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PlayStation 3 160GB System

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #6 in Game Consoles


Pros: Great graphics, flexible multimedia capabilities, audio down-sampling, exclusives, blu-ray playback

Cons: Power-hungry, difficult to develop for, no remote

The Playstation 3 is, in my opinion, the best console of the last generation. I use mine primarily for streaming video and gaming, and it's generally very easy to use. Video quality is very good, and the ability for it to downsample audio for older receivers is a huge plus in my book. Until recently, I was using an older receiver and this allowed me to experience the increased audio quality of Blu-Ray even though my receiver couldn't decode the uncompressed audio.


Tech Specs:

The PS3 is definitely the most powerful system of the last generation, eclipsing the Wii (what DOESN'T eclipse the Wii in terms of power) and handily beating out the XBox 360. Unfortunately, the cell processor in the PS3 was difficult to develop for and the XDRAM Sony used, while fast, was expensive and never caught on the way Sony hoped it would. However, now that it is this late in the game, the cell processor is finally able to be fully utilized and it shows in exclusives like Uncharted 3 and The Last of Us, which have graphics more stunning than anything I've seen on the 360. Standard outputs make the PS3 easy to use, as well as a normal 2.5" SATA drive. If I ever decide I want more space, it's extremely easy and pretty cheap to increase the space available by simply popping in a new drive.



This is one service that I highly recommend. While you can play online for free, PS+ is a no-brainer with online save storage and all the free games. You don't get crappy free games, either. Right now, Payday 2, BioShock Infinite, and Borderlands 2 are all available for free for PS+ users. I've gotten XCOM and Saints Row 3 as well, and plenty of other excellent games. This alone makes PS+ worth it at $50/year. It will easily pay for itself in terms of freebies. Sony may have angered some by requiring it for online play on the PS4, but I don't mind at all. If you don't have PS+, you either truly can't afford it, don't have internet, or just don't care about free games and offsite backup of your saved games. Bonus feature: installing patches overnight so you don't have to wait for those.



Luckily, by the time I got my PS3, most of the kinks had been worked out of the UI. There are a lot of options, which others have mentioned could be confusing for some, but my wife is able to pull up Netflix and Blu-Ray/DVDs without issue. The batteries in the controllers last FOREVER. Seriously, three years later and I'm still impressed with how long the batteries in the controllers last. The fact that they charge with MiniUSB and are fairly easy to pair with a computer for other uses is icing on the top. Games take a bit of time to load, but that has as much to do with the 54000 rpm drive as anything. I'd like to see what happens if you put a SSD in the system, but I don't have one to donate to the cause.


How I use it:

This is pretty much the center of my home theater system. I use it for Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube, physical movies, and games. Essentially, it is an exceptional multimedia system.


Pros: Plays a variety of media, great blu-ray, free demo's

Cons: Replaced by PS4, not the best graphics compared to others, no auto shut-off

As only a casual gamer, I enjoy the blu-ray and demo features of the PS3. We also use the Netflix streaming feature, which is nice as we have not been forced to upgrade to a new TV with this already built in. Most of the games I play are the free demo's and the large hard drive can store plenty of them. There is also a large selection of used games available which is a cost-effective way to go if you don't need to have the latest and greatest.

The PS3 is easy to setup and use even for the most novice users. The controllers are well designed with naturally placed buttons and most games allow for customization of controls. I purchased mine in 2009 and have not had any issues with performance or hardware. The updates provided by Sony always improve the experience.

Overall, I feel the PS3 is a great value and I would recommend it to those in my situation.


Pros: Frequent updates, zero computability issues, many multimedia and gaming options

Cons: No infrared!!! Sometimes too many options, can be confusing for non-tech savy

When I first got the PS3 I initially planned on using it mostly for playing games. Over the years, my use of the PS3 has evolved and changed, as has almost every device in my setup. My TV, receiver, Tivo, speakers, and media player have all changed. One of the only devices in my setup that hasn't is the PS3, excepting the move from the fat to slim model. Over the years it has been used primarily as a gaming console, then a blu-ray player, then a media player, then a Netflix player. As my needs have evolved, the PS3 has been able to keep up. Most of the devices in my setup have changed as my viewing patterns have changed, but the PS3 remains.

