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Q: When will the PS3 be released?
A: Novemeber 11th in Japan. November 17th in North America and Europe.
Q: How much will the PS3 cost?
A: Sony has two versions of the PS3. One with a 40GB HDD, no memory card readers, two USB ports instead of the 80GB’s four, and no PS2 BC. The other has all that stuff and 80GB instead of 40GB HDD. In the US, the prices are $499US for the 80GB and $399US for the 40GB.
Q: What resolutions will the PS3 support?
A: The PS3 will support the HD resolutions of 1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080i, and 1920 x 1080p. There are a few HDTVs starting to come out with 1080p HDMI inputs, from the likes of Sony and HP. The PS3 will also support SD (standard definition).
Q: How do I hook up my PS3?
A: See this article just on this subject.
Q: Will the controllers be wireless? How? How many?
A: The controllers will indeed be wireless, using standard Bluetooth technology to achieve this. The PS3 will support up to 7 controllers. (More accurately, it supports up to 7 Bluetooth devices – they don’t have to be controllers. The PS3 itself takes up the eighth spot in the Bluetooth hardware’s scheme of things.) No more multitap!
Q: How will I recharge my wireless controller?
A: Through the USB port on the PS3.
Q: What about a HDD?
A: Sony’s initial two PS3 machines had 20GB and 60GB HDDs. Now they’re 40GB and 80GB.
Q: What kind of discs will games be distributed on?
A: Sony has indicated that games will be distributed on Blu-ray Disc (BD) media. BD supports capacities of 25GB for a single-layer disc, and 50GB for a two-layer disc.
Q: Will I be able to play PS2 and PSone games on the PS3?
A: Yes, except for the 40GB PS3, though you won’t be able to use your old controllers, memory cards, or other peripherals. The PS3 will upscale the PSOne and PS2 games’ video to HD resolutions, should you choose. The 20GB, 60GB, and 80GB PS3’s have PS1 and PS2 backwards compatibility. The 40GB PS3 can only play PS1 games.
Q: Will it be available in multiple colours?
A: It seems that black will be the only available colour.
Q: What about network connectivity? Does Sony have an answer to Xbox Live?
A: Yes. It’s called the PSN (PlayStation Network). It includes free player versus player gaming, lobbies/matchmaking, scores/ranking, game data upload/download, friend lists, avatars, voice and video chat, instant messaging, downloadable content, and more.
Q: What are the launch games?
A: No official launch list has been released. The closest we have is a list of games in development, released at TGS, available here.
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