The PlayStation 3 is in a unique position amongst the three games consoles. While the Wii has the widest appeal and the Xbox 360 is the cheapest option, the PS3 offers the best technology bundle. Not only is it a next-gen games console, it's one of the best Blu-ray players that money can buy.
Of course, this ambitious design meant that the PlayStation 3 was the most expensive console when it launched in 2006 (March 2007 in the UK). The cost of the key components (Cell processor, Blu-ray, hard disk drive) landed it with a hefty £425 price tag – £136 pricier than the Xbox 360; over twice as expensive as the Nintendo Wii.