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S3 Graphics Announces Ultra Energy-Efficient Embedded Multimedia Graphics Processor at ESC 2008 The S3 Graphics 4300E graphics processor combines 30% better power-efficiency with best-in-class HD video and DX10.1 / OpenGL 2.1 graphics Fremont, California, April 16, 2008 - S3 Graphics today announced the S3 Graphics 4300E graphics processor for embedded markets, bringing the latest in HD video playback, graphics rendering, display connectivity, and power management to developers of gaming, digital signage and other multimedia intensive embedded applications. The S3 Graphics 4300E will debut at Embedded Systems Conference, taking place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on... Read more...
S3 Graphics Leads the Way with DirectX 10.1 Certification for Windows Vista Early WHQL certification for Chrome 400 Series GPU drivers ensures reliability and optimum performance with Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1), delivering Hi-Def full DX10.1 to the entry card market Fremont, California, March 25, 2008 - S3 Graphics today released WHQL-certified drivers for Microsoft DirectX 10.1 API as part of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 to take advantage of new graphics features brought to market by Microsoft. This milestone allows software developers to start DX10.1 development on S3 Graphics Chrome 400 Series hardware using the latest March 2008 DirectX SDK. WHQL certification represents... Read more...
BD-Live (AKA Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0) titles were released earlier this year, despite the fact that there were no players yet capable of supporting BD-Live.  But ...Hi again everyone. Here’s a quick preview of the next PLAYSTATION 3 system software update coming up in the next few days. Firmware v2.20, introduces a number of features to further enhance your PLAYSTATION 3 as the hub of your entertainment center.Most notably, the update enables the PS3 to support Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0, also known as BD-Live. You can connect now to the Internet while playing discs that support BD-Live to obtain additional content and special features. These features vary from disc to disc, and will keep... Read more...
S3 Graphics Launches Chrome 430 GT in the U.S. MarketChrome 430 GT desktop graphics cards now available through GStore, delivering DirectX 10.1 3D performance and stunning HD multimedia for under $60     Fremont, California, March 20, 2008 - S3 Graphics, a leading provider of graphics and visualization technologies, today announced the S3 Graphics Chrome 430 GT desktop cards, now available at online retail affiliate GStore. The first of the S3 Graphics Chrome 400 Series to market, the Chrome 430 GT combines advanced 3D graphics and incredible HD multimedia performance with extreme power-efficiency and rigidly low thermal specifications, breaking new ground in the highly competitive... Read more...
S3 Graphics Chrome 400 Series Sets New Standards in Energy-Efficient HD Multimedia and DirectX 10.1 Gaming The new S3 Graphics Chrome 400 Series graphics processors bring the latest 3D graphics, Blu-ray and HD-DVD support to energy-efficient desktop and notebook platforms Fremont,California, 15 February 2008 - S3 Graphics today announced the S3 Graphics Chrome 400 Series discrete graphics processors, designed to provide the latest gaming experience for energy-efficient desktop systems and portable notebook PCs coupled with outstanding HD content playback at the highest performance-per-watt ratio ever. Using proven low power 65nm process technology, S3 Graphics Chrome 400 Series processors will... Read more...
Call this a rumor, but a particularly cool one.Netflix may consider extending its Watch Instantly movie streaming feature to game consoles, says one customer presented with a survey by the company. Polling its subscriber base, the rental outlet asks households if they would like to watch both movies and TV shows through either the PlayStation 3 or the Xbox 360 and suggests a custom software implementation that would allow the feature.No confirmation yet, and only one report of this survey, which makes this report very questionable yet.  It would indeed be a cool feature, however.... Read more...
An allegedly leaked internal Best Buy memo about the demise of the 80GB PS3 seems to be coming true.Both companies were difficult to reach today, in the wake of the Tuesday news leak to PS3 Fanboy concerning Best Buy's discontinuation of the 80GB PlayStation 3.However, as of this evening on Best Buy's site, the only PS3 SKU available is 8588584, the 40GB unit, which lacks PS2 compatibility.Popular electronics retailer Fry's has also apparently discontinued sales of the 80GB model.No comment from Sony, and Wal-Mart, Target and Circuit City still have the 80GB model in stock.... Read more...
