A home entertainment center, with Linux, that allows you to play games online. Updated March 15.
PS3 will be introduced world-wide in november 2006. As expected, PS3 will be able to run games developed
for PS2. Sony will also offer a model with Linux preinstalled on a hard disk.
"PS3 combines state-of-the-art technologies featuring Cell, a processor jointly developed by IBM, Sony Group and Toshiba Corporation, graphics processor (RSX) co-developed by NVIDIA Corporation and SCEI, and XDR memory developed by Rambus Inc. It also adopts BD-ROM (Blu-ray Disc ROM) with maximum storage capacity of 54 GB (dual layer) , enabling delivery of entertainment content in full high-definition (HD) quality, under a secure environment made possible through the most advanced copyright protection technology. To match the accelerating convergence of digital consumer electronics and computer technology, PS3 supports high quality display in resolution of 1080p(*) as standard, which is far superior to 720p/1080i.
With an overwhelming computing power of 2 teraflops, entirely new graphical expressions that have never been seen before will become possible. In games, not only will movement of characters and objects be far more refined and realistic, but landscapes and virtual worlds can also be rendered in real-time, thereby elevating the freedom of graphics expression to levels not experienced in the past. Gamers will literally be able to dive into the realistic world seen in large screen movies and experience the excitement in real-time."
According to Ken Kutaragi, from Sony, the processor will power PlayStation 3 and several other devices: mobile phones, digital cameras, televisions etc.
In March 2000 Sony launched its PlayStation 2 (PS2) console in Japan. Six years later more than 100 million PlayStation 2 have been sold around the world. Xbox and GameCube are far behind. The enormous success for PS2 has allowed Sony not to rush the development of a successor.
PlayStation 3 becomes a home entertainment center
According to Sony PS3 will become a home entertainment center that can play games, music, video as well as interactive services over the Internet. PS3 will include a hard drive and be ready to play games online through high speed networks. Sony owns the license for several songs; movies etc that the company plans to distribute using PS3. Sony has also made extensive deals other companies.
In the spring of 2002 it was officially confirmed from Sony and IBM that the CPU in PS3 will be based on the super processor Cell (developed by IBM). April 21 2003, Toshiba and Sony announced plans to build two plants for the fabrication of complex chips such as the Cell CPU.
Product name PLAYSTATION®3
CPU Cell Processor
PowerPC-base Core @3.2GHz
1 VMX vector unit per core
512KB L2 cache
7 x SPE @3.2GHz
7 x 128b 128 SIMD GPRs
7 x 256KB SRAM for SPE
* 1 of 8 SPEs reserved for redundancy
total floating point performance : 218
GPU RSX @550MHz
1.8 TFLOPS floating point performance
Full HD (up to 1080p) x 2 channels
Multi-way programmable parallel floating
point shader pipelines
Sound Dolby 5.1ch, DTS, LPCM, etc. (Cell-base processing)
Memory 256MB XDR Main RAM @3.2GHz
256MB GDDR3 VRAM @700MHz
System Bandwidth Main RAM 25.6GB/s
RSX 20GB/s (write) + 15GB/s (read)
SB 2.5GB/s (write) + 2.5GB/s (read)
System Floating Point Performance 2 TFLOPS
Storage HDD Detachable 2.5" HDD slot x 1
I/O USB Front x 4, Rear x 2 (USB2.0)
Memory Stick standard/Duo, PRO x 1
SD standard/mini x 1
CompactFlash (Type I, II) x 1
Communication Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) x 3
(input x 1 + output x 2)
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR)
Controller Bluetooth (up to 7)
Network (over IP)
AV Output Screen size 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
HDMI HDMI out x 2
Analog AV MULTI OUT x 1
Digital audio DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) x 1
* read only CD PlayStation® CD-ROM
CD-DA CD-DA (ROM), CD-R, CD-RW
Super Audio CD Hybrid disc(HD layer/CD layer), HD layer
DualDisc DualDisc (audio side), DualDisc (DVD side)
DVD PlayStation®2 DVD-ROM
DVD-Video DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
Blu-ray Disc PLAYSTATION®3 BD-ROM
BD-Video BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE