesbian,” “civil union” or “Kate & Ally.” But Buster does deliver a choice line of “That's a lot of moms.” Oh that Buster.

Pros
  • Smaller, lighter, and quieterMore energy efficientMatte finish
Cons
  • Blu-ray playback a tad slowerNo support for OtherOSNo PS2 legacy support
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User Reviews

90
toeknee182
I had the Sony PS3 launch edition and loved it. However, once this one came...read more
100
mike1
With a computer running Windows I enabled media sharing and now I am watching...read more
100
joits
once this hit the $300 price point, this became the must-have gaming system....read more
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Model
120GB

Key Specs

Game format
Optical, Downloadable
Online features
Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser
Drive capacity
1201
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
Yes
Video outputs
Hdmi, Composite
Backward compatible
No

General

Game format
Optical, Downloadable (Slot loading) (50 GB)
Backward compatible
No

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth) (Rechargeable) (USB)
Controllers (max)
7
Direction control
D pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
Yes (Accelerometer, Gyroscope)
Rumble support
Built-in (2 motors)
Other peripherals
Joystick, Arcade stick, Racing wheel, Instruments, Headset mic, Camera, Remote, Keyboard, Mouse, Other

Audio / video

Video outputs
Hdmi, Composite (V1.3)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Audio outputs
Hdmi, Rca, Toslink (Dd, Dd plus, Dolby truehd, Dts, Dts hd high res, Dts hd master audio, Pcm) (7.1)

Media

Audio playback
Yes (CD audio) (Aac, Mp3, Wav, Wma)
Video playback
Yes (DVD video) (Avi, Divx, H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg1, Mpeg2, Mpeg4, Vc1, Wmv, Xvid)
Photo viewer
Yes (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png, Tiff)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
Yes (Yes) (10/100/1000 [Gigabit]) (None) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser) (Yes) (Yes) (No)

Storage

System storage
Yes (Hard drive)

Hardware

CPU speed
3.2 GHz
CPU cores
7
GPU speed
550 MHz
Video RAM
256 MB
System RAM
256 MB
USB
2.0 (2 ports)
Requires host console
No

Power

Power adapter
Internal
Model
Classic White

Key Specs

Game format
Optical, Downloadable
Online features
Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser
Drive capacity
1201
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
Yes
Video outputs
Hdmi, Composite
Backward compatible
No

Storage

System storage
Yes
Model
250GB

Key Specs

Game format
Optical, Downloadable
Online features
Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser
Drive capacity
1201
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
Yes
Video outputs
Hdmi, Composite
Backward compatible
No

General

Game format
Optical, Downloadable (Slot loading) (50 GB)
Backward compatible
No

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth) (Rechargeable) (USB)
Controllers (max)
7
Direction control
D pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
Yes (Accelerometer, Gyroscope)
Rumble support
Built-in (2 motors)
Other peripherals
Joystick, Arcade stick, Racing wheel, Instruments, Headset mic, Camera, Remote, Keyboard, Mouse, Other

Audio / video

Video outputs
Hdmi, Composite (V1.3)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Audio outputs
Hdmi, Rca, Toslink (Dd, Dd plus, Dolby truehd, Dts, Dts hd high res, Dts hd master audio, Pcm) (7.1)

Media

Audio playback
Yes (CD audio) (Aac, Mp3, Wav, Wma)
Video playback
Yes (DVD video) (Avi, Divx, H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg1, Mpeg2, Mpeg4, Vc1, Wmv, Xvid)
Photo viewer
Yes (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png, Tiff)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
Yes (Yes) (10/100/1000 [Gigabit]) (None) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser) (Yes) (Yes) (No)

Storage

System storage
Yes (Hard drive)

Hardware

CPU speed
3.2 GHz
CPU cores
7
GPU speed
550 MHz
Video RAM
256 MB
System RAM
256 MB
USB
2.0 (2 ports)
Requires host console
No

Power

Power adapter
Internal
Model
320GB

Key Specs

Game format
Optical, Downloadable
Online features
Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser
Drive capacity
1201
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
Yes
Video outputs
Hdmi, Composite
Backward compatible
No

General

Game format
Optical, Downloadable (Slot loading) (50 GB)
Backward compatible
No

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth) (Rechargeable) (USB)
Controllers (max)
7
Direction control
D pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
Yes (Accelerometer, Gyroscope)
Rumble support
Built-in (2 motors)
Other peripherals
Joystick, Arcade stick, Racing wheel, Instruments, Headset mic, Camera, Remote, Keyboard, Mouse, Other

Audio / video

Video outputs
Hdmi, Composite (V1.3)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Audio outputs
Hdmi, Rca, Toslink (Dd, Dd plus, Dolby truehd, Dts, Dts hd high res, Dts hd master audio, Pcm) (7.1)

Media

Audio playback
Yes (CD audio) (Aac, Mp3, Wav, Wma)
Video playback
Yes (DVD video) (Avi, Divx, H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg1, Mpeg2, Mpeg4, Vc1, Wmv, Xvid)
Photo viewer
Yes (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png, Tiff)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
Yes (Yes) (10/100/1000 [Gigabit]) (None) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser) (Yes) (Yes) (No)

Storage

System storage
Yes (Hard drive)

Hardware

CPU speed
3.2 GHz
CPU cores
7
GPU speed
550 MHz
Video RAM
256 MB
System RAM
256 MB
USB
2.0 (2 ports)
Requires host console
No

Power

Power adapter
Internal
Model
160GB

Key Specs

Game format
Optical, Downloadable
Online features
Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser
Drive capacity
1201
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
Yes
Video outputs
Hdmi, Composite
Backward compatible
No

General

Game format
Optical, Downloadable (Slot loading) (50 GB)
Backward compatible
No

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth) (Rechargeable) (USB)
Controllers (max)
7
Direction control
D pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
Yes (Accelerometer, Gyroscope)
Rumble support
Built-in (2 motors)
Other peripherals
Joystick, Arcade stick, Racing wheel, Instruments, Headset mic, Camera, Remote, Keyboard, Mouse, Other

Audio / video

Video outputs
Hdmi, Composite (V1.3)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Audio outputs
Hdmi, Rca, Toslink (Dd, Dd plus, Dolby truehd, Dts, Dts hd high res, Dts hd master audio, Pcm) (7.1)

Media

Audio playback
Yes (CD audio) (Aac, Mp3, Wav, Wma)
Video playback
Yes (DVD video) (Avi, Divx, H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg1, Mpeg2, Mpeg4, Vc1, Wmv, Xvid)
Photo viewer
Yes (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png, Tiff)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
Yes (Yes) (10/100/1000 [Gigabit]) (None) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser) (Yes) (Yes) (No)

Storage

System storage
Yes (Hard drive)

Hardware

CPU speed
3.2 GHz
CPU cores
7
GPU speed
550 MHz
Video RAM
256 MB
System RAM
256 MB
USB
2.0 (2 ports)
Requires host console
No

Power

Power adapter
Internal