Now that Sony’s conference ended we know a lot more about the next Playstation. The system launches in North America on November 17th as part of a simultaneous world wide launch. North America will be able to purchase “clear black” systems at the price of $499 for a PS3 with a 20GB hard drive and $599 for a system with a 60GB hard disc. For the hefty price tag you get a system with a cell processor (PowerPC based core) running at 3.2 Ghz and a 512KB L2 cache with a total floating point performance of 218 GFLOPS. The GPU is 550Mhz with a 1.8TFLOPS floating point performance and supports high definition resolution at 1080p. For memory the system has 256MB of main ram and 256MB of GDDR3 VRAM. Besides the internal hard drive the deluxe ($599) system can read memory sticks (Duo and Pro), SD cards and has support for type I / II compact flash cards. Connectivity wise the PS3 has a gigabit Ethernet card for online play plus 802.1b/g if you have the $599 model. We all know that the PS3 is going to read blue ray discs, which the games are going to be based on. However, we now know that the PS3 reads SACD (super audio CDs) too.
The Playstation 3 controller also went under a huge change. After the backlash of the boomerang design Sony went back to basics and stuck to the standard dual shock design. New to the design is a highly sensitive six-axis sensing system, which picks up three dimension acceleration information. To add this function in vibration feedback was removed since it interferes with the sensor. Like all of the other “next generation” systems the PS3 controller is wireless with the ability to switch to a wired controller with a USB cable.
Check below for more pictures of the Playstation 3 and developer commentary.
“With the new generation PlayStation platform, we can create “GUNDAM WORLD” with the quality no one has ever imagined. The philosophy, connecting millions of Cell together, makes reality get closer to the world of SF films. We are delighted to share the vision of Ken, ARCHITECT, Kutaragi.”
Shin Unozawa, Managing Director, Leader, Game Software Group, President, Video Game Company, BANDAI CO.,LTD.
“The PLAYSTATION 3 has us really excited! So much so in fact that we are already working our hardest to get Devil May Cry 4 out for this new platform. New hardware always yields more options for developers to create exciting and fresh gameplay experiences. I believe that the PS3 is one piece of hardware that will test the mettle of our development team and help us to create some of the most amazing games, limited only by our imagination.”
Keiji Inafune, Managing Executive Officer, Research & Development Division, Capcom Co., Ltd.
“Each generation of PlayStation has made a dramatic improvement in how we create and play videogames. PLAYSTATION 3 will be a breakthrough in how the world experiences entertainment. EA is fully aligned with Sony Computer Entertainment – we share their vision and applaud their success. ”
Larry Probst, Chairman and CEO, Electronic Arts
“President Kutaragi has thrown down a gauntlet. That gauntlet is called the PLAYSTATION 3. We here at Koei have gladly taken up the challenge, and are striving day and night to take full advantage of all the PS3’s new possibilities. Our goal is to combine cutting-edge technology with a full range of artistic expression to deliver the ultimate form of entertainment, and please people everywhere.”
Keiko Erikawa, Chairman & C.E.O., KOEI Co., Ltd.
“With the arrival of the next generation computer entertainment system PLAYSTATION 3, I believe it will be possible for graphic expressions, more beautiful than before, to coexist with more deep and evolved game play which utilize the Cell architecture. I also have high expectations for the evolution by the online features that will be enhanced. We will utilize the features of the new platform and will strive to create contents that will bring new excitement for our users world wide, so please have high hopes for Konami. ”
Kazumi Kitaue, CEO, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc
“Each time SCEI launches a console, the video games business moves to the next level. With PLAYSTATION 3 it looks as if it might be time for interactive entertainment to become, finally, the world’s dominant artistic medium. ”
Sam Houser, President, Rockstar Games (Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.)
“We at Namco have used and will continue to use the advancements in audio-visual technology to deliver games that are not only appealing to the eyes and ears, but that stir emotions, speak to the heart, and remain in players’ minds for years to come.
We are confident that the PLAYSTATION 3 is an entertainment system that will enable us to do just that.”
Shigeru Yokoyama, CT Company President, Namco Ltd.
“Next-generation hardware platforms will enable SEGA to create new game concepts that offer more immersive interactive experiences. SEGA continues to pursue the fusion of creativity and technology by publishing only the best, more innovative content to gamers around the world.”
Hisao Oguchi, President and Chief Operating Officer, SEGA Corporation
“Square Enix is extremely honored to have had the chance to provide you with this technical demonstration of what the Cell processor can bring to the PLAYSTATION 3 and the world of gaming. We are committed to fully backing SCEI’s new computer entertainment system and plans to bring the FINAL FANTASY series to the PS3 are just beyond the horizon.”
Yoichi Wada, President, SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
“Ubisoft was one of the first major international developers to have its teams start focusing on next generation consoles. We are looking forward to developing outstanding games on Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.’s new system. Its powerful features will help take the industry to an even higher level in the very near future.”
Yves Guillemot, President and CEO, Ubisoft
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