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Sony Shows Off PS3 Dashboard Interface 47

Gamespot has a rundown on Sony's demo of the PS3 dashboard, looking at the media use options (including music and photos), and the game download elements. From the article: "Harrison selected a slideshow option that arranged his photos as if they were set down on a flat white surface. As he cycled through them, dates were displayed in a handwritten font. Harrison stated that this was an example of one of many slideshow functions that will let people display their photographs in unique ways. The ornate interactivity comes courtesy of the PS3's RSX processor, which allows photos to be moved around like 3D objects." To see it firsthand, 1up has video of the interface demo.
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Sony Shows Off PS3 Dashboard Interface

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  • Sigh... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Eightyford ( 893696 ) on Saturday September 23, 2006 @02:32PM (#16169167) Homepage
    The ornate interactivity comes courtesy of the PS3's RSX processor, which allows photos to be moved around like 3D objects.
    So the processor allows this, eh? Not the code? This seems like a step down from the awesome supercomputer processor of the PS2 that allowed for EMOTIONS!
  • Uh... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Ash-Fox ( 726320 ) on Saturday September 23, 2006 @02:33PM (#16169169) Journal
    Harrison selected a slideshow option that arranged his photos as if they were set down on a flat white surface. As he cycled through them, dates were displayed in a handwritten font. Harrison stated that this was an example of one of many slideshow functions that will let people display their photographs in unique ways. The ornate interactivity comes courtesy of the PS3's RSX processor, which allows photos to be moved around like 3D objects.
    I could do this on my Amiga 1200 at 1024x768 without a RSX processor. This is supposed to impress me?
    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      I can do this with a bunch of photos printed on pieces of paper without a RSX processor! Ha!
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Threni ( 635302 )
      > I could do this on my Amiga 1200 at 1024x768 without a RSX processor. This is supposed to impress me?

      Fear the 7mhz Amiga's awesome 3d power! Let's not forget that the Amiga wasn't even powerful enough to playback MP3s...
    • Re:Uh... (Score:4, Funny)

      by UbuntuDupe ( 970646 ) on Saturday September 23, 2006 @02:38PM (#16169217) Journal
      Well ... okay, I see your point. I think a better example of something only the Cell processor can allow is real-time weapon change.
      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Neoncow ( 802085 )

        Well ... okay, I see your point. I think a better example of something only the Cell processor can allow is real-time weapon change.

        No, you've missed the point. The PS3's unique internetworking hardware components allow it to connect to a distributed network of other PS3's playing the same game and then dynamically change the price of the weapon for every weapon change. No other platform can match the sense of immersion the PS3 creates. That's where the true power of the Cell becomes apparent.

    • by cxreg ( 44671 )
      I could do this on my Amiga 1200 at 1024x768 without a RSX processor. This is supposed to impress me?

      No. That demo is not for you.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by _xeno_ ( 155264 )

      Literally - no: it's not supposed to be that impressive.

      It's a set of "bonus features" you get with the PS3 as part of its "media center" thingy. Just like the original PlayStation could play CDs with colorful blobby visualization and the PS2 could play DVDs, the PS3 has a bunch of extra features related to digital media.

      This is just them showing the extra features to some journalists to give them an idea of the UI and what extra features are going to be available.

      So, no, they're not supposed to be i

      • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward
        Did you even read the Slashdot blurb? Here, just the important part:

        The ornate interactivity comes courtesy of the PS3's RSX processor, which allows photos to be moved around like 3D objects.

        See that? That's in the Slashdot blurb. You didn't even need to go through the trouble of reading the linked story. Sony is claiming that due to the awesome power of the PS3, they can show pictures. Amazing, huh? Showing pictures on a computer. I think I've been doing that ever since, oh, you know, I owned a PC.

        B
      • by Rallion ( 711805 )
        While you failed to address the ridiculous Sony-brand spin they put on it, I do realize the truth of your words. However, they raise a question in my mind.

        Why do they bother to put this stuff in? I seriously doubt that it will net them any additional sales. At all. Nobody's thinking "It can display PICTURES?! Here's $600!"

        It just seems like a waste of effort, from a business standpoint. It's the kind of thing that I would mess around with, but never pay for.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Because a PS3 is already going to cost as much as a cheap used car
  • No giant enemy crabs?
  • Well, I can guess where they're going to put 3 of these in every car they do on Pimp My Ride
  • I hate many of Sony's policies but that interface looks very nice. has absolutely nothing to do with console games of course, but reminds me of Apple in terms of slickness. it's like a combination of quartz + front row + expose and is good enough that I will be very happy if iTV had a little last-minute "inspiration" from it.
  • real time?
  • Rootkit (Score:5, Funny)

    by Sandmann ( 182819 ) <sandmann@daimi.au.dk> on Saturday September 23, 2006 @03:11PM (#16169453)
    So, does it explode before or after the rootkit kicks in?
  • Demo is not so impressive. Interface is very similar to Aqua Apple GUI, at least on the ideas behind.
    And Aqua is born in 2000.
    So is not so impressive to my eyes... but a little old stylish :)

    • by ClamIAm ( 926466 )
      Interface is very similar to Aqua Apple GUI, at least on the ideas behind. ... And Aqua is born in 2000.

