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Sony PlayStation 3 review | Introduction

Published on: Monday, September 24th 2007                   Written by: Dennis Hissink - Photography by: Mark Peters

T hose who grew up in the time of the Sinclair, Atari and Commodore gaming consoles, where games were the order of the day, or those who entered the gaming world solo or online with their PC, but who chose digital photography as a ‘serious and responsible’ hobby, will reminisce, with melancholy, about last March 23rd 2007 when the Sony PS3 was introduced officially in Europe. Nevertheless, it doesn’t have to remain nostalgia. I found the perfect excuse to account for the purchase of a Sony PlayStation 3; the PS3 console has a few built-in card readers that make it possible to play your digital (family) photos in large format in a digital photo album! All right, I have to admit that the PS3 is too expensive to purchase just for this purpose, but the way it shows digital photos has given a lot of admiration by friends and family. Therefore, the Sony PS3 is not only a game console, but can be considered as a high-tech media center!

Sony PS3 game console

Sony PS3 game console

 

PlayStation 3 - Design

PlayStation 3 - Design

Those who pick up the box of the PS3 for the first time will immediately notice the weight of the console. With a weight of about 5 kilogram, it will be clear right away that the Sony PS3 is not a lightweight. You can take this literally as well as figuratively. The PlayStation 3 is a magnificent piece. The shining deep black material and the nice design ask for a striking and prominent place in the living room. You don't even have to be a high-tech freak for this; even those who do not have a clue as to what kind of device they have in front of them can appreciate the design. With measurements of 32.5 (W) x 9.8 (H) x 27.4 mm (D), the PS3 takes up a reasonably modest spot. The many connections, which the PS3 has, are remarkable but are not immediately visible because of the fine design.

PlayStation 3 - Connections

PlayStation 3 - Connections

Standard, the Sony PS3 is supplied with a power supply cable, USB cable, Ethernet cable, AV adapter and an AV cable. A lot has been said and written about the lacking of a HDMI cable, but let’s just say that it is a pity that such a cable doesn’t come with the standard equipment. Besides the documentation, a SIXAXIS wireless controller is supplied, to operate the PS3. Those who are only interested in the PS3 for its built-in Blu Ray player can purchase an optional Blu Ray remote control. The non-gaming freaks will have to get used to operating the SIXAXIS and will need the proper practice to be able to use it blindly. The wireless controller will have to be connected to the PS3 physically in order to be recognized and for wireless operation.

 
 
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