PS3 - Where is Devastator
In the dawn of the PS3, the system specs were all powerful. The almighty Cell processor has 8 SPEs and would take advantage of other Cell processors on the network, such as those in your TV. It was kind of like Devastator, the processors combining to become even more powerful.
Then we find out that Sony is having trouble making Cell chips with 8 working SPEs. So the PS3 is promised to only have 7 working SPEs for each system.
Today we find out that the OS will always consume an SPE and has the right to abduct another when necessary. This reduces the potential number of SPEs that a developer can reliably count on for a game to use at all times is reduced to 5.
The true power of the PS3 keeps being reduced the closer to launch it becomes. Additional features have already been dropped. How many more will evaporate before the PS3 becomes a real device you can go to the store and buy?
"Cell will create a new extensible computing platform. A set-top box containing a Cell chip could, for example, combine to share processing power with a Cell-powered high-definition television to render the graphics of an animated movie."-wrong
"A game console might use a chip with 16 cores, while a less complicated device like a set-top box would have a processor with fewer"-Try a chip with 7 cores, only a max of 6 can be used for gaming.
"It will have the ability to do north of 1 trillion mathematical calculations per second, roughly 100 times more than a single Pentium 4 chip running at 2.5GHz."-?!
What went wrong on the way? Why do we now have a processor that isn't half what we were promised but is still a total bitch to program for?
Don’t you think someone should be asking these questions? Are people going to stand there and be happy they are being spoon-fed lies? Do people only have a memory that goes back a week so they can’t remember what we’ve been promised?
Anyone who believes ANYTHING that the game companies are telling us is being taken for a ride. Temper any news you hear with knowledge of history. Examine the reliability of the company’s press statements. Do this and you’ll see that Sony, as a company, is a bunch of cockroach liars.
Anyone who is saying that the 23% overhead will be optimized is lying to themselves. Is Sony really going to patch everyone’s OS with a streamlined version, give the extra horsepower to developers and then are developers going to take advantage of the extra power? Does anyone realize how far-fetched this is? Sure, it is possible, but it also possible to build a zeppelin in your garage. Who’s gonna do it?
What is Sony’s incentive to give developers extra horsepower? They’ve already got you once you buy the PS3. Why give you more for your money? Sony is interested in selling you Bluray movies and DRM’d music from their iTunes ripoff. They don’t want to streamline their OS, they will fill it with features to get you to spend money.