Items tagged with Sony

The Inquirer reports this morning that their sources are indicating the yields for Sony's upcoming CELL processor are "horrible". Serving as the foundation for the highly anticipated Playstation 3 gaming console, these rumors of poor yields are disconcerting to say the least. With an estimated arrival of November and tens, if not hundreds of thousands of gamers waiting in line to purchase it, the Playstation 3 could be in serious trouble. Then again, this could just be an ugly rumor meant to strike fear in the hearts of Sony fans worldwide. Per usual, time will tell. The problem is that IBM and Sony designed the chip for some... Read more...
Sony Lowers Price of PlayStation 2 to $129.99 FOSTER CITY, Calif., April 20 -- Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. today announced that it has made its PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system more affordable than ever throughout North America. Effective immediately, consumers can purchase the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $129.99/$139.99 CND. The company expects this latest price move to fuel consumer demand even further. PlayStation 2 is the most popular gaming platform in North America, Europe/PAL territories and Japan/Asia, the only gaming platform to enjoy such widespread global success. To date, more than 101 million PlayStation... Read more...
We recently decided to procure a new Sony VAIO VGN-SZ150P/C Notebook for testing and evaluation here.  During the first couple of weeks of testing, it never occurred to us frankly that our unit perhaps wasn't representative of the material as described in its specifications and at the online reseller we bought it from.  Here are a couple of shots of our unit that may or may not add to the confusion, depending on how keen your eye is.   As you can see, clearly on the box label, which has a matching serial number to the unit itself incidentally, this system was tagged with "SZ150P/C", the "/C" designating a Premium Carbon Fiber constructed system.... Read more...
According to this article on the Reuters UK site, disappointing sales of movies and other media on Sony's proprietary UMD (Universal Media Disc) spells doom for the format.  And how about that dig by the Universal Studio's rep?  It seems Universal isn't too pleased with Blu-Ray's potential either. "No one's watching movies on PSP," said the president of one of the six major studios' home entertainment divisions. "It's a game player, period." Observers speculate the studios released too many movies, too fast. Within five months of the PSP's March 2005 launch, 239 movie and TV titles already were either in the market or in the pipeline... Read more...
NVIDIA has just released a press release today that claims the company has just received another large design contract from Sony. Supposedly a larger deal than the GPU contract for Sony's upcoming Playstation 3 console, both vendors are being curiously vague on what the actual project in question truly is. Given some of the comments made by Sony regarding Cell we expect the new CPU architecture to show up in a variety of consumer electronics. Now which of those will require GPU assistance which would warrant bringing NVIDIA back to the design table is a question we're eager to have answered."We had anticipated that (contract revenue) would drop off, but that's not going to happen," Burkett told... Read more...
Sony Corp.'s top video game studio executive said on Wednesday that a new online service debuting with its PlayStation 3 console in early November will open up a world of new content for gamers as well as new revenue opportunities for the company. The service, which lets users buy games and communicate and compete with other players via the Web, again puts the company in head-to-head competition with Microsoft Corp. Sony, one of the world's leading technology manufacturers and entertainment companies, aims to retain dominance over the roughly $30 billion global video game market with the PS3.... Read more...
Sony's much anticipated Playstation 3 has been pushed back to November 2006, which can be both good and bad news, depending on if you're a gamer or Bill Gates. The folks over at BFR, like many of us, aren't thrilled at the idea, and have to wonder if this is just the first in a series of delays. "Early this morning while most of us still lay asleep, on the other side of the globe industry shaking news was finally revealed about the ever elusive PS3. It has been nearly a year since 2005's E3 PS3 conference and with little to no further knowledge being disclosed to anyone about anything, we've been feeding off of "Target" Videos and Tech Demo's... Read more...
Looking for a new phone in 06? Sony Ericson has some cool looking models coming out in the 2nd quarter of this year. CNet has the scoop, providing a list and some details of what you can expect to see later on this year... assuming carriers decide to use them. "2005 was arguably the year of the Walkman phone for Sony Ericsson, thanks to its release of six different flavors for all segments of the consumer market. Here in the United States, we saw the W600i and the W800i, and now, the company has rolled out the W300i, which is designed for the mass market. Inside the sexy flip design are all the usual elements you'd expect in a Walkman phone,... Read more...
More bad news for Sony and their customers, as Sony's XCP uninstall software apparently suffers from the same problem as the DRM software its self... security flaws. Sony has announced they will pull all their XCP infected CDs from store shelves."The consequences of the flaw are severe," Felten and Halderman wrote in a blog posting Tuesday. "It allows any Web page you visit to download, install, and run any code it likes on your computer. Any Web page can seize control of your computer; then it can do anything it likes. That's about as serious as a security flaw can get."What a week, eh? We'll keep you informed as the saga continues...... Read more...
Well folks, it's time to cover what's been going on this weekend. Sony has decided to stop(temporarily) including their controversial software with their CDs. No word on what kind of software they'll include next. In a related subject, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has dissected part of the Sony-BMG EULA. Wonderful stuff, really. Anyone remember the good old days when your buddy would put a couple songs on a tape for you, and no one even cared? These days it seems like it was only a wonderful dream. In a time with enforced restrictions, secret software, and machines that can decipher the latest Pop Hit, the music scene doesn't seem to have the same magic it once did. HotHardware Nvidia GeForce... Read more...
