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Sony adding Skype to the PSP

Posted in News,PSP,Skype,Sony by Darrin Olson on January 7th, 2008

Sony PSP soon to get Skype VoIP capabilitiesSony’s Playstation Portable handheld gaming console has been trailing in sales to the Nintendo DS since the DS’s inception, but Sony is a far cry from giving up quite yet. Last month we saw a pretty cool upgrade with the version 3.80 firmware for the PSP which brought internet radio through the systems WiFi connectivity. Now Sony is saying that they are partnering with Ebay’s Skype to bring VoIP Skype phone service to the handheld system.

The new firmware is slated to be available for download to the PSP by the end of January and will add a Skype icon and functionality to the Network portion of the PSP’s menu. When connected to the internet users will then be able to log into Skype, manage contacts, view who’s online and of course make calls through their PSP to other Skype users or other PSP owners with the Skype feature installed. Owners will even be able to create a new Skype account right on the PSP.

Firmware update brings PS1 games to the PSP

Posted in PSP,Sony by Darrin Olson on December 18th, 2007

PS1 games playable on the Sony PSP through Remote PlayI was pretty excited just about the streaming radio coming to the PSP in this mornings article on the new PSP and PS3 firmware updates, but this one just keeps getting better. Along with the radio streaming for the PSP and the DIVX and voice changing features of the PS3 Sony snuck in another feature that allows you to play PS1 games remotely on the PSP. The new feature will let you download PS1 games to the PS3 or simply put in a physical PS1 game and stream it to the PSP to play through a Wi-Fi connection from anywhere in the world through Sony’s Remote Play. Now that is pretty cool, and will be even cooler as soon as I can find some PS1 games.

Sony PSP and PS3 firmware udpates are out

Posted in PS3,PSP,Sony by Darrin Olson on December 18th, 2007

Sony PSP 3.80 Firmware Upgrade availableWe knew some upgrades were coming for both these devices and today both the PSP 3.80 firmware and the PS3 2.10 firmware upgrades are available for download.

We haven’t seen the PSP 3.80 version available online yet but it is available through the Network Upgrade menu option directly on the PSP bringing streaming internet radio directly to the handheld device. In fact, I’m listening to the ShoutCast player on my PSP while writing this. You’ll need an Wi-Fi internet connection of course, and after installing the update there is a new menu option in the network settings for Internet Radio. Selecting it brings you to an “About” page that shows two different but similar players available for download to your Memory Stick, one from ShoutCast and the other from IceCast, each having 50 genres to choose from once downloaded.

iViewer: watch PSP or iPod content on your TV

Posted in iPod Accessories,PSP by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2007

watch PSP or iPod content on your TV

The iViewer HTM 9000 should make alot of PSP and iPod owners very happy. The device wirelessly plays back files coming from any multimedia source to a NTSC, Pal or Secam TV. The manufacturer says that it works with the iPods and the PSP as well as digital cameras and camcorders. They are fairly vague about it.

The iViewer sends the files to your TV via some sort of mini embedded antennae. You simply choose one of 4 channel options to view the content on. The device also features input composite video and a built-in stereo encoder. Power is in the form of a standard DC plug for DC power in, but it also has a compartment for 4 AAA batteries. Should you want to view your content on a TV instead of your small screen, it will only cost you $26.99 to pick one up and let us know how it fairs.

PSP 3.80 firmware upgrade to bring radio, more feeds

Posted in PSP,Sony by Darrin Olson on December 13th, 2007

Sony PSP 3.80 firmware upgrade will bring streaming radio, photo feeds and moreFirmware upgrades for the Sony PSP usually don’t have changes that are incredibly drastic but for some reason I still get pretty excited any time they come out. It’s almost like getting a slightly new gadget each time, even though I still have the older, fat PSP. Anytime I hear of any upgrade on the way I’ll check for it using the utility on the PSP daily, since most of the time I can get it there before it’s officially released.

Version 3.80 however does promise to bring something pretty cool – streaming internet radio. The update will allow the PSP to pick up streams of online radio broadcasts in the same format that it supports such as Shoutcast MP3 streams. The upgrade will also expand its feed-reading capabilities the ability to pick up “photocasts” from RSS feeds. It will also allow users to import OPML feed lists from other feed readers to import the same feeds on the handheld console.

Sony offering extended battery kit for new PSP

Posted in PSP,Sony by Nino Marchetti on November 28th, 2007

Sony PSP Extended Life Battery KitFans of the new Sony PlayStation Portable who aren’t fans of the gaming device’s battery life will be happy to known Sony wants to address your concerns. The company is getting ready to put out its Sony PSP Extended Life Battery Kit, priced at around $45.

The Sony PSP Extended Life Battery Kit consists of a 2200 mAh battery pack which goes where the current battery is. Since it’s a little bulkier than the current one Sony is including in the kit a custom cover which will match the color of your PSP 2000.

