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

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257w 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...
 

Square Enix Teaser Site Updated Again, for Lord of Vermillion?

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259w ago - Today the Square Enix [Register or Login to view links] that was launched a few days ago has been updated again.

neo2046 of [Register or Login to view links] has deduced that it is apparently for Square Enix's arcade card game "Lord of Vermillion" or a related title... we'll know for certain on August 7th, 2009.

To quote: It appears Square Enix has yet again updated the countdown to their mystery game, which is set to be unveiled on August 7th in Japan.

In this latest update, images of a man and a dragon can be seen in the background. Thanks to the work of NeoGAF users, it appears this game has something to do with Square Enix's arcade game Lord of Vermillion, either being an new game or a port of the arcade version.
 

Petitboot Bootloader (OS Selector) Updated for PS3 Linux

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270w ago - Petitboot is a graphical bootloader for the PlayStation 3. In 2007 the initial Petitboot Bootloader for PS3 was released.

In 2008 the [Register or Login to view links] Benjamin Herrenschmidt and Jeremy Kerr updated it to v0.2 (rename to otheros.bld to install) which is available here:

Download: [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links]

Recently Sony's own PS3 Dev Geoffrey Levand has been updating it (linked above) further, with today's build available below:

Download: [Register or Login to view links]

Installing Petitboot
1. Put your otheros.bld file on to a USB disk, in a file called /PS3/otheros/otheros.bld. Assuming your USB disk is mounted at /media/usbdisk:

[jk@pokey ~]$ mkdir -p /media/usbdisk/PS3/otheros
[jk@pokey ~]$ cp otheros.bld /media/usbdisk/PS3/otheros/

If you don't have a USB disk,...
 

PS3 HDD Map Updated, Partial User Directory Unveiled!

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279w ago - Recently, through reconstructing the PS3 HDD, sonyk has added some new details to the PS3 HDD Map we posted early last year.

Normally the infoboard files reside in the flash, and although it's still missing the subdirecties of user (as well as data, drm, mms, and vsh), those interested can check out the partial user directory available below:

widget/npdrm/informationboard/
Dutch.lproj
Italian.lproj
da.lproj
nb.lproj
setting.xml
zh_CN.lproj
French.lproj
Japanese.lproj
data
pt.lproj
setting_qa.xml
zh_TW.lproj
German.lproj
Spanish.lproj
fi.lproj
rss.swf
string
Icon.png
config.xml
ko.lproj
ru.lproj
sv.lproj


home/00000001/
community
exdata
localusername
np_cache.dat
trophy
dic
friendim
nas
savedata
webbrowser
etc
http
newstore
theme
xai


Game
@Game
mdif
Common.permission
Common.refCount
Common.timeCreated
Common.timeModified
Common.stat.timeImported
Common.size
Common.timeStart
Common.timeEnd
 

MyHawk.org Warhawk PS3 Online Community Site Updated

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281w ago - Incognito Studio Director Dylan Jobe unveiled a massive update to MyHawk.org, a Warhawk PS3 Online Community Site as follows today:

Sugaboo's Web site [Register or Login to view links] has been operational for quite some time now and he's just rolled-out a massive update!

Clan Matches & Tournaments, Daily Leader Boards, New graphs, Per-weapon stats, Stats on individual games, Game Calendar and more!

Below is just one example of a player stats page with game calendar.

Based on feedback from our player community, there was always a set of very highly requested community features that Warhawk didn't support "out-of-the-box".

These requests weren't forgotten!!! We were just thinking of the best and most extensible way to roll them out. And since they're community features, it was *critical* for us to develop a solution that would allow all of you guys, our players from around the world, to customize and enhance the Warhawk community for years to come.

We think of it as the democratization of our player community - and yes, it's global so it's not just for American players!

So... I'm not going to spew too much technical schwag at all of you but suffice to say, we now provide you guys with the full, and raw...
 
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