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PlayStation is a household name, a brand that has been around since the early ’90s and has played a large roll in the Console market, having the PlayStation 2 being the best-sold console of all time. The PlayStation succeeded the PlayStation 2, which was released in 2006. It’s hard to believe that the PlayStation has been around for so long, and yet is still so popular. This article will take a look at the specifications of the PS 3, and then have a quick guide on purchasing an excellent working second-hand model, as well as where to look for them. So let’s get to it!

The PlayStation 3:

As I mentioned above, the PS3 was released in 2006, hitting South Africa’s shores later that year. It was a huge hit, I remember everyone going out trying to get one, running from one shop to the next to get one. They were released at about the R3000-00 mark, and it was a revolution for us, coming out with a hard drive, it almost felt like it was a console computer (well that’s what I imagined it to be at least, in actual fact, I hated the PS3 because I thought they would take over the PC market – I’m a huge PC fan). That being said, the console market has always had its own place among gamers, and it’s easy to see why.

The PlayStation 3 was great for someone who wanted 1 unit to store their movies on, to be able to watch videos off of, to be able to save games and to be able to play online games for. The PS3 was a revolution in the console industry, being rivaled by the XBOX 360, but holding its own, especially in the South African market. Even though I prefer PC, I often envied those who had the PS3, and then the PS4, because they were so diverse, like a gaming computer.

So what did the PS3 come with?


  • CPU: Cell Broadband Engine
  • GPU: RSX
  • Main Memory: 256MB XDR Main RAM
  • Embedded VRAM: 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
  • Hard Drive Disk: 2.5” Serial ATA (80 GB HDD)
  • Main Input/Output: USB 2.0 (x4), MemoryStick/SD/CompactFlash
  • Ethernet: 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T
  • Bluetooth: 2.0 (EDR), Wireless Controller (up to 7)
  • Wireless Communication: IEEE 802.11 b/g
  • Screen Size: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
  • HDMI: HDMI out – (x1/HDMI)
  • Analog: AV MUTLI OUT x1
  • Digital Audio: DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL x1)
  • Disc Drive: Blu-ray/DVD/CD (read-only)

Initially released in two different models, you could get the 60GB version, which as you guessed it, had a 60GB hard drive or the 80GB version. Later on, the smaller, sleeker version of the PS3 came out called the Slimline PS3.

The performance difference between the 2 “Fat” models wasn’t much, as I mentioned above, it was just the hard drive space that changed between the two. There were additional color models released that had themes like that of Spiderman and other favorite games, once again, there were no performance differences to the standard model that was released.

The PS3 Super Slim was released in September 2009, and it made its way to South Africa not long after that. It was released in both Black and White.

What did the PlayStation 3 Slim come with?


  • CPU: Cell Broadband Engine™
  • GPU: RSX®
  • Audio output: LPCM 7.1ch, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC.
  • Main Memory: 256MB XDR Main RAM
  • Embedded VRAM: 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
  • Hard Disk Drive: 2.5” Serial ATA 120GB or 250GB
  • Main Input/Output: Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) x 2
  • Ethernet: Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) × 1
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth® 2.0 (EDR)
  • Wireless Communication: IEEE 802.11 b/g, Wireless Controller (Bluetooth®)
  • Screen Size: 480i, 480p, 1080i, 1080p.
  • HDMI: HDMI OUT connector
  • Analog: AV MULTI OUT connector
  • Digital Audio: Digital out (optical) connector
  • Disc Drive: BD × 2 (BD-ROM), DVD × 8 (DVD-ROM), CD × 24 (CD-ROM)

While there are no significant CPU and GPU differences between the Fat and Slim models of the PS3, the apparent differences came in their sizes. The Super Slim model was comparatively smaller than the fat model. Additionally, changes occurred in with the hard drive size, the Super Slim having 2 options available, either the smaller 120GB hard drive or, the larger 250GB. The games, the controllers, basically the rest of the components between the 2 were identical. Like the PS3 Fat, the Super Slim model was a massive hit, and in the beginning, were very hard to come by because everybody wanted one.

Purchasing a Second-hand one:

pwned-games-pic4Why would you want a second-hand PS3? Maybe you can’t afford the PS4, or perhaps you just enjoy playing older games. Whatever your reasons, the PS3 is available as an old console. I need to warn you though, getting spares is not the easiest, and it can prove to be costly to maintain one that is on it’s way out. So what should you look out for when purchasing a second-hand PS3? I asked a few people what to look for when purchasing a second-hand PS3, and here is their advice:

What is the first thing you look out for before buying a second-hand PS3?

Before buying a PS3 second-hand, especially from someone off of Gumtree or a site similar to that, check the controller first. If the joysticks are very loose and worn, then it’s been used a lot, and try to negotiate on a price decrease, because you would more than likely have to purchase your own controller. We also recommend checking the “Warranty” sticker. If this has been tampered with or is missing, you need to find out why the console was opened.

What are some tell-tale signs that you shouldn’t purchase a unit from someone?

Ideally, before purchasing the PS3, you should turn the console on in front of the seller to see if it works. If the unit does not turn on and you get a YLOD (yellow light of death), instead just walk away. This issue could be fixed, but it could lead to other problems later down the line. We recommend looking elsewhere rather than taking the chance.

How much would you recommend someone spends on a second-hand PS3?

You could look at anything from R1000-00 and up for an excellent second-hand PS3. However, if you would like the peace of mind that you’re purchasing a second-hand console that has been looked over by someone who knows what they are doing, then I would recommend going to PWNED Games and browsing their console section.

Final Thoughts:

Out of all the PlayStation consoles, I personally feel this one had the most significant impact on the console market. It brought so many new elements to console gaming, that has forever changed the way people view them and how they use them. Consoles went from a purely gaming machine that could maybe read a DVD if you bought the right one, to a powerhouse that could connect to the internet, store Series, Movies and Games, and you could play online with it! It really opened up the gaming world!

When it comes to purchasing a second-hand PS3 console, I personally think it’s something challenging to come by. Finding one that hasn’t been opened, or hasn’t had any trouble would be rare to say the least, especially given their age. That doesn’t mean you can’t purchase a second-hand one, I just feel you need to look at a reputable source for them, and in my mind, the only one is PWNED Games. I would like to hear your thoughts on this article, leave a comment below.