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Update will also make changes to the trophies section

Sony announced that it would tomorrow launch a new system software update (Version 4.30) for the PlayStation 3 that will include many changes to the Trophies section on the PS3.

One of the changes that gamers who own a PS3, and a PlayStation Vita portable console appreciate is that you now get the ability to view trophies earned playing Vita games on the PS3. Sony has also announced that the new system update will end all services available through the “Life with PlayStation” application.

Existing users who have the “Life with PlayStation” application will see their services ended in November. Along with terminating the “Life with PlayStation” application also comes an end to Sony's participation in Stanford University's Folding@home initiative. Folding@home was a project that allowed participants to donate unused processing time on the PS3 to the University project studying protein folding, misfolding, and certain other diseases such as cancer.

Folding@home came to the PS3 in 2007 and more than 15 million users choice participated in the program to date. There were just a million PS3 users Folding@home back in February of 2008.
 
Sony says the PS3 users donated more than 100 million computational hours to the project and greatly contributed to disease research.

Vijay Pande, lead researcher at Stanford University for Folding@home said, "The PS3 system was a game changer for Folding@home, as it opened the door for new methods and new processors, eventually also leading to the use of GPUs.”

Source: PlayStation.com



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Laid Off
By fic2 on 10/22/2012 12:54:10 PM , Rating: 3
From the PS3 website:
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Considering the contribution PS3 has made to the project, we decided to retire it as a result of discussions with Stanford University. Vijay Pande, Folding@home research lead at Stanford University, had this to say about your contributions


Sounds like F@H is getting laid off - because you have done such a great job you are longer needed. I can understand that GPGPU is the majority of the computing but it does look like the PS3 contribution was not insignificant. Maybe they will bring it back with the PS4 with more memory and better hardware.




RE: Laid Off
By Integral9 on 10/24/2012 10:46:19 AM , Rating: 3
In other words, Sony booted Standford's project because they feel that they should get some kind of monetary compensation for the 100,000,000 hours of computing time the platform has provided.


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