It was Sept. 9, 1995, when the original PlayStation was introduced to the American market. Going over the heads of Nintendo, Sony was able to manufacture the first successful CD-ROM based system. With successful titles such as Final Fantasy 7, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Tekken, Metal Gear Solid and other big name games, Sony was able to set the standard for non-PC gaming systems. For nearly six years, Sony went virtually unchallenged creating what is called the "PlayStation Generation." Sony went on to release PlayStation 2 in October of 2000, which was as popular as, if not more popular than, its predecessor. If not for the release of Microsoft's Xbox, Sony would have completely dominated the game console market; however, PlayStation 2's market share still far exceeded that of the Xbox.
Trying to get a jump on Sony, Microsoft released Xbox 360, the first seventh-generation console, on Nov. 22, 2005. Although there was large demand for the system after it was first released, demand has since gone down, and many eagerly await the release of PlayStation 3. Sony's latest creation promises to be hands down the best system of all of the seventh-generation consoles, showing up even the Bill Gates-backed Xbox 360.
So, what exactly does Sony have up its sleeve? For starters, on paper, the PlayStation 3 is nearly twice as powerful as the Xbox 360 and 15 times more powerful than the Nintendo Revolution. The PS3 is packing 1.8 teraflops of floating-point performance, six USB ports, seven wireless Bluetooth controllers and comes with a 60GB hard drive! This makes the Xbox 360 look relatively bad due to its 1 teraflop of floating-point performance, three USB ports, four controllers and the pestering fact that it does not come with an external hard drive.
The ace up Sony's sleeve is the use of the Blu-ray disk. This revolutionary new disk format uses a blue violet laser, which is far more precise than the typical red laser used in modern disk formats. This will allow the designers of PS3's games unlimited space to work with and means that all the video from the games will be 1080p or HD quality. The official specifications for the PS3 can be found here. To compare them to the Xbox 360's specs, visit this site.
The official release date is November 2006, almost a year after the Xbox 360 was released. Although it has been delayed, it's highly doubtful that PS3 won't live up to expectations. Expect amazing graphics with amazing titles as well as a complete system for around $400, a much better deal than the jalopy you purchase from Microsoft, if you opt for the base system. I know, I know, HALO IS FUN, but come on ... play it on your friend's Xbox, because PS3 is going to be DY-NO-MITE.
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