London (ots/PRNewswire) – Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
(SCEE) today announced that PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) to be launched
in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australasia on 23rd March 2007
would utilise a new hardware specification.
The European PS3 will feature the Cell Broadband Engine(TM), 60 GB hard disc drive, Blu-ray Disc player, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, SIXAXIS(TM) wireless controller. It also embodies a new combination of hardware and software emulation which will enable PS3 to be compatible with a broad range of original PlayStation(R) (PS) titles and a limited range of PlayStation(R)2 (PS2) titles. "PS3 is first and foremost a system that excels in playing games specifically designed to exploit the power and potential of the PS3 system," said David Reeves, President of SCEE. "Games designed for PS3 offer incredible graphics quality, stunning gameplay and massively improved audio and video fidelity that is simply not achievable with PS and PS2 games. Rather than concentrate on PS2 backwards compatibility, in the future, company resources will be increasingly focused on developing new games and entertainment features exclusively for PS3, truly taking advantage of this exciting technology." Some additional PS2 titles will become compatible on the PS3 system through regular downloadable firmware updates, which will be made available through the PLAYSTATION(R)Network, from www.playstation.com or via PS3 game discs, with the first update planned for the launch date of the 23rd March 2007. Users will be able to check whether their titles are compatible with PS3 at http://faq.eu.playstation.com/bc. This site will be available on 23rd March to meet launch day. European PLAYSTATION 3 Product Specification Product Name PLAYSTATION(R)3 Computer Entertainment System Product Codes Europe, Middle East and Africa: CECHC04 UK and Ireland: CECHC03 Australia/New Zealand: CECHC02 Russia/India: CECHC08 CPU Cell Broadband Engine(TM) GPU RSX(TM) Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 ch, DTS 5.1 ch, LPCM 7.1 ch, AAC, others(1,2) AAC Dolby 5.1ch, DTS, LPCM, etc. (Cell-base processing) Memory 256 MB XDR Main RAM, 256 MB GDDR3 VRAM Hard Disk HDD 2.5" Serial ATA - 60GB Inputs/Outputs(3) USB 4 x Hi-speed USB2.0 Memory Supports standard/Duo size, MagicGate(TM), Stick(TM) Memory Stick PRO(TM) and high speed data slot transmission SD Memory Copyright-protection function is not Card slot supported CF slot (Type I, II), Microdrive Networking Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) x 1 Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR) Wireless Controller SIXAXIS(TM) Wireless Controller (Bluetooth) Built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery Voltage - DC 3.7V Battery capacity - 610 m/Ah Weight - Approx 136g AV Output Resolution 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p HDMI HDMI (supports Deeep Color / Ver 1.3a) x1 Analog AV MULTI Out connector x 1 Digital Digital out (optical) audio connector x 1 Disc media CD PlayStation(R) CD-ROM (i) read only PlayStation(R)2 CD-ROM(4) CD-DA (audio CD) CD-DA (ROM), CD-R, CD-RW Super Audio CD DVD PlayStation(R)2 DVD-ROM(4) DVD-Video DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW AVCHD Blu-ray PLAYSTATION(R)3 BD-ROM Disc BD-Video BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE(i) (i)BD-RE version 1.0 is not supported BD/DVD/CD drive maximum BD x 2 (BD-ROM), DVD x 8 (DVD-ROM), CD x 24 read rates (CD-ROM) Dimensions Approximately 325mm (W) x 98mm (H) x 274mm (D) (excluding maximum projecting part) Weight Approximately 5Kg 1. A device compatible with Linear PCM 7.1 Ch is required to output 7.1 ch audio, supported by Dolby TrueHD or a similar format, from the HDMI OUT connector. 2. This system does not support output from the DTS-HD 7.1 Ch. DTS-HD 7.1 Ch audio is output from a 5.1 or lower channel. 3. Usability of all storage media types is not guaranteed. 4. Certain PlayStation 2 format software titles may not perform properly on this system. Visit faq.eu.playstation.com/bc for the latest information regarding compatible titles Legal Notes: - Storage media ("Memory Stick", SD memory card, and CompactFlash(R)) are sold separately. - "Dolby" is a trademark of Dolby Laboratories. - "DTS" is a trademark of DTS, Inc. - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is an authorized licensee of the CompactFlash(R) trademark. - HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC. - "Blu-ray Disc" is a trademark. - The Bluetooth word mark is owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such mark by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is under license. - "Memory Stick" is a trademark of Sony Corporation. - "Super Audio CD" is a trademark. - "PlayStation", "PLAYSTATION" and "PSP" are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Also, "Cell Broadband Engine" and "RSX" are trademarks of the same company.