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How many FLOPS are in Game Consoles?

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319w ago - Analyst Opinion - Floating Point Operations Per Second - FLOPS - one of the more obscure processor performance indicators, and one of the oldest ones.

Over time, it has been modified with prefixes such as M (mega), G (giga), T (tera) and will soon get a P (peta). "Tera" describes a million millions - one trillion (1012) - which is a whole lot of anything whether it is cycles (Hertz), bytes, dollars, or FLOPS.

Recently I was asked how many TFLOPS are in all the game consoles shipped to date. There are two answers to that question. You can look at it from the perspective of all the game consoles built and you can look at this question with specific consoles in mind.

Let's look at the combined TFLOPS rating of all game consoles, which actually provides two answers as well. If you count central processor FLOPS then you have one answer and if you count the FLOPS potential of the GPU and add it to the CPU's FLOPS, then you have the second answer.

This second version is controversial since the FLOPS of the GPU aren't used in computations and some therefore claim that the GPU should not be counted as it simply represents a theoretical number. Others argue that GPUs are used in computation - the computation of shader operations. Both sides, however, agree that there isn't...
 

PS3 TEST SD Launcher 1.00 Video released!

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320w ago - As promised, below you will find a video of our PS3 TEST SD Launcher. The quality is not great nor was there sound, but it's the best capture from the old camera we have so we improvised and added a tune in the background.

A video capture of the PS3 would have been much clearer, but we wanted to show the PS3 in the video as well. It starts from the XMB, and allows non-NPDRM SELF's to be executed from SD card.

In the video you can see the SD Launcher loading and booting to the select screen. There is the ability to "move" throughout the list, and upon hovering on your slot of choice, pressing X.

At the moment the titles and locations are hardcoded, we need to add in support for reading either a filelist or the PARAM.SFO's.





The real impressive part of the video is in regards to the Ridge Racer 7 Demo. We obtained the Ridge Racer 7 Demo from an Official PlayStation Magazine Demo Disc. Upon receiving, we decrypted the SELF, rebuilt and patched it. This patching allows us to run the SELF from other devices. We picked this Demo as it was small, around 500MB, as our largest SD card on hand was 1GB.

However, there is an issue with newer games. It seems there is an additional "check" that we have yet to pinpoint. But this does work...
 

MGS4 Official Malaysia Launch on June 11th, 2008

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320w ago - Metal Gear fans rejoice! PlayStation 3 game Metal Gear Solid 4 will be released exclusively for Malaysian on June 11, 2008!

ConsoleGame.com.my proudly collaborate with partner retailer, TecAsia, Malaysia largest IT superstore as main venue sponsor and endorsed with full support by Play Interactive Software Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Konami exclusive distributor, to officially launch this long awaited PS3 exclusive title, "METAL GEAR SOLID 4: Guns of The Patriots"

Event details as following:

- Date: 11 June 2008 (Wednesday)
- Time: 7.30pm until mid-night
- Venue: TecAsia, Lowyat Plaza Level 4, Kuala Lumpur

If you are a real Metal Gear Solid fans, don't miss this event as there will be lots of exclusive goodies & activities only for those who pre-order! Attractive prizes such as the Limited Edition PS3 MGS4 Bundle Gun Metal to be won, Sony 32" Bravia LCD TV, Sony 5.2 Channel Home Theater System and 12" Medicom MGS4 Limited Edition Action Figure!

Furthermore, you will stand a chance to buy MGS4 Limited Edition at normal edition price. We will have 10 units for those lucky ones.

Non-gamers do not fret, TecAsia will be having a special midnight SALES! Shop till you drop with super deals at TecAsia on 11 June 08!

Pre-order cards...
 

This is how Tears to Tiara looks on the PS3 and PC

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320w ago - My first thought was "wow, these combat scenes look sweet". My second was, "I can't believe how much this game has changed."

While Tears to Tiara is a PlayStation 3 game, its origins are a PC game. Here's the PlayStation 3 trailer, which concentrates on actual gameplay footage minus the adventure scenes.

Aquaplus didn't just polish the game for the PlayStation 3. The combat system has been completely revamped to make Tears to Tiara a grid based strategy RPG. Japan gets a chance to purchase Tears to Tiara on July 17.

Check out the video below:





Now compare that with footage of the PC game below:





No North American release has been announced, but I imagine companies are eying this already. NIS America seems like a possible candidate to localize Tears to Tiara since they are working on PlayStation 3 games, specialize in SRPGS, and have a knack for taking risks with new franchises. They took a risk localizing those Idea Factory and 2D Gust RPGs for the English speaking world.
 

PSPlorer v1.5 File Manager with WiFi Connectivity released!

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320w ago - pspZorba has updated PSPlorer today, an all-in-one file management utility for PSP that allows users to browse the directory tree of their memory stick or the PSP's flash memory.

Now at version 1.5, the application allows users to transfer files and folders across multiple PSP units via standard WiFi connection. In addition to multi-language support, other notable enhancements include the ability to extract EBOOT files and modify the application's colors by editing a configuration file.

Download: PSPlorer v1.5 File Manager

Changelog:

* File and directory transfer from PSP to PSP via WiFi (utilizing a wireless access point). If behind a router, you will need to use port forwarding (the port used by PSPlorer can be modified by editing the config file PSPlorer.txt which is generated at the first run)
* EBOOT file extraction.
* PSPlorer now supports multi-languages. To add additional languages, create a new text document and translate the included english.txt file, line by line. Once finished, place the name of the file next to the tag [langiageFileName], which can be found in the PSPlorer.txt configuration file.
* Application colors and WiFi port can be changed in the PSPlorer.txt...
 
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