History of PS3

Posted: May 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

On November 11, 2006, Sony released a console named PS3 to compete with the current generation consoles like the Wii and the Xbox 360.

Although a little late in the game (a year to be exact), the PS3 wa

s able to catch the consumer’s eyes due to the success of its predecessor the PS2.

Hardware:

One of the selling point of the PS3 is not only it is a gaming system, it can also be an entertainment system.

The PS3 is the first and only console that plays blu-ray. Blu-ray is becoming the new medium for putting data such as movies or games and will soon replace the DVD.  The PS3 is made of IBM-designed CPU which is almost the same as the 360’s specifications.It also includes a NVIDIA RSX graphics chipset and a 256MB RAM. In terms of hardware, the PS3 beats the 360 due to robusts media features including bluetooth, HDMI output and builtin wireless adapter which the 360 didn’t have.

Technical Problems:

Compared to the Xbox 360, the PS3’s reliability blows the 360’s out of the water. A survey conducted by SquareTrade, shows that PS3’s failure rate under 2 year lifespan is only 10%.

Revision:

Like the xbox 360, the ps3 also received several revisions on the hardware.  The first revisions were minor and it removed some unecessary hardware to lessen the production costs. During the early years of the release It costs Sony $806 for every PS3 and the retail price of their product is $499. So for every PS3 sold, Sony loses $306 and they make up for their loses from the games they sell.

On September 1, 2009 Sony released PS3 slim which is a complete redesign of the PS3 to heavily reduce the manufacturing costs.

The PS3 slim is lighter and smaller version of the original PS3 and some features were also stripped down to heavily reduce the manufacturing costs. As of now, Sony closes the gap to $18 per PS3s sold.

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