Sony PlayStation 3 (40GB)

Sony's built the PlayStation 3 with a definite eye on the future. Can it maintain its lead in the gaming arena with its new console?

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As a standalone games console, the PlayStation 3 is a solid machine. This is Sony's third attempt at a games unit, so it's got that side of the equation down pat. Playing games using the wireless controller is a seamless experience, and we've not come across any issues - even after long periods of play (the wireless controllers, by the way, can last for 30 hours after a full charge). Of course, the most important question many gamers will be asking is: "Do games on the PS3 look better than the Xbox 360?" Unfortunately for Sony, the quick and simple answer is no. PS3 launch titles like Resistance: Fall of Man and Virtua Fighter 5 look stunning, featuring an impressive level of detail one has come to expect from next-generation games. These PS3 titles, however, don't look better than 360 stunners such as Gears of War or Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas. Of course, those 360 games can be classified as second-generation titles, as most developers are now accustomed to working with the console. As we mentioned earlier, we expect the visuals of PS3 games to only improve from here on in.

All games output in HD, but the PS3 does not upscale DVDs.

Our biggest issue on the games side for the PS3 is its limited backwards compatibility with PS1 and PS2 games. While the US version of the console has almost full compatibility with old PlayStation games, local PS3s will not have the same functionality. Of course, with two-thirds of PS2 games apparently playable from the PS3's launch, most people may not even notice the issue at all. It still remains to be seen, however, just how the software emulation on the PS3 will affect PS2 games. Sony has said that some PS2 games may have performance problems when played through a PS3 - unfortunately, we cannot test this until the company releases the latest firmware upgrade to the console, which is due on 23 March. We'll update you on how the unit operates in the weeks to come.

It's similarly too early for us to make a final call on the console's online capabilities, particularly with regards to multiplayer. While launch games such as Resistance: Fall of Man do feature a comprehensive online multiplayer experience, several launch titles have no online functionality whatsoever. Sony is also promising further updates to its friends and games request system with their next firmware upgrade. It'll also be interesting to track how Sony's strategy with online games - where individual publishers can host their own servers for multiplayer as opposed to the Xbox's centralised system - will affect games in the future. We do have to applaud Sony, however, for making online play free for all PS3 owners.

Games aside, we found the PS3's multimedia capabilities to be generally easy to use. DVD and Blu-ray playback is impressive, with the visuals produced clear and crisp. It's a pity that the PS3 doesn't upscale DVDs, however. But for a AU$1000 Blu-ray player, it's still an outstanding achievement that the PS3 can produce picture quality comparable to many higher-end standalone products.

Sony set out to make a multimedia powerhouse with the PS3, and we're glad to say that it succeeded admirably. While we have some concerns with the unit's gameplay capabilities - such as backwards compatibility, online play and the lack of a real "killer app" at launch - we're more than impressed with what Sony has produced on the media side of the equation. The inclusion of a Blu-ray player makes it almost a must-have for gamers looking to get into high definition video (or even a high-def buff with only middling game aspirations), particularly at this price point. Hardcore gamers, however, may need to think twice. With few exclusive titles at launch and a dwindling list of PS3-only games slated for the future, the PlayStation 3 will surely have its hands full competing against the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii.

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OmairS posted a review   

The Good:A Media Hub, Best Blu-Ray Player, Killer Graphics (which unlike X-Box's had potential to improve considering its cell processor and d 50 GB Blu-ray Disc)
, Six Axis Controller, PSP Connectivity off d hooks, And Connectivity With other Sony devices, Ability to play youtube and other flash videos, AND browse the web, not to mention playstation home (which is still in beta) and photo gallery,
The best feature of the playstation, would be the software update, which is responsible for more than half the things mentioned above!!

The Bad:HDMI cable not included and well as they say, nt many excusive titles..

An Almost perfect device for d livng room, with only cons: lack of exclusive title.


usher122 posted a review   

The Good:could be improved.. game especially

The Bad:Aimed at blue ray what did you say..

PS3 is good albeit expensive, but the Xbox 360 is a better game console overall.


HALO CIEF A28 posted a review   

The Good:Not many because of its price, but blue ray would be its draw card and maybe graphics.

