PlayStation 3

PlayStation 3
Original PlayStation 3 logo

New PlayStation 3 logo
Original model
Slim model
Super Slim model
  • Top: Original PlayStation 3 (2006)
  • Center: PlayStation 3 Slim (2009)
  • Bottom: PlayStation 3 Super Slim (2012)
Also known asPS3
DeveloperSony Computer Entertainment
ManufacturerSony, Foxconn, Asus[1]
Product familyPlayStation
TypeHome video game console
GenerationSeventh generation
Release date
  • JP: November 11, 2006 (November 11, 2006)
  • NA: November 17, 2006 (November 17, 2006)
  • PAL: March 23, 2007 (March 23, 2007)
  • NZ: September 29, 2015
  • EU: March 2016
  • AU: March 2016
  • NA: October 2016
  • JP: May 29, 2017
Units shipped87.4 million
(as of March 31, 2017)[2]
Operating systemPlayStation 3 system software[4][5]
CPU3.2 GHz Cell Broadband Engine with 1 PPE and 8 SPEs
Memory256 MB XDR DRAM system and 256 MB GDDR3 video
Storage2.5-inch SATA hard drive (12 GB (super-slim only), 20 GB, 40 GB, 60 GB, 80 GB, 120 GB, 160 GB, 250 GB, 320 GB or 500 GB included)
Graphics550 MHz Nvidia/SCEI RSX Reality Synthesizer
Controller inputSixaxis, DualShock 3, DualShock 4, Logitech Driving Force GT, Logitech Cordless Precision controller, standard USB controllers, GT Force, rhythm game controllers, PlayStation Move, PlayStation 3 Blu-ray Remote Control, GunCon 3, PlayStation Portable, Wonderbook, PlayStation Vita, keyboard and mouse
Online servicesPlayStation Network
PredecessorPlayStation 2

The PlayStation 3 (officially abbreviated as PS3) is a home video game console developed by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is the successor to PlayStation 2, and is part of the PlayStation brand of consoles. It was first released on November 11, 2006 in Japan,[7] November 17, 2006 in North America, and March 23, 2007 in Europe and Australia.[8][9][10] The PlayStation 3 competed mainly against consoles such as Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles.

The console was first officially announced at E3 2005, and was released at the end of 2006. It was the first console to use Blu-ray Disc as its primary storage medium.[11] The console was the first PlayStation to integrate social gaming services, including the PlayStation Network, as well as the first to be controllable from a handheld console, through its remote connectivity with PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita.[12][13][14] In September 2009, the Slim model of the PlayStation 3 was released. It no longer provided the hardware ability to run PS2 games. It was lighter and thinner than the original version, and featured a redesigned logo and marketing design, as well as a minor start-up change in software. A Super Slim variation was then released in late 2012, further refining and redesigning the console.

During its early years, the system was negatively received, due to its high price ($599 for a 60 gigabyte model, $499 for a 20 GB model), a complex processor architecture, and lack of quality games but was praised for its Blu-ray capabilities and "untapped potential". The reception would get more positive over time. The system had a slow start in the market[15] but managed to recover, particularly after the introduction of the Slim model. Its successor, the PlayStation 4, was released later in November 2013. On September 29, 2015, Sony confirmed that sales of the PlayStation 3 were to be discontinued in New Zealand, but the system remained in production in other markets.[16] Shipments of new units to Europe and Australia ended in March 2016, followed by North America which ended in October 2016.[17][18] Heading into 2017, Japan was the last territory where new units were still being produced until May 29, 2017, when Sony confirmed the PlayStation 3 was discontinued in Japan.[19][20][21][17][18]


The PlayStation 3 began development in 2001 when Ken Kutaragi, then the President of Sony Computer Entertainment, announced that Sony, Toshiba, and IBM would collaborate on developing the Cell microprocessor.[22] At the time, Shuhei Yoshida led a group of programmers within this hardware team to explore next-generation game creation. By early 2005, focus within Sony shifted towards developing PS3 launch titles.[22] Sony officially unveiled PlayStation 3 to the public on May 16, 2005, at E3 2005,[23] along with a boomerang-shaped prototype design of the Sixaxis controller.[24] A functional version of the system was not present there,[25] nor at the Tokyo Game Show in September 2005,[26] although demonstrations (such as Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots[25]) were held at both events on software development kits and comparable personal computer hardware.[25][26] Video footage based on the predicted PlayStation 3 specifications was also shown (notably a Final Fantasy VII tech demo).[27]

