There are three platforms that are supported by the PS3, all based on the GameOS kernel, which are known as the PS3 Slim, PS3 Neo and PS3 Classic. On the physical console, the first two are used, with the Slim being used for all of the console's basic functions and the Neo being used for games with enhanced graphics. The Slim is available in a number of colors, and the PlayStation Network logo is placed in a socket located near the right front corner of the console as well as near the top of the console's faceplate in order to allow unmodified systems to be used for PSN functionality. The PS3 can play Blu-ray discs, as well as DVDs and CD-ROMs, through its internal DVD drive. The console can also play games from optical discs, and plays Blu-ray discs and DVDs with the same software as it plays CDs. The PlayStation 3's front panel can be removed to expose the following ports:
32 x (2) USB ports
RCA stereo audio jack
Dual video out ports
Rear panel expansion port
3.5 mm audio jack
The PS3 has a 2.5″ color TFT LCD display which is capable of outputting a wide variety of video formats. The display also has a resolution of 480×272 pixels and a pixel count of 65,536 (480×272×4) pixels, and has a bit depth of 24-bit RGB, although this can be changed. The display supports motion-sensing controls, such as the dual analog sticks, and a rear-mounted D-pad.
On 6 March 2006, Sony Computer Entertainment announced in a press release that the PlayStation 2 would be discontinued. The PlayStation 2 was launched in Japan on 6 December 2000, and in North America on 19 November 2001. It was the best selling video game console of the 21st century. The PlayStation 2 has been superseded by the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Portable, which are still in production. The PlayStation 2 has had three revisions: PlayStation 2 Slim, the original PlayStation 2, the PlayStation 2 Super Slim, and the PlayStation 2 Slim. The PlayStation 2 was widely used as a platform for software development, including games, demos, and other applications.
The PlayStation Store offers access to PlayStation Network games, PlayStation Plus membership, PlayStation Network Arcade, and PlayStation Home. Games can be sorted based on release date, system requirements, and rating. After purchasing a game, it is transferred to the user's hard drive and available for downloading. When the download is complete, the game can be played offline or while connected to the Internet. Users can have their game purchases stored on a memory card, the hard drive of a PlayStation 3, or the PlayStation Network.
The system software is widely criticized for its development approach and poor programming. In comparison to current standards in programming, the system software of the PlayStation 3 is bare bones. The design of the system software is streamlined to make the system more compatible with the external devices connected to the PS3. The system software is not organized into directories, so the user must manually navigate through files to find the information they want. The system software was developed using a programming language called C, which compiles into machine code and lacks the flexibility of languages like C++ or Java. 827ec27edc