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Deal Of The Day: A PS4 And Battlefield 4 Giveaway!

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Giveaways, giveaways, we love to give stuff away! This time you can enter to win a Playstation 4, along with Battlefield 4, and 2 controllers. That’s a $520 value, which you could win just by clicking a couple of buttons. The link is at the bottom, so don’t wait and enter!

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Sony May Kick The Oculus Rift In The Gonads

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Virtual reality made an early attempt at adoption in the mid 90′s; those of you old enough will remember the clunky helmets, the terrible lag and awful resolution. No wonder it failed. Now with the work being done on the Oculus Rift, there’s hope that the second wave of that tech will catch on. But as awesome as the Oculus Rift is, there are still many obstacles in the way of its mainstream adoption. Sony may have put yet another roadblock in the form of its Project Morpheus. This is going to be Sony’s own attempt at one-upping the Oculus. Whether the device itself is superior in the end doesn’t really matter, since the fact that Sony’s peripheral will be native to the console means it’s much more likely that developers will code around it over the Oculus. Yes, that does mean VR wars are shaping up, but we’re a little worried for Oculus. What does Project Morpheus have in the bag?

    1080p display
    1000Hz motion detection
    Only one headset at a time is supported
    Headset is currently connected to the PS4 by a 5-meter wire
    Positional/rotational head tracking
    Tracking is handled by the same camera that tracks PS4 Move controllers
    It works for people with glasses
    Content pushed to the Morpheus can be mirrored to a TV, but it sounds like it can handle asymmetric gameplay (different things on each screen) as well.
    An “Open air” design prevents the lenses from fogging up. (It’ll be interesting to see how they prevent light leaking in)

As for when this is ready for prime time? At this point it’s anyone’s guess.

[ Techcrunch ] VIA [ GeeksAreSexy ]

Sony Sells Its Walkman Inside A Water Bottle

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The Sony Walkman NWZ-W270 has been on the market for a while now, but this particular marketing strategy is brand new. Auckland, New Zealand based ad agency DraftFCB was asked by the Japanese giant to help it market the device in the country. To do so, they came up with Bottled Walkman, which simply puts the Walkman in an actual bottle of water and inside a vending machine. They’re selling it at gyms and swimming pools, places where the target demographic is likely to hang out. The visual impact of seeing the Walkman in water sort of drives the point home, though we’re left wondering if anyone is going to actually drink that water after they buy it.

VIA [ Engadget ]

Trade Your PS3 For An Xbox One, Get $100 Off

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Been thinking about switching sides? If your PS3 is gathering dust in a corner, and you’re intrigued about the Xbox One’s Kinect 2.0, or the new controllers’ rumble triggers, or the HDMI-in for cable TV passthrough, or voice commands… then you should know that Microsoft has just sweetened the deal for you. If you bring your old PS3 to a Microsoft retail store in the US, they’ll give you $100 off the price of the new console. This brings it on par with the PS4, at $399.

If you don’t have a PS3 but still want in on the action, you should know that they’ll also take an Xbox 360 S or E as a trade-in for the $100 rebate.

VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Sony To Launch Innovative Lens-Cameras

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Another camera? Yawn, right? Well, not quite. We’re actually really intrigued by the rumored DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 from Sony. These are not cameras, at least not complete ones. They’re meant to be attached to a smartphone (iOS or Android), and operated through the on-screen buttons, but the “cameras” lack a display, even a shutter. What they do have is “a sensor, processor, zoom lens, WiFi connectivity and an SD card slot.” Not just any sensor and lens, mind you, but the vaunted 1 inch RX100 Mark II sensor and Carl Zeiss lens in the DSC-QX10. The QX100 will get a “larger 10x focal range and a 1/2.3-inch 18-megapixel CMOS sensor.” So yeah, you might be able to squeeze some pretty high quality shots from your phone… but really it’s not your phone anymore, now is it? Granted it’s not a full fledged dSLR either, so an argument could be made for portability. But these are crossover products and these can be hit or miss. The DSC-QX10 and QX100 are expected to be officially announced on September 4, for an as-yet-unknown price.

