PlayStation 3

PlayStation 3
File:PLAYSTATION 3 logo.svg
Counter-clockwise from the top: Original logo, new logo, original "fat" model, DualShock 3 controller, later "slim" model.
ManufacturerSony EMCS, Foxconn, ASUSTeK[1]
Product familyPlayStation
TypeVideo game console
GenerationSeventh generation
Retail availabilityNovember 11, 2006
Units sold70 million (as of 4 November 2012)[2] (IDC January 2013 estimate: "about 77 million")[3][4]
Operating systemXrossMediaBar
System software version 4.31
(October 30, 2012; 7 years ago (2012-10-30))[5]
CPU3.2 GHz Cell Broadband Engine with 1 PPE & 6 SPEs
Memory256 MB system and 256 MB video
Storage2.5-inch SATA hard drive
(20 GB, 40 GB, 60 GB, 80 GB, 120 GB, 160 GB, 250 GB, or 320 GB included) (upgradeable)
Graphics550 MHz NVIDIA/SCEI RSX 'Reality Synthesizer'
Controller inputSixaxis, DualShock 3, Logitech Driving Force GT, Logitech Cordless Precision controller, standard USB controllers, GT Force, Rhythm game controllers, PlayStation Move, GunCon 3, PlayStation Portable, Keyboard and Mouse
Online servicesPlayStation Network
PlayStation (all models)
PlayStation 2 (20 GB, 60 GB and some (CECHExx) 80 GB models)
PredecessorPlayStation 2
SuccessorPlayStation 4

PlayStation 3 is Sony's third video game console. It was released in Japan on November 11, 2006[source?]. It came out on November 17, 2006 in North America, and was released in Australia and Europe on 23 March 2007[source?]. It is competing against the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii consoles[source?]. Sony's previous consoles were the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation (PSOne)[source?].

The console is sold in two models. One costs $399 and has a 40 gigabyte hard drive. This model cannot play PlayStation 2 games. The other costs $499 and has an 80 gigabyte hard drive. When the PlayStation 3 was released, there were two different models. One had a 20 gigabyte hard drive and cost $399. The other had a 60 gigabyte hard drive and cost $599. Sony stopped making the 20 gigabyte console in North America after the 60 gigabyte version "sold ten times as many"[7] as the 20 gigabyte version.

The PS3 is, according to Sony, the most powerful seventh generation console. However, many people that create computer games have recently stated that both the PS3 and Xbox 360 are about equal. It is more expensive than the Xbox 360 or Wii. An upside is that to access the online mode to play and interact with other people is free unlike the Xbox in which must be paid for.

It is the only seventh generation console that can Play Blu-ray discs[source?].

In July 2007, Sony announced that they would cut the price of the PS3 in the United States.[8] Sony also replaced the 60 gigabyte version with an 80 gigabyte version.

In October, a new version of the PlayStation 3 which is the 40 gigabyte model was introduced and the price of the 60 gigabyte model was further reduced. A white version of the 40 gigabyte model was also set to release in Japan in November[source?].

Currently, the PS3 is sold in a new, slimmer and more efficient model with a 160 GB or 320 GB of Hard Drive memory.


  1. Shilov, Anton (2006-07-18). "Asustek Computer Ships PlayStation 3 Consoles". X-bit labs. Retrieved 2007-05-05.
  2. Sony Computer Entertainment (2012-11-16). "PlayStation 3 Sales Reach 70 Million Units Worldwide" (PDF). Press release. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  3. "IDC: Game consoles, discs to remain revenue mainstays for "years to come"". 2013-01-09. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
  4. "Worldwide Video Game and Entertainment Console Hardware and Packaged Software 2012–2016 Forecast". International Data Corporation. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
  5. "PlayStation Support".
  6. ""PS3 Slim gains ability to bitstream Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MA"". Joystiq. 2009-08-21. Retrieved 2010-03-22.
  7. Thorsen, Tor (16 April 2007). "20GB PS3 officially discontinued in North America".
  8. "Sony cuts Playstation price in US". 9 July 2007 – via