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Sony's Touchscreen OLED Walkman Revealed, Debut at CES 2009

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306w ago - Sony Insider (linked above) is reporting that trusted inside sources have told them that Sony is to "debut a new 16 and 32GB drag and drop Walkman during CES 2009."

They say it will feature a WQVGA OLED touchsreen display, Wi-Fi (WPA and WEP support included), YouTube access features and a fully functional Web browser.

To quote: Additionally, this new Walkman will be able to subscribe to audio podcast and Crackle video feeds; this means automatic download of new updates, the ability to delete old feed content, all over Wi-Fi. Audio codec support includes MP3, WMA, AAC, PCM, while video codec support is AVC (h.264), MPEG-4 and WMV.

There will be built-in search capabilities that can be used to learn more about your favorite artist, and users will be able to purchase full CD's of their favorite artists through the Walkman at Amazon. A powerful S-Master digital amplifier is built into this device as well as digital noise canceling to ensure optimal sound.

On top of all of these impressive features, Sony has also included a FM radio to truly differentiate this product amongst the competition.

Also, while the product shots above do not show hardware buttons for music control (previous track, play/pause, next track and volume), we believe this device will have dedicated...
 

Sony's PSP2 Graphics Processor Revealed?

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308w ago - A British company may have won the contract to design and build the next-generation graphics processor for the PSP2. Imagination Technologies Group announced in a press release this week that the company has signed a license agreement with a new partner, "a major consumer electronics company."

Industry sources say that the partner is almost certainly Sony, and that the SGX55x graphics chip will be used in the upcoming PSP2.

The secrecy on the part of Imagination Technologies makes sense, because Sony is understandably unwilling to announce its plans for a PSP successor just yet. Imagination's PowerVR MBX chip is already being used in the Apple iPhone, so Sony finds itself in good company with this manufacturer.

The SGX55x chip promises to be much more powerful than what is currently found in the PSP. At the moment, the PSP uses a proprietary GPU designed by Sony that is very similar to the older graphics processor in the PS2.

PSP GPU Specifications:
166 mhz core speed
2 MB VRAM
Up to 33 million polygons per second
664 million pixels per second (fill rate)

PowerVR SGX530 Specifications:
200 MHz Core Speed
 

First Killzone 2 Box Cover Revealed for PlayStation 3

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310w ago - Some of you may have already caught a glimpse of it, but here it is anyway: the official design for the Killzone 2 box cover!

Please note that this design is intended for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) territories, and that the age rating applies to all PAL markets that adopt the PEGI system for rating games.

Designs for other territories and rating systems will be unveiled soon.

Expect those trademark Helghast goggles to glare at you from the shelves of your local game store in February 2009!
 

Nintendo DSi Unboxed and Dissected, True Innards Revealed

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312w ago - Japanese site Watch Impress has recently got their hands on a brand new Nintendo DSi, and decided to take it apart to reveal a peek at the inside contents.

As previously mentioned, differences include slightly larger LCD screens, refined stereo speakers and the DSi CPU, which includes the 'TWL' revision stamped on it with a 2007 date.

The original Ninwtendo DS/DS Lite CPU was dated as 2004, with revision stamps 'NTR' and 'NTR B' respectively.

Those interested can check out all the dissection photos on their site linked above. Enjoy!
 

What's Next for Burnout Paradise? Details Revealed!

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312w ago - Elaborating on the earlier Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box Announcement, today Criterion Games Producer Jeremy Chubb has detailed what's in store for Burnout Paradise including the Burnout Paradise Network and the Burnout Paradise Party Pack.

Phew! Another big week, here at Criterion Games, but it's great to be back on the blog! Today, we made the first of a series of announcements calling out our 2009 Burnout Paradise content.

So first up, we're talking about the in-game browser for the PLAYSTATION 3. We always like to embrace the great hardware innovations for PlayStation. We're using the browser to bring you closer to your friends and also to get you the latest news on what we're working on - it's like having criteriongames.com inside the game.

We'll bring you all the latest on this PlayStation-exclusive feature over the coming weeks, but for now all you need to know is it's called Burnout Paradise Network and it'll be ready in Feb '09.

Next up let's talk Burnout Paradise Party Pack.

Burnout's an awesome social game, but the action's all online. With Party, we wanted to create something for when all the players are in...
 
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