PS3 Secret Hardware New Information

Further information regarding the PlayStation 3/Minority Report add-on has been brought to our attention, as well as some uses of the device which is expected to become available near the PS3 launch. The add-on, manufactured by Prime Sense, should be reasonably priced as, we are told, it is fairly cheap to manufacture.

The previously mentioned MegaGames friend has been extremely helpful and has provided some additional information on what gamers can expect from the device and how it is expected to affect gameplay.

According to our reliable source, the Prime Sense device was developed with the terminal Reality interface in mind and to that end, company engineers met the man behind the Minority Report concept. The idea is not new as EyeToy bears obvious conceptual similarities and the Microsoft/Gesture Tek products are expected to provide similar functionality. What is new is the freedom that the device will afford the user and the surprising accuracy with which it will interpret player movements into in-game moves.

The uses of the device may seem obvious but we will give you some examples which have already been demonstrated by Prime Sense. One such example of the use of the device is of a player tapping his fingers on a table and the device interpreting his movements as the keystrokes of a pianist. Another application demonstrated, perhaps more relevant for a gaming audience, is of a player performing martial arts moves while an accurate virtual representation uses the same moves to dispatch enemy ninjas. An even more impressive example shown was that of a player following on-screen dance moves, with no restrictions to movement, while his moves are accurately recognized as correct or wrong.
The final demonstration mentioned, is that of a player collapsing some pillars using his avatar. This demonstration highlighted how the virtual representation of the player will interact with the in-game physics.

According to our source these demonstrations are close to a year old so minor improvements should be expected while the actual uses of the device will depend on game developers as the demonstrations mentioned were created by Prime Sense staff.

This device is another example of how video game console creators are thinking of ways to increase the players involvement with the on-screen action. Microsoft's Peter Moore has already commented on the need to simplify video game controls and his expressed admiration for Nintendo's new controller is a matter of record. Sony is also exploring that avenue while Microsoft has been developing a Windows remote with many of the Wiimote features for a long time now. It may be the case that the next-gen console war will also include a battle or skirmish, of the input device.

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I really hope that PS3 would

I really hope that PS3 would still improve on the areas that still needs to be done. What I like from them comparing to their rivals is that the joystick or things that use to operate the games is more friendly to use rather than their competitor which looks like one of those gay sex toys in the stores when you 1st see it. Anyways, keep it up guys!

PS3 Secret Hardware New Information

Should work fine for dance dance revolution, but i dont see myself playing some game like onimusha in my living room with this. I mean, how am I supposed to run around cities and jungles and so on?ps: Get a better verification system MG this one is almost impossible to read sometimes.

PS3 Secret Hardware New Information

That's the point, maybe the consumer doesn't want a blu-ray drive. Maybe the cheaper HD-DVD is satifactory for them. That's what you's don't understand. You say it's cheap because Sony PR says it's so. Now Sony PR says jump off a cliff.....off you go then.

PS3 Secret Hardware New Information

$659+$60-$80 PER GAME. 7%GST. 8%PSTAdd one more controller so your buddy can play. That's about $59.99(thats the cost of the Xbox360 controller)And what you have is one frekn expensive toy.$659 PS3+$60 GAME+$59.99 CONTROLLER=$778.99+15% SALES TAX=$895.84 (AND THAT'S FOR JUST 1 GAME!) What a joke Sony is trying to pull.

PS3 Secret Hardware New Information

the PS3 will be $999 off the shelf here, the PS1 was $1027 on release here, even though I'd never pay that much for a console people did and once the people who could afford it did the price lowered to the level that more people could buy then lowered more then more then more

PS3 Secret Hardware New Information

Until I can disconnect my PC and connect it to to TV in my loungeroom all that extra "power" means nothing though power always means nothing since power and gfx have never made a game.... cept Halo 2 since that was all gfx damn you bungie you embarassed Halos good name >.< Don't screw up halo 3 (yes off topic but I really liked original halo and 2 was shocking)

PS3 Secret Hardware New Information

Anonymousat 8:52 5/7/2006I don't think you understand what he meant, he's talking about easy transport to the loungeroom from were his PC is set up, moving a PC is alot more hassle then moving a small portable device moving a console takes seconds and is great when you have friends around

PS3 Secret Hardware New Information

My nForce 2 Deluxe gaming systems does Dolby Surround encoding in hardware or Dolby Digital 5.1 from any audio cd, game or movie that I play and watch. Now thats a feature I would like to see with the PS3, and prolly wont upgrade till It has a SoundStorm 2 system or something better!

PS3 Secret Hardware New Information

I specifically bought a xtx1900xtx Vivo card for gaming on my 42 inch TV.It's not a hard thing to connect it up. I have 4 wireless Logitech controllers and a steering wheel/gas joystick. Plays exactly like a console but better visuals and sound. It's hooked up to my 7.1 surrond sound.

PS3 Secret Hardware New Information

I'd like to have my PC connected to my main TV but sadly the wife has clearly stated "i'll never have that gigantic block sitting in my loungeroom" she doesn't mind the old PS2 though, she enjoys slaughtering me in Tekken everynow and then :(

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