Sony - PlayStation 3 40GB System
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Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Overall, A LetdownPosted .
I purchased the PS3 in anticipation of Grand Theft Auto IV. I got this unit, as well as "The Godfather: The Don's Edition," in addition to some Blu-Ray DVDs. The first thing that you'll notice is the unit's weight. I'm guessing because of the added hard drive, it puts on a few pounds, but that's to be expected. The USB cable for the controller was a little shorter than I liked (it's about 2/3 the length of the cable for the controllers for the PS2), but I'm sure an extension USB should be able to take care of that little problem. I put in the game and was drooling over the definition of the picture coming off the screen. Granted, it looked like most of the stuff was a direct lift off the Playstation 2 version, but even still, it looked beautiful. The sound was crisp and clear...I almost had to find the trumpet player playing the theme from the movie in my room. Sadly, no rumble control in the game, but I hear that is being remedied. Here's where the problem came in. I put in a Blu-Ray DVD of Exotic Saltwater Aquarium by HDscape. The usual window for the PS3 disappears and up pops a purple screen. The video comes up and, while the picture is sharp and clear, anywhere there is any hint of shading or black, everything is purple. First, I thought it may have been a lighting effect on the disc, so I opened up the copy of Blade Runner that I purchased with the unit. Same thing happens again - a purple screen and I'm seeing opening credits on a purple background. Trying to put in a regular DVD-Rom gives the same effect, as well. So, I thought maybe I had a glitched unit. Back to the store the next morning, exchanged it for another one and tried it out. Again, same thing. I returned the unit to the store for a refund. Let it be known that I was running the unit through an HDMI cable into a Hi-Def TV. No manner of color adjustment on the TV to eliminate this problem would help without discoloring everything, and adjusting the settings on the PS3 didnt' help, either. The staff at the store I purchased the unit from was very helpful and told me that they've had a few units returned for various problems, but this was the first time that they've seen anything like this which leads me to believe that Sony still has some MAJOR bugs to work out of the OS on this gaming platform. I included a picture of a screen shot of Blade Runner to give you an idea of the problem that I experienced (it's a little blurry, but it's from a camera phone. Just know that the picure has a lot of browns and blacks). While I recommend the unit for playing some incredible looking games, if you're looking for a Blu-ray player, you may want to use discretion. All in all, I'm a little disappointed with this product, which is sad considering that all of the Sony products that I've purchased have never let me down, including my original PS2 and DVD player which are still running strong.No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I Love This System!!!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Ok, first and foremost, this system rocks. period. Im not going to list all of its features because you can already just see them above. Whats nice is the bang you get for your buck. I have been wanting this system since the day news came out about a PS3 way back when.... I am an avid ps fanboy. i had to wait so long to buy the system simply because i dont like to get the first batch of ANY system, simply because of the inevitable glitches that might come. so i waited, a whole year!!! only because i really had no time to play any console, with school and work and all. Throughout that year, though, the Xbox 360 was around me more than i would have liked. All of my friends who have one of the big 3 consoles (wii, ps3, 360) have the 360! i always talked mess about it but i just always got an earful from them about how great it was blah blah. so eventually i ended up giving in and trying it out. and guess what, i liked it. i played gears of war, fifa 08, madden 08, and of course halo3. i was actually impressed. so more and more i was just leaning towards buying it because of experience an PRICE....until two weeks ago, i was at BB and i just saw the ps3 staring at me. so i got it!!! best decision i made all year!!! i ended up Saving $$! this beast already has hi def bluray built in and wireless networking, built in!!! and i love the media server feature from the home screen. i can access ALL of my pictures, music, and videos that are on my laptop in another room....through my network! the system is great!! beautiful blu-ray hi def on my 40" samsung lcd, i bought Call Of Duty 4 too. THE GREATEST GAME IVE EVER SEEN, PLAYED AND OWNED. PERIOD. this game is addicting and looks and sounds gorgeous! after everything was said and done, i spent 600 bucks (console, game, extra controller, hdmi cable) and it was worth every last penny!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Heres the TRUTH!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
So here is the non biased truth, read this review and go off of what i say cause most people are biased on one side or the other and go off what they "hear" from others! - I bought this 40 gig ps3 on Friday and have had it for 4 days now and this system is pretty good. I got the system with 3 blu ray movies, 1 game "call of duty 4", sony blue ray remote control and a set of sony hdmi cables. My tv is a 42" phillips lcd hdtv that does 1080i 720p "not 1080p" - First off lets start off with my 2 cons. If you are running on an a hdtv u HAVE to buy the hdmi cables and they can cost any were from $30-$90 depending on wich ones u get "and do not believe the hype that buying monster cables for 90 is better then cheap ones for 30 it just is not TRUE, i have compared both many times!" The 2nd con is that it can only play a decent amount of ps1 games and pretty much no ps2 games HOWEVER sony has said numerous times in the last 2 weeks that they are going to a 100% software driven backwards compatibility for all ps3 systems! That means that weather u bought the 60 gig system for $600 a year ago or the 80 gig for $500 3 months ago or the 40 gig for $400 a week ago they will all start playing all ps1 and ps2 games EVENTUALLY because they will run off software updates and patches and NOT the hardware of the system, besides obviously the disc u are putting in it. The reason for this is that even the older systems that were supposed to be backwards compatible still had problems with a decent amount of games on both ps1 and ps2 so this solution will fix all problems. - Now that we understand this the system is pretty cool. You can set your system to put the resolution to what the ps3 thinks is best for what format u are trying to use "game, blu-ray, dl'd video or old dvd" So for most games it sets the resolution at 720p and for blu-rays and dvd's it sets the system at 1080i and for dl'd videos it switches between both "i do not know y, i assume its because it was recorded in a certain format?". I have seen this system at best buy playing both blu-rays and games at 1080p and when i watch blu-ray and play games at 720p and 1080i it looks EXACTLY the same! When it upconverts dvd's they do look better but obviously not as good as a blu-ray disc. - U can play games for FREE online wich is a very good deal since xbox 360 charges and wii has announced it will start charging for certain "pay to play games" online now too... I own a Wii and now a ps3 and i used to own a xbox360 "until it started locking up..."and trust me, the ps3 is a all around nicer system! U can also plug in usb devices too the 2 front usb ports and dl things like music, pictures and videos to your ps3 and it is quite easy! - I do recommend buying the sony blu ray remote with the system cause using the game controller to operate the system while playing movies is kinda odd. This is a good system and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a next gen game system or next gen movie player and since u can connect to the internet and store updates on the hard drive it will be able to run blue ray 2.0 when it comes out in the future wich most blu-ray players CAN NOT do that. So if u are a game player then u basically get a blu-ray player for free and if u are a movie buff u basically get a next gen game system for free. This is a win/win item.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Best bang for your buckPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
@Mistalos , not only is your analysis flawed, its also very misleading. This is a great offer by SONY and puts the product exactly in the price range that I can afford. The fact that there is an option for people that don't need to play ps2 games is great. For people that do, there is an option (80gb) for 100$ more. I didnt care much for that, I want my ps3 to play ps3 games. Everyone should also know the ps3 doesnt need a memory card reader, as these were primarily needed for additonal media. Any Usb drive can still be used( via the included usb drives). This unit also has Bluetooth, for wireless keyboard and mice and any other accesory that supports it (printer, headset, etc). It also fully plays ps3 games in 1080p as well as upconverts standard dvd to 1080I. It also is a full fledged blu-ray player, supports optical audio output, hdmi, svideo, and component cables. all for 399. not to mention the fact that it has less than a 1% failure rate. Oh and the best part, Sony includes in the box, instructions to upgrade the hard drive. Which uses any standard laptop Hard drive formatted to FAT32. This unit has 802.11g wireless and still has 2 usb slots (usb media anyone). again, for only 399. AMAZING!!!!! Oh, I should also not leave out that it has a built in media server software, to connect to windows media server or any DLC server software to stream all youre music wirelessly, over your network. :)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Finally!!!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I know there are going to be a lot of people who say "It's not backward compatible", Well, have the 60gb version that does play ps2 games, and I threw in a couple of my old games and it felt like I was back playing atari compared to the PS3 games. Trust me once you pop in that first PS3 game you'll be saying "ps2?? what's that?". Besides if you have PS2 games I'm sure you have you're old PS2 laying around anyway. But if for some reason it is a big deal, go for the 60gb, not the 80. The 80 uses software emulation but the 60 has the emotion engine which is basically the PS2 hardware in the PS3. I just got the 60gb version last week and let me tell you, I'd rather if I'd just waited and saved $100. The only difference is 2 less USB ports, no flash card readers and subtract the ability to play the ps2 games. Big deal. This is still by far the best system on the market! You get wi-fi(which is $100 extra for the Xbox 360), bluetooth for headsets and controllers, free online play(not the case for Xbox) and the blu-ray player. I agree with most people, you probably won't use the PS3 for blu-ray movies much, especially once they get the prices of HD-DVD/Blu-ray players to the price of the current DVD players...BUT it gives the PS3 huge capacity for games that other systems don't have. I've already been reading about certain games that they are having troubles putting all the content onto a DVD that will play on the Xbox 360...not the case for PS3. And don't believe the naysayers that say some games play better on Xbox 360, it's garbage. Games like Madden are just ports of the same game, since it's their first iteration on PS3, little attention was payed to using the PS3's strengths. With a radically new architecture like the PS3 it takes a little getting used to for the developers, but once they do, they will be noticeably better on the PS3. Bottom line, if you just want to play Halo, by all means get the Xbox 360. If you want the "it thing" that has some cool controllers but plays kids games, go for the wii(remember the wii doesn't have online play or true hi-def). But if you want something that will last you for the long haul, it's the PS3.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Best in class.Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
