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As with any leaks of information from secret sources, take this with a grain of salt until you hear it from the source. That being said, ThinkSecret does have a very good track record for this kind of information, so it's possible this is at least very close to current plans. Read on: "Adobe plans to offer six bundles with various Creative Suite 3 applications: CS3 Web Standard, CS3 Web Premium, CS3 Design Standard, CS3 Design Premium, CS3 Production Premium, and the CS3 Master Collection. The least expensive of the six will be the CS3 Web Standard bundle, which will retail for $999 and includes Flash CS3 Professional, Dreamweaver CS3, Fireworks CS3, and Contribute CS3. For an additional... Read more...
After the rollout frenzy just before Christmas, the Sony Playstation 3 game console has sort of lost its buzz. But it is doing something that the other consoles aren't. As you may know, Stanford University researchers have ingeniously decided to use the latent computing power of a network of web connected desktops and now game consoles, to process vast amounts of data for Alzheimer's research as well as other diseases. A new Folding At Home client for the Playstation 3 has enabled these users to do the majority of heavy lifting for the project already: 338 out of 549 teraflops! The project just needs about 18,000 more PS3s participating to make the Folding at Home project the first... Read more...
PC and XBox 360 owners have been enjoying Oblivion for over a year now(especially me!), and now Playstation 3 gamers have the opportunity to save Tamriel as well. Bethesda has announced today that the PS3 version of the game has begun shipping to stores in North America. The PS3 version contains the full game, as well as the mini expansions released by Bethesda. A full fledged expansion for Oblivion, the Shivering Isles, is still slated to be released later this month. "Released in March 2006 for Windows and Xbox 360TM video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Oblivion has already earned countless awards from publications... Read more...
If you're having difficulty justifying the purchase of a PS3 to your significant other or parents, then HH is here to give you one more argument to help you out. Try taking the high ground and tell the other party that you will use the console to help fight cancer. If they check your temperature or otherwise indicate that they might think you've lost your sanity, tell them that Stanford University's Folding@home team as found a way to make your PS3 very useful for helping scientists understand any number of cancers and even Alzheimer's. "The PlayStation 3 will soon have the capability to connect to Stanford University's Folding@home... Read more...
Sony's taking a beating with their latest generation console, the PS3. In an effort to save money, the european version won't have a PS2 chip in it to make it backwards compatible for existing games and will rely on software to achieve the same result.   "The method used for playing PS2 games is going to be different," he said. "We also want to concentrate on developing PS3 games." It's still undecided whether PS3 machines for Japan, U.S. and elsewhere will also be sold without the PS2 chip, but the option is being considered, Nakata said. The U.S. and Japanese version PS3 machines had also failed to deliver full compatibility with PS2 games. There are almost no titles for the new... Read more...
The article is a little more constructive than the title implies, as most of the annoyances listed can be improved upon. While none of the next-gen consoles can be considered perfect, Sony's Playstation 3 has had its fair share of criticism, with it's price and lack of exclusive titles being some of the biggest complaints. Fortunately these problems can be worked on, though gamers aren't always the patient type. "Much has been made of how Sony is nowhere near where it should be in terms of downloadable content, and its PlayStation Store is a joke compared to Microsoft's Xbox Live and Apple's iTunes Store. To make matters worse, navigating the online storefront is a chore as you... Read more...
Sony announced recently that it will be offering stand-alone Blu-Ray players for as cheap as $599 with the coming release of the Sony BDP-S300 Blu-Ray player. Sony's first stand-alone Blu-Ray players debuted at prices just under $1000, so the price cut of $400 is definitely a major plus for those looking to add a Blu-Ray unit to their home theatre. Sony has announced its plans to slash the price of high definition, according the Associated Press. At a New York press conference, Sony talked up its forthcoming BDP-S300 Blu-ray player. The big selling point? Its $599 price. The move is clearly a reaction to the lower cost of HD DVD players,... Read more...
