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Toshiba is Set to Detail Its Cell-based TV in Early October

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260w ago - According to PCWorld (linked above), Toshiba will soon unveil its first television based on the Cell processor, the same multimedia chip that sits at the heart of the PlayStation 3 games console.

Toshiba has been showing prototypes of the television and Cell technology for the last couple of years and its unveiling on Oct. 5 will come just before its first public showing at the upcoming Ceatec electronics show.

While a launch date has not yet been announced, the timing of the unveiling suggests it should be on sale in Japan before the end of this year.

To quote: "The Cell chip was developed by Toshiba, IBM and Sony and each chip contains a single Power PC core and eight co-processors. Together the chips make heavy-duty processing of video a breeze.

During previous demonstrations of Cell TV prototypes, Toshiba has put the chip to use providing real-time upscaling of standard definition to a quality closer to that of high definition.

It has also been shown streaming multiple chapters from a recorded TV show to make navigating to a desired part of a program easy. It's similar to the multiscreen menus on some DVDs.

But for all the neat tricks it can do with video there's one thing it almost certainly won't do: run PlayStation 3 games. Toshiba has said several...
 

Video and Media from Cancelled PS3 Title 'Eight Days' Available

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264w ago - Today some screens and a video courtesy of hibikinaruto via YouTube is available from cancelled PS3 title Eight Days.

To quote: You may recall hearing early last year that Sony ceased development on both The Getaway and Eight Days in order to shift resources to projects closer to completion.

Shortly after some test footage of Eight Days was released by a former Sony London employee and today we've revived even more media.

Below you'll find a test trailer of one nasty looking crash as well as screens that reveal celebrity talent such as Ving Rhames, Gary Oldman and Dennis Hopper were involved with the title.




 

Sony's PS3 Slim Carries Updated Cell Chip, 45nm Cell Processor

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265w ago - IBM have revealed that the new PS3 Slim carries a revised version of the Cell processor.

The electronics giant have confirmed that the Slim's new Cell is "manufactured using an advanced 45-nanometer manufacturing process" that will deliver "many performance improvements while drawing less power than earlier chips".

These chips are obviously cheaper to produce and, in part, are responsible for the smaller and more power effective PlayStation SKUs.

To quote: "The new chip has been manufactured using an advanced 45-nanometer manufacturing process, an IBM spokesman said. Based on IBM's Power architecture, the chip delivers many performance improvements while drawing less power than earlier chips, IBM has said. The earlier console carried a Cell processor manufactured using the 65-nm process. IBM declined to provide the clock speed of the new Cell processor.

Chip production enhancements for the Cell could deliver some cost benefits to users, said Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research. The chips will become more power efficient and users may see some energy savings, Peddie said.

Smaller chips also cost less to produce, which may have contributed to the lower console price, Peddie said. That could also set the stage for further price drops in the...
 

Splinter Cell: Conviction is Delayed Until First Quarter of 2010

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269w ago - Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction is the fifth installment in the Splinter Cell video game series.

With a host of delays coming out of today's Ubisoft investor update, here is the one that will affect Splinter Cell fans the most, to quote:

Splinter Cell: Conviction has been moved from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the first quarter of 2010.

In other words, Sam Fisher won't be making his return until sometime between January 1 and March 31 of next year (the fourth fiscal quarter of 2009-10).

You're sad, we're sad, everyone's sad. But Conviction's been delayed so many times, you can make a few more months, right? Right?
 

Splinter Cell Conviction is on GamePro's September '09 Cover

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269w ago - The newest issue of GamePro magazine has arrived in the office, and they're so excited that they just can't keep it to themselves.

They've done Fall preview blowouts for a few years now, but this year has the most diverse and exciting lineup yet, and their coverage reflects that.

To quote: Leading off the lineup this year is one of the most exciting returns in gaming, as Sam Fisher reinvents stealth in Splinter Cell Conviction!

While our exclusive hands-on details of Conviction are not to be missed, we've also landed some other sweet exclusives you'll want to digest with your eyeballs.

We've got exclusive interviews with the developers of Uncharted 2 and Brutal Legend, and tons of info on the biggest games coming this holiday season, from New Super Mario Bros. Wii to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

All told, we've got over 50 of the biggest games coming in the next few months, with the latest hands-on impressions and the most diverse coverage you've ever seen.
 
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