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E3 - 2006 : Preview :: PS3 features and European launch details

by Steven Williamson on 9 May 2006, 11:26

Tags: PlayStation 3, Sony Computers Entertainment Europe (NYSE:SNE), PS3

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HEXUS.E3 Sony Computer Entertainment Europe announced today that it would launch PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) in “Clear Black” throughout mainland Europe and Australasia on November 17, 2006, as part of a worldwide simultaneous launch.

PS3 is the most advanced computer system that serves as a platform to enjoy next generation computer entertainment contents in the home, realized through the combination of Cell and RSX processors, in addition to the playability of a vast catalog of PlayStation and PlayStation 2 software titles.

Having Giga-bit Ethernet and a pre-installed hard disk drive (HDD) as standard in PS3, users will be able to download a variety of contents as well as access on-line games and services over the network.

Equipped with basic input/output ports, PS3 supports a broad range of displays from conventional NTSC/PAL standard TVs to the latest full HD (1080i/1080p) flat panel displays, offering the joy of the most advanced computer entertainment contents to homes around the world. For use in living rooms, maximum heat and noise reduction has been achieved with a noise level equivalent to that of the current slim-line PlayStation 2.

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With the overwhelming computational power of the Cell processor, PS3 is capable of playing back content from Blu-ray (BD) disc at a bit rate of multiplex 48Mbps with ease, the maximum bit rate defined in BD standards.

The new controller for PS3 has been created by refining and improving the world’s most popular PlayStation controller which has shipped more than several hundred million units worldwide. The controller for PS3 employs a high-precision, highly sensitive six-axis sensing system that is capable of processing all parameters within the controller itself, thereby eliminating the need for any additional settings on the display system. By applying this technology, it will become possible to freely control the PS3 system over the network.

While further enhancing the joy of entertainment on PlayStation 2 and PSP, SCEE will vigorously promote PS3 as the next generation computer entertainment platform.

Overview

Product name: PLAYSTATION 3

CPU: Cell Processor

GPU: RSX

Sound: Dolby 5.1ch, DTS, LPCM, etc. (Cell-based processing)

Memory: 256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM

HDD: 2.5” Serial ATA (20GB) (60GB)

I/O: USB 2.0 (x4)

MemoryStick /SD/CompactFlash -

Communication: Ethernet (x1 / 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)

IEEE 802.11 b/g -

Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR)

Wireless controller (Bluetooth)

AV Output: Screen size 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p

HDMI OUT - (x1 / HDMI NextGen)

AV MULTI OUT (x1)

DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) (x1)

BD/DVD/CD Drive (Read Only): Maximum Read Speed BD 2x (BD-ROM)

DVD 8x (DVD-ROM)

CD 24x (CD-ROM)

SACD 2x

Dimensions: Approximately 325mm (W) x 98mm (H) x 274mm (D)

Weight: Approximately 5 kg

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My thoughts: http://www.parmmann.com/?p=42

Sorry, it's a bit long winded so I figured I'd just link to it >_<
Cheers Parm! Good read. You watching the Nintendo one later?
I certainly am, really looking forward to that too!

I think Playstation are a bit confused this time around, is the PS3 a games machine, a Blu Ray Player, an Online Network, a Media Center? Or a mixture of all of them.

Nintendo will do what they always do best, and thats game. I really hope they pull out all the stops this time around and steal some of the limelight from MS and Sony.
They always innovate, and I'm really hoping they'll show more of that tonight :)
Indeed, was a very good read that :D ta, you going to be writing about the Nintendo showing aswell? :) if so please post or PM me with a link mate
oooh, I'm so glad you guys liked it! You're making me blush hehehe :embarrassed:

I'll be writing up on the Nintendo and Microsoft shows too, I'll be sure to link to them now I know somebody wants to read what I have to say! :mrgreen:
Feel free to leave comments on my Blog too if you have anything to add :)