A brave new era of computer gaming is about to arrive Since the release of Microsoft’s XBox 360, enthusiasts have waited, with barely containable anticipation, for Sony’s reaction. In November, the Japanese giant's bold response will be in the shops. Sony's Playstation 3 is scheduled to be available then and is set to blow any competition out of the water.
The most notable thing about the PS3 is that is has an on board 60GB hard drive. Sony’s next instalment of the popular console also includes a blu-ray disc, a format for the storage of high definition video, wi-fi connectivity and also it will have a state of the art graphics processing unit which will give its games an amazing look of realism.
One of the big benefits of the PS3 is that it will also be able to play PS1 and PS2 games as well. The one hitch with the whole thing is its cost. Jon Attaway, of Sony Entertainment, stated on the Sony website: 'PS3 will be launched in Europe on November 17 in two configurations. Customers can choose between a 20GB hard disk drive or 60GB version, priced at 499 and 599 Euros respectively.'
The controller has had a re-vamp as well. Attaway added: “With all new technology, the PS3 controller is motion-sensitive across six axes, paving the way for entirely new methods of interaction.”
More than 230 games are currently in production for the PS3, so it looks highly likely that the console is going to beat its predecessor by a long way. Ninety million units have been sold worldwide, seven million of them in the UK. But Sony executives are confident that the new generation PS3 will rise to the challenge of beating that mighty retail benchmark..