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Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. To Launch its Next Generation Computer Entertainment System, PLAYSTATION 3 in Spring 2006

 

Unrivaled Performance with the Introduction of Cell Processor and Many Advanced Technologies, and Backwards compatible with PlayStation® and PlayStation®2

 

Los Angeles, CALIF., May 16, 2005 – At a press conference held in Los Angeles, California, today, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) revealed the outline of its PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3) computer entertainment system, incorporating the world's most advanced Cell processor with super computer like power. Prototypes of PS3 will also be showcased at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the world's largest interactive entertainment exhibition held in Los Angeles, from May 18th to 20th.

 

PS3 combines state-of-the-art technologies featuring Cell, a processor jointly developed by IBM, Sony Group and Toshiba Corporation, graphics processor (RSX) co-developed by NVIDIA Corporation and SCEI, and XDR memory developed by Rambus Inc. It also adopts BD-ROM (Blu-ray Disc ROM) with maximum storage capacity of 54 GB (dual layer) , enabling delivery of entertainment content in full high-definition (HD) quality, under a secure environment made possible through the most advanced copyright protection technology. To match the accelerating convergence of digital consumer electronics and computer technology, PS3 supports high quality display in resolution of 1080p(*) as standard, which is far superior to 720p/1080i.

 

With an overwhelming computing power of 2 teraflops, entirely new graphical expressions that have never been seen before will become possible. In games, not only will movement of characters and objects be far more refined and realistic, but landscapes and virtual worlds can also be rendered in real-time, thereby elevating the freedom of graphics expression to levels not experienced in the past. Gamers will literally be able to dive into the realistic world seen in large screen movies and experience the excitement in real-time.

 

In 1994, SCEI launched the original PlayStation® (PS), followed by PlayStation®2 (PS2) in 2000 and PlayStation®Portable (PSP®) in 2004, every time introducing the latest advancement in technology and bringing innovation to the interactive entertainment software creation. Over 13,000 titles have been developed by now, creating a software market that sells more than 250 million copies annually. PS3 offers backward compatibility enabling gamers to enjoy these enormous assets from PS and PS2 platforms.

 

PlayStation family of products are sold in more than 120 countries and regions around the world. With cumulative shipments reaching more than 102 million for PS and approximately 89 million for PS2, they are the undisputed leaders and have become the standard platform for home entertainment. After 12 years from the introduction of the original PS and 6 years from the launch of PS2, SCEI brings PS3, the newest platform with the most advanced next generation computer entertainment technology.

 

With the delivery of Cell based development tools that has already begun, development of game titles as well as tools and middleware are in progress. Through collaboration with world's leading tools and middleware companies, SCEI will offer full support to new content creation by providing developers with extensive tools and libraries that will bring out the power of the Cell processor and enable efficient software development.

 

Preparations are under way for launch of PS3 and new generation software in the spring of 2006. (*)1080p/720p/1080i: "p" stands for progressive scan method, "i" stands for interlace method. 1080p is the highest resolution within the HD standard.

 

"SCEI has continuously brought innovation to the world of computer entertainment, such as real-time 3D computer graphics on PlayStation and the world's first 128 bit processor Emotion Engine (EE) for PlayStation 2. Empowered by the Cell processor with super computer like performance, a new age of PLAYSTATION 3 is about to begin. Together with content creators from all over the world, SCEI will accelerate the arrival of a new era in computer entertainment." Ken Kutaragi, President and CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc..

 

Supporting comments from third party developers and publishers (In alphabetical order of company name)

 

"With the new generation PlayStation platform, we can create "GUNDAM WORLD" with the quality no one has ever imagined. The philosophy, connecting millions of Cell together, makes reality get closer to the world of SF films. We are delighted to share the vision of Ken, ARCHITECT, Kutaragi." Shin Unozawa, Managing Director, Leader, Game Software Group, President, Video Game Company, BANDAI CO.,LTD.

 

"The PLAYSTATION 3 has us really excited! So much so in fact that we are already working our hardest to get Devil May Cry 4 out for this new platform. New hardware always yields more options for developers to create exciting and fresh gameplay experiences. I believe that the PS3 is one piece of hardware that will test the mettle of our development team and help us to create some of the most amazing games, limited only by our imagination." Keiji Inafune, Managing Executive Officer, Research & Development Division, Capcom Co., Ltd.

