Items tagged with PS3

When AMD launched the Barts GPU that powers the Radeon 6850 and 6870 last year, it added support for what it described as a new type of antialiasing—Morphological AA (MLAA). Intel, who originally developed MLAA in 2009, has released a follow-up paper on the topic--including a discussion of how the technique could be handled by the CPU. While this might seem contrary to conventional wisdom, it could allow an integrated CPU+GPU to make better use of existing execution resources. The first thing to understand about MLAA is that it isn't a traditional form of antialiasing at all. Traditional antialiasing (supersampling or multisampling) is performed after lighting is calculated and textures... Read more...
When it comes to gaming headsets, a few companies are recognized as being a cut above the rest. One of those companies just so happens to be Turtle Beach, and they just so happen to have a new line of gaming headsets that'll surely please Modern Warfare fans. The latest version of Call of Duty now has matching handsets, with support for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. These Ear Force cans are said to be custom-optimized to deliver enhanced experiences for the year’s most anticipated entertainment launch. They all feature unique sets of audio presets designed specifically by the audio teams at developers Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games, and they span a range of price points with a range... Read more...
There's news from the 3D sphere of both Sony and Nintendo today and neither company sounds particularly cheery. On the Sony front, 3D development chief Mick Hocking has advocated that developers only use 3D when it actually improves the title as opposed to tacking it on as a bullet point feature. "It's been a good first year," Sony's 3D chief Mick Hocking told Eurogamer in an interview this afternoon. "We've got 50 million PlayStation 3s that support 3D playback. 3DTVs are selling well. We've had great response from our fans out there at game shows and forums about the 3D games we've produced. But the most important thing is 3D quality." "We need to, and we're trying to encourage everyone to... Read more...
Sony will release a new PS3 SKU in the near future, but the upcoming console revision will remove a current feature. According to a leaked (but confirmed) memo, the new "K" series PS3 will no longer output Blu-ray HD video over anything but HDMI. All previous PS3 consoles have been capable of outputting all 1080P content over component out. According to Sony, the new SKU has been released in response to the finalization of the AACS standard. AACS is the content protection system that governs Blu-ray Disc. The finalized standard limits analog output resolution as follows: All new players sold after December 31, 2010 "must limit analog video output of BD content to interlaced standard definition... Read more...
Here's one you should definitely take with a grain of salt, but then again, a grain of "well, duh" wouldn't hurt either. Sony has built three PlayStation consoles to date. History would tell us that a fourth is on the way, the only question being "When?" Now, leaks and rumors are starting build surrounding the next generation PS console, with DigiTimes suggesting that PlayStation 4 development / production could start at the end of this year. Given that Nintendo's already hard at work on the Wii U, Sony shouldn't be too far behind with their next-generation console. The PS4, according to unnamed Taiwanese production companies, will first hit the lines in late-2011 and then ship to consumers in... Read more...
1080p is "high-def enough" for most people. What's the rush to find the next best thing? In the technology world, that race never ends, and Sony's already doing everything they can to push 4K. "4K" is short for 4K x 2K, which is the next major step-up in resolution. RED camcorders already film natively in 4K, and many high-end / cinema projectors already project 4K. But largely, 4K isn't available for regular consumers. That said, Sony knows that at least a small percentage of their PlayStation 3 consoles are linked to 4K displays of some sort, and in order to push the envelope, they're doing something rather unique. Lucent Pictures Entertainment plans to tap into the small 4K market by issuing... Read more...
Stellar news for Sony gamers. For loyal PlayStation users who stuck with Sony throughout their massive PSN outage period, the Welcome Back Program is now available, but you may want to go ahead and grab it soon. Sony first announced their "Welcome Back" program a month ago, but if you happened to be totally preoccupied, you may have forgotten to actually log on and claim whatever is now rightfully yours. If that's you, take heart; you still have a few hours to log on and snag it. You'll be able to download a pair of free PlayStation 3 or PSP games, no to mention 100 virtual games from PlayStation Home. If you need to take care of business, you can login to the PlayStation Store, look for the... Read more...
