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Sony's PlayTV is too Restrictive to be Recommended?

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308w ago - Update: Sony have just called to confirm that you CAN actually record while playing games. There will be a message in the final build of the code that will ask you to reboot your PS3 to enable the background recording functionality.

This rather important bit of info was missing from the review build I have been using! Lovely. I'll have a look over the next few days and see what, if any, impact recording has when playing a game but clearly this makes PlayTV are far more interesting proposition.

The Guardian has reviewed the PlayTV from Sony for the PS3 and report back that the pricing is right for a basic PVR at £70, although the device is just a bit too restrictive to recommend.

They spot a few caveats with the product such as you need to have PlayTV to actually watch your recordings and question who the PlayTV is actually aimed at as early adopters are likely to have Sky + or a freeview PVR.

To quote: And for basic use the PlayTV is fine. Recording, scheduling and pausing live TV will feel like a revelation to those used to a basic Freeview box. Unfortunately you can't record two programmes at once - you can record one channel and watch Live TV on another though - which feels a little restrictive. Also, annoyingly, you seem to need to have PlayTV connected to actually...
 

Sony's Stringer: We Can't Make Enough PS3s to Meet Demand

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308w ago - Sony CEO Howard Stringer has revealed that consumers are purchasing PS3 systems faster than Sony can possibly produce them.

Obviously this contributes to what is known as a production bottleneck for the PS3. He also added that Sony continue to make a loss on every PS3 console sold.

To quote: He was, however, bullish in terms of consumer uptake of the PS3, saying that, "Consumers are purchasing our PlayStation 3 video game consoles faster than we can produce them."

"We currently have a production bottleneck with the PlayStation 3", he continued.

He also confirmed that even with hardware bottlenecking due to demand, "You also know, however, that our business model is not perfect, and that we make a loss on every console we sell. "
 

Sony unveils 240Hz LCD TV

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309w 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!
 

Video: X-Play Sony Floor Report

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309w ago - Adam is back on the floor at Leipzig to find out the latest on upcoming titles from Sony including Heavy Rain, inFamous, LBP, Resistance 2 and Killzone 2.

The video comes courtesy of X-Play at G4TV, and is available below.

Enjoy!



 

Sony Titles to be shown at PAX Revealed

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309w ago - Recently we posted a list of titles that you would be able to expect at PAX from Microsoft. That list contained great titles like Project Origin, Gears of War 2, and even a TBA title that is keep us writers curious of it could be.

On the other hand, Sony has finally revealed what we would see at PAX from their side. In a recent post on the Official Playstation Blog, Jeff Rubenstein has confirmed that we will be seeing the following titles.

- LittleBigPlanet
- Resistance 2
- Socom Confrontation
- Motorstorm: Pacific Drift
- Resistance Retribution
- Singstar
- Buzz Quiz TV

Looks like we got yet another solid, and consistant lineup from Sony!
 
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