PlayStation 3 (2006)
Original price: $599
Equipped with a specially developed "cell processor" and an at-the-time utterly unique Blu-ray drive, the PlayStation 3 was an incredibly expensive console with unproven capabilities that pushed the limits of the high-end console market. Built-in Wi-Fi and a 60GB removable hard drive were a few of the $599 version's selling points over the Xbox 360, along with its Blu-ray-playing functionality, making it at the time one of the most affordable Blu-ray players around.
The original, extra-large PS3 chassis had its own SD, Memory Stick, and CompactFlash card slots for plug-and-play picture slideshows. It also had hardware backward compatibility with PlayStation 2 games. The PS3 controller, while looking like its PS2 DualShock counterpart, originally had no rumble; instead, it had "Sixaxis" accelerometer-based controls that worked with some games, but was a weak attempt to compete with the simultaneously released Nintendo Wii.
Read our review of the 2007 40GB version of the PS3, which already dropped hardware support for PS2 games.
June 1, 2011 2:16 PM PDT
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