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CNN Issues 80GB PS3 Tech Review

Now that gaming is officially mainstream, it helps when mainstream news outlets contributes to the sales effort.

CNN has issued a new tech review of the PlayStation 3, and the bottom line is that it receives 4 out of 5 stars and comes as a highly recommended purchase for electronics buffs. The pluses are obvious: besides the games, the system remains a top-notch Blu-Ray high-definition player, the sleek design is aesthetically appealing, and the easy-to-use interface is another big selling point. The freshly released Dual Shock 3 has replaced the Sixaxis controller as the default gamepad for the machine, and let's not forget that this is the new 80GB model. It's $399, and although it doesn't support any backwards compatibility for PS2 software (the old 80 gig model featured software emulation for most PS2 titles), the system's diversity is undeniable. Oh, and let's not forget about the upcoming PlayStation Home and the ever-advancing Network, which remains free to all users. They do mention the 160GB model that will be coming packaged with Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, but for most, this 80GB model will be the one to get.

It's important when sources like CNN.com issue positive hardware reviews for consoles, just because there are plenty of people out there who don't always read game-oriented websites. This could turn them on to a great Blu-Ray option that offers a hell of a lot more than movie watching, and that's good news for Sony. Of course, when they finally have the console, they will no longer be able to rely on CNN...no, they're gonna have to head over to PSX Extreme. We'll take good care of them. ;)

11/19/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (11 posts)

Schmitty
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 @ 10:19:49 PM
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Cnn the news channel?

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 @ 10:32:30 PM
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What does CNN know 'bout video games?
Anyway...

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coverton341
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 @ 10:54:14 PM
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They don't know anything about video games per se but they are media and like the old adage goes: "Any press is good press" and when the press is actually good press its even better. hope that made sense.

Anyway, the fact that they rated it and it is getting 4 out of 5 on their rating board is going to spur a lot of those white middle class "i only buy what is good by the media" families to get on board.

No offense meant to white middle class Americans there as I am one.

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Reccaman18
Thursday, November 20, 2008 @ 10:48:58 PM

I am proud to say that, while I am a white middle class American, I dont buy things just because its "in." In fact, I dont do anything that everyone else does because they do it. And I take no offense to the comment. There are tons of mindless drones living in the states right now.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, November 20, 2008 @ 12:14:59 AM
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Should at least be 4.5 outta 5, since it does pretty much everything but buff your pickle.

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karneli lll
Thursday, November 20, 2008 @ 6:34:44 AM
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a 4 seems honest enough, the machine isnt perfect, but it comes close

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Troy Powers
Thursday, November 20, 2008 @ 8:02:48 AM
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"Oh, and let's not forget about the upcoming PlayStation Home..."

No. Let's forget about it.

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Wage SLAVES
Thursday, November 20, 2008 @ 6:12:08 PM
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Yeah!!! PSXextreme! Love it here!
....And just why isn't it 5 stars!?!

Last edited by Wage SLAVES on 11/20/2008 6:12:19 PM

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Dingodial
Thursday, November 20, 2008 @ 7:23:44 PM
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Hahahahaha! I wouldn't be suprised if CNN was interested only because of the Blu-ray player. But hey, at least they said something positive for once. That could be a genius world record for them :)

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bamf
Thursday, November 20, 2008 @ 8:42:07 PM
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And what benchmark do CNN use? What ever that may be, I bet it ain't half as good as what the PS3 does. The PS3 should've been 5 stars and then set as the top benchmark to review other media players.

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flux equals rad
Friday, November 21, 2008 @ 5:47:40 PM
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The review was actually issued by CNET. CNN typically will spotlight reviews from CNET. CNET is a pretty reliable tech site that also hosts gamespot.com reviews (they also own gamespot). They have reviewed a few iterations of the PS3 and all have been positive. Also, when they review stand alone blu-ray players, they always reference the PS3 and its superiority as a blu-ray player. Just wanted to clarify.

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