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Sony EyePet gets new screenshots, video demo

Sony EyePet gets new screenshots, video demo

Anybody who has physically brought a live monkey into their home will know that it can be one of the more fraught experiences.  Happily Sony's EyePet game is still on track to make that monkey virtual; the company may not have made much mention of it in their E3 keynote, but a new video demo and screenshots confirm that it's still on course to be one of the PS3's most unusual titles.

Sony EyePet video demo after the cut

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Sony Motion Controller for PS3 unveiled

Sony Motion Controller for PS3 unveiled

It's not just the PSP Go!; Sony have also got something new for PlayStation 3 owners, too, in the shape of their own take on a motion controller.  A mere day after Microsoft announced their "Project Natal" system for Xbox 360, Sony's PlayStation Motion Controller offers 1-to-1 recognition by tracking a glowing purple ball on the end of a controller stick, using a PS Eye camera.

Video demo after the cut

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Sony PSP Go! gets official at E3

Sony PSP Go! gets official at E3

Sony have officially announced the PSP Go!, and as expected it's the smaller, entirely-digital sibling to the PSP-3000.  Rocking a sliding form-factor with a 3.8-inch LCD display, 16GB of onboard memory, WiFi and Bluetooth and a M2 Memory Stick Micro slot, the PSP Go! drops the UMD slot from previous versions and as such is 50-percent smaller than the original PSP and 40-percent lighter.

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Microsoft Project Natal motion-controller for Xbox 360 [Video]

Microsoft Project Natal motion-controller for Xbox 360 [Video]

In addition to the Xbox LIVE updates, Microsoft also announced their much-rumored motion controller at E3.  Named the Microsoft Xbox 360 Project Natal - pronounced "nuh-tall" - it combines an RGB camera, depth sensor, multi-array microphone and custom processor all in one compact bar, which can track gamers' movements in 3D space as well as respond to verbal commands.

 

Update: Video after the cut

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Xbox LIVE 1080p video store, Facebook, Last.fm & Netflix browsing

Xbox LIVE 1080p video store, Facebook, Last.fm & Netflix browsing

Microsoft have announced updates for the Xbox LIVE service, including 1080p high-definition downloads in the Video Marketplace, Facebook and Last.fm integration and even Twitter.  Netflix has also received a usability boost, with full catalog browsing now possible instead of merely viewing your existing movie queue, and Movie Party - which allows you to collaboratively watch the same title, and chat either through IM or voice, with friends in different locations - is now confirmed.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 22 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 22 2009

SlashGear has been hanging out with Google this week, at the I/O 2009 conference.  You can read our first day and second day highlights for the full details, but perhaps the most interesting news was Google's Wave demo for iPhone and Android, and Andy Rubin's confirmation that there should be 18-20 Android handsets on the market by the end of the year.  One of those is expected to be the HTC Hero; make sure to check out the promo video for the chin-heavy smartphone.

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Sony tipped to announce PSP Go at E3; PS3 Slim to follow

Sony tipped to announce PSP Go at E3; PS3 Slim to follow

Sony are preparing to announce the latest version of their handheld gaming system at E3 in a few days time, claims a trusted source, but will wait until August or September to launch their slimline PS3.  According to the tipster - whom Ars Technica describe as having a 100-percent success rate for previous leaks - Sony's UMD-free PSP Go will take the headlines at E3, but the company wants to shift more existing PlayStation 3 stock before announcing the new model.

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