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PlayStation 3 - All You Need to Know

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The PlayStation 3:

The PlayStation 3 is the world's most sophisticated videogame console to date. The successor of the most popular gaming system ever, the PlayStation 2, the PS3 looks to be the system to beat with its superior graphics, motion-sensing controller, network capabilities, and stellar lineup of games.

There is a lot to know about this system, and I'm here to help. Each of the sections below gives details about the PS3. The links in the sections will take you to full articles on the PS3 related subject. There is a lot more PS3 content on my site, but this should be enough to help you understand all the PS3 is about.

PlayStation 3 Launch Titles:

Game console manufacturers, such as Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft, love to spout off about which system is more powerful (really, it's the PS3). But what makes any console worth having are its games.

The PS3 has one of the most impressive lists of games lined up for its November 17th launch. From family friendly, multiplatform games like Sonic the Hedgehog to PS3 exclusive titles designed with the hardcore gamer in mind, Resistance: Fall of Man, the PS3 has stellar batch of games available from day one.

PlayStation 3 Accessories:

One of the biggest surprises the PS3 gave us was its totally redesigned controller. The new Sixaxis looks a lot like the PS2's Dualshock controller, but that's where the similarities end. Instead of rumble (vibration in the controller), the Sixaxis features motion sensing. The Sixaxis isn't the only new accessory. There is a memory card adaptor, Blu-ray remote control, and HDMI AV cable available, as well. To determine which are right for you, I've compiled a list of the PS3 accessories with full descriptions to help you decide.

PlayStation 3 HD-TV:

One of the major selling points of the PS3 is that it has a built-in Blu-ray High-Definition disc player. The PS3 can play new HD Blu-ray movies, PS3 games, CDs, and DVDs. It will even "upscale" the DVD movies you already own to look better on a HDTV. In order to take advantage of the PS3's HD abilities, you will need to buy an HDMI cable. Both versions ($499/$599) fully support HDTV.

PlayStation 3 Network:

The PlayStation 3 has the ability to go online via the PlayStation Network. The PS3 enables you to play games online, download game and entertainment content, purchase music and games, as well as transfer downloaded games to the PSP. The PS3's network is completely free to use, the only charges are for purchases, or certain games may require a monthly fee to play online. The PS3 also supports chat and web-surfing using the Sixaxis or any USB keyboard.

PlayStation 3 Images - Hardware and Accessories:

The PS3 is not only a powerful system, but a beautiful one. The designers over at Sony wanted to create a gaming system that looked more like a piece of high-end electronics than a toy. As these images show, the PS3 looks more like a sound system designed by Bose than a videogame system. The $599 60GB PS3 comes in shiny black with a silver accent plate protecting the Blu-ray drive. The $499 20GB PS3 comes in "clear black" and has no sliver plate.

PlayStation 3 Specs and Details:

The PS3 is the most powerful videogame system ever designed. The heart of the PS3 is the Cell Processor. The PS3's Cell is essentially seven microprocessors on one chip, allowing it to perform several operations at once. In order to provide the sharpest graphics of any game system, Sony turned to Nvidia to build its graphics card.

Sony has decided to market two versions of the PS3. One will have a 60GB hard drive, WiFi wireless internet, and the ability to read various flash ram cards. The $499 version features a 20GB drive, and does not have the aforementioned options. Both systems are otherwise the same.

Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom - Preview and Screenshots:

Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom is one the PlayStation 3's launch titles. This action role playing game allows players to develop one of several characters as they adventure through a fantasy realm. Based on the popular PSP franchise, Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom looks to bring stunning visuals and deep gameplay to the PS3 on day one.

Mobile Suit Gundam: CROSSFIRE - Screenshots:

Gundam is one of Japan's most iconic animated series. While gundam games, cartoons, and toys have been huge hits overseas, they have yet to gain widespread popularity in the west. Mobile Suit Gundam: CROSSFIRE hopes to change that by bringing mecha (giant robot) combat to a wider audience. Mobile Suit Gundam: CROSSFIRE revolves around epic mecha combat in which gamers pilot giant robots, smashing trees and firing missiles at each other. CROSSFIRE looks to be the surprise hit of the PS3's launch.

More PlayStation 3 Information:

There is, of course, much more to the system. This article just provides a sampler of what the PS3 is and some of the games available for it. I am constantly updating my collection of PS3 news and information, so check back regularly. Also, for more screenshots of upcoming PS3 games, be sure to check my list of PS3 launch window games. The PS3 is going to change the face of gaming, and I'll be here reporting on everything you need to know about the PS3.
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