This game console guide will give you several points of information about the PLAYSTATION 3 that will help to guide you if you are looking at buying the cheapest Playstation 3 in Australia for yourself or as a gift for a family member or friend as well as how to locate the best Playstation 3 prices.
RECENT PS3 NEWS & PS4 NEWS
||Sony are to make a public announcement in New York, USA regarding the new Playstation 4 console on the 20th of Februrary.
||Rumours have been circulating about Sony including a new version of the Playstation controller. The new Playstation 4 controller may include a touch panel as well as regular dual shock controller features. There is also possibly a Share buttone on the new controller.
||Sources, who are referring the next generation Playstation dev kits to "Orbis" and not "PS4" say, the kits apparently house AMD's A10 APU series and come with either 8GB or 16GB of GDDR5 RAM. The Orbis has Wi-Fi, Ethernet connectivity, and HDMI out slots. The graphics, meanwhile, are also provided by AMD - specifically a Radeon GPU with 18 GCN units.
That may sound a like a lot of techy mumbo jumbo but what it essentially means is that the GPU packs 18 processing clusters, each packing up to 64 cores. That provides a lot of parallel processing power, and will thus handle the majority of the PS4's grunt work. It has been reported that the PS4 will pack around 1.84 teraflops of overall raw computation power.
||The WSJ is reporting that PS4 will use Gaikai to stream games specifically for “current PlayStation 3 titles” on the new console, but will also using traditional disc-based methods to play games. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this, as you will note below. According to sources speaking with the news outlet, Sony will unveil the new tech next week along with “higher fidelity cameras” for Move and a touch-pad on the new controller.
||PS3 game, The Last of Us has been delayed until June 13, 2013.
||Sony are believed to be readying a NEW super slim PS3-4000 model. This new Super Slim PS3 is said to be smaller in size without the slot drive for optical discs.
The new super slim PS3 is believed to have a top mounted pop door bluray drive instead. The model specs of the new console may be CECH-4011C.
Technoblog also uncovered a recent document from Sony Brasil confirming three models have been submitted for certification and they are all identical except for storage capacity. The CECH-4011A contains a 16GB hard drive (or RAM drive), the 4011B-CECH comes in at 250GB, and the CECH-4011C has a whopping 500GB capacity.
The low end model (16G) super slim PS3 is being rumoured to cost around $100USD (which is about the same or slightly less in Australian dollars!)
You may have to wait until 2013 for the super slim playstation to arrive in Australia.
||EA recently assigned the entire portfolio of Need For Speed over to Criterion (makers of the Burnout series and NFS: Hot Pursuit!). The next release will be Need for Speed: Most Wanted which will be released in Australia on November 1, 2012!
Check out his must watch Need for Speed Most Wanted video below!
||Blizzard have released Diablo 3 for Sony Playstation 3 and the Sony Entertainment Network. You need to be online at all times to play Diablo 3 on any platform.
||Sony recently released a client update for their free 3D virtual world social network called Playstation Home. With update onscreen controls and tighter networking and security as well as wardrobe, shopping and apartment furniture options, this update is drawing lots of Playstation gamers back to the world of Playstation Home on the Sony Entertainment Network.|
||Sony released their latest gaming platform the Sony Playstation Vita gaming console. The PS Vita works with digital downloads or memory cards, no more discs. It also sports two joysticks and is highly compatible with the Sony Playstation 3 game console.|
||Sony release a system update that confirms the change away from PSN (Playstation Network) to SEN (Sony Entertainment network) to encompass all of their online services for Sony products including the Playstation 3.|
||PS3 game retailers are now fast selling titles such as; Skyrim, Uncharted 3, Modern Warfare 3 ( MW3 ), Need for Speed The Run and Rachet and Clank All 4 One.|
||May 15. Sony have just announced that the Playstation Network (PSN) is now coming back online region by region. Sony have now begun rolling out the new greatly enhanced and more secure PSN network services to PS3 users worldwide.|
||Sony is currently performing a major upgrade of all Playstation PSN servers and security to enable the safest play and security for Playstation 3 users.|
||Sony Playstation Move controller and move charging station now available. The playstation move motion controller will enable PS3 owners to control on screen actions with movement only.|
- Sony Playstation Move motion controller (around $70)
- Sony Playstation Move Navigation controller (around $50)
- Sony Playstation Move Charging Station (around $50)
- Sony Playstation Move starter pack ( move motion controller, playstation eye camera, Demo disc) (around $100)
||Sony have released two new ps3 consoles. A PS3 160GB and a PS3 320GB. The 320 GB PS3 with come with Playstation Move controller in the box.|
Gran Turismo 5 ( gt5 ) is now available.