It's been several months since the massive hack that brought the PlayStation Network to its knees. For Sony, the nightmare isn't over. A new lawsuit filed this past week alleges that the company ignored the warnings of its own staff, made no attempt to address the small break-ins now seen as precursors to the huge assault that followed, and actually fired security personnel immediately prior to the break-in. There are numerous allegations. The company is accused of lavishly upgrading its own corporate security while neglecting to safeguard consumer information. This last is an established fact--while Sony remains the genuine victim of an attack, the company's external-facing servers were running... Read more...
Nintendo's Wii U was one of the biggest unveils at E3 this year, but neither Sony nor Microsoft is going to be goaded into tipping their hands. Sony is apparently annoyed with certain game developers, some of whom have implied that the PS4 is none too far away. Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, told Forbes the following: "PlayStation 3 is really just hitting its stride. Technologically, I don’t think it’s possible to provide any advancement beyond what we have. What we’ve seen from the competition is trying to add features that already exist in PlayStation 3. We invested heavily in that, we rolled a very heavy rock up a steep hill, through... Read more...
Nintendo just announced a next generation console -- the Wii U -- at the E3 Expo, Microsoft is rumored to be unveiling an Xbox 720 (or whatever the Xbox 360's successor will be called) at next year's E3 Expo, and Sony? Well, Sony is again rehashing its PlayStation 3 system, this time with a version that's lighter and a little easier on Mother Nature than previous versions. According to a new listing on Sony Japan's website, the new CECH-3000B PS3 Slim will weigh nearly a pound lighter than before at 5.7 pounds versus 6.6 pounds. It will also consume less energy at 200W versus 230W and come with a 320GB hard drive. Not bad, especially since the new build will sell for the same price as before... Read more...
The stock slump that followed Nintendo's Wii U announcement shows no signs of abating; the company's share price is down more than ten percent as of this writing. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has expressed surprise over the reaction. "Honestly speaking, the reaction to (Tuesday's) presentation and what I heard from people I met and the mood of the convention did not chime at all with what happened in the stock market," Iwata said in an interview at the E3 games show in Los Angeles on Wednesday. "It's very strange." Iwata went on to note that the investors' reactions remind him of the uncertainty Nintendo faced after it announced the original Wii back in 2006. "In the end, it is easy to get... Read more...
Nintendo unveiled its second-generation Wii console today, dubbed the Wii U, but said very little about the console's specifications. The company confirmed that the new system will support HD video, but devoted its press conference to discussing the Wii U's controller. Rumors that Nintendo would incorporate a touchscreen proved accurate, but the controller is more tablet-based than we expected it to be. The display is 6.2" wide and features dual analog controllers, two shoulder buttons, and a standard four-button layout to the right. One of the intriguing features of the Wii U is that titles can be transferred from the TV to the controller's display without needing to restart the game. This frees... Read more...
PSN's back! PSN's back! Tell the world! Most of the world has known that Sony's PlayStation Network has been back online in most areas for a day now, but Sony's not satisfied with just bringing things back online. Now, the company's detailing a new plan to hook customers up who are forgiving the company and sticking with 'em. It's a "Welcome Back" appreciation program for users in North America. This package will be made available to all existing registered PlayStation Network and Qriocity users in North America (US and Canada), and will be made available shortly after we have fully restored the service. More specific details about these offers and eligibility requirements will be posted as the... Read more...
Great news this weekend for avid PlayStation gamers. After having the PSN service go down for an unprecedented amount of time following a credit card breach, Sony has finally flipped services back online in the states and internationally. It requires a mandatory System Update, bringing consoles to v3.61, which enables your machine to connect to the revitalized network. It's been weeks since gamers could connect, and Sony has been scrambling night and day to bring things back with a new level of security. On one hand, we feel a bit sorry for Sony. There's no way this has been fun, and it has seriously tarnished their image. But on the other, we're glad that Sony's taking security seriously, and... Read more...
