Console for Christmas: PlayStation 3

Manufacturer: Sony Price: £299.99-£339.99 LOOKING overpriced compared to its cheaper rivals, the PlayStation 3 is the most powerful home console currently available. It comes with a built-in Blu-ray player as standard, a free online gaming service and a

Manufacturer: Sony

Price: £299.99-£339.99

LOOKING overpriced compared to its cheaper rivals, the PlayStation 3 is the most powerful home console currently available. It comes with a built-in Blu-ray player as standard, a free online gaming service and a roster of exclusive games, including the brilliant Big Little Planet and Metal Gear Solid 4. But its high price is likely to put many people off. It is definitely a well-built machine - with none of the reliability problems that have plagued the Xbox 360 - but the PlayStation Network is not as developed as Microsoft's Xbox Live service and its back catalogue of games is not nearly as impressive. An 80Gb PS3 will set you back a wallet-lightening £300, but there are some good bundle deals available. There is also a new 160Gb PS3, but supply is strictly limited at the moment, so you might have trouble tracking one down. One interesting point to note - you can also install the Linux operating system, turning your PS3 into a fully-fledged computer, making it seem a slightly more worthwhile investment.


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