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The Power of Our Toys

1-playstation-3-sony.jpgTalk about product placement! Computer chips developed for the Playstation 3 are going to be used to build “Roadrunner.” Roadrunner will be the world’s fastest computer when it is completed in 2008.

[Roadrunner] will achieve its superfast performance using a hybrid design, built with off-the-shelf components. The computer will contain 16,000 standard processors working alongside 16,000 “cell” processors, designed for the PlayStation 3 (PS3).

Each cell chip consists of eight processors controlled by a master unit that can assign tasks to each member of the processing team. Each cell is capable of 256 billion calculations per second.

The power of the cell chip means Roadrunner needs far fewer processors than its predecessors.


And this isn’t the only project that will harness Playstation 3 power. Standford University will be distributing a program to home users to harness these machines for their folding@home project.

The folding@home program would tap the cell’s spare processing power to examine how the shape of proteins, critical to most biological functions, affect diseases such as Alzheimer’s. This distributed computing method uses each individual machine to process a small amount of data, with results fed back over the internet to a central machine where they can be viewed together.

The Stanford researchers say that 10,000 consoles running the program would give a performance equivalent to one petaflop. The team hopes eventually to enlist 100,000 machines.


A network of 100,000 playstations would actually outperform Roadrunner.

I see a real opportunity for Sony here. Of course there will be the inevitable “our processors are so powerful they are being used to build the world’s fastest computer” advertisements.

Beyond that, Sony could score a big public relations victory by encouraging their users to sign up for the folding@home project. They could give players free time on the Sony network in exchange for signing up. They get credit for doing a good thing while they hook gamers on their networking service. I bet there would even be a way to write this off as a charitable donation.

If you’re keeping count, that’s a quadfer.

Somehow I think this also means I’m going to be buying a Playstation 3 (you know, for kids!) this Christmas.


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Sony – PlayStation 3 review

immensely powerful and hugely expensive new games console (26/03/2007)

To be fair to Sony, the actual hardware was never really going to be in much doubt. And after your first few hours in the company of the PlayStation 3, you’re likely to be impressed.

Several initial thoughts went through this reviewer’s head. Firstly, the machine’s really quite heavy. Secondly, aesthetically, it’s really quite smart. And thirdly, and surprisingly, is that given the immense processing grunt under its glossy, buffed-up exterior, it’s very quiet in operation. It certainly puts the Xbox 360 in the shade in that department.

When we switched on for the first time, following as simple a connection procedure as you’d expect with a games console, we signed up for the PlayStation Network and downloaded an advised, albeit not compulsory, update. This involved us getting the machine online, which was thankfully straightforward. A built-in wireless receiver or the Ethernet port at the back are your two choices, and we tried both, finding the machine adapted to either at breakneck speed.

The download and application of the upgrade took care of the first five minutes or so, but eventually we got to spend some time with the browser interface. This bears striking similarities to the one Sony employed with the PSP, and given that the two machines have a degree of interoperability, that’s perhaps unsurprising.

It was interesting to note, going through the menu, just how Sony has made it easy to support elements you’d usually not expect it to be so welcoming of. The option for an OS install took us aback, and we were pleased to see the Folding@Home client built in too. But on top of that, the likes of keyboards, mice, Web-cams and such like – all of which can hook up via the assorted USB ports – are very easy to add.

Media support is well-rounded, too. That 60GB hard drive inside the machine can be filled with music files, for instance, and several codecs are supported. Likewise, there’s Blu-ray and DVD playback. The former – the reason why the machine is so over deadline and so over budget – actually turns out to be a bit of a trump card. While we’ve not had the pleasure of many Blu-ray players, we’re informed by colleagues who have that the PS3 is one of the finest, if not the very best, Blu-ray disc playback device on the market, to the point where many are picking up the PS3 for precisely that reason, rather than for its gaming prowess. It’s aided – again, for the time being scoring a point over its Microsoft-produced rival – by the native inclusion of HDMI, meaning full 1080p output is well within the realms of the console (a new model of the Xbox 360 is expected to add this feature shortly).

The games, which ultimately will be the biggest influence in the rise or fall of the machine, we’ll look at in a separate review. But there’s little doubt that the PS3 is capable of some incredibly impressive-looking games. There’s no obvious outright classic available as this review was written, nor a clear one on the horizon, but Sony’s track record should ensure that the shortage isn’t a long-term one. There’s also, of course, Sony’s equivalent to Xbox Live Arcade, whereby games can be bought and downloaded onto the console online. A free game was available at launch and you can expect lots more, for sub-£10 price tags, in the future.

But there are still problems here, and they break down into price, the competition and backwards compatibility. In reverse order, then, the European model has been compromised slightly and the hardware that allowed support for PSOne and PS2 games has been cut back. As a result, software emulation is doing more of the work, and it renders a massive chunk of the Playstation back catalogue incompatible at this point in time. Given the price premium Europeans are paying, we find this a complete and utter disgrace.

Furthermore, for the same money as the PlayStation 3 goes for, a gamer could pick up both a Wii and an Xbox 360, and arguably they’d get better value that way. £425 for a games console is, in the modern era, unacceptable, and ironically the only people who will initially get real value from it are the aforementioned Blu-ray player customers. Gamers aren’t getting the best end of the deal.

So it all leads to point one: price. £425 is a massive price tag and one that, while the hardware may justify, the competition makes a mockery of. Sony is, infamously, making a heavy loss on each unit sold at the moment too, which may yet tie its hands for future price cuts, and that leaves the PlayStation 3 in a very weak place. The machine is genuinely excellent and in many ways it’s better than the Xbox 360. But it’s not got enough up its sleeve to justify a £150 price premium.

Sony – PlayStation 3 features – Verdict

A terrific games console, but you’d be mad to pay this much for it unless you’re also in the market for a decent Blu-ray player.

Sony – PlayStation 3 price

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Sony PlayStation 3 U-turn: Now to hit Hong Kong, Taiwan on Nov. 17

November 3rd, 2006



After initially cutting back international launch plans for the PlayStation 3, Sony has expanded them again, and will start selling the device in Hong Kong and Taiwan on November 17, it said this week.

The PS3, Sony’s first new game console in six years, is scheduled to debut in Japan just over a week from now on November 11. Then it will hit stores in North America on November 17. It was originally scheduled to go on sale in Europe and Australasia at the same time but Sony postponed the launch in those regions until March 2007 because of component shortages that meant it wouldn’t have enough consoles ready in time.

Typically, the launch of games consoles in Asian markets outside of Japan has lagged both North America and Europe but now Sony will put the PlayStation 3 on sale simultaneously with its North American launch.

Sony was not immediately available to comment due to a public holiday in Japan on Friday.

The more expensive version with a 60GB hard-drive will go on sale in Hong Kong and Taiwan on November 17 and cost HK$3,780 and NT$17,980 (US$486 and $544) respectively. The cheaper version with a 20GB drive will hit the two countries in December and cost HK$3,180 and NT$14,980 respectively.

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