PlayStation 3 accessories


PlayStation 3 accessories

Various accessories for the PlayStation 3 video game console have been produced by Sony. These include controllers, audio and video input devices like microphones and video cameras, and cables for better sound and picture quality.

Contents

Game controllers

Sixaxis

PlayStation 3's Sixaxis wireless controller

The Sixaxis Wireless Controller (SCPH-98040/CECHZC1) (trademarked "SIXAXIS") was the official wireless controller for the PlayStation 3 until it was succeeded by the DualShock 3. In Japan, individual Sixaxis controllers were available for purchase simultaneously with the console's launch. All Sixaxis controllers, with the exception of those bundled with a console were sold without a USB to USB mini cable. "Sixaxis" also refers to the motion sensing technology used in both the Sixaxis and DualShock 3 controllers. Both controllers can also be used on the PSP Go via Bluetooth (requires a PlayStation 3 system for initial connection).

Its design is an evolution of the DualShock 2 (DS2) controller, retaining its pressure sensitive buttons, layout and basic shape. Unlike the DS2 however, it is a Bluetooth wireless controller (it will also function as a wired controller via USB) and features motion sensing technology. It also does not feature vibration motors (these were re-added in the DualShock 3). The L2 and R2 buttons were replaced with analog triggers and the precision of the analog sticks was increased from 8-bit to 10-bit. In place of the "Analog" button is a button labeled with the PlayStation logo, which allows access to the system menu. The underside of the case is also slightly enlarged to accommodate the internal battery. The Sixaxis is constructed of slightly translucent plastic, rather than the opaque plastic used on the DualShock 2 (and the later DualShock 3).

DualShock 3

A DualShock 3 controller

Replacing the Sixaxis as the standard PlayStation 3 controller, the DualShock 3 (SCPH-98050/CECHZC2, trademarked "DUALSHOCK 3") features the same functions and design (including "Sixaxis" motion sensing), but with vibration feedback capability.

Cosmetically, the DualShock 3 is nearly identical to the Sixaxis, with the only differences being that "DUALSHOCK 3" is printed on the top (with the original "SIXAXIS" label moved down) and that the body is made of opaque plastic rather than the slightly translucent plastic used on the Sixaxis. The vibration function does not interfere with the motion sensing function, and both functions can be used at once.[1] Like the Sixaxis, it is a wireless controller with a mini-USB port on the rear that is used for charging, as well as playing while charging.

Released alongside new PlayStation 3 models in Japan on January 11, 2008, the DualShock 3 was initially available in Black and Ceramic White colors, matching the color options for the new console models.[2] On March 6, a Satin Silver DualShock 3 was released in Japan, again alongside a new console color.[3] The black DualShock 3 was released in the United States on April 2[4] and in Europe on July 2.[5] On October 30, 2008, the DualShock 3 became the standard controller packaged with PlayStation 3 consoles, starting with the (non-PS2-backwards compatible) 80 GB models.[6]

Charging stand

An official charging stand for PlayStation 3 controllers was released in Japan on April 21, 2011. It is capable of charging two controllers simultaneously and is powered by a wall plug.[7]

Wireless keypad

PlayStation 3 Wireless Keypad
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The PlayStation 3 Wireless Keypad (UK layout) attached to a DualShock 3 controller
Manufacturer Sony Computer Entertainment
Generation Seventh generation era
Retail availability
  • JP Late 2008
  • NA Early December 2008
  • EU November 28, 2008
Input QWERTY keyboard, Capacitive keys (touchpad mode)
Connectivity USB, Bluetooth

The wireless keypad peripheral[8] was launched in Europe on November 28, 2008,[9] early December 2008 in North America, and some time late 2008 in Japan. As well as acting as keyboard, the wireless keypad features a touchpad button (labeled as a pointing hand, similar to the pointer used in the web browser), which allows the surface of the keypad to be used as a touchpad, allowing users to move the pointer by sliding their fingers around the keypad surface. When in touchpad mode, the left and right arrow buttons act as left and right mouse buttons, respectively.

