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Sony lacks manufacturing capacity to meet Blu-ray demand?

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345w ago - Despite Blu-ray's utterly devastating victory earlier this year, Sony may be in a spot of trouble. Seems the company has a bit of a problem manufacturing the discs (I swear I've heard that before), and since it's the the biggest producer of The Blu (that's how cool kids say Blu-ray), it could be the biggest obstacle to the format's success.

Not that that really matters, since in five years we'll have a new format. Demand for The Blu is expected to JUMP this year to 48 million units; Sony only has the capacity to manufacture 38 million, and that's after an upgrade to its facilities.

And while I'm thoroughly post-disc (technically), I did have my eye on the PS3, more or less because I could use it as a Blu-ray player.

But then I heard the system doesn't output DTS-HD, so what's the point? :P
 

Toshiba ships Sony CELL based SpursEngine SE1000

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345w ago - Toshiba today announced the start of sample shipping of the SpursEngine SE1000, a high-performance stream processor integrating four Synergistic Processing Element (SPE) cores derived from the "Cell Broadband Engine" (Cell/B.E.).

The SpursEngine is a co-processor that integrates a hardware codec for Full HD encoding and decoding of MPEG-2 and H.264 streams. Toshiba say its "dedicated to bringing the advanced capabilities of the Cell/B.E. to consumer electronics, particularly video processing in digital consumer products. We are sure that SpursEngine will accelerate the market for full-HD applications."

Press Release:

Toshiba Corporation today announced the start of sample shipping of the SpursEngine™ SE1000 (SpursEngine), a high-performance stream processor integrating four Synergistic Processing Element (SPE) cores derived from the "Cell Broadband Engine™" (Cell/B.E.™). Sample shipping started from today, and Toshiba expects sales of 6 million units within the first three years of the SpursEngine's release.

SpursEngine is a co-processor that integrates a hardware codec for Full HD encoding and decoding of MPEG-2 and H.264 streams with four SPEs derived from Cell/B.E. These advanced processing elements offer high performance media streaming capabilities, with a clock frequency...
 

Sony bullish on Blu-ray dominance

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346w ago - Sony wants to own 50 per cent of the Blu-ray Disc hardware market by the end of the year, according to a company executive.

Ryoji Chubachi, President and electronics CEO at Sony, made the bold statement during a recent press conference in Taipei, according to a DigiTimes report.

Chubachi claimed that Sony already has 20 per cent of the market. But he aims to boost Sony's share by 30 per cent through the introduction of more Blu-ray enabled products, such as HD TVs with integrated BD recorders.

The executive also said Sony will extend its focus from Blu-ray players and recorders and the PlayStation 3 out to unnamed IT devices - though the company already offers Vaio PCs with built-in BD drives.

Given the recent death of HD DVD, it's no surprise that Sony's predicting such a sharp upturn in consumer interest for Blu-ray. One analyst firm has already forecast that 29.4m homes around the world will own a BD player by the end of 2008, with the vast majority expected to be PS3s.

If Sony wants to beef up sales of standalone Blu-ray players then it still has some way to go. A recent study found that although 56 per cent of Brits,...
 

Strange Sony PSP advertisement surfaces

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346w ago - Courtesy of kuteev via YouTube, here is another unusual Sony PSP advertisement.

From the link above, here is some production info of the video:

Agency: TBWA, London
Creative: Adam Chiappe
Creative: Matt Saunby
Agency Producer: Khirsty McCarter
Production Company: Independent
Executive Producer: Jani Guest
Producer: Fergus Brown
Director of Photography: Ivan Abel
Digital Effects: Glassworks
Edited by John Mayes, Marshall Street




 

Sony closing servers for some PS2 and PSP games

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346w ago - Sony has announced today that as from June 30th, 2008 a variety of PS2 and PSP games will no longer be online compliant.

Here is the list in full:

PlayStation 2:

Amplitude
Destruction Derby Arenas
Everybody's Golf
EyeToy Chat
F1 '04
Jak X
Lemmings PS2
My Street
Syphon Filter Omega Strain
This is Football 2004
This is Football 2005
Twisted Metal: Black Online

PSP:

Lemmings
World Tour Soccer 2

After this date, you will still be able to play them offline, with the exception of EyeToy Chat and Twisted Metal: Black Online, which do not have offline modes.
 
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