by Chandler Warnick
It's a fact: The PS3 has the most advanced graphics and processing capabilities of any console out there. Why hasn't it completely dominated the world of video game consoles? Because there are a variety of factors that go into choosing a new gaming console, and processing power is only one of them (although an important one). Here are five additional reasons that the PS3 may be the right game system for you.
The PS3's new Slim model: In 2009, Sony released an update of their original PS3 console: the PS3 Slim. The PS3 Slim retains all of the functions and features of the original PlayStation 3 but offers it in slimmer, more compact package. You can still watch your Blu-ray movies and you can still play all your games with their impressive graphics, but you can do it all on a PlayStation 3 that's more compact and more attractive than the original PS3.
The PS3's new slim price: When the PS3 first came out in 2006, many shoppers balked at the hefty price-tag (up to $599), even though the console did offer many excellent specs and features. However, when the PS3 Slim was released, the size of the console wasn't the only thing that dropped. You can now buy the PS3 for about $300, which is a particular bargain considering that it's also a Blu-ray player.
The PS3's ability to play Blu-ray movies: When the PS3 first came out, it made the bold move of making all of its systems Blu-ray compatible (bold because the Blu-ray and HD-DVD war was still raging at the time), and it paid off. Every PlayStation 3 can play Blu-ray videos. In fact, the PS3 is known as being one of the best Blu-ray players on the market; that makes the PS3 quite a bargain, considering the cost of a high-end Blu-ray player.
The PS3's new Move hardware: Sony recently released a new set of hardware for the PS3 called the PlayStation Move. The move is a motion-sensing remote that allows you to control what's happening in your video game by simply moving the controller around. If you've been deciding which console you want to buy, this innovative addition to the PS3 may make the choice easy.
The PS3's excellent games: The PS3 boasts a number of terrific exclusive games. It's much-praised role-playing game "Demon's Souls," the innovative strategy game "Valkyria Chronicles" and the absorbing adventure game "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves" are all excellent reasons to buy a PS3. Even games that aren't exclusive to the PS3 benefit from the system's hardware, which cranks out stunning visuals and life-like movement on all games.