Thank your lucky stars you're living in the age of the Internet, and we're not saying that because of those naughty *tube sites. We're talking about hardware porn here, and in this case, the rumored PlayStation Phone.
Codenamed "Zeus Z1," this potentially awesome device was caught on camera in a handful of videos (one of which we've embedded below) and posted over on Engadget. If these are fake, they're really good ones and we'll admit to being fooled.
The Zeus Z1, as it appears in the videos, looks pretty much exactly the way you would expect. Rather than sporting a fold-out QWERTY keyboard, a classic PlayStation gamepad jets out instead. You can spot a PlayStation icon on the device, and there's a second video that offers up a 14-second peek at the PlayStation app.
The allure of a free Sony movie download with the purchase of select PNY products, everything from HDMI cables to 8GB and higher SDHC cards, has prompted the two companies to extend the promotion indefinitely.
Consumer who purchase an eligible product, which also includes some USB flash drives, DDR1/DDR2/DDR3 memory kits, and videocards, can redeem their code at www.pny.com/movies and choose from over 35 movies downloads. The extended promo campaign now includes a new mobile feature and is compatible with Windows Phone 7 devices, PNY says. To download a movie to a WP7 phone, users need to download the free PNY Movies app.
The movie downloads are for keeps and can be viewed from up to two different locations.
It seems like all the motion gaming news as of late has been about the Xbox Kinect system. Perhaps they were feeling left out, but Sony jumped into the middle of everything today by announcing they have shipped 4.1 million Move devices. What they left out, is how many of those have actually sold. Given the notable success of the Kinect (2.5 million sales so far), it might have been better if Sony hadn't said anything at all.
Since they chose to clue us in on the number of Move controllers they made, the uncomfortable issue of sales was bound to come up quickly. Sure enough, NPD is estimating that only about 500,000 Sony Move controllers have been sold thus far. That means a huge glut of motion controllers is sitting on shelves and in warehouses going into the holiday season.
We may be heading for a price drop is the Move doesn't start, *ahem*… moving. The Move bundle is going for $100 most places, but it only includes the camera, a game, and a single wand. Have you seen the Move languishing on your local store shelves?
The CompactFlash Association only recently released the CF6.0 specification, which calls for a maximum transfer rate of 167MB/s. That's fast, but not nearly fast enough for SanDisk, Sony, and Nikon. The tech trio is proposing a new specification that will essentially triple transfer rates to 500MB/s via PCI-Express.
"This ultra high-speed media format will enable further evolution of hardware and imaging applications, and widen the memory card options available to CompactFlash users such as professional photographers," said Mr. Shigeto Kanda, Canon, and chairman of the Board, CFA. "This next generation formation is expected to be widely adapted to various products, including those other than high-end DSLRs."
The proposed specification isn't just about speed, but capacity as well. According to the three companies, capacities beyond 2TB would be possible, which would better allow for continuous burst shooting of massive RAW images and HD video applications.
The Xbox 360 was first released on November 22, 2005 in the U.S. and Canada, just over five years ago today (by a week). As CNet notes, the coming and passing of the Xbox 360's fifth birthday without a successor in sight could very well mark the end of the 5-year console cycle that's been in place for three decades, give or take a couple of years between releases. Check it out:
Nintendo Entertainment System: 1985
Super NES: 1991
Nintendo 64: 1996
Nintendo GameCube: 2001
Nintendo Wii: 2006
Sony has kept the same cycle, releasing the original PlayStation console in 1995 followed by the PlayStation 2 in 2000 and the PlayStation 3 in 2006. Microsoft's first Xbox showed up in 2001.
Looking ahead, there aren't any new consoles on the horizon from any of the big three (Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony). Instead, each company has found other ways to extend the shelf-life of their existing consoles. Sony, for example, added 3D support, while both Sony and Microsoft recently launched their own take on motion controlled gaming. Nintendo hasn't been as active, but did add disc-less Netflix to the mix as well as various add-ons, like the Wii Balance Board and Wii Draw tablet.
On top of it, all three current-generation consoles are more adept than ever as serving as viable home theater media centers.
Which console(s) do you own, and do you plan on purchasing one before the end of 2010?
Sony has always had the home team advantage in Japan, but in the e-book world they are a bit late to the game in the land of the Rising Sun. Rumors of a Q4 launch for the Sony Reader lineup started back in May, and it looks like for once the rumor mill is actually coming true.
Starting December 10th Sony is getting set to offer the 5” pocket and 6” Reader Devices in Japan at a price of ¥20,000 ($237) / ¥25,000 ($297), respectively. In addition to the hardware release Sony is also planning to unveil its new online e-bookstore with close to 20,000 launch titles.
Given just how late to the game Sony actually is you would imagine they would be humble about their future sales prospects, but then again this is Sony we are talking about. According to a company spokesman they expect to sell 300,000 in the first 12 months, and plan to hold more than half of the Japanese e-reader market by 2012.
Is Sony setting its expectations too high? Or will Japanese consumers buy up anything Sony?
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Sony Ericsson might be working with Sony on a mobile gaming phone many are referring to as the 'PlayStation Phone.' Sony Ericsson chief Bert Nordberg didn't exactly play down the rumor, saying he's aware of the speculation on just such a device.
"There's a lot of smoke, and I tell you there must be a fire somewhere," Nordberg said. "Sony has an extremely strong offering in the gaming market, and that's very interesting."
Citing "another person familiar with the matter," WSJ says Sony Ericsson's upcoming gaming phone will likely run Google's Android OS and the games will probably be available through an application.
The way things are going, we'd rather run a lemonade stand than try to make a buck selling RAM. The DRAM market continues to struggle, but in an attempt to turn lemons into lemonade, PNY has teamed up with Sony to offer a bonus full-length movie download with the purchase of one of PNY's new memory kits.
The new kits include 8GB and 4GB capacities in both 1333MHz desktop and 1066MHz notebook configurations. PNY says the 8GB kit is now the highest capacity memory in the company's line-up, which sells for $130 direct through PNY, and little less street.
As for the bonus flick, buyers can choose from "over 35 movie titles from a broad selection of genres... The bonus Sony movie downloads include recent blockbuster hits as well as favorite classics, such as The Da Vinci Code, Hitch, Big Daddy, As Good As It Gets, 21, and S.W.A.T."
Sony announced it has gone and shoved the Hulu Plus subscription service into its Dash Personal Internet Viewer device, giving viewers access to thousands of TV shows and movies.
"The addition of Hulu Plus serves as an ideal example of how Dash continues to evolve and improve over time," said Brennan Mullion, senior vice president of Sony Electronics' personal imaging and audio business. "With Hulu on board, the Dash platform has the ability to deliver a huge variety of online entertainment instantly to consumers' homes on top of glanceable, real-time tidbits of information."
Sony's Dash ($200) sports a 7-inch color touchscreen display with built-in stereo speakers. The Hulu Plus service runs $10/month and joins the fray of more than 1,000 compatible free apps for the Dash platform.
After launching back in January, Sony has taken a shrinking ray and aimed it at its Y Series Vaio laptop, which has now been reduced from 13.3 inches to 11.6 inches.
That's near netbook territory, but its guts are anything but. Inside the 11.6-inch Vaio you'll find an Intel Core i3 380UM processor clocked at 1.33GHz, up to 8GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. Other accouterments include a 1366x768 resolution (the same as before), Bluetooth, Wireless-N, HDMI, and Windows 7 Home Premium.
Look for this one to launch in Japan later this month. No word on when it will ship stateside or for how much.