The PlayStation 3 (プレイステーション3 Pureisutēshon Surī?, officially abbreviated as PS3) is the third home video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment and the successor to the PlayStation 2 as part of the PlayStation series. The PlayStation 3 competes with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles. It was first released on November 11, 2006, in Japan, with international markets following shortly thereafter.
Major features of the console include its unified online gaming service, the PlayStation Network, its multimedia capabilities, connectivity with the PlayStation Portable, and its use of the Blu-ray Disc as its primary storage medium.
Following speculation that a ‘slim’ model was in the pipeline Sony officially announced the PS3 CECH-2000 model on August 18, 2009 at the Sony Gamescom press conference. Among its features are a slimmer form factor and quieter noise when powered on. It was released in major territories by September 2009. As part of the release for the slim model, the logo was changed from the “Spider-Man font” and capitalized PLAYSTATION 3 to a more traditional PlayStation and PlayStation 2 like ‘PlayStation 3′ logo with “PS3″ imprinted on the console. Along with the console and logo redesign, the boot screen of all consoles changed from “Sony Computer Entertainment” to “PS3 PlayStation 3″, with a new chime and the game start splashscreen being dropped. The cover art and packaging of games has also been changed to reflect the redesign.