Little Big Planet 2 ( LBP2 ) is now available.
Motorstorm Apocalypse ( MSA ) is now available.
AFL Live ( AFL on PS3 ) is now available.
Brink ( Brink on PS3 ) is now available.
||Sony Playstation 3 is now updated for fully compatible 3D Stereoscopic playback (3D games and 3D blu-ray movies) on a 3DTV.|
||Sony have now (2009->) released the new PS3 (also know as the Sony PS3 Slim) which sports a new chipset that saves approx 1/3 in power!|
The new Sony PS3 slim is smaller and cheaper as well as saving a lot of power.
When looking to buy PS3 slim you should look for PS3 bundle options to maximise your value.
The following services have been added to the PS3 in Australia:
- MUBI - Movies on PS3
- Yahoo!7 PLUS7 - catchup TV on PS3
- Filmy - Search and categories your HD video on PS3
- Q Music Unlimited - Music
- Playstation Plus - PSN+ gives you exclusive downloads
SONY PS3 SLIM SPECIFICATIONS
|SONY PS3 SLIM CPU:
||Cell Broadband Engine - updated for power saving|
|SONY PS3 SLIM GPU:
|SONY PS3 SLIM Audio Output:
||LPCM 7.1 ch, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC|
|SONY PS3 SLIM Memory:
||256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM|
|SONY PS3 SLIM Hard Disk:
||2.5” Serial ATA, 120GB|
|SONY PS3 SLIM Inputs/Outputs:
||Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) x2|
|SONY PS3 SLIM Networking:
||Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) × 1, IEEE 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR)|
|SONY PS3 SLIM Resolution:
||1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i (for PAL 576p, 576i)|
|SONY PS3 SLIM HDMI OUT connector:
|SONY PS3 SLIM AV MULTI OUT connector:
|SONY PS3 SLIM Digital out (optical) connector:
|SONY PS3 SLIM Maximum read rate:
||BD × 2 (BD-ROM), DVD × 8 (DVD-ROM), CD × 24 (CD-ROM)|
|SONY PS3 SLIM Power:
||AC 220 – 240, 50/60Hz|
|SONY PS3 SLIM Power Consumption:
|SONY PS3 SLIM Dimensions:
||Approx 290 × 65 × 290 mm (width × height × length)|
|SONY PS3 SLIM Weight:
|PREVIOUS CHEAP PS3 INFO|
- The Sony PS3 is getting fairly regular updates now with new features and patches.
- The Sony Playstation 3 will be bundled with Little Big Planet for the Christmas Shopping period. Little Big Planet is one of the most anticipated games ever for the Playstation 3 platform and is a game suitable for all ages.
- Only the Sony 40 GB PS3 is available in Australia as at time of writing - NEW - PAL regions ( incl AUS) will change to the Sony Playstation 3 80 gb model as of August 2008 (40Gb PS3 will be available until sold out) - no other changes to this PS3 model. (You can upgrade your own PS3 HDD at any time to a larger 3rd party HDD)
- New Sony PS3 rumble controller is available NOW as Sony PS3 dual shock 3 controller.
- New USB device, DVB-T for PS3 is available in some countries and is coming to Australia soon. This device (sony PS3 PlayTV) allows you to watch digital TV via your Sony PS3 as well as perform functions on the TV/Video such as recording, time shifting and rewinding live TV. (As this product is not in AUS these specs are as a guide only)
- Many game studios are now making their games on Sony PS3 first before porting them to 360 (etc) therefore bringing PS3 games to market sooner and more readily than other competing game consoles.
