Congratulations: After months of painstaking research, you finally sprang for the perfect HDTV, surround sound receiver and enough high-end speakers to deafen Motley Crue. There’s just one core home theater component left to add – a next-generation videogame console, most of which can also satisfy that HD DVD or Blu-ray jones. But with so much ado over online distribution and graphic violence recently, which should you cop? Relax… The following guide will soon have you playing with power:
Best For: Gadget freaks looking to wow the neighbors, or those investing for the long-term.
40GB: Includes 2 USB ports, no memory card slots, Spider-Man 3 on Blu-ray. Price: $399.99
80GB: Includes 4 USB ports, Memory Stick/Compact Flash/SD/MMC card reader, MotorStorm game. Price: $499.99
Details: Enjoy interactive outings at stunning 1080p widescreen resolution in Dolby Digital 5.1, with full CD/DVD playback, HDMI output and a built-in Blu-ray drive making it one of best values cost-wise for A/V enthusiasts. Most units are also backwards compatible with a decent, and constantly growing, selection of PSOne/PlayStation 2 titles (40GB models lack PS2 functionality, though), so you needn’t toss your old collection either. As for added features, think limited motion-sensing capabilities – tilt the SIXAXIS controller to guide futuristic fliers in Warhawk or balance while tiptoeing across logs in Uncharted. And, of course, full wireless Internet support via the PlayStation Network for online showdowns, sampling demos or purchasing original games like PAIN and classics such as Medievil. Some downloadable titles, e.g. Tekken 2, are even transferable onto, and playable on, your PSP. Pictures and songs may also be stored on systems, or streamed alongside video to them from a PC.
Playstation 3 Pros and Cons
-Amazing HD audiovisuals
-Affordable way to get Blu-ray
-Compatible with PSOne/PS2 titles
-Size and weight
-Limited game selection
-Still lacks killer apps
Sony’s much-maligned MVP has yet to truly shine, but will come the launch of blockbusters exclusives like Metal Gear Solid 4 and Gran Turismo 5… and, in the meantime, makes one kick-### conversation piece.
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