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IBM Announces Cell Processor Development to be Phased Out

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244w ago - Update: [Register or Login to view links] has now received clarification on this from IBM, to quote: "only one CPU development cycle is being 'halted' which is the successor to the current PowerXCell-8i cpu. IBM have said they are planning to work on other CPU's in the Cell Processor 'family'."

Today PlayStationUniversity.com (linked above) is reporting that IBM's Vice President David Turek [Register or Login to view links] that Cell processor development will be phased out.

Apparently the planned 32 SPE Cell processor will not be made, and their current PowerXCell 8i will be the company's last entrance in the technology.

To quote: "The Cell Processor was originally the brain child of 'The Father of PlayStation' Ken Kutaragi. It was later co-developed by Sony, IBM and Toshiba; making its way into the PlayStation 3, TV's and super computers.

So what does this mean for Sony and the PlayStation 4? Will this change with IBM pulling out of their own development?

Not necessarily. Sony can still hire IBM to create a Cell Processor for their next console, without IBM being involved in their own internal development outside of the...
 

Sony Announces AdhocParty for PSP Will Be Available Soon

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245w ago - Update: According to a [Register or Login to view links] by Mike Kebby of the SCEE PlayStation Store Team, Adhoc Party will arrive in Europe on December 22, 2009.

Sony's PSP Marketing Manager Kristin Neirinckx has announced today that AdhocParty for PlayStation Portable will be available soon.

To quote: Great news for all of you Ad Hoc fans out there -adhocParty for the PSP system, which first launched in Japan last year, is coming to North America!

AdhocParty is an online service that allows PSP owners with a PS3 system to connect to one another via the PlayStation Network. It will be available as a free download on the PlayStation Store soon.

So, how does adhocParty work? PSP titles with adhoc mode traditionally require you to play within close proximity to each other. AdhocParty takes advantage of the interoperable capabilities of the PSP and PS3 systems.

It enables you to play games featuring Ad Hoc mode, such as Gran Turismo and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, over the Internet through the PS3. Your PSP connects to the PS3 via Wi-Fi, allowing you to chat online with fellow gamers in North America before jumping into competition...
 

Sega Announces Bayonetta Special Edition for PS3 and XBox 360

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245w ago - Today Sega Europe has announced news of a Bayonetta Special Edition (pictured below) coming on January 8, 2010 to both Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's XBox 360 consoles.

To quote: I'm very pleased to announce that a special edition of our forthcoming game Bayonetta will be available at launch on January 8th.

Available to gamers in the UK, France, Spain and Australia the special edition is presented in a nice slipcase and includes a copy of the game, a lovely artbook and game soundtrack.

The track listing is as follows:
1. One Of A Kind
Music by: Hiroshi Yamaguchi

2. Riders Of The Light
Music by: Hiroshi Yamaguchi

3. Battle For The Umbra Throne
Music by: Rei Kondoh (T's Music)

4. Theme Of Bayonetta - Mysterious Destiny
Music by: Masami Ueda
Vocal Performance by: Helena Noguerra
Lyrics by: Nikola Obermann

5. The Old City Of Vigrid
Music by: Masami Ueda

6. The Gates Of Hell
Music by: Masami Ueda
Trumpet Performance by: Yohei Ichikawa
 

Epic Games Announces Unreal Development Kit Available for Free

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246w ago - Today Epic Games has announced the launch of the Unreal Development Kit (UDK), a free edition of Unreal Engine 3 that provides community access to the award-winning toolset.

Anyone can start working with the Unreal Engine 3 toolset by downloading the UDK at [Register or Login to view links], where detailed product features, technical documentation, commercial licensing terms, support resources and more are also available.

Press Release: Epic Games Announces Unreal Development Kit, Powered by Unreal Engine 3

Industry Leading 3D Game Engine Toolset Now Available for Free

CARY, N.C. (November 5, 2009) - Epic Games, Inc. announces the launch of the Unreal Development Kit (UDK), a free edition of Unreal Engine 3 that provides community access to the award-winning toolset like never before.

This software release is available to anyone interested in using 3D game engine technology, including game developers, students, hobbyists, researchers, creators of 3D visualizations and simulations, and digital filmmakers. Anyone can start working with the industry-leading Unreal Engine 3 toolset by downloading UDK at www.udk.com, where detailed product features, technical documentation, commercial licensing terms, support resources and more are also available.
 

SCEE Announces Movies for PS3 Video Service Launch in Europe

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246w ago - Today SCEE announced that the video store will launch "sometime late November," with films being available in both HD and SD.

The initial wave of titles to the store will include Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Bruno, Angels & Demons, Casino Royale, Crank 2: High Voltage and The Hills Have Eyes.

The video store allows users to download the latest releases straight to their PlayStation 3, and will be available in France, Germany, Spain and the UK from November with other markets to follow in 2010.

Press Release: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) is excited to announce a 'Must have' list of blockbuster hit films that will be available on the PlayStation Network Video Delivery Service before Christmas.

From action packed thrillers to a little something for the kids, there will be a host of fantastic films that all the family are sure to enjoy, some of which include: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Bruno, Angels & Demons, Casino Royale, Crank 2: High Voltage and The Hills Have Eyes.

The service will allow movie fans to download the latest releases straight...
 
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