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Post  MJGMANUTD92. on Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:24 pm

When was the PS3 released?

November 17th, 2006 (SCEA)
March 23rd, 2007 (SCEE)
November 17th, 2006 (SCEJ)

What are the current PS3 prices?
Console with 80 GB HDD - $499.99 USD / CND

Console with 60 GB HDD - $499.99 USD / CND - Discontinued

Console with 40 GB HDD - $399.99 USD / CND

Console with 20 GB HDD - $449.99 USD / CND - Discontinued

What's the difference between the 80 GB and 60 GB models?
The new 80 GB model will be priced at $599 USD and will be sold with the popular online-enabled racing game MotorStorm™. The 80 GB SKU will also feature software emulation as the Emotion Engine has been removed (SCEA, Gamespot). All other content, accessories and peripherals remain the same.

What is the difference between the 60 GB and Discontinued 20 GB?
Both solutions include Blu-ray the latest standard in high-definition video, Bluetooth, four USB ports, 1080p video, HDMI, and the world’s most powerful microprocessor, the Cell. Additionally, the $599/$649 solution includes memory stick, secure digital and compact flash readers, Wi-Fi, and a 60GB hard disk drive (HDD), the $499/$549 system comes with a 20GB HDD (SCEA)

What is the difference between the 40 GB SKU and other versions?The 40 GB SKU has 2 USB ports, a 40 GB HDD, and no multimedia slots. It's backwards compatible with original PlayStation titles, but is not backwards compatible with PlayStation 2 titles. The 40 GB model will come bundled with the blockbuster movie Spider-Man™ 3 Blu-ray Disc™ (SCEA)

Where's the 20 GB SKU?
The 20 GB SKU has been discontinued in North America (Gamespot)

Where's the 60 GB SKU?
The 60 GB SKU will be discontinued once inventory is depleted (Gamespot).
When will the 80 GB SKU be available?
It's available now (SCEA)

When will the 80 GB SKU be $499?
Effective immediately as of 10/18/2007 (SCEA)

When will the 40 GB SKU be available?
November 2nd, 2007 (SCEA)

What is included in the North American PS3 bundle?

1 Sixaxis Controller (with a 20 meter wireless range and 30 hours of battery life on one charge and ready to go out of the box).
1 AC cord (no external power source or brick).
1 USB Mini-Cable
1 Ethernet Cable
1 Multi-AV Cable with Composite Connectors

What colors will the PS3 be available in?
All SKUs are Clear Black (SCEA)

Can the unit be displayed horizontally/vertically?
Yes, the console can be positioned vertically or horizontally just like the PlayStation®2 console.

What is the primary format of media utilized by the PS3?
Blu-ray Disc (BD).

What is Blu-ray?
Blu-ray (BD) is a next-generation media format that delivers the ultimate high-definition entertainment experience. Just like the DVD format offered a technological leap over CDs, Blu-ray Disc™ is the next leap forward in the natural advancement of data storage and digital entertainment.

Facts about Blu-ray Disc:

Blu-ray is an industry standard supported by the Blu-ray Association and it has broader industry support than any disc format ever launched; 85% of the CE industry, seven Hollywood studios accounting for over 90% of 2005’s home video sales, the two largest music labels, the world’s top computer brands and the leading gaming console hardware and software companies
Supports five to ten times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs. In other words, one BD can replace five to ten DVDs (using 4-layer, 100GB BD)
Blu-ray can hold 25GB per layer, whereas HD-DVD can only hold 15GB per layer
Pristine picture quality with the capability for full high-definition resolution 1080p
Blu-ray Disc recordable formats offer unsurpassed storage capacity to store your digital world (photographs, home videos, music libraries, and data)
Blu-ray Disc gives consumers a smooth way to transition to high-definition by protecting their DVD investments; Blu-ray Disc players are compatible with DVD so existing DVD collections can be enjoyed on Blu-ray hardware

More information about Blu-ray can be found at the Blu-ray Disc Association’s Website (SCEA)

Why is Blu-ray important to gaming?
With Blu-ray, PLAYSTATION®3 offers game developers unprecedented power to express their creativity and a larger canvas to create a level of interaction, sophistication, and reality that has never existed in gaming. As a result, consumers can experience high-definition quality gaming for the very first time. (SCEA)

What is the Cell and how does it benefit the consumer?
The Cell processor is the digital soul behind PLAYSTATION®3. Four years and $400 million in the making, engineers from Sony, IBM, and Toshiba have developed a microprocessor unlike any that exists today. The Cell has up to eight Synergistic Processor Units (SPUs) or "nodes" to help balance the processor workload thus making it more powerful and more efficient than traditional "single-node" processors. With this increased power, game developers can create games that shift artificial intelligence to actual intelligence. Breakthroughs in fidelity, believability, and hyper-reality enabled by the raw power of the Cell processor provide limitless experiences. PLAYSTATION®3 is the intelligent gaming system. (SCEA)

What is HDMI?
High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is an industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. HDMI provides an interface between any compatible digital audio/video source, such as a set-top box, DVD player, an A/V receiver and a compatible digital audio and/or video monitor such as a digital television. (SCEA)

Accessories and Pricing:

Wireless Controller (SIXAXIS): $49.99
Memory Card Adaptor (for transferring game save information from PlayStation® and PlayStation®2 Memory Cards onto the HDD of PS3): $14.99
BD Remote Control (Not available Nov 17th, but will be in Dec): $24.99
The first 500,000 units will include the BD movie "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” free. (SCEA)