- New online experience, Playstation Home, coming to Sony PS3 soon. Virtual environment to interact in.
- Sony PS3 supports HDMI 1.3a and support Bravia sync which will let you control all Bravia devices with a single remote.
What is the PLAYSTATION 3?
The Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) is Sony's seventh generation era video game console in the PlayStation series. It is the successor to the PlayStation 2 (which Sony sold in the Millions!) and will mainly compete against the previously released (older) game consoles; Nintendo Wii and the Xbox 360.
Sony has announced that the Playstation 3 will be backward compatible with earlier PS1 and PS2 games. For the Australian release Sony has stated that the PS3 will have the -- programming that runs the older (PS1, PS2) software -- chip removed and replaced by software of the consoles hard drive.
This means much better backwards compatibility with the Australian Playstation 3. This software compatibility means that it can be updated seamlessly through your ps3 and the internet as new updates are available for playstation 2/1 games. This makes the Australian PS3 superior to the US and Japan releases.
The Playstation 3 was officially unveiled on May 16, 2005 by Sony during the E3 conference, where the console was first shown to the public. A functional version of the console was not at E3 or the Tokyo Game Show in September 2005, although at both some demonstrations were held on devkits (for example Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots) and comparable PC hardware, and video footage based on the predicted Playstation 3 specifications was produced (for example for Mobile Suit Gundam).
The current version of the Australian PAL PS3 40GB has backwards compatibility (ability to play PS2 games) removed to cut overall costs of the console (card reader facilities were also removed-this can be re-added via USB devices). Sony have stated that after going down this road they wont be going back (to supporting PS2 games).
Some interesting PS3 Links:
Playstation Blog Australia
Australian PS3 Support
When can I buy PLAYSTATION 3 in Australia?
||Sony Playstation 3 is available to buy in Australia today ! Look for discount ps3 and cheap ps3 on the Internet for the best possible price!|
(The Playstation 3 was released in Japan and USA in November 2006. )
The PS3 is considered by some to be somewhat costly, but reasonably so, as it packs a punch compared to previous gaming consoles, with increased superiority in high definition graphics and surround sound (7.1), together with support for high definition Blu-Ray DVD built in! The Sony Playstation 3 also has the added ability to run some Operating Systems (such as flavours of Linux) directly on the unit! An amazing facility that no other game console has the ability to do! The PS3 also has further enhancements through the broadband Internet connection and is regularly updated.
What are the Versions of the PLAYSTATION 3?
Playstation 3 was originally to sell in two versions, one Playstation 3 for around AUD$600 and a higher capacity HD Playstation 3 for around AUD$1000. The main difference between the two Playstation 3 Australia machines is the 20Gig and 60Gig hard disk drives.
|Upgradable hard drive
Yes, 20 GB
Yes, 60 GB
|Composite AV Cables
|Flash card reader
Sony did not released the cheaper version of the PS3 but is but went on to sell ONLY the playstation 3 40GB version (as of August 2008 Sony will be selling one single console worldwide - the Sony PS3 80Gb). Sony have also brought back the Playstation rumble feature to the playstation controller. The rumble feature had originally been removed from the Playstation 3 controllers due to the new sixaxis feature (tilt control!). Note: The new Sony Dual Shock 3 controller is sold separately!
Please Note: New Sony 40 GB Playstation 3|
As of October 2007 Sony have announced a new version of the Sony Playstation 3 which is a 40 GB Playstation 3 with only 2 USB ports, (HDMI enabled) no HDMI cable, NO PLAYSTATION 2 backwards compatibility (can't play Playstation 2 titles!). Prices are between $600 and $700 Australian. The new 40 GB Playstation 3 is available now from various retailers (Kmart, Big W etc) as well as online stores (usually the cheapest option) that stock Playstation 3 consoles.
It is believed that Sony are discontinuing all other versions of the Playstation 3 for the foreseeable future in the pacific region (and most other regions of the world.
It would appear that the new 40GB Playstation 3 from Sony has hit the sweet spot for gamers / consumers the world over as Sony has since sold millions of the new version of the Playstation 3 and is outselling other game consoles over the Christmas period.
