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Sony Pulling Same Proprietary Stunt As Ever With PS Vita Memory Cards

By David Ponce

While it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, we find it frustrating to discover that Sony will likely be selling overpriced, proprietary and (worst of all) sometimes required memory cards with the upcoming PS Vita. Prices will range from $30 for a 4GB card, all the way up to $120 for the 32GB version. Bad as this is on its own, 7 of the 21 launch titles (in Japan) will not work at all without one of the memory cards. A standard 32GB SD card costs somewhere in the $40 to $60 range. Prospective owners of the PS Vita are going to get gouged, once again.

This is nothing new, as anyone who’s been watching Sony over the last few decades well knows. From the failed Betamax, to MiniDiscs to freaking MemorySticks, Sony always goes its own ways and follows no standards. While there was a time when they could almost get away with it, the consumer electronics landscape is changing and we look forward to the day when these clearly abusive and arrogant tactics come back to bite them in the ass.

The PS Vita launches December 17 in Japan, and February 2012 in the US.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

Can Your Hold Your Arm Out For A Long Time? You Could Win $10,000. Really.

By David Ponce

The things that marketing executives come up with sometimes baffles the mind. In the latest case of creativity gone wild, one of Sony’s agencies (or perhaps Sony’s own marketing arm, we’re not sure) has devised a peculiar promotion for the game Uncharted 3. Since the game revolves around a ring, Sony’s put up a website called “Grab The Ring to promote the game and give out prizes, including a $10,000 grand prize. This is how it works: you activate your webcam and extend your arm into a particular zone of the screen, as if holding out your hand to “grab the ring.” You then… hold on to it for as long as you can. The longer you hold it, the more stuff you win, which includes an in-game T-Shirt after 15 seconds up to a mystery weapon after 2 hours. But it’s not just in-game rewards, as each day the person who holds on the longest will win $500. And at the end of the 2 week promotion period, whoever held on the longest gets to take home $10,000. As of this writing, the time to beat is 6:01:36.

Now… here’s a tip, folks. It turns out that you don’t really need bionic muscles. If you read the FAQ, you find out that it’s ok to prop up your arm. As long as you’re sitting in front of that webcam and that it’s actually your own arm (and not a rubber dummy), you can rack up the hours. So go ahead and take a day off work, because $10,000 are up for grabs! The contest ends November 14, 2011.

[ Grab The Ring ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

OhGizmo! Review – Sony Tablet S

Sony Tablet S (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Since the original iPad was released a few years ago, there have been a steady stream of new tablets coming from Apple’s competitors. Blackberry, Samsung, Motorola and a host of others have all released follow-up products to compete with Apple. But one of the biggest names in consumer electronics, Sony, has only recently unveiled their tablet offerings. And in true Sony fashion, they certainly stand out from the crowd.

The first to hit the market, the Tablet S, went on sale just days ago and Sony is hoping that their somewhat unorthodox design has what it takes to allure consumers away from Apple’s juggernaut. Or at the least, lure Android fans away from other Android-based tablets. We had the chance to spend a couple of weeks with the Tablet S, sans finalized firmware, and walked away with some distinct impressions of the latest tablet to cannonball into a market that’s getting more and more crowded every week. More after the jump.

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Deal Of The Day: $150 Off On Sony Alpha NEX-5

By David Ponce

And today is special because we move away from laptops, away from monitors and land squarely in the world of digital cameras. It’s a wonderful place we seldom visit. And we’ve arrived at the Sony Alpha NEX-5 station. This camera has been described thusly by one reviewer:

The new alpha NEX-5 is truly a breakthrough and even if you’re not in the market to spend over $600 for a camera, you should play with it at a local store. Once you pick up the NEX-5, you’ll quickly realize you have photography’s future in your hands.

Aside from the standard 18-55mm lens, today’s offering comes with a 16mm F2.8 Prime Lens, an 8GB SD card, and a camera case. And instead of having you pay $899 for this, there’s a $150 rebate, leaving the Alpha NEX-5 at $749.

[ $150 Off On Sony Alpha NEX-5 ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55 Does Single Lens 3D, Might Even Have Usable Digital Zoom

 Sony DSC-TX55 Cyber-shot (Image courtesy Sony)
By Andrew Liszewski

Usually when a digital camera includes a line about digital zoom in its feature list I glaze right over it, because quite frankly, it’s useless. All they’re really doing is zooming in on the center of the image, which is going to result in a softer, possibly pixelated result depending on the quality of the resizing algorithm it uses. But Sony’s new DSC-TX55 Cyber-shot could be a different story. Besides being just 12.2mm ‘slim’ (thinner than a AA battery) the DSC-TX55 has something Sony is calling “By Pixel Super Resolution” technology which adds an extra 5X digital zoom to the camera’s sliding 5X optical zoom mechanism, without losing quality at the camera’s max resolution of 16.2 million pixels. I’ve no idea how it really works, or if it’s just marketing talk covering up the same old thing.

