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Sony PlayStation 3 Console PS3 40GB

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This item is currently discontinued and at present, we have no replacement on order.
Quickcode: 26741  
Stock code: GAD-PS3-CORE
Manuf. code: GAD-PS3-CORE
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Sony Playstation 3

The PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system unleashes a brilliant, high-definition entertainment experience with its Cell Broadband Engine that delivers a gaming experience that is beyond what you know today. Its built-in Blu-ray Disc drive delivers a whole new generation in high-definition gaming and unmatched digital media storage. Whether it’s gaming, Blu-ray movies, music or online services, PlayStation 3 will change your digital life.
High-definition capabilities: Enjoy high-definition entertainment, HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) means you can use your PlayStation 3 with high-definition televisions as well as conventional TVs. Hard Disk Drive (HDD): The PlayStation 3 comes with a 40GB removable hard disk drive (HDD) allowing you to store your music, images and video files as well as content downloaded from Sony’s online service. System interoperability: The PlayStation 3 and PSP are designed to work together so you can easily exchange media like photos, videos and music from your PlayStation 3 system to your PSP. Game developers are also working on innovative and exciting ways of integrating the PSP system into PlayStation 3 games. Always on: PlayStation 3 delivers an “always-on” online experience; offering a world of online possibilities including multiplayer gaming, text and video messaging, voice chatting, downloading content and browsing the internet. Blu-Ray: The built-in Blu-ray disc player means you can enjoy next-generation high-definition entertainment, including games and movies.
Under the hood: The PlayStation 3 is powered by the Cell Broadband Engine, a revolutionary microprocessor that leapfrogs the performance of existing processors, giving the PlayStation 3 system supercomputer-like power and performance that until now, game developers have only dreamt about. For example, the Cell Broadband Engine is 40 times faster than the chip that is found inside the PlayStation 2 console.
The PlayStation 3 system’s Cell Broadband Engine is the very thing that game developers have always dreamt about. Its unique multi-processing unit design represents a tour de force in parallel processing. The ability to do more of everything at the same time means more enemies, more AI, more explosions, and more realistic gameplay. Amazing gameplay elements such as ragdoll physics and keyframe animation, enemy AI behaving unpredictably, glass cracking based on the size of the object that impacted it, and individual flecks of dust in a beam of sunlight are all possible with the PlayStation 3. The Cell Broadband Engine has the muscle and horsepower to move beyond artificial intelligence.
Blu-ray: The built-in Blu-ray disc player means you can enjoy next-generation high-definition entertainment, including games and movies. Just as the DVD offered a technological leap from CDs, Blu-ray is the next leap forward in the advancement of data storage technology and digital entertainment. With Blu-ray, the PlayStation 3 offers game developers unprecedented power to express their creativity and a larger canvas to produce a level of interaction, sophistication and reality that has never existed in gaming. More than an evolution, Blu-ray is a revolution that frees developers from the constraints of storage space and allows them to dream in Blu-ray.
  • High-definition: Blu-ray’s vast storage capacity (50 GB BD vs. 5 GB DVD) supports the large data requirements of high-definition games and movies.
  • Pristine picture quality: Blu-Ray delivers pristine picture quality at 1080p - the highest-definition resolution available today.
    Intuitive new controller uses break through motion sensing technology.
    Play Blu-ray discs for high definition content.
    Play games, movies and music.
    Comes with 40Gb hard disc drive.
    Supports most data storage formats including U

    Warranty Information:

    Manufacturer sony
    Warranty Type Manufacturer via Aria
    Manufacturer Website
    Manufacturer Phone 08705 168648
    Warranty Period (yrs)1

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    Question  Question by Lee

    Is it possible to upgrade the 40 gb disc drive?

    Answer by liamb on Tuesday, August 26, 2008
    Yes it is. You can buy a 2.5" SATA laptop drive:

    There are instructions on the internet on upgrading the HDD. It is quite simple to do. Upgrading allows you to store more games from the PlayStation Network Store and also for streaming media from your PC to your PS3.

    Question  HDD UPGRADE by Brad

    Upgrading the PS3 is simple and does not invalidate the warranty, so which is the best HDD to fit in my PS3 that Aria sell?

    Answer by liamb on Tuesday, March 25, 2008
    You need a 2.5" SATA HDD:

    Sony supply a 5,400 RPM HDD and people on forums have not noticed any speed increase when using a 7,200 RPM HDD. Save the pennies and go for a more spacious 5,400 RPM HDD and get more £/GB. Personally I would go for:

     Is it worth it? by Nick B

    Well, I've had mine since launch day and all I can say is wow! This is a seriously cool piece of kit. If you've got a HDTV and you want to see what it's really capable of - this is it. I know XBOX360 is HD too but realistically the 360 isn't in the same league as this. To get a 360 up to this spec is actually more expensive that the PS3 - even if it was listed at £425. At £399 - I promise you it's worth every penny. Let me just give you a quick run down on what I've done with mine so far.

    I've got Motorstorm, Resistance Fall of Man and F1 on disk and they are all utterly brilliant. For first gen software this is absolutely amazing. On the other side of gaming, I've downloaded Tekken, Blast Factor, Gripshift, Lemmings and of course GTHD - and they're all great - and best of all they a dirt cheap. Most expensive was Tekken and that was £6.99

    I've put on the hard disk the contents of my old MP3 player, and although it doesn't recognise IPOD straight out of the can (might come with firmware update in the future) you can blow a cd or stick everything on a flash drive, or via your psp or a USB harddrive.....basically plug a USB2 storage device in and it works first time. Really fuss free and easy to use. Oh and we also put a load of family photo's on the hard disc too. And the music visualisation stuff is quite nice too. I'm sure they'll add more as time goes on. I noticed as well you can easily tranfer you media back and forth from the said USB devices very easily too. So if you download something like images or mp3's from a website - you can just spit them off onto a PSP or a flash drive.

    Add to the music and photo side of it I've got several episodes of Heroes Season 1 and Lost Season 3 on the hard drive for the whole family to watch. I'm currently using RedKawa to convert all my AVI's and MPG's to MP4 format - easy and free software. So far no problems and everything plays back brilliantly. Oh, and I've also downloaded all the HD trailer from the Playstation Store - all of which are stunning visually - even if some of the film themeselves might be a touch dodgy in the script deptartment.

    Talking about watching stuff, the DVD playback is fantastic - better than my Upscaling Sony DVD player in fact. And then - onto the real video highlight - BluRay.....

    I know a lot has been said about blu-ray and hd-dvd, but straight up - the one BluRay disc I've watch was mind blowing

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