Archive for Jun 30, 2006

UK to Get Both 20 and 60 GB PS3s

Despite earlier comments made by those crazy Sony executives that the United Kingdom would only receive the 60 GB Playstation 3, it appears that the British will receive both Playstation 3 configurations when the systems launch this November., while not quite an official source, has begun listing both models for purchase, though no additional details were given on their site. If this is true, it means that British gamers won’t have to pony up body parts to afford the high-end Playstation 3. Unfortunately, interested games don’t know how much the systems will run them, as British prices have yet to be announced.


JVC Introduces LCD TVs with 120Hz Refresh Rate

If there’s one issue with LCD displays, computer or otherwise, it’s that they lack the fast refresh rates of their larger CRT cousins, resulting in image quality with a fair amount of “ghosting” to it. Well, JVC has the solution to this problem; up the refresh rate. Say hello to the 37-inch LT-37X987 and the 32-inch LT-32X987, the two new JVC LCD TVs with a 120Hz refresh rate, or roughly double the rate of today’s standard LCDs. This means that the picture changes faster, resulting in less ghosting and a higher overall viewing experience. The TVs aren’t cheap; the LT-32X987 will run you $2,000 while the larger LT-37X987 will cost $2,700, but thesse new sets should deliver in a way that many other LCDs sets simply can’t. So, if you’ve got the dough, go grab yourself one!

[via Gizmag]

Matrixstream Announces 1080p Set Top Box

Tired of standard-definition programming on your new high-definition multimedia center? Matrix-steam is here to the rescue. The company has introduced their IMX1020 set top box, designed to broadcast high-definition programming right over a broadband Internet connection. Sounds too good to be true? It’s not. Developed as part of the Matrixstream end-to-end Television over Internet Protocol (IPTV), the IMX1020 allows users to watch television up to 1920×1080 resolution (commonly referred to as 1080p) without requiring more than a standard cable or DSL connection. So, if you’re tired of paying large sums of money to your current service provider, you’d do well to read on.


Xbox 360 Available from Dell for $350

Well, apparently if Microsoft refuses to drop the price on Xbox 360s, their retailers will do it for them. Dell has dropped the price of their Xbox 360 Premium package to $350, a $50 deduction from the MSRP. This is great news for anyone whose in the market to buy a new 360, and really bad news for Sony, who could be facing stiffer competition if the Xbox 360 Premium price is $150 less than the PS3’s low-end model. You’d do well to keep watching this pricing war; just because Microsoft says they have no plans to drop the 360’s price doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

Dell Xbox 360 Product Page

Prober Shows Off In-Car Computer

Just in case you’ve ever felt the need to watch movies while you were driving, Prober has released their E319 in-car computer. Designed to plug into your dashboard, the E319 features a 6.5-inch, 800×480 screen, a 400 MHz AMD AU1200 processor, 128 MB of RAM, and a 20 GB hard drive. Running Windows CE 5.0, you can do all your favorite multimedia functions including radio (both AM and FM), DVD playback, a CD/MP3 player, and more. Of course, watching Blazing Saddles while driving is probably one of the worst ideas in the world, but in case you’re so inclined, Prober has made it possible. No pricing information has yet been announced, but don’t expect this bad boy to come out cheaply.

[via Navigadget]

Plextor’s PX-B900A Blu-ray DVD Burner

With all this noise about Sony getting their own Blu-ray DVD drives ready for the masses, it’s easy to overlook the other Blu-ray options available. Plextor has announced their first Blu-ray burner, the PX-B900A, an internal ATAPI drive for normal PCs. While no price has been announced yet (though it should come in lower than the price for a comparable Sony drive), the unit will be able to write to BD-R and BD-RE discs at 2x while also supporting DVD-RAM, DVD±R/RW, and CD-R/RWs. And for all you computer lovers, the drive comes in both black and white to match whatever fits your style. Look for the new drive to hit shelves this fall.

Plextor readies Blu-ray recorder [Reg Hardware]


YellowSheepRiver YSR-639 for Developing Countries

Ever since the One Laptop per Child initiative was announced in early 2005, it’s since become the next big technology hurdle: find a way to make computers affordable enough so that developing nations can purchase machines without going broke. Well, YellowSheepRiver Municator Inc. has developed a cheap machine of their own, though unlike the aptly-named One Laptop per Child initiative, YellowSheepRiver’s machine is a desktop. Also unlike the OLPC laptop, YellowSheepRiver’s machine plugs into a wall rather than relying on hand-cranking.


Logitech’s V450 Laser Cordless Mouse for Notebooks

Logitech, makers of all things awesome, has unveiled their new V45 Laser Cordless Mouse, designed for use with notebook computers. The mouse will retail for around $50 USD and houses a tiny USB transmitter broadcasting at 2.4 GHz. Rather than traditional optical technology, the V450 uses a special laser to track the mouse’s movement, giving the user extra precision while also allowing the mouse to operate on a wider array of surfaces. Look for the V450 to hit in July; I’ll be sure to grab one for use with my Macbook Pro!

Logitech V450 Product Page [via Gizmodo]

Aigo Unveils the MP-P335

In yet another PMP entry, Aigo has taken the wraps off the MP-P335. As you can see from the image, the MP-P335 is nicely-sized for one’s hand, and features a 30 GB hard drive, a 480 x 272 TFT LCD display, MP3, WMA, WAV, MPEG-1, 2, 4, AVI, DivX, XviD, JPEG and text support (quite the impressive array of media formats), 5 hours of playback time per charge, and line in video recording. The Linux-based device is expected to retail for around 400 Euros (about $500 USD), though Stateside launch details weren’t available yet. Looks like this might be worth keeping your eye on, so stay tuned to Slashgear for any/all updates on this new device.

Exclusive Preview of Aigo MP-P335 [via Gizmodo]


DS Lite a Hit in the UK

In what should come as no surprise to anyone that’s been watching the DS Lite’s success here in the US and over in its native Japan, the DS Lite made a quiet but noticeable debut this past weekend in the United Kingdom, selling over 35,000 units in that two-day timeframe. While this isn’t a sellout by any means, it’s proof that the DS Lite is one hot commodity, as Nintendo made no huge effort to advertise the DS Lite’s arrival (even if it does come in black there…..lucky bums!). Sales between the Polar White and black models were split about 50-50, according to ChartTrack. Read the full article at

Pink DS Lite

Nintendo is releasing a pink version of the DS Lite on July 20th for all you gals and guys (for those in touch with your feminine side). It’s only available in Japan with no info as to whether we’ll see it stateside. More images after the jump.

PSP 2.71 Firmware Cracked

Well that didn’t take long. Kotaku has posted a video showing the PlayStation Portable’s 2.71 firmware has been successfully hacked. You’ll see in the video how the modified machine runs games without the UMD disc in the drive. According to Kotaku, the hacked firmware can run both homebrewed games and ISO (disc images made of legitimate games) without a problem, though the article didn’t specify how, exactly, to obtain said hack.

Knowing Sony, PSP Firmware 2.72 (or 2.8, depending on how important they choose to make the update look) will be out be week’s end. Of course, they could just be nice and let us have our fun, but somehow I doubt that’ll happen.

PSP 2.71 Firmware Finally Hacked [Kotaku]

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