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Sony announces slimmed down PS3: $300, available September

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: PlayStation 3, Sony,

One of the worst-kept secrets in the past few months has finally been confirmed, as has finally announced their newer, slimmer PS3. Affectionately known as the PS3 Slim to gamers, the new PS3 is smaller, lighter, and has “all the same features” as the current PS3, according to Sony. Of course, after some digging, we did find that the PS3 Slim won’t support installing Linux on the system like its larger brethren does…but we’re guessing that not too many of you will cry over that. The PS3 Slim will also use 34% less power, and takes up 32% less space than the existing PS3. All this goodness will be available this September for $299. If you want to pick up one of the larger PS3s, those will be available in stores at a new low price, with the 80GB model selling for $299, and the 160GB model selling for $399. The PS3 Slim will pack in a 120GB hard drive.

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Spider-Man Writer Announced

James Vanderbilt to pen Spider-Man 5 and 6Just as Sony is in the midst of prepping Spider-Man 4 for filming, the studio made little hesitation with Spider-Man 5 and Spider-Man 6 by hiring Zodiac writer James Vanderbilt to pen the scripts.

Vanderbilt isn’t new to the Spider-Man films—he wrote the initial script for Spider-Man 4, which was later revised by Inkheart screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire (Seabiscuit writer/director Gary Ross is currently revising that script).

Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios clearly have faith in Vanderbilt, whose ideas director Sam Raimi didn’t necessarily embrace (leading him to rewrite). Nonetheless, he has now been given a second chance with the scripts for the fifth and sixth installations, which are expected to have an interconnected storyline. With that said, executives are planning to use Vanderbilt’s two scripts as a franchise reboot in case Raimi and stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst do not return.

While I find it amusing that they’re considering a reboot for the series, I admire that they’re wasting no time in seeing these films made. Let’s just hope that the producers can assure the involvement of the Spidey trio in all of them!

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Microsoft scores Netflix streaming console exclusive

Xbox 360 Netflix Exclusive

Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard rumblings that streaming would be coming to both the and , but apparently, all that is now out the window, because Microsoft has been able to score an exclusive console partnership with Netflix. Read on:

Netflix Partnership

This exclusive partnership offers you the ability to instantly stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix to the television via Xbox 360. Xbox 360 will be the only game console to offer this movie-watching experience, available to Xbox LIVE Gold members who are also Netflix unlimited plan subscribers**, at no additional cost.

From the Netflix Web site, simply add movies and TV episodes to your instant Queue, which will appear automatically on the TV screen via Xbox 360. Once selected, movies will begin playing in as little as 30 seconds. In addition to instantly streaming Netflix movies to the TV, Xbox LIVE Gold members can browse and rate movies, fast-forward, pause and rewind, all using either their Xbox 360 Controller or Universal remote.

Now, of course, we assume this just means that the Xbox 360 gets an exclusive on full console integration. But hey, you can just go download PlayOn if you really want to access Netflix from your Playstation 3 or Wii. Problem solved.

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Sony CyberShot DSC-WX1 and DSC-TX1 cameras detect smiles, even in low-light

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Cameras,

Sony CyberShot DSC-WX1 and DSC-TX1

has recently added to their CyberShot collection with the DSC-WX1 and the DSC-TX1.  Both of them are 10.2 point-and-shoot cameras that have facial detection, smile shutter, anti-motion blur plus multi-shot modes, wide panorama capability, plus 10 frames per second shooting. 

As for the differences, the WX1 (left in photo) has a 2.7 inch LCD, a Sony G lens, 5x optical zoom with f/2.5 maximum aperture, 720p HD movie recording, and an “Exmore R” illuminated CMOS sensor for better low-light handling.  As for the TX1, it has a 3-inch LCD and a Carl Zeiss Tesar lens with 4x telescopic zoom. 

The Sony Cybershot DSC-WX1 will be released in October for a price of $350, in black.  The DSC-TX1 will be available in September for $380 in silver gray, pink, and blue. Full release, after the break.