Although designed to be directly attached to the controller, the keypad features an internal battery and an independent Bluetooth connection, and does not connect to the controller electronically in any way, meaning it can function separately from the controller. The keypad must be first connected to the PlayStation 3 via a USB mini-B to USB-A cable or put into Bluetooth discovery mode (by holding down the "blue" modifier key when switching the device on) so it can be paired and subsequently used. Discovery mode can also be used to pair the keypad with other Bluetooth compatible devices such as computers and mobile phones, where it will function as both a keyboard and a touchpad (where supported by the host device). The keypad also features two shortcut buttons, letting users jump to the "Friends" screen and "Message Box" on the XMB during game play.

PlayStation Move

PlayStation Move motion controller

PlayStation Move is a motion-sensing game controller platform for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) video game console by Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE). It was previously named PlayStation Motion Controller. Based on handheld motion controller wand, PlayStation Move uses the PlayStation Eye webcam to track the wand's position, and inertial sensors in the wand to detect its motion. First revealed on June 2, 2009, PlayStation Move is slated for worldwide launch in Q3/Q4 2010. Hardware available at launch includes the main PlayStation Move motion controller, and an optional PlayStation Move sub-controller.[10]

Buzz! buzzer

Wireless Buzzers and USB adapter

The Buzz! buzzer is a special controller designed specifically for the Buzz! quiz game series. The controller features a large red buzzer button and four smaller coloured buttons for answer selection. Both wired and wireless versions are available and come bundled with Buzz! games. A four-buzzer set acts as a single USB device and connects a USB port on the PlayStation 3 (or PlayStation 2). Wireless versions connect via a USB dongle, with each dongle able to support up to 4 wireless buzzers at a time. A second dongle is required for additional buzzers (for 8 player games). Both the wired and wireless versions of the buzzers are compatible with both PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3.

Logitech Driving Force GT

Released on December 13, 2007, the Logitech Driving Force GT is a PlayStation 3 racing wheel peripheral intended for use with racing games. It is manufactured and distributed by Logitech International S.A of Romanel-sur-Morges, Switzerland. It features include 900° steering (2.5 turns lock-to-lock), with force feedback, via a full-sized (diameter 45 cm), MOMO-styled steering wheel and full-sized throttle and brake pedals. It also features PlayStation 3 standard gamepad buttons (with gray colored Triangle, Circle, Cross and Square symbols), a PS/Home button (labeled PS), L3/R3 buttons, individually sprung to simulate real pedal efforts.

Other wheels include the Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo S Racing Wheel, which features force feedback, 6 gear stick shifter and 3 pedals(Gas/Brake/Clutch).

Logitech Cordless Precision Controller

Logitech Cordless Precision Controller
Manufacturer Logitech
Generation Seventh generation era
Retail availability 2007
Input
  • Analog sticks (10-bit precision)
  • 2× Analog triggers
  • 8× Pressure sensitive buttons
  • Pressure sensitive D-Pad
  • 4× Digital buttons
Connectivity 2.4 GHz Wireless (via USB transceiver)

The Logitech Cordless Precision Controller is the wireless controller for PlayStation 3. The controller has similar function with Sixaxis and DualShock 3 wireless controller except it has 2.4 GHz USB wireless technology that gives the user 30 feet (10 m) of room to play. The controller uses a Nickel-metal hydride battery or two AA batteries (in a similar fashion to the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller). The charger of the controller is Cordless Precision Controller Battery pack charger kit. The battery pack provides up to 300 hours continuous gaming for the wireless controller. After 5 minutes of inactivity, the gamepad goes into sleep mode.

2.4 GHz wireless

Unlike the first-party SIXAXIS and DualShock 3 controllers, which use Bluetooth, the Cordless Precision controller uses a proprietary 2.4 GHz wireless technology. As a result, it requires a USB dongle to communicate with the console. The controller may also be used on a PC, as the dongle acts as a standard USB HID.[citation needed]

Accessories

Battery packs

The battery pack for the Logitech Cordless Precision controller is Nickel-metal hydride battery. The pack provides up to 300 hours on 2 AA batteries (not included). It is recommended in place of disposable AA batteries (which differ slightly in voltage). It also ships as part of the Battery pack charger kit. Third party rechargeable battery pack kits are also available. Despite the official rechargeable battery pack being nickel metal hydride, the normal (AA) battery casing advises to use only with alkaline batteries.

