Sony showed up in force for CES 2008 with a bevy of Blu-ray players in tow. Check the video above for a good run down of the Blu-ray technology. Some of the new interactive features are sure to impress, although many of the features have been available within HD DVD for some time.
Take note of the awkward cut that occurs when we ask them about the whole format war thing and the fact that studios are jumping over to Blu-ray left and right. That is when they stopped and told us they didn’t want to talk about that subject. We pushed the issue a bit, but they wouldn’t budge, so we just cut that portion out. Not sure what the big deal was though, I mean, it seems victory may be at hand for the Blu-ray side of things.
It’s a sad state of affairs when a company creates a commercial with a human competing for a top dance spot with a robotic device. Remember Miuro? Sony has devised its own dancing bot to be released in the States sometime this spring. Palm-size, Rolly uses the reflection of the floor to create an acoustical image, with speakers at 180º angles. Considering how identically the two bots operate, it might be a better alternative to pit them against each other.
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Since the odds are slim to none that you can give a Kindle for Christmas, you may be able to opt for the Sony Reader, which has taken advantage of the situation and is offering 100 Classics from its Connect e-store. Simply purchase the device before January 31, have the recipient set up an account, and she/he will be credited for the amount. As a nice side note, the Reader is only $279.99 with free shipping, so that makes it a savings of $100.00 over the Kindle. You may not be able to access the Wall St. Journal, but since each Classic costs merely $2.00 apiece, that’s a lot of Shakespeare for the money.
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Sony’s new Walk
man NW-EO13 set of PMPs has obviously been designed to include the princess in your life. With its 1 GB storage capacity, it can handle MP3s, ATRACs, WMAs, AACs, and PCMs. It features a color LCD display and FM tuner. Powered by a built-in lithium-ion battery, and with a size of merely 82.9 × 22.4 × 13.6 mm, look for a mid December release for 10,980 yen (~$102.00.) Perhaps your princess will grant you one of those Christmas favors you have been trying to earn for the entire year.
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My mission was clear. Behind a barbed wire facade and slew of No Camera signs lurked one of the few worthwhile E for All offerings: a playable Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots demo. The official word was that this short demo was the only taste we Americans would get of the latest Solid Snake outing before its release next year, so Konami’s booth was naturally my first stop at the show. The line snaked around the entire booth. I queued up and waited. And waited some more. Finally, we were led into a makeshift theater (appropriately outfitted with sandbags and cargo netting) where a company representative gave us a crash course on the game’s controls. Afterwards, the door opened and we were unleashed upon the demo kiosks.
Sony has introduced its new VAIO Type G notebook, which actually has a drainage system built under the palm rest, and draining holes under the notebook itself. Plus, if you spill your Pumpkin Spice Latte on the machine, it automatically shuts off (Sony does recommend having the computer checked out anyway). In addition, the LCD screen has a special coating to prevent scratches, and can withstand a drop from 28” while turned on, and almost 35.5” when powered off. This take-no-prisoners VAIO is available in Japan for approximately $1500 USD, depending on how it’s customized. No word on when it will be available stateside.
Why is it that Sony keeps pumping out new products before anyone else? We are beginning to think that they keep clever people holed up in windowless think tanks and working 22 hours a day. Their latest contribution to home entertainment is an ultra-thin TV with OLED to produce a 3mm thick screen. OLEDs are brighter than LCD panels and have better contrast ratio and sharper images. Sony’s president Ryoji Chubachi says, “I want this world’s first OLED TV to be the symbol of the revival of Sony’s technological prowess.”
We hope so too, for their sake, but other companies, such as Samsung, are also working on the technology. Sony’s TV has an 11-inch display and will become available in Japan for ~$1,735.00 beginning December 1.
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Sony has just unveiled their new entry level notebooks with a lesser price, at least for them. At a size of 14.2 x 10.6 x 1.5-inches and a weight of over 6 lbs, all three feature a 15.4-inch WXGA screen with XBRITE-ECO technology, hold one GB of DDR2 memory, and feature a graphics accelerator and a dual-layer DVD burner. The NR110 and 120 have a 1160 GB HDD while the NR140 features 120GB HDD.
Available in brown, white, or granite, Sony claims run is between 2.5 and 7.5 hours, depending on battery used. Since their laptops generally hang around the $950.00 mark, we suspect that the lesser price for the NR series at $750.00 is their way of saying, “We’re okay now. Buy Me.” Look for them next month at Sony Style.
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Robert “402” Bowling from Infinity Ward has posted about some upcoming changes to the Call of Duty 4 beta on his blog. The most significant announcement is the closing of the beta on September 30th, but he also revealed that two days prior the level cap, which has been at 16 for a couple of weeks after being lifted from the initial cap of 11, will go up to 25. That gives beta testers only two days to jump from 16 to 25 before the beta closes down in anticipation of the game’s release November 5th.
Part of the post hinted that CoD4 had gone gold, but Bowling refused to come right out and say it, saving the announcement for more official channels. He did say that Infinity Ward had received congratulations from the Sony of America and the Xbox 360 certification team, which leaves little room for doubt that the game is in the final stages before shipping.
The beta has been an excellent marketing tool for Infinity Ward since the strength of the game is quite evident from the limited, multiplayer-only test version. Even though the game is likely gold, the beta continues for developers to continue gathering data for the inevitable title upgrades and expansion packs. The raising of the level cap so close to the end of the beta is, speculatively, due to the launch of a certain multiplayer juggernaut a few days prior.
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This year’s TGS is awash in media from loads of promising Japanese RPGs. The spiky-haired adventurers in Infinite Undiscovery (ouch at that title), The Last Remnant, and Lost Odyssey promise to take the genre to new excruciatingly emotional heights. But the most impressive of them all, the one that may even melt the heart of the most cynical hater of all things spiky and stat-laden, is Level 5’s White Knight Story. Level 5 is the development studio behind Dragon Quest VIII and Rogue Galaxy, so you just know this game will deliver the goods when it comes exclusively to the PS3 next year.
And now we have this video. It isn’t direct feed, runs about 4 minutes long, and Obi-Wan Kenobi blocks the screen for part of it, but trust me…the whole thing is worth the watch. The animation is so fluid and seamless that the game’s battles come across as balletic performances, not turgid turn-based fights. And check out the awe-inspiring transformation near the end of the footage. You’ll be nodding your head wondering what the fuss is, and then the White Knight will appear and you’ll smile and say, “Okay, that was pretty cool.” Bank on it.
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