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PS3 is just 12 percent of F@H clients, but 78 percent of the new petaflop record

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352w ago - On September 16, the massive distributed computer that is Stanford's Folding@Home project broke the 1 petaflop barrier, and today Sony has put out a press release congratulating itself on its contribution to the achievement.

The release touts the considerable parallel computing power of Sony's PlayStation 3 console, and it places the number of PS3 users who've participated in the effort at 670,000. (A glance at the project's clients list suggests that fewer than half that number are currently contributing.) "It is clear that none of this would be even remotely possible without the power of PS3," said Stanford's Vijay Pande, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Folding@home project lead. "It has increased our research capabilities by leaps and bounds."

As I described in some detail back in March, the PS3 is definitely a Folding@Home powerhouse. The Cell processor was designed for the kinds of "embarrassingly parallel" workloads that distributed computing projects are premier examples of. There's no better indication of Cell's prowess than the F@H active clients list; though the PS3 represents only 12 percent of clients, it is responsible for 78 percent of the project's total TFLOPS. Truly, the project wouldn't be anywhere close to a petaflop if were for Sony's console. Too bad it's not doing as much for...
 

Incoming from Insomniac! Resistance: Fall of Man patch

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352w ago - From the official blog, per Greg Phillips (Line Producer, SCEA): We interrupt the final Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction dev diary post for a special announcement

As some of you may have heard, a new patch for Resistance: Fall of Man will be hitting soon.

How soon you may ask? As soon as this afternoon!

Major changes are listed below and full patch notes can be found on myresistance.net.

-Ability to take screenshots in game using a USB keyboard.
-Weapon balance changes and new round balancing options -Dual Shock 3 support added for online AND single player.
-Password protected custom games.
-Numerous bug fixes.

If you try to login and cannot, it means we are staging the patch for deployment. Or California was hit by another earthquake. One or the other. We now return you to the scheduled finale of RCF: TOD: the Developer Diaries. And go watch the new Uncharted trailer while you're at it.
 

Uncharted Demo Confirmed For Next Thursday, US Release Date Bumped Up

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352w ago - It's not often that we can jump up for joy, and say that we were right about something, but today, Amy Henning has confirmed our initial report regarding the Uncharted Demo on the Official Playstation blog. If you remember our previous story from last week, we unearthed a statement from Evan Wells, the co-president of Naughty Dog, stating that the demo for their upcoming game will probably hit PSN twelve days before the release of the game. We stood behind that report stating...

"As far as we are concerned, an Uncharted demo will be out 12 days before the American release...so in about 2 weeks! We can't wait to get on down with Nathan Drake (uh, perhaps the wrong choice of words) on November 8th (at least on the US Playstation Store). Exciting stuff aye?"

Amy Henning, Gaming Director at Naughty Dog, replied to a poster on the Official Playstation blog stating the official release date of the demo...

"Hi Kittonwy – the demo will go live on the PSN next Thursday, November 8th."

Well, as it turns out, the date we stated, wasn't just close, it was right on the money! The Uncharted demo will grace your Playstation 3 on November 8th.

In terms of details, all we know about the demo at this point, is that it will start with Drake and Elena parachuting out of...
 

Call of Duty 4 Exclusive Halloween Surprise Trailer HD

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352w ago - Happy Halloween all and enjoy the video.

Video can be seen below:




 

New PS3 TV Ad Campaign

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352w ago - Greetings PlayStation Nation! Like all of you, I've been a big fan of our new blog - but until now, I've been staying behind the scenes. I'm excited to share my first post here and thought that our new advertising campaign for the PS3 would be of interest to everyone. In fact, the campaign is scheduled to break this weekend in conjunction with the introduction of the new 40GB PS3 here in North America. But as a reward for being some of our most loyal fans, I wanted to get this out to all of you first.

Last year, we launched the PS3 with a campaign that become known as the "White Room" and we received a strong reaction to those ads for being provocative and demonstrating the PS3's power. With those technology messages now firmly embedded, we wanted to move beyond the "power" message with a more high-energy, entertainment driven focus for the PS3. The games are here, the price point is now $399 and we wanted to make the news loud and clear.

But we need to deliver that in a way that befits the PlayStation brand. And so, beyond the brilliant HD games that the PS3 delivers, you'll also see a big focus behind the PS3's Blu-ray movie capability and, for the first time, you'll see a major focus behind the PLAYSTATION Network (did I mention online gaming is free on PS3??) and the exclusive...
 
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