Here we are going on week 4 of the well documented PlayStation Network outage, and as it turns out, some PSN gamers would rather throw in the towel than wait for Sony to restore its network. According to Edge Magazine, PlayStation 3 owners are trading in their consoles for cash or Xbox 360 consoles. In addition, sales of PSN points cards are down, and so are pre-orders for PS3 titles. "In the first week of downtime we did not really see any major change in sales or trades," a store manager at a major UK retailer speaking on condition of anonymity told Edge. “However from the second week onwards we have seen an increase of over 200 percent on PS3 consoles being traded in, split almost 50/50... Read more...
We're actually starting to feel a little sorry for Sony. The gaming console giant is reeling on the ropes from the network hacks that exposed the personal data of some 70 million subscribers, and the hits just keep on coming. Sony had initially planned to begin the process of bringing the PlayStation Network back online today, but those plans have been scrubbed. In a recent blog post, Patrick Seybold (senior director of corporate communications) noted that "we expected to have the services online within a week. We were unaware of the extent of the attack on Sony Online Entertainment servers, and we are taking this opportunity to conduct further testing of the incredibly complex system." Sony... Read more...
Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity servers were apparently running obsolete, unpatched software, and had no firewall in place, both no-nos for any company, but definitely for a company as large as Sony, trying to run a cloud-based service. In testimony in front of Congress on Wednesday, Dr. Gene Spafford of Purdue University said that security experts monitoring open Internet forums were aware months ago that Sony was using outdated versions of the Apache Web server software, which "was unpatched and had no firewall installed." Not only that, Spafford added that the "oversights" were "reported in an open forum monitored by Sony employees" two to three months prior to the recent security... Read more...
Sony has sent an open letter to Congress detailing and defending its actions in the wake of multiple (successful) hack attempts over the past two weeks. The company previously declined to attend a hearing scheduled in the wake of its data theft debacle. The head of that hearing, Mary Bono Mack, tore the company up one side and down the other for its shortcomings; this recent missive is an apparent attempt to save face. Ironically for Sony, the company's data was stolen right around the time period it brushed off any concerns that Anonymous' attacks could negatively impact its security or systems. Faced with irrefutable evidence that its servers were riddled with security flaws, Sony has instead... Read more...
Rumors regarding Nintendo's second-generation Wii have been circulating following news that the console would be demo'd at this year's E3. Unlike the Playstation or XBox 360, the Wii has never been significantly updated, which is part of why fans and gamers are curious to see what Nintendo has come up with. Although Nintendo has yet to formally announced anything, Kotaku has proven a reliable source of information in the past. According to current info, the Wii's successor (Wii 2?) will contain: 8GB of internal flash-based storage 25GB optical discs (Nintendo has not stated what types of discs these are) HD graphics support The limited storage space suggests that Nintendo has no plans to offer... Read more...
Even as Sony continues to struggle with bringing the PlayStation Network (PSN) back online, there are rumours that credit card numbers gleaned in the attack are already available for purchase. According to Kevin Stevens, senior threat researcher at Trend Micro, various parties are already offering sections of the database up for sale. One unconfirmed report indicates that hackers, in a tremendous act of hubris (if little common sense) may have tried to sell the database back to Sony. Sony's Patrick Siebold stated that "there is no truth to the report that Sony was offered an opportunity to purchase the list... The entire credit card table was encrypted and we have no evidence that credit card... Read more...
We've covered the legal case of George Hotz, the Playstation 3 modder, several times in the past year. Hotz recently reached a settlement with Sony and announced he was going on vacation. "It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier," said Hotz in an interview a few weeks ago." I'm happy to have the litigation behind me.* A few days later, Hotz announced he was joining a Sony boycott: "As of 4/11/11, I am joining the SONY boycott," he wrote on his blog. "I will never purchase another SONY product. I encourage you to do the same. And if you bought something SONY recently, return it." Mild stuff, all things considered, which is why rumors that Hotz is somehow involved... Read more...
The Internet has been grumbling over Sony's unexpected PlayStation Network shutdown for the past few days, but new information from the company will put the outrage into overdrive. According to Sony's official statement: we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for... Read more...
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