Skip to comments.Sony Unveils New PlayStation 3 Consoles
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.
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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
1.8 TFLOPS floating point performance
Full HD (up to 1080p) x 2 channels
Multi-way programmable parallel pipelines
Dolby 5.1ch, DTS, LPCM, etc. (Cell- base processing)
256MB XDR Main RAM @3.2GHz
256MB GDDR3 VRAM @700MHz
Main RAM: 25.6GB/s
RSX: 20GB/s (write) + 15GB/s(read)
SB: 2.5GB/s (write) + 2.5GB/s (read)
System Floating Point Performance
HDD: Detachable 2.5" HDD slot x 1
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
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)
Bluetooth:(up to 7)
Network: (over IP)
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
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)
And to think I just got out and played my Stargate cartridge for the Atari 2600 on Saturday (awesome cart, btw).
That reads like a cold-war-era supercomputer.
One could power a space program with such a computer.
Ogg! Ogg...! Ogg!! the BASE!!!
(... whoops! Wrong game.)
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!
Cool, I was just looking for some decent images
This is nothing. In 25 years, you will have a computer 100 times as powerful as this sitting on your wristwatch.
I am glad that it will have HDMI output. Get some 1080i action.
With respect, this is something. In the future it will be nothing, but right now, it is "frickin' sweet."
There's a conspiracy theory for you to chew on.
Yeah, that is spooky.
When I say "enough computing power to run a space program," I'm talking about the craft AND ground control.
I'm counting on $399 to $499 initial Christmas cost.
Forget 1080i, progressive is what you want for fast gameplay. This thing does the latest and greatest..1080p :drool:
Bummer. Only 64 colors. The Atari 2600 VCS from the previous decade could display 128 simultaneous with the right programming.
Cheap way to get blu ray
Interesting Sidenote: You're average CAR RADIO in 2004 contins more electonic power (in CPU TERMS) than the LUNAR ROVER does.
Thanks... that's a kinda geeky thingy I really want to know.
Time to get that new 42" Sony Grand WEGA to go with a new PS3.
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.
Sorry to be uninformed, what is SW?
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!
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?
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..
Unless I tear out the fireplace, 42" is as big as I can fit in the living room.
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)
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.
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.)
I'm sorry... Too bad for you.
The PS3 comes in 3 colors, white, silver and black
I always thouhgt VR would come from the novelty of "VR".
It seems its soon becoming a 'solution' to insane resolutions and "physical" space.
I don't think Saddam had very good talent. Torture and dismemberment are not good motivators for the creative mind.
If you're 10 mins from Skywalker Ranch that tells me how much your home is probably worth...
LOL. I'll get a Revolution. I'm a Nintendo junkie to the end... (What can I say, Metroid and Zelda PWN all, IMNSHO)
So where's the kitchen sink?
Well, I could make the wife park outside and convert the garage into a media room. Then I could go big.
here is your flying car:
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'....
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?