It used to be when it came time to upgrade a supercomputer we were talking about adding more nodes, processors, and other hardware. At least in one of the supercomputers used by the DoD when it comes time to upgrade it means buying more Sony PS3 game consoles.
Sony's PS3 Slim may have only been on sale for three weeks - the compact console arrived on September 1st - but they've already shifted one million units worldwide. The PS3 Slim simultaneously hit shelves in North America, Europe, Asia and Japan for $299, €299 or 29,980 yen respectively, complete with a 120GB hard-drive and Full HD 1080p support. To celebrate - or perhaps just as a nice coincidence - Sony Japan have announced a 250GB PS3 Slim bundle, with a "ceramic white" console and Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Edition.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has confirmed that the company does not see its movie streaming service as remaining exclusively locked to Microsoft's Xbox 360 console, and that one day they envisage access from every games console, Blu-ray player and internet-connected TV. Speaking to Reuters this week, Hastings also suggested that an iPhone Netflix service was "likely to come over time", though the company's focus is not yet on mobile.
So, Sony announced the PlayStation 3 Slim yesterday, and while we're sure you read about it, and are clamoring to get one, Amazon wants you to hold your horses. While they have the console up for pre-order right now, they are now limiting the number of consoles available to a household down to a marginal one console per home. Of course, this isn't really unheard of, especially not with the launch of a new console, so it's not necessarily unorthodox. But, Amazon is also saying that there are already shortages across the US. So, did Sony not manufacture enough for the initial September launch? Or has the PlayStation 3 suddenly become preternaturally desired?
Microsoft's updated Xbox 360 consoles using "Jasper" 65nm process GPU chips are believed to be finally shipping. Initially expected in August, the freshly fettled console - which requires less power and, it's hoped, offers more reliability - has been identified via its new power supply, with a different connector and reduced output (down 25W to 150W).
Blizzard president, Mike Morhaime may have just stoked the fire about their upcoming game, Diablo 3. While it was expected this game would only appear on PCs, we're now hearing buzz it might be released on consoles as well.
Recently at BlizzCon, Morhaime spoke about the game and how each game at Blizzard includes a discussion of appropriate platforms. He said, "As Diablo 3 takes shape, I think we'll do an evaluation. I think there is a pretty good argument to be made that that type of game might work very well on consoles. There might be some technical limitations though that we might need to get past."
There are a lot of gamers out there that only want the latest and greatest first-person shooters or epic releases, but others love to look back fondly at the classics that got us to this point. For those, there is Mega Man 9.
Capcom has just announced the North American release dates for Mega Man 9 and regardless of your console preference, you should be covered within the next two weeks or so.
People interested in technology and home entertainment like to get their hands on the latest, greatest products. Before, it was all about having the top of the line DVD player, receiver and speaker system. And though those things still hold serious importance, there’s one product type that seems destined to swoop in on the home entertainment market. I’m talking about next-gen gaming consoles, the XBox 360 and PS3, in particular.