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Sony Unveils New PlayStation 3 Consoles
ABC News ^ | May 16, 2005

Posted on 05/16/2005 7:16:29 PM PDT by Panerai

Sony Corp. unveiled three flavors of its new PlayStation 3 video game machine Monday in what is likely a new round of console wars with rivals Microsoft Corp. and Nintendo Co.

The new machine, set for release in the spring of 2006, is about the same size as the current generation PlayStation 2 but has a more rounded look. Besides black, the PS3 will be available in silver and white.

Sony officials said the PS3's new processor technology called Cell will offer high performance for movie-like realism in games, high-definition movies and other features.

"The PS3 is truly is a system to be placed in the center of the living room," said Ken Kutaragi, creator of the original PlayStation console as well as the more recent PlayStation Portable handheld.

Prices or a specific lineup of games that will be available were not were not provided, though Sony showed off numerous demonstrations of games in development.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


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Wireless controllers, connection to the PSP and a powerful new graphics processor technology: Take a look at the PlayStation 3's performance specifications as provided by Sony.

CPU: Cell Processor
• PowerPC-base Core @3.2GHz
• 1 VMX vector unit per core
• 512KB L2 cache
• 7 x SPE @3.2GHz
• 7 x 128b 128 SIMD GPRs
• 7 x 256KB SRAM for SPE
• 1 of 8 SPEs reserved for redundancy
• total floating point performance: 218 GFLOPS

GPU
• RSX @550MHz
• 1.8 TFLOPS floating point performance
• Full HD (up to 1080p) x 2 channels
• Multi-way programmable parallel pipelines

Sound
• Dolby 5.1ch, DTS, LPCM, etc. (Cell- base processing)

Memory
• 256MB XDR Main RAM @3.2GHz
• 256MB GDDR3 VRAM @700MHz

System Bandwidth
• Main RAM: 25.6GB/s
• VRAM: 22.4GB/s
• RSX: 20GB/s (write) + 15GB/s(read)
• SB: 2.5GB/s (write) + 2.5GB/s (read)

System Floating Point Performance
• 2 TFLOPS

Storage
• HDD: Detachable 2.5" HDD slot x 1

I/O
• USB: Front x 4, Rear x 2 (USB2.0)
• Memory Stick: standard/Duo, PRO x 1
• SD: standard/mini x 1
• CompactFlash: (Type I, II) x 1

Communication
• Ethernet: (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) x 3 (input x 1 + output x 2)
• Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g
• Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR)

Controller
• Bluetooth:(up to 7)
• USB2.0: (wired)
• Wi-Fi: (PSP)
• Network: (over IP)

AV Output
• Screen size: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
• HDMI: HDMI out x 2
• Analog: AV MULTI OUT x 1
• Digital audio: DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) x 1

Disc media
• CD: PlayStation CD-ROM, PlayStation 2 CD-ROM
• CD-DA: CD-DA (ROM), CD-R, CD-RW
• SACDL: SACD Hybrid (CD layer), SACD HD
• DualDisc: DualDisc (audio side), DualDisc (DVD side)
• DVD: PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM, PLAYSTATION 3 DVD-ROM, DVD-Video (DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW), Blu-ray Disc (PlayStation 3 BD-ROM, BD-Video, BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE)

1 posted on 05/16/2005 7:16:29 PM PDT by Panerai
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To: Panerai

And to think I just got out and played my Stargate cartridge for the Atari 2600 on Saturday (awesome cart, btw).


2 posted on 05/16/2005 7:20:05 PM PDT by supercat (Sorry--this tag line is out of order.)
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To: Panerai

That reads like a cold-war-era supercomputer.

One could power a space program with such a computer.


3 posted on 05/16/2005 7:22:01 PM PDT by Petronski (Pope Benedict XVI: A German Shepherd on the Throne of Peter)
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To: supercat

Ogg! Ogg...! Ogg!! the BASE!!!

(... whoops! Wrong game.)


4 posted on 05/16/2005 7:23:44 PM PDT by Michael Goldsberry (an enemy of islam -- Joe Boucher; Leapfrog; Dr.Zoidberg; ...)
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To: Panerai


5 posted on 05/16/2005 7:24:02 PM PDT by Conservative Firster
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To: Panerai

I remember how happy eveyone was back when I shipped a couple of PS2 units and games to my nephew in Iraq... this one would probably go over even better, if I could afford it!


6 posted on 05/16/2005 7:24:27 PM PDT by seacapn
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To: Conservative Firster

Cool, I was just looking for some decent images


7 posted on 05/16/2005 7:25:06 PM PDT by Panerai
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To: Petronski

This is nothing. In 25 years, you will have a computer 100 times as powerful as this sitting on your wristwatch.


8 posted on 05/16/2005 7:25:22 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out Of Hand?)
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To: Panerai

I am glad that it will have HDMI output. Get some 1080i action.


