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Sony releases PS3 firmware version 2.00

Posted in News,PS3,Sony by Darrin Olson on November 8th, 2007

PS3 Firmware 2.00 released by SonyToday Sony has launched some significant updates to the Playstation 3 game console firmware upping it to version 2.00, making it one of the biggest updates seen for the console yet.

Of the handful of updates, the most significant has got to be the “remote power control”. This new feature integrates into the Remote Play functionality of the PSP allowing users to turn on and off their PS3 remotely through their PSP handheld console (provided they have an internet connection) from anywhere in the world. Prior to this, if users wanted to access any of their media through their PSP they would have to leave their PS3 turned on, which could waste a lot of electricity and unnecessary wear on the console. This feature lets users turn on the PS3 remotely, watch or listen to their media and then turn the PS3 off again, all remotely through the internet.

Sony develops holographic disks to store 500GB

Posted in News,Sony,Storage by Conner Flynn on November 6th, 2007

Sony develops holographic disks to store 500GB

Data storage news just keeps moving forward. Sony has announced that it will release a multi-layer optical disk that can store over 500GB data.

They are working on it now and the holographic recording technology will have seven layers, producing standard-sized disks with the ability to store 500GB of data of any kind, from HD Video to computer data. They expect the holographic disk to be available sometime in the next 3 years. They are using their “Micro-Reflector” method in order to write to seven layers per disk. Memory density per layer is 1.2 GB and the maximum error rate is 4.1 × 10-4.

Sony PSP in Deep Red coming to Japan

Posted in PSP,Sony by Darrin Olson on November 6th, 2007

Sony Deep Red PSPSony has announced the release of a couple of bundled PSP packs that will come in a “Deep Red” color heading for folks in Japan. One of the bundles comes with a 1GB PRO Duo memory stick and a 1Seg tuner, and the other comes with just a 32MB memory stick without the little stand and without the 1Seg. This new Deep Red PSP model will only come in these bundles and so far is only available in Japan, hitting streets on December 13th. Aside form the color there appears to be no changes to the handheld console, and also no word on pricing or the U.S. getting any of this Deep Red. One more picture after the jump.

Sony updates power supply for PS2, keeps price same

Posted in PS2,Sony by Darrin Olson on November 6th, 2007

Sony updates the PS2 in Japan removing power brickSony has official announced the launched a new model of the Playstation 2 in Japan with the model number SCPH-90000. This new model is sans an external power brick and instead has it built into the frame. This change hasn’t made the PS2 any thicker, and also hasn’t made it any thinner as we had hoped, but it will come a bit lighter than the current SCPH-79000 model.

This new model will be unleashed in Japan on November 22 for about the equivalent of $140, which isn’t the $99 PS2 price we were hoping to see. Now word yet on this model coming to the states yet but we’re guessing it will be soon and will hopefully come a little cheaper.

SingStar PS2 Pack hitting shelves this weekend

Posted in PS2,Sony by Darrin Olson on October 27th, 2007

Limited Edition white PS2 bundled with SingstarThe Limited Edition Playstation two bundled with SingStar Pop that we told you about a couple of months ago is hitting some stores this weekend and Sony is advising customers to “get ‘em while they’re hot”. The SingStar PS2 pack comes in ceramic white which was previously only available in Japan (maybe we’ll get the white PS3 someday too?) and is the only way you can get your hands on a ceramic white model. It comes packed with the SingStar Pop game and two microphones, retailing for the exptected $149.99. The Playstation blog says that “some” stores will have it this weekend and will reach “everywhere” on November 4.

Sony DSC-T2 does 4GB internal memory

Posted in Digital Cameras,Sony by Nino Marchetti on October 24th, 2007

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T2Sony’s getting colorful this holiday season with its new Cyber-shot DSC-T2 digital camera. This compact device is available in blue, green, pink, white or black and will price at around $350.