When compared to Wii & Xbox 360 on a HDTV The PS3 owned! The graphics are sharper and brighter than 360 and obviously underpowered Wii. I ran all three systems on my 1080P HDTV and saw something extremely interesting.The PS3 games i ran are all 720P but yet IT bettered The Xbox 360's supposed 1080P games. The Playstation online is free & actually has been completely Overhauled and actually runs better than my X-box Live account which i pay for. You can actually surf the web and even add your own O.S. like linux, windows,etc. The PS3 controller already comes with a rechargeable battery inside of it,unlike 360 controllers which force you to buy rechargeable battery. Also all the stuff you pay microsoft points for on xbox live like wallpapers,gamer pictures,etc; are actually FREE on the Playstation Online Store. Demos are Actually released 1-2 weeks sooner on the PS3. Add on game content is plenty and usually low priced or free! also unlike all three of my xbox 360 consoles with three seperate accounts my PS3 has not died on me or restricted me from playing online for days or weeks because they are having technical difficulties. If you need a bigger hard drive all you have to do is go to any computer store, pick up a 250GB laptop hard drive or any other size you want and replace the original hard drive with the new beefed up hard drive. It will cost you less than $100.00 unlike having to pay $179.00 for a xbox 360 hard drive for 120GB which is probably gonna get the ring of death 6-12 months later. I do not have a problem with scratched discs on my PS3, unlike my 360 which burns an unrepairable ring on games from the slightest vibration, even from your surround sound system being on at a comfortable listening level. You can download all your favorite old school or new games & Movies on your PS3 in 15 minutes or less. That is amazing considering the fact that anyone who owns a 360 and tried downloading a full game has been through the brutal wait of 7 hours - 4 days of leaving the system on just to download a game or even a HD movie on x-box LIve.Also you dont have to buy add on HD player because PS3 has built in blu ray which updates itself via online and gives you extra movie content and HD Surround Sound all for free. On the PS3 you can download games while playing a game and it will contue with out stopping any functions. Take that and its a clear choice for some one who can do the math.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
60GB Was The Best So FarPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
With the format war finally over, it makes no sense to pass up buying a PlayStation3 anymore! At the same price as the cheapest stand-alone players on the market, the Bluray-equipped PS3 has established itself as a genuine value! When the 20/60GB PS3s hit the market, I immediately saw them as a bargin being the cheapest Bluray players on the market- let alone the fact they would play PS1/2/3 games and had all the next-gen connectivity my little heart could desire! ----- While those in the gaming community may gripe that the loss of backwards compatiblity may be a dealbreaker, I whole-heartedly disagree. If you have a library of PS1&2 games to play, chances are good you already have a PS2 to play them on- why spend the extra $100 (vs the 80GB) to buy your Playstation all over again? Yes I agree loss of 2 USB ports can pose a problem (ESPECIALLY with games like RockBand), and taking out the card reader slots was kinda silly (now you need a USB adapter to read SD cards & Memory Sticks), but retaining the WiFi was possibly the wisest decision Sony could have made! ----- With the WiFi, firmware updates are EASILY attainable- especially compared to the patch downloading/CD burning headaches others are having with their stand-alone Bluray units! Plus, being able to download demos, wallpapers, videos, etc AND play games online all for FREE is a HUGE bonus! While I could complain about the lack of HDMI cables or Bluray Remotes, or even Memory Card readers, I think those horses have been beaten to death enough already! ----- Bottom Line? The PlayStation3 is now solidly the platform of choice for all of those looking to upgrade to Bluray! Even if you never plan to put a game disc into the unit, the reliability, quick startup and load times, and ease of future updates, ALL FOR THE SAME PRICE, make this a deal too good to pass up!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
If you have a PS2, this is AWESOME!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Anyone who compains that there is no backwards compatibility, get the more expensive version. It's just like complaining that the Xbox 360 Core did not have a harddrive, wireless controllers, HDMI (at release), etc., when the other versions were available at a higher price. This PS3 has the following features that no version of the Xbox 360 has: *Ensured Harddrive (all PS3's have them, while two of the four SKUs of the Xbox 360 do not), so designers can plan on them with game development (reducing load times). *Built-in Wireless Internet - costs a lot of addition money for all Xbox 360's *Built-in High-Definition Player (Blu-ray) - again, costs a lot of additional money for all Xbox 360's, and this limits what developers can do for the system *Built-in Bluetooth (up to seven controllers) - Use your existing bluetooth headset for your cellphone, or any other device *Cell processor - wow is all one can say... *Sixaxis motion-sensative controller *A failure rate of less than 1% - compared to the rumored 30+% of the Xbox 360. *Non-proprietary Harddrive upgradability - no need to pay Microsoft an insane markup for 20 - 120 GB proprietary drives *Free multiplayer online play - no need to pay for Xbox Live Gold every month/year *Ability to install Linux OS When I was trying to decide on whether to go with an Xbox 360, or a PS3, I looked at how much more I would have to spend to match what I was getting for the price of the PS3. If you are one of the 120+ million PS2 owners worldwide, you do not need backwards compatibility from this system, therefore it is an excellent buy. If you want to spend the extra money for the bigger version with backwards compatibility, it is not a waste of money either.