Cebu City, Philippines (PressExposure) August 07, 2009 -- Video game consoles are becoming more and more popular across the world, especially in the Philippines. One of the most popular electronics philippines today in terms of video game consoles is PlayStation 3. PlayStation 3, or simply known as PS3, is the third generation of the PlayStation series, successor to the very popular PlayStation 2 (PS2), which was produced by Sony Computer Entertainment. The PlayStation 3 competes with Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles.
There are currently 5 models of PS3s available for purchase today which are usually modeled after their storage capacity. These models include the "20", "40", "60", "80" and "160" GB models. It was in June 12 of 2008 that Sony added one or two Sixaxis controllers and/or a DualShock 3 controller into the retail package. Other accessories include one miniUSB to USB cable (for connecting the controller to the system), one composite video/stereo audio output cable, one ethernet cable (20, 60, and CECHExx 80 GB only) and one power cable. Although storage capacity is the only obvious contributing factor that separates one model from another, there are still several factors that made each model unique from each other.
Compatibility with PS2 games All models support software emulation of the original PlayStation, but support for Playstation 2 backwards compatibility has continually diminished with later models. Those that still have backwards capabilities with PS2 games include the 20gb NTSC model, 60gb NTSC and PAL model, as well as the 80gb NTSC model. Other models that doesn't support backwards compatability with PS2 games were largely due to the removal of "Graphics Synthesizer" GPU, which stripped the units of all PlayStation 2 based hardware.
Difference with the 20gb model and the 60gb models In addition to all of the features of the 20 GB model, the 60 GB model has internal IEEE 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, multiple flash card readers (SD/MultiMedia Card, CompactFlash Type I/Type II, Microdrive, Memory Stick/PRO/Duo), and a chrome colored trim. In terms of hardware, the 80 GB model released in South Korea is identical to the 60 GB model released in the PAL regions, except for the difference in hard drive size.
Removal of the "Emotion Engine" According to several electronics philippines enthusiasts, like the South Korean and European models, the North American 80 GB model also excludes the PlayStation 2 "Emotion Engine" CPU chip. However, it still keeps the "Graphics Synthesizer" GPU. Due to the elimination of the "Emotion Engine", the level of compatibility was reduced.
Difference with external ports The 40 GB, 80 GB (2008), and 160 GB models have two USB ports instead of the four USB ports on other models, and do not include multiple flash card readers, as well as SACD (super audio CD) support.
Change in Cell processors It was also rumored, according to several electronics philippines enthusiasts, that the Cell processors in the third-generation PS3s which includes the 40gbs, would move from a 90 nm processor to the newer 65 nm processor. This was later confirmed by Kaz Hirai, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, as well as the release of 45 nm processor. This change lowers the power consumption of the console and makes it less expensive to produce.