[ SonyAlphaRumors ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Sony Wins The Internet

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E3 is underway, and unlike editions of the past few years, we’re treated to all new console reveals (if you ignore Nintendo, who’s already had one out for a bit… did you know?) which means people are excited. It’s been more than 7 years after all! And while a lot of folks had been talking about Microsoft’s XBox One and it’s next-gen Kinect and rumble-trigger controllers… Sony just gave them a slap heard round the world with the PS4. How? Two things: 1) the ability to share, sell, rent or lend any game, without restrictions and 2) pricing the console at $399 rather than Microsoft’s $499. There. Case closed. Sony wins.

It might look like we’re exaggerating, but in case you haven’t been keeping track, this matters because the XBox One will officially make it near impossible to do anything with your games once you’ve paid for them, unless the publisher allows it, which is unlikely. Yes, Microsoft is ready to deal a fatal blow to an entire industry built around renting games and reselling used ones. Worse still, the console has to check in to a central server every 24 hours or even single player games stop working! You’re not online? You’re a soldier stationed in the middle of nowhere? Tough luck, no XBox One for you, son. Rumble triggers, next-gen Kinect, super ultra TV central? That won’t matter to a lot of people who’ll be more than happy to flock to Sony for what is likely to be just as good a gaming machine for $100 less, and 100% more freedom. Good job, Sony.

Incidentally, you should watch the instructional video below. It’s Sony’s step-by-step on how to share a game when you have a PS4.

Sony Xperia Z Coming Soon to the USA

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The long wait for the Xperia Z is almost over. Sony CEO Kaz Hirai delivered some good news at the D11 conference when he announced that Sony’s flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z, will be arriving at US carriers shortly. With him was Phil Molyneux, who added that further details on the announcement will be provided in the “coming weeks.” Neither named any specific carriers nor did they expound on the actual date on the phone’s release, but at least we’ve got confirmation that it’s going to be sometime soon.

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Usually when buying a smartphone it makes sense to aim for one of the established manufacturers. After all, with a few notable exceptions, they are the ones who have the necessary funding to spend on research and development – the most crucial element when sculpting a smartphone from a mere also-ran to a real technological marvel. However, the competition in this field is intense. Here’s a quick assessment of where your money might be best directed.

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In the nineties and early noughties Sony Ericsson was seen as the most likely manufacturer to topple Nokia from its perch of domination. How times have changed: neither Nokia nor Sony (as it is now having divorced Ericsson) could be deemed the champ. However Sony is clearly not prepared to accept this state of affairs, and has come up with the Xperia S as their latest ruse to enter and dominate the smartphone market. Its biggest selling point, at least in Sony’s eyes, is the prevalence of HD technology. Whether you’re taking photos or capturing video.

Using the same Bravia engine that fires their award-winning range of TVs Sony is clearly hoping for the Xperia S to be taken not simply as a smartphone, but a potential option for budding moviemakers. This is not to say it doesn’t have the tech-specs you’d expect from this kind of product. Using an internal flash-memory system, it packs a 32GB punch, as well as a 1.5 GHZ processor. But the real gem of the Xperia S, it’s worth emphasising, is the camera. The iPhone 4S has 8 Megapixels as does the Samsung Galaxy III. The Xperia S has 12.1 Megapixels! If what really matters is the quality of image you’re going to be taking or capturing and sharing with your circle, this will be one of the most popular mobile phones.

Sony Unveils PlayStation Move Racing Wheel

By David Ponce

It looks like motion control is for console gaming what 3D is for flat screen TV vendors; everyone is telling us it’s great and the market seems to respond with a big “meh.” Be that as it may, some of you may actually be into this stuff and might enjoy this new announcement from Sony at E3. They’re releasing the PlayStation Move Racing Wheel which would cradle your PS Move controller and let you enjoy racing games in a more natural manner. It even has fold out grips so that a car racing game can easily be traded with a bike racing game using the same controller. There are paddle shifters and twist throttle controls so it’s not just a simple and dumb plastic cradle.

It’s $40 and will be available this fall.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]