PS3 combines state-of-the-art technologies featuring Cell, a processor
jointly developed by IBM, Sony Group and Toshiba Corporation, graphics
processor (RSX) co-developed by NVIDIA Corporation and SCEI, and XDR memory
developed by Rambus Inc. It also adopts BD-ROM (Blu-ray Disc ROM) with
maximum storage capacity of 54 GB (dual layer), enabling delivery of
entertainment content in full high-definition (HD) quality, under a secure
environment made possible through the most advanced copyright protection
technology. To match the accelerating convergence of digital consumer
electronics and computer technology, PS3 supports high quality display in
resolution of 1080p as standard, which is far superior to 720p/1080i.
With an overwhelming computing power of 2 teraflops, entirely new
graphical expressions that have never been seen before will become possible.
In games, not only will movement of characters and objects be far more refined
and realistic, but landscapes and virtual worlds can also be rendered in real-
time, thereby elevating the freedom of graphics expression to levels not
experienced in the past. Gamers will literally be able to dive into the
realistic world seen in large screen movies and experience the excitement in
In 1994, SCEI launched the original PlayStation (PS), followed by
PlayStation2 (PS2) in 2000 and PlayStationPortable (PSP) in 2004,
every time introducing the latest advancement in technology and bringing
innovation to interactive entertainment software creation. Over 13,000 titles
have been developed by now, creating a software market that sells more than
250 million copies annually. PS3 offers backward compatibility enabling
gamers to enjoy these enormous assets from PS and PS2 platforms.
PlayStation family of products are sold in more than 120 countries and
regions around the world. With cumulative shipments reaching more than 102
million for PS and approximately 89 million for PS2, they are the undisputed
leaders and have become the standard platform for home entertainment. After
12 years from the introduction of the original PS and 6 years from the launch
of PS2, SCEI brings PS3, the newest platform with the most advanced next
generation computer entertainment technology.
With the delivery of Cell based development tools that has already begun,
development of game titles as well as tools and middleware are in progress.
Through collaboration with world's leading tools and middleware companies,
SCEI will offer full support to new content creation by providing developers
with extensive tools and libraries that will bring out the power of the Cell
processor and enable efficient software development.
Preparations are under way for launch of PS3 and new generation software
in the spring of 2006.