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PS3 3D gaming due Summer 2010

PS3 3D gaming due Summer 2010

Remember how we told you the Sony PS3 was compatible with the Blu-ray Disc Associations finalized 3D specification back in December 2009?  If you've been wondering when exactly that 3D technology would actually arrive on the console, the answer is sometime this summer.  Pocket-lint grabbed John Koller, director of hardware marketing for SCEA, and pestered him into confirming that Sony are currently developing 3D stereoscopic games that are scheduled to arrive alongside the company's 3D LCD HDTVs over summer 2010.

Gateway FX, SX and DX Series desktops get Intel Core i3/i5/i7 updates

Gateway FX, SX and DX Series desktops get Intel Core i3/i5/i7 updates

Gateway has given its desktop range a shot of Core i3, i5 and i7 in the arm, with new FX Series gaming machines, SX Series small-form-factors and DX Series multimedia machines all getting Intel's latest processors.  Of the three, the FX models are the most interesting; inside their glossy tower casings there's up to a 2.8GHz Core i7 processor, ATI Radeon HD5850 1GB graphics and up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, with prices kicking off at $1,299.99.

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Lexicon BD-30 reviewed: an Oppo BDP-83 at 7x the price

Lexicon BD-30 reviewed: an Oppo BDP-83 at 7x the price

Take a look at the guts of these two Blu-ray players; can you spot the difference?  If your answer is "no, Chris, I can't" then pat yourself on the back, since as far as Audioholics can tell, there is no difference.  That would be fine, if the Oppo BDP-83 (on the left, and which has an MRSP of $499) hadn't been used as the donor machine for the Lexicon BD-30 (on the right, and which has an MRSP of $3,500).

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VIA Vinyl Envy VT1730 USB 2.0 audio controller drips connectivity

VIA Vinyl Envy VT1730 USB 2.0 audio controller drips connectivity

It used to be that you'd need a day-pass to a professional recording studio if you really wanted to do justice to your Human League tribute album, but these days you can do it all in your bedroom.  VIA's latest - the VIA Envy VT1730 USB 2.0 Audio Controller - takes things to the next level, offering 8 channels of 24-bit/192kHz recording or playback with a single USB 2.0 hookup to your host computer.

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Blu-ray: “The Best is the Enemy of the Good”

Blu-ray: “The Best is the Enemy of the Good”

It's sometimes a challenge to understand how arguably better technologies often lose out to things that are inferior. We've seen it time and time again. The problem is that consumers are often not interested in the "best" technology but are more than satisfied with that which is "good enough". These days, a good example would be to look at Blu-Ray and how it's being adopted by consumers.

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ASUS Eee Box EB1501-B0367 1080p nettop gets Blu-ray

ASUS Eee Box EB1501-B0367 1080p nettop gets Blu-ray

ASUS' Eee Box EB1501 was already standing out as a potentially decent HTPC, and the company have added another feather in its metaphorical cap by apparently introducing a Blu-ray version.  Announced back in October 2009 with Intel's Atom 330 CPU, NVIDIA Ion graphics and a slot-loading DVD burner, the new Eee Box EB1501-Bo367 with Blu-ray is now showing up with several European online retailers.

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Acer Aspire AS5470 and AS7740 pack Core i3 & i5 CPUs

Acer Aspire AS5470 and AS7740 pack Core i3 & i5 CPUs

Acer have announced a new range of Aspire notebooks packing Intel's new Core i3 and i5 Arrandale processors.  The 15.6-inch AS5740 and 17.3-inch AS7740 notebooks kick off from $599.99 and have a choice of Core i3-330M 2.13GHz or Core i5-430M 2.26GHz CPUs, optional ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 or HD 5470 graphics, and optional Blu-ray drives.

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