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First look and details on the PS4

PS4 controller

Sony announced the new PS4 at E3 and it appears they have looked at what Microsoft were offering with the XBoxOne and the problems people had with that.

First up, unlike the XBoxOne the PS4 has no online requirements or used games DRM. It is also region free. It will cost US$ 399 ($100 less than the XBoxOne), Canada$ 399, € 399, and £ 349. It is available for pre-order.

The video below shows how you can share your games on the PS4.

PS4 has a 500GB hard drive which, like the PS3, will be upgradeable.

PlayStation®4 (PS4™) (CUH-1000A series) computer entertainment system will come in “Jet Black” color and will be available this holiday season in North America and Europe at a recommended retail price (RRP) of US$ 399, Canada$ 399, € 399, and £ 349.

The design of PS4 made its public debut at the PlayStation® press conference on June 10, 2013, which kicked off the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. PS4 will also be displayed this week at the Sony Computer Entertainment America booth at E3, one of the world’s largest video game exhibitions.

The internal design architecture of the PS4 system, from the optical drive and power supply unit to the cooling mechanism, has been pursed to keep the body as slim and light as possible to dramatically enhance the flexibility of the design.
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PlayStation 4 out before Christmas?

PS4It looks as if this Christmas may see many of us playing on a new PS4 if new reports are accurate.

Sony Corp. is planning to unveil its next-generation home videogame console during a February event, showing off a successor to its current PlayStation 3 system.

The Japanese electronics giant unveiled plans for a special PlayStation-themed event set for Feb. 20, teasing fans to “see the future” at the event. People familiar with the matter have said the new device will make its debut there, beating Microsoft Corp. to the punch in announcing its own next-generation game machine.

Sony’s device will be released later this year, these people said, and will spar against Microsoft’s own machine, which is also expected to be released by the holidays.

Sony’s updated console’s arrival comes as the console videogame industry has entered a tailspin. Sales of new videogames, consoles and accessories at U.S. retail shops fell 22% in December when compared with the same time a year prior, according to surveys by industry watcher NPD Group.

Sony is planning to incorporate more social gaming aspects into the new machine, people familiar with the matter said. Also, while hardware improvements were a key focus of past console upgrades, Sony is more focused this time on the changes in how users interact with the machine, these people said.

When developing the PlayStation, Sony had considered removing its optical disk drive, opting instead to require gamers to download titles over the Internet, people familiar with the matter said. But concerns over the size of videogame files, and slow Web connections in some countries led Sony to scrap the plan, they added. Microsoft made a similar decision for its console as well.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Tech Review: Sony SRS-BTM8 Wireless Speaker

Sony-SRS-BTM8-portable-speakersI was recently sent the Sony SRS-BTM8 Wireless Speaker to review.

It was actually good timing as my previous stereo had packed in so I had been looking at other stereos and speakers to get back in the game. The wireless ones were something that intrigued me. The idea was great, but I just was not sure whether the sound quality and link would be any good.

Then the Sony speaker arrived.

Taking it out the box I noticed how stylish it looked although it does have a bit of the hand bag vibe to it. That is mainly due to the handle which makes it so easy to carry around wherever you want it.

There was a mains adapter, but I went for the full wireless thing and put in the 4 AA batteries required. They give approximately 20 hours of playback which is not too shabby.

A quick scan of the instructions and I had linked up my iPhone with the speaker via Bluetooth. Between taking it out of the box, hunting for batteries and pressing play it had taken about 5 minutes.
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Bits and Pieces – Neil Young, Build A Bear, Sony save Olympus and more

The Slingshot

– Neil Young has developed and audio player. The Pono player uses digital-to-analogue conversion technology which is, apparently, intended to “present songs as they first sound during studio recording sessions” according to Rolling Stone.

– The Build A Bear shops are going high-tech – engadget

– The Slingshot mobile phone grip and tripod (pictured) means perfect photos from your phone could happen – Photojojo

– Sony have invested $645 million to save Olympus – Sony

– Camera+ is now available for the iPad – iTunes

– NASA’s Curiosity rover has found an ancient streambed on Mars – NASA

– Old iOS Music Accessories Should Work With Apple’s New Lightning Dock Connector – Gizmodo

– Intel Clover Trail is the next-generation Intel Atom chip that will be used in Windows 8 tablets and laptops – Intel

Random Bits – Mars, iPhone 5, iOS6, Blackberry and more

Unsurprisingly there are many stories focussing on Apple and the iPhone 5. However, other things have been happening in the world of technology. We will get to the iPhone 5 news after these bits and pieces.

– Richard Branson wants to go to Mars and get a colony started there – CBS

– Blackberry’s Vodafone network collapsed this morning, but should be back to normal now – Telegraph

– Researchers create working quantum bit in silicon, pave way for PCs of the future – engadget

– A mother who discovered on Facebook that her daughter had died after police had failed to contact her has made an official complaint – BBC

– Sony have unveiled a new and slimmer Playstation 3 – Engadget

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