The guys over at PS3Mag were fortunate enough to get their hands on a production-version PlayStation 3 system. Video and first impressions after the jump. What are your thoughts?

Yes, it’s true. It’s not made out of wood, it’s not behind bullet-proof glass at the Tokyo Game Show – it’s a real live PS3 and we’re really playing it. We connected it to our TV and we were away. Forget any dev-kit speculation and empty cases. PS3 is real and it works brilliantly

[via Destructoid]


Original video removed: “Our friends at Sony have asked us to remove the video from this site. This video showed a final PS3 test machine working and playing MotorStorm in the PSM3 office (and a crowd of men drooling at its majesty). It’s a shame but, in order to return the favour for letting us play on PS3 we want to do as they ask”

First Impressions

Some more details of the brute in action:
1) It’s quiet like a sleeping baby. A barely audible hum. With the TV on you simply can’t hear it at all.
2) It’s heavy like a planet. No, really. It’s impossible to pick up with one hand.
3) It’s shiny like a mirror. In fact, it’s impossible to take a photograph of it without the flash spanging every picture into a starburst mess. And therefore it’s massively prone to fingerprintage too, with the tiny amount of dust in the office magically attaching itself to its surface in seconds.
4) The PS3 joypad is very light and the tilt system is very responsive. We like.
5) The start up is amazingly fast. And game load times were faster than expected. In fact, PS3 does both at about the same speed of PSP. ie, Long load times due to the massive Blu-ray disc? Nope. Simply not an issue.
6) Andy’s fingers kept sliding off the shoulder buttons. But that’s because his fingers are slippery.