Friday, September 25th, 2009

PlayStation 3 Slim Now Available for $299

September 3, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Gaming

PlayStation 3 Slim Now Available for $299

The PlayStation 3 Slim officially shipped last September 1. Owners of the original PlayStation 3 should be content with what they already have. For those who want to buy their first current-generation gaming console, or are looking to play PlayStation 3 games, the new PlayStation 3 Slim is a good choice.

Size-wise, the PlayStation 3 Slim isn’t really a revolution compared to its predecessor—despite the 33% profile reduction, both consoles are meant to stay stationary for most of their operational lives anyway. The Slim is still a more attractive option though because of its roomier 120GB hard disk, a definite step …read more

New PS3 Slim Will Retail for $299

August 18, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Gaming

New PS3 Slim Will Retail for $299

According to the Source, the recently announced PS3 Slim is “33 percent smaller, 36 percent lighter, and comes with a 120GB hard drive”. Set for a September 1 release, the PS3 Slim will cost $299 in North America, 299 euros in Europe, and 29980 Yen in Japan (totally wrong currency conversion for the win!).
Functionally, this new PS3 variant is practically the same, but it uses a smaller, more power-efficient version of its Cell processor—45nm versus the original’s 60nm. Every new PS3 Slim will come pre-installed with Firmware 3.0. Sony will of course phase out the original PS3, selling any remaining …read more

Sony PSP Go Pictures, Video

June 8, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Gaming, Handhelds

Sony PSP Go Pictures, Video

Introducing the Sony PSP Go: Seems Sony realized that the UMD format was effectively dead; the latest planned incarnation of the Sony PSP only accepts media through Memory Stick Micro cards and wireless downloads (via the PlayStation Network). Bad news for current UMD and normal-sized Memory Stick users.
Yet the focus on digital delivery means that Sony was reportedly thoughtful enough to equip the PSP Go with 16GB of onboard memory. The new slide-down form factor may be something new for longtime PSP users. That’s because controlling the portable console requires the hands to be closer together—and below the Go’s 3.8″ …read more

New Sony DSLRs Support SD Cards!

May 18, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Digital Cameras

New Sony DSLRs Support SD Cards!

Sony’s new Alpha DSLR-A230, A330 and A380. But for those who are fans of the maker’s cameras, here are the useful facts (courtesy of Crave):

Model
A230
A330
A380

Sensor
10-megapixel CCD
14-megapixel CCD

Sensitivity range
ISO 100 – ISO 3200

Viewfinder
95 percent coverage
0.83x magnification
95 percent coverage
0.74x magnification

LCD
2.7-inch fixed
2.7-inch tiltable

Live View
No
Yes

Continuous shooting
2.5fps

Autofocus
9 points

Dimensions(W x H x D)
5.0″ x 3.8″ x 2.7″
5.0″ x 3.8″ x 2.8″

Weight(ounces)*
15.9
17.3

Replaces
A200
A300
A350

Price
$549 (with 18-55mm lens)
$749 (with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses)
$649 (with 18-55mm lens)
$849 (with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses)
$849 (with 18-55mm lens)
$1,049 (with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses)

*add about 1.8 ounces for battery and card
Most interesting about all three new models though is its support for SDHC cards, on …read more

PSP-3000 Now Hacked

May 11, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Gaming

PSP-3000 Now Hacked

So, despite the best efforts of Sony to protect the PSP platform from those evil hackers and homebrewers, Team Typhoon has conquered!
Typhoon’s hack takes advantage of a tiff exploit; viewing a carefully crafted image with the PSP-3000’s built-in viewer reboots the portable and makes it load the HEN environment. This, in the words of Boing Boing, opens the PSP-3000 up to “homebrew, customization and piracy.” Here’s the full declaratory message from Typhoon:
This is a demo of the 5.03 firmware running the tiff exploit and booting into a HEN environment on a PSP 2003 (3000 Support also) on 5.03 Official …read more

Sony Stuff For Mother’s Day

May 2, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Promos

Sony Stuff For Mother’s Day

Husbands, boyfriends, and sons, lend me your ears! Sony’s got a couple of promos for Mother’s Day:

A Sony Cybershot S980BDL/P + a Pink and Black Camera Case for $150 – The CyberShot is a 12.1 Megapixel camera, features a washed metal finish, and of course, comes in pink. A 2GB Memory Stick Duo is part of the package.
Select VAIO CS notebooks + Dooney & Bourke tote bag = $150 in savings – Or basically, you get the bag (which costs $150) for free. This promo is somewhat limited though, since it only applies to “pre-built” CS notebooks. At least you’re …read more

Sony PSP 2 Presumed for Later This Year

Sony PSP 2 Presumed for Later This Year

The internet is currently buzzing over what David Perry, the chief creative officer of Acclaim, surmised in a conversation with kotaku.com yesterday: “I spoke to a developer who is working on it right now. I know this developer is already working on it, so that means they have a prototype. That would sound like a fall release to me.”
Other juicy tidbits: the PSP 2 will be entirely digital, meaning all content will be stored on-board. If true, then the UMD format is now scheduled for obsolescence. Just rumors for now, so stay tuned for updates. Maybe it’s time to start …read more

PS3 Marketing Arguments Help Opposing Forces

January 9, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Gaming

PS3 Marketing Arguments Help Opposing Forces

Someone’s head might be rolling over at the PlayStation 3’s manufacturer. Apparently to build more interest in the gaming console (which has fare relatively poorly against the Xbox 360 and Wii), someone sent Joystiq an email declaring that the PS3 provides better value for money, while the Xbox 360 and Wii of course, do not:
The informercial-esque message — titled “Keeping Entertainment Simple” — made our day with colorful accusations, including one that the Xbox 360 “requires … multiple upgrades and additional external devices, putting a burden on the wallet and adds clutter to the entertainment center.” That clutter would be …read more

Recall Warning: Up to 35,000 Sony Laptop Batteries Affected

November 10, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Laptops

Recall Warning: Up to 35,000 Sony Laptop Batteries Affected

Though the brand of the affected Lithium-Ion batteries are Sony, affected customers include owners of HP, Toshiba, and Dell computers. The models listed below may use the affected batteries, which were manufactured in Japan.
If you happen to be an owner of any of the following:

HP Pavilion: dv1000, dv8000 and zd8000
Compaq Presario: v2000 and v2400
HP Compaq: nc6110, nc6120, nc6140, nc6220, nc6230, nx4800, nx4820, nx6110, nx6120, nx9600
Toshiba Satellite: A70/A75, P30/P5, M30X/M35X, M50/M55
Toshiba Tecra: A3, A5, S2
Dell Latitude: 110L
Dell Inspiron: 1100, 1150, 5100, 5150, 5160

Read the full “voluntary recall” press release now. If you need more reason, here’s the incident/injury report summary: “There …read more

Ultraportable Sony VAIO TT Revealed

September 23, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Laptops

Ultraportable Sony VAIO TT Revealed

Sony’s VAIO TT is a recently released line of 11-inch laptops, as successors to the TZ line. Not netbooks mind you, as this new model, starting at $2,000, really does feature full functionality in a portable package.

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