Importer Warns Of DualShock 3 Import Price Gouging

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338w ago - New York-based importer National Console Support warns customers today that getting their hands on a Japanese version of the DualShock 3 might be tricky. It writes in its semi-daily news updates that offers from one overseas distributor has the following requirement: "In order to obtain 1 Dual Shock 3, we also have to buy 1 PlayStation 3 40GB console." That's a hefty tax.

NCSX urges caution to rumble-hungry games, warning them to wait until stock levels off or distributors offer more sane pricing schemes.

One of its biggest competitors, Play-Asia, is no longer soliciting pre-orders, asking customer to check in for potential restocks. With two of the bigger Japanese hardware and software importers unclear of their availability for the November 11 launch of the new controller, it's looking likely that latecomers will have to hold tight for a while longer.
 

PS3 is just 12 percent of F@H clients, but 78 percent of the new petaflop record

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338w ago - On September 16, the massive distributed computer that is Stanford's Folding@Home project broke the 1 petaflop barrier, and today Sony has put out a press release congratulating itself on its contribution to the achievement.

The release touts the considerable parallel computing power of Sony's PlayStation 3 console, and it places the number of PS3 users who've participated in the effort at 670,000. (A glance at the project's clients list suggests that fewer than half that number are currently contributing.) "It is clear that none of this would be even remotely possible without the power of PS3," said Stanford's Vijay Pande, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Folding@home project lead. "It has increased our research capabilities by leaps and bounds."

As I described in some detail back in March, the PS3 is definitely a Folding@Home powerhouse. The Cell processor was designed for the kinds of "embarrassingly parallel" workloads that distributed computing projects are premier examples of. There's no better indication of Cell's prowess than the F@H active clients list; though the PS3 represents only 12 percent of clients, it is responsible for 78 percent of the project's total TFLOPS. Truly, the project wouldn't be anywhere close to a petaflop if were for Sony's console. Too bad it's not doing as much for...
 

Disney Prez Blasts HD DVD Backers

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338w ago - Bob Chapek, president of Disney Studios Home Entertainment, said yesterday that Blu-ray's victory in the high-def disc format war is "inevitable."

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Chapek blames supporters of Blu-ray's rival, HD DVD, for prolonging the format war. Disney is an exclusive backer of Blu-ray.

"Blu-ray's competition's attempts to sell less than the best will inevitably be trumped by what we stated from the very beginning: That the Blu-ray technology is not a half-step format that will sell consumers short, but rather it is a revolutionary technology that will change the way we view movies for the long term," Chapek said at a Blu-ray promotional event.

Chapek's remarks reflect the growing tension between the two sides as they enter what could be a critical holiday shopping season.

While Blu-ray discs have outsold HD DVD by a 2-1 margin this year, neither format has yet to generate significant sales of discs or players. Consumers have been turned off by the format war and high player prices.

However, several retailers, including Circuit City, recently began selling a sub-$200 Toshiba HD DVD player and it's likely that Blu-ray prices will come down soon as well, setting the stage for a holiday showdown.

Chapek yesterday seemed to take a "bring...
 

New Alone in the Dark 5 trailer

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338w ago - This is the new Alone in the Dark 5 trailer showing Central Park, where "nothing is as it used to".

Video can be seen below:



 

Anticipated PS3 2.0 firmware any day now

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338w ago - The much-talked about PS3 2.0 firmware could be with us within days, following new 2.0-compatible features being added to PSP.

Newly-released PSP 3.72 firmware contains new Remote Play features which require the associated PS3 to be running on firmware version 2.0 - which has been hyped to high heaven within PS3 internet communities.

Among a whole slew of new features, PS3 version 2.0 is widely expected to add the ability to browse the Cross Media Bar menu while running a game, drastically improving the console's overall functionality.

Although there has still been no official confirmation as to what PS3 firmware 2.0 will actually add, or when it will arrive, Sony has today confirmed that it will allow you to boot up the PS3 using the Remote Play option on PSP consoles running the new 3.72 update. Are you getting all these numbers?
 











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