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Sony’s Ridiculous 2TB Memory Stick XC

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Storage,

Sony 2TB Memory Stick

is getting ready to drop the 2TB Memory Stick XC. Since the XC maintains the same form factor as other Memory Sticks, we are going to guess that these will end up being backwards-compatible with the rest of the XC line. Considering that SD cards are struggling to get to 64GB, this 2TB feat is pretty incredible. According to Sony, the XC range will use the exFAT file storage system, which is far and away better than the antiquated FAT12/16/32. Of course, this will all come at a price, because it is a proprietary Sony item, after all. Those details haven’t been announced yet, but let’s just say that we think it will be a while before the average photographer has one of these in their camera.

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Sony Reader Pocket and Reader Touch: E-book readers at a bargain

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Handhelds, Misc. Tech, Peripherals,

Sony PRS-300 and PRS-600

Last week we covered the imminent release of the Samsung SNE-50K e-book reader, so it seems reasonable for us to give as much information as we can about Sony’s two new e-readers: the PRS-300 and PRS-600, or as they are known to the masses, the Pocket and Touch editions. We’ve got full specs on each for you after the jump, but in a nutshell, both sport USB 2.0 connectivity, 512MB internal memory, Mac compatibility, and a lack of Wi-Fi. Remember, these are budget readers, but Sony says a Wi-Fi model is on the way soon. Both the Reader Pocket and PRS-600 will be available at the end of the month.

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Box Office Breakdown: Bruno Crawls His Way to #1

Bruno crawling

Just like in the fashion world, one day was hot—the next day he was not.

Even though the comedy did well enough to place first this weekend, it appears the sexually graphic film may have turned some off. Ticket sales for the entry dropped 39% between Friday and Saturday, leading many to believe that negative word of mouth played a factor.

In total, Bruno piqued enough interest to raise $30.6 million over three days. While that gross beats Borat‘s $26.5 million debut, the 2006 film later went on to earn $129 million domestically.

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Moneyball Will Roll On

Steven SoderberghMoneyball may have suffered a delay, but the game was not completely called off. Unfortunately, the project will not resume without a few changes to the lineup.

Still playing? Brad Pitt. On the disabled list? .

Production on the sports film was halted late last month, just days before lensing was to begin. Although Columbia Pictures head Amy Pascal had been pleased with earlier versions of the script, a final version drafted by Soderbergh, the movie’s director, was considered a disappointment.

While it was unclear whether the film would go to another studio, or just be scrapped altogether, Sony decided to tap Aaron Sorkin (Sports Night) for another rewrite. Unfortunately, they’ve also chosen to go with a new director as well.

It’s hoped a script will be done by August.

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Sony debuts $500 netbook with hi-res display, launches in August

Posted by Drea Avellan Categories: Design, PC / Laptop,

Sony Vaio W Brown

Yeah, so I’m a Mac user. However, I cannot deny my attraction to the Sony VAIO W-Series. These models have a slick, ultra-portable design and come in three fun colors – berry pink, sugar white and cocoa brown. The W Series incorporates a high-resolution, 1366x768, LED-backlit 10.1-inch ultra-wide display, making it easy to view two full web pages—bye bye side scrolling. You also get a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 160GB hard drive, 1GB RAM, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, built-in webcam, Ethernet, and more. Starting at $499.99, Sony VAIO W-Series offers a stylish secondary PC alternative for those who travel and need to keep connected.


Bioshock 2 promotional vinyl

Bioshock 2 vinyl record

I’m a sucker for video game promotional items. Why? Well, they are usually extremely creative and make a great addition to any game collection. Also, the bragging rights are kind of nice. The fine folks over at Destructoid got such item last week from 2k Games promoting Bioshock 2.  The package delivered a 7” vinyl and well – lots of mystery. Assuming we all carry around a record player (which obviously we do), we could find that the vinyl contained a Rapture anthem which is later interrupted by some crackling by the voice of a young girl calling out, “Daddy”. Now, I know I can make all kinds of clean jokes about this, but it’s not the same if you, the reader, have not yet been graced by these sounds.  You can head over to There’s Something in the Sea and after the page loads, click the yellow arrow on the left and then click on the record player. You will then be able to hear what the vinyl contained. You know what they say—it ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none.

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