The PlayStation 3 was the most feature-rich game consoles on launch. With the ability to install Linux as an operating system, the PS3 fell more into the area of being a PC than a game console. The PS3 was also the first console to feature a Blu-ray drive for playing movies and for video games. All of this new technology came with a hefty price tag, making the PS3 incredibly expensive at launch and caused Sony to take a significant loss in the early days.
Although Sony was able to turn things around and make the PlayStation 3 a massive success, the early years of the lifecycle were quite difficult. The Xbox 360 had launched earlier, giving it an immediate advantage in the market. It was also significantly cheaper which also resulted in the PS3 falling behind the Xbox quite significantly.
The PS3 trailed behind the Xbox 360 for a few years of the console war before there was a major turnaround. Several firmware updates saw popular features from other networks like in-game menu, in-game messages, online trophies and various community updates.
With a backlog of first-party games reaching completion and revised hardware to reduce costs, Sony was more comfortably competing with Microsoft and by the end of the generation, the gap had well and truly been closed.
The PS3 remains one of the best selling game consoles of all time and serves as a major learning experience for Sony that has influenced future PSN connected devices. The section below will details posts and content relating to the PlayStation 3 games console.