Monday, May 16, 2005

PS3 photo and specs from E3

Originally uploaded by masteroc.
Here is the newly revealed PS3 straight from E3. Here are some specs and a photo!

* It will support Blu-ray (obviously), DVD±R/W, CD-R/RW
* Backwards compatible with the PlayStation 2 and original Playstation
* One 3.2GHz Cell processor—total system performance rated at 2.18 teraflops (uh, that’s actually about twice what Microsoft is claiming the Xbox 360 will do); it will have 256MB system RAM 3.2GHz, and 256MB GDDR VRAM at 700MHz
* The nVidia graphics will be called the RSX (”Reality Synthesizer”), and will trump the Xbox 360 with 1080p (yes, that’s a p) graphics support.
* There will be a 2.5-inch hard drive (i.e. laptop hard drive) attachment—a first for a Sony launch (no, we don’t count the PSX and/or the FF add-on)
* Memory Stick Duo slot, and very surprisingly, an SD and CF slots
* Bluetooth support with up to seven wireless controllers
* Six USB system ports

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Leaked XBOX 360 Specs

2 types of Xbox Live:
Xbox Live Silver (no subscription required)
Xbox Live Gold (subscription benefits)

Features for Gold service
* Also for Silver
# Also for Offline

- Seamless transition to Xbox Live account from Xbox to Xbox 360
- Access to MMOs (additional fees may apply) *
- Free Xbox Live weekends *
- Multiplayer online gameplay
- Avatar for gamer profile * #
- Motto for gamer profile * #
- Personalized look for Xbox System Guide * #
- Offline achievments * #
- Online achievements *
- Access to other players' Gamer cards via Live *
- Cumulative gamer score * #
- Location/language profile * #
- Reputation *
- Enahnced matchmaking using above
- Skill level matchmaking
- Gameplay style profile (casual, competitive, etc.)
- Recent players list *
- Free and premium download game content *
- Free and premium downloadable movies, music, tv *
- Downloadable demos/trailers *
- Microtransactions *
- Custom playlist in every game * #
- Play music from portable devices * #
- View images from digital camera * #
- Strem media from Windows XP * #
- Interactive screen savers * #
- Track info for CDs * #
- Communication with voice, video or text *

360 Hardware:
1. Support for DVD-video, DVD-Rom, DVD-R/RW, CD-DA, CD-Rom, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA CD, MP3 cd, JPEG photo CD
2. All games supported at 16:9, 720p and 1080i, anti-aliasing
3. Customizable face plates to change appearance
4. 3 USB 2.0 ports
5. Support for 4 wireless controllers
6. Detachable 20GB drive
7. Wi-Fi ready

Custom IBM PowerPC-based CPU
- 3 symmetrical cores at 3.2 GHz each
- 2 hardware threads per core
- 1 VMX-128 vector unit per core
- 1 MB L2 cache

CPU Game Math Performance
- 9 billion dots per second

Custom ATI Graphics Processor
- 500 MNz
- 10 MB embedded DRAM
- 48-way parallel floating-point shader pipelines
- unified shader architecture

- 700 MNz DDR

Memory Bandwidth
- 22.4 GB/s memory interface bus bandwidth
- 256 GB/s memory bandwidth to EDRAM
- 21.6 GB/s frontside bus

- Mulitchannel surround sond output
- Supports 48khz 16-bit audio
- 320 independent decompression channels
- 32 bit processing
- 256+ audio channels

Saturday, May 07, 2005

XBOX 360 Controller

XBOX 360 Controller
Originally uploaded by masteroc.
This is the new XBOX 360's controller that has built in wireless, and a stange button in the middle (that also happens to be the logo for the XBOX 360).

XBOX 360 Media Remote

XBOX 360 Media Remote
Originally uploaded by masteroc.
Here is a pciture of the XBOX 360 Media Remote control taken by a camera phone at the Los Angelos unveiling party.

Live pictures of the XBOX 360

Live pictures of the XBOX 360
Originally uploaded by masteroc.
Finally, some leaked pictures of Microsoft's new console the XBOX 360. These pictures were snapped using a camera phone at the Microsoft unvealing party in Los Angelos.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Cell Processor

Cell Processor
Originally uploaded by masteroc.
This is a picture of the Cell Processor that is going to be used in the new Playstation 3.

Apple updates their iPod lineup

Apple updates their iPod lineup
Originally uploaded by masteroc.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Xbox 360 to be released in October/November?

There is news that the UK version of the Xbox 360 will be released sometime in October/November. The U.S version will be released a few weeks before the UK version. So we can hopefully expect the Xbox 360 in October or November (of this year, lol).

