Sony PlayStation 3: Much More than a Gaming System
The PS3 is in the house; should it be in yours?PC Magazine was able to gets its hands on a Sony PlayStation 3 in advance of the Nov. 17 official launch. It is a debug unit, so not all of its features are functional, but, hey, that didnt stop us from loading up some games and taking this slick piece of hardware for a spin. At twice the sizeand priceof its predecessor, the PS3 makes Sonys lofty ambitions pretty clear: This is much more than a gaming system. Sure, playing games is still the primary functionand drifting around corners in Ridge Racer 7 at 1080p is heart-stoppingbut this system is clearly designed to do more than that. From replacing your DVD player to enabling you to view pictures, play music and watch YouTube videos on your TV easily, this is a set-top box for the next generation.
I connected the PS3 via HDMI to the HP Pavilion md5880n, and the results were impressive. The system offered to choose the best possible setting for the TV and then automatically set itself for 1080p. The whole process took 8 minutes.