 

"Each generation of PlayStation has made a dramatic improvement in how we create and play videogames. PLAYSTATION 3 will be a breakthrough in how the world experiences entertainment. EA is fully aligned with Sony Computer Entertainment – we share their vision and applaud their success. " Larry Probst, Chairman and CEO, Electronic Arts

 

"President Kutaragi has thrown down a gauntlet. That gauntlet is called the PLAYSTATION 3. We here at Koei have gladly taken up the challenge, and are striving day and night to take full advantage of all the PS3's new possibilities. Our goal is to combine cutting-edge technology with a full range of artistic expression to deliver the ultimate form of entertainment, and please people everywhere." Keiko Erikawa, Chairman & C.E.O., KOEI Co., Ltd.

 

"With the arrival of the next generation computer entertainment system PLAYSTATION 3, I believe it will be possible for graphic expressions, more beautiful than before, to coexist with more deep and evolved game play which utilize the Cell architecture. I also have high expectations for the evolution by the online features that will be enhanced. We will utilize the features of the new platform and will strive to create contents that will bring new excitement for our users world wide, so please have high hopes for Konami. " Kazumi Kitaue, CEO, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc

 

"Each time SCEI launches a console, the video games business moves to the next level. With PLAYSTATION 3 it looks as if it might be time for interactive entertainment to become, finally, the world's dominant artistic medium. " Sam Houser, President, Rockstar Games (Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.)

 

"We at Namco have used and will continue to use the advancements in audio-visual technology to deliver games that are not only appealing to the eyes and ears, but that stir emotions, speak to the heart, and remain in players' minds for years to come. We are confident that the PLAYSTATION 3 is an entertainment system that will enable us to do just that." Shigeru Yokoyama, CT Company President, Namco Ltd.

 

Hisao Oguchi, President and Chief Operating Officer, SEGA Corporation "Next-generation hardware platforms will enable SEGA to create new game concepts that offer more immersive interactive experiences. SEGA continues to pursue the fusion of creativity and technology by publishing only the best, more innovative content to gamers around the world."

 

Yoichi Wada, President, SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. "Square Enix is extremely honored to have had the chance to provide you with this technical demonstration of what the Cell processor can bring to the PLAYSTATION 3 and the world of gaming. We are committed to fully backing SCEI's new computer entertainment system and plans to bring the FINAL FANTASY series to the PS3 are just beyond the horizon."

 

Yves Guillemot, President and CEO, Ubisoft "Ubisoft was one of the first major international developers to have its teams start focusing on next generation consoles. We are looking forward to developing outstanding games on Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.'s new system. Its powerful features will help take the industry to an even higher level in the very near future."

 

PLAYSTATION®3 Specifications Product name PLAYSTATION®3 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 floating point shader 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 * read only CD PlayStation® CD-ROM PlayStation®2 CD-ROM CD-DA CD-DA (ROM), CD-R, CD-RW SACD 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

 

About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufacturers, distributes and markets the PlayStation® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the PlayStation®Portable (PSP®) handheld entertainment system. PlayStation has revolutionized home entertainment by introducing advanced 3D graphic processing, and PlayStation 2 further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. PSP is a new portable entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio. SCEI, along with its subsidiary divisions Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and Sony Computer Entertainment Korea Inc. develops, publishes, markets and distributes software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is an independent business unit of the Sony Group.

 

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*Storage media (HDD, "Memory Stick", SD memory card, and CompactFlash) are sold separately. * "Dolby" is a trademark of Dolby Laboratories. * "DTS" is a trademark of Digital Theater Systems, Inc. * "CompactFlash" is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation. * "HDMI" is a trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC. * "Blu-ray Disc" is a trademark. * "Bluetooth" is a trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. * All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

*"Memory Stick" and "Memory Stick PRO" are trademarks of Sony Corporation. * "PlayStation", the PlayStation logo and "PSP" are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

 

©2005 Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved. Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

 

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http://www.chrisbrewster.co.uk/ps3/controller.jpg

 

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]Product name: PlayStation 3

 

Logo: PLAYSTATION®3

 

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 floating point shader 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


  • 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 2.0 (EDR)

Controller


  • Bluetooth (up to 7)
    USB 2.0 (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, SACD, 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-R

 

 

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None of all the technology talk means nothing to me. Anyone who knows what they are on about deserves a medal.

