PlayStation 3 is the third game console of the PlayStation model of Sony Computer Entertainment. It is part of the seventh-generation game consoles and its competitors are Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii.

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Sony confirmed, in March 2017, that it would stop manufacturing the console in Japan, in which it finally stopped making its production on May 29, 2017, also finishing its production only in Japan in 2017, in New Zealand in 2015, in the United States in March 2016 and the rest of North America in October of that year, but production around the world is still present, except for its online service that is still present, except for some servers of certain titles that already They stopped their service online, an example of a game that has already stopped services on the console would be the PES 2015.

The current console firmware is 4.84, which improves system performance.

The PlayStation 3 was launched on November 11, 2006 in Japan, November 17, 2006 in North America9 and March 23, 2007 in Europe and Australia. Two variants were available at the time of launch: a basic model with 20 GB of SATA 2.5 “hard disk and a professional model with 60 GB hard disk and several additional features such as double number of USB ports and backward compatibility with games from its predecessor PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 1. The 20 model GB was not marketed in Europe and Australia, instead the 40 GB model was launched, which was the one that was extended, since it eliminated backward compatibility, but lowered costs, since then, all models have been made several revisions in its hardware for the decrease of its production cost and its sale price.


Other important features of the console are its strong multimedia capabilities, connectivity with the PlayStation Portable (and more recently with the 4.0 update with its successor, PlayStation Vita) and its main high-definition optical disc format, Blu-ray Disc, as its main storage medium. The PS3 also supports Blu-ray profile 2.0, thanks to this you can interact with the Internet with extra content from movies and games.

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