There was quite a lot of hype last year about Play Station 3’s revolutionary processor chip, “The Cell.” This processor chip was going to blow everybody’s minds and totally change the way we think about video games. It would make games so amazingly realistic, you’d never be able to go back to the old systems again.
Now, the PS3 is out and everybody is still waiting for that mind-blowing gaming experience that the Cell promised. Sony had said that, in particular, the Cell would give the PS3 better graphics and more detail, and give it a competitive edge over the xBox 360 and Nintendo Wii.
What makes the Cell processor chip so extraordinary? The Cell processor chip is a multicore chip, which means that it has a main processor core that controls a number of sub-processors. This design is a big improvement over regular processor chips because it is capable of carrying out several tasks at once. With the Cell, each chip has several cores that control 8 sub-processors. While regular processor chips can carry out only 2 tasks at once, the Cell is capable of carrying out up to 10. This means that it runs faster than 4 GHz, 10 times faster than PC processor chips. The Intel chip comes closest, running at 3.8 GHz.
What this means for gamers is that the PS3 processor chip is able to offer better graphics. The increased operating speed and multi-tasking can be used to make games even more realistic. This was the cause for all the hype surrounding the release of the gaming system with the new processor chip.
Unfortunately, many gamers feel that the Cell has fallen short of expectations. Some gamers say that the XBox 360 has better graphics than the PS3. If you compare games made for both systems, like Madden 07, Call Of Duty 3, Need For Speed Carbon and others, you can see that the XBox has better graphics all around. You can see some differences in the graphics, but it’s hard to say that one system’s graphics are better than any others. For example, in some games the backgrounds are clearer, or the lighting better. Most gamers agree that these differences are hardly noticeable.
It seems to many that the makers of PS3 are not using the chip’s full potential. Not yet, anyway. Gamers are eagerly awaiting the next round of new games to be released by PS3, and hoping that developers will use the Cell to its fullest potential.
The Cell was developed by Sony, Toshiba and IBM working together over four years, and there are plans in the works to use its high speed multi-tasking capabilities for new models of digital televisions and other household electronics. The Play Station 3’s use of this brand new technology is something of a first; for a new processor chip to make its debut with a gaming console is unusual. Maybe this will be a new trend in the tech industry. This is good news for gamers!