What is the six axis motion sensing system?
The six-axis motion sensing system found in the new PLAYSTATION®3 controller employs technology that provides for seamless interactive operation, thus eliminating additional settings to TVs. With this system, users are able maneuver the controller in six different axis (pitch up and down, yaw left and right, roll left and right) as a natural extension of their bodies, all in real-time and with high-precision. (SCEA)

Will there be an HDD (Hard Disk Drive) included?
Yes. 20GB and 60GB models will be available. (SCEA)

How can you upgrade the 20GB hard drive?
PLAYSTATION®3 hard disk drive is removable and upgradeable. You can upgrade the drive by removing the hard drive and replacing it with a larger capacity drive. (SCEA)

How do the PSP® System and PLAYSTATION®3 work together?
The PSP can act as a remote control to PLAYSTATION®3. Additionally, you can transfer content from the PSP to PLAYSTATION®3 via memory stick or USB. Ultimately, the developer community has creative license on how they would like the PSP and PLAYSTATION®3 to interact. For example, in Formula One, the developer used the PSP as a rear-view mirror. (SCEA)

Can I still play my PlayStation®2 games, DVD movie, and CD music collection on PLAYSTATION®3?
Yes, you can play thousands of PlayStation® and PlayStation 2 software titles as well as your DVD and CD collection on PLAYSTATION®3. For more information on game compatibility, please visit (SCEA)

How do I save my PlayStation®2 Memory Card information to PLAYSTATION®3?
To use saved data on a PlayStation®2 memory card, you must copy the data onto a virtual memory card within the hard disk. This requires a PS2/PSone memory card adaptor to copy the data to your PLAYSTATION®3. A memory card adaptor is designed to edit, up/download game saves to and from EMS flash card or smart media card. (SCEA)

In addition to a wide array of software titles, SCEA has unveiled the online and network services provided through PS3, which will offer distinctive benefits to consumers and developers alike. Consumers will be able to enjoy a wide array of PS3 network capabilities, with basic features offered absolutely free from day one. Developers will benefit from the open platform policy of SCEA, which will allow them more freedom and creativity in the development of their games and online/network services. The end result will be more than just a place to play games, but a rich online environment with strong community aspects as distinctive as the titles themselves.

The entry way into PLAYSTATION Network is XMB™ (Xross Media Bar), which is the navigation system that enables a complete suite of entertainment experiences in three key areas: gaming; network and web connectivity; and other entertainment contents such as movies and music. The intuitive XMB interface, which is already featured on more than 20 million PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) shipped worldwide, allows PS3 users to experience multiplayer games across the network; communicate with other players via chat, voice or video; browse the web; download gaming content; store/view pictures and video; download and listen to music; and shop online.

Through the online PLAYSTATION® Store, consumers can find such items as game demos, game-related content and downloadable casual games, including titles developed by Sony Computer Entertainment World Wide Studios exclusively for download and play only on PS3, such as Blast Factor. Once users create a unique, secure PlayStation profile, they cannot only communicate with other PS3 users, they can also utilize an electronic wallet to purchase content in the PLAYSTATION Store. Downloadable first party games will cost less than $15 at launch. More content will be added on a regular basis. (SCEA)

How much will games cost?
$59.99 US dollars (IGN)

What resolutions are available on the PS3?


Technical Information:



Current Firmware:

The PLAYSTATION®3 system software version 1.50 update includes the following:

You can now select an image to use as the User icon from [Photo].

[Key Tone] has been added as an option under [Sound Settings].
[Delete Backup Data] has been added as an option under [System Settings] > [Backup Utility].
WEP 128, WPA-PSK (TKIP) and WPA-PSK (AES) have been added as security methods that can be used with [AOSS™] under [Automatic].*
* If you have already set up for AOSS using an earlier version of the system software, you must perform AOSS setup again to use the security methods listed above.
* When [Automatic] is selected, the security method to be used is automatically set.
* AOSS is a trademark of Buffalo, Inc.

The method for saving your password / signing in automatically under PLAYSTATION®Network has been changed. There are now two separate options.
You can now enter text in Korean using the on-screen keyboard.

Supported Formats:
Disc Media:












Super Audio CD



H.264/MEPG-4 AVC


ATRAC (.oma .msa .aa3)

AAC (.3gp .mp4)

MP3 (.mp3)

WAV (.wav)






Blu-Ray and HDMI Information
Blu-Ray movies and games will play on standard TVs
Maxiumum Resolution for games, with component, HDMI or DVI is 1080p
You cannot get high definition with composite cables (the traditional Red, Yellow, White)
Exception: HDCP, a copy protection security may be used in movies in the future. Movies with this feature will lower the resolution on movies on not viewed on a HDMI connection
HDMI can connect to a DVI connection (via an adaptor [used on LCD and Plasma monitors]) for High-Definition
Games, Blu-ray Movies, etc.

Launch Titles:

SCEA Launch Titles

Resistance: Fall of Man™
NBA 07
Genji: Days of the Blade™
Third Party Publisher Titles

Blazing Angels™ Squadrons of WWII
Call of Duty®3
EA Sports™ Fight Night Round 3
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Full Auto™2: Battlelines
Madden NFL™ 07
Mobile Suit Gundam®: CROSSFIRE™
Need For Speed™ Carbon
NHL® 2K7
Sonic the Hedgehog
Tiger Woods PGA Tour® 07
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® Vegas
Tony Hawk’s Project 8™
Untold Legends™ Dark Kingdom™

Where can I see a list of all the announced Games, Movies, etc?

Official PLAYSTATION®3 Game site.

Announced PLAYSTATION®3 Games

Blu-ray Movies

Announced Blu-ray Movies

PS3 Media

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