Life with PlayStation
|Developer||Life with PlayStation
Sony Computer Entertainment
Sony Computer Entertainment of America
Stanford University / Pande Group
|Launch date||September 18, 2008|
|Website||Official Life With PlayStation website|
Life with PlayStation was an online multimedia application for the PlayStation 3 video game console on the PlayStation Network. The application had four channels, all of which revolved around a virtual globe that displayed information according to the channel. The application also included a client for Folding@home, a distributed computing project aimed at disease research. As of November 2012[update] the service has been discontinued.
|This section requires expansion. (November 2012)|
Life features five channels which are updated frequently with new information. The application provides the user with access to information "channels", the first of which being the Live Channel which offers news headlines and weather through a 3D globe. The user can rotate and zoom in to any part of the world to access information provided by Google News and The Weather Channel, among other sources.
Live Channel is a news, time zone and weather feed, designed to provide users with the same services as Google News and The Weather Channel. The channel is, incidentally, powered by both websites and is organised by city. The content includes live camera feeds and cloud data, similar to Google Earth. Live Cameras is provided by earthTV and the Webcams.travel website. The application only supports certain cities of the world, with limited coverage, such as with the continent Africa, with only four cities covered by the Live Channel.
Life with PlayStation also hosted an application for Folding@home, a distributed computing project for disease research that simulates protein folding and other molecular dynamics. In August 2006, Stanford University announced that a protein folding client would be available to run on the PS3. Gamers were able to contribute to the project by leaving their client to run Folding@home while not playing games. The application displays a live rendering of the protein being folded and some statistical information in front of a virtual globe background.
On December 19, 2007, Sony updated the Folding@home client to version 1.3. The update allowed users to run music stored on their hard drives while contributing to Folding@home and automatically shut down their console after the current simulation work is done. The software update also added the Generalized Born implicit solvent model, which broudened the PS3 client's computing capabilities.
On September 18, 2008 the Folding@home client became Life With PlayStation. The application became available for the PS3 in March 2007 and became a channel on Life with PlayStation when Life was released. This update also provided more advanced simulation of protein folding and a new ranking system.
Following the release of system software version 4.30, the Folding@home PS3 client and all other services under Life with PlayStation were retired on November 6, 2012. Life with PlayStation was then removed from the XrossMediaBar for new users.
PlayStation Network Game Trailers Channel
For users in the United States, the PSN game trailers channel allows direct access to the streaming of the PlayStation Store's game trailers. It also has the ability to purchase titles from the store, without having to leave Life.
United Village, provided by its respective website, and hosted by Frontier International Inc., is a cultural documentary-like project that gathers stories, interviews and articles worldwide. It targets rural and/or third world stories rather than urban life. Generally, the stories come from developing countries, but there are occasionally some in rural parts of other countries. The contents of the channel include culture, development, education, social issues and tourism. The United Village channel was discontinued on March 30, 2011.
World Heritage, by α Clock, shows UNESCO-selected locations of special cultural or physical significance around the world. These World Heritage sites link to their respective articles on Wikipedia. Each location has the introduction directly from the Wikipedia articles.
In addition to the channels, Life With PlayStation also features photo slideshow viewing, music & video playback. The virtual globe is periodically updated from servers to ensure that cloud, weather, live camera feed and news update data are all up to date. All channels except for the Live Channel have a static representation of Earth, whereas the Live Channel itself shows time effects (such as day and night). Additionally, the Folding@home protein folding can be disabled.
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- Vijay Pande (2006-10-22). "PS3 FAQ". Stanford University. Retrieved 2006-11-13.
- "Folding@home for PLAYSTATION3 Version 1.2". Retrieved 2007-12-31.
- Rimon, Noam (2007-12-18). "New Folding@home Features Coming". Retrieved 2007-12-31.
- "Life With PlayStation out now". Kotaku.
- "Termination of Life with PlayStation". Life with PlayStation. Sony. November 6, 2012. Archived from the original on November 8, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2012.