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January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

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Sony Ericsson invites for MWC 2011 ask you to “Meet the new members of the Xperia family”

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

The Mobile World Congress is taking place next month in Barcelona, Spain. A lot of companies use this as a time to showcase their next wave of devices to come out in the following year, much like CES (except it’s global). Sony’s mobile department, Sony Ericsson, will be making an appearance and as the invite above states, showing you “the new members of the Xperia family.” The Xperia family already includes the Xperia X10, X10 Mini, Mini Pro X10 and the X8. It is predicted that the new children will include the famously mysterious Xperia Play/Zeus Z1/Playstation Phone as well as a slew of probable WP7 handhelds.

For more on the Xperia Play, take a peak at the following articles:

Playstation Phone gets in-depth leak from Chinese website IT168
Zeus Z1 + PSPhone + Xperia Play = The Playstation Phone
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Sony Ericsson invites for MWC 2011 ask you to "Meet the new members of the Xperia family"

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

The Mobile World Congress is taking place next month in Barcelona, Spain. A lot of companies use this as a time to showcase their next wave of devices to come out in the following year, much like CES (except it’s global). Sony’s mobile department, Sony Ericsson, will be making an appearance and as the invite above states, showing you “the new members of the Xperia family.” The Xperia family already includes the Xperia X10, X10 Mini, Mini Pro X10 and the X8. It is predicted that the new children will include the famously mysterious Xperia Play/Zeus Z1/Playstation Phone as well as a slew of probable WP7 handhelds.

For more on the Xperia Play, take a peak at the following articles:

Playstation Phone gets in-depth leak from Chinese website IT168
Zeus Z1 + PSPhone + Xperia Play = The Playstation Phone
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Microsoft wouldn’t mind Geohot on their side

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

ChevronWP7 recently gained popularity in the press with their famous “jailbroken” shirt as well as the “jailbreak” tool that bought them a meeting with WP7 reps to discuss homebrew on the mobile platform. But as of late, a new hacker has been baited by Microsoft. George Hotz (aka Geohot) is known for his ability to unlock both the iPhone and the Ps3. He has earned some popularity of his own, but not quite as positive (Sony sued him for 8 counts of DMCA violation).

Geohot updated his personal blog on Tuesday with a stab at Sony:

perhaps a more appropriate way to deal with jailbreakers
I’m going out to buy a Windows 7 phone

This light-hearted comment piqued Microsoft’s interest. Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone, posted a tweet this evening attempting to reach Geohot –

If there is one thing that Microsoft is doing right with their revamped mobile OS, it’s supporting the underground dev community.

[Source: WinRumors]

Microsoft wouldn't mind Geohot on their side

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

ChevronWP7 recently gained popularity in the press with their famous “jailbroken” shirt as well as the “jailbreak” tool that bought them a meeting with WP7 reps to discuss homebrew on the mobile platform. But as of late, a new hacker has been baited by Microsoft. George Hotz (aka Geohot) is known for his ability to unlock both the iPhone and the Ps3. He has earned some popularity of his own, but not quite as positive (Sony sued him for 8 counts of DMCA violation).

Geohot updated his personal blog on Tuesday with a stab at Sony:

perhaps a more appropriate way to deal with jailbreakers
I’m going out to buy a Windows 7 phone

This light-hearted comment piqued Microsoft’s interest. Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone, posted a tweet this evening attempting to reach Geohot –

If there is one thing that Microsoft is doing right with their revamped mobile OS, it’s supporting the underground dev community.

[Source: WinRumors]

PSP2 hype begins – as powerful as the PS3?!

January 14, 2011 1 comment

That is one sexy-looking device. Meet the post-pubescent PSP model friends.

Well, in short, the PSP Go sucked. It was a essentially a facelift for an already dying product that didn’t make it any prettier. I personally am a hardcore PSP fan. I bought the first PSP when it was released in March of 2005 with money I had been pooling together from umpiring at the local baseball fields. It was a treasure. The Playstation Portable was everything that the Nintendo DS was not – a powerful, mature and awesome handheld gaming device. It also helped me realize I had a niche for hacking handhelds, but that’s a different story altogether.

