I bought the Sony PlayStation 3 when it came out and I don't care what anyone says, this thing is sweet! Not only does it have unreal high-definition graphics and gaming, plays Blu-Ray movies, has motion-sensitive wireless Bluetooth controllers, internal wi-fi, free online PlayStation Network, Internet Browser, online Playstation Store games (Super StarDust is awesome), videos, trailers, movies, etc., Folding@home protein folding distributed computing project, Playstation Home online social simulator, 80GB hard drive, memory card reader, DVD hi-def upscaling, home network DLNA multimedia streaming, optional second OS for adding Linux, slide-in disk loading, touch-sensitive buttons on the console, etc. etc. Basically, I don't know the full capabilities of this thing yet, they keep adding new stuff and improvements all the time via firmware updates. It truly is an incredible piece of technology, well worth $599 80GB w/ Motorstorm ($499 60GB / No Game)! Just think what a "cheap" laptop computer costs in comparision. In my opinion, the other next-generation systems simply don't have the same features or capabilites for the money. They may have more games as of now, but that's about to change.
Sure the xBox 360 has similar high-definition graphics, but no built-in wi-fi, no motion sensing controllers, no Internet browser, no memory card reader, no HDMI output and no Blu-Ray/HD-DVD, it has an ancient slide out disc loading tray, a 30% FAILURE Rate!, it's noisy plus you have to pay to use their LIVE service. Price $399 - WTF?
The Nintendo Wii is very unique, has better motion sensing controllers and a better online browser (Opera), but the graphic experience is absolutely abysmal on my HDTV. From what I've seen so far, I think old Super Nintendo graphics are superior at times, but to be fair I'm sure it looks great on an old tube tv. So basically I'm $250 paying for ONE superior motion sensing controller, a collection of mini-games, no high-definition output, an opportunity to purchase expensive downloadable OLD games from their online store, inferior graphics, creatable Miis that do nothing, no DVD playback, oh and the slot glows a cool blue when it needs an update! $250!!! For what? Forget it, wait until the price comes down to what it's actually worth or play it at the mall and get it out of your system. If you're buying one simply because you need exercise, I'm sorry you're an idiot.
When you finally decide to take that plunge into pure high-definition entertainment, be sure to add TheGreenHead as your friend and prepare for a total MotorStorm showdown! The Green Head Crew here at Headquarters take no prisoners! Also, be sure to check out some of the cool videos below to see some of the features we discussed above in action. I think you'll agree when you finally get one, that this thing truly is scary technology, almost like that silent black monolith in 2001, watching over you from the corner of the living room...
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- Cell BroadBand Engine:
The PlayStation 3 is powered by the Cell Broadband Engine, a revolutionary microprocessor that leapfrogs the performance of existing processors, giving the PlayStation 3 system supercomputer-like power and performance that, until now, game developers have only dreamt about.
- Blu-ray Disc:
The built-in Blu-ray Disc player means you can enjoy next-generation high-definition entertainment, including games and movies.
Photos, Music, Videos, Internet: PlayStation 3 provides an endless array of multimedia activities, all without even inserting a game.
- Always On:
PlayStation 3 delivers "always-on" online connectivity; offering a world of online possibilities including multiplayer gaming, text and video messaging, voice chatting, downloading content and browsing the internet.
- Sixaxis Wireless Controller:
The new Sixaxis wireless controller enables you to harness the powerful potential of the PlayStation 3 system.
- Backwards Compatibility:
Play thousands of PS one and PlayStation 2 games as well as your CDs and DVDs on the PlayStation 3.
- System Interoperability:
PlayStation 3 and PSP (PlayStation Portable) play nice together. Easily exchange media like photos, videos and music from your PlayStation 3 system to your PSP system. And get ready to witness an explosion in creativity as developers take on the challenge of integrating the PSP system into PlayStation 3 games.
- High-Definition Capabilities:
Enjoy high-definition entertainment, HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) means you can use your PlayStation 3 with High-Definition displays as well as conventional or standard TVs.
- Hard Disc Drive (HDD):
60 GB removable hard disk drive (HDD)