June 3, 2023 By admin

PlayStation Portable (PSP) – Incredible Entertainment Console

I needed a next generation games console but wasn’t sure which one to buy. I was faced with three choices, the Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360 or the Nintendo Wii. I didn’t fancy gaming on a PC – I spend enough hours on them at work so wanted to get away from using them in my leisure time. Before making my decision I did a lot of research on the internet which included checking out specifications, reading reviews and finding out what current users of the consoles thought. I dismissed the Nintendo Wii early on due to its lack of features, old-generation technology (it’s based on the old Gamecube hardware) and the slightly childish nature of its games. There’s no doubt it’s good fun with a group of people but I was looking for something a bit more in depth and technically advanced.

It was a much tougher decision between the PS3 and Xbox 360. Both offer similar graphical capabilities but despite being a little more expensive I chose to go with the PS3 in the end. The following features are what really made me go for the Sony console:

Easily upgradeable hard drive. The PS3 comes with an 80GB SATA hard drive as standard which is easy to remove and swap for a bigger version of up to 500GB in capacity. There is no opening up of the console or voiding the warranty in doing so as the standard hard drive is made so that it can be quickly removed. Sony even includes a backup utility for your original drive so the data can be restored to the new drive.

Integrated Blu-ray player. The cost difference between the Xbox 360 and PS3 is more than made up for by the Sony console including an integrated hi-definition Blu-ray player. I’ve always had my eye on such a player and having it integrated within the console meant that I saved space in my equipment rack as well as a few hundred pounds in my pocket. The ps5 game also has an integrated network media player which allows it to play all of my DivX media files from either the build in hard drive or from my PC (as long as it is switched on). Sony’s frequent updates also means that both the Blu-ray player and media player are kept bang up to date, unlike some stand-alone hardware which can quickly become obsolete.

Linux compatibility. The Sony has an option built into the menu system that allows you to install a version of the Linux operating system. This will allow me to play around with my programming whilst getting away from the PC.

Out-of-the-box connectivity is better with the PS3 as it includes a built-in wireless network connection adaptor. This was an extra £50 on the Xbox 360. The console also features standard USB 2.0 ports allowing me to connect accessories such as a USB keyboard, mouse and external pen drives and hard drives.

My final point concerns the online abilities of the PS3. Sony offers free online gaming through its PlayStation Network (or PSN for short). Microsoft charges a subscription for this service. Sony also includes the ability to contrinute to the Folding at Home project which is a distributed computing project designed to perform computationally intense simulations of protein folding and molecular dynamics. This enables thousands of computers around the world to all contribute their processing power towards achieving the results.

Is there any downsides to the PS3 I hear you ask? Well, the Xbox 360 and Wii have both been out longer and as a result have a lot more games, but I think this is something that the PlayStation will catch up on in time. The PlayStation is also a little more expensive than its rivals but I think I have dealt with this point adequately in the article.

 

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