The PlayStation (officially abbreviated asPS3) is the third home videogame console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment and the successor to the PlayStation 2 as part of the PlayStation series.
The PlayStation 3 competes with Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Wii as part of the seventh
generation of video game consoles.
A majorfeature that distinguishes the PlayStation 3 from its predecessors is itsunified online gaming service, the PlayStation Network, which contrasts withSony's former policy of relying on video game developers for online play. Othermajor features of the console include its robust multimedia capabilities,connectivity
with the PlayStation Portable, and its use of the Blu-ray Disc asits primary storage medium. The PS3
was also the first Blu-ray 2.0-compliant Blu-ray player on the market.