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post #151 of 158
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Originally Posted by BuGsArEtAsTy
Plus, who here actually believes that we'll be awash with PS3s on every store's shelves in December?
Sony (or its OEM partners) has started the production cycle, or at least they are ramping up for it at the moment. The telecomm company that I work has problem getting the ASIC suppliers to make new chips for us. Reason: Sony is eating up the ASIC supply for the PS3! :D That right! PS3! We have to postpone new H/W development projects because of that (or, use the more expensive FPGA). They may be able to pull this one better than M$ ;)
post #152 of 158
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Originally Posted by QuadESL63
Sony (or its OEM partners) has started the production cycle, or at least they are ramping up for it at the moment. The telecomm company that I work has problem getting the ASIC suppliers to make new chips for us. Reason: Sony is eating up the ASIC supply for the PS3! :D That right! PS3! We have to postpone new H/W development projects because of that (or, use the more expensive FPGA). They may be able to pull this one better than M$ ;)
Hehe.. on the other hand, Ken Kutaragi is going around telling that Final Dev Kits for the PS3 would hit the dev houses by June.

EDIT: Source: http://ps3.ign.com/articles/696/696058p1.html

So, if the production of the final hardware/software revision is already set, why are the final developer kits not at the developers already?

We all know Ken is coo-coo in the head, but come on !! :D
post #153 of 158
Beta,mini desk,and SACD. Do I need to say more.
post #154 of 158
Quadesl65, since Sony is the main developer of blu-ray drives, even though of course I don't know this as a fact, count on them cutting costs to get the blu-ray drive in the PS3.

Their cost on the hardware has to be seriously high. With the cell processor, high end Nvidia chip set, all the different connections, wireless controllers, they have to cut costs somewhere. They have done it on both of their previous playstations. For example, the PS2 was known not to have enough video ram, and of course the dvd drive as I already pointed out.

Sony always uses custom developed chipsets and parts for its game systems, and it drives up the costs.

I understand what you said regarding the fact that there are not a wide variety of blu-ray drives out there, but it's Sony. I think that they have the ability to manufacture a drive unique to the PS3, and my bet is that it isn't up to the quality of their blu ray drive in the BDP-S1. I guess all I'm trying to point out to all of those here planning on using the PS3 as their Blu-ray player is to look at Sony's history regarding the components they have put in the PS1 and PS2. They were not up to snuff. I was just recommending that people use caution with this idea.
post #155 of 158
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Originally Posted by raaj
Hehe.. on the other hand, Ken Kutaragi is going around telling that Final Dev Kits for the PS3 would hit the dev houses by June.

EDIT: Source: http://ps3.ign.com/articles/696/696058p1.html

So, if the production of the final hardware/software revision is already set, why are the final developer kits not at the developers already?

We all know Ken is coo-coo in the head, but come on !! :D
That's what I have heard from a co-worker who has just talked to our ASIC suppliers. May be Sony has just reserved the manufacturing capacity for the ASIC at the moment, not really making it. They are ramping up for sure :D
post #156 of 158
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Originally Posted by Doom4420
Quadesl65, since Sony is the main developer of blu-ray drives, even though of course I don't know this as a fact, count on them cutting costs to get the blu-ray drive in the PS3.

Their cost on the hardware has to be seriously high. With the cell processor, high end Nvidia chip set, all the different connections, wireless controllers, they have to cut costs somewhere. They have done it on both of their previous playstations. For example, the PS2 was known not to have enough video ram, and of course the dvd drive as I already pointed out.

Sony always uses custom developed chipsets and parts for its game systems, and it drives up the costs.

I understand what you said regarding the fact that there are not a wide variety of blu-ray drives out there, but it's Sony. I think that they have the ability to manufacture a drive unique to the PS3, and my bet is that it isn't up to the quality of their blu ray drive in the BDP-S1. I guess all I'm trying to point out to all of those here planning on using the PS3 as their Blu-ray player is to look at Sony's history regarding the components they have put in the PS1 and PS2. They were not up to snuff. I was just recommending that people use caution with this idea.
It is not easy to cut cost at the start of a technology introduction. As I have said I work for a telecomm equipments company and it is unusual to make cost cutting measure in the 1st gen products. It is still too early for Blu-Ray yet (i.e. there is no really cheap BLu-Ray ROM drive, etc). Even for PS2 they take years to come out of the "slim" version - which is a cost cutting exercise. Of course, since Sony is responsible to draw up the spec and they have been making Blu-Ray recorder for their Japan market for a couple of years they may be ready to make the call. Also, they may under-spec. the thing, as you have said, to keep cost down. Not to mention they can cut cost in quality control (e.g. all the dead pixels on PSP LCD screen).

I have 2 PS2s (4th and 12th versions) and yes they are not for playing DVD movies. I'm well aware of the fact that it may or may not be a good Blu-Ray player. However, since they do want to shift the paradigm a little bit and market this not only as a game console but also a multimedia hub/set-top box they may as well make it a good Blu-Ray player. Time will tell.
post #157 of 158
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I have 2 PS2s (4th and 12th versions) and yes they are not for playing DVD movies. I'm well aware of the fact that it may or may not be a good Blu-Ray player. However, since they do want to shift the paradigm a little bit and market this not only as a game console but also a multimedia hub/set-top box they may as well make it a good Blu-Ray player. Time will tell.
I totally agree with you there. I don't want people here to think I'm against Sony, Blu-ray, or whatever. In fact, I hope the PS3 works well as a Blu-ray player. I'm just not too optimistic about it working great as a main Blu-ray player. Like you said, we will see!! :)
post #158 of 158
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Originally Posted by Earz
500.00 buys you core DTS only....never ... will you get DTS-HD...and only DD Tru-HD in 2 channel.
This means it will need to be upgraded to the next gen...which still may not have 1080p.
I think most of the purchasers that care about the audio issues will be upgrading their player in a year or so anyway. The early adopters of HD-DVD are either AVS type people or average joe's that won't realize what they are missing out on. The AVSers will have both HD-DVD and BD and upgrade every year or two. :)
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