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Cell Processor to Shrink, Size and Price of PS3 to Follow?

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327w ago - A 45 nanometer cell processor was first realized earlier this year, and Sony plans to include it in the PlayStation 3 sometime during 2009.

Well, how does this affect you? By creating a smaller chip, Sony circumvents some costs associated with creating the Cell, and a cheaper production price equates to more leeway for a potential PS3 price cut.

Additionally, by reducing the size of the chip from 65nm to 45nm, power consumption decreases by approximately 40%. When less power is consumed, less heat is generated, and a slimmer console -- like the slimline PS2 -- suddenly becomes a possibility.

We'll continue to provide the big picture on the Cell processor in the future -- no matter how small it gets.
 

RACE Neo-Geo Pocket Emulator v2.1 for PSP Released!

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327w ago - The latest release of RACE! PSP from akop includes state saving, and a test switch. The switch enables developer-level access to Card Fighters' Clash, Card Fighters' Clash 2, Dokodemo Mahjong, and possibly other games.

To enable the test switch/button, map it to any PSP button via the 'Control' tab – it's unmapped by default. With regard to save state feature, I ask that you take its functionality with a grain of salt – at least until more folks report how well it works.

Download: RACE Neo-Geo Pocket Emulator v2.1 for PSP

Version 2.1 Changelog:

- Emulation state saving implemented
- Added a test switch that works in Card Fighters' Clash, Card Fighters' Clash 2, Dokodemo Mahjong, possibly other games ('Controls' tab)
 

Worldwide PS3 releases for the Week of September 21, 2008

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327w ago - It's almost like magic. The first day of Autumn hits and the game industry intends to start the season as it means to go on.

In short, by throwing game after game directly at your face until your wallet sits empty and your hands are blistered from constant gaming. Ouch. Here's the full release list:

US Games
Baja: Edge of Control
Buzz! Quiz TV
Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2009
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway (Limited Edition)
Lego Batman

EU Games
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway
Pure
SBK 08: Superbike World Championship 2008
NHL 09
G1 Jockey 4 2008
Baja: Edge of Control

Asian Games
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway
Aquanaut's Holiday
Madden NFL 09
Ratchet & Clank: Quest For Booty
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09
X Edge

Release dates are constantly subject to change, so contact your local retailer if you're uncertain. Feel free to go on an import spree if you feel like it, but keep in mind that DLC for any game generally has to be bought from the PSN store of the same region.
 

Will Microsoft Phoenix rise from XBox ashes to topple PS4, Wii 2?

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327w ago - This generation of consoles has barely got going, with the price war not really having even begun, and no sign of a winner yet being called (although the Wii is clearly the frontrunner). But, the next generation of consoles could be on their way sooner than we all think. The only question remains: who will actually be involved?

Actually I lied, the other question is when will the next-gen consoles actually arrive on the scene. We've spoken about this before, with 2010 being the earliest date mentioned in terms of when a new console could emerge from one of the big three, More likely given the state of the industry (healthy console sales but all three platforms still viable) is 2011 or 2012.

Nintendo is guaranteed to be in there. The Wii and DS have made the company so much money that it is likely to want to throw money at a new development in an effort to repeat the phenomenal success of this generation's offerings.

Whether the Wii 2 is just a souped up version of the Wii or another evolution in game controls remains to be seen. However Nintendo decide to play it, I think the successor to the Wii will be the first out of the door.

Sony too is very likely to be involved. Sure, the Playstation 3 has cost the company a shed load of money to come to market, and it'll take years...
 

PS3 Controller Driver Available for Windows Vista

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327w ago - Although Googling takes this back to at least 2007 and the Chinese author's Web site linked in the application appears dead, I don't see this in our PS3 Downloads section yet so here goes, from the source link above:

A Chinese programmer has put together a PS3 controller driver that works with standard USB HID. That driver is called SixAxisDriver, and you can grab it right here. Simply run the install, load the driver, reboot Vista, and your controller will be identified and will start working!

We do, however, already have a several similar utilities in our archive including a Sixaxis PS3 Linux Driver For PC and a Sixaxis PS3 Win32 Driver For PC among others for those interested... the more, the merrier eh?
 
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