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Sony Announces Worldwide Launch Of Life With PlayStation

Okay, so yesterday was just a premature slip, as a few PlayStation 3 owners saw the Life With PlayStation application in a Folding@Home update. But now, we have the official press release in our inbox.

Today, Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that Life With PlayStation officially arrives worldwide. As stated in the release, it's a "new visual and interactive way to use their PS3 to access news and information from around the world, only possible on the PS3's feature-rich platform." As part of this initial launch, LIVE CHANNEL will be included with the program, and the news and information will be displayed on a "place" and "time" world map interface. It's the live content that will intrigue most; there's cloud imagery (provided by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center), weather details straight from the Weather Channel, news headlines ripped directly from Google, and very cool live camera images (partially provided by the Earth Television Network) "of nearly 60 cities around the globe." All of this is free, folks, and while it may not sound earth-shattering, we have to admit...LIVE CHANNEL sounds like something we'd toy around with.

Care to check it out? Just click that Folding@Home icon - yes, you do need it - and this time, the update that downloads will include Life With PlayStation. This update is also for Stanford's ongoing project as well; it will allow the program to "support more advanced simulation of protein fold, and will also support PS3's unique Folding@Home ranking system." So there you have it: Life With PlayStation is ready to go, and we dare you to nab it, take a look around, and tell us it's not pretty darn sweet. :)

9/18/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (28 posts)

JPBooch
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 10:51:21 AM
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Nice, I probably will never get any time to f*** with it though. They should have incorporated it into the xmb. I'm too lazy to have to open a program to start checking out the weather / news. But, I think the concept is great and it allows a great cause to get more enticement to be used. Sony had the right idea putting it into folding@home if they couldn't put it into the xmb.

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Alienange
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 10:56:13 AM
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A nice little addition. Doesn't change my life, but nice it's nice to have I guess. Haven't seen it yet but I'm guessing it spanks the Wii News Channel?

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Daedusian
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 10:58:45 AM
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@ JPBooch - I agree, it would've been better if the weather was displayed on the xmb or was just an easy button press away. However that being said, I'm still excited to see it and it is a great feature to have.

Last edited by Daedusian on 9/18/2008 10:59:02 AM

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Qubex
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 11:20:20 AM
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I am running it now; as suggested herein, it would be good if they have an XMB version of Folding@Home/Life... i.e. if you left the PS3 on the XMB for a while, without changing the interface folding would commence... also some active icons such as weather, RSS news items (which could be made to be user configurable), and other content could be made available directly via the XMB...

It would also be nice if Sony permitted some User Generated content for XMB, like XMB Extensions for example. Also the addition of Skype etc. It just seems Sony does not want to open up the system enough to get the bedroom coder involved.

What about Scene Demo productions like they had for Amiga and Commodore 64 computers... so much could be done.

With Google supplying the news feeds for Life, Sony should have simply developed a derivative of Google Earth which includes all the community layers and information such as the ability to search for information and display relevant information within the 3D environment, such as the localisation and source of the information...

The Earth texture for me is a little low res though, again, the texturing could have been better, similarly to the poor textures used for the Earth visualiser...

Q!

"aLL rOadS LeAd ToO HoMe"

Last edited by Qubex on 9/18/2008 11:23:23 AM

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LegioN
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 11:22:25 AM
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I agree, putting it with F@H will get more people folding. A good move.

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Jed
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 11:22:32 AM
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I hope they add more cities. The closest city to me is at least 400 miles away

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Qubex
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 11:28:23 AM

Unfortunately, if you hear what was said about it, it seemed overly hyped as usual... and the result could have been so much better. Of course things may be added and "improved"... but one has this uncomfortable feeling that it could be so much better, and yet it has fallen short... in the end, to browse the internet, stream media (news etc), search and view things in Google Earth and generally do what I need to get done... I still have to do it on the PC...

In my view Sony are not moving quickly enough in making the PS3 the machine to go to for all media and browsing. It is a 64bit computer, it can do anything you want it too, Sony just need to open her up a little...

Q!

"aLL RoAds LeAd ToO hOme"

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LightShow
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 9:39:41 PM

word qubex.

Two things Sony can do to blow away the competition:

1. Let the PS3 loose and provide some apps that really take advantage of all the power they put in it. If they're gonna make us pay for all that power, give us something that'll use it.

2. Let the hackers loose on the PSP. Legitimize all the awesome stuff indies are bringing to the platform, or make your own versions, but theres a lot of potential in the PSP that sony has under wraps because of money concerns. I dont even play PSP games anymore; most of it is GBA games on an EMU.

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ThePoetRazel
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 9:48:10 PM

Qubex, i don't think you fully appreciate how difficult it is to make this stuff. The guys at Sony are working hard to bring us these brilliant innovations only to hear so many ungratefuls cracking the verbal whip.
To me, it's 1 step closer to perfection. Glass half full.

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Sir Shak
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 12:28:09 PM
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will running folding@home hamper the performance or slow down games on the ps3 ?

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Odd Child
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 1:41:25 PM

no, it only runs when you access it from the XMB.

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Prevent
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 3:26:12 PM
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im downloading it right now, I cant wait

Last edited by Prevent on 9/18/2008 3:26:40 PM

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ZubraZap
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 5:20:20 PM
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PRETTY NIFTY

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souljah92
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 6:17:04 PM
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ps life is nothing big at all, i'd say the best part is the cool looking globe and cloud effects.

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Skillz
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 6:23:40 PM
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I was I had it I just sent my PS3 back to Sony yesterday. PS Life sounds sort of cool. To bad I'll miss this and my Resistance 2 beta invite *I freaking paid $3 for nothing*. Talk about irony :(

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bamf
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 6:33:54 PM
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Its a nice neat feature and its free.

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jonny_bolton
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 6:38:18 PM
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Yawn to this feature...

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illegalprelude
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 7:09:36 PM
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Paid $3 for what? Here is a question, when your looking at the weather and news and such, your still folding?

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Tim Speed24
Friday, September 19, 2008 @ 9:17:43 AM

Yes.

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illegalprelude
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 7:10:34 PM
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answered my own question. Yes you will be

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Skillz
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 8:05:26 PM
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For Qore Episode 3. Looks like I have a reason to play my 360 again :)

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LightShow
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 9:34:21 PM
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Beeg Whoop.


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Tim Speed24
Friday, September 19, 2008 @ 9:19:11 AM
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Kind of a neat feature. I never used the folding home application till now. Sony needs to add alot more cities though.

Somehow the world seems empty.....

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Subtle_Demise
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 9:20:04 AM
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Kinda like the Wii.

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kj313
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 9:23:16 AM
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@lightshow and qubex
I couldn't agree wit u guys more. That skype feature u mention sounds real nice! Sony let me down tremendously with the In-game xmb update. Ever since then my expectaions from Sony will always be low. So this way when they hype up something(in-game music) when they fail or limit it an app baffles me.

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LowKii
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 5:24:31 PM
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meh just tried it, its pretty cool i guess.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 4:36:17 PM
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Just got it, kinda buggy, overall I'm gonna go with a Fail. Its just a 3d weather map with a newsfeed. I'm thinking it was a way to get more people to Fold, which I am all for. How about some satellite radio or something? I dunno they hyped it a bit much for what it actually is.

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LowKii
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 4:02:48 AM

I agree bud

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