Sony PlayStation 3 Super Slim (500GB)

The Good The PlayStation 3 still offers palpable gaming and entertainment value, with a nearly unrivaled library of games, strong array of streaming services (including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, HBO Go and Vudu) and the fact that it doubles as a great DVD/Blu-ray player. Optional add-on services like PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now add more gaming choices to the mix.

The Bad Sliding-top disc door feels downmarket; no IR port limits universal remote compatibility; PS4 will pick up momentum in 2015 and beyond as it gains more exclusive next-gen titles.

The Bottom Line While it will begin to cede its position to the PS4 in 2015, the PlayStation 3 still delivers impressively strong value for gaming and video entertainment.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Ecosystem 9.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Value 8.0
8.1 Overall

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Sony's old console is still a contender

Sony unleashed the PlayStation 3 to the world in 2006. Over the next few years we would see the console go through a number of design changes, although hardware features have largely remained the same. It started with the original PS3 (now referred to as the Fat model), then came the PlayStation Slim in 2009 and finally the so-called Super Slim, which arrived in late 2012. These days the PS3 is available in a number of different game bundles for around $270 in the US, £200 in the UK, and AU$370 in Australia.

Of course, the PlayStation 3 is now the old man on the block. It's coming up on its ninth birthday, while the red-hot PlayStation 4 is brand new. And Sony even has a new PlayStation TV microconsole that you can buy for less than half the price of the PS3 and play Vita games on a big-screen TV. (And that's not even counting the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii U , all of which continue to compete for your gaming dollar as well.)

So is it even worth still considering this last-gen system? The answer may be closer to "yes" than you'd think. We'll examine the pros and cons of buying a PS3 in a post-PS4 world, below.

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