Sony launches Playstation Store with PSP downloads

Posted in PSP,Sony by Darrin Olson on November 23rd, 2007

Sony Playstation Store for PSP provides games to download and may rid the need for UMDSony has recently launched the online Playstation Store that allows PSP owners to download games, wallpaper and themes for their PSP. This online service makes a lot of sense for multiple reasons. For one it gives a central place to instantly get games and other things for the PSP online. But for many of us it more importantly could help due away with that goofy UMD media for the PSP games.

Sure the new PSP Slim offered a little bit faster startup time for games but a person still had to load it up and wait a while for the game to start. Also, the spinning of that UMD used up batteries that wouldn’t be the case with a game saved all in memory.

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.

Darth Vader PSP-2000 hits shelves today

Posted in PSP,Sci-Fi,Star Wars by Conner Flynn on October 9th, 2007

Darth Vader Sony PSP 2000If your old PSP wasn’t slim enough or white enough, or if you like Darth Vader slapped onto consumer products, then by all means rush out and get this limited edition PSP. It’s scheduled to hit store shelves today and is part of a $199 bundle, which includes Star Wars Battlefront.

This makes great bling for geeks. I sense many sales. The force is strong in this one. PSP fans and Star Wars fans alike can thank God they have Vader. You know…Since Jar Jar didn’t quite take off. Thanks to the original trilogy, there are plenty of images to adhere to items for years to come.

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.

New Sony PSP packs due shortly

Posted in PSP,Sony by Nino Marchetti on September 5th, 2007

Sony PlayStation PortableAmong all the noise of Apple iPod releases today Sony made some news of its own by announcing the availability of a PSP pack featuring the next generation PlayStation Portable device. The Daxter PSP Entertainment Pack is priced at around $200.

The Daxter PSP Entertainment Pack, which comes with a Daxter game, Family Guy UMD video and 1GB Memory Stick Pro Duo, is part of several packs promoting the new PSP Sony is putting out. This particular pack finds the PSP in an “ice silver” color, sporting features like a more streamlined form factor and a video-out port.

Sony Go!Explore GPS for PSP

Posted in GPS,PSP,Sony by Reuben Drake on August 27th, 2007

Sony Go!Explore GPS nav for Sony PSPSony has announced that they’re going to start offering Go!Explore, a new GPS navigation system add-on for their handheld PSP game console starting this holiday season. This is great news for those living in UK/Ireland, Iberia, France, Germany/Austria/Switzerland, Italy, Benelux, and Scandinavia where they will initially have maps available, but the rest of the world is going to have to wait a little longer.

The system includes a some GPS receiver hardware that will mount on the top of the PSP and UMD based software for the maps. The navigation software is provided by NavNGo and the maps will be from TeleAtlas providing navigation along with 3D city and landmark rendering on the PSP.

Go!Explore will come in languages of English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and will support updating the POI via WiFi.

via TrendyGadget

SoundUP your music with Targus

Posted in Digital Audio,music,Targus by Chetz on August 23rd, 2007

SoundUP from Targus improves the quality of your music that was lost due to compressionTargus has been well known for making computer bags, backpacks and other small computer accessories such as mice and keyboards. Today the company announced the SoundUP, designed to work inline with your headphones to improve the sound quality of compressed audio media.

The SoundUP device itself measures about the same size if not bigger than many MP3 players with dimensions of 3″ x 1.5″ x 7/8″ and a weight of just under 2 ounces. Targus says it uses a High Definition Sound Enhancer to “separate and reprocess digital music files, providing a three dimensional sound envelope from your MP3 player”. The device promises to improve the overall sound of files that are compressed for size, bringing out instruments and music that normally would not be heard otherwise.

The device plugs into any standard 3.5mm headphone …

Sony PSP 2000 Available for Pre-Order

Posted in News,PSP,Sony by Reuben Drake on August 17th, 2007

Sony PSP 2000 available for pre-orderIf you’ve been holding out on buying a PSP because you’re waiting on the new slimmer PSP 2000, it’s now finally available for pre-order through Amazon.com. In case you missed it, Sony officially announced in July that they would be coming out with a new slimmer and lighter PSP adding on some new features including a new video out port, the ability to charge through USB and faster loading of games.

The PSP 2000 is going for $169.99 on Amazon and will ship on September 10.

Sony Partners with Sky For PSP Video-On-Demand

Posted in Digital Video,News,PSP,Sony by Chris Weber on July 27th, 2007

Sony and Sky partner up to bring movies on demand to the Playstation PortableIt looks like PSP owners in Europe will be getting a new video-on-demand service through a new joing venture announced today between Sony and Sky. The new company will be Europe’s first official PSP video downloading service and is expected to be put in place by early next year, initially in Europe and Ireland.

There aren’t many details yet regarding the service offerings but reports say that there will be a wide variety of entertainment videos available to download to the PSP, with everything from movies to sitcoms to sporting events.

No news of this service going outside of Europe but such talks are underway. Sky is also looking at making a similar deal with Nintendo to bring videos to the DS handheld game console.