Help cure cancer with your PS3
File this under "strange but true." In conjunction with Stanford University's Folding@home project, PlayStation 3 owners who leave their consoles connected to the internet can lend their extra horespower to running calculations and study various proteins. So far the project has made numerous discoveries, and the long-term goals include finding cures for Alzheimer's Disease, Huntington's Disease, and certain forms of cancer.
For those of you who don't care about humanity's survival, every PS3 user who runs the program gets a visualization program of the folding process, complete with HDR lighting. You can check out videos via the bottom of the FAQ. Next time you're throwing a party and need some killer visuals, hook up a PS3, put on some Electronica, and have yourself a life-saving rave!
Sony continues to drop the ball
Holy geez. Check out this article about the PS3. Sony hasn't even started producing these things yet and the release date is November 17th. They expect to have only 2 million units avaiable by years end worldwide. WORLDWIDE! These guys must be out of their minds.
21 August 2006 - Sony Computer’s American president, Kaz Hirai, has let it slip that manufacturing of the PS3 hasn’t started yet.
With a November 17th launch date looming, Sony apparently still has quite a way to go in building up its stock of consoles.
Hirai, in an interview with Gamespot UK, said that “everything’s pretty much on track”, and “all signs are good to go”.
However, he also said, “We haven’t started manufacturing yet. Some of our ops guys were actually just in China, and also in Japan just reviewing the production lines and everything else".
“But they are, again, preparing as we speak to get the manufacturing going."
“We’ve not announced and we haven’t set really a specific date to say, ‘As of this day we’re going to start manufacturing'.”
He also admitted that Sony don’t expect to be able to keep up with demand, calling it a “logistical impossibility”.
Sony has allotted the number of units to each territory yet, and Kirai explains, “I think that we’ve always talked about shipping 2 million units worldwide within the calendar year".
“Since we’re going with three territories, we really haven’t come up with an allocation just yet."
“But even if you do the simple math, you’re talking about less than 700,000 units per territory, per major territory, between launch and the end of the year.”
According to Kirai, a final line-up of launch titles hasn’t been agreed yet, because Sony wants to feed games to consumers piecemeal, to “keep the portfolio fresh”.
[PS3] It won't be out in Europe until March 2007
Sony has announced that PS3 won't be released in Europe on 17 November, as originally planned, and has pushed the launch of its next-gen system back to March 2007.
In a statement released early this morning, Sony said that the revision of the launch date is "caused by the delay in the mass production schedule of the blue laser diode within the Sony Group, thus affecting the timely procurement of key components to be utilised in PlayStation 3".
This reasoning is consistent with last week's reports that manufacturers are having trouble producing enough blue lasers to support both stand-alone Blu-ray players and PS3 in time for Christmas.
After breaking the news, PlayStation boss Ken Kutaragi said in response to the bombshell: "We decided to focus on the Japanese and US markets... I am so sorry not to be able to answer to all the expectations."
While this dramatic change in its launch schedule has scuppered Sony's plans for a simultaneous global release of PS3, the Japanese and North American launch dates remain unaffected, with the machine appearing in those countries on 11 and 17 November, respectively.
In terms of how many PS3s Sony hopes to shift out of factories, it has said that the figure remains unchanged. "The previously announced PlayStation 3 shipment forecast of six million units globally within the fiscal year ending 2007 [March 2007] is not changed."
However, while the long term figure remains the same, in the short term the production problems will result in far fewer machines being available at launch in Japan and North America.
The Associated Press reports that about 400,000 PS3s will be allocated to US customers at launch and Japan will receive somewhere in the region of 100,000 machines. Furthermore, Sony's initial estimate of four million PS3s shipped to stores worldwide by the end of 2006 is likely to drop to two million.
Kutaragi offered that Sony has "been working hard to try to tackle the problem, but we see the [supply] delay is inevitable". He did assure that other PS3 preparation was going well and that mass production of the machine was scheduled to begin at the end of September.
And the silver lining to this big, black PS3-shaped cloud (of course, for Microsoft it's just one humungous dazzling silver cotton ball in the sky with gilt-edged gold lining) - at least now we might be able to realistically save up enough money to buy one at launch.
Sorry but this is great news for Nintendo as long as they release the Wii over here this year :)