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Sony reveals 3mm thick XEL-1 OLED TV

Posted in News,OLED,Sony,Television by Darrin Olson on October 1st, 2007

Sony XEL-1 is a 3mm 11-inch OLED TVIt looks like Sony has come through on those OLED TV’s they’ve been touting since as far back as January. Today the company has finally unveiled information on the release of these super-slim televisions boasting 1,000,000:1 contrast.

That 3mm truly makes this new OLED from Sony the thinnest TV/monitor thing going (and probably the most fragile). Sony says the XEL-1 OLED TV with an 11-inch display will be available in Japan on December 1 going for about $1700. The new XEL-1 will have a built-in tuner, 960 x 450 resolution, HDMI input as well as USB and ethernet, two 1W built-in speakers and measures 287 × 140 × 253mm.

A cheaper PS3 soon?

Posted in News,PS3,Sony by Chetz on September 29th, 2007

Sony could be releasing a cheaper PS3 game console before the holidaysIt’s no secret that Sony needs to pep up sales of the PlayStation 3. Nintendo’s Wii and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 continue to outsell the PS3 and as the holiday season starts to approach Sony needs to do something to get its console on the Christmas wish lists of kids. But what could they do? For starters how about introducing a cheaper PS3?

Sony releases new Walkman NW-A910 with 1seg

Posted in 1seg,Portable Meda Players,Sony,Walkman by Darrin Olson on September 27th, 2007

Sony Walkman NW-A910 media player receives 1seg television broadcastsSony has recently announced the release of a new Walkman for portable media loving folks in Japan which takes advantage of the area’s 1seg live television broadcast. The Walkman NW-A910 can not only pick up the 1seg signal but it can record video content directly to the player and you can schedule as many as 10 programs up to a month in advance for a total of 100 hours of recorded TV. Now that’s cool.

The new Walkman also sports an FM tuner, has the ability to record and encode your CD’s all inside the player and comes with some noise canceling headphones. All this in three different models with capacities of 4GB, 8GB or 16GB. It’s just hard not to like this little PMP.

Sony reveals new low cost laptops

Posted in Notebooks,Sony by Nino Marchetti on September 25th, 2007

Sony VAIO NRSony today introduced a new low-cost notebook line which keeps fashion in mind. The VAIO NR series has a starting price of around $750 and should be available starting next month.

The Sony VAIO NR series comes in three different colors, all sporting a 15.4-inch LCD display. Select models in this line have an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. Other features which can be found on this laptops, depending upon the model, include 802.11 wireless technology, DVD/CD burner and four USB ports.

Sony reveals new Xplod in-dash head units

Posted in Automotive,Sony by Nino Marchetti on September 24th, 2007

Sony CDX-GT520Sony today unveiled four new Xplod brand in-dash head units for cars. The most interesting of these is the top-line CD-GT520, priced at around $140 and available now.

The CDX-GT520 is designed to support an array of media available for drivers, including MP3, non-DRM WMA, AAC, iPod, satellite radio and HD Radio. A 13-segment LCD with blue LED display provides information on what’s playing. Other features include blue key illumination, preamp outputs and a flip-down, detachable faceplate.

Sony’s Home not ready this fall

Posted in News,PS3,Sony by Chetz on September 21st, 2007

Sony Home online social gaming network is behind schedule and is now planned for Spring 2008The PlayStation 3 needs a killer game. Fighting with low sales (Nintendo’s Wii currently sells more units than the PS3) and increased competition from Microsoft (“Halo 3″ is easily the biggest game for the fall/holiday season) Sony had been hoping that its “Home” social gaming network would be ready for the fall and generate some needed excitement amongst gamers. Unfortunately for Sony “Home” isn’t ready for a Q3 launch and has been moved back now for a spring 2008 debut so that it can “improve product quality.” Citing the need to make environments that fulfill the needs of America, European and Asian gamers, Sony chief executive Kazuo Hirai said “We aim to launch this as something that can meet expectations of people all over the world.”

Playstation Eye release and price

Posted in Digital Cameras,Digital Video,PS3,Sony by Reuben Drake on September 21st, 2007

Sony Playstation Eye camera for the Playstation 3That Playstation Eye camera from Sony designed for use with the PS3 has finally gotten some release information and pricing. According to the Playstation Blog, the PS3 Eye camera will be available for purchase on October 23rd.

In what seems almost like an accidental side note in an announcement regarding the release of The Eye of Judgment game from Hasbro, the the Playstation Eye looks like it is going come bundled with the trading card game and together will retail for just $69.99 in the US.

PS3 Dualshock is coming

Posted in Controllers,PS3,Sony by Chetz on September 20th, 2007

Sony Sixaxis Dualshock 3 wireless controller that rumblesAfter living with gamers clamoring for a year wanting it, Sony has given in and announced that it will start selling a PlayStation 3 controller with rumble feature shortly. Dubbed the Dualshock 3 Wireless Controller by the company, the controller will go on sale in Japan in November and then in America and Europe in the spring of 2008.

