About the PLAYSTATION®3!


The PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system unleashes a brilliant, high-definition entertainment experience.

Featuring the Powerful Cell Broadband Engine, PLAYSTATION 3 system delivers an experience beyond anything you know today. With a built-in Blu-ray Disc drive, PLAYSTATION 3 system invites you to a whole new generation in high-definition graphics and digital entertainment. Whether it's high-definition gaming, Blu-ray movies, music or online services, PLAYSTATION 3 invites you to Play Beyond

 

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Here are all the frequently asked questions you may have about the PS3 or PLAYSTATION 3 entertainment system. The PS3 videos games, the systems specifications, the hardrive space, and the versitility.

1.) Everyones asking when is the Sony corporation PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system be launched ?

The PLAYSTATION 3 system will be available in North America (U.S. and Canada) on November 17, 20006

2.) Another question that's been on my mind and other peoples mind that SONY corp was so nice to answer is: What is the difference between the PLAYSTATION system configuration for $499 and the PS3 $599 configuration?

Both solutions include Blu-ray Disc™ the latest in high-definition* video, Bluetooth, four USB ports, 1080p video, HDMI**, and the advanced microprocessor, the Cell Broadband Engine™. The difference between them, however, is that the $599 system includes Memory Stick/SD/CompactFlash slots, Wi-Fi***, and a 60GB hard disk drive (HDD), whereas the $499 system comes with a 20GB HDD.

* Video output in HD requires cables and an HD-compatible display, both sold separately. Copy-protected Blu-ray video discs can only output at 1080p using an HDMI cable connected to a device that is compatible with the HDCP standard. HDMI cable not included. Additional equipment may be required to use the HDMI connector.
** HDMI cable not included. Additional equipment may be required to use the HDMI connector.
*** Requires broadband internet service and a wireless access point or LAN. Certain limitations apply to Wi-Fi connectivity. See the product documentation for details. User is responsible for Internet service fees.

3.) What is Blu-ray? is another question and answer Sony provides.

Blu-ray (BD) is a next-generation media format that delivers the ultimate high-definition* entertainment experience. Just like the DVD format offered a technological leap over CDs, Blu-ray Disc™ is the next leap forward in the natural advancement of data storage and digital entertainment.

Facts about Blu-ray Disc™:

— Blu-ray Disc™ is supported by the Blu-ray Association and it has a broader industry support than any disc format ever launched

— The format offers more than five times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs and can hold up to 25GB on a single-layer disc and 50GB on a dual-layer disc

— Pristine picture quality with the capability for full high-definition resolution 1080p

— Blu-ray Disc™ recordable formats offer unsurpassed storage capacity to store your digital world (photographs, home videos, music libraries, and data)

— Blu-ray Disc™ gives consumers a smooth way to transition to high-definition by protecting their DVD investments; Blu-ray Disc™ players are compatible with DVD so existing DVD collections can be enjoyed on Blu-ray hardware

More information about Blu-ray can be found at the Blu-ray Disc Association's Website blu-raydisc.com

* Video output in HD requires cables and an HD-compatible display, both sold separately. Copy-protected Blu-ray video discs can only output at 1080p using an HDMI cable connected to a device that is compatible with the HDCP standard. HDMI cable not included. Additional equipment may be required to use the HDMI connector.

4.) Why is Blu-ray Disc(tm) important to gaming? Another Sony Q&A

With Blu-ray Disc™, the PLAYSTATION®3 system offers game developers unprecedented power to express their creativity and a larger canvas to create a level of interaction, sophistication, and reality that has never existed in gaming. As a result, consumers can experience a whole new generation of high-definition gaming.

5.) What is the Cell Broadband Engine (tm) and how does it benefit the consumer?

The Cell Broadband Engine™ is the digital soul behind the PLAYSTATION®3 system. Years in the making, engineers from Sony, SCEI, IBM, and Toshiba have developed an advanced microprocessor unlike any other. The Cell Broadband Engine has up to eight Synergistic Processor Units (SPUs) or "cores" to help balance the processor workload thus making it more powerful and more efficient than traditional "single-core" processors. Breakthroughs in fidelity, believability, and hyper-reality enabled by the raw power of the Cell Broadband Engine™ processor provide limitless experiences.

6.) WHat is HDMI?

High-Definition Multimedia Interface* (HDMI) is an industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. HDMI provides an interface between any compatible digital audio/video source, such as a set-top box, DVD player, an A/V receiver and a compatible digital audio and/or video monitor such as a digital television.

* HDMI cable not included. Additional equipment may be required to use the HDMI connector.

7.) What is the multi-axis motion sensing system?

The multi-axis motion sensing system found in the new PLAYSTATION®3 controller employs technology that provides for seamless interactive operation, thus eliminating additional settings to TVs. With this system, users are able to maneuver the controller as a natural extension of their bodies, all in real-time and with high-precision.

8.) How can you upgrade the 20 GB hard drive?

PLAYSTATION®3 hard disk drive is removable and upgradable. You can upgrade the drive by removing the hard drive and replacing it with a larger capacity drive.

9.) How do the PSP and the PLAYSTATION 3 systems work together?

For some games, PSP® acting as a remote control to PLAYSTATION®3 is a possibility. Additionally, you can transfer content from the PSP® to PLAYSTATION®3 via Memory Stick or USB*. Ultimately, the developer community has creative license on how they would like the PSP® and PLAYSTATION®3 to interact. For example, in "Formula One 06" (SCEE), PSP® was used as a rear-view mirror.

* Certain limitations apply.

10.) Can I still play my PLAYSTATION 2 games, DVD movie, and CD music collection on PLAYSTATION 3?

Yes, you can play thousands of PlayStation® and PlayStation®2 software titles as well as your DVD and CD collection on PLAYSTATION®3.*

* Some PlayStation 2 or PlayStation format software titles may perform differently on this system than they do on PlayStation 2 or PlayStation systems, or may not perform properly on this system. In rare instances, CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs and other media may not operate properly when played on the PS3 system. This is primarily due to variations in the manufacturing process or encoding of the software. For more info, visit www.us.playstation.com.

11.) How do I save my PLAYSTATION 2 Memory Card information to PLAYSTATION 3?

To use saved data on a PlayStation®2 Memory Card, you must copy the data onto a internal memory card within the hard disk on the PLAYSTATION®3. This requires a PS2/PSone Memory Card adaptor (sold separately) to copy the data to your PLAYSTATION®3.

12.) What online capabilities will the PLAYSTATION 3 system have?

Our goal is to create an environment that is more than just a place to play games, but an environment based on community, communications, commerce, and content*.

* Requires broadband internet service and a wireless access point or LAN. Certain limitations apply to Wi-Fi connectivity. See the product documentation for details. User is responsible for Internet service fees.

13.) Will there be a charge for the PLAYSTATION 3 online service?

We are sticking with our philosophy of maintaining an open platform; the online basic services** such as playing online games, accessing downloadable content, and staying connected with your friends online will be offered to PLAYSTATION®3 users at no charge.

* Requires broadband internet service and a wireless access point or LAN. Certain limitations apply to Wi-Fi connectivity. See the product documentation for details. User is responsible for Internet service fees.
** Users are responsible for internet service charges.
All Information courtest of the Official Playstation®3 website!