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Sony Licensing amBX Technology For PlayStation 3

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Sony Licensing amBX Technology For PlayStation 3

Considering the technology was developed by Philips, it's perhaps a little surprising to hear that amBX, as sported by the SGC5103BD speaker set, will be making its way to the PS3. But thanks to a "Tools & Middleware License agreement" between Sony Computer Entertainment and amBX the ambilight-like tech will soon also be sported by Sony's console - ambient lighting flashing, air blowing and all.

The upshot of this pact, is that amBX effects will no longer be limited to PC games, but can be enjoyed - or at least experienced - with console titles, too. The free SDK has apparently been licensed to "many" games developers and publishers so hopefully for fans or would-be adopters of amBX kit we'll see specific games announcing support for the tech. Updates to games such as GRID and Alone in the Dark which already offer support on the PC seem likely.

Knowing Sony we'll probably even see an amBX zone popping in PlayStation Home in the near future. Allowing non-users to see the potential benefits and owners to experience them - it's not like Home is much use for anything else currently.

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Hamish Campbell

February 5, 2009, 7:37 pm

Don't know how I missed the original review of this tech, anyway I'll comment here.





I can see that some of it will be good, like the lighting, but those fans?? Five minutes and my lips would be cracked like the aussie outback and my throat raspy as a...err raspy thing.

ilovethemonkeyhead

February 6, 2009, 12:21 am

if you have the fans as far as most people have them for a HC setup, ould you even feel it?





sony and philips have collaborated before

Prox2410

February 17, 2009, 10:42 pm

The fans aren't that bad and only come on when specific things happen, its not like they are blowing 24/7 and yes, if you put them a bit further back behind the monitor / to the side you feel it less. The lights are certainly the main attraction and tend to work very well with games and I can see them also being the main part of any PS3 setup.





Going to be interesting to see what Sony do with the license, whether it is just games or their own peripherals as well.

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