The DSC-T2 sports an eight-megapixel lens and offers up to 4GB internally for storing up to 40,000 VGA-quality photos or 1,000 eight-megapixel pictures. It offers an interesting album folder feature for organizing in-camera photos in chronological order, displaying them in a calendar view mode. Selected photos can be moved to other folders for later reference. The T2 also comes pre-loaded with software which lets you public photos and videos directly to popular Web sharing sites.

Sony takes photo albums high tech

Posted in Media Servers,Sony,Storage by Conner Flynn on October 18th, 2007

Sony’s HDMS-S1D let’s you store and relive Photo memories.Do you take way too many family pictures? Do you have photos in old shoe boxes and look at them far more then you should? Well, stop living in the past, flipping through that old bulky photo album. Now you have a big black box to imprison all of those cherished memories in, so they can survive for all eternity.

Officially making photo albums a thing of the past, and practically laughing at their out-datedness, Sony’s HDMS-S1D let’s you store and relive those memories. Thanks to Sony’s x-Pict Story HD(with face recognition), you can even add a soundtrack or have strange dream sequence fades between images. It will organize all of your images and let you share photos with slideshow and scrapbook-style displays.

Sony bringing 40GB Playstation 3 to the US

Posted in News,PS3,Sony by Darrin Olson on October 18th, 2007

40GB Playstation 3 from Sony coming to the U.S. on NovemberSony has announced today that the 40GB Playstation 3 that was recently announced for Europe and Japan will indeed be coming to the US this fall as well. The new 40GB PS3 will retail for $399 and start selling on November 2. It looks like it has the same configuration as the other releases as well including the lack of backwards compatibility for PS2 games, no memory card reader and two USB ports short. No word on a white version of the console for the US, but the 40GB PS3 will also come bundled with Spider-Man 3 on Blu-ray disc.

Sony states in the press release that those wanting backwards compatibility should look to the 80GB model which is also receiving a price cut effective immediately. Sony has given the 80GB PS3 a $100 price drop from its original launch price of $599, pricing it a $499 today. We can never complain about price drops but even with the cut the PS3 is still the most expensive latest-generation console on the market compared to its rivals Wii and Xbox 360.

Sony announces new internal Blu-ray Disc burner

Posted in Blu-ray,Burner,Disc Drives,DVD,Sony by Nino Marchetti on October 9th, 2007

Sony BWU-200SSony unveiled today a second generation internal Blu-ray Disc drive which cuts down the amount of time it takes to burn a BD-R disc. The new BWU-200S, available as an aftermarket item for computer users, is priced at around $600.

The Sony BWU-200S is capable of 4X BD-R, which Sony says results in burning time to this Blu-Ray Disc format being cut by half. It also offers 16X DVD+R recording speeds. All in all, Sony has designed this drive to “record up to 50GB of data for random access storage and backup on BD-R (write once) or BD-RE (rewritable) discs, or up to 230 minutes of high-definition HDV 1080i video on a BD-R/RE 50GB disc. It also supports recording on standard single layer 4.7GB DVD+R/+RW/RAM discs, 8.5GB DVD+R double/dual layer discs, and CDs.”

Sony announces internal 4x Blu-ray burner for PC

Posted in Blu-ray,Sony by Reuben Drake on October 9th, 2007

Sony BWU-200S 4x Blu-ray internal disc burner for PCToday Sony announced the BWU-200S, upgraded internal Blu-ray burner for PC’s with the ability to write a full Blu-ray disc in just 45 minutes. As with most media, I’m sure in the near future we’ll look back and scoff at having waited 45 minutes to burn a single disc, but for now this really isn’t too bad. We’re talking 50GB of data or 4 hours of high-def video in well under an hour, which is half the time it took Sony’s previous Blu-ray burner.