9 posted on 05/16/2005 7:26:34 PM PDT by dc27
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To: SamAdams76

With respect, this is something. In the future it will be nothing, but right now, it is "frickin' sweet."


10 posted on 05/16/2005 7:27:14 PM PDT by Petronski (Pope Benedict XVI: A German Shepherd on the Throne of Peter)
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To: Petronski
Just remember: your average PDA has more total computing power than every computer system on an Apollo launch vehicle. And that includes the command and lunar modules. Yet, 35 years later, we're still farting around in low Earth orbit.

There's a conspiracy theory for you to chew on.


11 posted on 05/16/2005 7:28:36 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Help Nature to thin the herd. Eat a liberal.)
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To: SamAdams76
Meanwhile, I want my wristwatch videophone and my flying car. Where's my flying car? Hanna-Barbera promised me a flying car.


12 posted on 05/16/2005 7:28:36 PM PDT by Petronski (Pope Benedict XVI: A German Shepherd on the Throne of Peter)
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To: Viking2002

Yeah, that is spooky.


When I say "enough computing power to run a space program," I'm talking about the craft AND ground control.


13 posted on 05/16/2005 7:29:46 PM PDT by Petronski (Pope Benedict XVI: A German Shepherd on the Throne of Peter)
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To: Panerai
Lucky kids. All I had when I grew up was this.


14 posted on 05/16/2005 7:29:56 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: dc27

I'm counting on $399 to $499 initial Christmas cost.


15 posted on 05/16/2005 7:31:15 PM PDT by FreedomNeocon
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To: dc27

Forget 1080i, progressive is what you want for fast gameplay. This thing does the latest and greatest..1080p :drool:


16 posted on 05/16/2005 7:31:41 PM PDT by catbertz
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To: LdSentinal

17 posted on 05/16/2005 7:32:34 PM PDT by Petronski (Pope Benedict XVI: A German Shepherd on the Throne of Peter)
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To: LdSentinal
Lucky kids. All I had when I grew up was this.

Bummer. Only 64 colors. The Atari 2600 VCS from the previous decade could display 128 simultaneous with the right programming.

18 posted on 05/16/2005 7:33:20 PM PDT by supercat (Sorry--this tag line is out of order.)
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To: Panerai

Cheap way to get blu ray


19 posted on 05/16/2005 7:33:37 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: marajade

Interesting Sidenote: You're average CAR RADIO in 2004 contins more electonic power (in CPU TERMS) than the LUNAR ROVER does.




20 posted on 05/16/2005 7:34:59 PM PDT by FreedomNeocon
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To: FreedomNeocon

Thanks... that's a kinda geeky thingy I really want to know.


21 posted on 05/16/2005 7:35:46 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: Panerai
I LOVE to play NCAA football on my PS2. Its fun to play season mode and try to win it all. I hope PS3 has the EA Sports games, thats all I play.
22 posted on 05/16/2005 7:35:57 PM PDT by scott says
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To: LdSentinal
Whippersnapper...


23 posted on 05/16/2005 7:36:02 PM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Proud Member: Internet Pajama Wearers for Truth)
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To: scott says

SW baby!


24 posted on 05/16/2005 7:36:22 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: catbertz

Time to get that new 42" Sony Grand WEGA to go with a new PS3.


25 posted on 05/16/2005 7:36:45 PM PDT by dc27
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To: Panerai
Consider me a hater. I prefer the X Box 360
26 posted on 05/16/2005 7:37:41 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You know, Happy Time Harry, just being around you kinda makes me want to die.)
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To: dc27

Get with the program dude... we have a 51 incher in the front room and a 47 incher in the master bedroom all in spectacular HDTV technology glory.


27 posted on 05/16/2005 7:38:24 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: LdSentinal
I was thrilled to buy a basic 4 function calculator in the summer of 1973 to augment my slide rule for my freshman year in college. Radio Shack had a big sale for $110. The "rich" kids had HP-35 calculators. Professors managed an HP-45.
28 posted on 05/16/2005 7:38:29 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: marajade

Sorry to be uninformed, what is SW?


29 posted on 05/16/2005 7:38:38 PM PDT by scott says
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To: Petronski
You know, Saddam had guys buying up Playstation One's when they came out in hopes of making a missile defense network out of them. Never heard if he had any success with that.

If you notice this thing's specs read pretty close to a good computer's. Thats why I quit buying console systems - I assembled a multimedia computer. If you like the old school games you can install the M.I.M.E. program (if your familiar with programing concepts) or just suscribe to the free "Console Classix" service. That one lets you play Atari 2600 and 16-bit Nintendo titles free while the Genesis and Super Nintendo titles are available for a small fee. No Atari 5200 the last I checked (Space Dungeon ruled!).

What to do with the Nintendo Classic, Sega Genesis, 3DO, and Playstation in the storage room? I figure they'll all be new again as I descend into inevitable senility!

