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Sony Japan is Seeking 'New Game Hardware' Testers

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309w ago - A [Register or Login to view links] has appeared on the Sony Computer Entertainment Web site, looking for individuals to test "new model game hardware."

The Sony job listing says, "Experience an in-development game console (hardware) early!"

To quote: Job duties include checking on, reporting on and giving input for a in-development game hardware. The listing's Q&A reads: "This is specifically for a new model and unannounced game hardware for PS3, PS2, PSP and its peripherals."

Note: In the original Japanese text, Sony separates those hardware platforms with commas only (there's not an "and), making it somewhat vague whether this is new hardware for each or all three.

This is a full time position. It starts this March and looks to run a year. There's a one month trail period, after which those awarded the position can look to make over 1,000 (US $10.70) per hour. Travel expenses are covered, and there's the possibility for a raise. This position is in Tokyo and is not open to students.

This very public job listing might get more fuel to those very persistent PSP2 rumors. Though, it also might simply be more a continuation of the current PSP and PS3 hardware iterations: slimmer with more memory.
 

Seen at CES 2009: Microsoft Surface Failure

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315w ago - Intrepid reader Yves Milord snapped a pic of what might be the first error message seen on a Microsoft Surface.

It's not a system-wide fail, and we still like the Surface, but who doesn't love an error during promotion?

Microsoft "goons" apparently hustled Yves immediately out after he snapped this shot, before he could do any more damage.

Keep stickin' it to the man, readers! Thanks, Yves!
 

CES 2009: See Sony's Booth Tour Complete with Video Available

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315w ago - Here is a follow-up to our [Register or Login to view links] from CES 2009... Sony's Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein had the following to report on: How big is Sony's booth at the [Register or Login to view links] this year?

So big they're filming episodes of [Register or Login to view links] on-site (no Trebek sightings for me yet, but that will hopefully change today).

While the vast majority of the acreage is packed with Bravias, VAIOs, Handycams, and awesome audio setups (find out more at [Register or Login to view links]), a number of current and upcoming PlayStation titles made the trip to Vegas. Here's a quick tour we shot last night during a preview event for those of you not among the 140,000 projected CES attendees:





In addition, colleague Brian Dunn snapped lots of pics of the Sony booth at large last night as things were being set up - you can see the full gallery [Register or Login to view links].

Better yet, developers Guerrilla Games (Killzone 2), Sucker Punch Productions (inFamous), and SCEA Bend Studios (Resistance...
 

Nintendo Seeks Sensitivity for Wii Remote from Kionix And Others

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320w ago - TechOn reports that Nintendo has been evaluating three-axis acceleration sensor samples from new suppliers that will be used in Wii controllers.

Sources say that Nintendo have been particularly interested in an acceleration sensor from Kionix as it makes it easier to enhance sensitivity.

To quote: Nintendo has been evaluating samples obtained from a number of acceleration sensor manufacturers other than ST and ADI, according to sources. Kionix Inc, a US-based venture firm, once attracted attention as a strong candidate.

Kionix was regarded as such because of the high reliability based on its past records of supplying sensors for hard disk devices, according to a source involved in the case. Also, Kionix's device has a structure different from its competitors: Its MEMS sensor is several times thicker than ADI's device, making it "easier to enhance sensitivity," according to engineers in the MEMS industry.

Nevertheless, Nintendo has not yet decided to change suppliers. Acceleration sensor manufacturers have to satisfy strict specification requirements in order to obtain a contract.

Pictured below is the layout of the acceleration sensor manufactured by Kionix.
 

Video: Sixense TrueMotion PS3Mote Update - See it in Action!

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321w ago - The mysterious "PS3mote", the Wii-mote-like PS3 controller that has been talked about numerous times over the past 2 years the PS3 has been released. Every gamer knows the power of a controller like this. The Nintendo Wii is the best selling console this generation, and let's face it... It's because of the controller.

A controller that is so user friendly, that even grandma, and grandpa can pick it up, not be intimidated, and have a blast. That's the appeal, everyone has used a remote for their TV, their VCR, their DVD player. The remote is an icon in American (and I am sure many other) culture.

Videos from NVISION08 can be seen below... Enjoy all.

Sixense TrueMotion Presentation Part 1




Sixense TrueMotion Presentation Part 2




Sixense Demo Highlights




This "PS3mote" has been rumored many times, in the past. It has even had many different explanations of how it worked. Whether it was a waggle controller, an FPS controller, or a "break apart" controller, it never was released, or shown to the public. It has even been said that this "new" PS3 controller has made it to the hands of developers.

Even with all...
 
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