Battery pack charger kit

The Battery pack charger kit allows the controller to be recharged while charging the wireless controller into the charger kit. The kit also includes the rechargeable battery pack. The battery pack charger kit allows use of a wireless controller without a battery pack; however Logitech recommends using a AA pack (empty) to avoid damage to the exposed battery compartment. The Battery pack charger kit batteries are generic 1300mah AA(LR6) NiMH cells. Such cells are readily available in 4 packs up to 3,000mah. With 2,000-2,600mah batteries being common.

Blu-ray remotes

The PS3 is compatible with any Bluetooth Blu-ray/DVD remote control. With a USB or Bluetooth adapter it is also compatible with many Blu-ray/DVD and universal remote controls.

Official PS3 Bluetooth Blu-ray remote

PlayStation 3 Blu-ray remote
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Blu-ray Disc Remote Control with and without PlayTV overlay
Manufacturer Sony Computer Entertainment
Generation Seventh generation era
Input
  • 47× digital buttons
  • Digital D-Pad
Connectivity Bluetooth

The official PlayStation 3 Blu-ray remote is a Bluetooth remote control which features standard Blu-ray and DVD remote functions such as chapter display/select and one-touch menu control. In addition it has all the DualShock 3's buttons: D-Pad, Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square, L1, L2, L3, R1, R2, R3, Start, Select and a PS button for turning on and off your PS3 and going to the XMB.

Rhythm game peripherals

There are many rhythm game peripherals available for use with the PlayStation 3. These include guitar controllers, drum controllers, microphones, and turntable controllers. With the exception of microphones, these controllers can be used to control any PlayStation 3 game, but have limited inputs, making them impractical for most games. Rhythm game controllers are generally cross-compatible with other rhythm games. For example, the drum-kit controller included with Guitar Hero: World Tour functions properly when used in Rock Band games. Some functionality may be diminished however. For example Rock band drum kits only feature 4 drum pads, as opposed to the 5 featured on the Guitar Hero versions. As a result the in-game track must be changed to accommodate (done automatically by the software).

Guitar controllers

Many officially licensed guitar controllers have been released for the PlayStation 3, mostly affiliated with either the Guitar Hero or Rock Band franchises. These controllers are shaped to resemble guitars but are generally smaller than their real-life counterparts. Common features among these controllers (with the exception of Rock Band 3's "pro" guitar controllers) are a set of five colored "fret" buttons on the neck (green, red, yellow, blue and orange) a "strum bar" (around where the pickups on an electric guitar would be) and whammy bar (corresponding to it's real-life position) on the body, along with a d-pad, start and select buttons and a "PS" button. For navigation within the game and XMB, the strum bar acts as "up" and "down" on the d-pad (the dedicated d-pad can also be used) while the fret buttons correspond to Cross, Circle, Square, Triangle and "L1" respectively. On the PlayStation 3, all controllers connect to the system via USB, although most do so wirelessly via a USB transceiver dongle.

Guitar Hero III/Aerosmith controller
A PlayStation 3 Les Paul guitar controller, featuring Guitar Hero: Aerosmith faceplate

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock comes with a newly designed wireless guitar controller (called the Les Paul controller and shaped like a Gibson Les Paul). Unlike the Xbox 360 version of the controller, the PS3 version connects wirelessly via a USB dongle. In addition to all the features of the earlier X-Plorer (Xbox 360) and SG (PS2) guitar controllers, the Les Paul controller features a detachable neck for easier storage and replacement, and customizable faceplates. The controller is also available separately, and bundled with Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. The Guitar Hero: Aerosmith version features a custom faceplate.

Guitar Hero: World Tour/Metallica guitar controller
A PlayStation 3 Guitar Hero: World Tour guitar controller and wireless receiver

Guitar Hero: World Tour features another new controller known as the "Genericaster". Unlike previous guitar controllers, this is not modeled after a real guitar design, but resembles a Fender Stratocaster, hence its name. As well as a new shape, it features a longer, quieter strum bar, longer whammy bar, repositioned start and select buttons. It also features a new, touch sensitive "solo section" on the neck. This is functionally similar to the "solo section" on Rock Band guitar controllers, but is not compatible with Rock Band games.

Like the PS3 version of the Les Paul controller, the PS3 version connects via a USB dongle, which also acts as a two-port USB hub. Also like the Les Paul, it features a detachable neck and customizable faceplates. This guitar was available separately, bundled with Guitar Hero: World Tour, as part of a "band bundle" (game, guitar controller, drum kit and microphone) or bundled with Guitar Hero: Metallica. Like the Aerosmith Les Paul, the Guitar Hero: Metallica version features a custom (Metallica themed) faceplate.

