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Sony Playstation 3 - UK release date, information and pictures

Posted by sonypsp on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at Thursday, December 14, 2006
The Sony PlayStation 3 will be the new video game console in Sony's PlayStation series. Currently estimated to be available sometime in 2007 (March).

Out of the box, the PS3 will have the capability to support seven Bluetooth controllers, which can be used for nearly 24 hours before they require charging. It will also have six USB slots for peripherals such as the wireless HD IP camera - the successor to the EyeToy: four up front and two in the back. As rumored, it will also have Wi-Fi connectivity to the PSP, which in turn can also be used as a remote screen and/or controller.

It's also expected to sport some impressive multimedia features, such as video chat, Internet access, digital photo viewing, and digital audio and video. Since the console has two HD outputs, it is can be hooked up to two side-by-side HDTVs to project video in a 32:9 extra-widescreen format. Like a gigantic version of the Nintendo DS, the dual digital outputs also allow for an extended game display, with the action on one screen and either game information or video chat on the second.

The media format that the PS3 will use will be the new Blu-ray disc. The discs can hold up to six times as much data as current-generation DVDs. It will also support CR-ROM, CD-RW, DVD, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+R formats. The machine will be backward compatible all the way to the original PlayStation. It will also have slots for Memory Stick Duo, an SD slot, and a compact flash memory slot.

Sony claim that the CPU, codenamed "Cell" will be up to 35 times faster than the PS2, 10 times faster than a PC and will significantly out gun its nearest competitors the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Revolution. Reports suggest that the "Cell" processor will run at a staggering 3.2GHz, along with 256MB XDR main RAM at 3.2GHz, and 256MB of GDDR VRAM at 700MHz.

Games in development include Gran Turismo 5, Tekken 6, Metal Gear Solid 4, The Getaway 3, Devil May Cry 4 and Warhawk Redux.

With the Xbox 360 being sold at an initial price of around £200 the PS3 is expected to be launched at around the same price.

Sony Playstation 3 features
Bluetooth Wireless
Cell processor
RSX "Reality Synthesizer"
256MB XDR
Resolution: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
802.11 B/G Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0
Backward Compatible with PlayStation 2, Stands Vertically or Horizontally

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