Sony’s Playstation 2 Ending Production

Posted in PS2,Sony by Darrin Olson on December 29th, 2012

Sony Playstation 2 Console with ControllerSony’s Playstation 2 game console has practically been a staple with gaming retailers for years, and is likely found in homes of most gamers throughout the country. After nearly 13 years of production, despite newer Playstation generations, it looks like Sony is calling an end to the production of the PS2 game console, according to Famitsu.

Even though the PS3 launched in in late 2006, Sony continued to keep the PS2 alive with a major design update and a few game launches here and there, not to mention the large library of existing titles. This announcement is announcing the end of production for the PS2 console in Japan with a plan to sell of the remaining production stock, and a stop to production in the US and other countries is …

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.

PlayStation Vita hits the FCC

Posted in PS Vita by Reuben Drake on August 3rd, 2011

Sony’s highly anticipated PlayStation Vita has finally arrived at the FCC for wireless testing and approval. The Commission’s test documents do not shed any new light on features, but the approval suggests the company is on schedule to launch the device in time for the holiday season.

Rumors have the Vita hitting stores this fall. There is an ad supposedly from Blockbuster UK that points to an October 28 date as well.

PlayStation Vita out in October?

Posted in PS Vita by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2011

According to a British Blockbuster flyer, the PlayStation Vita will land in the United Kingdom on October 28th. This fall release date fits right into Sony’s “end of 2011″ launch window, so this may be accurate.

Of course, without official confirmation you should take this with a grain of salt for now. If this does pan out it will be a nice Halloween surprise. Hopefully it’s a treat rather than a trick.

Sony Launches New S-Frame Digital Video Photo Frames

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2011

Sony has three new S-Frame digital video photo frames. The DPF-HD1000, DPF-HD800 frames support HD video play back with support for MPEG4, MPEG1, and Motion JPEG videos captured on digital cameras.

Both frames have an internal 2GB of memory and the HD800 has an 8 inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 and the HD1000 has a resolution of 1026 x 600 with a 10.1-inch screen. These new Frames also have integrated speakers and are designed to also playback audio files supporting MP3, AAC, and Linear PCM.

Cyber-shot DSC-TX55 Camera Shoots in 3D

Posted in Cameras by Reuben Drake on July 25th, 2011

Sony’s latest Cyber-shot camera takes 3D photos. The DSC-TX55 is also ultra-thin and compact. It measures just 12.2 thick, with a 16.2 megapixel sensor, the ability to record video in Full HD AVCHD, a 10X zoom, and the ability to take 3D photos.

It also features a super thin 5X optical folded zoom lens and a large 3.3″ Xtra Fine OLED wide touchscreen for viewing your photos. The Sony Cyber-shot TX55 digital camera will retail for $350 when it arrives in September in purple, gray, or black.

This Spy Camera Looks Like A Sony Alarm Clock and Radio

Posted in Spy Gear by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2011

This spy camera is scary because it looks just like a Sony alarm clock. In fact, I have the Sony model that it is imitating in my home. I hope no one has been spying. This hidden camera records 720p HD videos in MPEG4 format and stores them on an SD card (16GB provided).

It will give you a time and date stamp and is motion activated. I don’t think that anyone would even suspect it was more than a clock, especially when it functions as a regular alarm clock/radio when it isn’t spying. It will cost you $329.89.

Sony DRX-S90U Portable DVD Burner Now Available In The U.S.

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2011

Sony Optiarc America has announced the DRX-S90U dual USB bus-powered external DVD burner for the U.S. It can burn dual-layer DVD+R at 8x speeds, regular DVD+R and RW media at 6x and CD-R and RW at 24x speeds.

Just be aware that it requires two USB 2.0 ports to power the burning speeds. The device is compatible with both Windows (XP or higher) and Mac operating systems. You also get the Nero 10 CD/DVD burning application with your purchase. The Sony DRX-S90U slim portable DVD/CD writer is $69.99.

PS4 Concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2011

The PlayStation 3 isn’t on it’s way out yet, but we all know that Sony is working on a PS4. We just don’t know when it will arrive. Whenever it does, we hope that it has some of the style found in this concept PS4.

This PS4 concept would be made from 60% recyclable materials, magnesium alloy and carbon, and use zero watts of power on standby. This is achieved with a switch that will turn the power off from the outlet every half hour, drawing power from its rechargeable battery for about five minutes to keep it going.

First Sony NEX-7 DSLR image spotted

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2011

Looks like the Sony NEX-7 digital SLR rumors are true. It will mimic the look of an older Konica-Minolta Dimage A2. We know this because a new digital image of the upcoming Sony shooter has been leaked. The image is said to be of a pre-production unit, so some changes will likely happen. A rangefinder similar to that of the Fujifilm X100 can be seen on the image as well.

The camera is expected to get a 24-megapixel sensor from the A77 and a three million-pixel OLED EVF that’s not a hybrid viewfinder. There’s also a Carl Zeiss 24mm f1.8 prototype lens has been seen attached to the DSLR in the image, a hot shoe, and flash and image preview buttons, the pop-up flash, manual aperture and shutter speed controls. All the stuff you …

Sony Wall Mounted CMT-CX5 Audio System And iPhone Dock

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2011

Sony has a new audio system: the Sony CMT-CX5. It’s a wall mounted system that includes an iPhone, iPod dock, CD player and DAB/DAB+/FM radio. Its also has USB connectivity so that you can attach and play audio from an external hard drive, or flash drive.

The CMT-CX5 uses Sony’s Dynamic Sound Generator Xtra (DSGX) technology and will be available in either black or white. It launches next month. Sadly we don’t have any info regarding pricing and availability yet.

Sony HD-PG5 500GB External Hard Drive

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2011

Hard to believe, but Sony has introduced its first external hard drive, the HD-PG5. This storage device delivers 500GB of storage on a 2.5-inch disk and allows users to connect devices via USB 3.0 or USB 2.0.

The device also allows you to record HD content directly from your Bravia TV. The Sony HD-PG5 500GB external hard drive should be shipping in the UK, France and Germany later this month. Hopefully it will reach us soon as well.

Sony BDZ-AT350S And BDZ-AT750W Blu-Ray Recorders

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2011

Sony is set to release a pair of new Blu-ray recorders: the BDZ-AT350S and BDZ-AT750W. These entry-level Blu-ray players feature the company’s CREAS 4 Image engine processor which produces a sharper HD video quality, 500GB of internal storage and 3D video support.

The BDZ-AT350S sports a single Digital TV tuner, while the BDZ-AT750W comes with a couple of digital TV tuners. The Sony BDZ-AT350S and BDZ-AT750W will hit Japan next month for 65,000 Yen($822) and 85,000 Yen($1,075).

Sony Micro Vault P series compact flash drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Reuben Drake on July 11th, 2011

Sony has a series of new USB flash drives that will have storage capacities of up to 64GB. That may not be external hard drive size, but it allows you to carry a lot in your pocket. It comes in your choice of black or white and will be available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities.

It comes with File Rescue and x – Pict Story, which will let you retrieve accidentally deleted data and create an automated photo presentation. No info on price yet.

Sony PSN ‘Welcome Back’ promotion extended for one more day

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on July 4th, 2011

Most of us have already collected those PSN freebies when the promotion launched last month, but if you have not, you have another day to download your pair of free PS3 and PSP games, 100 virtual items from PlayStation Home, and 30 days of PlayStation Plus.

After that, you will have to pay up for your copy of Dead Nation or LittleBigPlanet and the other extras vanish as well. It all goes offline at 9AM Pacific Time tomorrow. Better hurry.