Sony's PSP Go might be the red-headed stepchild of handheld consoles. The reason we say that is because Sony just permanently slashed $50 off the price of the PSP Go, which now carries an MSRP of $150, but the console maker did so without making a peep. No fanfare, no ballyhooing, not even a curt press release. That's in stark contrast to Sony championing a new lower price for the regular PSP console just one week ago, news of which was announced on Sony's official PlayStation blog and various marketing materials.
Sony over the weekend dropped the price of its PSP handheld console from $170 to $130. At the new price point, Sony is hoping the PSP can finally topple Nintendo's DS in weekly sales, a feat that should be possible with the 3DS just around the corner. In addition to the price cut, Sony also added a handful of new titles to its "Greatest Hits" and "Favorites" libraries.
According to CrunchGear, Sony may be preparing to step up the image quality of smartphone and point-and-shoot cameras with a new 17.7MP CMOS sensor. It's not just the crazy-high resolution of the sensor that makes this imaging gear special, the sensor is reportedly able to "convert multiple pixels into single pixels simultaneously" making image compression 75% faster, reports The Nikkei.
The hype surrounding OLED technology has somewhat settled down in recent months, instead giving way to LED-backlit LCD displays that are cheaper to produce. Lest you forget completely about OLED, however, Sony this week announced a pair of OLED monitors designed for professionals. The 17-inch and 25-inch monitors are part of Sony's new reference-grade BVM-E series and are supposed to be on par with CRTs in color accuracy. Put your drink down before hitting the jump and taking a peek at the price tags.
Sony, whose ebook application was blocked from the App Store because it would have sidestepped Apple's system for buying content and deprived the Cupertino company of its cut of revenue, indicated it may pull its artists from iTunes and withhold its games from the iPhone, an Australian news outlet reports. The move would also set up a showdown between iTunes and Sony's upcoming Music Unlimited streaming service, which is set to open in Australia soon.
Noted hardware hacker George Hotz was in court again today in the ongoing case of the PS3 jailbreak. Sony sued Hotz (or Geohot is you like) after he developed a hack that allowed users to install any software they like on the PS3 console. They are citing DMCA violations. The hearing today was to decide whether or not Hotz would be forced to turn over his computer equipment to Sony for inspection. The judge ruledthat Hotz would indeed have to let Sony paw through his data.
Oh Sony, how silly can you be? The PlayStation 3 maker has been stirring up quite the stink over the online publishing of PS3 jailbreak code that allows unsigned software to run. In its attempt to put the genie back in the bottle, Sony's been threatening to sue anyone who posts links to the code, but that's only the beginning. Did you watch the YouTube video made by PS3 hacker George Hotz, or even just comment on it? If so, Sony wants to know. In an ironic twist, Sony should consider suing itself.
Sony is turning up the heat on the hacking community as they seek to eradicate the PS3 jailbreak from the Internet, reports Wired. Sony is now promising to sue anyone that posts or links to the code in question. To those ends, Sony is seeking to force Google to turn over the IP addresses of people that viewed or commented on the YouTube video made by George Hotz (often called Geohot) explaining the hack. It doesn't even stop there.
Console price cuts are coming! Console price cuts are coming! That's the message from Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter, who says it's high time for Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony to all three mark down their respective gaming consoles, CNet reports.
"After maintaining console prices at historically high points throughout 2010, all three console manufacturers appear to us to be poised for price cuts in 2011," Pachter wrote in a note to investors.
Despite sales of Microsoft's Xbox 360 console rising 40 percent year-over-year in 2010, Pachter says it's possible the Redmond outfit will drop the price of its 250GB Xbox 360 Kinect bundle from $400 to $300. This, he says, would put the pressure on Sony to mark down its PlayStation 3 Move bundle.
It will be interesting to see if any of this comes to fruition. Nintendo so far has seemed content with the Wii's price point, while both Microsoft and Sony have played around with various storage options and slimmer form factors rather than reduce prices outright.
If it felt like Apple as lightening up on their App Store approval guidelines, think again. According to The New York Times, a recent scuffle with Sony has spurred Apple to clarify that their App Store rules on in0app purchases are going to be more strictly followed. The whole issue came up when Sony's Reader app was rejected from the App Store a few days ago. Apple objected to the Reader having its own eBook store, and no option for Apple's own in-app purchases. This, says Apple, is a violation of their terms of service.
This brings up an uncomfortable dilemma for other apps, like Amazon's Kindle for instance. Both the Kindle app and the Sony app bring up an imbedded web browser to make content purchases, but Apple is now saying that developers must provide that same content for in-app purchases using Apple's system. Not coincidentally, that means Apple would get their 30% cut. "It’s the opposite of what we wanted to bring to the market,” Sony's Steve Haber said. “We always wanted to bring the content to as many devices as possible, not one device to one store."
This does not mean that any content purchased the old way won't be available. Indeed, you can keep doing that. Apple is just asserting their authority to require that users are presented with in-app purchases too. A cunning way to get people more invested in the Apple ecosystem. How does this sit with you?