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Written by Thomas "CigDangle" Balistreri   
Thursday, 20 September 2007

[News] [PS3]

Earlier today, SuperGuido talked about the forthcoming arrival of force-feedback to the PlayStation 3.  According to the International Business Times, Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai yesterday announced this and the delay of Home at the Tokyo Game Show 2007.

Home, if you recall, is Sony’s virtual world for the PlayStation 3.  It is being designed to allow gamers to interact online via the console.

According to Hirai, "This is going to be a worldwide service that needs to offer a wide range of functions required in Japan, in the U.S., in Europe and in Asia.  We aim to launch this as something that can meet expectations of people all over the world."  In addition, he announced the purchase of game developer, Evolution, creators of MotorStorm.

Also, yesterday, Senior Development Manager at SCEA R&D, Noam Rimon, talked petaflops on the PlayStation Blog.

“The momentum and excitement for the [email protected] project continues. This time it’s something that the Folding community and the computer science field as a whole have been anxiously awaiting — the crossing of a milestone known as a petaflop.”

A petaflop, which is equal to one quadrillion floating point operations per second, is the amount of computing capacity now available because of the 600,000 PS3 owners who have installed [email protected] and because of improvements recently made to the program.

Essentially, this allows researchers to make more computations faster.  Just how much faster?  “According to Stanford, the [email protected] network is helping them conduct research that typically would not have been possible for another 10 years.”

PC and PS3 owners can join our Generation: Gamerz [email protected] team .  We are team number 60649.

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