After almost 3 months from the initial Japanese launch, Sony has finally decided to let us know the date when their hot new gaming console, the PLAYSTATION 3 (a.k.a. PlayStation 3 or simply PS3), will be made available to the eager European gamers, and that date is March 23'rd.
However, since we were extremely curious to see just what this amazing device has to offer, we've managed to get our hands on a unit, with some help from Flamingo Computers, the official importer for Romania, and run some preliminary tests on it. And I do mean preliminary (that's also the reason why this is not a complete review, but only a preview), since we were only able to play some demos we've downloaded from the PLAYSTATION network (and you can check out after the jump our gaming consoles expert's opinion on one of these games, Gran Turismo HD Concept), listen to some music and watch some pictures and photos, due to certain technical problems, mostly related to the fact that the system was a NTSC model, not compatible with any of our PAL DVDs, and also because Blu-ray discs are still pretty scarce in video stores.
However, from what I've been able to see and test, this thing comes packed full of features, although it also has some.....well, peculiarities would be the best way to describe them. Some of the features are amazing, while others are surprisingly bad. It's quite a curious contrast, and I'll try to depict it as much as possible as follows. So, without further ado, let's move on directly to our experience with the PlayStation 3.