Development of PS3

- May 13, 2019-

PlayStation 3 (PS3)

The Xbox 360 led the wave of seventh-gen consoles in 2005, with the Xbox Live network for online play propelling the Xbox's big gains that year. The PlayStation 3, while announced at CES in 2005, didn't make it out of the gate in either Japan or North America until November 2006. And it faced manufacturing issues, not least of which was building in full support for Sony's Blu-ray video format. But that move above all else probably ensured the success of Blu-ray over HD-DVD by Toshiba. The PS3 was also the first console to support full high-definition video at 1080p.


What really hurt the PS3 was its$499.99 or $599.99 price tag for its 20GB or 60GB models. The Xbox 360 cost $100 less and the Nintendo Wii, while lacking the graphics to equal either rival, was cheaper still at $249.99.

What hurt more? The crazed demand that found people shot or robbed when trying to get a PS3. Ouch.

Like the PS2 before it, the PS3 eventually slimmed down with a new model in August 2009. It was 33 percent smaller and consumed one-third less power. If that wasn't enough, the current version of the PS3 is the "super-slim" that weighs about 4.3 pounds. Sony also finally launched a free online multiplayer gaming network—PlayStation Network—that garnered 90 million users by early 2012. A paid tier of service called PlayStation Plus offers customers even more. It got hacked in April 2011 to much hullabaloo.

As of November 2013, the PS3 has sold 80 million units. The Xbox 360 has sold about the same. The real winner of the seventh-generation? The Nintendo Wii, with 100 million units sold worldwide.