The same burner can also record standard DVD-R’s at 16x or a CD-R at 40x letting you have one drive to do it all. It rail-mounts inside your PC and connects via a Serial ATA interface compatible with Windows Vista/XP/2000. The BWU-200S comes packaged with CyberLink BD software letting users start burning movies straight from a …

Sony brings price cut, white 40GB PS3 to Japan

Posted in News,PS3,Sony by Darrin Olson on October 9th, 2007

Sony drops PS3 price in Japan and brings white 40GB modelToday Sony announced they will be launching a 40GB PS3 in Japan on November 11th, a year to the day after the console was initially launched in Japan. The new 40GB PS3 will have a few changes changes from the units currently available including no memory card reader or backwards compatibility and will be short two of the four USB ports, which sounds just like the model recently announced for the UK.

Sony discontinuing 60GB PS3 in UK

Posted in News,PS3,Sony by Darrin Olson on October 8th, 2007

Sony announces it is going to discontinue the 60GB PS3 model in the UKJust last week we found out that Sony had finally given a price cut for the PS3 in the UK, offering a Value Pack with the 60GB console and two games for £349 (down from the original 60GB PS3 price of £425). They also announced a new 40GB model that will go on sale in the UK in October (and hopefully to the US soon after) which lets gamers become PS3 owners at an even lower price of £299.

The new 40GB model lacks backwards compatibility, a couple USB ports and a card reader, but nevertheless allowed a larger audience the ability to get on board with the PS3. At this point folks in the UK had a couple options, they could get a better deal with the larger drive capacity and all the features or save a few more bucks and not be able to play their PS2 games on the PS3, but not for long.

Sony confirms cheaper 40GB PS3

Posted in News,PS3,Sony by Reuben Drake on October 5th, 2007

Sony 40GB Playstation 3 slated for release in UK in OctoberSony today released an announcement confirming rumors and FCC leaks of a less-expensive 40GB PS3 launching before the holidays. According the the announcement this model is currently only going to be available for Europe but it wouldn’t make sense for Sony to only release it in one area where PS3 sales are suffering. Hopefully it will be making its way to the US soon.

The new 40GB model will retail for €399 in the UK and aside from the drive size the new PS3′s will also lack 2 of the four USB ports and will have no memory card reader in order to cut some costs. It will also not be backwards compatible for PS2 games which isn’t too big of a deal for Europe models since software manages the backwards compatibility but for the U.S. it kinda’ stinks. We’ll have to watch this holiday season to see if this helps Sony take a bigger bite out of latest-generation game console sales and we’ll keep our eyes peeled for a U.S. targeted 40-giger.

PS3 price drop in the UK

Posted in PS3,Rumors,Sony by Darrin Olson on October 4th, 2007

Sony rumors of a PS3 price drop in the UK in OctoberThe rumor mill is up and running right away this morning due to rumors that Sony will have a price cut coming soon for the Playstation 3 in the UK. Not only are there rumors on just a price cut but also a whole new 40GB PS3 model, both coming sometime in October.

According to Pocket-lint, “multiple sources” at Sony have confirmed that Sony will be creating a 40GB version of the PS3 for the UK market and it will be retailing for £299, making more direct competition for the Xbox 360. According to the sources they will also be dropping the price of the 60GB model by £56 bringing it to £369. The new 40GB model would feature Blu-ray (making a very competitive Blu-ray player alone) along with Wi-Fi and a SIXAXIS controller, but will be slightly scaled down sans two of four USB ports and a memory card reader.

Sony unveils second generation ebook Reader

Posted in ebooks,Sony by Nino Marchetti on October 2nd, 2007

Sony Reader PRS-505Sony has apparently made enough sales with its ebook Reader to justify creating a second generation version. The new Sony Reader PRS-505, priced at around $300, should be available this month.

Sony says the PRS-505 has a “svelte” body design and is available in silver or dark blue body colors. The controls have been reportedly re-styled to better copy page turns. Also apparently new to this model is a new electronic paper display for faster viewing time and better gray scale for enhanced viewing. It can mimic as well a USB mass storage device and offers space to store up to 160 typical ebooks.