Router functions dropped from PS3 spec
But Sony many have other plans for its bank of Gigabit Ethernet ports
The PlayStation 3 will no longer act as a home network router, according to Sony Computer Entertainment boss Ken Kutaragi, who has revealed that the functionality has been dropped because it would have been too expensive.
Speaking with Japanese publication Nikkei Electronics, Kutaragi said that the original specification for the PS3 would have allowed the system's three Gigabit Ethernet ports to be used as a home router.
However, this functionality has now been dropped since it would have made the console cost too much to manufacture, he admitted - and Sony now expects that users will continue to use their existing router hardware, which is becoming more commonplace in households with broadband internet connections.
Whether that means the bank of network ports on the back of the box has actually been reduced to a single port is not clear, however, as the company has previously hinted that it has other plans in mind for the multiple network ports.
The news that the system was intended for use as a router or hub was first revealed at E3, when Sony's Phil Harrison told GamesIndustry.biz that "it can be a hub, rather than just being a terminal at the end of a network."
"Also, we want to be able to have a Gigabit port for an IP camera," he revealed. "So one of the ports is an in, and two of them are through. It can be a server as well as a terminal."
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Router functions dropped from PS3 spec"We don't provide the 'easy to program for' console that (developers) want, because 'easy to program for' means that anybody will be able to take advantage of pretty much what the hardware can do, so then the question is, what do you do for the rest of the nine-and-a-half years?"
--Kaz Hirai, CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment
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A recent interview with Masashi Tsuboyama, chief director of Silent Hill 5, revealed some new information about Silent Hill 5.
In the interview Tsuboyama stated that they had looked at all of the current gen consoles, and they all limited their ideas and could all lead to delays. Except the PlayStation 3.
Although the PlayStation 3 might be the only console that didn't limit their ideas, there is still a possibility the game could turn up on the Xbox 360 as well. But Tsuboyama said this all depended on the PlayStation 3 sales.
Tsuboyama said the PlayStation 3 is hard to work with, but the processor is far beyond any other console. He also stated that Blu-ray is a necesarry part in the development of their game.
The game will most probably be revealed at E3 on July 11 till July 13. And we will keep you up to date on new information about Silent Hill 5.
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