The guys over at GameInformer have gotten their hands
on the new PS3 development kit.
Previous versions of the PS3 hardware, which software makers are using to code their games on, have been massive affairs. The new version looks more like a home theatre PC case, or a piece of rackmount audio equipment.
It sports what appear to be two drive bays on the front, along with a plethora of lights and switches to help in debugging and running early code.
There are also some pictures of the new PS3 controller, which looks almost exactly like the current PS2 pad - save for the removable USB wire in the top.
The pics certainly make for interesting viewing, even if they don't tell us very much about the machine at the moment. For that, we have to look to comments from Kaz Hirai, published this week over at GameSpot, where the Sony exec tells us that
"We haven't started manufacturing yet. Some of our ops guys were actually just in China, and also in Japan just reviewing the [production] lines and everything else. But they are, again, preparing as we speak to get the manufacturing going. We've not announced and we haven't set really a specific date to say, "As of this day we're going to start manufacturing.""
Right. So Sony is planning to put out 2 million units by November and the production lines haven't started yet? That could be a fairly tough task.
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