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The PlayStation 3, which originally debuted in 2006, is the third release in Sony's PlayStation series. The console comes in two main storage capacity sizes (160GB and 320GB) and is the only gaming console that doubles as a Blu-ray DVD player. The console, like its Microsoft-based competitor, Xbox 360, attracts a hardcore gamer audience, and the range of titles offered reflects that demographic.

PlayStation provides free basic access to its online content on the PlayStation Network, but also has an upgraded subscription-based service, PlayStation Network Plus, which offers added features such as early releases and full game free trials. But, in the past year, the PlayStation Network was repeatedly hacked, exposing users' personal information.

Prices For PlayStation 3 (Console Only)

(Prices as of 07/9/2013)
PlayStation 3 160GB Console PlayStation 3 320GB Console Source
$250$300Game Stop

Prices For PlayStation 3 Bundles

(Prices as of 07/9/2013)
Harry Potter Experience Movie Pack Move bundle Call of Duty Bundle Source
(Includes 3-D Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 movie, 160GB Console, 1-Month PlayStation Plus Membership, and )   (Includes 320GB Console, Dual Shock Controller, Move Controller, Eye Camera, and a Move Game (Varies))   (300)  
$250$300$300Game Stop

Additional Costs:

$499 3-D Display bundle (24" screen, 3-D glasses, HDMI cable, game)
$50 Move controller
$40 Eye camera
$55 Dual Shock controller
$30-$60Game discs
$5-$40Downloadable games


PlayStation's game library offers an array of first-person shooters, strategy and sports games that draw gamers who spend several hours a day using consoles. The high-definition graphics and intense gameplay also make the system attractive.

The PlayStation 3 allows interactive game play with the Move motion-sensor controller and the Eye motion-detecting camera (both sold separately), but there are fewer interactive game titles on PlayStation than are available on Nintendo's Wii.

Game series that are exclusive to PlayStation include the action/adventure series God of War, family entertainment hits like Little Big Planet and Rachet and Clank, and first-person shooters such as Killzone and SOCOM. For customers of subscription services like Netflix and Hulu Plus, the services can be streamed in HD through the PlayStation 3 on a home Wi-Fi network.

Processor3.2 GHz PowerPC-based cell processor
Media TypeCD, DVD, Blu-Ray, PS3 game disc
Disk Capacity160GB, 320GB
Graphics Quality1080p
Online ContentPlayStation Network
ColorsBlack, special edition models vary
Other FeaturesBackward Compatibility: Limited compatibility with original PlayStation titles
Streaming movies: Hulu Plus, Netflix
Warranty1 year, limited

For manufacturer information about this product, go to PlayStation.

Best-Selling Games

1. The Last of Us$60
2. Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection$50
3. NCAA Football 14$60
4. Final Fantasy X|X-2$40
5. Kingdom Heats HD$40
(List as of 07/9/2013) Source: Amazon

Best-Selling Accessories

1. Dualshock 3 controller - black$40
2. PS3 cable$1
3. Generic controller - black$12
4. Dualshock 3 controller - gold$39
5. Generic controller - white$12
(List as of 07/9/2013) Source: Amazon

What People Are Saying:

One of the biggest selling points in favor of the Sony PlayStation 3 is its ability to play Blu-ray DVDs and upscale regular DVDs, making a home Blu-ray player unnecessary. But like the Xbox 360, the system is not HD out of the box -- expect to have to purchase an HDMI cable. Reviewers note the PlayStation Network is not nearly as developed as Xbox Live, but basic access is free. One notable downside is the PlayStation Network has suffered more frequent attacks by hackers in the past year than Microsoft's Xbox Live, exposing PlayStation Network users' personal information. While earlier models of the PS3 offered backward compatibility with PS2 games, newer models dropped the feature which can be frustrating for gamers with large collections of PS2 games.
  • Consumer Reports: "This is truly a two-for-one deal, because the PlayStation 3 has a built-in Blu-ray player. The HD graphics are terrific."