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Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.’s PlayStation 3 is already a multimedia powerhouse with advanced processing capabilities as well as support of one of the next-generation digital video disc format. However, Sony is mulling to create a version of the console that would appeal more to those wishing to use the PlayStation 3 not as a gaming machine on the first place, but as a primary video player.

The “media-centric” PlayStation 3 will feature capabilities of consumer electronics devices and will be more focused on digital media content playback, rather than on gaming. Based on claims reportedly made by executives of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., PC Watch web-site reports that the PlayStation 3 “media-centric”-edition will feature anti-vibration mechanism on the Blu-ray disc drive, 512MB XDR memory, more advanced power supply unit and two HDMI connectors to divide audio and video data.

The third version of the PlayStation 3 will also have a new design that matches other consumer electronics products and is unlikely to be totally similar to the currently sold PlayStation 3 gaming machines. Still, all the games for the PlayStation 3 should play absolutely well on the device.

According to comments reported to had been made by executives of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., the PlayStation 3 game machine is unlikely to be sold by SCEI, but more probably to be supplied by Sony itself under Sony brand.

Given that in the consumer electronics industry manufacturers do not subsidize hardware in hope to compensate their losses by selling many games, it is highly likely that the console, which currently costs $840 to manufacture, will be sold at a premium price. The Japanese web-site noted an executive at SCEI as saying that the price range could be from ?200 to ?300 thousand ($1680 to $2520).

Sony PlayStation 3 console is based on the Cell processor developed by IBM, Sony and Toshiba, the RSX graphics chip by Nvidia Corp. and will be equipped with Blu-ray optical disk drive. There are two versions of the PlayStation console available today: one is equipped with 20GB hard disk drive and priced at $499, another features 60GB hard drive, card reader and some other improvements and is offered for $599.

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The 256MB of XDR in the PS3 costs about $70 so this would cost at least $910 to manufacture. Given that they are also modifying other components the cost should be about $925-$1000
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Wow, I didn't know Sony pays retail for their components?
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"... and two HDMI connectors to divide audio and video data."

HDMI was thought up in the first place to unite audio and video data! Why the hell is this being done?
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This Is Sony :)
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What the hell sony think they do why now they haveso many version make customer hard to choose which one to buy.Damn I know there is price range but why they just should put one version so everyone happy. "Maralah kehadapan wahai Raksasa Belalang"
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Yes I agree with raksasa belalang sony must show their credibility for single console can statified for all customer.Sony must have their own indentity to show diffrent between PS3 and Xbox360
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Sony is an true expert in the AV field. It answers the demand of true AV gamers who want a premium audio-visual quality "console". Currently all PS3 and 360 do not meet this requirement as both consoles have to be illed with cost control component reduction. Back in 2003, Sony already launched a special version PS2 in Japan, called PSX, which employed a top quality DACs and audio/video component that can let PSX pair up to HiFi/HiVi quality. Now I am looking forward for a $2000 PS3 version PSX so that can fully unlock the potential of SACD and BluRay format.
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Anybody else think that maybe Sony's trying to find a way to "gracefully" extricate themselves from the console wars that they pretty much started? Yeah, I know this new Playstation 3 Mark 2 Super Happy Fantastic Whatever will play the games, but at $2500 and being specifically tailored for higher end home entertainment centers they are not exactly attempting to expand to a larger target audience.

Sony has really pissed me off this generation. All I want to do is play MGS4 and Final Fantasy XIII, and it already sucks that I'm going to have to do that on a machine filled with extraneous crap I don't want in the first place but will still have to pay an arm and a leg for. Sony's philosophy epitomizes why we, as a species, are fucked. Sony isn't planning ahead, they're simply telling us to bend over so they can fuck US in the ass, and people are actually maneuvering into position. Screw that.
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Did Sony tell you, you need to buy the über expensive edition to watch a video ?
No they didn't.

So what are you ranting about.. sony is making a special version for the HiFi geeks/Audiofiles. Its not a bad idea but i wonder if this crowd really wants to watch video from a consol game.

This market is probably pretty slim, maybe a few home cinema enthusiasts will fall for it..
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Those people who blame Sony are usually poor people who can't afford such a console

But in fact Sony had never market PS3 or PSP for low end gaming market. PS3 is completely for high end, that's why Sony is planning a "HiFi reference grade standand" version PS3 to satisfy the demend of HIGH END console market.

Microsoft can never satisfy this when 360 doesn't come with any SPDIF and HDMI output by default configuration. They are doing low end market forever, just like HTPC can never step into HIGH END AV market!
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"Sony Promises Third PlayStation 3 Version for Video Dumba$$ Fanatics for $2500". Just to close the $ hole opened by the "rootkit affaire" (suits & suits losts) and the $ black hole born by laptop's batteries burn. I think Sony have lost any sense of reality. And yes, I'm sorry.
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I'm sorry, but WTF does Windows rootkits from their Music dept and exploding Lithium-Ion batteries from their other branch have anything to do with Sony Computer Entertainment and the PS3?

Honestly, if you're gonna criticise any company or product, at least have the balls to make a decent argument...I guess that requires too much brain power for folks like you, eh?
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I've understood what NorthStar want to say (perhaps). PS2 was (is) a BIG success for Sony, millions of unit selled means big bucks. Perhaps at Sony someone is thinking to overprice the next "fashion" console hoping to sell it in millions of pieces (PS3 will be vastly overpriced at 2500$ also at 18K gold forged) to patch the millions $ wasted by the rootkit suits and the battery recall and others flops as UMD and so on. Alas, PS3 is too late and performance-wise speaking on par or weak than a Xbox360 (hype don't means performance) and slowly this is perceived by customers, leading in the long run to another, memorable flop! Who knows?
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For those gamers without any AV/HiFi equipment knowledge here and those who can't read Japanese,

The original Japanese article from PC watch that XBit Labs quoted stated that the "AV-HiFi" version PS3 will offer seperated audio/video circuitry, HiFi quality ultra stable power supply (I believe should be the same award winning "R core transformer" that always appear in Sony's top ES line SACD/DVD player), as well as seperated digital audio/video output thur dual HDMI.

What that actually means? The AV Elite version PS3 can now output video and audio at even better quality. If u are using a 108" projector, it's a good news as 360's oldie analog output can never satisfy ur need!
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I still don't get the separated Audio and Video streams through two HDMI links. Is it really improving quality?
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