17. May, 2005 21:21 (HKT)

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. to launch its Next Generation Computer Entertainment System PlayStation3™ in Spring 2006

Just a few days after Microsoft's Xbox360™ MTV presentation, Sony Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. has today revealed information about their upcoming Next Generation Computer Entertainment System PlayStation3™, which is expected to launch (in Japan) in Spring 2006.

We have quickly summarized an excerpt of the official press release statement along with a small image gallery below.

More importantly, we have also opened up our PlayStation3™ categories which is going to be filled with further announced titles during the next few days, weeks and months until release of the console. To stay updated on new releases and of course our upcoming preorder campaign, we highly recommend you to subscribe to our personal agent, the form is located on the above linked page.

From Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.'s official press release:

Los Angeles, CALIF., May 16, 2005 – At a press conference held in Los Angeles, California, today, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) revealed the outline of its PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3) computer entertainment system, incorporating the world’s most advanced Cell processor with super computer like power. Prototypes of PS3™ will also be showcased at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the world’s largest interactive entertainment exhibition held in Los Angeles, from May 18th to 20th.

PS3™ combines state-of-the-art technologies featuring Cell, a processor jointly developed by IBM, Sony Group and Toshiba Corporation, graphics processor (RSX) codeveloped by NVIDIA Corporation and SCEI, and XDR memory developed by Rambus Inc. It also adopts BD-ROM (Blu-ray Disc ROM) with maximum storage capacity of 54 GB (dual layer) , enabling delivery of entertainment content in full high-definition (HD) quality, under a secure environment made possible through the most advanced copyright protection technology. To match the accelerating convergence of digital consumer electronics and computer technology, PS3™ supports high quality display in resolution of 1080p as standard, which is far superior to 720p/1080i.

PlayStation™ family of products are sold in more than 120 countries and regions around the world. With cumulative shipments reaching more than 102 million for PS™ and approximately 89 million for PS2™, they are the undisputed leaders and have become the standard platform for home entertainment. After 12 years from the introduction of the original PS™ and 6 years from the launch of PS2™, SCEI brings PS3™, the newest platform with the most advanced next generation computer entertainment technology. With the delivery of Cell based development tools that has already begun, development of game titles as well as tools and middleware are in progress. Through collaboration with world’s leading tools and middleware companies, SCEI will offer full support to new content creation by providing developers with extensive tools and libraries that will bring out the power of the Cell processor and enable efficient software development.

With an overwhelming computing power of 2 teraflops, entirely new graphical expressions that have never been seen before will become possible. In games, not only will movement of characters and objects be far more refined and realistic, but landscapes and virtual worlds can also be rendered in real-time, thereby elevating the freedom of graphics expression to levels not experienced in the past. Gamers will literally be able to dive into the realistic world seen in large screen movies and experience the excitement in real-time.

PS3™ offers backward compatibility enabling gamers to enjoy these enormous assets from PS™ and PS2™ platforms.

The complete press release including further comments from developers and publishers as well as detailed specifications can be downloaded here (.PDF file format)

Picture gallery containing official published pictures.

Click on each thumbnail for an enlarged shot or alternatively access our external gallery here.


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