Pinned on September 2, 2013 at 8:10 am by Gwendolyn Fleetwood
Playstation 3 250GB Game Console – CECH- 4001B
Versatile Entertainment System Of course it can play video games and that should be its primary function. It does this well. The online Playstation store makes it easy to browse titles and even better, download free demos. This model (250 GB Slim – redesign) comes with enough stock memory to last you a good while, whether you’re storing games, music, or movies. I personally like the sliding cover over a retractable disc tray. It eases the placement of the discs so I don’t feel like I have to be as delicate, not to mention it’s easy to see any dust accumulation and/or access the laser for cleaning. And I don’t know that there’s problems with the disc tray, but the less moving parts the better. You can hear some of the disc reading noises, but it’s usually short lived and not really bothersome anyways. I’ve had it running night after night, sometimes for 6 hours continuous and it’s not getting hot at all…just a slight warmth.I also now use it to stream Netflix, through which we watch all kinds of TV shows and movies. I would recommend an HDMI cable though, assuming you have a TV capable of supporting it. It makes a noticeable difference in the resolution. The settings can usually be used on default and are fairly intuitive, but there’s a wealth of things you can change or tweak to suit your needs. For example I have my HDMI cable running to my TV, but also have the RG cables running to my PA mixer for even bigger sound. But to allow this you have to allow it to split audio outputs first.There’s probably an overabundance of other reviews about its usage, so I’ll just close with a glowing recommendation. I played my PS2 for over a decade (still running btw, but obviously no longer in use). This system blows it away. With the PS4 coming out later this year, you might be wary of getting an “outdated” system. If you haven’t had this generation system yet, I’d say now is the perfect time to get one. There’s literally years worth of games to choose from, many of which are under $20 brand new. And don’t expect developers to abandon the PS3 for at least 3-5 more years, and even then, you probably couldn’t play everything that’s already been released (my Amazon wishlist has over 100 games). So far I’ve bought one game used and 4 games new, yet the total spent was only about $60…or about as much as a new release game.One other note: I bought mine used. It showed absolutely no signs of wear, but it was missing 2 of the 4 rubber feet on the bottom. I haven’t missed them. Provided you have some level of trust with the seller, I’d say go ahead and buy used if you see a good deal that clearly specifies what’s included. They’re seemingly sturdy systems. Although I wouldn’t get one of the older models, especially a “fat”, as those ran hot and tended to have YLOD problems. That being said, the brand new systems are hardly a ripoff either, especially if you’re getting a bundle.
Used isn’t a bad word After reading reviews I decided used was my best option. The console plays like brand new and I haven’t run into any issues. The controller had a button that sticks occasionally, but overall this is a great purchase for those who aren’t ready to pay for the next gen.