No Sony PlayStation Vita handheld this Christmas in US and Europe?

Posted in PS Vita by Reuben Drake on August 4th, 2011

Say what? Sony’s new handheld console already passed through the FCC and the rumor was that it had an October release date. But now it looks as if Santa has let us down this year.

Bloomberg is reporting that Kazuo Hirai says the Vita won’t launch in the US and Europe until early next year, but Japan is still getting the device before Christmas. We hope this is not the case. It’s like getting coal in our stockings several months early.

Garmin Rino 610, 650 and 655t handheld two-way radios with GPS

Posted in Garmin by Reuben Drake on June 2nd, 2011

Garmin has unveiled its latest hand-held two-way radios, the Rino 610, 650 and 655t. Sure they will allow you to communicate, but they also include GPS technology, so you will always know where you are.

But that’s not all. They feature a high-sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFix and will automatically calculate and store satellite information and use the stored information to keep you updated with your current position. It will also send information about your location to other paired Rino device users as well as text messages. Who wants one?

Rumors of the PSP Go’s death have been greatly exaggerated

Posted in PSP Go! by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2011

Apparently rumors of the PSP Go’s death may have been exaggerated. It looks like Japan and Europe are giving up on the device, but it won’t be dead everywhere. At least not yet.

Sony of America told Joystiq that production of the PSP Go will continue in North America. We assume that when the NGP arrives this holiday season, it will finally go to that great console stand in the sky, where it will sit collecting dust, just like it did here on Earth, because God doesn’t want to play with it either. Sad.

The PSP Go is officially dead

Posted in PSP Go! by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2011

We told you yesterday that Sony had stopped making the PSP Go. Well, now it is official. They have pulled the plug. Sony Japan has confirmed that it has ceased production of the PSP Go and that all future sales will be limited to current stock.

We can’t say we are heartbroken. It was a bad idea from the word Go. This move will allow Sony to shift its focus to the NGP, which is expected to ship in at least one country by the end of this year. Focus is good. It leads to good consoles. It is the right move.

Nintendo claims best first-day US handheld sales ever for 3DS

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2011

Nintendo is counting piles and piles of 3D cash. Without glasses of course. The company has issued a press release claiming that “U.S. day-one sales numbers for Nintendo 3DS were the highest of any Nintendo hand-held system in our history.” To clarify, that’s unit sales.

We don’t have exact numbers, but the big N says that more information will be available when the NPD releases its report on the first-week sales. So it looks like the $250 price point might have been right on target and plenty of fans opened their wallets wide.

Sony PS2 handheld mod looks awesome

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2011

This PS2 handheld looks pretty amazing. It was created by modder techknott. Sadly this PlayStation 2 handheld was made for a client, not for you or I. Interestingly, as good as this thing looks, it doesn’t have a built-in battery pack. (It cuts down on cost).

Still, it’s pretty awesome and very mobile. And downright sexy as far as PS2′s go. Techknott did a great job. If you ask nicely, he might even make you one of these bad boys.

Sony NGP features dropped to keep the price lower

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2011

Ever since Sony made the announcement about the Sony NGP everyone has been wondering how much it will cost. Sadly, we still don’t know. But we do know that Sony wanted to keep the NGP price as low as possible, and so they dropped a bunch of features from the Next Generation Portable before the final specifications were announced.

We don’t know what exactly was dropped, but the point is that it will be affordable. It doesn’t matter how many features a device has if it is out of reach of it’s market. The NGP will be priced competitively and not expensive when compared to other portable consoles.

Sony’s next PSP, codenamed NGP

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2011

Sony’s next PlayStation Portable is codenamed NGP and will be based on five key concepts: Revolutionary User Interface, Social Connectivity, Location-based Entertainment, Converging Real and Virtual (augmented) Reality. It will be compatible with the PlayStation Suite and is backwards-compatible with downloadable PSP games and content.

It has a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 5-inch touchscreen OLED display with 960 x 544 resolution, dual analog sticks, 3G, WiFi, GPS, a rear-mounted touchpad, accelerometer / gyroscope motion sensing, an electronic compass, and cameras on the front and back. Expect it to be available this holiday season.

WikiReader gets access to 33,000 eBooks

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2010

The handheld Wikireader eBook device has just gotten a bit more attractive to buyers as it has received 33,000 books to add to its library thanks to Project Gutenberg which is now available for the Wikireader.

All 33,000 books can fit onto a 4GB micro SD card that the Wikireader accepts, which means you get to carry them around without a forklift. It works similarly to Wikipedia already on the devices, allowing you to search for titles by keyword.

Panasonic testing gaming handheld in U.S.

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

Panasonic isn’t a name you associate with consoles, but the company is indeed looking to some select US consumers to test out its upcoming Jungle gaming handheld. We don’t have any details, but it is a step forward for the company’s gaming plans. We have no idea what the Jungle will cost or when it will arrive.

They must be pretty confident to go up against the big boys: “We know other companies out there have traditional hand- held gaming covered… We’re doing something very different.”

EA confirms PSP2 exists

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on November 3rd, 2010

Game developer EA has acknowledged that it had seen at least details of Sony’s PSP2. Senior VP Patrick Soderlund wouldn’t say whether it included the actual hardware or target specifications but noted that as a developer, they have had access.

In case you missed it, rumors have been circulating that Sony has been showing the PSP2 to developers to get them ready for development, but we don’t yet know the exact nature of the design. Some rumors give this new handheld as much power as an Xbox 360, with a backside touchpad and other additions. Performance isn’t likely to be that high, but it may use Android to run the same games and apps as the PlayStation phone.

More details on the PSP2

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2010

Lately we’ve been hearing new reports of the PSP2. There’s talk of a touchpad on the back of the device for one thing. Apparently Sony has been showing it off to some developers. And now Kotaku has learned a few more details, like a larger display, an inch larger than the current PSP’s with high-def resolution.

Apparently Sony is still fine tuning the internal hardware, trying to overcome some overheating issues. They are looking at a release sometime in the fall of 2011. Probably for the 2011 E3.

iCarpus Stand works with many devices

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 16th, 2010

Here’s a simple yet versatile stand that should last you a long time since it works with many common devices. The new iCarpus stand is certainly worth a look. It uses a large spring loaded leg to keep your device firmly in place, while viewing devices both in and out of their protective cases.

The edges of the iCarpus stand are coated in rubber for extra grip too so it won’t slip. It’s only $12. At that price what’s not to love?

Sony PSP-4000 to launch in 2010?

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2010

Will we get a PSP-4000 in 2010? We just might, according to the publication of a document that refers to an upcoming PSP-4000 by Japanese retailer Geo. It has sparked some rumors on the web. The document is in Japanese and says that the PSP-4000 will be on store shelves this year along with the Nintendo 3DS.

Problem is that Nintendo expects the 3DS to be available in the first quarter of 2011. And why wouldn’t Sony have started some hype at E3? Still, you never know.

Letcool handheld console emulator

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on June 14th, 2010

The Letcool handheld emulator sort of looks like a Nintendo DS Lite with no top display. Must have been hard to design this one. This odd handheld can handle GBA, NES, SNES, Sega Genesis and Game Boy ROMs, and future updates will also include additional support for others.

The Letcool can also double as a portable media player, playing nice with 8 different audio formats and 10 video formats. Despite the name, you don’t need to let it cool. We think. Some other features include TV-out, 4GB of internal memory, a microSD memory card slot, a digital camera and a battery life of 6 hours. Only $70.