Sony release new PlayStation 3 hardware

Latest iteration shows performance improvements and cheaper production costs

Sony has released a new version of the PlayStation 3 hardware. The new iteration features an improved version of the RSX graphics chip that uses 15 per cent less power and is less prone to the 'yellow light of death'.

The console is more power efficient and cooler to run than previous versions. Significantly for Sony it is also cheaper to produce. However, it is still unclear if the console is being sold at a profit - although the original version of the PlayStation Slim was believed to be close to break even.

As first discovered by website PlayStation University the hardware update features a 45nm version of the RSX chip, rather than the less efficient 65nm version originally released. The Cell chip has been 45nm in both iterations.

The console also now uses two 128MB XDR RAM chips instead of four 64MB chips and features a new cooling assembly and a lighter power supply.

Specified as the CECH-2100A, like most minor hardware iterations the new version of the console has not been publically announced or promoted by Sony.

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Bruno Brøsted Incident Manager 12 years ago
How is this "performance improvements" (stated in the appetizer for the article)?
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David Amirian Writer 12 years ago
read the second sentence?
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Bruno Brøsted Incident Manager 12 years ago
Using less power is not equal to more performance. If a race car is able to go 200 mph is changed so performance is improved one would expect it to go faster not to offer better mileage.

The new PS3 changes nothing for the user except perhaps a slight saving in the electric bill and maybe less noise from the cooling. Better performance would be faster loading times, higher frame rates or similar - all something which would spell trouble since then the PS3 would no longer be a fixed platform.
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James Verity12 years ago
"less prone to the 'yellow light of death'." - thought Sony claimed the YLOD wasn't a vast problem...
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Shane Sweeney Academic 12 years ago
The term performance in engineering applies to any general metric.

Energy consumption, reduced heat, miniaturization of components can all be measured as a performance improvement.

In any case, the Output of the PS3 is going to be limited to the software which must remain backwards comaptible. But even under your conservative definition isn't doing the same amount of output with less work generating less heat and requireing less energy and fewer components qualify?

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Shane Sweeney on 27th April 2010 3:46am

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