With at least one more announcement to go until June can officially end, tonight's edition of The Daily Slash may seem like it's a bit weighted. But, we assure you that, just like any other edition, it'll be worth it. First up, as usual, is the Best of R3 Media. Tucked away inside of it, you'll find that the Dell Streak's available in the UK unlocked, a new domain may make you blush, and now we've got some rumors of the BlackBerry Storm 3. And then in the Dredge 'Net, Windows 8 breaks cover kind of, the PSP-4000 and 3DS could be sold in Japan this year, and NASA loves their concept images.
Given most gaming hardware execs tend to be ultra-civilised when it comes to discussing their rivals' wares, we're not sure whether Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai's comments on the Nintendo 3DS in fact count as shockingly barbed. Speaking with Sankei Biz, Hirai dismissed the 3DS' glasses-free 3D technology as limited and lacking in precision, citing Sony's own in-house research.
Mobile gaming has seen a lot of refreshes over the years. And while Sony considers themselves much of the driving force behind those alterations to the industry, many would point out that it's a combination of all the major players in the market that are altering the landscape. Newcomers like the iPad (which just builds off the success of Apple's iPod Touch and iPhone line-up) are showing that people are changing their view on how they want to go about their mobile gaming endeavors. And Sony is ready to "reinvent the wheel," more or less.
HBO has some of the best weekly shows on TV and those shows win all sorts of awards and are very popular. The catch for those without cable is that you can only view the HBO programs if you subscribe to the pay network or wait for the content to land on DVD.
Unfortunately, one of those details, if proven accurate, could mean that Sony isn't planning on announcing the Sony PSP 2 in just a few weeks, at this year's E3. That goes against what we had reported last week, but stranger things have happened, we imagine. But, even if it might not be announced at the video game industry's largest show (...), further details about the existence of the PSP 2 are definitely worth looking at.
When we get close to the big trade shows throughout the years, there are key elements we look for. Speculation of some of the largest products on the market, for example, are some of those things. For Sony, their PSP handheld is still one of the most popular handheld gaming units on the market, so there's no surprise that with E3 just around the corner, the rumors about a new PSP are going to pick up. So, get your salt shaker ready, as we dive into this one.
When is a games console not a games console? When it's an iPhone or iPod touch, of course, and while Apple may only list gaming as a partial purpose of their devices, that hasn't stopped iPhone OS from picking up a growing chunk of the market. Software analysts Flurry have stepped up with some new figures that suggest Apple's iPhone OS has seen its US video game software market share increase five-fold between 2008 and 2009.
I have a couple PSPs around my house that have been here for a long time. They never get played because they just aren't that fun. My son plays the Nintendo DS and leaves the PSP collecting dust in the junk drawer. A new PSP mod has added some much needed cool to the PSP with a camera, joystick, LED lights, and a lot more.
Rumors of a Sony PSP Go relaunch seem all the more believable this week, as the latest - unofficial - sales figures for the handheld are released in Japan. According to market watchers Media Create, Sony sold a mere 1,275 PSP Go devices in the first week of March; contrast that with Sony's own PSP, which sold 64,808 devices in the same period.
Sony haven’t exactly been on a roll lately, but that could all be about to change. According to the WSJ, Sony are planning a new smartphone capable of playing downloaded PlayStation games together with a hybrid netbook/ereader/PSP to take on Apple’s iPad. Both devices will apparently work with a new online media platform that the company are tipped to launch in the US later in March 2010.