Sony

  • Sony's DSC-H50: DSLR looks, point-and-shoot personality


    If you’re not ready to take the plunge into DSLR territory, but want to fool your friends into thinking you have done so, these quasi-SLR cameras are the way to go. Of course, it helps that the thing has a 15x optical zoom Zeiss lens, so your pictures will probably look pretty decent too. Its 9.1 megapixels are more than I’ve got on my Canon, and while I’ve got RAW, this… Read More

  • Sony's Phil Harrison heading to Atari?

    We know that Phil Harrison, head of Sony Worldwide Studios, is leaving the company but GamesIndustry is reporting that Phil is headed over to Atari to work on casual gaming for multiple outlets. It seems Harrison loves him some casual gaming and was very disappointed with Sony’s failure to grab that part of the market. He hasn’t officially confirmed the move but expect more… Read More

  • Sony preps mystery game that will set new standard in 'story-telling and immersion'

    [photopress:ps3topsec.jpg,full,right] Sony showed the BBC a top-secret 2009 PS3 game last week that supposedly will set a whole new standard in “story-telling and immersion.” Reporter Darren Waters, in his dot.life blog, only hints at the game—he promised Sony up and down that he wouldn’t give away any details of the game. Why, then, any of us care is another matter. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Incredible HDTV/PS3 package at Best Buy's website

    [photopress:f_700tvps3_080224.jpg,full,left]So you’re getting your tax refund pretty soon, and you want to blow the whole wad on something fun for yourself. With Blu-ray winning the format war, why not a new PS3-based gaming system? Best Buy has a suh-wheat deal on just such a set up. Not just the PS3, but a 40-inch LCD HDTV at 1080p, and the Blu-ray movie and PS3 game of your choice… Read More

  • PSP's GPS demoed; Games are afoot

    [photopress:sony_psp_gps.jpg,full,center] We’ve been hearing for awhile now that the PSP was getting GPS, and it was recently shown off in Japan. It’s a devkit version, so this isn’t what it will likely look like, but so far besides general mapping Sony is demoing GPS-based games. There’s no way this could be used by creepy stalkers, especially in Japan. GPS… Read More

  • Slashdot: Toshiba dropped HD DVD at Sony's urging in a chip fab plant deal?

    [photopress:churchsigngn0.jpg,full,center] The old man CmdrTaco over at Slashdot has a notion that Toshiba’s final dropping of HD DVD was due to a little old-fashioned backscratching. Sony is selling parts of some of the chip plants it owns in Japan to Toshiba, giving Tosh 60% interests in an RSX and a Cell chip plants. This is money in Toshiba’s pocket. It’s not a direct… Read More

  • MIA: No 80GB PS3 on Sony's Web site, new version due?

    [photopress:ps380gone.jpg,full,center] Head on over to Sony’s online store today and you’ll notice that something’s missing. Yes, the 80GB version is nowhere to be found. Rumors abound that Sony is about to introduce a higher capacity model, something the corp has denied and denied and denied—sorta like Roger Clemens. If Sony had an Apple-like “page down for… Read More

  • Bravia J-series LCD TVs coming to Japan in March

    Sony’s got some new Bravia LCD TVs hitting Japan in March. They’re not necessarily affordable, as a 20-incher will set you back over $1,000 according to SlashGear. There will also be a 26-inch version and a 32-inch version with prices topping out at just under $1,600. Sony’s similarly-configured S-series here in the US features a 26-inch TV for $699, by comparison. The… Read More

  • Sony inks deal with Ensequence for interactive Blu-ray content


    Blu-ray’s biggest problem, for me, was the lack of online interactive content that was prevalent and great about HD DVD, but a new deal between Sony and Ensequence is putting that gripe to bed. A 10-year deal was struck to bring interactive features to Blu-ray discs, which entails bonus content, notifications about sequels, PIP and a slew of other goodies. 10 years, huh? Those are… Read More

  • Retailer warns Sony not to abuse its newfound Blu-ray position: Consumers like regular DVD just fine

    [photopress:sonybrrrrr.jpg,full,center] Hold your horses, sports fans. Don’t go declaring Blu-ray the winner of anything just yet, despite the fact that Toshiba original story titlethrew in the towel this week. Sony and the rest of the Blu-ray camp still has one more foe they need to tackle—perception. The perception that regular DVD is “good enough” and that Blu-ray is… Read More

  • Sony: "Don't forget, PS3 is Blu-ray!"

