Sony unveils Playstation 3 details

By Derek Sooman on May 17, 2005, 8:23 PM
Keen to counter Microsoft's announcement of the Xbox 360 with an announcement of its own, Sony has revealed the Playstation 3, and has promised to demonstrate prototypes of the console during the E3 Expo in Los Angeles.

The PS3 will utilise a PowerPC-based Cell processor, which Sony claims contains no less than eight cores which are clocked at 3.2 GHz each. There is also the "RSX" graphics engine, courtesy of NVIDIA, which is based on a 550 MHz GPU that offers 1.8 TFlops performance.

"RSX will be the most sophisticated graphics processor ever built, representing 1500 person-years of investment. When combined with Cell, it will provide an astounding two teraflops of floating point horsepower. A measure of the extraordinary processing power of RSX compared to current-generation game consoles is the numbers of transistors it will contain: 300 million." - Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of NVIDIA.

Additionally, the PS3 will sport six USB 2.0 ports, slots for Memory Stick, SD and CompactFlash media and a detachable 2.5-inch hard drive. Support for wireless networking, like the other next generation consoles due to appear, is also built in. The PS3 will also support the new Blu-ray format (BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE, BD-Video), and will be fully backwards compatible with the original Playstation. Currently, Microsoft's Xbox 360 is only set to offer partial compatibility with the original Xbox.

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asphix said:
Backwards compatability doesnt really hold much with me. Its nice to know you can play old games, but its usually the new games that will hold your attention.I'd rather see absolutely no backwards compatability and instead see funding go to help developers up the quality and amount of games on launch. But thats just me, and I know a lot of people really enjoy the backwards compatability. Why? I dunno. The old games hold more attention when they're rememberd rather than when actually being played.
lanmark said:
It is interesting to see the specs of the PS3 a year and a half from when it actually gets released. As fast as computer technology is changing, I bet that a lot of the specs won't be entirely true, a lot of them seem very ambitious like 2 TFLOP.For example the unit is said that it will contain 8 cell processors however if you look at screenshots of the PS3 case they are showing off, there is no vent for a fan. Even the PS2 has a fan vent.. and with 8 processors that unit will produce a ton of heat which will need to be vented.Being so far from the release date, all of the specs and hardware pics are really just to create a buzz. The end product of the first xbox didn't look anything like the one they showed at E3, the year prior. So I remain skeptical of what we will really see in a year and a half.
Phantasm66 said:
I must admit, I did stop and pause at the 8 CPU thing. I mean, do you think this thing floats in the air?
Supra said:
From what I understand the PS3 has one CPU (Cell) which has 8 cores (called SPE's or 'Synergistic Processing Elements') all on the same die. I watched the Sony press conference from E3 and they said only 7 of the SPE's will be switched on and it is still able to do nearly 2 TFLOPS. Heres a little info about the Cell [url][/
rl]Also there is a vent on the top(when standing vertical). There may also be a vent on the other end because I havent seen that side.[Edited by Supra on 2005-05-18 13:00:14]
Phantasm66 said:
8 cores is more like it. I can buy that no problem. And the Cell is a very interesting processor.
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