The Race for a New Game Machine: Creating the Chips Inside the XBox 360 and the Playstation 3

Abstract A personal account of the author's leadership of the team that created a revolutionary microprocessor that changed personal computers and the gaming industry. Subjects Shippy, David James. Phipps, Mickie. Microprocessors -- Design and construction. Video games -- Equipment and supplies. International Business Machines Corporation -- Case studies.

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By Byron (Austin, TX) · ★★☆☆☆ · January 06, 2012
I was really dismayed by this book. I wanted to enjoy it, It reminded me a lot of my days in IT in the early 2000s but i felt it was not a book about the industry nor making the chips that powered the PS3 or Xbox 360 but more about how a bunch of egoistic people came together with essentially (50... ...more
By Ilya (Redmond, WA) · ★★☆☆☆ · June 14, 2012
As a teenager, David Shippy read The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder, and knew that he wanted to be a computer engineer. He got a master's degree in electrical engineering, and started working for IBM as a chip designer. In Shippy's computer architecture class in graduate school, the profes... ...more
By Jay (Randwick, 02, Australia) · ★★★☆☆ · March 25, 2009
While I was looking forward to reading this, I can't quite say that it met my expectations. Perhaps I was looking for too much (a pulsating real-world corporate espionage thriller laced with technical details that would ground it in reality), or perhaps I was just the victim of an overenthusiasti... ...more
By James-richard (San Francisco, CA) · ★★★★★ · March 20, 2013
A must read for anyone involved in the game industry, or any avid fans of gaming itself. A rather insightful and amusing look at some of the corporate trials and tribulations that went into the development of the core CPU for both the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360, which interestingly enough wer... ...more
By Ty (Austin, TX) · ★★★★★ · January 22, 2009
As a microprocessor geek, this book was great fun, but i'm not sure that civilians (i.e. non-IC designers) would get much out of it, as the book is full of engineering terms and jargon. i had the opportunity to meet Dave Shippy, the author, in his new role as VP of Engineering of Intrinsity a cou... ...more
By Iskreads (Kenya) · ★★★★☆ · May 09, 2011
I use a computer every day of my life. Whether it is at school or at home, working or playing, computers are pieces of technology that play a very important part in my life. Before I read David Shippy’s book, I had no idea the work that went into creating the ‘brains’ of my computer. Shippy and h... ...more
By Michal · ★★★★☆ · November 07, 2011
Sometimes too technical for an average joe, sometimes too unspecific for a technical geek. With some weak spots it still gives a good impression on how the base for the 360 and PS3 processors was made and what happens when when you have to put the Chinese wall in the middle of your head. The auth... ...more
By Jim (Huntington Beach, CA) · ★★★☆☆ · December 18, 2009
Tells the history from IBM’s perspective of the development of the core area within the CPU for the Sony Playstation 3 and the technical challenges encountered. After two years of development Microsoft caught wind and IBM found itself using the same core design for both systems. Interesting when... ...more
By Alpha (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · June 01, 2009
I enjoyed reading this book. David Shippy (what an appropriate name!) tells the story of developing the processors behind the PS3 and Xbox 360. There's not too much detail, which is appreciated, since the little that he did go over was beyond my ken. Overall, a quick and fun read. The most intere... ...more
By Dominic · ★★★★☆ · September 21, 2012
PROS: Easy-to-read book about how microprocessors are designed. Learn about the politics and drama of computer hardware engineers. Makes computer engineering seem understandable.

CONS: Shippy pats himself on the back way too much. Similes that make you wince. Explanation points are used. Metaphors... ...more