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PlayStation 3 wows gamers

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published November 13, 2006


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HONOLULU - Crammed in the corner of a hotel's banquet hall, they stood and stared silently, mesmerized by what they were seeing.

They were watching a soldier gunning down a giant monster on one TV and Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade taking over an NBA game on the other screen.

What they were really experiencing was the new Sony PlayStation 3.

The much-awaited video game console comes out Friday in the United States, although getting one will be as challenging as finding parking at the mall after Thanksgiving.

Thousands of lucky gamers tested the PS3 this month at the 2007 Sony Expo in Honolulu.

Almost all were males - from boys with braces and baggy jeans to gray-haired baby boomers. They crowded around two gaming booths with the sleek, lean, black machine behind a plastic case.

"The graphics are crazy, way better than the second one," said Doug Morrison, a 20-year-old University of Hawaii student. "It's more realistic. It's smoother. It doesn't have any glitches.

"I'm going to get one no matter what."

Forget Elmo, the third-generation PlayStation will top many wish lists to Santa this holiday season. And hopefully Santa saved because the PS3 isn't cheap.

The system starts at $500 for a 20-gigabyte version. The price tag on the 60 GB model is $600.

Tim Mah, 13, of Honolulu had one word for the new machine: "Wow."

Dyron Mack, a 35-year-old computer analyst, said he plans to buy a PS3 without consulting his wife or disclosing the cost.

"I'm not going to tell her. You just show up with it and let her be mad," he said. "You just say, 'I'm sorry. I lost the receipt.' "

[Last modified November 12, 2006, 19:38:45]


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