Sony

  • Rumored PS3 voice and chat features confirmed

    A couple weeks ago, the above photo was spotted on the official PlayStation website before being pulled down. It led to the rumor that the PS3 would be getting in-game messaging via the Cross Media Bar (XMB). That has now been confirmed by the head of Sony Computer Entertainment UK, Ray Maguire. It’ll be delivered through a firmware upgrade (version 2.4 to be exact) some time this summer. Read More

  • Rumor: Blu-ray drives coming to Macs

    Let’s put this to rest once and for all. Apple will not have Blu-ray drives anytime in the future. Why? Because physical media is dead or will be very soon. Think about it for a minute. Steve Jobs wants you to purchase HD content through iTunes, which means more money in the pocket of the company. I know he’s on the Blu-ray board, but there’s more profit in downloadable content. Read More

  • White PS3 already in retailer's stockroom?

    [photopress:whiteps33.jpg,full,center] A Circuit City employee discovered that new PS3 shipments have the CECHH01 model number. For those playing at home, that model number corresponds to the white PS3, which has been rumored for release here for some time now. Supposedly retailers are to exhaust their supply of the current 40GB model that comes with Spider-Man 3 before whipping out the… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Slim silver PS2 for $99

    The slimmed down PS2 is up for sale at Target for a paltry $99. Go to Target, Click on Weekly Ad, punch in your zip and do a quick search. Offer ends March 1, so you better act now. Thanks for sending this in, Sam Read More

  • Sony's BRAVIA Internet Video Link module

    http://blip.tv/play/AauGVg Here’s some interface footage of Sony’s $299 DMX-NV1 BRAVIA Internet Video Link module. It’s basically a box that pops into the back of newer Sony TV’s via HDMI that can support downloadable video, weather, news, and traffic information from Sony’s content partners. All the data is pushed, so the unit updates itself. Read More

  • Sony recorders, clock radios, and iPhones, oh my


    If you’re in the market for a nice little flash-based voice recorder, there’s a few more on the market now. Sony’s released the details on its new line, which mainly expands on the capacity of their old ones. The new UX series has 1 or 2GB of space, which allows for quite a lot of recording time. Like the other recorders, it goes straight to stereo mp3. It also supports… Read More

  • PSP Go! Messenger gets green light on Friday

    That’s the new God of War PSP we told you about yesterday. Sony is set to launch their proprietary VoIP service dubbed Go! Messenger this Friday via the European PSP store. Again with the Europe-only-love, Sony? The service, for those unfamiliar, allows any and all PSP owners to send and receive voice and video messages (granted you have a PSP camera attachment) over a Wi-Fi connection. Read More

  • Review: Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Canceling Headphones

    The Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Canceling Headphones cost $400. While that might seem like a lot of money, I can only suggest to you that these headphones are akin to sliding a stick of warm, melty butter into each ear — not in the sense that sticking butter in your ears would likely impede your hearing, but more in the sense that butter is delicious and if you could somehow replicate… Read More

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 demo

    http://blip.tv/play/AauBLQ Here’s a look at the upcoming Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 digital camera. It’s got a 13.6-megapixel CCD imager along with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. There’s also an “extra high-speed” burst mode that can shoot three-megapixel photos at five frames per second. Coming in May for $349. Read More

  • Sony 2GB Walkman Video MP3 Player hands-on

    http://blip.tv/play/AauANw Here’s a quick look at the 2GB video-capable Walkman from Sony. These little guys cost $99 and have a pretty easy-to-use interface, FM tuner, album art, and up to 33 hours of battery life for audio and up to 8 hours of battery life for video. 2GB Walkman Video MP3 Player [SonyStyle.com] Read More

  • Just wanted to add another Mylo 2 video to the web

    http://blip.tv/play/AauALw Peter Ha, the Jackie Chan to my Chris Tucker, gave Sony’s Mylo 2 a look-see back in early January but I thought that while I was here in Vegas for the Sony show, I might as well do my part and add another Mylo 2 video to the wild, wild web. It’s a slick looking device that improves upon the original Mylo by adding a higher-resolution touch screen… Read More

  • VAIO TZ series premium ultraportable notebook

    http://blip.tv/play/Aar_PA The $3700 VAIO VGN-TZ298N/XC (sexy name, huh?) makes my pants hurt. I’d considered getting a notebook in the TZ line last fall but most of the reviews I read found owners complaining of sluggish performance thanks to a single core processor and only 1GB of RAM to run big fat Vista. This overhauled version features a dual-core ULV processor, seven hours of… Read More

  • Sony's face detection feature for camcorders

    http://blip.tv/play/Aar4JQ Here’s a demo of the face detection feature that’s been so popular with digital camera manufacturers. This’ll be available or already is available on many of Sony’s new camcorders. One interesting part of it is called “bit allocation” wherein the camera sensor pushes more bits to the areas containing people’s faces and… Read More

  • Sony gaming: 80GB PS3, red PSP, DS3 controller

    New bundles were announced today for the PSP and PS3 from Sony. The DS3 controller ND just told you about will retail for $55. An 80GB PS3 bundle with DS3 controller with Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will launch late Q2 for $499. In June, Sony will let loose a limited-edition God of War PSP. The deep red portable bundled with God of War: Chains of Olympus will have a… Read More

  • Sony planning PlayTV launch on March 28, about $150

    The PS3’s PlayTV add-on — essentially a DVR for the PS3 — will go on sale in Europe in March for about $150. Not word on US availability. There are also reports that content recorded by PlayTV will not be copy-protected and that you will be able to drop video onto MPEG-2 compatible devices without DRM. Sony stamps on PlayTV date and price listing [GamesIndustry] Read More

  • Sony to tone down the bloatware and trialware

    Got word this morning that starting in the next few months, Sony’s going to be offering computers free of bloatware and trialware. Amen and thanks for listening. The amount of crud on a new Sony computer has gotten out of hand as of late and refreshingly, Sony’s listened and will begin offering the option to have your rig shipped out clean. Details are sparse at this point but… Read More

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 demonstration

    http://blip.tv/play/Aar1HQ Here’s a little more info on the upcoming Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 due out in May for $399. The 3-inch tilting LCD screen is a pretty nice touch. Read More

  • Sony's duo of GPS systems

    [photopress:NVU83Tfrontwimage_med.jpg,full,center] Sony today announced a pair of in-car GPS receivers. The large-screen, suction-cup-mounted GPS units feature touchscreens and real-time traffic updates, as well as voice-to-text interaction. The two units are the NV-U73T and the NV-U83T. They’re similar in most ways, save for the U83T featuring Bluetooth for handsfree calling. Read More

  • Sony's scary freaking $500 headphones

    Doug will have a hands on with these very soon but feat your eyes on this diagram for the PFR-V1 headphones, a pair of $500 cans that apparently enter your brain through your ear and cause you to buy Norbit on Blu-Ray. Sony’s $500 headphones to hit U.S. [Crave] Read More

  • Sony's new Walkmen have Bluetooth, noise cancelling, 16GB


    Sony’s got its new Walkman-branded mp3 players out there, in three major flavors. The model numbers are incomprehensible as usual, so we’ll simplify them: the 710 more compact, with a small 1.8″ screen, and is limited to 8GB. The 720 series is bigger, with a 2.4″ screen, and goes up to 16GB. They both share Sony’s noise cancelling technology, which I was… Read More