‘Round back it sports a large 3.3-inch touchscreen OLED display, which is also great for reviewing pics or videos since the DSC-TX55 shoots full HD video as well. And, it can even grab 12MP photos while you’re recording in HD. Available this September, the camera will come with a ~$350 price tag which also gets you electronic image stabilization, 0.1 second autofocus times, a new in-camera ‘Picture Effect’ mode, panoramic photos which can be easily captured by just sweeping your camera from side to side and even single lens 3D.

[ PR - Sony's Newest Cyber-shot Camera Expands Range Of Creative Options ] VIA [ Tech Digest ]

Deal Of The Day: Save 66% On Sony BRAVIA 46 Inch LED TV

By David Ponce

We like to talk about large screen TVs from time to time, but it’s not often that we’re looking at a deal that will shave two thirds of the price off. But that’s precisely what the 46 inch Sony BRAVIA LED HDTV has in store for you. Originally costing $3,499, the set is now seeing a $1,000 instant saving, plus an additional $1,300 off coupon that expires tomorrow. That leaves the $3,499 set at only $1,199. For this amount of money you get an HDTV that “features ambient sensor, 1080p 1920 x 1080 resolution, edge LED backlit LCD, Motionflow 240Hz,3D ready, Infinite Contrast Ratio, BRAVIA Internet Video integrated WiFi (802.11n), Bravia Engine 3, USB & DLNA Photo/Music/Video playback.”

[ Save 66% On Sony BRAVIA 46 Inch LED TV ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

Sony’s NGP Now Known As The PlayStation Vita

PlayStation Vita (Images courtesy Sony)
By Andrew Liszewski

Revealed back in January with the codename ‘NGP’ or ‘next generation portable’, Sony’s lastest iteration of their handheld gaming system is now officially known as the PlayStation or PS Vita. With Vita being Latin for ‘life’, something the PSP has had a rough time at. As far as hardware specs go it doesn’t appear as if much has changed since January, which isn’t that surprising. It’s still got that drool-worthy 5-inch 960×544 pixel resolution OLED touchscreen display, dual analog sticks that have been improved over the PSP’s, a six-axis motion sensor, front and rear facing cameras and of course that touchpad on the back.

But what’s new at E3 is the official pricing announcement which sees the PS Vita available later this year for $249 if you’re happy with wi-fi only connectivity. Or $299 if you’d prefer to have 3G connectivity as well. AT&T was also announced as the exclusive carrier providing 3G connectivity, though the all important question of data plans and pricing won’t be revealed until later in the year. As for games? Your standard PlayStation fair like UNCHARTED, LittleBigPlanet, Hot Shots Golf, ModNation Racers and Wipeout are all on the way, plus a variety of 3rd party franchises that will probably be further revealed later in the week. It could end up being a strong competitor to the 3DS, but the delayed release does give Nintendo plenty of time to implement a price drop on their own hardware. And a lot of people suspect it’s that $250 price tag that has hindered the 3DS’ sales so far.

[ PR - E3 2011: Introducing PlayStation Vita, Starting at $249 ] VIA [ Kotaku ]

Sony Updates Their MP3 Walkmans

Sony Walkman NWZ-B160 (Images courtesy Sony)
By Andrew Liszewski

Good news for all of you iPod haters. The Zune may have gone the way of the Dodo but Sony is continuing strong with updates to their Walkman line of MP3 players. The smallest members of that family, the NWZ-B160 series, features a USB stick type design meaning you never have to worry about losing a proprietary docking cable. You just uncap the player and jam it into an available USB port for syncing and charging.

On a full charge with with all of the battery saving features switched on (and the backlit LCD display turned off) you can expect to get up to 18 hours of playback, but if you’re pressed for time a mere 3 minute charge will provide you with 90 minutes of music enjoyment. A Bass button adds an extra bit of kick to your music by boosting the low-end, while also causing the light-up power indicator to pulse and flash in time with your music. And in true Sony fashion, the NWZ-B160 series even has a ‘scan’ mode which skips through your music playing tiny snippets until you find something you like. But since it’s a Sony ‘feature’ they refer to it as their ‘ZAPPIN song search technology’. What an innovation! Available in June in 2GB and 4GB capacities.

[ PR - Feel the bass with colourful new Walkman B Series ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

Sony Announces Game Save Cloud Storage For PS3

This post is syndicated with permission from GamerFront.net

It seems that Sony decided to be awesome and announce that the PS3 is going to start using cloud storage for its PlayStation Plus subscribers. The cloud will allow gamers to upload all of their saved game data to the network with 150 MB of storage. Starting up today, this online safe for your information will be available for use. You’re also going to start seeing more PS3 games coming out that will be better suited to take advantage of this feature.

Again, this offer is only for PlayStation Plus subscribers, but at only $49.99 a year, I’d say not having to worry about what might happen to your hard drive is worth it. For a limited time, all of you PlayStation lovers out there will get an extra three free months if you subscribe for a year.

[ Sony ] VIA [ GamerFront ]