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The PlayStation 3 (プレイステーション3 Pureisutēshon Surī?, officially abbreviated asPS3.[6]) is the third home video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainmentand the successor to the PlayStation 2 as part of the PlayStation series. The PlayStation 3 competes with Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles. It was first released on November 11, 2006, in Japan,[7] with international markets following shortly thereafter.[8][9][10]

Major features of the console include its unified online gaming service, the PlayStation Network,[11] its multimedia capabilities,[12] connectivity with the PlayStation Portable,[13] and its use of the Blu-ray Disc as its primary storage medium.[14]


Sony officially unveiled the PlayStation 3 (then marketed as PLAYSTATION 3[15]) to the public on May 16, 2005 at the E3 2005 conference,[16] along with a 'boomerang' shaped prototype design of the Sixaxis controller.[17] A functional version of the system was not present there,[18] nor at the Tokyo Game Show in September 2005,[19] although demonstrations (such as Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots[18]) were held at both events on software development kits and comparable personal computer hardware.[18][19]Video footage based on the predicted PlayStation 3 specifications was also shown (notably a Final Fantasy VII tech demo).[20] The initial prototype shown in May 2005 featured twoHDMI ports, three Ethernet ports and six USB ports;[21] however, when the system was shown again a year later at E3 2006, these were reduced to one HDMI port, one Ethernet port and four USB ports, presumably to cut costs.[22][23] Two hardware configurations were also announced for the console: a 20 GB model and a 60 GB model, priced at US$499 (€499) and US$599 (€599), respectively.[22] The 60 GB model was to be the only configuration to feature an HDMI port, Wi-Fi internet, flash card readers and a chrome trim with the logo in silver.[22] Both models were announced for a simultaneous worldwide release: November 11 for Japan and November 17 for North America and Europe.[24]

On September 6, 2006, Sony announced that the PAL region PlayStation 3 launch would be delayed until March 2007, due to a shortage of materials used in the Blu-ray drive.[25] At the Tokyo Game Show on September 22, 2006, Sony announced that it would include an HDMI port on the 20 GB system, but a chrome trim, flash card readers, silver logo and Wi-Fi would not be included.[26] Also, the launch price of the Japanese 20 GB model was reduced by over 20%,[27] and the 60 GB model was announced for an open pricing scheme in Japan.[27] During the event, Sony showed 27 playable PS3 games running on final hardware.[28]


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  16. ^ Sulic, Ivan (2005-05-16). "IGN: E3 2005: PS3 Official". IGN. Retrieved 2008-01-14.
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  20. ^ Allen, Jason (2005-05-15). "E3 2005: Eyes-on the Final Fantasy VII Tech Demo". IGN. Retrieved 2006-07-24.
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  23. ^ "IGN's Official PlayStation 3 FAQ". IGN PlayStation 3. 2007-03-26. pp. 1 of 4. Retrieved 2007-04-23.
  24. ^ "Sony PlayStation 3 launch details". Arstechnica. 2006-05-09. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  25. ^ "PlayStation 3 Euro launch delayed". BBC. 2006-09-06. Retrieved 2008-01-14.
  26. ^ "TGS 2006 - TGS 06: No US PS3 price drop; HDMI in 20 GB model". GameSpot. 2006-09-23. Retrieved 2008-01-14.
  27. ^ a b Anoop Gantayat (2006-09-22). "TGS 2006: Price Drop For Japanese PS3". IGN PlayStation 3. Retrieved 2007-01-15.
  28. ^ "Sony announces 27 playable titles for the September Tokyo Game Show.". IGN. 2006-08-16. Retrieved 2006-08-16.

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