17 October 2007

At Least The PS3 Is Good For Something... ;-)

In today's Wired:

Suffering from its exorbitant price point and a dearth of titles, Sony's PlayStation 3 isn't exactly the most popular gaming platform on the block. But while the console flounders in the commercial space, the PS3 may be finding a new calling in the realm of science and research.

Right now, a cluster of eight interlinked PS3s is busy solving a celestial mystery involving gravitational waves and what happens when a super-massive black hole, about a million times the mass of our own sun, swallows up a star.

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the PS3 has awesome capabilities & all. It must, since this researcher's "eight [PS3] consoles are equal to about 200 of the supercomputing nodes he used to rely on." The question is, what level of hardware is needed to make games that fit your target market? It seems to me that Sony (and to some extent Microsoft, with the Xbox 360) overshot on the hardware front in terms of making games that satisfy the broader swath of the playing public. As a friend points out, the Wii has now "gone from release, through two Christmas seasons being a rarity in stores... talk about a win."

Well played, Nintendo, well played.

(Link from By The Way....)