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Sony Launches Official PSN / SEN Web-based Online Store

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116w ago - Today Sony has launched their official PSN / SEN Web-based online store, accessible from Internet browsers (although Linux users report they are blocked) in several territories with more expected to arrive soon.

Those interested can check it out HERE, simply select your language region (such as THIS one) and wait for the page to load a selection of games, deals and offers including PlayStation Plus.

To quote from SCEE Blog Manager Fred Dutton (via GameChup.com linked above):

“We are testing a new web store, which we look forward to announcing and launching to the PlayStation/Sony community shortly.”

Also from Jemal Alexandar, ex-marketing manager for Square Enix, who revealed how important this was for Sony:

“Web based store for PSN is pretty huge, though. I remember being in many meetings with publishers who wanted to see it happen. 3 years ago.”

Jem Alexander (@jemalexander)...
 

WebEmu NES v0.1 Beta - Web-based Nintendo Emulator for PS3

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153w ago - Today PlayStation 3 developer cotojestwtf has made available WebEmu NES v0.1 Beta for the PS3 entertainment system, which is Web-based Nintendo emulator application (similar to JSNES) and works on all PlayStation 3 consoles including those not JailBroken or running PS3 Custom Firmware.

To quote: ABOUT

WEN is a first Web-Homebrew for PlayStation 3, you can play now a NES games. No need a Jailbreak or CFW, just a Web!. Works on any Firmware. This is still beta so you can cause low fps, or hangs a webbrowser. Ohh.. and this version not support yet Dualshock/SixAxis only Keyboard.

Now WEN support only 3 games, but don't worry i will add new on free time.

NEWS

26.3.12 - public beta
Public beta tests started!

TO WORK/FIX

  • improve a framerate, because now its crappy.
  • add a compatibility a dualshock/sixaxis.
  • add function to choose game from pendrive.
  • fix hangs webbrowser.

CHANGELOG

  • 0.1beta - public beta
  • build17 - added a papu functions.
  • build13 - added a sound script.
  • build9 - improve mappers, cpu, ui and ppu functions.
  • build8 - changed ui...

 

Capcom Working on Project Natal Game Based on Old Franchise

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268w ago - According to Capcom's VP of strategic planning and business development Christian Svensson, Capcom is working on a hardcore Project Natal game based on an old franchise.

Outside of tech demonstrations and modifications of several existing Xbox 360 games, we haven't seen what Project Natal is capable of.

Microsoft is keeping those games under wraps, however, G4TV caught up with him at CES last week and learned the following, to quote:

"I can't talk about what we're doing on Natal right now yet because we haven't announced it, although we have announced that we're working on stuff," said Svensson, emphasizing his vagueness.

He was willing to tease a little more about one unannounced game, however.

"I think you'll see again a brand focus on what we're doing there [on Natal], perhaps a brand we haven't seen in a while," he said with a coy smile, as Capcom public relations eyeballed us. "That's exciting."

Microsoft announced Project Natal would be released during the holidays at CES, but Svensson made it clear to me that Capcom was not rushing this one out the door to meet that deadline.

"We're not going to be at launch, just to temper the expectations," he said. "We're gonna cook something and it's gonna to take a while to cook."
 

QPACE Supercomputer with PS3-based Processor Tops Green List

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275w ago - QPACE, the supercomputer at Research Center Jülich and the University of Wuppertal, is now deemed the world's most energy efficient supercomputer on the Green500 List.

The Green500 List ranks the energy efficiency of supercomputers around the world.

To quote: "The QPACEs Intel PowerXCell processors are an enhancement of the Cell/B.E. processor, originally developed by Sony, Toshiba and IBM for Sony's PlayStation 3 console.

QPACE (Quantum chromodynamics Parallel Computing on the Cell) is being used to simulate forces in elementary particle physics, especially in the research area of quantum chromodynamics, which describes such things as how a proton is made up out of quarks and gluons.

It consists of four racks at Research Center Jülich and four at the University of Wuppertal. Each of the QPACE installations has a top performance of 100 TeraFlops, equal to 100 trillion floating point operations per second. The supercomputer runs a standard Fedora Linux distro OS.

Each rack in QPACE contains 256 IBM PowerXCell 8i nine-core processors and 1 Terabyte storage, and uses 30 kilowatts of power."
 

Toshiba is Set to Detail Its Cell-based TV in Early October

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283w ago - According to PCWorld (linked above), Toshiba will soon unveil its first television based on the Cell processor, the same multimedia chip that sits at the heart of the PlayStation 3 games console.

Toshiba has been showing prototypes of the television and Cell technology for the last couple of years and its unveiling on Oct. 5 will come just before its first public showing at the upcoming Ceatec electronics show.

While a launch date has not yet been announced, the timing of the unveiling suggests it should be on sale in Japan before the end of this year.

To quote: "The Cell chip was developed by Toshiba, IBM and Sony and each chip contains a single Power PC core and eight co-processors. Together the chips make heavy-duty processing of video a breeze.

During previous demonstrations of Cell TV prototypes, Toshiba has put the chip to use providing real-time upscaling of standard definition to a quality closer to that of high definition.

It has also been shown streaming multiple chapters from a recorded TV show to make navigating to a desired part of a program easy. It's similar to the multiscreen menus on some DVDs.

But for all the neat tricks it can do with video there's one thing it almost certainly won't do: run PlayStation 3 games. Toshiba has said several...
 
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