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After finally agreeing to return rumble to its PlayStation controllers following legal disputes, Sony has now announced the first PS3 console which will be released featuring the updated DualShock 3 technology. The white PS3 console, pictured below, will be launched in Japan on November 11th this year costing about $341, and is the first official colour variation of the machine. It will use the new 40GB hard drive, although DualShock 3 will only be available in Japan initially, with the console continuing to be sold with the standard SIXAXIS for at least a few months in Europe and North America – DualShock 3 isn’t expected outside of Japan until spring next year.DailyTech
Sony has announced that once the current stock of 60GB PlayStation 3 consoles is sold out, European regions will only have access to the newly introduced 40GB model. The shock decision comes after Sony Europe announced a price cut for the 60GB model to GBP 349 / EUR 499, which the company said was in response to consumer feedback. The company also unveiled a 40GB PS3 due to go on sale this Wednesday, but gave no indication at the time when the 60GB model will be discontinued.
Our offering in the UK market place for Christmas are the two SKU's announced on Friday, but as the 60GB stock is depleted the GBP 299 40GB SKU will be the only version available going forward,said a spokesperson for SCEE. Sony has already phased out the 60GB model in North America, where an 80GB unit sells for USD 599 with a copy of MotorStorm.Source: GamesIndustry
Unfortunately for anyone hoping to completely maul a PS3 owner via Unreal Tournament 3, cross platform play between the PC and the PS3 will not be available at launch. According to an Epic representative, "The biggest challenge in doing cross-platform play is synchronizing the builds such that the build on the PC is 100% compatible with the build on the PS3. Unfortunately (or fortunately) when you [put] games on [a] console you have a lengthy certification process to go through each time you release anything new." Hence, every time someone tweaked the UT3 build, it would have to be certified for the PS3 before it could be released for the computer. And since Epic has it's computer-owning customers closer to its heart than those owning a PS3, the PS3 was forced to lose the interoperability. On the bright side, though, PS3 owners still get access to all the UT3 mods and user-created content that PC users make.Source: 1Up
Sony doesn’t really seem to be able to make up its mind about what it wants to do with the PS3 at the moment, but as things stand it’s looking likely that the $599 80GB version of the console will soon be the only model left on the shelves as the 60GB model slowly fades away. However, FCC documents suggest that a $399 40GB version of the PS3 could be on the way, which is reported to feature Bluetooth, WiFi, at least two USB ports, a HDMI port and an Ethernet port, as well as the rest of the usual hardware. Given that just about every other spec is identical to the current PS3, a 40GB model is seen as being the most likely new addition. It's worth noting that it is also possible that Sony may even choose to make a more expensive PS3 with a bigger hard drive, although this is doubtful given that the current 80GB model is struggling to compete with the Xbox 360 Premium and its $399 price tag. Either way, if you want to guarantee your PS2 games will work you’d better get your hands on one of the 60GB PS3s soon, as that is the only model left using the PS2’s Emotion Engine rather than software emulation when playing old titles and it won’t be around for much longer.Source: Engadget via DailyTech
The Folding@Home project has now managed to exceed one petaflop of processing power, thanks largely to the introduction of Sony’s PlayStation 3 console last year. The project is currently operating at 1152 teraflops, with 889 teraflops being contributed by the PS3 and Windows based machines being closest competitor with just 164 teraflops. This means that over three-quarters of the processing power for Folding@Home is being provided by the PS3 due to the console’s Cell Broadband Engine. Vijay Pande, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University said the following:
The recent inclusion of PS3 as part of the Folding@Home program has afforded our research group with computing power that goes far beyond what we initially hoped. Thanks to PS3, we are now essentially able to fast-forward several aspects of our research by a decade, which will greatly help us make more discoveries and advancements in our studies of several different diseases.The Folding@Home project runs simulations in protein folding, which are helping scientists work towards cures for illnesses such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and certain forms of cancer. If you want to contribute to the project, you should take a look at the Folding@Home website and techPowerUp!’s Folding@Home team – all it requires is an internet connection and your idle processing power.Source: DailyTech
After announcing the DualShock 3 controller and the new PSP Remote Play feature, Sony also announced that PlayStation Home will be delayed until spring of 2008. Hirai apologizes for the delay and says the reason for the added wait is to allow further development of the user interface.Source: DailyTech
During its press conference at the 2007 Tokyo Game Show, Sony Computer Entertainment announced that it will replace the Sixaxis PlayStation 3 controller with the DualShock 3 Wireless Controller, a new controller for PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) incorporating a rumble feature. The controller will debut in Japan this November as a separately sold accessory, with a Spring 2008 target for US and European market. Some of the games listed as compatible with the rumble feature are BIOHAZARD 5, Devil May Cry 4, Metal Gear Solid 4, Metal Gear Solid Online, and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. Other PS3 titles that are already in the market may become compatible with the rumble feature through software update.Gizmodo
Logitech today announced its continued support of the PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) computer entertainment system with the Logitech Cordless Vantage Headset for PLAYSTATION 3 and Logitech Cordless MediaBoard Pro Bluetooth Keyboard for PLAYSTATION 3 – giving gamers the freedom and reliability of Bluetooth wireless technology for their PS3 gaming experience.
An update to the PlayStation 3 system software was released on September 4, 2007, bringing it from version 1.90 to 1.92. The new firmware improves backwards compatibility with PlayStation 2 (PS2) titles.
- New for 1.92: Playability status with the PS3 system has changed for some PlayStation 2 format titles. To check on the latest status, visit the search site for compatible titles (coming soon).
- You can now adjust screen display settings while playing PlayStation and PlayStation 2 format software.
At first, in Japan, Nintendo seemed to have it made. While Sony could do nothing more than call the Wii an "impulse buy", Nintendo was outselling the competition by 6-1. However, nowadays, it seems as though what Sony said a few months back is ringing true. Wii sales are falling in Japan, as PS3 sales begin to rise. Currently, there are three Wiis sold for every PS3 sold, however, we could soon see a reciprocal of that figure.Source:DailyTech