224w 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...
228w 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.
233w ago - Speaking on the company's official forum, developer Ubisoft stated, "Splinter Cell Conviction is a true Microsoft exclusive title and there are no plans to have Splinter Cell Conviction on other platforms."
The firm elaborated on the decision to remain exclusive to 360, describing the Splinter Cell franchise as being 'historically linked' with Microsoft consoles beginning with the original title in 2002.
To quote: "There are several reasons behind this choice. First of all, Splinter Cell games are historically linked with Microsoft platforms.
The first Splinter Cell on the original Xbox was one of the first games to fully exploit the console's technical possibilities," added the company.
"At that time, Microsoft really believed in the game potential and provided strong support to promote it. So, there is a "link of heart" between the franchise and the platform. Some games are like this (think of Final Fantasy for instance)."
"The second reason behind this choice is purely linked to production. Having a single target platform means that we can optimize the game even further, because we only have one type of - console - hardware to support."