What is up with that controller? Looks awful to me. The rest of the console seems good though.

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Looks well.. have a funny feeling the new Xbox is a better machine all round though, Although Xbox are forgetting what Playstation have ..LARGE AMOUNTS OF BETTER GAMES.

 

on a side note...THAT IS ONE ****ED UP LOOKING CONTROLLER :eek http://www.chrisbrewster.co.uk/ps3/controller.jpg

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Damn! That thing looks like it can read every disk ever created!

 

Basically, the Blu-ray disk allow much more info to be on a game disk, so a double disc game(If there is one) is going to be HUGE.

 

for some reason I can't see those pics at school, so I haven't see anything yet. Could you post the link?

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Looks well.. have a funny feeling the new Xbox is a better machine all round though, Although Xbox are forgetting what Playstation have ..LARGE AMOUNTS OF BETTER GAMES.

 

on a side note...THAT IS ONE ****ED UP LOOKING CONTROLLER :eek http://www.chrisbrewster.co.uk/ps3/controller.jpg

The PS2 is the weaker system to the Box and Cube, but has outsold them unmercifully. All because of games, and the fact that PS1 games can be recycled thanks to backward compatibility.

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The strange thing is the 7 bluetooth controllers - why not 8? A lot of PS/PS2 games catered for 8 players, so why drop it to 7
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The PS2 is the weaker system to the Box and Cube' date=' but has outsold them unmercifully. All because of games, and the fact that PS1 games can be recycled thanks to backward compatibility.[/quote']

It outsold it because it was on the market a good 2 years before them, therefore had 2 years worth of games to fall back on

 

Saying that, 90%+ of PS2 games are utter rubbish, with the rare occasional gem, compare that to the Xbox and GameCube, both have a higher amount of quality games compared to the number of rubbish games (percentage wise)

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Well the PS3 looks really nice and I love the look. The controller really puts me off, I hope I can use the PS2 controller with this as I don't even want to touch that cheap crap, well it looks cheap at least. Can't wait for the release which should be huge! Will probably buy it the Christmas after the release because the price usually drops about £50-£150
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It outsold it because it was on the market a good 2 years before them, therefore had 2 years worth of games to fall back on

 

Saying that, 90%+ of PS2 games are utter rubbish, with the rare occasional gem, compare that to the Xbox and GameCube, both have a higher amount of quality games compared to the number of rubbish games (percentage wise)

Two years? I thought one.

 

I think overall PS2 has better games, and more. Most early XBox games were failed attempts at ripping off PS2 staples.

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If you do like the controls' date=' im sure the PS2 ones will work with it.[/quote']

Without a controller port? I'd like to see how :D

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The strange thing is the 7 bluetooth controllers - why not 8? A lot of PS/PS2 games catered for 8 players' date=' so why drop it to 7[/quote']

I thought that too. I really can't see there only being 7. Maybe it's a typo or something like that.

 

7 would be ridiculous.

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The Nintendo Revolution's just been revealed, and it looks about two hundreds time better than the VCR-lookalike PS3.

 

Honestly peeps, ignore what all your friends think about consoles, and go for the company with over twenty years of gaming experience rather than the two just in it for money.

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Although Xbox are forgetting what Playstation have ..LARGE AMOUNTS OF BETTER GAMES.