Guitar Hero 5 guitar controller

The guitar controller for Guitar Hero 5 retains the same basic design as the Guitar Hero: World Tour Guitar Controller, but with some minor alterations. The strum bar is rubberized, the nuts on the headstock are made from chrome rather than plastic and the "solo section" of the neck is molded differently and is now digital rather than analog.[11]

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock guitar controller

The guitar controller released for Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is, like the "World Tour" and "5" guitars, not based on a real guitar design. This controller differs from its predecessors however, in that it drops the touch-sensitive strip on the neck, and allows for complete replacement/customization of the body, rather than just faceplates as on previous controllers.[12]

Rock Band guitar controller

The guitar controller for Rock Band is based on the Fender Stratocaster. It features two sets of fret buttons, one for standard gameplay, one for solo sections. It also features an effects switch unique to the Rock Band series of games.

Rock Band 2 guitar controller

Like the guitar controller for Rock Band, the Rock Band 2 guitar controller is based on the Fender Stratocaster. It is an upgraded version of the original Rock Band guitar with a lag calibration feature for Rock Band games and a different finish.

Rock Band 2 Fender Precision bass guitar controller

Modeleld after the Fender Precision Bass guitar, this controller is designed specifically for use in the bass guitar tracks on Rock Band 2 (and other rhythm games).[13] It lacks the whammy bar found on "standard" guitar controllers, and instead uses a knob.[13] Another knob is also present to switch between various effects within Rock Band games; the start and select buttons are activated by pressing in one of these two knobs.[13] It also features a split strum-bar, allowing more accurate emulation of dual-fingered up-strumming used to play real bass guitars.[13] Like the Standard Rock Band 2 guitar controller, the Fender Precision bass controller features a lag calibration system for Rock Band games.

The Beatles: Rock Band guitar controllers
A set of The Beatles: Rock Band instrument controllers - a Höfner 500/1 "violin bass" controller, a Gretsch Duo Jet guitar controller, a Ludwig drum set and a microphone with its stand.

Two new guitar controllers were released alongside The Beatles: Rock Band, modeled after John Lennon's Rickenbacker 325 and George Harrison's Gretsch Duo Jet.[14] Functionally, these controllers are equivalent to those released alongside Rock Band 2.

The Beatles: Rock Band bass guitar controller

The bass guitar controller released alongside The Beatles: Rock Band is modeled after the Höfner 500/1 "violin bass" guitar which was famously used by Sir Paul McCartney; however, it is configured for right-handed use, while McCartney's was left-handed.[15] Unlike the bass guitar controller released alongside Rock Band 2, this controller is functionally equivalent to standard guitar controllers.

Drum kits

A The Beatles: Rock Band drum kit.

Various controllers based around drum kits have been produced for the PlayStation 3. The design of these varies depending on the game series a kit is designed for; Rock Band and Power Gig kits feature four drum pads, while Guitar Hero kits feature three drum pads and two cymbal pads. The Rock Band kits may be used in Guitar Hero games and vice versa, but due to the different number of pads the game experience may differ. When Rock Band kits are used in Guitar Hero games, the number of note tracks displayed on-screen is reduced to four due to the reduced number of pads.

Rock Band drum kit

The drum kit controller designed for use with Rock Band features four drum pads and a kick pedal, as well as a compliment of standard buttons.[a]

Rock Band 2 drum kit

The drum kit controller designed for use with Rock Band 2 follows the same basic design as the Rock Band kit, but with improved construction.

The Beatles: Rock Band drum kit

The Beatles: Rock Band drum is very similar to the kits released alongside Rock Band and Rock Band 2, but with a few minor color changes, the addition of Ludwig branding and a "The Beatles" bass drum attachment (which is only cosmetic). Functionally, it is identical to Rock Band 2 kits.

Mad Catz Rock Band portable drum kit

The Mad Catz Rock Band portable drum kit is a portable drum kit controller produced for use with Rock Band games by Mad Catz.[16]

Logitech wireless drum controller

The Logitech wireless drum controller is a drum kit controller created for use with the Guitar Hero series of games. As such, it features three drum pads, two cymbal pads.[17][18]

Guitar Hero: World Tour drum kit
A Guitar Hero: World Tour drum kit (and guitar gameplay).

