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CES 2009: Sony Teases with High-Quality PlayStation 3 3D

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302w ago - We've heard from many of you that 3D technology is something you're interested in seeing at CES, and Sony has one of the most impressive displays of 3D at their booth... but you won't learn anything about it.

"Don't get caught up with specs," the Sony representative told me. "We're not going to talk about specifications. This is just a look at what 3D could look like if Sony decided to move in this direction."

The idea was just to show the technology to people, to see if they would be interested in sitting at home, wearing a dorky set of black glasses, watching content in 3D.

I couldn't pry details about how the 3D affect was achieved, or if the display could turn any source into 3D, but what's clear is that, glasses or no, the 3D affect is amazing. Sony showed off Wipeout HD running in true 3D, and I was ready to whip out my credit card right there. Frank and I both agreed, this was one of the best demos of 3D technology we have ever seen.

"3D has come a long way, hasn't it?" the representative asked me. Sure it has, but give me some details. We can't get excited if all the press gets is a short tech demo. The crowd around the display was large, and filled with "ooohs" and "aaaahs."

This probably won't be the last 3D display we see at CES, but as a proof of concept,...
 

PlayStation 3 Had a Strong Holiday Season, Says Sony

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302w ago - Not to be bested in the battle of marketing spins by Microsoft, Sony has released figures of their own to spin people's perception of the PS3's success. Sony claims that the year-over-year drop in sales during November was simply an anomaly and that the system has actually seen much better numbers overall.

There was understandably some concern following the release of the November NPDs when the PS3 was the only system of the three current-gen consoles to sell fewer consoles than in November 2007. But Sony claims this was an unusual set of circumstances that can be traced back to "an abnormally strong month due to a price cut (with) the introduction of the 40GB PS3," referring to that SKU's release on November 2, 2007.

Sony Computer Entertainment America VP Ian Jackson said (via [Register or Login to view links]):

We've had a solid holiday season and have delivered consistent growth throughout this year. 2008 was a pivotal year for PlayStation with the best software line up in the industry, a dramatic expansion of PlayStation Network including the launches of the video delivery service and the beta of the PlayStation Home.

Early internal data points to an increase of more than 130 percent of PS3 hardware sales for the holiday season --...
 

Sandisk & Sony Announce New Formats - 2TB on a Memory Card!

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302w ago - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) and Sony Corporation today announced the joint development of two expanded formats that will shape the flash memory landscape for years to come.

Press Release: SanDisk and Sony to Expand "Memory Stick PRO" and "Memory Stick Micro" Formats

Achieving 2-Terabyte Maximum Storage Capacity and 60MB/s Interface Speed, Respectively

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) and Sony Corporation today announced the joint development of two expanded formats that will shape the flash memory landscape for years to come.

"Memory Stick format for Extended High Capacity (Tentative name)" expands the "Memory Stick PRO" format series to achieve a maximum storage capacity of 2-terabytes (TB)1, while the "Memory Stick HG Micro" format enables a maximum data-transfer speed of 60 megabytes per second (MB/s)2, making it one of the fastest-smallest Memory Card formats to date.

Format licensing corresponding to the "Memory Stick format for Extended High Capacity" and the "Memory Stick HG Micro" is scheduled to start in 2009.

• Memory Stick PRO format series - Memory Stick format series for extended high capacity

• Memory Stick PRO - Expanded format for Memory Stick PRO
 

Sony: PlayStation 3 is a Better Value than XBox 360 or Wii

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302w ago - While obviously the PS3 is the most expensive console on the market, Sony would like to remind consumers that it provides "the most features and functionality out of the box".

We just received this e-mail from them, comparing the price of the PS3 to the Wii and 360, upgraded to meet the PS3's standards:

The 2008 holiday season was an exciting time for video gaming and the Blu-ray side of the interactive entertainment industry, and 2009 promises to follow suit.

As consumers continue to invest in their entertainment needs this new year, the feature sets of the three multi-functional gaming systems - PLAYSTATION 3, Xbox 360 and Wii - become that much more important to consider.

PLAYSTATION 3 has always been about streamlining the gaming and entertainment experience by giving consumers the most features and functionality out of the box, there is no immediate need to upgrade anything to get a rich entertainment experience, as the console comes standard with:

- Built in Blu-ray drive for HD movies and mind-blowing games
- Built in Wi-Fi for wireless gaming and Internet access
- Huge hard drives for storing games, movies, music photos and more
- Free online gaming and entertainment access through PSN
- Ten year's of value with a future-proof system...
 

Sony to Advance as PS3 Makes Money, 2009 is Year of Big Titles

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303w ago - SCEE president David Reeves indicated on an article on the UK PlayStation site (linked above) that the PS3 should start making money soon, and move forward quickly with the system.

Additionally, the president of SCEE worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida commented that 2009 will be the year of big, exclusive PS3 titles, and for PSP new titles and innovations will connect and expand the PlayStation experiences.

To quote: The most important thing for us as a company in the very short term is for us to start making money. This is a pledge that was made last March and is something that we are still very much on target to achieve.

Once we have achieved this, I think it will be a very exciting time for PlayStation. Once we have alleviated that specific pressure, we can move forward at a rate of knots.
 
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