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Sony unveils 240Hz LCD TV

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326w ago - Sony has been at or close to the forefront of TV technology ever since the good old Trinitron. Today the company went even further by introducing the first ever 240Hz LCD TV and the world's thinnest TV.

Hold your breath until December (in the US), because that's when Sony's 240Hz LCD TVs will be available to the public. Currently LCD TVs are topping out at 120Hz for consumers, and that's already a significant improvement in speed over the standard 50-60Hz of normal (for want of a better term) LCD TVs.

The new 240Hz technology promises to provide the smoothest, most lifelike, movement ever from an LCD TV and will be great for gamers using next-gen consoles especially. We're still a little concerned about 240Hz with movies though. As it is 120Hz makes TV and movies look a little fake.

The 240Hz technology will be available in the KDL-46W1 and KDL-40W1 that boasts full-HD, 3,000:1 contrast ratio, BRAVIA Engine 2 and 24p support.

This isn't the only big step forward from Sony though, they have also shown off the KDL-40ZX1 LCD TV that is just 9.9mm thick. It's not thin on features though. With BRAVIA Engine 2, 120Hz technology and 3,000:1 contrast ration, imagine having one of these bad boys in your room!
 

GamePark Unveils the GP2X Successor - The Wiz

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326w ago - GamePark has lifted the veil on its successor to the open-source GP2X handheld. Dubbed as "The Wiz," core specifications include a 533MHz ARM9 processor, 64MB RAM, a 2.8 inch OLED screen with touch panel support, and 1GB of built-in NAND flash memory.

Features on the software end include support for Macromedia Flash 7, as well as a pre-loaded MP3 player, image viewer, and EBOOK reader.

All in all, GamePark is promising at least 5 hours of battery life on a 2000mAh lithium battery. The unit itself is fairly small, weighing in at 136g with the battery inserted.

Pricing details have yet to be announced. As with previous GP2X iterations, the hardware will ship alongside the release of a free open-source SDK, allowing homebrew developers to create their own applications and games.
 

Pioneer unveils new BDP-09FD Blu-ray Player that crushes the PS3

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327w ago - According to Gizmodo, Pioneer's new Elite BDP-09FD $2,200 Blu-ray player kills the PS3 as far as Blu-ray is concerned and other media generally. It's got the lot - "Pioneer finally accepts the Need for 2.0.

This will come with Ethernet and be fully capable of BD-Live playback, no firmware updates needed at the get-go. Unlike other BD-Live players, which require SD cards, this one comes with 4GB of internal memory for downloads."

To quote: Cooler to me are the two HDMI jacks on the back. It's a first for a Blu-ray player (or PS3), and it means you can hook up the same player to both your projector and your flat-panel display without a splitter or some on-the-fly rewiring.

You can even split it up so that HDMI 1 only does audio, while HDMI 2 does video, freeing up more video bandwidth, especially in those pesky longer cables that might get a bit choked. The HDMI can detect the source, and automatically determine what audio and video to send over.

Obviously, some people are going to be content with their PS3s for the time being (after all, they are only $500, a small price by comparison). And Walker acknowledges that speed is always going to be the saving grace of the game console. ("If we were to build a Blu-ray player around an Intel or Cell processor, we'd have those kinds of...
 

Game Informer Unveils Batman: Arkham Asylum

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328w ago - It appears Electronic Arts isn't the only company with eyes fixed on the fabled Batman franchise. Publisher Eidos of Tomb Raider fame, which hold rights to make games based on the DC comic book series, has announced Batman: Arkham Asylum.

According to the latest issue of Game Informer, which has an exclusive cover story on the title, development duties are being handled by UK-based Rocksteady Games, most recently responsible for the 2006 first-person shooter Urban Chaos: Riot Response.

Furthermore, the Unreal Engine 3 powered Arkham Asylum is said to sport a "dark and gritty" visual style in line with BioShock, coupled with a story co-written by author Paul Dini.

This completely original title explores Gotham City's darkest location, the infamous Arkham Asylum. But as a routine prison transfer goes wrong, the Joker sets his demented plan into action and Batman comes face to face with an army of his worst enemies.

Scheduled for a 2009 release across multiple platforms (namely PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC), expect a media blast complete with screenshots when Eidos formally announces Batman: Arkham Asylum in the coming weeks.
 

Intel Unveils Graphics Chip Line

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329w ago - As the article goes.. Intel has unveiled details of the chip that will spearhead its move into computer graphics. It has revealed blueprints for the Larrabee chip that is scheduled to first appear in finished products in late 2009 or early 2010. Larrabee will be a stand-alone graphics processor unlike the onboard chips it produces for many PC makers.

The move will bring Intel into direct competition with graphics specialists Nvidia and the ATI division of AMD. Intel is aiming to put Larrabee into graphics cards for PCs that help show games and video in very high detail. Like existing graphics chips from Nvidia and ATI, Larrabee is expected to have many separate processing cores onboard.

So far Intel has not said how many processing cores Larrabee will have onboard at launch or in subsequent generations. Future Nvidia and ATI graphics chips are expected to be made up of several hundred cores. While Intel will initially target the PC graphics card market, it expects the raw computer power in the chip to help with oil and gas exploration, medical imaging and financial services in the future.

Many scientists and researchers already use coupled graphics cards as a desktop supercomputer that helps them carry out simulations far faster and cheaper than on a larger dedicated machine. "Intel is showing...
 
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