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Well, the compatibility team says they are still working on stuff. I'm not happy about not having enough games on BC, still it is over 200 titles, which is about 25% of the xbox library.

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June 5, 2006 - A surprising report has emerged from Japan's Ultra One monthly technology magazine. The magazine's July issue reports that Sony will be achieving backwards compatibility on the PlayStation 3 not through software emulation, as previously announced, but through physical hardware.

 

 

The magazine states that the PS3 hardware, in its current form, includes the core PlayStation 2 chipset. This presumably means that initial PS3 units will include the single Emotion Engine (the PS2 CPU) and Graphic Synthesizer (the PS2 graphics chip) combo chip that powers the slim model PS2.

Of course, including the extra hardware drives up costs. The magazine adds that Sony plans on removing the PS2 chipset from future revisions of the PS3 hardware once it has finished development of a proper software-based PS2 emulator. Such a removal would help bring down costs for the system.

 

Sony has repeatedly stated that PS2 software would run on the PS3 through software emulation, leaving many to believe that the company had developed a powerful emulator for the older hardware. This would have been a particularly impressive feat, considering that even the PlayStation 2 originally used a combination of hardware and software to maintain backwards compatibility with original generation PlayStation games.

 

If the Ultra One report is true, the use of hardware emulation casts some doubts on what kind of visual updates we can expect for PlayStation 2 games. PlayStation games saw a few marginal upgrades when running on the PlayStation 2 due to the PlayStation graphics chip being emulated entirely through software running on the PS2's Graphics Synthesizer.

 

On the other hand, hardware emulation pretty much guarantees that every game that runs on the current PS2 will do so on the PS3.

 

A few other revelations appear in the Ultra One report, an investigative story into the reasons for the PS3's high price point. Izumi Kawanishi, head of Sony's Software Platform Development Division, commented to the magazine that one difference between the PS2 and the PS3 is that the PS3, as it was announced, is "nothing more than just the basic system." Sony is considering releasing models with larger volume hard disks and upgraded network features in the future. However, Kawanishi noted, Sony won't be changing CPU clock speed or memory amounts, as all PS3s have to run the same games.

 

The PS3 comes equipped with, in addition to a default hard disk, a "large amount of flash memory," the magazine reveals. This is used to house the operating system and all future system updates. Based on the wording in the magazine, it seems that the hard disk is to be used exclusively for multimedia content and will not contain any system features; users will, after all, be able to swap the built in hard drive out with any standard drive they pick up at a computer hardware store.

 

The magazine also provides an assurance about the PS3's compatibility with its own games. The PS2 lost compatibility with older titles as new models were released featuring updated chip designs. This won't be a problem with the PS3, as the magazine reveals that in the event that problems are discovered following an updated chip design, the system will be able to connect Online to download any required patches, which will then be stored on the hard disk.

 

Sounds like sony figured out they could'nt do emulation. Good thing the 360 came out and taught them the problems with emulation.

 

I'm not going to jump to conclusions just yet. Not till Sony come's out and say it themself.

 

What do you guys think of this.

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-It's a nice read, Newtype, but in all honesty, Sony has pissed me the fuck off. Ever since that bullshit they are pulling in charging 600-700 bucks at launch for a system, I'm totally turned off. I'm going 360 in a month and Wii (hate that name) before I go PS3.

 

It kills me to say that too, I fucking Loved you SONY!... YOU bastards! :2T:

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-It's a nice read, Newtype, but in all honesty, Sony has pissed me the fuck off. Ever since that bullshit they are pulling in charging 600-700 bucks at launch for a system, I'm totally turned off. I'm going 360 in a month and Wii (hate that name) before I go PS3.

 

It kills me to say that too, I fucking Loved you SONY!... YOU bastards!

 

I also both hate/love sony at the same time.

 

Acting on advice of Jack Thompson, sheriff's deputies search home of suspected Louisiana killer and confiscate M-rated games. Last week, sheriff's deputies conducting an investigation into the murder of a 55-year-old Louisiana man seized a number of games rated M for Mature from the home of a 16-year-old suspect, according to a report in the Baton Rouge paper The Advocate. The action was taken at the suggestion of controversial Florida attorney Jack Thompson.

 

Thompson told The Advocate that he suggested the sheriffs look for violent games in the youth's house because he felt the killings mirrored a scenario from Grand Theft Auto. The original reports indicated that the victim was beaten to death and shot in the face by the 16-year-old and a 17-year-old accomplice.

 

"Nobody shoots anybody in the face unless you're a hit man or a video gamer," Thompson told the paper.

 

While the police did seize the games, it's unclear exactly what role they will play in the investigation. West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Captain Spence Dilworth told the paper, "I think it goes beyond video games, but who's to say?"

 

Few things pop into mind.

 

1. So you have to be a video gamer to shoot some one in the head......right...

 

2. A 16 year old owning video games... Jack must be psychic

 

3. Did they find any R rated movies? bag of pot? porn? wait, maybe his room was littered with vintage CD's of the artist formerly known as prince and they can start a ban on that too....

 

4. I can't think of anyone on the age 16 learning how to handle a gun with a traditional console controller if a real life gun is heavier and hard to aim.

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1. So you have to be a video gamer to shoot some one in the head......right...

No, but I'm sure he's polished his skills to be an excellent markesman... with the Dragunov anyway... :2T:

 

 

2. A 16 year old owning video games... Jack must be psychic

... or "Psychotic"... muuuHAahaaaaaaaaaa!!! :2T:

 

 

3. Did they find any R rated movies? bag of pot? porn? wait, maybe his room was littered with vintage CD's of the artist formerly known as prince and they can start a ban on that too....

 

... Yeah this is a throwback to the great ban of the Black Albums back in the hype of 80's Acid Rock. Gimmee a Break... "Helter Skelter made me do it..." :???:

 

4. I can't think of anyone on the age 16 learning how to handle a gun with a traditional console controller if a real life gun is heavier and hard to aim.

 

Coming from an avid supporter of guns, ownership and perfecting the skill of shooting (In the legal and responsible way of course) I have noticed one trend though. After playing games of this sort, you do find yourself looking at certain situations and attributing them to video game situations. Whether or not that person CARRIES out said actions, is a different story. I mean I carry around airfoils and sticky darts all the time to use with my conceled Silverballer ,45 ACP. :ohface:

 

 

 

 

"Nobody shoots anybody in the face unless you're a hit man or a video gamer,"

 

Well that setteles it then... guess, I'm a Killer. :???:

 

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