The initial prototype shown in May 2005 featured two HDMI ports, three Ethernet ports and six USB ports;[28] however, when the system was shown again a year later at E3 2006, these were reduced to one HDMI port, one Ethernet port and four USB ports, presumably to cut costs.[29][30] Two hardware configurations were also announced for the console: a 20 GB model and a 60 GB model, priced at US$499 (€499) and US$599 (€599), respectively.[29] The 60 GB model was to be the only configuration to feature an HDMI port, Wi-Fi internet, flash card readers and a chrome trim with the logo in silver.[29] Both models were announced for a simultaneous worldwide release: November 11, 2006, for Japan and November 17, 2006, for North America and Europe.[31]

On September 6, 2006, Sony announced that PAL region PlayStation 3 launch would be delayed until March 2007, because of a shortage of materials used in the Blu-ray drive.[32] At the Tokyo Game Show on September 22, 2006, Sony announced that it would include an HDMI port on the 20 GB system, but a chrome trim, flash card readers, silver logo and Wi-Fi would not be included.[33] Also, the launch price of the Japanese 20 GB model was reduced by over 20%,[34] and the 60 GB model was announced for an open pricing scheme in Japan.[34] During the event, Sony showed 27 playable PS3 games running on final hardware.[35]


Silver PlayStation 3 consoles on show in 2006

PlayStation 3 was first released in Japan on November 11, 2006, at 07:00.[7] According to Media Create, 81,639 PS3 systems were sold within 24 hours of its introduction in Japan.[36] Soon after its release in Japan, PS3 was released in North America on November 17, 2006.[8] Reports of violence surrounded the release of PS3. A customer was shot, campers were robbed at gunpoint,[37] customers were shot in a drive-by shooting with BB guns,[38] and 60 campers fought over 10 systems.[39]

The console was originally planned for a global release through November, but at the start of September the release in Europe and the rest of the world was delayed until March.[40] With it being a somewhat last-minute delay, some companies had taken deposits for pre-orders, at which Sony informed customers that they were eligible for full refunds or could continue the pre-order.[41] On January 24, 2007, Sony announced that PlayStation 3 would go on sale on March 23, 2007, in Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and New Zealand.[9][10] The system sold about 600,000 units in its first two days.[42] On March 7, 2007, the 60 GB PlayStation 3 launched in Singapore with a price of S$799.[43] The console was launched in South Korea on June 16, 2007, as a single version equipped with an 80 GB hard drive and IPTV.[44]

Slim model

Following speculation that Sony was working on a 'slim' model, Sony officially announced the PS3 CECH-2000 model on August 18, 2009, at the Sony Gamescom press conference.[45][46] New features included a slimmer form factor, decreased power consumption, and a quieter cooling system.[47] It was released in major territories by September 2009. At the same time, a new logo was introduced for the console to replace the previous "Spider-Man" wordmarks (named due to their use of the same font as the logos of Sony's then-current Spider-Man films), with a new "PS3" wordmark evoking the design of the PlayStation 2 wordmark replacing the capitalized PlayStation 3 lettering.[48]

Super Slim model

In September 2012 at the Tokyo Game Show, Sony announced that a new, slimmer PS3 redesign (CECH-4000) was due for release in late 2012 and that it would be available with either a 250 GB or 500 GB hard drive. Three versions of the Super Slim model were revealed: one with a 500 GB hard drive, a second with a 250 GB hard drive which is not available in PAL regions, and a third with a 12 GB flash storage that was available in PAL regions, and in Canada. The storage of 12 GB model is upgradable with an official standalone 250 GB hard drive. A vertical stand was also released for the model. In the United Kingdom, the 500 GB model was released on September 28, 2012; and the 12 GB model was released on October 12, 2012. In the United States, the PS3 Super Slim was first released as a bundled console. The 250 GB model was bundled with the Game of the Year edition of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception and released on September 25, 2012; and the 500 GB model was bundled with Assassin's Creed III and released on October 30, 2012. In Japan, the black colored Super Slim model was released on October 4, 2012; and the white colored Super Slim model was released on November 22, 2012. The Super Slim model is 20 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the Slim model and features a manual sliding disc cover instead of a motorized slot-loading disc cover of the Slim model.[49][50][51][52][53][54] The white colored Super Slim model was released in the United States on January 27, 2013 as part of the Instant Game Collection Bundle.[55] The Garnet Red and Azurite Blue colored models were launched in Japan on February 28, 2013.[56] The Garnet Red version was released in North America on March 12, 2013 as part of the God of War: Ascension bundle with 500 GB storage and contained God of War: Ascension as well as the God of War Saga.[57] The Azurite Blue model was released as a GameStop exclusive with 250GB storage.[58]

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