Sony

  • Sony doesn't have manufacturing capacity to meet Blu-ray demand

    Despite Blu-ray‘s utterly devastating victory earlier this year, Sony may be in a spot of trouble. Seems the company has a bit of a problem manufacturing the discs (I swear I’ve heard that before), and since it’s the the biggest producer of The Blu (that’s how cool kids say Blu-ray), it could be the biggest obstacle to the format’s success. Not that that… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: PSP firmware 3.95

    PS3 and PSP Owners, Do you like to play remotely from your PSP? If you do then you should know that the latest firmware, 3.95, will do the following: While playing PSone games on your PSP, you can now customize how the buttons are assigned by going to [Controller Settings] > [Assign Buttons] and select [Custom]. You can now quit Remote Play and choose to turn off your PS3 or leave it on… Read More

  • Sony claims world's first digital noise cancelling headphones

    Writing up a world’s first for anyone other than Samsung seems rather strange, but Sony seems keen on their digital noise cancelling headphones that block out 99 percent of ambient noise. That’s quite a bit of ambient noise if you ask me. The MDR-NC500D are the first headphones to use digital technology with AI to give users the best possible audio quality. Like previous noise… Read More

  • Sony to launch HDTV with BD recording


    At a press conference in Taipei last week Sony president and Electronics CEO Ryoji Chubachi announced that Sony would integrate BD recording drives into LCD HDTVs. DVD and BD currently account for about 80% and 20%, respectively, of global demand for movie discs, Chubachi indicated. The new BD devices to be offered by Sony include models integrating an HD LCD TV with BD recording… Read More

  • Review: Sony ICD-UX70 voice recorder (1GB)

    I tip my hat to the excitement that is Monday morning with a hard-hitting review of a digital voice recorder. It’s the Sony ICD-UX70 with built-in USB connection and one-gigabyte of storage space. Hold on to your hat, it’s about to get crazy up in here. Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Car damage finally coming to "Gran Turismo 5 Prologue"

    This is something that’s bothered me from the first time I played GT2, and three titles later it’s finally coming. IGN interviewed Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of Gran Turismo, and he finally confirmed that car damage will be coming as early as fall for Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. IGN: We’ve held off from this, but surely everyone’s been asking about damage in Gran Turismo 5. Read More

  • Video: New PSP commercial is, well, something

    This commercial does not make me want to buy a PSP, but it makes me want to physically abuse a Brit. Thanks for that, Sony. Read More

  • Reader Rants: Sony's PS3 customer service killed my baby [Updated Again]

    Reader Mike sends in this rant about his experience with PS3’s customer support. Long story short, his PS3 stopped working and he had to send in his old unit before Sony sent him a new unit — usually vendors send a new unit and you ship back the old unit, but not in this case. Sony sent him a replacement unit but not the cables and, being a nice guy, he had already shipped back all… Read More

  • 1080p in 10 ounces with Sony's HDR-TG1


    Actual camcorder not transparent.
    It’s the world’s smallest 1080p camcorder, says Sony, and it actually looks pretty capable unlike some other super-compact HD camcorders I’ve seen. It’s extremely small, obviously, but it’s got a nice lens with 10x optical zoom and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. It does face recognition and assigns more bits to that location of the… Read More

  • Get ready to rumble: Dual Shock 3 hits stores in two weeks


    I bet nobody saw that headline coming. Well, it’s the end of an era. A short, unimportant era which will be called by Sony Execs “the era in which our controller kind of sucked.” I never had any trouble with my SIXAXIS, but I’ll be glad to have rumble now and I’m guessing they probably tweaked a few things on the inside too. If you have a SIXAXIS, you’re… Read More

  • Blu-Ray to PSP transfer coming soon (??)


    Rumors abound about a potential method for transferring Blu-Ray content to PSPs using, presumably, some sort of Sony software called Portable Copy. Expected launch is later this year but nothing is confirmed but this is definitely something the B-R format was supposed to promote over time. Sadly, this will probably destroy the market for UMD movies. Oh, wait… Read More

  • Black Rolly in Japan


    Hard, impacted stool? Try Grape Nuts. Isn’t there a war on? Shouldn’t Sony be doing something better with its R&D budget? Read More

  • Some UK PlayStation Store accounts breached

    Sony has issued a warning to gamers in the UK concerning “a possibility of unauthorized access to personal information on the PLAYSTATION Store through PCs.” It didn’t say how the accounts had been accessed but the last line of the message reads, “Remember; do not disclose your log-in or password details on any email communications,” although that could be… Read More

  • 30 million households to have a Blu-ray device by end of 2008


    Strategy Analytics (account needed for the full report) recently released a report that estimates there will be close to 30 million households around the world (US, Japan and Europe, actually) with at least one Blu-ray device by the end of this year. With HD DVDs demise this makes quite a bit of sense, but ALL of the Blu-ray players are dated with the exception of the PS3. Without the… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Sony predicts 10-year life for PSP

    [photopress:psp3an.jpg,full,center] Sony [still] has high hopes for the PSP, which it sees as a 10-year platform. So says the PSP’s senior marketing manager, John Keller. The portable system marked its third anniversary last week and has already gone through one hardware revision and numerous firmware updates, each adding new features. And while it may just be starting to hit its… Read More

  • Sony promises crapware-free computing by the summer

    Pocketables is reporting that Sony will offer all of its PC and laptops with “Fresh Start” um… installed? Uninstalled? For those who don’t remember, “Fresh Start” was Sony’s acceptance that its laptops and PCs were so loaded with crapware when the came from the factory that they were almost unusable. Business buyers could opt to get a “Fresh… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: PS3 firmware 2.2 is live

    I’m sure most of the fanbois are already aware that 2.2 was let loose earlier tonight, but in case you’re working the late shift or you’re not at home then this is for you. BD-Live is now in full effect. Read More

  • PS3 firmware update unlocks "Portable Copy" nothing for PSP [Update]

    We already knew that the PS3’s impending firmware update would unlock the BD-Live feature, but PC World is reporting that the “Portable Copy” feature is also being let loose. What Portable Copy does is convert Blu-ray movies to SD which can then be transferred to your PSP. It’s unclear how long it will take to copy to SD or how big the files will be, but Sony fanboys… Read More

  • Sony A900 DSLR at Japan's Photo Imaging Expo

    Look what Master Chong (sweet name, by the way) found. It’s the A900 from Sony. Yum. It won’t be released until August or September but here are some of the specs; 24.6-megapixels, thumb and forefinger scroll wheels, and dedicated function buttons for things like ISO and white balance. There’s also a metering mode selection switch, slow sync button, and a full-frame sensor. Read More