WHERE CAN I FIND CHEAP PS3 GAMES IN AUSTRALIA
- Everyone wants the best playstation 3 games...
To find the cheapest PS3 games in Australia you should check out PS3 games stores online (as these are usually much cheaper than physical stores) to find the specific PS3 games that would like to buy, then once you have the game/s that you are interested in you should cross reference the web shops for the best prices on the PS3 games.
How to find the cheapest PLAYSTATION 3 ?
||If you want to find the cheapest playstation 3 in Australia or more likely buy the cheapest playstation 3 in Australia then you need to start your PS3 search online.|
There are many online stores and shops that sell the Playstation 3. You need to gather a list of online console / games sites that sell the PS3. You need to look at the playstation 3 packages that they are offering, that is, what do you get for your money? Does it include ps3 games? Does it include extra ps3 wireless controllers? If you actually want these extra items then your should factor this into your decision. If you don't want these accessories then you want just the raw price for the playstation 3 console. (As a tip, make sure you are looking at Australian websites and that the amounts are in Australia dollars! - don't buy your ps3 from overseas unless you have the non-PAL hardware and powerpoint configurations to support it!).
Naturally you will be looking to list sites that have a ps3 sale or a discount playstation 3 first as this will no doubt be the best playstation 3 prices going at the moment. Then you will want to check the added prices such as credit card fee and postage to send the playstation 3 to where you live (compared to where their ps3 are warehoused and dispatched).
You should probably avoid any sites that proclaim to give you a free playstation 3 (of which there are a few). Many of these scam type free ps3 sites are going to give you nothing but headaches and viruses / spyware and they're quite likely not going to give you a free sony playstation 3 for doing very little and paying nothing! Even if they did give you a free playstation 3 you would probly find that it is not a sony ps3 that is configured for Australia!
What are some of the original Specs of the PLAYSTATION 3?
According to a press release by Sony at the May 16 2005 E3 Conference, the specifications of the PlayStation 3 are as follows:
Central processing unit
3.2 GHz Cell BE multi-core processor: PowerPC-based 'Power Processing Element' and 8 Synergistic Processing Elements (SPEs).
The PPE has a 512 KiB L2 cache and one VMX (AltiVec) vector unit.
Each of the eight SPEs is a RISC processor with 128-bit SIMD and superscalar functions. Each SPE has 256 KiB of software-addressable SRAM.
Only seven SPEs are active; the eighth is redundant, to improve yield.
If one of the eight has a manufacturing defect, it is disabled without rendering the entire unit defective.
Graphics processing unit
Custom RSX or "Reality Synthesizer" design co-developed by NVIDIA and Sony:
Clocked at 550MHz
1.8 TFLOPS (trillion floating point operations per second) theoretical floating point capability
Full high definition output (up to 1080i) x 2 channels
Multi-way programmable parallel floating point shader pipelines
136 shader operations per clock
74.8 billion shader operations per second (100 billion with CPU)
33 billion dot products per second (51 billion dot products with CPU)
128-bit pixel precision offers rendering of scenes with high dynamic range imaging
256 MiB Rambus XDR DRAM clocked at CPU die speed (3.2 GHz)
256 MiB GDDR3 VRAM clocked at 700 MHz
Theoretical system bandwidth
25.6 GB/s to Main Ram XDR DRAM: 64 bits × 3.2 GHz
22.4 GB/s to GDDR3 VRAM: 128 bits × 700 MHz × 2 accesses per clock cycle (one per edge)
RSX 20 GB/s (write), 15 GB/s (read)
SB 2.5 GB/s write and 2.5 GB/s read
204.8 GB/s Cell Element Interconnect Bus (Theoretical peak performance)
Cell FlexIO Bus:35 GB/s outbound, 25 GB/s inbound (7 outbound and 5 inbound 1Byte wide channels operating at 5Ghz) (effective bandwidth typically 50-80% of total)
Supported screen sizes: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Two HDMI (Type A) outputs (Dual-screen HD outputs)
S/PDIF optical output for digital audio
Multiple analog outputs (Composite, S-Video, Component video)
Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS, LPCM (DSP functionality handled by the Cell processor)
Blu-ray Disc: PlayStation 3 BD-ROM, BD-Video, BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE.