Monday, February 07, 2005

Details on the new Cell chip.

Engineers from Sony, IBM, and Toshiba revealed those and other specifications for the Cell processor during a press conference at the International Solid State Circuits Conference, where technical papers on the Cell design will be presented this week.

The three companies have been working on the Cell for several years, promising to deliver a high-performance chip optimized for multimedia applications. Test production of Cell chips is set to begin later this year, and the processors will appear later in workstation PCs optimized for animation and other graphics chores. The chip will also power the next version of Sony's PlayStation game console, which is widely expected to be released late this year or early next year.

While analysts and researchers have already puzzled out most of the basic aspects of the Cell design, Monday's announcements included some of the first specifics.

The Cell will have a 64-bit Power processor and eight "synergistic processing units" capable of handling separate computing tasks, said Jim Kahle, an IBM fellow. The multicore design will give software developers tremendous flexibility, Kahle said, allowing them to run multiple operating systems on the same chip and experiment with variations on grid computing.

"It's designed from the beginning to work in a world where all the computers are tied together," he said.

Future versions of Cell chips could have more or fewer processing units depending on what device and software designers require, Kahle said. "There are a number of different ways to implement parallelism on the chip," he said.

How those processing units are used is up to software developers, including the game makers who will soon start wrestling with the PlayStation 3. Kahle said IBM and its Cell partners will provide game developers and other code writers with open-source tools and guidelines for working with the Cell, but game developers will have the final say on how they chop up computing tasks among the processing units.

"It's really...up to the game developer," he said. "You can program it in many different ways."

Other Cell numbers include the following:

• The first version of the chip will run at speeds faster than 4GHz. Engineers were vague about how much faster, but reports from design partners say 4.6GHz is likely. By comparison, the fastest current Pentium PC processor tops out at 3.8GHz.

• The Cell can process 256 billion calculations per second (256 gigaflops), falling a wee bit short of marketing hyperbole calling it a "supercomputer on a chip." The slowest machine on the current list of the Top 500 supercomputers can do 851 gigaflops.

• The chip will have 2.5MB of on-chip memory and can shuttle data to and from off-chip memory at speeds up to 100 gigabytes per second, using XDR and FlexIO interface technology licensed from Rambus. "One of the key messages you hear from the architects of next-generation chips is that their performance is being limited by off-chip bandwidth," said Rich Warmke, product marketing manager at Rambus. "We've really licked that with Cell. 100GB per second is really unprecedented in the industry."

• The chip will have 234 million transistors, measure 221mm square, and be produced using advanced 90-nanometer chipmaking processes.

While the PlayStation 3 is likely to be the first mass-market product to use the Cell, the chip's designers have said the flexible architecture means the Cell will be useful for a wide range of applications, from servers to cell phones. Initial devices are unlikely to be any smaller than a game console, however--the first version of the Cell will run hot enough to require a cooling fan, Kahle said.

Some competitors, however, are skeptical about the Cell finding much of a home outside of video games. One of the big problems with the Cell, said Justin Rattner, an Intel fellow, is that the processing units aren't identical, a situation that increases complexity and the opportunity for bugs.

"You've got this asymmetry," Rattner said. "It's like having two kinds of motors under the hood. We are very reluctant to adopt architectures like this because they take compatibility and throw it out the window."

This sounds like a promissing processor for the upcoming PS3.
I can't wait to see what it will do with the new games.

PS3 rumored to be released in early 2006

According to BBC, the new PS3 will most likely not be released until early 2006 even thought they will be demoing their new console at the upcoming E3. The new console will feature the new Cell processor (see next post for details).

Disc format battle for new consoles.

Both Sony and Microsoft are differing in the format that they are using for their new consoles. Sony has said that they are using the new Blu-Ray format. While Microsoft has said that they are supporting the new HD-DVD format.

Friday, February 04, 2005

The next Xbox will be named the Xbox 360?

The word on the street is that the new Microsoft Xbox wil be called the Xbox 360. Until this is confirmed this is still just a rumor, but some sources have said that they have worked on the porject and seen the packaging and demos. The reason for this name change (the next Xbox was rumored to be called the Xbox 2 or Xbox Next) is that Microsoft felt that witha name such as Xbox 2, people might think it technologicaly inferior to the Playstation 3.

PSP to be released in March!

Sony's new PSP (Playstation Portable) will be released March 24, 2005 with a retail price of 249.99. The PSP wil come with a "value pack" that inclueds a 32mb memory stick, headphones (w/remote), battery pack, AC adaptor, soft case, cleaning cloth & UMD multimedia sampler. Sony also said that there will be about 24 games released at the same time.