Whispers in the Wind: Playstation 3

Gamespot reports today that Sony has already begun discussing possibilities and hopes for its next console venture, the PlayStation 3. According to the report, Sony Senior Vice President of R&D Shinichi Okomoto touted during a keynote recently that the company has already begun research on the console, shooting for a system 1,000 times more powerful than its predecessor, the PlayStation 2.

Ken Kutaragi, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, told reporters that he already has specific plans to develop new advanced graphics processors for the console.

The November issue of Scientific American highlights several keys to the PlayStation 3. With this unit Sony hopes to unite all areas of the company, including its music and video divisions, and use the console as its "delivery platform". New features on the PS3 include online shopping, online banking, and various other Internet interactive capabilities.

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