DVD: PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM, PlayStation 3 DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
CD: PlayStation CD-ROM, PlayStation 2 CD-ROM, CD-DA, CD-DA (ROM), CD-R, CD-RW, SACD, SACD Hybrid (CD layer) SACD HD
Detachable 2.5" hard drive accessory- *sold separately* available initially in capacities of 80 and 120GB, according to an interview with "Ken Kutaragi in Nikkei Business Magazine". (original Japanese), (translated) --NOW PS3 40GB only.
Memory Stick standard/Duo and standard/mini slots
CompactFlash Type I and II slot
Three Gigabit Ethernet ports (Sony has indicated that because of cost reduction there is a possibility that the PlayStation 3 may act only as an accessory interface and hub and perhaps not as a router, as originally planned.)
IEEE 802.11g Wi-Fi
USB 2.0 (four front and two rear ports)
SCEI's press release indicates that controller connectivity to the PlayStation 3 can be provided via:
802.11g Wi-Fi. Integrated for mesh networking and connectivity with the PlayStation Portable
>--- Please note that the above stats are a GUIDE ONLY for the PLAYSTATION 3 as Sony continue to evolve the models / versions of the hardware.
TCP/IP networking (wired ethernet)
USB 2.0 (wired)
Bluetooth 2.0 (up to 7 controllers)
Overall floating-point capability
In a slide show at their E3 conference, Sony presented the "CPU floating point capability" of the PlayStation 3's Cell CPU, and compared it to other CPUs. In their official press release, the same statistic regarding the PS3 as a whole was reported to be 2 TFLOPS . The figures are rounded estimates based on addition of the theoretical maximum floating point performances of the processing units in the Cell CPU and those of the RSX GPU. Inevitably, real-world performance for both systems will be lower. Additionally, programmers may find it difficult, initially, to optimize their game engines to make the best use of the highly parallel architectures of both systems, further reducing real-world performance.
According to an in-depth report compiled by IBM, the theoretical peak performance of a single SPE is 25.6 GFLOPS. The seven SPEs in the PS3, in addition to the VMX unit in the PPE, would yield a total combined single-precision floating point performance of 218 GFLOPS (the same figure quoted by Sony). It should be noted that this figure is an estimate based on ideal, 100% efficient operation of the processor. The floating-point capacity of the PS3 will significantly exceed that of the Xbox 360, although it should be noted that Microsoft's console, due to its 3 symmetric fully featured processor cores (which are very similar to the Cell's PPE), may fare better on dynamically branching code, like that used for artificial intelligence.
It should also be noted that floating-point performance is a single-dimensional metric for comparing computers, and that many other considerations (including integer performance, memory size and bandwidth, etc.) determine the "overall" performance of a computer system. Floating point calculations are very important for graphics, multimedia, and game physics, but considerably less important for other tasks such as artificial intelligence.
Finally, whether the PS3's advantage in floating-point performance will be readily apparent in games depends entirely on whether developers are able to effectively make use of the system's unique architecture.
52 cm (L) x 24 cm (W) x 4 cm (H)
The Playstation 3 controller has done away with the rumble feature to make way for the new sixaxis feature! You can now control your games by literally just moving your controller around! The controllers are wireless with USB connection to re-charge them.
. The ability for the PlayStation Portable to connect to the PlayStation 3 as a video-enabled controller.
. Two simultaneous High-definition television streams for use on a title screen for a HD Blu-ray Movie.
. High-definition IP video conferencing.
. EyeToy interactive reality game, Eyedentify.
. EyeToy voice command recognition.
. EyeToy virtual object manipulation.
. Digital photograph display (JPEG).
. MP3 and ATRAC download and playback.
. Simultaneous World Wide Web access and gameplay.
. Hub/Home Ethernet Gaming Network.
. Parental Controls
. 7 controllers at once
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