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Sony Playstation 3
I could remember but somewhat hazily the first time I purchased a Playstation. It was a 1 then, and featuring a laser disc -which is a huge relieving depart from cartridge-based consoles that dominated that time. With the next Sony Playstation release it was a bit more distinct, and among it featured was the DVD format capability, an integrated DVD player (whereas the PS1 issue had a VCD player integration but on a limited line) and online gaming feature.
So, what's the point in this little trivia, you ask? It is to show how EACH time Sony releases a Playstation, it always heralded a new generation of gaming. From being the first to use the VCD format with PS1; being the first with the DVD for PS2; and now with the Blu-ray, it seems PS3 is well ahead of its competitors. This is the seventh generation gaming by the way, and the catchcry Play B3yond is really more than just l33t speak.
The Power of Sony Playstation 3
How much power does the Sony Playstation 3 posses? It may be considerably stronger than that PC sitting at your desk. Today's high-end processor is the Dual Core @3.2GHz, Sony Playstation 3 utilizes a Cell Processor PowerPC-base Core @3.2GHz. The graphics uses an RSX @ 550MHz that can tap the Rambus 256MB XDR @3.2GHz Memory and the 256MB GDDR3 VRAM @700MHz. That is the power of Sony Playstation 3.
Sony Playstation 3, the Multilevel Platform
It may seem a bit na´ve for Sony Playstation 3 to choose a side while the format war is still raging. But to incorporate the Blu-ray technology is a blessing, really. With the Blu-ray's storage capability of 50GB, compare it to 5GB limitation of DVD, that is speaking of considerable differences. And Sony Playstation 3 is being reported better than actual Blu-ray disc players, for its affordable price and faster loading times. (See article: PS3 vs. Blu-ray disc players at http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9667998-1.html)
Sony Playstation 3 is also eager to race for the better online gaming service, with the PlayStation Network. This service allows, among several perks, thousands of downloadable items for free or for sale, including demos and patches. This is an enticement for Sony Playstation 3 users to buy their games of choice by first checking demos. Of course, the PS3 user can also interact with other players or play against them.
Of the three entries for the seventh generation console gaming, Sony Playstation 3 definably has a technology edge and it commands a higher price because of it. But considering that Microsoft's Xbox360 costs $525 at launch (though it roughly costs as low as $399 today), the Wii plus accessories is around $320, Sony Playstation 3's premium price at $599 is already a giveaway, for its Blu-ray, the Online Feature, and the crop of stunning games available soon.