Sony

  • Europe will finally get its hands on the DualShock 3

    Sony announced that the amazing vibrating DualShock 3 controller will be released in Europe on July 2, 2008. This is a good thing since many of the new games for the PS3 will support the vibration feature. Our good pal David Reeves, the President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe says: We are delighted to confirm that DUALSHOCK 3 will be released in SCEE territories in early July. Read More

  • Sony announces a Trojan Horse – no, really


    Well, they didn’t announce one in its current parlance exactly. It’s more like the original horse — the one that disgorged the elite Achaeans into Troy. In this case, the Trojan Horse is the PS3 console, and it will be disgorging content. It’s not I who made this historical comparison, some analyst did, but I sure wish I had. The plan was, all along it seems, to roll… Read More

  • 2012: the year Blu-Ray will overcome DVD sales


    Make no mistake, Blu-Ray is making headway, but the fact is that people will do everything they can to extend the life of their old collection. I know I’m pretty attached to my special editions of Fight Club, Rushmore and Jin-Roh, and like most people I don’t feel like shelling out for a new version which may or may not look that much better depending on how picky you are. But… Read More

  • Sony is adding three ES receivers to its 2008 line-up

    Sony has announced three new AV receivers to be added to its ES line-up, but it’s not giving up any details. What we do know is the new receivers are going to offer lossless audio decoding for Blu-Ray, a real GUI, and Sirius/XM compatibility. Hit the link for more info on wattage, inputs, and so on. Read More

  • Sony will launch PS3 movie service this summer


    Impress Sony held one of those “rally ’round the flag” meetings in Japan earlier today, announcing, among other things, that it will launch a movie download service for the PS3 this summer. That’s the U.S. launch date, at least; Europe and Japan will have to wait longer. The Xbox 360 has had a movie download service since November, 2006. With this move, and others… Read More

  • Sony launches two new stylish Vaio "Media Center PCs"

    Sony will update the TP1, their so-called “Media Center” PCs, with the VGX-TP1DQ/B and VGX-TP1D [JP], the company said today [JP]. The main difference between the two models is that the latter features a DVD drive, while the VGX-TP1DQ/B is equipped with a Blu-ray drive. In contrast to older versions, the new PCs come with a double digital TV tuner and improved “Giga… Read More

  • PSP 4.0 firmware released

    It doesn’t do much, but the new PSP firmware is out allowing you to add alternate Internet search methods as well as speed up and slow down video playback. The video above, from GadgetZ, shows most of the new features. via Giz Read More

  • Sony's new LCD TV features the world's highest level of energy efficiency


    Today Sony Japan presented their new 32-inch Bravia LCD TV [JP], claiming it’s the world’s most energy-efficient LCD screen of that size. The KDL-32JE1 consumes just 89W of electricity per year (momentary power consumption), which translates to a 232% efficiency rating the TV got from the Energy Conservation Center of Japan (ECCJ). Usually, a figure of 164% is enough to earn… Read More

  • Upcoming Sony PSP update to include Google search app


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    The Google Internet search experience you’ve all grown to love is coming to your PSP’s XMB, says Eric Lempel, the Director of PlayStation Network Operations. The search history for the upcoming app will cache the previous 20 entries. Also included in v4.0 of the PSP software upgrade will be: the ability to change viewing speed during playback of videos stored… Read More

  • Say It Ain’t So: XPERIA X1 keyboard is a ‘major flaw’

    Oh, that’s unfortunate. I’ve been eyeing this device since it was announced and have always thought the keyboard looked phenomenal. BGR is reporting, however, that the keyboard on the XPERIA X1 device is a “major flaw” – that’d definitely be a deal-breaker for more than a few people, myself included. Not to say that this keyboard is absolutely terrible… Read More

