At an event this week I managed to snap a shot with my cell phone (I will likely not get invited again…)of the soon to be announced White PS3. Jokingly called the “Brute” by the guys in the Sony booth, officially “Gloss White” , this is Sony’s answer to the Xbox Elite, this new version of the PS3 sports a larger 160 gig drive, controllers with force feed back, an enhanced Scaler which improves compatibility with 720p displays, and SPDIF out separate from the HDMI which makes hooking the system up to a home theatre that doesn’t have an HDMI audio Receiver. It does not appear that this version will come with built in WiFi which is a feature we were most interested in seeing.
All in all this system looks pretty cool. I still prefer my Xbox 360 for playability, but this package does start to round out the offering, and it is aesthetically more appealing out of the box, but I really like the faceplates for Xbox 360.
Apparently the Brute reference is because Halo3 has you teamed with the Elites, and the new enemy is the Brute. Rather Tongue and Cheek, and I didn’t get it on my own it had to be explained to me.
Sony’s US Office is located Just 15 minutes North of my office so XYHD enjoys a pretty good relationship with them.
Los Angeles, April 29, 2007 â€“ Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced today that it would launch PLAYSTATIONÂ®3 (PS3) in â€œGloss Whiteâ€ in North America on May 31, 2007, as part of a worldwide simultaneous launch.
PS3 is the most advanced computer system that serves as a platform to enjoy next generation computer entertainment contents in the home, realized through the combination of Cell and RSXâ„¢ processors, in addition to the playability of a vast catalog of PlayStationÂ® and PlayStationÂ®2 software titles.
Having Giga-bit Ethernet and a pre-installed 160 gigabyte hard disk drive (HDD), users will be able to download a variety of contents as well as access on-line games and services over the network.
Equipped with advanced input/output ports, PS3 supports a broad range of displays from conventional NTSC/PAL standard TVs to the latest full HD (720p/1080i/1080p) flat panel displays, offering the joy of the most advanced computer entertainment contents to homes around the world. For use in living rooms, maximum heat and noise reduction has been achieved with a noise level equivalent to that of the current slim-line PlayStation 2.
With the overwhelming computational power of the Cell processor, PS3 is capable of playing back content from Blu-ray (BD) disc at a bit rate of multiplex 48Mbps with ease, the maximum bit rate defined in BD standards.
The new controller for PS3 has been created by refining and improving the worldâ€™s most popular PlayStation controller which has shipped more than several hundred million units worldwide. The controller for PS3 employs a high-precision, highly sensitive six-axis sensing system that is capable of processing all parameters within the controller itself, thereby eliminating the need for any additional settings on the display system. By applying this technology, it will become possible to freely control the PS3 system over the network. New to the “Gloss White” edition is the additon of force feed back.
While further enhancing the joy of entertainment on PlayStation 2 and PSPâ„¢ (PlayStationÂ®Portable) system, SCEA will vigorously promote PS3 as the next generation computer entertainment platform.
About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStationÂ® and PS oneâ„¢ game console, the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system and the PSPâ„¢ (PlayStationÂ®Portable) system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era. PSP is a new portable entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio.
Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console, the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the PSP entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.