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PlayStation 3 Information, Fitting Guides, Repair Guides...

Here we have tried to organise all of the information we have regarding the PlayStation 3 video games console and specifically PS3 console repairs, servicing and upgrading.

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PlayStation 3 Specification

CPU: Cell Processor

* PowerPC-base Core @3.2GHz
* 1 VMX vector unit per core
* 512KB L2 cache
* 7 x SPE @3.2GHz
* 7 x 128b 128 SIMD GPRs
* 7 x 256KB SRAM for SPE
* * 1 of 8 SPEs reserved for redundancy total floating point performance: 218 GFLOPS

GPU: RSX @550MHz

* 1.8 TFLOPS floating point performance
* Full HD (up to 1080p) x 2 channels
* Multi-way programmable parallel floating point shader pipelines

Sound: Dolby 5.1ch, DTS, LPCM, etc. (Cell-base processing)


* 256MB XDR Main RAM @3.2GHz
* 256MB GDDR3 VRAM @700MHz

System Bandwidth:

* Main RAM: 25.6GB/s
* VRAM: 22.4GB/s
* RSX: 20GB/s (write) + 15GB/s (read)
* SB: 2.5GB/s (write) + 2.5GB/s (read)

System Floating Point Performance: 2 TFLOPS


* Detachable 2.5” HDD slot x 1


* USB: Front x 4, Rear x 2 (USB2.0)
* Memory Stick: standard/Duo, PRO x 1
* SD: standard/mini x 1
* CompactFlash: (Type I, II) x 1

Communication: Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) x3 (input x 1 + output x 2)

Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g

Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR)


* Bluetooth (up to 7)
* USB2.0 (wired)
* Wi-Fi (PSP®)
* Network (over IP)

AV Output:

* Screen size: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
* HDMI: HDMI out x 2
* Analog: AV MULTI OUT x 1
* Digital audio: DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) x 1

CD Disc media (read only):

* PlayStation CD-ROM
* PlayStation 2 CD-ROM
* SACD Hybrid (CD layer), SACD HD
* DualDisc (audio side), DualDisc (DVD side)

DVD Disc media (read only):

* PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM

Blu-ray Disc media (read only):

* BD-Video: BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE


PlayStation 3 Models / Variations

Slim model and rebrand

The PlayStation 3 Slim has received extremely positive reviews as well as a boost in sales, less than 24 hours after its announcement the PS3 Slim took the number-one bestseller spot on in the video games section for fifteen consecutive days before regaining the position again one day later. The PS3 Slim also received praise from PC World giving it a 90 out of a 100 praising its new repackaging and the new value it brings at a lower price as well as praising its quietness and the reduction in its power consumption. This is in stark contrast to the original PS3's launch in which it was given position number-eight on their "The Top 21 Tech Screwups of 2006" list.

CNET awarded the PS3 Slim four out of five stars praising its Blu-Ray capabilities, 120GB hard drive, free online gaming service and more affordable pricing point, but complained about the lack of backwards compatibility for PlayStation 2 games. TechRadar gave the PS3 Slim four and a half star out of five praising its new smaller size and summed up its review stating, "Over all, the PS3 Slim is a phenomenal piece of kit. It's amazing that something so small can do so much", however they criticized the exterior design of the PS3 Slim as being "ugly", however it wasn't criticized as ugly to the same degree as the original system's design.

As part of the release for the slim model, the logo was changed from the "Spider-Man font" PLAYSTATION 3 to the more traditional PlayStation 3 with "PS3" on the console. Along with the console and logo redesign, the boot screen of all consoles changed from saying "Sony Computer Entertainment" to "PS3 PlayStation 3", with a new chime and the game start splashscreen being dropped. The packaging of games has also been changed to reflect the new consoles logos and image.


PlayStation 3 Production & Availability

Region Units sold First available
Canada 520,000 as of August 1, 2008 November 17, 2006
Europe 10 million+ as of August 18, 2009 March 23, 2007
Japan 3.4 million as of September 6, 2009 November 11, 2006
United Kingdom 2.5 million as of September 17, 2009 March 23, 2007
United States 9 million+ as of August 18, 2009 November 17, 2006
Worldwide 27 million as of September 30, 2009 November 11, 2006


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