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Sony's new PS3 Slim (pictured on the right) will feature a new 45 nm Cell processor that should use less power, run cooler, and be cheaper to make.  (Source: Aurum3Newtech)
GPU on Sony PS3 Slim may stay the same

Sony on Tuesday announced that it was upping the ante in the next-generation console war, unleashing the slender PS3 slim.  Eschewing the original PS3's bulbous design, the new console reportedly will drop Linux support and also won't support PS2 games.  The console does bring a greater capacity 120 GB drive onboard, though, a step up from the 80 GB drive in its predecessor (low-end version).

Now another perk of the new console has emerged -- an improved CPU.  According to a video posted on Sony's U.S. website, the new console will feature a 45 nm updated version of the Cell processor based on IBM's Power architecture, jointly developed by IBM, Sony, and Toshiba.  The new processor will be cooler and use less power, and is also cheaper to make than the 65 nm processor found in the old PS3. 

Sony's primary high-graphics competitor, Microsoft, still uses 65 nm GPUs.  Heat has proven to be a major concern for the next generation consoles -- Microsoft started on a 90 nm process and suffered from many console failures due to the larger chip's heat.

Sony is very pleased with their new processor.  States President and CEO Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, "We're extremely pleased that we've been able to meet production efficiencies that have allowed us pass those savings on to customers."

The GPU on the PS3 has not been officially announced, except for that it will be made by NVIDIA.  For the sake of compatibility, it will likely be similar or identical to the RSX GPU in the current PS3.

The new console will launch on September 1 in the U.S. and will retail for $299.

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RE: Sweet
By Belard on 8/22/2009 7:26:15 AM , Rating: 0
Poor Excuse? 25 million units, reliable.

It still has MORE features out of the box than the 360.

The people who wanted/needed PS2 with a PS3, already bought such units.

SONY has access to data that helps them to determine what is needed. People bitched for SONY to reduce the price, and removing items is a way to do that.

Compare todays $50 DVD players to those made in 1999 which were $500+. They were bigger, had more buttons, cost more to make.

So in the end, the most of the PS3 user base didn't care about PS2 compatibility. That helps to knock off $50 or so.

Out of 25million PS3s... how many are ACTUALLY using Linux on the console? 1000... maybe?

RE: Sweet
By Alexstarfire on 8/22/2009 2:51:38 PM , Rating: 2
Ummm, what time period are you from, DVD players didn't cost $500 in 1999. They were already quite mainstream by then. Of course I don't know why you even bring it up since no console in 1999 could play DVDs and has no relevancy to what we are talking about now. Ohhh, and if you're DVD player still cost you $50 I hope you got some good features on it. My $30 player Does everything I need, including the ability to play DivX. And that price was about 2 years ago.

And yes, we get the fact that the PS3 can do more out of the box. That's not an argument since it's been true from day 1. The problem is it's value has gone down a lot since day 1 because they've just been removing hardware and features from it. And I find it funny you think removing the PS2 compatibility helped removed $50. If you had looked up the prices of the EE and the GS that they removed, which is what killed the PS2 compatibility, then you'd know it was only about $10 worth of hardware. Which they didn't even drop the price of the PS3 once it was gone. I'm sorry, but I don't have the money to just go around and buy whatever console I want whenever I feel like it. I have a much higher chance of buying a PS2, since I don't have one, than I will ever have of buying a PS3. PS2 is cheaper and has far more games which are actually worth playing. I will never buy a console that has no backwards compatibility just for the hell of it. I'm not some spoiled brat.

Actually, I'd bet there are more than a million consoles that are running Linux right now; though, neither one of us has any way to prove our number. It really depends on why Linux was removed. It seems very unlikely that Linux just got nixed, pardon the pun, accidentally. I mean, the only thing that happened was shrinkage in terms of the package. The PS3 still functions the same so Linux should have no problem running on it like the regular PS3s. There is certainly no price benefit in removing Linux capability. Of course most of the stuff they ended up removing didn't cost much in the first place, yet reduced features and functionality by a good bit.

You can sit there and take all the crap if you want, but the populace has spoken. They don't like the PS3 which is why it's in last place. And this isn't going to help them very much, although the price cut probably will.

And lol, you think Sony cares what people want? They prove that wrong time and time again when they try and screw over consumers.

RE: Sweet
By dark matter on 8/22/2009 8:48:44 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Sweet
By 91TTZ on 8/25/2009 11:10:03 AM , Rating: 2
Ummm, what time period are you from, DVD players didn't cost $500 in 1999.

They weren't $500, but in 1998 I bought my first DVD player and it cost $400. By 1999 they still were around $300-$350.

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