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In A Nutshell: Play HD games, watch Blu-ray movies, connect to the Internet and view digital TV. The PS3™ is also a 3D player for movies and games.
Hard Drive: Choice of 250GB or 120GB.
A Few Games Exclusive to PS3: The Uncharted series, the Gran Turismo series, the Resistance series, the Killzone series and SingStar.
Connect to the Internet: PlayStation Network is a free (you'll need broadband Internet access) interactive environment where you can play games online, chat to friends and family, and surf the Web. Some of PlayStation Network's features include:
- DVNZ Ondemand: Watch your favourite TVNZ programmes whenever you want on your own TV screen.
- Vidzone: A music video application — free from PlayStation Store — that lets you stream thousands of music videos onto your PS3.
Cool PlayStation 3 Accessory:The PlayStation Eye is a webcam-style device for video and sound. Use it together with the EyeCreate editing software — downloaded free from PlayStation Store — to shoot and edit you own movies.
Cool PlayStation 3 Features:
The PS3 is a Good Choice For… Gamers, creative people and movie buffs.
In A Nutshell: Play games, view DVDs, connect to the Internet and watch Pay TV.
Hard drive: Choice of 4GB or 250GB.
A Few Games Exclusive to Xbox 360: The Halo series, the Gears of War series, the Fable series and Forza Motorsport.
Connect to the Internet: The Xbox 360 features built-in Wi-Fi (802.11n) for connection to Xbox LIVE, the online gaming and entertainment service, where you can:
- Download or stream movies, TV series or games in full high definition 1080p and 5.1 surround sound.
- Connect with friends on Facebook and Twitter.
Cool Xbox 360 Accessory: The wireless microphones are compatible with most Guitar Hero and Rock Band games.
Cool Xbox 360 Features:
- Kinect: Xbox's motion-control system, which uses a camera — not a controller — to mimic your body's movements. There's a range of Kinect games involving dancing, sports, car racing and exercising.
- Compatibility: Xbox 360 recognises most MP3 players and hard drives, so you can connect these and play music, view photos and watch videos on the console.
The Xbox 360 is a Good Choice For… Online game enthusiasts and home-entertainment buffs.
In A Nutshell: Interactive gaming for the whole family.
Hard Drive: None.
A Few Games Exclusive to Wii: Wii Fit Plus, Wii Sports Resort and Super Mario Bros.
Connect to the Internet: Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection lets you play with other online gamers around the world. Built-in Wii Channels (some require broadband Internet connection) offer some interesting extras:
- Internet Channel: Surf the World Wide Web.
- News Channel: The latest international news, in easy-to-browse categories.
- Forecast Channel: Weather information from all over the globe.
- Nintendo Channel: An interactive guide to the world of Nintendo: watch trailers, product demonstrations, and gameplay videos.
- Wii Shop Channel: Access all kinds of games, including WiiWare titles and the classics from NES, SNES, N64, SEGA Megadrive and SEGA Mastersystem.
Cool Wii Features:
- Wiiconnect24: The Wii console can communicate with the Internet for constant updates, even when the power is turned off.
- SD memory card slot: Allows you to use an SD card to upload photos and music, as well as back up and store game files.
The Wii is a Good Choice For… Children, families and large groups (parties, share houses etc).