Sony PlayStation 3

The Good Swanky design with quiet operation; all games in high-definition; PSP-like, easy-to-use interface; plays Profile 2.0 high-definition Blu-ray movies in addition to upscaling standard DVDs; built-in Wi-Fi; 80GB hard drive; HDMI output with 1080p support; no external power supply; free online gaming service.

The Bad Lacks full backward support for PS2 games; only comes with two USB ports; no infrared port means non-Bluetooth universal remotes aren't compatible; no flash card or memory reader; glossy black finish is a fingerprint magnet; online gaming, media, and commerce options not nearly as developed as Xbox Live.

The Bottom Line Even though PS2 backward compatibility has been dropped from this version, the 80GB PS3 is still a superb Blu-ray player and high-definition game console.

Editors' Rating
8.7 Overall

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Sony PlayStation 3

Editors' note: While the 160GB PlayStation 3 is being phased out, it is still available at some retailers for $400. That said, we highly recommend checking out the newly designed PlayStation 3 Slim, as it offers a 120GB hard drive and slimmer, lighter design.

Please check out our PlayStation 3 resource guide for all of your PS3 gaming news and needs.

In November of 2009, Sony introduced Netflix to the PlayStation 3 home console. Netflix subscribers can order a free PS3 Netflix Blu-ray Disc online from the site and must use it every time in order to stream a movie. Users can manage their queue and watch any film that's available (including some HD content) for instant viewing. Please see our hands-on review of the Netflix PS3 service.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Sony
  • Name Sony PlayStation 3
  • Media Type Blu-ray, flash memory card
  • Games Included Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
  • Color black
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