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Sony CECHL01 PlayStation 3 introduced into FCC database

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312w ago - A new PlayStation 3 console was approved by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission last week, according to the agency's online filings database.

No information on the new model, number CECHL01, is available at present from the filing because Sony was granted short-term confidentiality on the papers but it is likely the 80G-byte version announced earlier this month during the E3 games show in Los Angeles. The console is due on sale in the next couple of months and will replace the current 40G-byte model.

Sony's filing to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission was made because the FCC is the radio regulator in the U.S. and as such all new products that use radio must be submitted to the organization for approval before they can be sold.

The PlayStation 3 includes both 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
 

Sony says that the Disc-based Delivery System will fall

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318w ago - Those crazy Sony people. First they tell us that Blu-ray is the wave of the future, and now they say that digital downloads are. Make up your mind! :P

At a developer conference in London, SCEE president David Reeves said that the future is the PlayStation Network. He points out that internal figures that show over 40 per cent of PS3 owners download games direct to their machines.

Reeves told MCV UK: The key to the future is the PlayStation Network, Games put straight onto PSN are the big opportunity.

We do believe that the disc-based delivery system will fall as the power of the network base rises. At the same time, the overall industry growth will continue to go upwards as we push out into emerging markets.

What we don't see is an overall decline in the market. This is a golden era of video games.

So which is it, Sony? Hexus gaming points out that current games may never work as downloads. Think about Metal Gear Solid 4. Could you imagine trying to download that game?

I think there's room for both. Even though they are "proofing itself against the disaster the music industry has found itself in," games are still selling on discs.

I'd say keep the downloads for smaller games, and push the disc for big titles. Do you agree with Sony's...
 

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Database on the way!

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318w ago - Sony has announced that the MGS4 database will soon be available. This is a free downloadable interactive application that contains the 'official' knowledge of everything to do with Metal Gear Solid.

It also contains a special feature, and users are encouraged to check out the EXTRAS option of the main menu within MGS4.

To quote from the PS Blog: The MGS4 Database is a free, downloadable interactive application that contains the official knowledge base of everything that is Metal Gear, reaching all the way back to the very beginning of the franchise. Including complete storylines, character profiles, relationship diagrams, and much more!

The MGS4 database is a great way to catch up for someone new to Metal Gear, as well as a useful resource for any veteran of the series, with complete official details on every aspect of the intricate Metal gear lore.

The MGS4 Database also contains a special feature - if you want to make use of the database, but have not yet fully played through MGS4 yet and are worried about spoilers - all MGS4 spoilers are "blacked out" until you've beaten MGS4. Give it a try!

But that's not all, within MGS4, check out the EXTRAS option of the main menu (if you haven't already). There's already new, free downloadable content available...
 

CELL-Based SuperComputer Breaks Record

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319w ago - An American military supercomputer, assembled from components originally designed for video game machines, has reached a long-sought-after computing milestone by processing more than 1.026 quadrillion calculations per second.

To put the performance of the machine in perspective, Thomas D'Agostino, the administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, said that if all six billion people on earth used hand calculators and performed calculations 24 hours a day and seven days a week, it would take them 46 years to do what the Roadrunner can in one day.

The machine is an unusual blend of chips used in consumer products and advanced parallel computing technologies. The lessons that computer scientists learn by making it calculate even faster are seen as essential to the future of both personal and mobile consumer computing.

The high-performance computing goal, known as a petaflop – one thousand trillion calculations per second – has long been viewed as a crucial milestone by military, technical and scientific organizations in the United States, as well as a growing group including Japan, China and the European Union. All view supercomputing technology as a symbol of national economic competitiveness.

By running programs that find a solution in hours or even less...
 

The 25 Greatest Movie-Based Games Ever!

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324w ago - Movies based on video games may be God's punishment for an evil world, but there were plenty of excellent films that (surprisingly) gave us hours of gaming gold.

Today, we're bringing them all back in a list of The 25 Greatest Movie-Based Games EVER! Grab a bucket of popcorn, have a seat, and let's roll the film!

25. T2: The Arcade Game
"Come with me if you want to live."

There were plenty of games that spawned from the cinematic awesomeness of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but the arcade version blew them all away. Once you put your quarter in the machine and took hold of the T2 gun, all Hell broke loose. Dropping you right in the middle of the post-Judgment Day war, hundreds of T-101s and Skynet machines stormed the screen, eager to terminate you. It was pure chaos. Without a pocketful of quarters, you'd survive for mere minutes, but it was still a fun ride.

24. Judge Dredd (SNES, Genesis)
"Throw down your weapons and prepare to be judged!"

I AM THE LAW!!

The SNES/Genesis Judge Dredd release was surprisingly faithful to the film. Not only were you gunning down every perp in the game, but you could also judge criminals "guilty" and teleport them to Mega City Jail. Plus, it was at least a thousand times better than the PlayStation version.
 
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