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Sony claims HD format gap to widen

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341w ago - Sony has said that its Blu-ray format will pull further ahead of HD DVD in the coming year. Speaking at CES 2008 in Las Vegas, Randy Waynick, senior vice president of Sony's home products division said: "Blu-ray discs outsold HD DVD discs in North America by two to one this year. In 2008 that gap will just widen."

Waynick praised Warner Brothers' decision to stop supporting HD DVD and said that the move was "in response to consumer demand".

Sir Howard Stringer, chairman and CEO, Sony Corporation also praised the decision.

"All of us at Sony are feeling blu today, but that's a good feeling around here," he said. "I want to thank Warner Brothers for making the decision."

Stringer went on to say that the move was in the long-term interest of the consumer.
 

GPS for Sony PSP coming to US

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341w ago - The GPS receiver for the Sony PSP is about to find its way out of Japan and into US gamers' hands.

According to Sony's CES 2008 page, "Your PSP will provide 2D/3D locations, driving directions, POI's, and even downloadable city guides."

No official release date or price - the peripheral in Japan retailed for approximately US $51. Of course, if you're impatient, you can always hack the PSP now.
 

Sony showcases two BD-Live players, PS3 to get firmware upgrade

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341w ago - According to the Web site above, Sony is showcasing two new prototype BD Live players which will both be at profile 2.0.

Sony also reportedly indicate that the PS3 will also get a BD Live upgrade in the future.

To quote: At the Sony booth, they are showcasing two new prototype BD-Live players. The Sapphire 3 and 4 will both be Profile 2.0.

Sony also has indicated that the PS3 will get a BD-Live upgrade sometime in the future.
 

Sony introduces 16GB Memory Stick Duo for $300

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341w ago - Sony is reportedly finally launching the 16GB Memory Stick Duo in March with a retail price of $300 slapped on it.

To quote from the link above: Sony's finally getting really, really serious about the Memory Stick. The company is launching a hefty 16GB version of its loved / hated MS Duo.

There's not much else. It's a Memory Stick Duo. It's 16GB. It will be available in March for $300.

Enjoy!
 

Sony officially announce Skype for PSP details

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341w ago - Sony have officially announced today that it would introduce Skype features for the PSP (PSP-2000 series).

Skype services will be available after a software update scheduled for late January. To use Skype features on PSP you will need a Memory Stick Duo, a wireless Internet connection and a Skype-compatible audio input device.

Press Release:

TOKYO, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI)
today announced that it would introduce Skype(TM) features to the new slim
and light PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) handheld entertainment system
(PSP-2000 series). More than 246 million members are registered for the use of this communications software, which enables users to communicate with other Skype users around the world over the Internet. Calls between Skype users are free of charge.

By introducing Skype on PSP, the following features and services will
be made available to PSP users (*1) (*2):

-- Free voice calls between Skype users
-- Skype contact list management (view existing contacts, add new ones)
-- Skype presence (see which friends are online and available to talk)
-- SkypeOut(TM) calls to make calls to landlines and mobile phones anywhere in the world (requires the purchase of Skype credit)
 
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