The next version of Sony's PlayStation console, which may be released in 2005, could run from other home appliances.
Although the company remains tight-lipped about the timing of the next-generation console's debut, it is dropping some hints about a product that skips the need for hardware.
Kenichi Fukunaga, a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE), the subsidiary that develops and makes the PlayStation, said that the ideal solution would be having an operating system installed in various home appliances that could run game programs.
According to Reuters, the company has launched a four-year project, codenamed Cell, due for completion in spring 2005.
It aims to create a powerful processor for home electronics with ultra-fast internet connections that could, for example, transmit high-resolution moving pictures.
SCE said that it has not yet decided how to integrate the cell processor into its next games console, but could use the chip in internet servers and home electronics devices to divide computing tasks among networked machines.
This would give the devices as much processing power as a supercomputer.
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