PS3: The New
Innovation from Sony Play Station
The desire of many gamers around the world to play with an efficient and technologically advanced console moved every manufacturer to create their own version using never before utilized gaming technology. Major gaming console manufacturers are on the peak of formulating their own versions of consoles that offers individual quality.
Among the many console manufacturers is Sony. Ever since, Sony had been creating plenty of gaming console, each considered a stepping-stone to create another better. There have been a number of consoles that Sony has already produced and manufactured. All made its own way to reach the summit.
In the late 90’s, the console Sony released the first Playstation that made huge waves with the gaming market. According to surveys, Playstation 1 was so renowned in the whole world that every household would have one. In the US alone, millions of households have Sony Playstation for their family.
Sony never stopped innovating. During the new millennium, Sony introduced their second console and the Playstation 2 was introduced in the world. PS2 has different hardware desigs as compared to the PS1. Originally, PS2 is black while PS1 is light gray.
Not so many years after, Sony is again ready to introduce the new console they have made; The Playstation 3 or PS3. The PS3 is the third of the playstation series and the seventh in the consoles made by Sony.
PS3 was first unveiled to the world on May 16, 2005 during the E3 conference. Other major makers like Nintendo and Microsoft are always on their watch to think of their possible console to equate with the PS3. Months after, these two major manufacturer unveiled their own version comparable to the PS3.
PS3 is scheduled to be released strategically to different major markets around the world. The release dates differs according to the place. PS3 will be first released in the Japan on November 11, 2006. This will be followed in the US on November 17, 2006. The release date for Canada is the same as in the US. The new console is expected to be out in the market of Australia and Europe by March next year.
The PS3 was first exhibited at a Tokyo Game Show in Japan last September 2006. Sony displayed 27 playable PS3's and games just for the opening of the said event.
The world is preparing for the waited launching of PS3. Many gaming enthusiasts asked about the said gadget and are on the way to actually acquiring one. Sony expects to sell plenty of PS3 not just in Japan but also around the world. The great appreciation of enthusiasts in the US will prove that PS3 will be highly acclaimed by the Americans despite the close competition with Nintendo and Microsoft.
PS3 has an upgradable hard drive, Blu-ray drive, HDMI port, Bluetooth controller, built in Wi-Fi and flash card readers. The basic version will not have a built in Wi-Fi and flash card readers.
The PS3 has a Blu-ray disc or known as the BD. PS3 can playback BD software in a considerable high rate. This platform has a 50 GB storage capacity. This can also play movies and games in a very high image quality.
Truly, PS3 still have plenty of surprises that will leave gamers stunned. PS3 has the most modern specifications in terms of gaming gadgets and has the most advance quality that is incomparable.
Release Date Schedules
Sony’s Playstation 3, the successor to the first Playstation and Playstation 2, will compete alongside Xbox 360 of Microsoft and Wii of Nintendo.
The Playstation 3 is planned for release in Japan on November 11, 2006. Meanwhile, in Canada and the United States, game enthusiasts can have their PS3 on November 17, 2006. On the other hand, those in Europe and Australia will have to wait until March 2007 for the release of the game consoles. Reports state that this has been the case because of the shortage of Blu-ray disc diodes. Authorities from Sony have announced that they are ready to file legal actions against anybody who would sell imported game units to consumers in Europe.
The Playstation 3, in its initial release, will be retailed in two configurations. The first is a Basic configuration. In this package, the PS3 will be sold with a 20 GB hard disk drive, Blu-ray drive, HDMI port, and wireless SIXAXIS controllers. The second package is a Premium configuration. Instead of a 20 GB hard disk, the Premium’s hard disk will have a capacity of 60 GB. Additional supports are also installed, including Wi-Fi feature and memory card readers. The hard disks in the two configurations can be upgraded. In addition, the Basic configuration can also enjoy the memory card reader feature by using supplementary adapters.
The Playstation 3 console is designed with elegant features. Its exterior is outlined with exquisite curves. Its sides are shaped to appear that it is expanding outward. In addition, the Playstation 3 is developed with a modern cooling system. This is to cope with the consoles heat output due to its Cell processor’s operation and its system power supply. Many would think that because the Playstation 3 is a high power consumer, it would make significant noise while being used. But because of Sony’s innovations, the PS3 is developed to operate amazingly quiet.
