Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Announces Hardware Specification of PLAYSTATION(R)3 for Europe

23 Feb 2007 [11:32h]     Bookmark and Share

London (ots/PRNewswire) – Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
(SCEE) today announced that PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) to be launched
in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australasia on 23rd March 2007
would utilise a new hardware specification.

   The European PS3 will feature the Cell Broadband Engine(TM), 60 GB
hard disc drive, Blu-ray Disc player, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity,
SIXAXIS(TM) wireless controller. It also embodies a new combination
of hardware and software emulation which will enable PS3 to be
compatible with a broad range of original PlayStation(R) (PS) titles
and a limited range of PlayStation(R)2 (PS2) titles.
   "PS3 is first and foremost a system that excels in playing games
specifically designed to exploit the power and potential of the PS3
system," said David Reeves, President of SCEE. "Games designed for
PS3 offer incredible graphics quality, stunning gameplay and
massively improved audio and video fidelity that is simply not
achievable with PS and PS2 games. Rather than concentrate on PS2
backwards compatibility, in the future, company resources will be
increasingly focused on developing new games and entertainment
features exclusively for PS3, truly taking advantage of this exciting
   Some additional PS2 titles will become compatible on the PS3
system through regular downloadable firmware updates, which will be
made available through the PLAYSTATION(R)Network, from or via PS3 game discs, with the first update
planned for the launch date of the 23rd March 2007.
   Users will be able to check whether their titles are compatible
with PS3 at This site will be
available on 23rd March to meet launch day.
   European PLAYSTATION 3 Product Specification
    Product Name                PLAYSTATION(R)3 Computer Entertainment System
    Product Codes               Europe, Middle East and Africa: CECHC04
                                UK and Ireland: CECHC03
                                Australia/New Zealand: CECHC02
                                Russia/India: CECHC08
    CPU                         Cell Broadband Engine(TM)
    GPU                         RSX(TM)
    Audio                       Dolby Digital 5.1 ch, DTS 5.1 ch, LPCM 7.1
                                ch, AAC, others(1,2)
                                AAC Dolby 5.1ch, DTS, LPCM, etc. (Cell-base
    Memory                      256 MB XDR Main RAM, 256 MB GDDR3 VRAM
    Hard Disk         HDD       2.5" Serial ATA - 60GB
    Inputs/Outputs(3) USB       4 x Hi-speed USB2.0
                      Memory    Supports standard/Duo size, MagicGate(TM),
                      Stick(TM) Memory Stick PRO(TM) and high speed data
                      slot      transmission
                      SD Memory Copyright-protection function is not
                      Card slot supported
                      CF slot   (Type I, II), Microdrive
    Networking        Ethernet  (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) x 1
                      Wi-Fi     IEEE 802.11 b/g
                      Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR)
    Wireless Controller         SIXAXIS(TM) Wireless Controller
                                Built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
                                Voltage - DC 3.7V
                                Battery capacity - 610 m/Ah
                                Weight - Approx 136g
    AV Output                   Resolution              576i, 576p, 720p,
                                                        1080i, 1080p
                      HDMI      HDMI (supports Deeep
                                Color / Ver 1.3a) x1
                      Analog    AV MULTI Out connector
                                x 1
                      Digital   Digital out (optical)
                      audio     connector x 1
    Disc media        CD        PlayStation(R)          CD-ROM
    (i) read only
                                PlayStation(R)2         CD-ROM(4)
                                CD-DA (audio CD)        CD-DA (ROM), CD-R,
                                Super Audio CD
                      DVD       PlayStation(R)2         DVD-ROM(4)
                                DVD-Video               DVD-ROM, DVD-R,
                                                        DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
                      Blu-ray   PLAYSTATION(R)3         BD-ROM
                                BD-Video                BD-ROM, BD-R,
                                                        (i)BD-RE version 1.0
                                                        is not supported
    BD/DVD/CD drive maximum     BD x 2 (BD-ROM), DVD x 8 (DVD-ROM), CD x 24
    read rates                  (CD-ROM)
    Dimensions                  Approximately 325mm (W) x 98mm (H) x 274mm
    (excluding maximum
    projecting part)
    Weight                      Approximately 5Kg
   1. A device compatible with Linear PCM 7.1 Ch is required to
output 7.1 ch audio, supported by Dolby TrueHD or a similar format,
from the HDMI OUT connector.
   2. This system does not support output from the DTS-HD 7.1 Ch.
DTS-HD 7.1 Ch audio is output from a 5.1 or lower channel.
   3. Usability of all storage media types is not guaranteed.
   4. Certain PlayStation 2 format software titles may not perform
properly on this system. Visit for the
latest information regarding compatible titles
   Legal Notes:
   - Storage media ("Memory Stick", SD memory card, and
CompactFlash(R)) are sold separately.
   - "Dolby" is a trademark of Dolby Laboratories.
   - "DTS" is a trademark of DTS, Inc.
   - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is an authorized licensee
of the CompactFlash(R) trademark.
   - HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface
are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
   - "Blu-ray Disc" is a trademark.
   - The Bluetooth word mark is owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
and any use of such mark by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is under
   - "Memory Stick" is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
   - "Super Audio CD" is a trademark.
   - "PlayStation", "PLAYSTATION" and "PSP" are registered trademarks
of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Also, "Cell Broadband Engine" and
"RSX" are trademarks of the same company.