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Expressway To Your Skull

PlayStation 3’s ability to blast data between chips is one of the secrets to a mind-bending gaming experience

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Photo-illustration: Smalldog Imageworks; Player photo: Vincent Ricardel/Getty Images

If you believe the prerelease hype, Sony’s PlayStation 3 is the machine that is going to change the way we experience games. This past May, gamers got a taste of some much-awaited PS3 titles during the E3 conference in Los Angeles. In Resistance: Fall of Man, a first-person shooter set in a devastated England overrun by creepy creatures, bullets zip and thunk with stunning clarity, and blood sprays with gruesome realism. In Heavenly Sword, tables and bodies fly as in a martial arts movie while you face enemy squads controlled by artificial intelligence algorithms. And in Gran Turismo HD, a dozen racing cars speed and skid through the streets of Tokyo or on a dusty rally circuit that has the Grand Canyon as a backdrop.

Sony Corp., in Tokyo, has a lot staked on the success of the PS3—hundreds of millions of dollars, at least, and maybe even its future as the preeminent maker of consumer electronics. “Gamers are expecting a great deal from the PS3, because Sony has promised a lot,” says Brian O’Rourke, an analyst at market research firm In-Stat, in Scottsdale, Ariz. “More realism, good online experience, new and innovative games are probably the primary expectations from gamers.” The console, after one big delay, is supposed to go on sale in Japan on 11 November, and in the United States and Europe on 17 November.

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