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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 360.

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.

PS3 Extras

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.

PS3 Games

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.

PS3 Network

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.

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