Harcoreware.net has an interesting article on-line today that details the power consumption characteristics of today's top three new consoles while playing back video and playing games. And for the sake of comparison they also built a mid-range gaming PC to see how it stacked up. "Today's video game console war is taking an interesting twist, as we fire up our trusty power meter to look at power consumption levels of the 3 newest video game consoles. We tested power consumption during video game play, DVD playback, HD video, standby mode, and other console functions. We also added in a PC and a dedicated DVD player to make things interesting.... Read more...
I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for id software. Many of us were weaned on Doom on a 486, after all. id announced yesterday that they're bringing their awesome firepower to bear on the next generation console platforms like the PS 3. Quake Wars, anyone? The war between the GDF and Strogg will soon be igniting on next-generation consoles as id Software and Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today confirmed that Enemy Territory: QUAKE WarsTM, the team-based first person action title, and already one of the most anticipated new properties of 2007 is coming to next-gen platforms. In this epic multiplayer-focused game, players can choose... Read more...
Phil Harrison of Sony was interviewed by MTV, and had a lot of interesting things to say about the PlayStation 3, and gaming in general. Harrison's not shy; he says the PS 3 architecture is so powerful, no one will ever use all the pixel horsepower it's packing. Ars technica has the skinny: In discussing the future of the PS3, he stressed that developers are not currently using the machine to its full capacity. In fact, he stated that the current crop of games are using "less than half" of the machine's power, and that "nobody will ever use 100 percent of its capability." Of course, it is common at the beginning of a new console's life... Read more...
With the millions of people arguing over the XBOX 360 vs the Playstation 3, it's always interesting to get a game developers take on the issue. One of the major points of argument, is that even though the PS3 has better hardware specs on paper, its lack of programming flexibility will hamper its performance. While the anonymous interviewee seems to agree with this point, there's no way to know what we'll see a few years down the road. "Graphics: The XBOX 360 is a clear winner. The GPU is more powerful. It has more powerful fillrate, and far more pixel and vertex processing horsepower. Part of the reason is their choice of memory, and architecture of pixel and vertex procesing. I can't... Read more...
The Playstation 3 has launched in Japan, and now 80,000 gamers are happier than ever, right? Nope, that doesn't appear to be the case as a Kotaku reader is reporting. Some live coverage of the event reveals a few somewhat shocking aspects of the console's launch. Could people really be paying poor chinese folks money to stand in line and buy a PS3, only to turn around and sell it for three times as much? You bet. "The PS3 launch a cakewalk? Far from it. We don't usually let readers take the reins (fearing y'all would rub us out of a job), but Tokyo-based reader Dirk Benedict sent us this doozy of an email, complete with... Read more...
Excellent video report from CNET's Rich DeMuro on the PS3. Great piece of theater as he whips out a screwdriver and takes the console out of the glass box Sony was displaying it in. And finally, someone remembers to point a camera at the screen the video game's playing on. Short answer: I want one!  ... Read more...
Sony Computer Entertainment wanted to make sure you could play your PS2 games on a PS3. So they put PS2 hardware right in it. That won't last, and an emulator will eventually replace it. So will all your PS2 games work on the PS3 emulator? Beats me. Beats them too: SCE has so far set out the principle to secure the PS3's compatibility with the PS2 using an emulator that works on the Cell. According to SCE, it decided to mount the EE and GS on the PS3 to guarantee operation of certain game titles, which do not use the library recommended by SCE. The company, however, said the EE and GS will be "removed before long" (Kutaragi), indicating... Read more...
Well, we've determined that Sony can make at least one Playstation3. So we've got that going for us: Thousands of lucky gamers tested the PS3 over the weekend at the 2007 Sony Expo in Honolulu, two weeks before the debut. Almost all were males - from boys with braces and baggy jeans to gray-haired baby boomers. They crowded around two gaming booths with the sleek, lean, black machine behind a plastic case. "The graphics are crazy, way better than the second one," said Doug Morrison, a 20-year-old University of Hawaii student. "It's more realistic. It's smoother. It doesn't have any glitches." The article is slightly sketchy on details, but contains all the items Sony is hoping for,... Read more...