The Bad:Games are not in the same league as XBOX 360... Sony need to push their envelope a little, or think outside some tech squares.

The main reason people buy a console is basically for game play and PS3 does not concentrate on needs, only on wants or what if's, FULL STOP...

WAY too expensive, this was only one of my main reasons I bought the 60 GB XBOX 360 Pro Bundle Halo 3 @ Assasins Creed for $399.00, Xbox kills Ps3 in many ways.


caps posted a review   

The Good:It still hasnt been pushed to it's limit but when it does, it will be amazing.

very quiet unlike the 360

Great line up of games and stunning squeals coming in 2009.

Blu-Ray picture and sound is jaw droping

The Bad:I buy alot of movies from USA and the Blu-Ray wont play 70% of the movies i own so far but thats y i bought a USA PS3 and it's great.

Cant download ( on the PS3 Store ) a Trail version of a game, if you are unsure if you will like it or not. You have to download the full version of the game.

I have no problem with my PS3. I got mine on launch day so playing PS2 games and PS1 games is great. I then bought 2 more ( 1 from USA ) in the last few months so when I have friends over its great to link up online and play. I hardly play the 360 ( only play the exclusive games ) but both machines are great.


ZMAN posted a review   

The Good:*LOOKS


Like previous comments i love the look of the system,like the fact that is is a BLU-RAY player and of PROMISED FUTURE UPGRADES:'# (ARE YOU LISTENING SONY) greatly disappointed that it is not backwards capable for PS2,


Josh50 posted a review   

The Good:Almost everything from the constant software updates to add new and better features to the blu-ray player to the great games an 1080p output.

Despite what anyone says online is really good.

The Bad:The ps3 is static machine it scrambles tv reception when its on so I can't do fah while i'm watching something. It also attracts lots of dust because of the static.

The finish scratches really easy when trying to clean dust off even when using a microfiber cloth.

I just love my (60 gig launch pal PS3)


ak1 posted a review   

The Good:Plays it all fast, with long file names. A real ripper in sound through the optical cable, better than our sharp bluray!

The Bad:Stand it up on its end at your risk. Needs a seat belt to keep it there, for peace of mind at this price.

What a beaut machine ! Plays most video formats including Nero's AVC.
Dont know about games, but should make for some kid an expensive toy on his birthday, if his parents can afford it.


Crow posted a review   

The Good:Good system

The Bad:Bad support
Disk drive failures common

Had mine for 1 year and 4 months. Had a disk drive failure and support centre will exchange it for a second hand PS3 for just $315.


Silver_89 posted a review   

The Good:- It plays Blu-ray discs

- Games can include higher quality materials due to the disc's medium

- It has Metal Gear Solid IV

The Bad:- The only really good exclusive available is Metal Gear Solid IV

- Games supposed to be exclusives such as Final Fantasy XIII are going to the Xbox 360 as well as the PS3

- Insanely high price, especially for a stripped down version of a console

- Lack of games, an even more troublesome lack of really good games

Where I'm from the 40gb model still costs more than the 120gb Xbox360 elite and not only does the xbox have more games (and better games) but it has that extra storage space. And after using them both, the online elements of the xbox seem quite superior.

And once the software emulation allowing the usage of PS2 games was disabled, the number of available games dropped insanely.

Poorer hardware than the cheaper Xbox360.


mew090 posted a review   

The Good:1- great graphic
2- online is for free
3- wireless siaxis
4- wireless remote
5- great look
6- many exclusive (MGS4,KH3)
7-ability to install linux
8- multi media
9- eye on the future
100 blu-ray

The Bad:way too expinsive for a gameing console

Its a blu-ray player that satisfy me

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User Reviews / Comments  Sony PlayStation 3 (40GB)

  • OmairS



    "An Almost perfect device for d livng room, with only cons: lack of exclusive title."

  • usher122



    "PS3 is good albeit expensive, but the Xbox 360 is a better game console overall."




    "WAY too expensive, this was only one of my main reasons I bought the 60 GB XBOX 360 Pro Bundle Halo 3 @ Assasins Creed for $399.00, Xbox kills Ps3 in many ways."

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