Just like the rest of us nerds, Toshiba got to wondering what would happen if you put a Playstation 3 Cell processor into a laptop. They put one in one of their Qosimo G45 notebooks, which already sports an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU.  They've named the system the Spurs engine. It allows the laptop to react to user hand gestures; scan through all your video files for particular faces and sort them into thumbnail lists; allows you to take a picture of your face and digitally alter it in various ways in 3D; and maybe most interesting, lets you change standard-definition video into sweet, sweet, 1080p. Toshiba had four demos running, the first of which transformed standard-definition video into 1080p.... Read more...
Here's the ultimate in sick and tasteless websites: a site that is offering a PS3 if you correctly predict the date of Britney Spears death. The site is linked above. Let's be honest: her lifestyle is destructive, but predicting her death? The site says: We’ll all have a date with our maker someday, but like Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears just can’t seem to wait. A couple of years ago she looks stunning and was a wet dream for every man. But for some reason Britney also landed in a self-destruction derby. Guess her final breath and be crowned Mr. Or Mrs. Death. Winner will be rewarded with a PS3. All right, this is the most tasteless site we've ever seen. And yes, from the blurb above you can... Read more...
Not sure how viable this idea is, but it's another check box for the PS3: plug in a Blu-ray movie and play it on your PSP via wi-fi.Here's a hypothetical situation for you: you own a Full HD, 60in Pioneer Kuro PSP-LX608D, a kick-arse set of Ferguson Hill speakers, a PlayStation 3 and a PSP and you fancy watching a film, do you a) use your preposterously good home cinema setup to enjoy Casino Royale the way it was meant to be or do you b) sit in a huff wishing there was some way you could enjoy your Blu-ray titles on your PSP before going to bed? Well, if Sony is to be believed, option ‘b' may be more applicable than one might immediately think - bizarre no?We suppose this could work if you wanted... Read more...
It was the present he'd wanted most for Christmas. And 13-year-old Brandon Burns tore into the sealed PlayStation 3 box to find ... a Thousand Oaks phone book.A Camarillo, Calif. teen dreamed of getting a popular game for Christmas, and he got it, almost. 13-year-old Brandon Burns tore the gift wrapped box to find that his parents got him a PlayStation 3. But when he opened the sealed box what he found was a yellow telephone book.He says was amused by the whole thing.His parents weren't amused.A later report indicates the matter was resolved.   Good thing, though since that box was shrink-wrapped, where did the PS3 go?  We have our suspicions, what about you readers?... Read more...
While the PS3 isn't exactly a computer, it is still a very interesting piece of hardware that might just be a look at the future of slim computing devices if Toshiba (new owners of the Cell technology) and company have anything to say about it.  It also is one of the best pieces of equipment to run folding@home on, and there's probably not a better way to justify the purchase of a PS3 than to fold (remember, HH is team 32407).So far one of the biggest problems with the PS3 has been its price, which is substantially higher than the Nintendo Wii and marginally higher than the Xbox 360.  When Sony finally offered a substantial price drop last month, sales soared:“Sony said it sold about... Read more...
A number of complaints have surfaced which indicate that Sony's latest PS3 firmware may be corrupting consoles, resulting in them having a variety of problems, including complete loss of  functionality.Users report, via the official PlayStation forums, running into numerous hardware problems since updating the PS3’s firmware to the recently released version 2.0. The complaints include a slowdown in console functionality, the loss of content, and even consoles being unable to read discs or ceasing to function at all.It is indeed typical of updates. Our suggestion has always been: don't update right away. Wait a little while to see if any issues shake out. Recall the issues with the Leopard... Read more...
Yep, not only did the PlayStation 3 get a firmware upgrade today (to 2.0), part of that upgrade includes what Trend Micro says is the first product of its kind for a gaming console.Trend's service is available as part of Sony's 2.00 firmware update for the PS3, also released on Thursday. The service will initially be free for users through April 2008, but Trend has not yet released future pricing, said Keith Reed, Trend's online manager for Europe.Gaming systems are increasingly accessing the Internet, to download new games or for Web browsing, which potentially expose the machines to the same kind of threats as desktop PCs, Reed said. That's right, make it free at first, suck 'em in, and then... Read more...
There has been a lot of buzz about Sony's 40GB PS3, but sadly it looks like not all of the buzz is correct.  Sure it's still cheaper than the other current PS3/PS3 bundles, but it's not going to save you as much on electricity as you might have thought because it's still using a 90nm chip.“A Sony spokesperson has told Heise Online that the 40GB model continues to use 90mn processors, but does feature an updated design with a lower power consumption of just 120 to 140 watts, compared to 180 to 200 watts for the older models. Sony says its still planning on moving to 65nm processors in the near future, but for now, it looks like the PS3 is 90nm across the board.”We're still impressed with... Read more...
While it might not sound as fun as bashing in an opponents face with a well placed move in Virtua Fighter 5, the Cell CPU at the heart of each and every PS3 can also be put to use helping researchers understand diseases such as various forms of cancer, Alzheimer's & even Parkinson's disease.Due to the highly parallel nature of the research project and the aptitude of the Cell CPU for such tasks, it isn't very hard to figure out just why the project supervisors are giving the PS3 such praise:"The recent inclusion of PS3 as part of the Folding@home program has afforded our research group with computing power that goes far beyond what we initially hoped," said Vijay Pande, Associate Professor... Read more...
When we talk about the horseraces between manufacturers of electronics, we generally only need to concern ourselves with how each one uses the features and pricing of their wonderful shiny toys to get us to whip out our credit cards. One thing we haven't dealt with for a while is a real live shortage of any fundamental component for anything electronic. But Digitimes reports that there's a shortage on the horizon of one of the most fundamental building blocks of many forms of gadgets: DVD pick-up heads. Matsushita Electric Industrial, Sanyo Electric and Sankyo Seiki are the world's major suppliers of DVD pick-up heads (PUHs), the most important related components, the sources indicated.... Read more...
Sony’s PlayStation 3 has experienced a huge problem with sales ever since its release in late 2006. Just when things were starting to look up with the price cut on the PS3 and the widespread backing of Blu-ray technology, the PS3 has managed to get itself in a bind again. U.S. company Parallel Processing has filed a lawsuit against Sony on the basis of a patent infringement. PS3s are fitted with IBM-built Cell processors, which Parallel Processing contends infringes on its October of 1991 hardware patent, “Synchronized Parallel Processing with Shared Memory.” “The patent explains how new processor architecture could break a program ‘into smaller concurrent processes running in different parallel... Read more...
Most of us probably thought it was in the bag when Sony announced many weeks ago that it was going to lower its PS3 prices in order to stay competitive in the gaming market. However, according to Sony’s president, Ryoji Chubachi, it’s not gonna happen. Currently, the PS3 is still over twice as expensive as its rival, the Nintendo Wii, which has recently outsold PS3s 6 to 1 in Japan. This news is somewhat bewildering since the high price tag of the PS3 has been widely cited as its main downfall, and many analysts had predicted that Sony would soon slash prices. The only enlightenment we are offered in this mystery is that Chubachi declared Sony was “on track to reach its target of a 5% operating... Read more...
In an interview with Sony’s CEO, Sir Howard Stringer, that was published today revealed that price cuts to the PS3 are certain, but the extent of the price cuts are not yet known. Stringer declares that the company is trying to maximize the price cut’s effect, which probably means that analysts are busy at work right now. “Although Stringer declined to provide a target range for the cuts, researchers expect that Sony may trim the price by as much as $100 before the holiday season, hoping to spur a fresh wave of sales. A combination of a cut and ‘break-out’ games would revitalize the console, Stringer says.” “Nintendo Wii has been a successful enterprise, and a very good business model, compared... Read more...
The boys at Sony’s video game department have announced a loss of $1.91 billion in the year ended March 31. There are growing concerns among investors that continued losses in the game division may offset progress made by vigorous sales of the Sony Bravia – a popular brand of flat TVs. Today, Sony declared it would try to increase its capacity to make sensor chips by spending about $500 million over the next three years. Such sensor chips are used in cell phones and digital cameras, Sony’s bread and butter. In May, Nintendo sold 251,794 units of the Wii, as compared to the 45,321 units of the PS3 that Sony sold. The video game wars between the two giants commenced late last year. Due to a high... Read more...
Sony has smelled the coffee and is discontinuing the production of their  Playstation 3 Gaming  Console with the 20 GB  harddrive.  Their  60 GB models was the only version consumers were interested in anyway.  While some industry watchers have speculated that the 20 GB model's demise will lead to an earlier than planned price reduction for the 60 GB model, Karraker said Sony also has "no plans to drop the price of the 60 GB PS3 any time in the near future. At the time of the PS3 line's launch, "we offered two separate models of PlayStation 3 to meet the diverse needs and interests of our PlayStation fan base. Initial retail demand in North America was upwards... Read more...
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