161w ago - While Sony previously confirmed that developers will play a key role in building their next-gen console which is expected to arrive after the Microsoft and Nintendo counterparts, today PS4Sony.net (linked above) speculates that the PS4 won't include Ultra HD support.
Based on specifications from WiseGeek.com, they surmise the technology just doesn't seem feasible for next-gen consoles including the PlayStation 4.
To quote: "Today, Full HD offers up a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080, whereas the new you-beaut Ultra HD offers a whopping max resolution of 7680 x 4320!
Ultra HD poses numerous practical problems for manufacturers seeking to bring the new format to consumers. The uncompressed video and audio recorded in ultra HD takes up high volumes of storage space - 3.5 terabytes for one 18-minute clip, requiring a hard disc weighing almost 600 pounds (272 kg).
The prototype ultra HD screen can use more electricity than an entire house might in one month. An early ultra HD camera weighs more than 100 pounds...
196w ago - A PSP Phone has been rumored for quite some time now to compete with Apple, and now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that a portable PlayStation device which shares characteristics of netbooks, electronic-book readers and handheld-game machines is indeed coming from Sony.
The device is designed to compete against multifunction products such as Apple's iPad tablet and the smartphone from Sony will allegedly be able to access downloadable games, movies and music, just like the iPhone.
As expected, Sony has labeled the news as 'speculation' only, and noted that it is not their policy to discuss potential products prior to an official announcement.
To quote: "As already announced, Sony (including SCE) and Sony Ericsson have been strengthening their collaboration in the networked mobile space.
However, it is not our strategy to discuss future products or business plan before we make a formal announcement. Any media report that suggests details of the product or business is based on speculation."
221w ago - As the Tokyo Game Show nears its opening for this year, Sony Japan appears to be teasing Internet users with a mysterious site which is believed to be related to be a PS3 game.
The teaser site has a pixelated smiley face at the bottom-right corner (pictured below) that leads you to various Japanese Web sites after being clicked multiple times.
While the Web sites you a led to are still of unknown purpose, we should be able to find the answer to these teasers at TGS on September 17th, 2009.
To quote: "There is not much on the teaser page other than a strange smiley face. Clicking on it multiple times will open his mouth. He will eventually let out a scream and you will be redirected to random web sites that might somehow be connected to the game.
It looks like the project will be revealed on September 17th."
222w ago - With Samsung now having a major advantage, we can only hope that the MKV file format is added to the PS3's accepted format list soon so that converting will be a thing of the past.
At IFA, Samsung announced that Blu-ray player models BD-P1600, BD-P3600 and BD-P4600 will support both YouTube and the MKV file format.
Existing players will be able to access those features by upgrading the firmware. The company plans to launch BD recorders in 2010, and is holding a wait-and-see stance towards 3-D.
To quote: "We know our consumers want access to multi-platform content, and the addition of YouTube to our Blu-ray players aims to provide this to them - from the comfort of their living room," added Robert Shaw (General Manager CTV & Home Platforms).
"Adding MKV file support and YouTube to our range of Blu-ray players is the latest step from Samsung Electronics in providing an unparalleled home-cinema experience for our customers."