PlayStation :: PlayStation 3 can aid medical research – Sony

PlayStation 3 – PS3, the much-awaited update to Sony’s popular PlayStation series, went on sale in Japan on Saturday. It was set to launch in the U.S. on Friday and in Europe in March.

People who buy Sony’s new PlayStation 3 console, which hit U.S. stores Friday, could help search for a cure to diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s by connecting their machines to the Internet.

The new PS3 machines are as powerful as supercomputers and can help Stanford University researchers speed up analysis of complex human protein structures, according to Nanako Kato of Sony’s gaming arm, Sony Computer Entertainment.

The PlayStation (Japanese: プレイステーション) is a video game console of the 32-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the 1990s. The original PlayStation was the first of the PlayStation series of console and hand-held game devices, which has included successor machines including the PSone, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and the forthcoming PlayStation 3.

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