    [photopress:blurraymenups3.jpg,full,center] Did you know that the Playstation 3 can play that new, next-gen DVD standard called Blu-ray that virtually all movies will be coming out on? It’s true! Sony wants you to know this, as it wants to remind everyone that the PS3 is an excellent Blu-ray player, which it is. Everyone agrees that PS3 is going to outsell Xbox 360 in the near future… Read More

  • Sony drops a trio of new customizable Walkmans

    [photopress:img_001.jpg,full,center] To compete with the iPod Shuffle, which is a fine DAP itself, Sony’s released a new line of USB-ready Walkman MP3 players, or at least in Japan. The 1, 2, or 4GB players come in many colors, have simple controls, and an LCD display. Another feature being pushed is the three-minute charge time, which gives you three hours of playback, and a longer… Read More

  • Sony A820 8GB/16GB Walkman has The Bluetooth built-in

    [photopress:sonya820.jpg,full,center] New Sony portable media players for your viewing pleasure. The NW-A820 series was just announced in Japan, where it’ll be released on March 20. (No release date for the U.S. has been announced. Sony hates us.) Two versions have so far been spotted, a $350ish 16GB model and a $260ish 8GB model. Now, then, what does it do? First, what it… Read More

  • Sony points finger at Microsoft and laughs [Update]


    Not that Sony needed to respond to Microsoft’s press release over the demise of HD DVD, but they did anyway. Dave Karraker, senior director fo corporate communications for Sony Computer Entertainment America, had this to say: “It’s unfortunate that Microsoft’s external HD-DVD drive will not enhance the experience at all for the gamer. Sony realizes that to truly… Read More

  • Sony NV-U73T, NV-U83T GPS devices up for pre-order

    If you’re looking for something new to put in your car that’ll give you yet another reason to drive slowly and erratically while you get your greasy fingerprints all over it, might I suggest either the Sony NV-U83T at $400 or the Sony NV-U73T at $300? Read More

  • Microsoft planning a Blu-Ray Xbox 360 – crazy talk?


    That eminently creditable source, “insiders at Microsoft,” has suggested that the fan-favorite Redmond company is working on a Blu-Ray flavor of the 360. Sony says they’d love to “welcome Microsoft to the Blu-Ray stable,” which has uncomfortable connotations and implies a pimp-like status for Sony. Well, maybe they have the right after Toshiba did its thing the… Read More

  • What's up with game companies ignoring South America?

    [photopress:southam.jpg,full,center] Why do video game companies ignore South America? Next Generation asks just such a question today, wondering out loud why the hardware companies (Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo) ignore the continent; with no hardware, how can there be software? Ten points are explored as to why this happens, and why it’s a silly policy. Piracy is cited, both in the… Read More

  • New video and voice chat features coming to PS3?

    Hark! Someone over at NeoGAF.com spotted the above image on the official PlayStation website, hinting at the possibility of in-game XMB (Cross Media Bar) messaging. The text says, “Talk to others during game play, say hello anytime you’re online, or have a video chat with an Eye camera, USB Camera, or headset.” The image was pulled off the server rather quickly. So long… Read More

  • Sony PlayTV previewed

    http://blip.tv/play/AamLWw Not to sure when we’d see this if ever at all, but it’s cool to see Sony’s PlayTV getting closer to launch for those over in Europe. Like Mr. Zatz pointed out, I don’t think this could or would ever be a necessity or even a wanted add-on stateside. What do the PS3 owners think? And why does the BBC get first dibs on this? That UI looks… Read More

  • There's still hope for PS2 backwards compatibility

    [photopress:ps22222.jpg,full,center] This month’s Electronic Gaming Monthly has an interview with PlayStation Network director Eric Lempell. Among other things, Lempell wants the world to know that PS3 backwards compatibility isn’t quite dead yet. (The 40GB PS3 killed backwards compatibility.) He says there may be a way through software emulation and other forms of wizardry for all… Read More