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Old May 06, 2002, 09:08 PM
autopsy_iv autopsy_iv is offline
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Sony Working on New PlayStation
Mon May 6, 8:51 AM ET

TOKYO (AP) - Sony Corp (news - web sites). has begun developing the next generation of its PlayStation video game for sale by 2005, when it plans to roll out a console that would allow gamers to play opponents over high-speed Internet networks, a news report said Sunday.

The new game console will run on a computer chip expected to be around 200 times faster than those currently installed in personal computers and game units, Kyodo News agency said. It quoted Sony sources it did not identify.

Developing the chip will cost the Japanese electronics and entertainment giant about $400 million, Kyodo said.

Sony has set its sights on online gaming as the new frontier and is trying to take control of the market before rivals Microsoft Corp. and Nintendo (news - web sites) Co. come up with their own versions. Microsoft makes the Xbox (news - web sites), and Nintendo has GameCube.

Microsoft and Sony both have said they will sell adapters and software for games that can be played over the Internet later this year.

The new PlayStation would work over super-fast fiber-optics connections and would be Sony's first console to run games without a digital video disc, Kyodo said.

Sony also is considering offering the new chip to other companies for use in televisions and electronics equipment, Kyodo said.

Worldwide, Sony has shipped more than 28 million PlayStation2 (news - web sites) machines. Nintendo says 2.7 million GameCube consoles have been shipped worldwide, about half of those in Japan. Microsoft expects to ship 3.5 million to 4 million Xbox consoles worldwide by the end of June.
Old May 06, 2002, 09:54 PM
thegoatherder13 thegoatherder13 is offline
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fun... sony controlling when we can play our own games. lame
Old May 06, 2002, 10:46 PM
jdzworld jdzworld is offline
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this may be crazy. i heard that crap above.. PlayStation 3 will launch w/ no media attached, meaning games will be downloaded. i think that one would have to shell out quite a bit for this plus the high speed connections(DSL,etc.) to have a decent & normal running game online. the dc online liked to freeze up every so often on that 56k connection. i think that that i would want my games still on media. it does sound lame in a way.
Old May 06, 2002, 11:08 PM
BadOmen BadOmen is offline
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I don't like the way that sounds. First it sounds like it will be very difficult to program games on since it is suppost to be "200 times faster than those currently installed in personal computers" (ie SONY is going with RISC again, which means crap games at the release then eventually the programmers get the hang of it).

And the thing about downloading the games really pisses me off. It's not like the net is not already overcrowded, now they want to put millions of machines on something that does not exist yet today (a stable world wide network).

The only up side is that their games will have to be downloaded somewhere, so patching the games will become much bigger instead of modchipping.

Overall I think this idea is stupid, expensive, and not possible 3 years from now.
Old May 07, 2002, 12:08 AM
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this seems impossible, its not likely that the ps3 will work that way, if it did it would have to be released in a decade because of all the work they would have to put in the console, and all the money they would have to put in it!
Old May 07, 2002, 01:15 AM
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Yup, that downloading idea doesn't sound too appealing

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