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Rumors have been flying around like crazy lately concerning the PS3 and it looks like Foxconn has confirmed at least one of them, maybe more.
Foxconn and Pegatron have landed a contract with Sony, each getting 50% of the orders on a new PS3. This would be the newer, slimmer redesign that many have been eagerly awaiting. Pictures of the slim PS3 were spotted and Sony swiftly sent a cease and desist notice to have them removed, adding some credibility to the spotting.
There have also been many rumors about a price drop and this could very well be where that is coming from. Not only would a redesigned PS3 be cheaper to produce, but to eliminate existing stock of the soon-to-be older PS3s, a price drop would help bring the slimmer PS3 to the maket sooner. Foxconn is supposed to be shipping the new PS3s sometime in July so that price drop could be just around the corner.
This leaves the rumor of Sony bringing back backwards compatibility to the PS3. This one will have to wait until later, perhaps officially from Sony. It might come with the new PS3s or as a firmware update down the road, or never at all.
According to Siliconica Sony filed for a patent on PS2 emulation for the PS3 Cell processor.
Now this is what is confusing, I had thought that Sony already had this some time ago (like when the PS3 came out). But it would seem that the patent was only filed back in December 2008 and only published about a week ago.
This new finding has added credibility to the rumors of a new PS3 coming soon, and now it would seem that it will have backwards compatibility.
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PlayStation 3s without PS2 backwards compatibility are missing the Emotion Engine, a chip Sony designed as the PS2's CPU. What if the PS3's cell processor could emulate the Emotion Engine? Theoretically, all PlayStation 3s would be able to play PS2 games even if a console didn't have the proper hardware. According to a recent patent filed by Sony Computer Entertainment in the US, Sony has the code and technology ready to do this.
CyberPower has just announced the availability of the Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 notebook which they are claiming to be the world's fastest gaming laptop.
the Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 notebook is powered by the Intel Core i7 processor, Intel X58 chipset, and NVIDIA's GTX 280M GPU. The base model starts out with a Core i7 920 CPU, but there are options for the 950 and 975 as well.
It also comes with 6GB of DDR3, a 17" 1920x1200 LCD, A/G/N WLAN, FireWire, 3.0MP webcam, Bluetooth, and HDMI. There are a ton of hard drive options from 5400 RPM SATA150 HDDs to MLC based SSDs and those wanting the HD experience on the go can add a Blu-Ray drive and X-FI audio.
The base model of the Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 starts at $2335.00 but can easily go over the $4000 mark if you go for all the goodies. Check out the Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 here.
At last, the hugely popular Intel Core i7 CPU and X58 chipset has made its way to the notebook platform. The Xtreme S1 notebook gives you the best of both worlds with the raw power found on current i7 desktops and the mobility and portability of a notebook. Combined with Nvidia's GTX 280M, the Xtreme S1 allows gamers to frag away at the most graphical intensive games without skipping a beat. The Xtreme S1 is perfect for professional graphic designers yet ideal for LAN goers and students.
The Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 comes preloaded with Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium and can be ordered direct from CyberPower with further customizable options to suit your needs from the company web site.
Computex Taipei 2009: One of our final stops for the show was Antec who was showing off its usual extensive range of cases and power supplies, but the one that caught our attention was the Antec 200 gamer case.
It's been newly launched at Computex and carries the same type of style and design as the more expensive and larger Antec cases, but manages to hit a price point which is more suitable for other markets such as China.
Antec gave us a video introduction to the product - watch it below:
We'll have one in for review soon!
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Razer is pleased to announce the Sphex, the first gaming grade deskop skin with an ultrathin form factor.
Razer claims the Sphex to be the world's thinnest gaming-grade mousing surface. Even though the Sphex has an ultrathing design, it doesn't compromise tracking ability or durability. To keep the mouse stuck firmly to the surface, Razer has added a reusable adhesive to the bottom of the Sphex.
The Razer Sphex measures in at 320mm x 230mm and is fully washable without harming the surface's tracking capabilities. Expect the Sphex to set you back US$14.99 and it is available worldwide. Those interested in catching the full press release may find it here.
Earlier today we met up with David and Eric from Cooler Master's gaming division, CM Storm, in Taipei at their headquarters ahead of Computex which begins next week. We got an early look at a whole bunch of products.
From what we saw with our brief meeting with them, it really looks as if CM Storm means serious business when it comes to PC gamers. We were not only given an exclusive and early look at their upcoming Sentinel Advance gaming grade mouse, but also a full range of their gaming surfaces. Note to David - I still want a TweakTown printed gaming mat, please!
Below we go hands-on with this new mouse which should come out later in the year. Keep in mind it is not a finished products and the final shipping version will see several changes and refinements.
Below you can see some pictures of the new mouse surfaces by the boys and girls at the CM Storm group.
We'll have some more coverage up of Cooler Master products shortly - stay tuned!
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Namco Bandai and its Australian Distributor Atari have today announced MagnaCarta 2, a new RPG which combines traditional RPG elements whilst introducing new ones such as a real time battle system.
Powered by the Unreal Engine 3.0, the game promises to have stunning visuals with the characters being designed by famous Korean Hyung-Tae Kim, with strong influences from Japanese Manga. Players over the course of forty hours will have the ability to build characters by changing their weapons. When they do so the characters play and fight style will completely changing making the decision of what weapon to use all the more difficult.
Expect MagnaCarta 2 exclusively on the Xbox 360 late 2009.
With the announcement that 3D Realms was closing their doors a sadness fell on the gaming community. That sadness was never seeing Duke Nuken ever again.
No one knows for certain if anyone will buy out the rights to the long overdue game. But there are many that certainly hope it will happen.
To add to the hysteria a trailer that supposedly shows real game play has popped up on the Internet. There is no verification of its authenticity but it certainly does look cool.
We can't help but feel infinite sadness at the mere thought of never seeing good old Duke, but nevertheless, if this trailer's the real thing - then someone please buy the rights and bring it on, as the trailer gameplay looks positively awesome. The original soundtrack, performed by trash-metal legends Megadeth, is also still in the game, as well as Duke's ever-entertaining catch phrases, suggesting this is the real deal.