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.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Keith Shaw

PC Advisor (UK)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?