246w ago - Insomniac Games Engine Director Mike Acton announced today that the PS3 Water Tech code is now freely available for developers to use:
Hello from GDC 09! My name is Mike Acton and I'm the Engine Director at Insomniac Games. Last year at GDC we announced our Nocturnal Initiative and how we were going to use that to share some of the source code and research that happens here at Insomniac Games with the industry as a whole.
I'm really pleased to say that over the last year we've seen a lot of good responses to that initiative. From individual students, to large studios and publishers, and even companies outside the industry, we've seen that people are interested in using what we have offered and contributing back ideas and changes.
Nocturnal is really about giving back to the industry. We know that we're here because we learned from those that came before us and we have a responsibility to give back in turn.
We take that responsibility very seriously and so we've worked hard to make sure we've added regularly to both our research documentation and source code over the last year. Just about every two weeks...
261w ago - From TedTheDog, PlayStation Home Community Manager today:
* Technical updates are progressing and as you have probably seen the 1.03 patch is available for existing users already but the service remains unavailable whilst work is carried out
* Service should be back up everywhere early PM UK time although theres no specific time as theres a long list of actions being worked through in Europe, America, Asia and Japan
* New comers to the service will find the Home icon on their XMB once we activate it. You wont have to look for it, it will be easy to spot and will appear under PlayStation¬®Network. However, if you are online on your PS3 when we activate it you will need to restart your PS3 for it to appear. Watch these forums for news on when that is. It will work like Folding@Home in that the icon will be there and you'll download the service when you first select it.
Edit 3pm: Still progressing nicely, now on the testing stage. No eta still as I wouldnt want to guess how long it will take for each region to verify its elements are working but we're getting there.
Edit 3:15pm: Not there yet, the testing is still going on, but I wanted to mention a couple of other things that need clarification.
267w ago - Powered by Intel's new £1,000 Core i7-965 Extreme Edition, the YoYotech Fi7epower MLK161 was configured with one purpose in mind: to break the world record in the benchmark that many consider is the de facto metric of overall CPU performance, SPEC CPU2006.
Thanks to Core i7's HyperThreading feature, that means a minimum of 8GB of extremely pricey high performance DDR3 memory is inside too.
However, due to the novel triple-channel layout, the system actually packs 2GB plus 1GB per channel for a grand total of 9GB.
So the CPU and memory alone have a face value cost of nearly £2,000.