Sony Officially Announces
Plans for Release of the PS3 Console
May 17th 2005- Today at the
E3 conference Sony made an announcement about the release of their
upcoming next generation console which is indeed going to be called
the PS3. The release of the new PS3 gaming system is scheduled for
the Spring of 2006. Sony made some very impressive real time demos
and the system is apparently nearly twice as powerful as the Xbox
After looking at the very impressive demos that Sony
presented, many people at the conference were wondering if Microsoft's
Xbox 360 wasn't jumping the gun. Sony has been called slow and some
of their loyal customer base have jumped ship to go with Xbox. Sony
executives at the show outlined Sony's vision for the future of
the Playstation line and the future of videogames in general. We
will have to wait and see if the new PS3 will change the game as
we know it but it was obvious that Sony has no plans of rolling
over and letting Microsoft gain American marketshare.
New Graphics Chip RSX Revealed
The PS3 will have a a new graphics chip installed
codenames RSX. The technology behind this chip represents over 1500
person years of time in development, according to Nvidia President
and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. It has more raw horspower than the CPU's
and GPU's in all three current generation gaming consoles combined.
The combination of Cell and RSX will enable the creation of next-generation
real time 3D imagery that will take your breath away.
The new RSX chip coupled with Sony and Toshiba's Cell
CPU will allow for a display resolution of 1080p- this is a resolution
that most current HDTV's don't even support.
The new PS3 console includes 6 USB ports and NO controller
ports. All controller input is replayed via Bluetooth wireless technology
allowing up to 7 controllers to interface the console at once. Like
the Xbox 360 there is a 2.5 inch hard drive slot and memory stick
and memery stick pro duo slots also present. 802.11 Wi-Fi functionality
is also available right out of the box.
Sony made sure to let everyone know that almost every third party
game maker has pledged at least some support for the system already.
Gran Turismo and Killzone will be present on
the new PS3 and Sony confirmed development of the following games
Devil May Cry 4, Metal Gear Solid 4, Motor Storm, The Phantom Saga,
Killing Day, Warhawk, and Fight Night Round 3.
Sony teased us with the possibility of a "Playstation network"
which would allow gamers to share video and to compete with other
gamers worldwide using the new PS3. There were no details divulged
however, so we will have to wait.