  • New stylish Bluetooth headphones from Sony

    Today Sony announced new Bluetooth headphones [JP] for the Japanese market. The company will offer the DR-BT140QP in white, pink, black and silver. It can be used for music players, cell phones and One-Seg digital TV receivers.
    The headphones, with a range of 10 meters, feature Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, frequency response of 16Hz-24,000Hz and support A2DP/AVRCP/HFP/HSP profiles. Sony says the… Read More

  • Upcoming two-part controller from Sony sounds nothing like wiimote


    Sure, motion detection is in the future for games on all platforms. It was expected after the success of the Wii that there would be belated follow-ups by Microsoft and Sony (we won’t count the Sixaxis). Of course, they will say how they’ve been thinking of it all along, and their approach is totally unique. I wonder if Sony is even going to try the usual lines when it comes out… Read More

  • GTA IV sales didn't cause increase in console sales, NPD numbers show

    Despite breaking sales records left and right, GTA IV didn’t cause any measurable uptick in console sales. That probably hurts Sony more than Microsoft, seeing as though the GTA series has, since GTA III, been seen as a PlayStation franchise; Sony was expecting PS3-holdouts to see the game and buy a system. Didn’t happen. In fact, sales of the Xbox 360 version nearly doubled those… Read More

  • What are you getting the old man for Father's Day?


    I’ve been giving this a lot of thought in the last few weeks and I’m not sure what to get my dad. The parentals don’t need a TV because they just got a 52-inch Samsung plasma, so that one is out the door. Although, he might want something for the office. This 32-inch Westinghouse 720p, W3223, set isn’t too shabby and for $699 that’s not a bad deal. Heck, I might… Read More

  • Sony announces tiny-ass speakers, home theater

    Either that strawberry’s been genetically modified way beyond safe eating limits, or the speakers that come with Sony’s new HT-IS100 home theater system are pretty small. The 5.1 channel setup pushes 450 watts (RMS) of power, though, so don’t let the tiny fruit-sized tweeters fool you. The two back speakers can be placed without running wires, thanks to an optional wireless… Read More

  • Sony's new Bravia HDTVs can now get YouTube, among others

    Sony’s new HDTVs have another feature you’re not going to find on many other models: YouTube. Using the optional Internet Video Link, users can browse and view almost all of the content on YouTube with their remote. YouTube isn’t the only vieo content available, with other providers like AOL, Sports Illustrated, Comcast’s FEARnet and many others… Read More

  • Sony launches new line for high-end HDTVs loaded with features

    As a guy who’s really, really into HD, I’m kind of excited about Sony’s new XBR series of Bravia HDTVs. Like the latest MacBook Pros from Apple and other laptops from makers like HP, the new HDTVs feature LED backlighting instead of the standard lighting most HDTVs and LCDs use. This means a more natural color, brighter and more uniform whites, and deeper blacks. Not only… Read More

  • Sony Japan presents a new mini radio for mountain climbers

    Yesterday Sony said in a press release [JP] they will start selling a new radio, the CF-R100MT, on the Japanese market on July 10th. The portable yama rajio (mountain radio) was specifically made for use in remote areas. The company classified 117 Japanese mountains into 20 different areas. Hikers and climbers can listen to radio programs just by inputting the relevant area code. Sony is… Read More

  • Sony's Home still on track, if you count beta

    Word around the blogosphere is that Sony’s PS3 version of Second Life, known as Home, was promised to launch in 2008, and it looks like that may be the case, though it might only be in beta. It’ll be an open beta, meaning anyone with a PS3 and an Internet connection can log on and try it out, though it should be pointed out that they might crash your system or reset your characters… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Red-colored PS2 debuts in Japan next month

    Ding ding ding d!ng…… Sony’s releasing a red-colored PS2 in Japan on July 3. It’s gonna cost you ¥16,000, or around $150, for the eight-year-old game console. Nowhere is it suggested that this model of the PS2 will be released here in the U.S. :-( And yes, in lieu of a PS3, I still have a PS2 connected to my TV, thank you very much. Read More