H.264 Encoder is Coming to Sony's PlayStation 3 Console

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262w ago - Here's another way to harness the power of the PS3's Cell chip, to quote:

Fixstars Corporation of Japan has announced CodecSys CE-10, the first H.264 encoder that's designed specifically for the PS3. The product will be showcased at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas starting April 20th.

The CE-10 software will be installed on a PC, but will somehow allow users to access the power of the PS3 as a way of accelerating video encoding. Fixstars is promising "ultra fast HD encoding" and "high quality low bit rate compression," targeted at the prosumer market at a prosumer price.

When questioned further on how the PS3 would interface with the CE-10 program, we were provided this rather useful document (pictured below).

It appears the PS3 will need Linux installed, severely limiting its accessibility to all but hardcore PS3 owners. Considering the rather specific demands of this application, perhaps that makes sense.

CE-10 will be available for purchase in June 2009. For burgeoning HD filmmakers, this should be a very cheap way of turning the PS3 into a powerful piece of video hardware.
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for April 16, 2009

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262w ago - Here we go, another PSN update courtesy of PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the weekly PlayStation Store update. Make sure to check out the new Save Our Earth Collection under Games & New Releases. With Earth Day in mind, Save Our Earth celebrates why this world is worth protecting!

Add-on Game Content
PixelJunk Eden Encore ($5.99)
PixelJunk Eden Encore is an expansion pack to the popular organic platformer that sees you take control of a little 'grimp', swinging and jumping between tall alien plants, and collecting pollen to grow more life. Lush visuals, slick controls and amazing music make it an incredibly atmospheric and addictive experience. Download this add-on to expand the game with five stunning new levels, complete with unique new Trophies and music.
File size: 34 MB

BUZZ! Quiz TV U.S. Sports ($7.99)
Are you the ultimate sports fan? Then test your knowledge on America's favorite past times, Football, Basketball, Baseball and everything in between. This new BUZZ! Quiz TV quiz pack features over 500 new questions about U.S. sports to play in your favorite BUZZ! Quiz TV game modes. Download this quiz pack today and turn your party into the ultimate trivia showdown. Challenge friends and family...
 

Sony Licenses PlayStation IPs for Apparel and Accessories

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262w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has named Target Entertainment, the production and rights management business, as its consumer product licensing agent for PlayStation software IPs.

Target will take over the role with immediate effect and will develop a range of PlayStation apparel and accessories, including toys, food stationary, and housewares across Europe and Australasia.

To quote: "Many of Sony Computer Entertainment's first party software titles and characters are now recognised by millions of people around the world - from the legendary Ratchet and Clank through to the iconic Sackboy from LittleBigPlanet," commented Stephanie Freeman, licensing and peripherals manager at SCEE.

"We really want our consumers to have the ability to interact with our brands and characters in ways other than just on screen. We feel Target Entertainment has the vibrancy and experience to help us do this successfully."

Global brand director, Helen Howells, of Target Entertainment Group, added: "To work with a brand like PlayStation, and its range of products, is a great opportunity for us. With a portfolio of fantastic games we will offer new and longer standing fans a range of products that will really add to their PlayStation experience."
 

Sony Ziris Canvas Uses PlayStation 3 Power

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262w ago - At last week's Screen Expo, Sony has presented the latest application of its digital software Ziris Canvas which incorporates the PS3.

Ziris can display content on HD screens using any layout size, shape and orientation and the spatial configuration can vary immensely.

To quote: The Cell Processor power within the PS3 gives Ziris Canvas stability and high image quality.

Josh Honda, digital signage solutions senior manager, Sony Professional, said: "The product is a great example of using a Sony consumer technology, PS3, in a serious business application, to create stable performance and outstanding computing power."

Whilst users are free to create their own layouts the system does come with pre-configured designs. Customers are also able to create targeted playlist schedules for playout using Ziris Create, enabling adaptation of content dependent on changing situations thus increasing relevancy to the audience.
 

Speculation: GOH's E3 2009 Sony PlayStation Predictions

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262w ago - Last week we read IGN AU 's E3 2009 predictions, and today Game Of Honor has shared their predictions, as follows:

The Electronic Entertainment Expo known as "E3" returns this June to its roots, set to take place in Los Angeles, California. Game Of Honor has listed what they expect at this year's expo...

New 20GB Silver PlayStation 3 Announcement

We expect Sony has been working hard on a new PlayStation 3 with a new model number and less memory, especially since Sony is releasing a silver PS3 controller in the US.

No PlayStation 3 Price Cut Announcement

Sony will announce a new PlayStation 3 model this year, and we believe it will be cheaper since its value will be reduced. It only makes sense, considering Sony is finding ways to make the console cheaper to manufacture. So that pretty much kills the rumors on any price cut announcements.

Semi-Announcement (Non Conference)

• Square Enix's next MMO unveiling at E3 2009
• Hideo Kojima unveiling Zone Of The Enders 3 at E3 2009
• TEAM ICO...
 











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