Sunday, August 27, 2006

supercomputer network PlayStation 3

Scientists in the US are planning on building a supercomputer network from idle PlayStation 3 consoles sitting in gamers' homes to tackle and help understand diseases like Alzheimer's and cancer.
The application has been created by US biologists Folding@Home, who already run a series of research projects using PCs across the globe.
The hope, is to use the massive processing power of Sony's next-gen console, the PlayStation 3, to do more than just play games.
Gamers will be able to download a small application directly to the console, that uses their PS3's processing power when they aren't battling the forces of evil.
The application will then crunch small packets of data before sending it back over the internet to a central computer where all of the results can be viewed together by Biologists.
The system is already used by a number organisations for PCs connected online, including Folding@Home and SETI to look at a wide variety of problems from mapping diseases to looking for extra-terrestial life forms.
According to Folding@Home in a statement on its website; "Using the Cell processor of the PS3, we should be able to do more folding than what one could do on a PC. Also, since the PS3 has a powerful GPU, the PS3 client will offer real time visualization for the first time."
The organisation has said that a network of 10,000 PS3 boxes would enable processing performance four times as fast as the most powerful supercomputer in the world, the IBM BlueGene/L computer in California.
Sony has announced that it is expecting to sell 12 million consoles in the first year alone and if the next-generation console goes as far as selling as many as the company's current PlayStation 2 console, the super computer network could be as large as 100 million machines offering processing time.
An interface is expected to be ready for when the console launches in November.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Xbox 360 Halo 3

The current leader in the console war, the Xbox 360 is packing a punch, here are 2 titles that make the Xbox 360 a must buy. Read here

Friday, August 04, 2006

Escapist on the Xbox platform's

The Escapist on the Xbox platform's best feature: Xbox Live. Oh yeah, except it's not about how great it is, it's about how much profanity there is.
Of course, Microsoft has taken measures to address this shortcoming with the 360's four different gamer "zones" and a feedback system. Takahashi writes, "Taking a cue from eBay, the service now has a feedback system where gamers can rate their rivals. Each player carries a reputation with him. By clicking on someone's gamertag, it's easy to file a complaint about someone. If the complaints pile up, Microsoft can remove the gamer from the service."

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Atari support both Microsoft's XBOX 360 Nintendo's Wii

According to Atari, Sony hasn't been very forthcoming with details in regards to the PS3 so it can't get the games out there for launch. "It's just that we're lacking information about the PS3 at this stage, because we have basically a rough release date and a high retail price point," said Atari CEO Bruno Bonnell to GamesIndustry.biz.
However, Atari explains that it will fully support both Microsoft's XBOX 360 and Nintendo's Wii this year. The company will have new titles on the market including Test Drive Unlimited for XBOX 360 and DBZ on the Wii. The company will also release Hot Pxl for Sony's PlayStation Portable. Bonnell echoed some of the sentiments expressed by Microsoft's Richard Teversham that many of our readers took issue with on Monday.
He feels that the PS3’s standard Blu-ray reader and full support for HD gaming will be enough to retain the hardcore gaming audience. "All this is driving me to think that Sony is picking up the high-end of the market, the hardcore, passionate fans. There will be a time they can reduce the price and access more people, but clearly that's a technical choice that Sony has made to be selective on the field at stage one