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Sony talks up PS3 update

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357w ago - A Sony executive has left PS3 fans all a-quiver after promising to release a firmware update "soon" that will improve the console's support for Blu-ray Disc interactivity features.

Don Eklund, VP of advanced technologies at Sony, reportedly made the promise at the recent HDTV DisplaySearch conference in California. Unfortunately, he didn't say anything more specific about the release, leaving PS3 buffs to speculate about what new interactive features Sony might introduce to the console.

The Blu-ray Disc Association has already mandated that all Blu-ray players launched after 31 October must feature picture-in-picture video playback, so Sony could be prepping things to make sure any PS3s sold after that date are compliant.

Any Sony update will follow hot on the heels of an interactivity features update for HD DVDs, announced recently by Universal. Its release consisted mainly of online shopping features, such as merchandise or trailer downloads, and a function allowing users to share their favourite movie clips with friends directly from their player.
 

View Cheap Pay-Per-View Sporting Events Via PS3

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357w ago - High monthly TV bills could well be a thing of the past! Jalipo, the online web TV platform for premium content, has just announced details of a few more pay-per-minute live broadcasts offered to viewers through its (here we go) "unique and easy-to-use" micro-payment system. Shows include next month's Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler superfight at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, and Scotland versus Italy in the Euro 2008 qualifiers.

Well, Jalipo is testing the service's functionality via the PS3 this week. A contact informed SPOnG earlier today, that, "given that Sony uses a standard web browser, there should not be any major problems, and if we discover we have to tweak our code to make it compatible, we will schedule this in for the near term. The hi-def TV output is of course no issue whatsoever. In terms of costs per minute, the content owner sets the price according to the value they perceive it is worth and therefore all I can do it give you some examples."

SPOnG is yet to confirm with Jalipo if the high-definition output via a PS3 is at 'full' 1080p so-called 'proper' high definition, but we should have news on this shortly.

So, when we are talking pay-per-minute 'low cost' viewing for these types of events - how much exactly are we talking about?

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Using a surge protector voids PS3 warranty?!

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357w ago - According to Danjak on the official PS boards: So I woke up yesterday morning and saw that my PS3 was not on. You know that little light letting you know it's getting power? That morning, no light. This happened once before, but I was able to unplug it and plug it back in to get power, and then it worked. I tried that yesterday morning, but nada. Nothing would work... it was completely dead and not getting power.

So I call Sony and let them know that my less-than 4 month old PS3 was now a brick. I tried to tell the guy that the trouble started when I first tried to play Call of Duty 3 a while back - it would just completely shut off the system and the only way to get it back on was to unplug it and replug it back in. (an issue that's been well-documented now in threads such as these.)

The service representative didn't care about any of that. Instead, he starts asking me a bunch of questions to try and void my warranty. Things like, "I want you to check the sticker above the hard drive and tell me if it looks damaged." I'm like, "no, no, no" to everything he's asking. Then he asks me if I had a power surge recently. Again, I tell him no, that I have all my electronics protected with a high quality power surge protector. He then says "okay, great, Sony can fix it right up for you for $150." ...
 

Elves Are Out, Aliens In

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357w ago - Where have all the elves gone?

That's the question gamers and the people who love them are bound to ask this fall as they take in the latest crop of big-budget video games. Since the 1970s, dragons, orcs, wizards and dwarfs have been staples of interactive entertainment, yet this holiday season there are hardly any top new games in the traditional fantasy mode.

Instead 2007 has been dominated by perhaps the deepest lineup of science fiction games ever.
 

Playstation 3 XDR Memory Architecture video

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357w ago - The Rambus XDR™ memory architecture is a total memory system solution that achieves an order of magnitude higher performance than today's standard memories while utilizing the fewest ICs. Perfect for compute and consumer electronics applications, a single, 2-byte wide, 4.0 GHz XDR DRAM component provides 8.0 GB/s of peak memory bandwidth.

Video can be seen here. Key components enabling the breakthrough performance of the XDR memory architecture are:

XDR DRAM is a high-speed memory IC that turbo-charges standard CMOS DRAM cores with a high-speed interface capable of 4.0 GHz data rates providing up to 8 GB/s of bandwidth with a single device.

XIO controller IO cell provides the same high-speed signaling capability found on the DRAM, but adds additional enhancements like FlexPhase™ technology that eliminates the need for trace length matching.

XMC memory controller is a fully synthesizable logical memory controller that is optimized to take advantage of innovations like Dynamic Point-to-Point which provides for capacity expansion while delivering the signal integrity benefits of point-to-point signaling.

XCG clock generator provides the system clocks with four programmable outputs and is guaranteed to...
 
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