The first models of the game consoles include silver, black, and white. But in the initial release, the Playstation 3 would only be available in black. Based on some official design previews, the exterior of the console appeared to be solid and silky black. However, the system casing looked to be semi-transparent black. Moreover, the PS3 is 11 pounds in weight and measures 12.8” x 3.8” x 10.8”.
Playstation 3 games under development and may be available within the next few months after the release of the console are listed below:
* Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII
* College of Duty 3
* Fatal Inertia
* Fight Night: Round 3
* Full Auto 2: Battlelnes
* Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
* NBA 2k7
* NBA 07
* Need for Speed: Carbon
* Sonic the Hedgehog
* The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblvion
* Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas
* Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom
* Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
* Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
* Battlefield: Bad Company
* Enchanted Arms
* White Knight Story
* Final Fantasy XIII
* Tekken 6
* Heavenly Sword
* Grand Theft Auto IV
The price listing of the Playstation 3 differs by region. In Japan, the 20 GB PS3 will be sold for JP¥ 49,980 or US$ 420. The price of the 60 GB model, meanwhile, will be up to the Japanese retailers to set. In the US, the 20 GB units will be sold for $ 499, while the 60 GB version is set at $ 699.
System Revealed: The New Generation of Interactive
The birth of the seventh generation of video game consoles marks the changes that would be made on the gaming industry. Large game console manufacturing companies continue to discover new innovations that could be integrated into their new game consoles. Thus, interactive entertainment is now on its all time high, producing video game consoles that will definitely change the way we play video games—a mileage that would not be forgotten since the Magnavox Odyssey and Atari game console eras.
And Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. (SCEI) is on its way to create such unforgettable mileage on the video game console industry.
SCEI, the subsidiary of Sony Corporation that handles the research, development, manufacturing, and sales of software and hardware for the corporation’s PlayStation game console series, launched another game console, which will most likely to be matched up with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii – PlayStation 3. It was unveiled during the E3 Conference in Tokyo on May 16, 2005 and expected to be a success just like its two predecessors, the PlayStation 1 and 2.
PlayStation 3 features two different system configurations, as detailed in their previous press release after its unveiling during the E3 Conference – the basic and the premium. The basic system configuration of PlayStation 3 has four robust features. It holds a memory of twenty gigabytes, which could be upgraded. A Blu-ray drive is also included in the basic edition. With a Blu-ray drive and disc as its major media format, you will not find it difficult to store digital media. It can save data six times more than the current generations of digital video discs (DVDs). In addition, a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port is also available with the basic system configuration of PlayStation 3.
On the other hand, the premium version of PlayStation 3 comes with an internal sixty gigabytes of hard drive, multiple flash memory card readers, and wireless Internet connectivity. It also features controllers connected via Bluetooth, HDMI port, and Blu-ray drive.
For those who have been attached with the previous versions of PlayStation, Sony promised that PS3 is compatible with them. PlayStation 3 can support all media formats of the previous PlayStation game consoles. Plus, PS3 has slots for the memory stick duo, SD, and that for compact flash memory.
PlayStation 3 has distinctive specs. The game console features a cell processor, which runs 3.2GHz for an excellent overall performance. It also sports immense multimedia features namely, digital photo, digital audio and digital video. Sonny propagated the panoramic video feature for the current version of PlayStation. Thus, expect that you will enjoy the refined audio-video digital technology incorporated in PlayStation 3.
The game interface of PlayStation 3 has the ability to save various user profiles, explore images, play music files of varying media format, and watch movies saved from the game console’s hard drive or removable memory. It is also compatible with a USB mouse and keyboard and has the capability of multitasking—that is, you can listen to your favorite music tracks while at the same time looking at saved images or browsing the Internet. In addition, the cross media bar of PS3 supports different file formats.
PlayStation 3 is the video game console that you should watch out for. It will definitely change the way you play your favorite video games—and probably will define interactive entertainment in the 21st century.