The drum kit controller designed for Guitar Hero: World Tour was the first such controller for a Guitar Hero game. It features three drum pads (red, blue and green) and two cymbal pads (yellow and orange), as well as a kick pedal, and a compliment of standard buttons.[a] The Guitar Hero: World Tour kit also features a MIDI-in port, allowing users to connect most MIDI-compatible e-drum kits for use as game inputs. The MIDI port can also be used for calibration of the kit via a specialised USB → MIDI adapter and Windows-based calibration software. Like other Guitar Hero peripherals, the kit was produced by RedOctane

Guitar Hero 5 drum kit

The drum kit controller designed for Guitar Hero 5 follows the same basic design as the Guitar Hero: World Tour kit but with some modifications.[19]

ION Drum Rocker

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Power Gig: Rise of the SixString AirStrike drum kit

Unlike other drum controllers, the Power Gig: Rise of the SixString AirStrike drum kit does not feature discrete drum pads. Instead, it simulates drum hit via motion-tracking of the drum sticks. Like Rock Band kits, the Power Gig: Rise of the SixString AirStrike drum kit is set up for four drum pads.

^a The standard buttons included on all drum controllers are: a PS/home button, d-pad, and Start, Select and face buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross and Square)

Rock Band 3 "Pro" controllers

Rock Band 3 saw the addition of a new "Pro mode", which more closely mimics playing real musical instruments. As such, new peripherals were produced available to allow players to access these modes.

MIDI Pro-adapter
Rock Band 3 MIDI Pro-Adapter

Designed by Harmonix and manufactured by Mad Catz, the MIDI Pro-Adapter allows users to connect most MIDI-compatible drum-kits and keyboards for use in Rock Band 3, as well as some specialized guitars (such as the official Rock Band 3 Squier Stratocaster Pro controller and the You Rock MIDI guitar); standard MIDI guitars are not compatible however. The adapter features a small switch to change between drums, keyboard and guitar modes, a volume wheel and an overdrive button. A standard compliment of PlayStation face buttons, start, select and PS buttons and a d-pad are also present for navigation. The adapter connects to the console via a 9.8 ft (3 m) USB cable and to the instrument via a standard MIDI connector (5-pin DIN)

^† The MIDI Pro-Adapter responds to specific MIDI note data, so instruments that do not output these notes and cannot be re-mapped are not compatible.
^‡ Requires firmware update on the You Rock guitar for compatibility.[21]

Wireless Pro keyboard
Rock Band 3 Wireless Pro Keyboard

In order to play the new keyboard-based instrument parts (keyboard, piano, organ etc) in Rock Band 3, Harmonix designed a keyboard controller, which is produced by Mad Catz. The controller has a handle or "neck" on one side, and so resembles a keytar; this allows it to be either worn over the shoulder using a strap (like a keytar) or placed on a horizontal surface (like a traditional keyboard). The keyboard features 25 full-sized velocity-sensitive keys, with an overdrive button and a touch-sensitive strip on the "neck". It also features a PS-button, d-pad, and standard PlayStation Start, Select and face buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross and Square), in order to facilitate navigation within the game and on the console itself.

For standard keyboard mode and when playing guitar/bass parts, five white keys, from the middle C to G, are marked with colored dots, and are played similarly to the fret buttons found on guitar controllers. For pro mode, all the keys are used, and the keyboard is split up into 5 colored sections to aid the player: red - C3-E3, yellow - F3-B4, blue - C4 (middle C)-E4, green - F4-B5 and orange - C5. The touchpad acts as a modulation control, and in game-play terms is functionally equivalent to the whammy bar on standard guitar controllers.

The keyboard controller also has a 3.5 mm TRS (jack) connector which can be used to attach either a stomp switch or an analog expression pedal.

The controller connects to the PS3 wirelessly via a USB dongle. In order to facilitate syncing between the dongle and the controller, each has a sync button. The dongle also features a 2-port USB hub, allowing additional peripherals to be connected to the PS3 system.

Use as a MIDI controller
The MIDI port on the Wireless Pro keyboard. Also visible to the left are the 3.5 mm pedal connector and the sync button.

