New Consoles Are Here! New Consoles Are Here!

E3 is here once again! It is the video game industry’s convention that shows off all the latest new hardware and software every year! I went last year and it was AWESOME! They really do it right and I had an AWESOME TIME! The first two days, Monday and Tuesday are all press conferences. Microsoft was off first with their big announcement of the new Xbox 360. I looks pretty awesome and seems real powerful! I am not a huge X Box fan and when it came down to it, was not really impressed with the dedicated games they are announcing for it. Sony was up next with thier announcement of the Playstation 3! WE GOT A WINNER 🙂 Man it looks AWESOME and has every new gimmick in the book! Bluetooth and wireless controllers that you can hook up to seven controllers without a multi tap. It will also be a HD / and or Blue Ray High Def DVD player and the graphics look incredible on the games! Nintendo chimed in with the Nintendo Revolution a game that seems real far off in the future for them and will be backwards compatible with games from the past 20 years! The kings of the portable games also announced a new Game boy called the Micro. We will see what software comes out for all these consoles and will see who the new king of the video games will be!

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Sony Playstation 3 Stats:

– It will support Blu-ray (obviously), DVD±R/W, CD-R/RW
– Backwards compatible with the PlayStation 2 and original Playstation
– One 3.2GHz Cell processor—total system performance rated at 2.18 teraflops (uh, that’s actually about twice what Microsoft is claiming the Xbox 360 will do); it will have 256MB system RAM – 3.2GHz, and 256MB GDDR VRAM at 700MHz
– The nVidia graphics will be called the RSX (”Reality Synthesizer”), and will trump the Xbox 360 with 1080p (yes, that’s a p) graphics support.
– There will be a 2.5-inch hard drive (i.e. laptop hard drive) attachment—a first for a Sony launch (no, we don’t count the PSX and/or the FF add-on)
– Memory Stick Duo slot, and very surprisingly, an SD and CF slots
– Bluetooth support with up to seven wireless controllers
– Six USB system ports

Microsoft XBox 360 Stats:

2 types of Xbox Live:
Xbox Live Silver (no subscription required)
Xbox Live Gold (subscription benefits)

Features for Gold service
* Also for Silver
# Also for Offline

– Seamless transition to Xbox Live account from Xbox to Xbox 360
– Free Xbox Live weekends * – Multiplayer online gameplay
– Avatar for gamer profile * # – – Motto for gamer profile * #
– Personalized look for Xbox System Guide * #
– Free and premium downloadable movies, music, tv *
– Downloadable demos/trailers *
– Strem media from Windows XP * #
– Communication with voice, video or text *

360 HW:
1. Support for DVD-video, DVD-Rom, DVD-R/RW, CD-DA, CD-Rom, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA CD, MP3 cd, JPEG photo CD4. 3 USB 2.0 ports
5. Support for 4 wireless controllers
6. Detachable 20GB drive – 7. Wi-Fi ready

Custom IBM PowerPC-based CPU
– 3 symmetrical cores at 3.2 GHz each – 2 hardware threads per core

Custom ATI Graphics Processor
– 500 MNz – 10 MB embedded DRAM

Memory -512 MB GDDR3 RAM – 700 MNz DDR

Memory Bandwidth
– 22.4 GB/s memory interface bus bandwidth
– 256 GB/s memory bandwidth to EDRAM
– 21.6 GB/s frontside bus

Audio – Mulitchannel surround sond output

Nintendo Revolution Stats:

– Release is sometime in 2006.
– Prototype shown is larger than final unit.
– Nintendo is still determining final colors for the console.
– All-Access Gaming, which refers to backwards compatibility to 20 years of Nintendo games, NES, – SNES, N64. We don’t know particulars of how it’ll be accessed or what, if any, the cost structure might be.

– Downloadable to 512MB of flash memory.
– SD memory card slot.
– Wireless controllers.
– Two USB 2.0 ports.
– Built-in WiFi.
– WiFi used to interface with the DS.
– DS likely to enhance future games.
– Self-loading optical drive that will play 12cm Revolution discs and smaller GameCube discs
– Self-contained attachment for playing media content, including DVDs.
– No controller was shown. So even though the box looks a lot like the one leaked over the weekend, the accompanying controllers were not presented. So was it a leak, or a really good guess?

Nintendo Game Boy Micro Stats:

– Launch is slated for this Fall.
– Silver in color for now, expect all sorts of rainbow-flavored variations.
– Dimensions: 4 inches wide by 2 inches tall and 0.7 inches thick.
– Weight: 2.8 ounces (80 paper clips’ worth of weight).
– Processor: Same as GBA SP.
– Screen: 2-inches, backlit and the “best Game Boy screen ever” adjustable controls-
– GB Advance has nearly 700 titles available, playable on the Game Boy Micro.

For Full E3 Coverage Visit:
Engadget – www.engadget.com

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