The PlayStation 3 Pureisutēshon Surī?, officially abbreviated asPS3.) is the third home video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment and 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 theseventh generation of video game consoles. It was first released on November 11, 2006, in Japan, with international markets following shortly thereafter.
Major features of the console include its unified online gaming service, the PlayStation Network, its multimedia capabilities, connectivity with the PlayStation Portable, and its use of the Blu-ray Disc as its primary storage medium.
The PlayStation 3 was first released in Japan on November 11, 2006 at 07:00. According toMedia Create, 81,639 PS3 systems were sold within 24 hours of its introduction in Japan.Soon after its release in Japan, the PS3 was released in North America on November 17, 2006. Reports of violence surrounding the release of the PS3 include a customer shot,campers robbed at gunpoint,customers shot in a drive-by shooting with BB guns, and 60 campers fighting over 10 systems.
The console was originally planned for a global release through November, but the European and rest-of-the-world’s release was delayed “until March” at the start of September. With it being a somewhat last-minute delay, some companies had taken deposit-based pre-orders, to which Sony informed customers that they were eligible for full refunds or could continue the pre-order. On January 24, 2007, Sony announced that the PlayStation 3 would go on sale on March 23, 2007 in Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and New Zealand. The system sold about 600,000 units in its first two days. On March 7, 2007, the 60 GB PlayStation 3 launched in Singapore with a price of S$799.
The console was launched in South Korea on June 16, 2007 in a single version equipped with an 80 GB hard drive and IPTV.For more about upcoming games check this : Latest Games
PS3 Slim and console rebranding
Following speculation that a ‘slim’ model was in the pipeline Sony officially announced the PS3 CECH-2000 model on August 18, 2009 at the Sony Games com press conference.Among its features are a slimmer form factor and quieter noise when powered on. It was released in major territories by September 2009. As part of the release for the slim model, the logo was changed from the “Spider-Man font” and capitalized PLAYSTATION 3 to a more traditional PlayStation and PlayStation 2 like ‘PlayStation 3’ logo with “PS3” imprinted on the console. Along with the console and logo redesign, the boot screen of all consoles changed from “Sony Computer Entertainment” to “PS3 PlayStation 3”, with a new chime and the game start splashscreen being dropped. The cover art and packaging of games has also been changed to reflect the redesign