The keyboard controller is also MIDI compatible via a standard MIDI port (5-pin DIN connector) on its side. As such it can be connected to most synthesizers (via a MIDI cable) and computers (via a MIDI-to-USB adapter), allowing the controller to be used as a real musical instrument. The controller transmits keyboard notes on MIDI channel 1.

When in MIDI mode, the various non-keyboard controls (with the exception of the sync button) are re-mapped to MIDI commands. The touch-strip acts as a modulation wheel or, when the overdrive button is held, as a pitch wheel. The Square button decrements the octave (i.e. shifts it down so, for example, the C3 key becomes C2), while the Circle button increments it (shifts it up); these can be used multiple times to get to various different octave settings from -1 (MIDI notes 0-11, or C-1-B0) to 7 (notes 96-107, or C7-B8). This applies to the "base" octave (red and yellow keys); the other keys also shift in relation to this, making the highest possible note C9. The Triangle and Cross buttons increment or decrement the program number (respectively), while the Start, PS and Select send real-time system stop, continue and start messages (respectively). Up on the d-pad toggles the keyboard between standard and drum mapping mode, which maps the lower octave (red and yellow keys) to MIDI drum notes (transmitted on channel 10). The remaining d-pad buttons/directions allow switching of analog pedal functions; down sets it as a channel volume controller, left as an expression pedal (default) and right sets it as a foot controller.

Pro cymbals

In order to play the "pro" drum mode, players require at least four drum pads and at least 1 cymbal pad (with up to three cymbals being compatible). To allow this, pro cymbals were released to complement existing Rock Band and Rock Band 2 drum sets.

Microphones

Two wired SingStar microphones with USB adapter

The PS3 is compatible with all standard USB and Bluetooth microphones. This includes all the PS2 SingStar microphones, PS3 SingStar wireless and wired microphones and microphones included with Guitar Hero and Rock Band games. There have been 2 official PS3 Bluetooth headsets that have been released by Sony.

USB Controllers

Most commercial USB controllers are compatible with the PlayStation 3 as it supports standard USB human interface devices. This includes gamepads, joysticks and steering wheel controllers. A limitation of this is that not all such controllers provide the same range of inputs as a Sixaxis/DualShock 3 controller (fewer buttons or joysticks for example), so may not be practical in all games. When any such controller is used with games which require sixaxis functionality or the use of the analog buttons usability is also limited. Many PlayStation 2 games which were programmed to use the analog functionality of the PlayStation 2 controllers buttons will not accept non-analog input therefore Sixaxis or DualShock 3 controllers must be used (though this could potentially be solved with future firmware updates).

Non-standard USB controllers such as Xbox 360 wired controllers are not compatible with the PlayStation 3. These often also require specific drivers for use on PCs (Windows XP and up)

Other compatible input devices

It is possible for game developers to add support for additional devices and title software updates can further add compatibility. Additionally most standard USB or Bluetooth keyboards and mice will also work on the PS3. A keyboard and mouse can be used to navigate the XMB or for use on the console's web browser. A keyboard and mouse will work in games specifically programmed to use them, and in backwards compatibility mode for supported PSOne and PS2 games.

Audio/Visual Peripherals

Surround Bar

On October 13, 2010, Sony announced an official surround sound system for the PS3 through the official PlayStation YouTube channel.[22]

Headsets

PlayStation 3 does not support game audio through USB headsets. However, most commercial USB headsets can be used for voice communication. In addition, the PlayStation 3 supports some PlayStation 2 USB accessories, including the USB SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs headset by Logitech, the SingStar microphones and the built-in microphone on the Eyetoy for video and voice chat (although the EyeToy Play game associated with the EyeToy is not available for use on European PlayStation 3s ). Since the PlayStation 3 supports Bluetooth technology, any type of wireless headset is compatible with the system;[23] however, Bluetooth wireless headsets are not compatible with PlayStation 2 games which use the USB headsets (due to being programmed for them only) and therefore the USB headsets must still be used (though this could potentially be solved with future firmware updates). On Sept. 12, 2007, Logitech announced[24] new, Cordless Vantage Headset for PlayStation 3. The Blu-ray Disc retail version of Warhawk comes bundled with a Jabra BT125 Bluetooth headset in North America and the Jabra BT135 in Europe.[25]

Madcatz also produce a NASCAR/Dale Earnhardt Jr headset in Amp and National Guard colors.

