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PlayStation 3 Launches November 17 At $499

by Rainier on May 8, 2006 @ 6:55 p.m. PDT

The Sony pre-E3 briefing just concluded, and the big news out of the event is that Sony's next-gen console will launch in Japan on November 11 and in North America, Europe and Australia on November 17. Each unit will ship with a hard drive included, although there will be two versions: a PS3 with a 20gb hd will set you back $499, while the 60gb version will cost $599. Its redesigned Dual Shock controller is wireless, Bluetooth-enabled and uses motion sensors, similar to the Wii conroller.

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.

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.

The controller for PS3 has been created by refining and improving the world’s most popular PlayStation controller that has shipped more than several hundred million units worldwide, while inheriting its basic concept and design. The controller for PS3 employs breakthrough technology of high-precision, highly sensitive six-axis sensing system that does not require any devices other than the controller itself for seamless interactive operation, thus eliminating additional settings to TVs. With this technology, ways to enjoy PS3 will be further enhanced by accessing PS3 through the network, while retaining the six-axis sensing capability.

In addition to the “3-posture-axis” of roll, pitch and yaw, “3-dimension acceleration information (X, Y, and Z)” can be detected in high-precision and in real-time. In addition to standard key input available in existing controllers, more natural and more intuitive play will become possible as if the controller has become part of your body.

Pursuant to the introduction of this new six-axis sensing system, the vibration feature that is currently available on DUALSHOCK and DUALSHOCK 2 controllers for PlayStation and PlayStation 2, will be removed from the new PS3 controller as vibration itself interferes with information detected by the sensor.

The shape of L2/R2 buttons located on the top of the controller has also been enlarged with increased depth in stroke for more subtle control in games. At the same time, the tilting angle of the analog joy sticks has been slightly broadened to enable more delicate and more dynamic manipulation. Along with these improvements, precision of above information detection (L2/R2, analog joy stick) has been increased from 8 bit to 10 bit.

All input information will be immediately transferred to the PS3 system through the Bluetooth wireless technology. By using a USB cable, the PS3 controller can be swapped seamlessly from wireless to wired, and can be charged automatically. The cable can be attached and detached at anytime.

Playstation 3 Specifications :

  • 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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