Good morning HH fans. BW here, dropping in with your morning serving of hardware goodness. We've got a lot going on behind the scenes here today, so I'm going to jump right in and get some of the more interesting items posted ASAP.  Shuttle ST20G5 Review @ [H]: (They weren't too pleased with this one!) "I work with computer systems every day that have to be tweaked or fine tuned in order to make them work right. The Shuttle ST20G5 and its stable operation was beyond my abilities. I feel as though the ULi southbridge took what could have been a great low cost system and turned it into a pile of frustration and confusion."  Logitech MX1000 Wireless Laser Mouse @ ASE Labs: "Logitech... Read more...
Hey Folks :) A few things to mention in addition to the news... Newegg now has a new look, which threw me off the first time I saw it since I visit the site more than Wal*Mart. And the Longhorn News website has been relaunched. Other than that we've got some reviews, have fun... Actiontec Wireless 54Mbps Printer Server @ GideonTech.com "With many households running multiple computers, sharing a printer may be hard when faced with all the networking needed to be done first. If you happen to have a wireless setup already, add this Actiontec printer server and you can get every computer connected to your printer in just a few minutes." Aerocool GT-1000 Heatpipe Heatsink Reviewed @ Hi-Techreviews.com... Read more...
The Friday night news update is here, so sit back folks and enjoy the read. I'd like to throw a little console gaming news in with the rest of the bunch, so get this... we might be seeing the Next Box(X-Box 2) before the year's end. I still don't own an X-Box, so I'm hoping this thing is going to be backwards compatible with original X-Box games. EQS A58XK9-ALF Radeon Xpress 200P motherboard @ HEXUS "While I wasn't expecting this particular motherboard to offer a plethora of overclocking options, as it simply isn't aimed towards that market, what I would expect is at least the ability to tune and alter memory timings, and in this discipline the A58XK9-ALF is more than lacking. If this is... Read more...
I have come to a realization today... I collect way too much computer related junk. All I was looking for was a CD-Rom drive, so I go into my closet to see what I have. I pull out a few boxes, and find 6 CD-Rom drives, 5 USB cables, 4 sound cards, 3 hard drives, 2 PSUs , and a partridge in a pair tree ;) There was of course much more, but there's also news to post... Sony VAIO VGN-A260 Laptop Review @ Designtechnica "We have to give Sony credit for designing a system that not only features a 15.4-inch widescreen display with Xbrite technology, but does it all in a chassis that is slimmer than the competition. We are on the fence about whether they should have gone with a desktop processor... Read more...
Hey gang, JeffB here for your Thursday morning news fix.  It's the same story here, we're all loaded up with hardware, cranking away for your entertainment.  The best part is the stuff just keeps coming, so there is no slowdown in sight.  On a side note, have you guys been paying attention to the BigWop?  We need you to jump into the Folding frenzy and put your PC to good use.  You can help save lives with a little effort.  I myself was a hold out for a long time, being somewhat of a PC purist, but I've seen the light and have been folding away.  You can too, just visit our Folding Forum to find out how! Do something good, represent your team and you may end... Read more...
Good morning everyone.  Man-o-man the news just keeps flowing this week.  After seeing Marco's post last night, I was worried I may not have much for you this morning, but that certainly is not the case.  Once again we pulled together a hefty dose of hardware reality for you to start your morning off the right way.  By the time your are done with this, your coffee should be cold.  So let's jump in and see what's on tap... Corsair Memory Announces 667 Megahertz XMS2 Modules Fremont, CA, June 30, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced new XMS2 5300 speed modules at low latencies.... Read more...
Good morning everyone :)  Sorry to cut this short but, I am running extremely lean on time today.  So, without further ado, here is your morning shot of juice... Albatron PX875P Pro @ Viper Lair "With the exception of the lack of RAID, 10/100 networking, and a passive North Bridge cooler, it's tough to ignore the performance and stability of the PX875P Pro. If you're in the market for a Pentium 4 motherboard, and don't need all the frills some high-end boards may provide, this board is certainly worthy of being on your short-list given its cost." Sony VAIO VGN-X505VP Notebook Review @ Designtechnica "Using the X505 in a public place such as a coffeehouse or on public... Read more...
Good evening brothers and sisters :)  The Ol'News Jockey is still not feeling on top of his game today, so nothing terrible exciting happened in my world.  I have basically been veging-out in front of the computer with my new game, FarCry.  If you have yet had a chance to pick up a copy/download the demo, go do so, it is one sweet game.  Below, I have attached two images for your viewing pleasure :)    EE TIMES ARTICLE - Nichia, Sony sign blue laser licensing deal April 22, 2004 - TOKYO - A cross-licensing deal with Nichia Corp. will make Sony Corp. the second supplier of blue-violet laser diodes. Nichia and Sony first announced their collaboration in December 2002.... Read more...
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