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86
Global
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Ars Technica says:

The PS3 has grown into a capable system that does almost everything the Xbox 360 can do, and many things even better. As a home theater box it's impeccable, and it's getting better with every update. As a gaming machine the lineup of exclusives is impressive, and more are on the way.
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90
AustinGarrod
I purchased a ps3 after a year with the wii. i had become more interested in...read more
90
thewolfdogg
The PS3 is a great system to round out a new media center. For starters, it's...read more
90
elryry
This console is quite possibly the number one used device in my home theater...read more
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Key Specs

Game format
Optical, Downloadable
Online features
Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser
Drive capacity
201
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
Yes
Video outputs
Rf, Component, Hdmi, Composite, Scart, Svideo
Backward compatible
Yes
Model
80GB (1st-gen)

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, Optical)
Rumble support
Built-in (2 motors)
Other peripherals
Instruments, Headset mic, Camera, Remote, Keyboard, Mouse, Other

Audio / video

Video outputs
Rf, Component, Hdmi, Composite, Scart, Svideo (V1.3)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Audio outputs
Hdmi, Rca, Toslink (Dd, Dts, Pcm) (5.1)

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) (Yes)

Storage

System storage
Yes (Hdd, Memory card)

Hardware

CPU speed
3.2 GHz
CPU cores
7
GPU speed
550 MHz
Video RAM
256 MB
System RAM
256 MB
USB
2.0 (4 ports)

Power

Power adapter
Internal
Model
80GB (2nd-gen)

General

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

Controllers / accessories

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

Audio / video

Video outputs
Component, Hdmi, Composite, Scart, Svideo (V1.3)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Audio outputs
Hdmi, Rca, Toslink (Dd, Dts, 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, Store, Browser) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

Storage

System storage
Yes (Hdd, Memory card)

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)

Power

Power adapter
Internal
Model
160GB

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, Optical)
Rumble support
Built-in (2 motors)
Other peripherals
Instruments, Headset mic, Camera, Remote, Keyboard, Mouse, Other

Audio / video

Video outputs
Rf, Component, Hdmi, Composite, Scart, Svideo (V1.3)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Audio outputs
Hdmi, Rca, Toslink (Dd, Dts, Pcm) (5.1)

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) (Yes)

Storage

System storage
Yes (Hdd, Memory card)

Hardware

CPU speed
3.2 GHz
CPU cores
7
GPU speed
550 MHz
Video RAM
256 MB
System RAM
256 MB
USB
2.0 (4 ports)

Power

Power adapter
Internal
Model
60GB

General

Game format
Optical, Downloadable (Slot loading) (50 GB)
Backward compatible
Yes (2 generations)

Controllers / accessories

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

Audio / video

Video outputs
Rf, Component, Hdmi, Composite, Scart, Svideo (V1.3)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Audio outputs
Hdmi, Rca, Toslink (Dd, Dts, Pcm) (5.1)

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) (Yes)

Storage

System storage
Yes (Hdd, Memory card)

Hardware

CPU speed
3.2 GHz
CPU cores
7
GPU speed
550 MHz
Video RAM
256 MB
System RAM
256 MB
USB
2.0 (4 ports)

Power

Power adapter
Internal
Model
Metal Gear Solid edition

General

Game format
Optical, Downloadable (Top loading) (50 GB)
Backward compatible
Yes (2 generations)

Controllers / accessories

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

Audio / video

Video outputs
Component, Hdmi, Composite, Scart, Svideo (V1.3)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Audio outputs
Hdmi, Rca, Toslink (Dd, Dts, 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, Store, Browser) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

Storage

System storage
Yes (Hdd, Memory card)

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)

Power

Power adapter
Internal
Model
40GB

General

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

Controllers / accessories

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

Audio / video

Video outputs
Component, Hdmi, Composite, Scart, Svideo (V1.3)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Audio outputs
Hdmi, Rca, Toslink (Dd, Dts, 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, Store, Browser) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

Storage

System storage
Yes (Hdd, Memory card)

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)

Power

Power adapter
Internal
Model
20GB

General

Game format
Optical, Downloadable (Slot loading) (50 GB)
Backward compatible
Yes (2 generations)

Controllers / accessories

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

Audio / video

Video outputs
Rf, Component, Hdmi, Composite, Scart, Svideo (V1.3)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Audio outputs
Hdmi, Rca, Toslink (Dd, Dts, Pcm) (5.1)

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 (Hdd, Memory card)

Hardware

CPU speed
3.2 GHz
CPU cores
7
GPU speed
550 MHz
Video RAM
256 MB
System RAM
256 MB
USB
2.0 (4 ports)

Power

Power adapter
Internal
Model
20GB

General

Game format
Optical, Downloadable (Slot loading) (20 GB)
Backward compatible
Yes

Storage

System storage
Yes

Hardware

USB
2.0
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