De PSX2 is nog lang niet op de markt en The Register begint al weer te speculeren over de release van de Playstation 3. Het ding zou in 2002 ge´ntroduceerd moeten werden en zou sneller moeten zijn dan Intel's Pentium familie (tja, wie gebruikt er nou nog Pentium's in 2002 ):
Head of Sony's PlayStation operation Ken Kutaragi today pledged to drive the technology behind the company's Emotion Engine processor line -- the heart of the upcoming PlayStation 2 -- way beyond that of Intel's Pentium family within the next six years.
And he hinted at the rapid evolution of future versions of the PlayStation and its chip pushing its upgrade cycle into something more akin to that of the desktop PC.
Right now, said Kutaragi, speaking at the autumn's Microprocessor Forum in San Jose, California, the latest Pentium III chip contains around 10 million transistors -- the same as the first Emotion Engine.
Both are constructed using 0.18 micron processes, but as process technology pushes to 0.13 micron and beyond, Kutaragi claimed, the next two generations of Emotion Engine will eclipse Pentium's transistor count. [break] Oja, het apparaatje is backwards compatible met de PSX2, dan hoef je je oude games niet uit het raam te gooien: [/break] Of course, Sony has an advantage here -- the PlayStation 2 will be the first games console to offer backwards compatibility. If future versions of the machine continue to offer that, users can ditch their hardware but retain their software investment, and that could easily persuade them to upgrade -- or at least to do so with less reluctance.