The PlayStation 3 (Japanese: Pureisuteshon Suri, trademarked PLAYSTATION 3, abbreviated PS3) is Sony’s seventh generation era video game console, third in the PlayStation series. It is the successor to PlayStation and PlayStation 2 and will compete against Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii.
The PS3 was released on November 11, 2006 in Japan. It will be released on November 17, 2006 in the United States and Canada, and in March, 2007 in Europe and Australasia. It will ship in two initial configurations. Sony officially unveiled the PS3 to the public on May 16, 2005 during an E3 conference. A functional version of the console was not at E3 2005 or the Tokyo Game Show in September 2005, although at both events, demonstrations were held on devkits (e.g. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots) and comparable PC hardware, and video footage based on the predicted PS3 specifications was produced (e.g. Mobile Suit Gundam). It was not until E3 2006 that games were shown on actual PlayStation 3 systems. In preparation for launch, Sony demonstrated 27 playable PS3 titles during the Tokyo Game Show in September 2006 on final hardware.
|Upgradable hard drive||Yes, 20 GB||Yes, 60 GB|
|Flash card readers||No||Yes|
Sony’s initial retail strategy for the PlayStation 3 will involve two configurations detailed in a Sony press release. The “premium” version of the PlayStation 3 will come with an internal 60 GB Serial ATA 2.5″ hard drive, Wi-Fi connectivity, and multiple flash memory card readers, and features a brighter cosmetic silver-colored trim.Both consoles now feature a silver-colored logo, to add to the cosmetic appeal of the packages. The second, alternate configuration of the console will have a 20 GB internal hard drive, but will not feature Wi-Fi or a memory card reader. The hard drive is upgradeable, and memory card support can be added through adapters, but Wi-Fi support cannot currently be added.