Official wireless Bluetooth headset

PlayStation 3 Wireless Bluetooth Headset
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Original version of the Official PS3 Wireless Bluetooth Headset on charging stand
Manufacturer Sony Computer Entertainment
Generation Seventh generation era
Retail availability
  • JP October 30, 2008
  • NA October 14, 2008
  • EU March 13, 2009
  • AUS March 19, 2009
Input Volume ± adjustment, Mute button, Dual microphones
Connectivity Bluetooth, USB

On June 27, 2008, it was announced that the headset that will be paired with the Blu-ray Disc version of SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation would be the official Bluetooth headset for the PlayStation 3.[26] It comes with a charging cradle so that it may charge while connected to one of the system's USB ports,[27] which is being marketed as being useful for storing when not in use.

The official headset allows for high quality voice-chat, and provides volume level, battery level, charging status and connection status indicators on the PS3's on-screen display. The headset can be used as a microphone when docked in the charging cradle - voice output from PS3 is automatically transferred to the TV in this case. The official PS3 headset is also compatible with the PSP Go, as well as Bluetooth capable PCs and mobile phones.

In November 2010, Sony announced that it would be producing a new version of the Bluetooth headset, which is 30% smaller and would replace the existing model.[28] The redesigned headset also features stronger noise cancellation technology.[28] An "Urban Camouflage" version of the headset was released on April 19, 2011 in the US to coincide with the launch of SOCOM 4: US Navy SEALs.[29]

Wireless stereo headset

PlayStation 3 Wireless Stereo Headset
Manufacturer Sony Computer Entertainment
Generation Seventh generation era
Retail availability
  • NA September 6, 2011
Input Volume slide adjustment, Mute/Power button, Retractable boom microphone, Virtual Surround Sound button
Connectivity Wireless, USB

On September 6, 2011, Sony released their first wireless stereo headset[30] which allows users to hear both in game audio and voice chat. The headset runs independent of then HDMI, optical and A/V outputs, and instead connects wirelessly via a USB dongle (which can also be used to connect it to a PC). The headset requires system software update version 3.70. Other features include virtual surround sound (up to 7.1; media dependant) and on screen status notifications.

PlayTV

PlayTV tuner

Officially announced August 22, 2007; PlayTV is a twin-channel DVB-T tuner peripheral with digital video recorder (DVR) software which allows users to record television programs to the PlayStation 3 hard drive for later viewing even while playing a game. The device was launched in the UK on the September 19, 2008 with other regions in Europe following.

It can also be used on a PSP via Remote Play to watch live and recorded TV, and schedule new recordings.

It was reported that Australia would receive the Play TV accessory only 2 months after Europe. However, after a delay of just over a year, PlayTV was finally released in Australia on the November 27, 2009.

The PlayTV accessory comes bundled with an overlay sticker that fits onto the face of the BD remote to show PlayTV specific functions, which are mapped to the remote's existing buttons.

A similar device, known as Torne has been released for the Japanese market based on the Japanese ISDB-T HDTV standard. Since North American markets, including the United States, Canada and Mexico, use the ATSC digital standard, neither the DVB-T based PlayTV device nor ISDB-T based Torne will be released in these territories.

torne

"torne" device for PS3.

torne (トルネ?) (CECH-ZD1J) is an ISDB-T tuner peripheral for the Japanese market which, like PlayTV, comes with DVR software. It was first announced on January 14, 2010 for release on March 18 of the same year.[31][32]

Like PlayTV, it is capable of recording and playing back live TV, even while in a game or playing other media (e.g. a DVD or Blu-ray) and can be accessed on PSP via remote play.[31]

Unlike PlayTV, torne features PS3 trophy support.[31]

In June 2010 Sony released torne software version 2.00, which enables MPEG-4 AVC compression, allowing recordings to be compressed down to a third of their original size as captured MPEG-2 streams. It will also add the ability to watch, fast-forward and rewind programs while they are still recording and to update the user's PSN status.[33]

PlayStation Eye

PlayStation Eye

The PlayStation Eye is an updated version of the EyeToy USB webcam designed for the PlayStation 3. It does not work with PS2 EyeToy games, but the PS3 does support the PlayStation 2 EyeToy, using its camera and microphone functionalities. A firmware update enabled the PlayStation 3 to support all USB webcams which used the USB Video Class.

