Reality Synthesis

So the new Sony Playstation 3 has a ‘Reality Synthesizer‘, ‘Synergistic Processing Unit’, ‘Cell Broadband Engine‘ and an ‘Emotion Engine’. This thing may have “more than the total number of transistors in both the central processing units and the graphics processing units of the three leading current-generation systems, combined” but I think their naming convention is pushing it a bit!! Show me this thing driving a Star Trek-style holodeck and I might believe you otherwise “creating a real-time world in real time” is nothing but a marketing gimmick. Still, it does sound quite cool and the cell processor looks pretty amazing up close!

Funnily enough, I’ve never brought a gaming console before, and have no plans to in the future, although the Nintendo Wii looks kind of neat but something tells me the novelty would wear off after about 5 minutes!


Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Kamakura. Prior to this, he lived in China and longs to explore more of this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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