"better games" is a very personal thing

 

For example you might LOVE the DDR type games and hate first person shooters, in which case, yes, the PS2 has "better games"

 

I happen to like first person shooters which allow multiple players and multiple machines, so on the PS2 you have: SOCOM (online only)

On the Xbox you have Halo and Halo2 (to begin with) both of which allow upto 4 consoles to be networked, and Halo2 allows you to play with people from all over the world

 

"better games" for me therefore indicates the Xbox

 

I happen to also like "real" driving against other people online (not Burnout):

PS2, erm, yes, well, GT4 was MEANT to have it, but it doesn't

Xbox has several driving games which allow online play

 

I happen to also like HD games which look amazing

PS2 - oops, no real HDTV compatibility (although it's "faked" in a couple of games)

Xbox has HD compatibility in virtually every game

 

 

So, for me, the Xbox has "LARGE AMOUNTS OF BETTER GAMES"

 

Yes, I have a PS2, had one since launch, I also have 2 GameCubes and at one point had 4 Xbox machines (before we moved to the US), I now have 3

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Yes' date=' I have a PS2, had one since launch, I also have 2 GameCubes and at one point had 4 Xbox machines (before we moved to the US), I now have 3[/quote']

 

Okay... I find it scary you have 4 Xbox's. I mean, anybody around here knows I love the Xbox but my god, I only need one. And I only have one Gamecube and one PS2. Why you need several is beyond me.

 

But having all three means I can make a grounded decision on which is best. And it's the Xbox, my miles.

 

...I can see the Xbox360 making some serious strides on release. It's out first, which gives it a huge advantage. They just have to win over the Playstation fanboys (many of which haunt this site). It's also customisable, and has several things going for it which I wont go into cause i'm trying to keep this short.

 

The PS3 has lesser graphical capabilities. Not to mention the fact it's controller looks like a banana.

 

As for better games, a lot of developers have set up camp at Microsoft now. It seems Square Enix are planning to move, so future Final Fantasy games could be on the X360 seeing as Square don't owe Sony anymore.

 

The only great PS2 games I've played are FFX, GTA 3, VC, SA , and MGS 2 and 3.... Three franchies', 6 games. Only six games that I consider to be amazing. The Xbox has; Halo 1+2, Project Gotham Racing 1+2, Deus Ex: Invisible War, Doom 3, Half-Life 2, Forza Motorsport, and more, i'm only naming the best of the best of the best. I should also mention the Splinter Cell series, which although were multi-platform, are considered best on Xbox.

With Square Enix set to desert, that leaves me with the GTA games and the MGS games... which as we know, don't stay exclusive forever... all of the Xbox games I mentioned did stay exclusive (with the exception of PC counterparts. Because the PS2 and GC simply couldn't handle those games) which leaves me with no reason to get a PS3.

 

But I bring up MrFills point, it's about opinion, that's what i'm trying to demonstrate here. I say, the PS2 has few great games, whereas the Xbox has some really awesome games that go much further than PS2 games can due to the hardware. A PS2 would cry if presented with trying to render Halo 2.

 

I can see the PS3 failing for many reasons. It, and it's controller especially, suck more than a swedish prostitute with a vaccum cleaner. It still wont surpass Microsoft in graphical quality. It's out too late, and it doesn't have that many great games. Metal gear solid, GTA... There's only so long gamers will want to play them again and again. Granted, the new hardware should allow them to be fairly different this time round. But if Sony doesn't get some killer, exclusive apps, then they're going to go right downhill.

 

As for the Nintendo Revolution....., HA!

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The games you list though give subjective opinion. I like many others, dislike Doom 3 and Deus Ex. Half Life 2 isn't even out yet on XB for cryin' out loud! You miss a classic like Ico, but include the sketchy FFX.. It's like Mr Fill said, it totally depends, and the only way to get a balanced opinion is to buy all the major consoles. 360 doesn't have superior graphical abilities- that's just made up. Specs are comparable, 360 beats ps3 on RAm and some other nerdy things noone cares about while ps3 beats 360 on processor speed and... some nerdy things noone cares about.

360 is more of a solid attraction right now because in terms of aesthetics and controller it's better, and it's out first, that's all. Revolution is the only console that still might acheive something different and push games forward a little, but they've revealed stupidly little. No-one will buy Revolution, but I picture a similar tale of most Nintendo consoles in recent years- everyone who has one will love it, but people won't buy because it's too alien and oddly marketed.

Ultimately though- it's just as someone has probably already pointed out. Tech demos and number sheets don't mean much in the long run. How can we tell of quality if we haven't played the things?

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I absolutely ADORE the Metroid games on the Cube, the gameplay and look are just amazing - it's what games should be like :P

 

Then again, games like Animal Cross bore me to tears, so I'm happiest playing multi-player games like Halo ;)

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