With programmers finding it difficult to take full advantage of PS3, tools company Codeplay hopes its new parallelism system will ease the pain.
In many respects, PlayStation 3 is an anachronism. The pinnacle of Sony Computer Entertainment's decade-old philosophy that focuses on proprietary chip design to gain performance and long-term production efficiencies, it's been outflanked by Microsoft's off-the-shelf approach and Nintendo's control-is-everything attitude. And with its main architect, one-time CEO and the father of the PlayStation Ken Kutaragi, no longer in charge, it's likely that PlayStation 4 will be a very different beast.
Of course, in terms of the current console war, it's still early days. PlayStation 3 remains the most powerful gaming device, as well as providing the best future-proofed option in terms of consumer electronics, although cynics might say that at its original launch price it should've made the tea, too.