The Playstation 3 console is a video game console developed by Sony Computer Entertainment as the third installment of the Playstation series. It currently competes with the Wii and Xbox 360 video game consoles. More recently the the folks at Sony have introduced the Playstation Move to rival the Wii controllers, though Sony’s Phil Harrison completely denies the obvious influence.
In 2008 I bought 2 Playstation 3 consoles after settling a long and miserable lawsuit over some escrow money held up in a down payment for a home we were going to buy. The sale fell through, and we lost half the deposit, but my wife and I agreed to have a little fun with the money and spring for a few fun items for the new, better house we decided to buy!
So along with a couple of flat screen Samsung LCD TVs and furniture for the kids, we got a PS3 for the downstairs living room and the master bedroom upstairs.
Since then many versions of the PS3 have come out with insanely upgraded hard drives and features, but we’ve never needed to upgrade from our version. If you’re getting the Playstation 3 for the first time, go ahead and get the upgraded models, they’re definitely worth it. If you already have one you can purchase an expanded hard drive and easily upgrade it yourself. It’s also best to stay away from buying a used one since people don’t usually get rid of these unless they come with problems - don’t buy their problems to save money. You’re better off getting a new one with less features if you want to save money.
I used to be a big gamer when I was young way back in the 1980’s but do occasionally enjoy some action and fantasy video games today. The problem is that I’m really bad at them and they tend to stress me out. The primary reason for us getting the Playstation 3 console was for the Blu-ray capability. As a Blu-ray player, it is much better than most and compares well to the models of similar price without, but with some major advantages.
First, it is an incredibly good Blu-ray player. Additionally, it upgrades any regular DVD and makes the images look amazing. It has an easily recognizable Wi-Fi card that connects seamlessly with your wireless network. It streams Netflix in HD when available as well as Playon for Hulu, Amazon and Youtube access. It connects to the internet with a clumsy and awkward web browser - this one is tough because I love that it connects to the web but the interface is just too clumsy and it process slowly. You get free membership to the Playstation Network allowing you to download many free game demos as well as purchase movies and games from a large library. It comes with some interesting world news features that are fun to look at for a bit, similar to Google Earth but with news highlights. And, of course, it plays insanely good video games.
If you’re connecting the Playstation 3 console to a flat screen HDTV (and why wouldn’t you?) then you’re going to need an HDMI cable for the best image possible through your television. Do yourself a favor and get these cables from amazon and NOT from your brick and mortar big name electronics store - they often sell them for over $50 and into over $100 for cables you can get online for less than $10!!!! Only without the brand name. I’ve connected two consoles to two flat screen TVs and the image looks incredible. I did also buy the three component AV wire connections, and while you may not need it for your flat screen TV, it came in useful for me when traveling and installing the PS3 to outdated hotel televisions.
Our Playstation 3 console came with an 80 gigabyte hard drive, a wireless Dualshock contoller and of course the blu-ray player. Beyond that I purchased a Playstation 3 Blu-ray disk remote control and a Sony MDR-IF240RK Wireless Headphone System for the many times I stay up late watching TV while my wife is sleeping.
Downstairs, it is the primary DVD/Blu-ray player that continuously plays children’s DVDs, but every once in a while our 11 year old girl will play Wall-E or even try Ferrari Challenge on it. And sometimes we’ll run Netflix or Playon through it.
In both cases, the Playstation 3 Console is at the heart of our household entertainment system, upgrading regular DVD’s and playing incredibly good looking Blu-ray disks, streaming Netflix and Playon, playing insane games and connecting to the PS Network.