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Sony Expands PSN with Man's BFF List

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317w ago - Sony upped the ante and changed the game when they expanded their friends list from 50 to 100 recently. Not content to merely keep up with Microsoft's vaunted Live online service, Sony announced another startling addition to the Playstation Network.

XMB in-game? Ability to play music while playing a game? Halo 3? Nope. Even better. Sony announced that in the latest 2.4 firmware update would launch the new Man's Best Friend, Friend's list or the MBFF initiative. What is the MBFF? Why don't we let Sony spokesperson, Angie Shennandough explain.

"While adding additional support for 50 more friends to interact with on PSN, we thought, what about about Man's Best Friend? My circus show poodle, sparkles, is my friend. Why couldn't we allow pets onto PSN, ya know? What about my REAL best friend? The one that I feed, take for walks and play with everyday? Well, we're changing all of that. From now on, you'll have an additional 50 slots to add pets!"

We responded rather curiously to this new "friend's list" and wondered, why pets?

"Well, pets are our friends and we want to know what they're doing at all times, just like our PSN friends, right?" Shennandough explained.

Incredulously she was asked by the press, "Pet's don't...
 

Sony files Hand-held Touchscreen & Digital Tactile Pixels Patents

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317w ago - Panajev2001a posted on NeoGAF (linked above) that Sony was recently granted a patent for what many think could be the next PSP or PSP phone. The [Register or Login to view links] is for a 'hand-held device with touchscreen and digital tactile pixels'.

The patent application states that the device could be used as a "game device, phone, portable media player, email device, Web browser device or navigation device."

Another patent was granted for a "data-transfer using hand-held device." The device would be able to "recognize a remote device from a signal generated by the remote device detector, recognize a gesture from a signal generated by the case motion sensor as a result of motion of the case; and transfer a file with the file transfer device from the memory to the remote device or vice versa in response to recognition of the gesture."

To cite: HAND-HELD DEVICE...
 

Sony greens the PlayStation 3

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318w ago - The PlayStation 3 can be a significant contributor to your power bill, but Sony is reacting to recent criticism with a third-generation hardware version that we will be shipping this holiday season. According to media reports, the updated console will consume about 10 - 20% less power than current systems.

The transition to the new generation will mainly consist of a 65 nm shrink of the RSX GPU, which will join a 65 nm Cell processor. Combined with a new cooling architecture, which replaces copper heatpipes with smaller aluminum plates, the new PS3 is expected to consume only 100 - 120 watts, down from 135 watts today. The initial PS3 with a 90 nm Cell processor was estimated to consume up to 180 watts in normal operation.

It is unclear whether the reduction power consumption will be enough to allow Sony to drop the hardware into a slimmer case.

To us, it seems to be rather unlikely that Sony will change the form factor of the PS3 this year. Such a move is much more once the Cell processor hits 45 nm: Sony claims that a 45 nm CPU will consume 40% less power than the 65 nm version.
 

Sony Confirms Licensed Bluetooth Headset for PS3

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318w ago - Internet reports purported of an official, licensed Bluetooth headset made specifically for the PlayStation 3 back in March. Turns out it's real, as Sony confirmed today that the headset in question will be packaged with the retail-exclusive Blu-ray version of SOCOM: Confrontation and also will be sold separately.

Unlike most standard run-of-the-mill Bluetooth headsets, this one in particular will feature a mute button. Additionally, it will ship with a handy USB powered charging dock.

The product is slowly exiting the prototype phase, so pricing details have yet to be finalized, but expect more information to come to light as Confrontation nears its scheduled mid-September release.

More pics available from the link above, courtesy of PS3FanBoy!
 

Sony Bringing Direct PS Store to PSP this Fiscal Year

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318w ago - We finally have an idea of when the PSP accessible PS Store will launch: this fiscal year. Previously detailed in a GDC presentation last year, the PSP Store will allow consumers to download PSN offerings direct from their PSP via WiFi connection.

At its marketing conference in Japan today, Sony said that the functionality will be made available through a firmware update.

The company's 2008 fiscal year ends on March 31, 2009, so the launch date could be anywhere from now until then, though we're personally hoping it hits before the end of this year.

Further details are available via the Playstation Business Review PDF file.
 
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