      Um, the ideas behind Aqua come from the Macintosh and Nextstep [wikipedia.org]. And these systems are like 20 years old.

      Also, I should note that I'm not supporting your assertion that the PS3 interface is a "ripoff" of Aqua.
  • As much as Sony doesn't want to play the "My system is a games machine for playing fun games" game, they have really gone overboard with trying to sell it based on alternate features. It's not like the PS3 is going to replace a home computer for photo manipulation or viewing. Until Adobe decides to release Photoshop for PS3 (along with keyboards and tablets and trackball mice), this feature is simply a glorified picture frame.

    This is a good reason why the PS3 won't do well. Sony doesn't seem to realize th
    • Seriously, the other day I saw a GPS Addon for the PS3. GP-FUCKING-S
      On a console....
      Why?
    • I think that is precisely the problem. I mean, how inconvenient or how limited can photo editing with an analog stick be? A mouse (or maybe the Wiimote) would be much more precise and faster. Although, I have to contest your DVD example. IIRC, the PS2 played DVDs (albeit with some slight problems, apparently) at a time where DVD players were relatively expensive. I hear many people bought it because it was an inexpensive DVD player. The only reason I would begin to consider a PS3 is for Blu-Ray, but since
    • by DrXym ( 126579 )
      This is a pretty strawman argument. Not everyone wants or needs Adobe Photoshop. Some people just want to show their family snaps and a PS3 (or XBox 360 or Wii) and an HDTV is a perfect way to do it. If you're moaning about the ability to show photos, your criticism should be aimed at every console not just the PS3. After all, the Wii has a picture viewer and makes great stock of it too (which isn't surprising considering the dearth of other features).

      As for DVD players etc., why shouldn't it offer playba

      • Sure, it would be dumb to not include them, but it's even more dumb to market what should be a videogame system as something else.
        • by DrXym ( 126579 )
          So far most of the attention has been squarely on the video game aspects of the device. Aside from a few side shows the TGS was all about showing off the games it played. I haven't seen much coverage of other aspects of the device (e.g. music & video features) and there certainly hasn't been much technical meat to hang an opinion on.
    • so does that leave the PS3 out in the cold?

      Well, if the power brick is anything like the 360's, then leaving the PS3 on in a cold room would proably be rather practicle during the winter. You can probably include that in the list of featurs. Right next to real time weapon change and giant crabs. Personaly, I'd rather not have any giant crabs as I imagine the normal kind are trouble enough...

  • I think it looks pretty cool.

    I mean, I don't actually care about any of it in the slightest, but it's pretty.

    "Dashboard"-type things are always like that. I saw this story, and decided to take a look. I knew that nothing I saw would actually matter to me. I know there's nobody who's actually thinking, "Well, MAYBE I'll get a PS3, but I'll wait and see how good the console's built-in software is."

    I just looked out of sheer curiosity. Which, really, is all these things ever are -- curiosities.
  • Multiple browser windows, why didn't somebody else think of that before? These people are geniuses, I tell you!
    </sarcasm>

    If I want to browse web pages, I'll use my computer. If I want to play DVDs, I'll use my DVD player. If I want to play games, I'll use my Wii. Why sony doesn't just focus on games is beyond me.
    • by pembo13 ( 770295 )
      To be fair. Sony isn't a gaming company. They are an electronics company (mostly at least) who happen to also make a video console. The only big game company that comes to mind in Nintendo, and well EA.
    • by DrXym ( 126579 )
      That is pretty bizarre thinking. The PS3 has the horsepower, and capacity to offer a browser, music and video playback and many other features in addition to games. So why shouldn't it offer them? Do you think that there is absolutely no benefit at all to having a single device by your TV which can do all of those things?

      Nintendo will also be crushed to learn you don't want a browser because they're making one for the Wii (and DS).

  • by IntergalacticWalrus ( 720648 ) on Saturday September 23, 2006 @05:59PM (#16170703)
    Glad they finally reproduced them nifty dashboard interfaces from those historic Japanese battles.
  • Stupid fucking flash video players. That is a trend I wish would DIE! DIE! DIE!

    I can't watch the video, but from the comments, it sounds like the photo viewer is a half-hearted attempt at Macslow's Lowfat document browser.

    That's how it seems from the comments, anyway.
  • I'm sure we'll have to rip our own music again, and figure out ways to download photos again.

    PS3: Look at me I can play music and photos.
    Xbox 360: So...

    I love the fact they are trying to sell the PS3 as a entertainment center, yet the 360 has already done this a year ago. I'm sure it will be just as annoying the second time i have to load up my console with all the music that is already on the 360. However I'm wondering if they will give the player something as useful as the guide button. That alone is wh

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