PlayStation 3 users worldwide are now able to download the free Life with PlayStation service, according to a press release from Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE).
Accessible by updating the Folding@Home channel, this 'lifestyle service' will give users new visual and interactive ways to access news and information from around the globe.
The Live Channel is the first bit of content released, delivering live content from around the planet based on two themes, 'place' and 'time', via a world map interface.
Some of the live content includes:
- Cloud imagery (provided by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center)
- Weather information (provided by The Weather Channel)
- News headlines (provided by Google Newsâ„˘)
- Live camera images (partially provided by The Earth Television Network) of nearly 60 cities around the globe
In addition to being able to access the above content, users will be able to contribute the processing power of their idle PS3s to the Folding@Home distributed computing project being run by Stanford University, which aims to understand protein folding and misfolding, and how these are related to diseases and many forms of cancer.
With the latest update, Folding@Home will support 'more advanced simulation of protein fold', and allow users to see where they rank based on their level of contribution worldwide. As of February 2008, over 1 million PS3 users have participated in the project, contributing an astonishing 74% of the computing power being used.
Click here for more details on the Life with PlayStation service. SCE has promised to 'vigorously promote the expansion of the world of PS3 by introducing new services that will open up new possibilities and enjoyment in interactive entertainment'. We'll keep you updated with any new features and channels as they become available.