Is the PS3 finally the world's best console?

It's more than just a games machine

Sony has also done a great job integrating the PlayStation Portable (PSP) with the PS3 — users can now connect a PSP remotely to the PS3 — from anywhere in the world — and play certain games remotely. If you're travelling, and opted to turn off your PS3 before leaving, it's not a problem — just turn it on remotely with the PSP. The PSP also may act as a remote control. There is also speculation that with certain games, the PSP may act as a controller of sorts. For instance, if you're playing a racing game, you can use the PSP to control your car, while the PSP screen acts as a rearview mirror — that sort of thing. Let's be honest, we're becoming more and more convinced the PSP is a reason to get a PS3.

Owners can help a good cause

If any of the other reasons don't convince you to reconsider the PS3 as one of your video game console choices, consider that the PS3 can act as a client for Stanford University's Folding@Home project, a distributed computing project aimed at understanding protein folding, misfolding and related diseases. PS3 owners with the client software installed can leave their devices powered on and connected to the network, and 'donate' their device's powerful Cell processors to the distributed computing project. You may also join with friends, rivals, or complete strangers to form a 'mini-collective', and focus your combined cell processors on a single task.

Since launching the PS3 client in May 2007, hundreds of thousands of systems have added their processing power to the project. In September 2007, the project received a Guinness World Record for achieving a computing power of 1 petaflop (1 quadrillion floating point operations per second). So if playing video games can lead to breakthroughs in diseases like Alzheimer's Disease, that should make you feel a whole lot better about powering up the console.

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