Most recently, I got a Panasonic TC-P60ST60, which is 3D capable. But I didn't have to upgrade my blu-ray player to a 3D compatible model, the PS3 was updated for it long before I was. Add to that being able to 3D game, and the PS3 has re-solidified it's place in my setup. I no longer use it for Netflix, I got an Apple TV I like better for that. I no longer use it as a media player, I got a Patriot Box Office I like better for that. But it remains my only blu-ray player, and gaming console. And it does both of those fabulously.

My main complaint is the lack of IR compatibility. I have been using Logitech Harmony remotes for years, and am still annoyed I had to buy the Logitech adapter to use my remote with the PS3. This has got to be the biggest oversight Sony had with the PS3. I don't want to have a separate remote JUST for the PS3 when every other device I have works with my Logitech. My other con is that the multitude of functions the PS3 can perform can get overwhelming for a non-tech savy user. I have auto-play disabled since I don't want the disk to start when I insert it, so I wouldn't dream of asking my mom to start a movie on my PS3, where she easily can on her dedicated blu-ray player.


Pros: Excellent high def rendering of blu ray content, biggest bang for the buck long after purchase, multi purpose unit with gaming and music, wifi

Cons: Remote control needs to be purchased separately, slow to load blu ray's, requires updates frequently

At a time when quality of life was drastically diminished due to economic strife, I considered the PS3 160GB as an alternative means to provide family entertainment. For $300, it was a vehicle that enhanced our home theater experience via high def video play, high end gaming experience as well as the ability to play music and provide a quick though somewhat clunky internet access. There was also the aspect of streaming video that I figured built in a little future proofing should I decide to go that route. Upon purchase and install, the unit has been all that was expected and then some. It's sleek black design made for a nice compliment to my existing home theater gear and HDMI was fully compatible with my Denon head unity making for simple connection. Video and sound quality are clearly superior but it is important to have a clear understanding of the most appropriate setting based on pass thru capabilities of receiver. It does take a long time for Blu Ray's to load but this particular point I don't find to be a bother as I can load disc then go pop my popcorn. I kinda like coming back and having trailers automatically started or the main title menu playing anyway. I've never had a glitch of any kind with this player but I've never conducted any firmware updates either. The only updates that occur are those require with certain Blu Ray's, which THIS is a bit annoying as it seems to occur more frequently as time goes on.

Overall, the kids can operate it so functionality is good, plays movies in my opinion flawlessly, and games are fully enjoyed by the kids (mainly). I have used it for music playback both in disc and streaming form but I prefer to run my music from my home network through my receiver. With the PS4 coming out, I'm not sure I'm finding a need to upgrade because I'm that happy with the PS3. This unit gets used multiple times a week in all aspects. There is no question, in terms of overall value, this is one of the best purchases I've ever made. biggrin.gif


Pros: Good picture ,good scalier and video processing good Netflix ,Ytube and Hulu streamer + dnla BD and upscaling DVD

Cons: slow to load non switchable controler batteries no querty keyboard b sure to keep your controller charged

Good wifi blue ray,upscaling DVD player excellent picture 128bit 1080p resolution excellent picture quality ,Bravia sync for other Sony devices good wifi performance
Free PlayStation Network membership, built in Netflix,Hulu plus ,You Tube and more . Bluetooth controller, PlayStation store app dnla compliant
160gb HDD works good as a DVD BD player , media center and game box lot of versatility in one box .
lack of querty keyboard option makes typing and text entry awkward and slow .
other than that it's a decent Media box
PlayStation 3 160GB System

With the PlayStation 3 160GB system, you get free PlayStation Network membership, built-in Wi-Fi and 160GB of hard disk drive storage for games, music, videos and photos. This system will come with firmware 3.6 or greater. You can easily upgrade to the latest firmware for free, simply by connecting the PS3 to the internet. And every PS3 system comes with a built-in Blu-ray player to give you pristine picture quality and the best high-definition viewing experience available. Whether it’s gaming, Blu-ray movies, music or online services, experience it all with the PlayStation 3 system. All PlayStation 3 systems are already equipped with everything you need to play stereoscopic 3D games.

BindingVideo Game
TitlePlayStation 3 160GB System
ColorOne Color
SizeOne Size
PlatformPlayStation 3
Height0 inches
Length0 inches
Weight8.43 pounds
Width0 inches
List Price$249.99
Package Quantity1
Product GroupVideo Games
Release Date2011-08-17
Edition160 GB
Number Of Items1
Part Number0711719842309
ESRB Age RatingEveryone
Hardware PlatformPlaystation 3
Is Autographed0
Is Eligible For Trade In1
Is Memorabilia0
Operating SystemPlayStation 3
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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