Friday, December 29th 2006

Sony planning multimedia PS3

Despite having upset some users by forcing Blu-ray upon anyone who buys their latest console, now Sony are taking it a step further and planning an updated PS3 which is not primarily intended as a gaming machine, but for multimedia. The new version of their console will feature improved anti-vibration on the Blu-ray drive to make it quieter, 512MB XDR memory, an improved PSU and two HDMI connectors dividing the audio and video. The appearance of the console may be very different to the standard Playstation 3 but it should still play all PS3 games. The Playstation itself has always been made by Sony Computer Entertainment, however this may be direct from Sony and will probably be very expensive.Source: X-bit labs
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18 Comments on Sony planning multimedia PS3

#1
newbielives
So now it has 512XDR?

This will be taken advantage of by games?

So if I bought the 600$ PS3, then I'm already outdated?

Sony trying to give me the impression I should just spend the money and upgrade my comp with a DX10 card instead wasting time with its high_end_console/low_end_PC ?
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#2
Seany1212
Oh great, another excuse to bump up the price, as if they werent getting enough sales at the price its at now, shame on you sony :shadedshu
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#3
Jimmy 2004
by: newbielives
This will be taken advantage of by games?

So if I bought the 600$ PS3, then I'm already outdated?

Sony trying to give me the impression I should just spend the money and upgrade my comp with a DX10 card instead wasting time with its high_end_console/low_end_PC ?
I'm sure the extra memory won't really help with games, even Sony wouldn't go as far to outdate its own console by a small upgrade. Might allow it to do certain tasks in the background I guess, like if it has two drives you might be able to pause a DVD and play a game, I'm not sure tbh. But I would still recommend waiting until DX10 takes off and then moving to that rather than getting a PC, because the PS3 will still data quickly relative to PCs.
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#4
jocksteeluk
sony still trying to work on the prestige angle for the ps3, sony should be looking at reducing costs not adding to it. its get obvious the have some fools working for them
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#5
deftonesmx17
What didnt they learn from the PSX (the multimedia PS2) that failed?:rolleyes:
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#6
prime95
I guess this is to follow up on the 'success' of the current ps3! :roll:
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#7
error_f0rce
So let me get this right.... I should pay $1900 MORE than the current top of the line model ($600), for what???

Anti-vibration? Mine's very quiet already.... :wtf:
More advanced power supply unit? Why? It runs fine already. :ohwell:
Two HDMI connectors? For Sony, a few bucks and some wiring... :shadedshu
512MB XDR memory? Ok, maybe.... for a couple hundred bucks. :)

Where's the bigger hard drive guys??? Where's the video/audio input? Where's the direct DVI output? How about some firewire ports? iPod direct jack?? Multi what??? Media.... what??? :laugh:

I'm sorry, but this just seems absolutely absurd :twitch: .... Something isn't adding up here.... :ohwell:
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#8
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
my prediction, if its less or equal too $1000 it will own the HTPC market and i will buy one!
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#9
lemonadesoda
I think SONY have done the right thing... they have recognised that the current PS3 design and manufacture quality has failed and it isnt selling as they had hoped.

So they've taken the initiative to correct the device, calling it an "upgraded multimedia device", but YOU CAN BET in 12 months time, it will be ONLY this model that they will manufacture and sell, and the PS3 (beta) will be graveyarded.
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#10

There isn't a market for something like this. It doesn't have PVR functionality, it doesn't output audio optically, it's just an HD film player and a games machine. A decent PC can do that and much more and cost less!
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error_f0rce
by: lemonadesoda
I think SONY have done the right thing... they have recognised that the current PS3 design and manufacture quality has failed and it isnt selling as they had hoped.
Well, the release might have been poorly planned, not having more units, etc, but you can hardly say that they aren't selling.... have you tried looking for one lately? They are constantly sold out, in every store (no eBay doesn't count, it's not a retailer) .... I'd say that's a good sign for Sony. How much better can you expect them to be selling, if they're all sold out?

by: lemonadesoda
So they've taken the initiative to correct the device, calling it an "upgraded multimedia device", but YOU CAN BET in 12 months time, it will be ONLY this model that they will manufacture and sell, and the PS3 (beta) will be graveyarded.
I think that would be a poor marketing tactic, as the article says the multi-media versions will be selling for around $2500 a piece (that's US dollars). I can't afford that... can you? :ohwell:
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#12
Jimmy 2004
These are only early specs, there could well be other improvements like a larger hard drive. I think Japan was the only country that ever got the PSX in the end, but I might be wrong. Never saw one here in the UK.
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#13
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
unless it incodes video like a fucking madman the thing wont sell ppl will just get an HP media center for the prebuilt or build their own with a C2D in it
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#14
tkpenalty
Yes and how about the people who already purchased a PS3?

Sony makes the weirdest decisions :shadedshu
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#16
Pinchy
by: tkpenalty
Yes and how about the people who already purchased a PS3?

Sony makes the weirdest decisions :shadedshu
I know aye...wtf :wtf:?!
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#17
jocksteeluk
you know what this move by sony reminds me so much of the panasonic 3DO which failed mainly because of the ridiculos price
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#18
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Cool in a way, for those with money to spend. A bitch for those who bought the PS3. This is really a piss on you and buy two deal.
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