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Sony showcases two BD-Live players, PS3 to get firmware upgrade

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342w ago - According to the Web site above, Sony is showcasing two new prototype BD Live players which will both be at profile 2.0.

Sony also reportedly indicate that the PS3 will also get a BD Live upgrade in the future.

To quote: At the Sony booth, they are showcasing two new prototype BD-Live players. The Sapphire 3 and 4 will both be Profile 2.0.

Sony also has indicated that the PS3 will get a BD-Live upgrade sometime in the future.
 

Sony introduces 16GB Memory Stick Duo for $300

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342w ago - Sony is reportedly finally launching the 16GB Memory Stick Duo in March with a retail price of $300 slapped on it.

To quote from the link above: Sony's finally getting really, really serious about the Memory Stick. The company is launching a hefty 16GB version of its loved / hated MS Duo.

There's not much else. It's a Memory Stick Duo. It's 16GB. It will be available in March for $300.

Enjoy!
 

Sony officially announce Skype for PSP details

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342w ago - Sony have officially announced today that it would introduce Skype features for the PSP (PSP-2000 series).

Skype services will be available after a software update scheduled for late January. To use Skype features on PSP you will need a Memory Stick Duo, a wireless Internet connection and a Skype-compatible audio input device.

Press Release:

TOKYO, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI)
today announced that it would introduce Skype(TM) features to the new slim
and light PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) handheld entertainment system
(PSP-2000 series). More than 246 million members are registered for the use of this communications software, which enables users to communicate with other Skype users around the world over the Internet. Calls between Skype users are free of charge.

By introducing Skype on PSP, the following features and services will
be made available to PSP users (*1) (*2):

-- Free voice calls between Skype users
-- Skype contact list management (view existing contacts, add new ones)
-- Skype presence (see which friends are online and available to talk)
-- SkypeOut(TM) calls to make calls to landlines and mobile phones anywhere in the world (requires the purchase of Skype credit)
 

Sony considering a subscription service for the PlayStation store?

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343w ago - Sony is running a survey over in Asia where a question on the list asks "Which of the following offer from PLAYSTATIONŽStore (PC) that you find it appealing?".

One of the selectable answers is "Monthly subscription plan (1 price for unlimited download)."

While this is far from concrete information, we welcome the idea of PSPTap. If a user can spend $5 or $10 to get unlimited access to a library of downloadable PsOne Classics and a handful of PSP originals like Beats many would do it in a heartbeat.
 

Sony Computer Entertainment to increase penetration in India

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344w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has announced its itention to capitlize on the growing popularity of gaming in India.

A Sony spokesperson commented that the Indian games market is expected to grow by 78 percent by 2010 and barely one percent of its gaming potential has been reached. Therefore Sony is aiming to increase its penetration in the top 20 cities of India.

To quote: "The Indian gaming market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 78 per cent by 2010, and barely one per cent of the country's gaming potential has been tapped," said Atindriya Bose, country manager (PlayStation) for Sony Computer Entertainment. " However, we are still at a very nascent stage, even though there is a lot of potential for the industry," he added.

The vendor is aiming to increase its penetration in the top 20 cities of the country by selecting partners on the basis of their sales potential as well as their capability of selling entertainment products. " We are looking forward to have a phase wise distribution pattern, and hence aiming to have around 3-4 quality product centers in these cities," said Bose.
 
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