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Rumor: The Sony Switch to Intel's Larrabee Chip for PS4

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292w ago - Following up on the [Register or Login to view links] from a few days ago: Sony will use Intel's Larrabee graphics chip in its upcoming PlayStation 4.

To quote: We know for a fact that Jeffery Katzenberg at DreamWorks likes Larrabee- a lot. That apparently was one of the reasons DreamWorks dropped Advanced Micro Devices.

So, chalk that up as one big win for Intel's somewhat-murky next-generation graphics chip due late this year or 2010.

Now Sony? A report this week in the U.K.-based technology Web site [Register or Login to view links] claims Sony favors Larrabee over Nvidia for its PlayStation 4. (The other major piece of silicon used in the current PlayStation is a Cell processor developed jointly by IBM, Sony, and Toshiba.)

For the record, an Intel spokesperson said the company "cannot comment on rumor or speculation." Sony in Europe reportedly didn't mince words, however, comparing the report to some of the 20th century's great fiction. Though another [Register or Login to view links] comment from Sony is more insipid and PR-like.
 

Sony: PlayStation 3 is Future-Proof, Will Last Longer Than PS2

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292w ago - Against all odds, the PlayStation 2 is still hanging around, though it's ailing rapidly. According to Sony though, the PlayStation 3 will last even longer. To quote:

Speaking to T3 via [Register or Login to view links], a Sony rep made a statement that discourages the thought of expecting a PlayStation 4 anytime soon.

"PS2 was still going strong after eight years, and with the power the Cell processor provides, not to mention the fact that PS3 is inherently future-proof, we see the PS3 sales curve far outlasting that of PS2."

Meanwhile, most analysts seem to think that new consoles will be hitting in 2011 or 2012. The PlayStation 3 is indeed a powerful console, so it'll be interesting to see if developers can continue unlocking the machine's full potential four or even five years down the road.
 

Rumor: Intel Will Design the Sony PlayStation 4 GPU?

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292w ago - TheInquirer (linked above) claims to have been informed by a Sony Rep at CES that Intel bought the win, and will design the PlayStation 4 GPU. Until confirmation directly from Sony is available we'll label this as a rumor, but to quote:

The nice Sony engineering lady at CES told us that Intel essentially bought the win, a theoretically good architecture, no imminent threats of going bust, and not being hated by Sony all contributed too.

With a couple of deliverables satisfied, the PS4 GPU belongs to Intel. No word if this is going to be the entire architecture, CPU as well, or not. That, from what we are told, is not final yet.

Moving on to the the XBox3 GPU, also due in 2012, we hear strong rumors (but have not confirmed yet) that it is an ATI design. Given the close ties between ATI and MS over DirectX, the bad blood between Nvidia and MS over the grand Nvidia DX10 neutering, plus memories of the XBox1, this is not a surprise either. The bed was made for short-term profits years ago, time to lie in it.

That brings us to the Wii2, also due around the same time. Given that the ArtX / ATI guys have won about every Nintendo GPU since they went 3D, this one appears to be a no-brainer. If you take into account that it will likely be evolutionary, it is almost assuredly an ATI win as...
 

Video: LocoRoco 2: Ready to Get LOCO on Your Sony PSP

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292w ago - Today SCEA Associate Product Marketing Manager Chuck Lacson discusses a recent IGN review on LocoRoco 2 for Sony's PSP along with some other details:

With only a few days till the LocoRoco 2 launch, the LocoRoco celebration continues! Reviews have started pouring in and we couldn't be happier.

If IGN's "9 out of 10″ review score and recent "Editor's Choice" Award is any indication, it looks like LocoRoco 2 is living up to the original! Check out the quote and the video review below:

"...just the kind of game you want in your pocket." - [Register or Login to view links] Score: 9/10 Editor's Choice Award"




A NON-STOP SHOWER OF LOCO-LOVE!
If you haven't checked out the PlayStation Store yet, you will see we got more Free Loco goodies this week...and not just for PSP owners but for PS3 owners too! For the Loco-loving PS3 owner we have a special treat, a PS3 theme based on the Mui Mui house!

Who doesn't want to seet the Mui Mui's dancing around on thier XMB?

If you are a PSP owner and weren't satisfied with PSP wallpaper selection last week we got some slick "retro style" wallpapers...
 

Sony Announces LittleBigPlanet Valentines Pack is Coming

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293w ago - SCEA Marketing Manager Mark Valledor announced today news of a LittleBigPlanet Valentines Pack on the way as follows:

Yes, it's that time of year again, Valentines Day. Whether you love it or loathe it, everyone can relate to the typical candies, flowers and cards that get's passed around year after year, after year... what's the fun in that?

Our solution, celebrate your holiday this year with the free LittleBigPlanet Valentines Day Theme pack! In addition to our [Register or Login to view links] costume, the theme pack comes equipped with a full array of stickers and decorations that will surely inspire some wild and crazy creations.

So go on, create that ultimate Valentines Day level or object for your chosen SackBoy or SackGirl, and be sure to also show it off on the [Register or Login to view links].

And just a friendly reminder, if you haven't done so already, be sure to download the Groundhog Day costume from the PS Store today as this may be your only chance before it's gone forever.

Happy Valentines Day everyone!
 
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