AV cables

Component (YPBPR) cable, which offers analog stereo audio and analog component video from 480i up to 1080p on supported devices.
Entry level A/V (stereo audio / composite video) cable for standard-definition display and 2.0ch sound (analog video and audio).

Both official and standard third-party HDMI cables are compatible. For analog video, official D-Terminal (Japan only) and component (YPBPR) AV cables are available and all RF-modulator, composite, S-Video, RGB SCART and YPBPR component cables for the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 are compatible with the PlayStation 3, as they utilize the same "A/V Multi Out" port.[34]

On the audio side, AV cables connected to the "A/V Multi out" allow 2.0ch (stereo), while optical "Digital out" (TOSLINK) allows both 2.0ch (LPCM) and 5.1ch (Dolby Digital & DTS) and "HDMI out" (Ver.1.3) supports 2.0ch, 5.1ch and 7.1ch (various formats).

Units sold in NTSC regions are SD/ED NTSC, 720p, 1080i and 1080p compliant, while those available in PAL regions are compatible with SD/ED PAL, 720p, 1080i and 1080p. An NTSC system (480i/480p) cannot output PAL (576i/576p) games and DVDs (DVD-Video/DVD-Audio) - however PAL units can display "All Region" NTSC DVDs. This regional lock does not affect HD output (720p/1080i/1080p) - except for Blu-ray movies.

HD line

D5: 1080p (HD), 720p (HD), 480p (ED NTSC) /480i (SD NTSC)
D4: 720p (HD), 480p (ED NTSC) /480i (SD NTSC)
D3: 1080i (HD), 480p (ED NTSC) /480i (SD NTSC)
D2: 480p (ED NTSC) /480i (SD NTSC)
D1: 480i (SD NTSC)
  • Component AV (YPBPR) cable (SCPH-10490): 1080p (HD), 1080i (HD), 720p (HD), 576p (ED PAL) /576i (SD PAL), 480p (ED NTSC) /480i (SD NTSC)

SD line

  • RGB SCART (Péritel) cable: 576i (SD PAL), 480i (SD NTSC) European market
  • AV Multi (AVマルチ) cable: 480p (ED NTSC) /480i (SD NTSC) Japanese market
  • S-Video cable (SCPH-10480): 576i (SD PAL), 480i (SD NTSC)
  • AV (Composite video) cable (SCPH-10500) (bundled with all systems): 576i (SD PAL), 480i (SD NTSC)

Storage peripherals

Memory card adapter

The PlayStation 3 Memory Card Adaptor.

The PlayStation 3 Memory Card Adaptor (CECHZM1) is a device that allows data to be transferred from a PlayStation or PlayStation 2 memory card to the PlayStation 3's hard disk. At launch, the device did not support transferring saved game files back to a memory card, but upon the release of the PlayStation 3 system software version 1.80, the user is now able to transfer PS1 and PS2 game saves from the PS3 directly onto a physical Memory Card via the adaptor. PlayStation 2 saved game files can also be transferred between PlayStation 3 users via other current memory card formats. The device connects to the PlayStation 3's USB port on one end through a USB Mini-B cable (not included with adaptor, but it was included with the console itself), and features a PlayStation 2 memory card port on the other end. The adaptor works with every PlayStation 3 model, regardless of whether it is compatible with PlayStation 2 games or not. The adaptor was available for purchase simultaneously with the console's launch. The Memory Card Adaptor was released on 25 May 2007 in the UK.

Other accessories

AC adapter charging kit

The AC adapter charging kit allows the charging of two USB-powered devices, such as the DualShock 3, Sixaxis, PSP (2000, 3000 and Go models), wireless keypad and wireless headset via a wall power plug, eliminating the need to have a PS3 running to charge the accessories. It includes an AC adapter, one 1.5m/4.92 ft. long USB cable (Type A – Mini-B) and one 2m/6.56 ft long AC power cable.[35]

USB 2.0 Cable Pack

The USB 2.0 Cable Pack contains two USB cables (Type A – Mini-B) allowing controllers and other USB-powered devices to be recharged while playing a game by plugging them into the console or powered USB hub (hub must be connected to a host device, such as a console, to charge Sixaxis or DualShock 3 controllers). The included cables feature 24-carat gold connectors.[36][37]

See also

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