The PLAYSTATION 3, PlayStation 3 or PS3, is the successor to the PlayStation 2, released on November 11, 2006 in Japan, and November 17, 2006 in North America. The PS3 is superseded by the PlayStation 4.
It features internal storage using either a user-replaceable 2.5" SATA hard drive or on-board flash memory depending on the model, much improved CPU, high definition graphics, advanced online gaming capabilities, blu-ray media, wireless "SIXAXIS" or "DUALSHOCK 3" controllers, interaction with either a PlayStation Portable (PSP) or PlayStation Vita system through Wi-Fi and much more. It is also the only seventh-generation console to offer region-free games. The PlayStation 3 is backwards compatible with the original PlayStation, and early models were also backwards compatible with the PlayStation 2. To reduce hardware complexity and cost, later revisions of the PS3 removed compatibility with physical PS2 discs; however, certain PS2 titles, including all Grand Theft Auto games released for the PS2, were later re-released as downloadable "PS2 Classics". The console underwent two major redesigns: the "Slim" model in 2009 and "Super Slim" model in 2012.