Sony Shutting Down Life With PlayStation In November

By Spencer . October 22, 2012 . 1:36am

Life_image_topSony Computer Entertainment is closing the Life with PlayStation service, a PlayStation 3 news channel that also contains the Folding@Home application.

 

Folding@Home is a distributed computing project at Stanford University where CPU power from a number of devices including PS3s are used to understand how proteins fold.  "The PS3 system was a game changer for Folding@home, as it opened the door for new methods and new processors, eventually also leading to the use of GPUs.” said Vijay Pande, Folding@home research lead, Stanford University. “We have had numerous successes in recent years. Specifically, in a paper just published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, we report on tests of predictions from earlier Folding@home simulations, and how these predictions have led to a new strategy to fight Alzheimer’s Disease. The next steps, now underway at Stanford, are to take this lead compound and help push it towards a viable drug. It’s too early to report on our preliminary results there, but I’m very excited that the directions set out in this paper do appear to be bearing fruit in terms of a viable drug (not just a drug candidate).”

 

Beginning on October 24, new users will not have access to Life with PlayStation. Service for all users will end in the beginning of November.


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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/HAEBCODVH3BGFIHE47BKNDXD2I Jonathan

    wow, y’know I just found out about the folding@home thing on game grumps last night lol

  • drproton

    Now how will I keep my bedroom warm during the winter?

  • Godmars

    I put about 1000 hours, and my first PS3, into that.

  • SupaPhly

    sony removing features?

    nothing new

  • http://twitter.com/PAeeyore eliram barak

    I used foldeing@home to keep my room warm druing winter, but my old fat PS3 got a YLOD  and the slim one dosent generate that much heat so its no biggy. 

  • http://www.hamstapowah.com/ Zaron

    Honestly forgot that Life With Playstation even existed, and never actually tried to run it.  In fact, don’t know anybody that does, and this is the clearest explanation I’ve ever seen on what it was meant to be.

    So, yeah, I can see why Sony would shut down something they have to maintain that almost nobody uses… >_>

  • Learii

    what  is this feature for? i never used it before

  • Geoff Kelly

    Well apart from folding@home it did have some interesting world news and information services. The problem was that Sony never updated them so despite having some interesting ideas they were never expanded upon. All their development effort seems to have gone into Home instead. Might be interesting if they ported some of the world information services from Life into Home, and actually kept them updated. 

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