There has a been a lot of bad news reported lately with regard to Sony's Playstation 3, but it seems the Cell processor that was jointly developed by IBM, Sony, and Toshiba for the PS3 is ready to go.  So ready in fact, IBM just announced a new line of servers powered by two 9-Core 3.2GHz Cell processors... "Today IBM announced a new line of high-powered QS20 Blade Servers intended for use in seismic research, encryption, digital image rendering and military surveillance applications. Each QS20 will include two nine-cored Cell Processors clocked at 3.2Ghz apiece, which were developed by IBM along with Sony and Toshiba for Sony's upcoming Playstation 3 console, among other things. Toshiba... Read more...
Joystiq.com has an interesting article posted that tries to explain how the upcoming Playstation 3 became such an expensive (relatively speaking) piece of hardware.  Could it be the NVIDIA built GPU, Cell Processors, memory, and Blu-Ray drive? Probably... "While the entire internet (at least the gaming part) continues to reel from Sony's $600 price announcement, we have to consider just how it came to be that the video game console leader decided to create such an expensive piece of machinery. There's no confusing this: Sony has known for some time that the PlayStation 3 would cost more than any game system before it (two jobs, remember?).... Read more...
For multi-card support, ATI has CrossFire. Nvidia, on the other hand, has SLI. But that's not all, S3 has MultiChrome. In their latest review, The Tech Report gets a couple of Chrome S27 GPU's for testing, putting them up against Nvidia's GeForce 6600GT(both single card and SLI). S3 has made some good progress with their GPU technology, but can two Chrome S27s really play a game like F.E.A.R.? "The basic graphics architecture of the Chrome S27 is fairly conventional. The GPU has four vertex shader units and eight pixel shader processors, but only four texturing units and four render back ends capable of turning a fragment... Read more...
IGN reports Playstation Magazine's latest issue has the 411 on the official launch date on the PS3. According to the magazine, the long-awaited gaming console and its online service will arrive in early November for a cool $399. Sounded fishy to us, so we put in a call to Sony. What did they have to say about this announcement? "No official price point or specific date in November has been officially announced by Sony Worldwide to any publication." So there you have it. Until Sony is ready to confirm their release plans, we should probably take this news with a grain of salt. A November release is certainly conceivable, but a $399 price... Read more...
A great deal of noise has been made regarding Sony's lack of using HDMI for the SDK systems being shown at GDC. With each station being equipped with two HDMI-capable Sony displays, a single PS3 SDK, and one or two PC's hidden under the cabinet, it certainly was rather odd to see any connection other than HDMI being used. However, there was a station using a newer SDK which did use HDMI for connectivity to the display as seen in the images below. The other newer SDK used either the standard A/V output found on PS2 with the larger and older SDK using S-Video out from the NVIDIA graphics card.    ... Read more...
The asian website Game Watch has posted some very interesting slides from Sony's GDC presentations which seem to indicate that the NVIDIA RSX graphics chipset will also handle audio. This would certainly not be the first time NVIDIA has worked with audio as anyone familiar with NVIDIA's nForce chipsets will remember the SoundStorm audio solution.... Read more...
Sony's much anticipated Playstation 3 has been pushed back to November 2006, which can be both good and bad news, depending on if you're a gamer or Bill Gates. The folks over at BFR, like many of us, aren't thrilled at the idea, and have to wonder if this is just the first in a series of delays. "Early this morning while most of us still lay asleep, on the other side of the globe industry shaking news was finally revealed about the ever elusive PS3. It has been nearly a year since 2005's E3 PS3 conference and with little to no further knowledge being disclosed to anyone about anything, we've been feeding off of "Target" Videos and Tech Demo's... Read more...
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