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NVIDIA Licenses PhysX SDK for Sony's PlayStation 3 Console

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287w ago - Today NVIDIA announced that its popular PhysX technology will be available to all registered Sony PlayStation 3 developers free of charge.

To quote: NVIDIA announced it has signed a tools and middleware license agreement with Sony that makes the binary version of the NVIDIA PhysX technology available to registered PS3 developers.

NVIDIA Corporation today announced that it has signed a tools and middleware license agreement for PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) with Sony Computer Entertainment Inc (SCEI).

As a result, the binary version of the NVIDIA(R) PhysX(R) technology software development kit (SDK) is now available to registered PS3 developers for free download and use on the SCEI Developer Network.

The NVIDIA PhysX software development kit SDK consists of a full-featured API and robust physics engine, designed to give developers, animators, level designers, and artists unprecedented creative control over character and object physical interactions by allowing them to author and preview physics effects in real time.

The continued adoption of NVIDIA PhysX technology by the world's leading content developers is resulting in games that not only look as realistic as possible, but also provides gaming experiences where the world's literally come to life: environments become...
 

Video: PlayStation Home Level on LittleBigPlanet for PS3

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287w ago - Recently TSFRJ shared with us news of a very nice looking 'PlayStation Home' Level on LittleBigPlanet for PS3 he created.

For those interested in seeing all of the pics, check them out on the official [Register or Login to view links].

He also states the following: Sorry for the Long blackout delay in the beginning, be sure to keep in mind this is only a beta movie which is still in development stages.

Just type @TSFRJ in the LBP text search to locate all my levels.

Check out the video below!




 

Sony Faces Heat from Game Publishers to Cut PlayStation 3 Price

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287w ago - Sony Corp. is under pressure from video game publishers to cut the price of the PlayStation 3 console, or risk seeing more development funds shift to Nintendo Co.'s Wii.

To quote: PS3 sales in the next 12 months are likely to total 14 million, compared with 28 million Wiis and 9.7 million Xbox 360s, according to the Daiwa Institute of Research, a Tokyo-based researcher and consultant.

Price cuts have an immediate impact.

Sony reduced the PS3 price from $499.99 in October 2007 and sales more than doubled in the next month. In September, Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft released its lowest-priced Xbox 360, at $199.99. The company almost doubled Sony's U.S. shipments from October to January after trailing PS3 in the prior three months, NPD data show.

"Anytime a console manufacturer reduces the price, software publishers benefit," Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer of Ubisoft Entertainment SA, Europe's largest video-game maker, said in an e-mail.

Game makers now focus development in two directions: one for the top-selling Wii and the other for Xbox 360, PS3 and personal computers.

Titles for Microsoft and Sony are typically...
 

Greatest PlayStation, Saturn And Nintendo 64 Graphics of All Time

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287w ago - Like a fine wine, game consoles mature with age. The first wave of releases, that initially looked so visually impressive, are soon eclipsed by ever-more-sophisticated looking games, as developers gain a greater understanding of the hardware.

That doesn't mean, however, that it's the last games released for a system that are most memorable. In fact, it can often be the games in that first wave that have the greatest impact, as they hold the promise of a new era.

This feature is focused exclusively on graphics. We're going to take a stroll through every console designed for 3D graphics and hand out four awards to games that pushed the envelope. They are:

Most Memorable Graphical Jump: This is the game with visuals so good it changed the way you viewed the console. Suddenly, the true power of the system was revealed, and previous expectations were left in the dust.

Technical Excellence: This is the game that best capitalised on the hardware from a visual standpoint. This is a developer who knows the system inside out eking every last ounce of performance and eye candy.

Serving A Creative Vision: This game used visuals to serve a highly creative end or in conjunction with an expansive concept.

Worst Visuals: This is the game...
 

Sony: We Won't Drop Blu-ray for the PlayStation 3 Console

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287w ago - In February, analyst Mike Hickey indicated a PlayStation 3 price drop would hit near the end of the month. Didn't happen. He also passed on speculation that Sony would drop the PS3's Blu-ray drive.

Wait. What? Drop the thing that makes the entirety of the PlayStation 3's physical game library playable? That's what he said. See?

"We are also hearing continued speculation that Sony is working on a non-Blu-ray PS3 console, which could enable them to make the aforementioned hardware price reduction," Hickey wrote in a note to investors last month.

Sony says there's no way that's going to happen.

"That would pretty much destroy the PS3's backbone, our games were built on Blu-ray," Sony marketing manager Kim Nguyen tells Business Insider. "Quote that: Blu-ray will always be part of PS3."

Glad we got that sorted out. Also, duh!
 
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