Sony had faced competition and a lawsuit from a rival game company, Immersion, over claims of copyright violation in the technology of its PS3 controllers. That lawsuit has been settled in the favor of Immersion and the introduction of the Dualshock 3 is the inevitable result: a PS3 controller with rumble features.

Sony VAIOs are a work of art

Posted in Notebooks,Sony by Chetz on September 19th, 2007

Sony VAIO Splash Editions are works of art with Maya HayukSony has teamed up with New York graphic artist Maya Hayuk to create two visually spectacular limited edition VAIO notebooks. The VAIO Graphic Splash Editions come in two models, “Grow” (pictured above, which suggests plants and other green living things) and “Never Stop” (the space trippy one of the pair). Regardless of which laptop you wind up purchasing the VAIO will come with a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist and desktop wallpaper that matches the laptop’s cover artwork. As well $25 from the sale of each laptop will be donated to a charity called “Creativity Explored”, a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art.

Both models come with a Blu-ray player, 4 GB of RAM, a 200GB HDD, 2GHz Core 2 Duo T7300 chip set, Nvidia GeForce 8400m GT graphics card, and a 15.4″ widescreen LCD. The price for either unit is $2,499.99 and they are available beginning next week from Sony.

Sony offering 300x CompactFlash cards

Posted in Memory,Sony by Nino Marchetti on September 14th, 2007

sony-cf300x.jpgSony has unveiled some new very high-speed memory cards designed to work with digital single-lens reflex cameras such as the recently announced Sony DSLR- A700. The 4GB NCFD4G model will price at around $120 while the 8GB NCF8DG sells at around $200.

These new Sony high-speed memory cards join the company’s current line of 66x and 133x-speed models at a rocking 300x. They are CompactFlash in nature and will obviously offer increased processing and response times for those who need it.

PlayPhoneStation

Posted in Mobile Phones,Sony,Sony Ericsson by Chetz on September 13th, 2007

Sony Playstation mobile phoneApple’s done it and the rumor is that so will Google early next year. How about it: would you like to see a Sony PlayStation branded mobile phone or is your head now swimming with thoughts of the diabolically disastrous N-Gage?

According to the prestigious Financial Post newspaper Sony Ericsson is considering making a PlayStation phone to appeal to the gamer savvy market. The statement was said by the company’s outgoing president, Miles Flint, who added “We need to make sure that it is a credible phone, and be sure we are justified in putting that identity on it.”

PSP 3.7 Firmware Update Available

Posted in PSP,Sony by Reuben Drake on September 11th, 2007

Sony PSP 3.7 version Firmware update is available with new featuresSony has released a new firmware update available now for the PSP, bringing the version up to 3.7. The new update can be picked up automatically through the Network Update Wi-Fi connection on the PSP.

Some of the updates with the new 3.7 version include revisions to increase security and an increased number of Playstation network titles that can be played under “Game”. The system will now also let users set custom theme settings in the Themes menu and a number of features for viewing media have been added.

Sony’s Rolly officially announced

Posted in MP3,music,News,Sony by Chetz on September 10th, 2007

Sony Rolly will dance with the musicSony has lifted the veil of secrecy surrounding its musical robotic egg, the Rolly, that we first reported to you a week ago. The 300 gram gizmo is a moving MP3 player that is motion sensitive; give it a spin in one direction and the Rolly’s volume will go up, the other way and the tunes will lower down. Pushing the Rolly forwards, backwards or giving it a shake will allow you to change songs. While it’s moving about the side corners of it will “flap” and a cascade of pretty blue and green lights will undulate from the bottom of the Rolly.

Sony new home media server looks hot

Posted in Home Theater,Media Servers,Sony by Nino Marchetti on September 6th, 2007

Sony HES-V1000Another big Sony announcement today came in the form of a stylish, standalone home media server. The new HES-V1000 is priced at around $3,500 and should be available next month.

The HES-V1000 comes ready to party, containing both a 1080p 200-disc Blu-ray Disc/DVD/CD changer and a 500GB hard drive. This server will let you also burn content onto Blu-ray Discs as well as standard DVDs. It can connect to the Internet to collect metadata, wirelessly stream music throughout the home with a router to other devices and offers what Sony says is a easy navigation system.

Sony introduces new Alpha DSLR camera

Posted in Digital Cameras,Sony by Nino Marchetti on September 6th, 2007

Sony DSLR-A700Sony unveiled its latest prosumer Alpha digital camera today. The new DSLR-A700 is priced at a base $1,400 for the body only and should be available starting in October. Several kits with lenses will be available as well.

The Sony DSLR-A700 sports a 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and offers special image stabilization technology for more steady shots. It incorporates a new auto-focus system with 11 wide-area sensors including a center dual cross sensor for better AF, a maximum shutter speed of 1/8,000th of a second and shooting at up to five frames per second in JPEG fine or standard mode.