30 posted on 05/16/2005 7:39:12 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus (All your bases are belong to us.)
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To: scott says

Star Wars


31 posted on 05/16/2005 7:39:18 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: Mr. Blonde

It appears to me that Microsoft wants to go to wireless controllers because it doesn't have any ports and the controller appears to be wireless as well.

I wonder what this will do for multiplayer on Halo? No more system links?


32 posted on 05/16/2005 7:39:23 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You know, Happy Time Harry, just being around you kinda makes me want to die.)
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To: scott says

Check out THIS! : http://sports.ign.com/articles/613/613583p1.html

Madden NFL 2006: You get "Superstar Mode".

Basically you take the individual role of a College Recruit.

First you pick your parents... who they were, what were their hobbies, what careers did they take up...

You need to answer a (timed) psycological exam... asking "if you had the choice, would you be a cat or a dog?" and "have you ever killed someone?"

All of which dictate your eventual resutls in "The Draft".

You need to find an apartment, and pay for it, and have to deal with possibly 'career ending' injuries.

Sounds pretty cool..


33 posted on 05/16/2005 7:40:26 PM PDT by FreedomNeocon
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To: marajade

Unless I tear out the fireplace, 42" is as big as I can fit in the living room.


34 posted on 05/16/2005 7:40:46 PM PDT by dc27
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To: LdSentinal
I started with Intellivision and the TRS-80 from Radio Shack.

As for the NES, some of those games and some of the old PC are IMO better that most of the stuff out there today. (Major exception being the sports games)

35 posted on 05/16/2005 7:40:51 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan (Fire Stabenow in 2006)
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To: dc27

Wowow...check this out!!

Dual HD Output

If you are fortunate enough to have two 16:9 HD displays, the PS3 will support a panorama 32:9 viewing mode that will span both displays.
http://images.anandtech.com/reviews/video/Playstation3/E3PressConference/dualhd.jpg


36 posted on 05/16/2005 7:40:54 PM PDT by catbertz
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To: Panerai

Shweet! More technology info! *claps hands happily*

Is silver the color for consoles this year?? Seriously, this thing is silver, Xbox360 is silver. If the Revolution is silver -- creepy! O_O

(To top it off, I have a silver Gamecube. Oooh, shiney.)


37 posted on 05/16/2005 7:42:07 PM PDT by 4mycountry ("No, Samus, prioritize! Getting off of an exploding ship is more important than fighting a dragon!")
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To: dc27

I'm sorry... Too bad for you.


38 posted on 05/16/2005 7:42:17 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: 4mycountry

The PS3 comes in 3 colors, white, silver and black


39 posted on 05/16/2005 7:43:11 PM PDT by Panerai
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To: catbertz

Jeezuz... 32:9

I always thouhgt VR would come from the novelty of "VR".

It seems its soon becoming a 'solution' to insane resolutions and "physical" space.


40 posted on 05/16/2005 7:43:21 PM PDT by FreedomNeocon
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To: marajade
Thats what I thought. You probably won't believe me but I met the guy who is in charge of Lucas games. The guy bought a house here in Lucas Valley, San Rafael, that I did a lot of work on. Skywalker Ranch is a good 10 minutes from where I am.His wife didn't like it here so I think they moved back to England, where he was from.
41 posted on 05/16/2005 7:43:21 PM PDT by scott says
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To: NewRomeTacitus

I don't think Saddam had very good talent. Torture and dismemberment are not good motivators for the creative mind.


42 posted on 05/16/2005 7:44:12 PM PDT by Petronski (Pope Benedict XVI: A German Shepherd on the Throne of Peter)
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To: scott says

If you're 10 mins from Skywalker Ranch that tells me how much your home is probably worth...


43 posted on 05/16/2005 7:44:30 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: Mr. Blonde

LOL. I'll get a Revolution. I'm a Nintendo junkie to the end... (What can I say, Metroid and Zelda PWN all, IMNSHO)


44 posted on 05/16/2005 7:45:37 PM PDT by 4mycountry ("No, Samus, prioritize! Getting off of an exploding ship is more important than fighting a dragon!")
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To: Panerai

So where's the kitchen sink?


45 posted on 05/16/2005 7:45:55 PM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: marajade

Well, I could make the wife park outside and convert the garage into a media room. Then I could go big.


46 posted on 05/16/2005 7:46:35 PM PDT by dc27
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To: Petronski

here is your flying car:

www.moller.com


47 posted on 05/16/2005 7:46:39 PM PDT by rwfromkansas (http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=rwfromkansas)
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To: 4mycountry

Nintendo, will in the end, become a software development company.

Which is fine with me... its ALWAYS where they have exceled in.

Their 'hardware' decisions are LEDENDARY for bing 'one step behind'....


48 posted on 05/16/2005 7:47:07 PM PDT by FreedomNeocon
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To: pbrown

Now I can have blu ray from Sony Playstation 3 and buy an HD DVD player from Toshiba and I'd be all set. Is this heaven or what?


49 posted on 05/16/2005 7:47:13 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: LdSentinal


50 posted on 05/16/2005 7:47:26 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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