First unveiled at E3 in Los Angeles, May 2005, the PlayStation 3 (PS3) is a follow-up to Sony's successful PlayStation and PlayStation 2 consoles and is due for release early 2006. Powered by the 'Cell' processor, developed jointly by IBM, Sony and Toshiba, it boasts processing power equivalent to a super computer, with graphics and animation more fluid and realistic than ever thanks to its advanced graphics processor and XDR memory, co-developed with nVidia.
Also introduced with the PlayStation 3 is the BD-ROM (Blu-ray Disc ROM), which is capable of storing a up to 54GB on a single dual layer disc, meaning that games can be stored at high definition quality, with 1080 progressive scan as standard. Not only does the system support this new type of disc, it will also play DVDs and CDs, including PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games (backwards compatibility).
The system features Bluetooth wireless connectivity, which it uses for its controllers, enabling up to 7 controllers to connect to the console without any wires. Also featured is 6 USB ports for connecting various USB devices as well as slots for Memory Stick, SD card and Compact Flash media, and a detachable hard drive for saving games, etc.