PlayStation 3

Posted May 17, 2005 in Events, Gadgets, Technology.

Image of PlayStation 3 console with controller

With E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) set to open tomorrow, Sony has unveiled the new PlayStation 3 console, due to be released in Spring 2006. Thirty-fives times faster than the PlayStation 2, and twice as fast as Microsoft's Xbox 360, Sony hopes to maintain its domination of the console market. They released a few specifications to whet the gamer's appetite:

  • 3.2GHz Cell processor
  • 256Mb XDR RAM at 3.2GHz
  • 256Mb GDDR VRAM at 700MHz
  • Memory Stick Duo, SD, and Compact Flash memory slots
  • Detachable 2.5 inch hard disk drive
  • Six USB ports for various peripherals
  • Support for seven Bluetooth controllers
  • Output in HDTV up to 1080p as standard
  • Supports Blu-ray DVD format

There is no word yet on any kind of price, but I expect it to sell a shitload in any case.


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    Ill probably get the Xbox 360. Mainly because I have an Xbox and it will be backward compatible. And how many gamestations do I really need, anyway?

    Posted by Stephen Collins on May 17, 2005.

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    That controller is ugly. Thanks for the news though!

    Posted by Anne on May 17, 2005.

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    The controller reminds me of the Cylon attack craft in Battlestar Galactica, for some reason.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on May 17, 2005.

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    I'm sold on the PS3 - even if the specs are half of what they say they are, it would still technically beat the XBOX. It looks like XBOX just rolled out a machine as quick as they could. It seems as if Sony has been designing since the release of PS2, and the XBOX designers got together 3 months ago. I think this illustrates just how little Bill Gates really cares for the Gaming Industry; worse case scenario for Bill would be him losing a couple bucks and retreating to the world of home pcs. And since we're on the topic, doesn't the XBOX resemble a home entertainment center? Disgusting.

    Posted by Donnie Jeter on May 17, 2005.

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    Well the specs sound awesome, and I reckon i'll get one. But god it's ugly. I prefer the look of the PS2, and that controller. What were they thinking?

    Posted by James on May 18, 2005.

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    It's about time someone started using USB for everything.

    Posted by J. King on May 18, 2005.

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    Must just agree how ugly it that realy the best design they could come up with??...there must be thousends off designers who had a better design ideas than that. It looks just plain cheap....
    P.s im gona buy it anyway =)

    Posted by Anonymous on May 22, 2005.

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    Wow!, Wow!, all I can say is that I have no idea what you are thinking. This is the sleekest design that I have ever seen in my life. A lot of thought was put in to this to make it appeal to both a man and a woman. I agree the controller is not great, but it's bearable.

    Posted by gregory bowman on May 25, 2005.

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    The XBox 360 has been in development since the first XBox was released (and probably before). The 360 has a much cleaner look while the PS3 looks like a hunk of junk aluminum. The funny thing is that they will both be using PowerPC architecture... Wonder how many modded XBox 360s we'll see. I like the fact that the PS3s controllers are Bluetooth while the 360's are 2.4Ghz.

    I don't want to use Blu-Ray... The 360 has Dual Layer DVD capability, I'll be sticking with that.

    Posted by Stephan Segraves on May 31, 2005.