PS3 PREVIEW: PLAYSTATION 3 SYSTEM

The PS3 console takes center stage in the gaming arena. by Vaughn Smith

May 8, 2006 - Los Angeles, CA - Sony unveiled the final version of the PS3 at their E3 Press Conference today in Los Angeles, CA and to the delight of fans everywhere, answered many of the questions gamers have had regarding the new system.

Launch Date:

  • November 11, 2006 - Japan
  • November 17, 2006 - North America

Price:

  • 20GB PlayStation 3 System - $499
  • 60GB PlayStation 3 System - $599

2 PS3 Packages:

Unfortunately the system is higher than originally anticipated ($300 was mentioned last year) and it came as a surprise that the specs of the 20GB machine will actually be different than the 60GB machine; it's not just the drop in size of the hard drive.

Last year Sony stated the PS3 would come with: 6 USB ports, 3 Ethernet ports, 2 HDMI outputs. This has changed as of yesterday:

The 20GB PS3 package will NOT come with:

  • Memory Stick, SD or Compact Flash support
  • Wi-Fi Capabilities
  • HDMI Output - this means this model will NOT support HD output.

The 60GB Model WILL come with:

  • 4 USB ports (also available on the 20GB version)
  • Memory card reader (Memory stick, SD and Compact Flash)
  • 802.11b/g wireless
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • Support 1080i and 1080p
  • HDMI Output
  • AV Output
  • Digitial Optical Output

PS3 Dualshock Controller

The controller is now wireless and features 6 degress of motion sensing allowing players to control onscreen characters by moving the controller up, down, side, and rolling. The rumble feature has been removed due to interference with the motion sensing, but this could also have something to do with the lawsuit between Immersion and Sony over the use of the rumble feature technology.

Previous Preview - May 2005

The Sony Press Conference is underway as I type this and we're getting bits and pieces of info. Here's what we know as fact thus far:

Please scroll down for screenshots. Please note Sony said the design is subject to change, which means that horrific controller will be sent back to hell from whence it came!

  • Officially called The PlayStation 3, so we can all immediately commence calling it the PS3....as per usual.
  • Launch: Spring 2006
  • Price: $300 (Subject to change)
  • Blu-Ray disc format
  • Will have a 2.5" removable HDD (160 GB)
  • Supports many media formats, including CD-ROM, CDR+W, DVD, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+R
  • Media slots for Memory Stick Duo, SD and Compact Flash
  • 6 USB ports
  • GB Ethernet and wireless support
  • PSP to interface with PS3, wirelessly
  • Will be backwards compatible with the PS1 and PS2
  • Can support up to 7 Bluetooth wireless controllers
  • CPU is Cell Processor running at 3.2 Ghz, with 2.18 teraflops of performance
    The nVidia powered graphics called the RSX ("Reality Synthesizer"), which will support a HD display up to 1080p
  • 512 MB of combined RAM, broken into 256 MB XDR main RAM at 3.2 Ghz and
  • 256MB of GDDR VRAM at 700mhz
  • Will support digital audio, video, photos, internet access, video chat
  • Launch titles include Metal Gear Solid 4, a new Grand Theft Auto
Software in development
  • Devil May Cry 4
  • Final Fantasy XIII
  • Gran Turismo 5
  • Killzone 2
  • Metal Gear Solid 4
  • Tekken 6
  • The Getaway 3
  • Unreal Tournament 2007
  • WarHawk
  • God of War 2
  • Grand Theft Auto 4
  • M.S. Gundam
  • Ni-Oh
  • Red Dead Revolver 2
  • Fifth Phantom Saga
  • Heavenly Sword
  • Killing Day
  • MotorStorm
  • Formula One
  • Eyedentity
System Specs

Overview:

  • Backwards compatible with all PS1 and PS2 games
  • Supports 7 Bluetooth controllers out of the box
  • Six USB slots for peripherals - 4 in front and 2 in back
  • Blu-ray discs as its media format (holds up to 6 times as much data as current DVDs)
  • Will launch in spring of 2006
  • Detachable 2.5-inch HDD
  • Memory Stick Duo, SD slot, compact flash memory slot
  • PSPs can be used as controllers

CPU:

Cell Processor
PowerPC-base Core @3.2GHz
1 VMX vector unit per core
512KB L2 cache
7 x SPE @3.2GHz
7 x 128b 128 SIMD GPRs
7 x 256KB SRAM for SPE
* 1 of 8 SPEs reserved for redundancy
total floating point performance: 218 GFLOPS

GPU:

RSX @550MHz
1.8 TFLOPS floating point performance
Full HD (up to 1080p) x 2 channels
Multi-way programmable parallel floating point shader pipelines

Sound:

Dolby 5.1ch, DTS, LPCM, etc. (Cell- base processing)

Memory

256MB XDR Main RAM @3.2GHz 256MB GDDR3 VRAM @700MHz

System Bandwidth:

Main RAM 25.6GB/s
VRAM 22.4GB/s
RSX 20GB/s (write) + 15GB/s (read)
SB< 2.5GB/s (write) + 2.5GB/s (read)

System Floating Point Performance:

2 TFLOPS

Storage:

Detachable 2.5" HDD slot x 1

I/O:

USB Front x 4, Rear x 2 (USB2.0)
Memory Stick standard/Duo, PRO x 1
SD standard/mini x 1
CompactFlash (Type I, II) x 1

Communication:

Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) x 3 (input x 1 + output x 2)
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR)

Controller:

Bluetooth (up to 7)
USB 2.0 (wired)
Wi-Fi (PSP)
Network (over IP)

AV Output:

Screen size: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
HDMI: HDMI out x 2
Analog: AV MULTI OUT x 1
Digital audio: DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) x 1

Disc Media:

CD PlayStation CD-ROM, PlayStation 2 CD-ROM, CD-DA, CD-DA (ROM), CD-R, CD-RW, SACD, SACD Hybrid (CD layer), SACD HD, DualDisc, DualDisc (audio side), DualDisc (DVD side)
DVD: PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM, PlayStation 3 DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
Blu-ray Disc: PlayStation 3 BD-ROM, BD-Video, BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE

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System: PS3
Released: Nov 17, 2006
Preview by Vaughn