This allows developers to provide impressive 1080p graphics, large level maps, and plenty of extras that may not have been possible with the smaller format of the DVD disc.
Included in this price is a single PS3 wireless controller, media card reader, Blu-ray movie playing capability, HDMI out (with 1080p support), and that 80GB hard drive.
It represented the most expensive home video game console at the time, but it was also the only one to offer full 1080p video games and Blu-ray playback capabilities.
One value-minded example is Sony's 46-inch 1080p LCD HDTV priced under seven hundred dollars - but it's only available Saturday, the day AFTER Black Friday.
Microsoft's Xbox 360 employs an HD-DVD that can be purchased separately and is capable of 1080p High-Def output.
The "P" stands for progressive and there's no reason not to have a 720p or 1080p flat screen these days.
High-definition is typically 720 or 1080, but most HD programs and HD source output at 1080p.
If you watch a lot of Blu-rays or subscribe to HD programming, then you will want 1080p.
The PS3 will support 1080p high-definition output and the Xbox 360 tops out at 1080i.
Set Flicker Reduction to off if you are using progressive mode at 1080p or 720p.