I could sit in my room and play SOCOM Fireteam Bravo with a friend who lived in a different neighborhood, I could listen to music, watch movies, surf the internet, play flash games – the list goes on and on. I had entered a realm of new possibilities, but over time it seemed as if the device lost steam. The UMD format was troublesome, the number of big-name games slowed and people just got bored with it. So here comes Sony with the new revamped PSP Go. 16 GB of internal storage and a new sliding appearance was supposed to breathe life into the PSP name… but it didn’t. People complained about the lack of having a physical copy of their games and claimed that the new look was too childish.

Jump forward to today. Rumors of the PSP2 have began to accumulate. A newer, sleeker and more powerful device is coming.

There was plenty of speculation as to how this next-gen device would look.

According to MCV, a gaming blog from the UK, Sony will be announcing the release of the PSP2 (because technically it hasn’t even been announced yet) at a meeting in Tokyo on January 27th. The meeting in Tokyo is by no means a press release, its just to discuss “business [overview] and strategy,” but as Engadget pointed out, the Nintendo 3DS was also announced in an unusual manner with their random unveiling.

The second rumor comes from the same source, and states that Sony is going around to developers and publishers claiming that the upcoming PSP2 is going to be “every bit as powerful as the Ps3.” The article includes the following:

The new PSP is expected to arrive within the Q4 period, perhaps as early as October, and includes a HD screen with twin-stick controls in the familiar ‘brick’ form factor. Sony has already consulted publishers about launch timings and the first wave of games. It is specifically requesting richer, more in-depth content to differentiate its device from app-centric Apple and Android devices. Plus, securing HD handheld games will help build launch excitement amongst publishers, developers and consumers over the next nine months. Sony is already plotting to reveal more at GDC and E3 after this month’s first tease. ‘PSP2’ will even use a media format to make sure retail has a part to play in the console’s lifecycle by selling physical software. But the device will also provide access to plenty of downloadable content, smaller games and apps via PSN – and maybe even incorporate a phone, but not as a primary function.

The end of that same article says that Sony is making sure that the PSP2 and Playstation Phone will have clear differences. The PSP2 is going to be a magnificent powerhouse and the phone will be powerful in its own right, but games will be substantially different. We will see at the end of the month if MCV had valid sources. I did question WSJ about their Verizon iPhone announcement but was put in my place haha! So I am a doubter no more. MCV is the “leading trade news and community site for all professionals working within the UK and international video games market,” so I’m sure they know what they’re talking about.

[Sources: MCV]

Playstation Phone gets in-depth leak from Chinese website IT168

January 8, 2011 Leave a comment

There was a new chapter in the Playstation Phone legacy unveiled yesterday. Just a few days ago, I updated the original Playstation Phone article here with very clear photos that appeared on a Hong Kong forum that showed the Xperia and Playstation logos on the device. Now, the Chinese website IT168 has released a very in-depth leak on the Playstation Phone (that Sony has still yet to “announce”).

The battery has a large 1,500 mAh capacity, the 4-inch screen has a 854×480 resolution and the 5MP camera has auto-focus and an LED flash with 720p (and potentially 1080p) video recording. It has 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, a microSD slot, SIM slot, micro-USB, and a second mic on the back for active noise cancellation like the Nexus One. The Xperia-branded device is in fact powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and the Playstation app now has a name… Playstation Pocket. Although the program now has a name, there still have been no games loaded so the decision is out on whether it will be able to play PSOne games, PSP games or new games altogether. Details show that the Playstation Phone will in fact be a more powerful big brother to the PSP Go given that the specs on the Go are considerably weaker – a 333MHz processor, 64MB RAM and a 3.8″ 480×272 screen.

UPDATE 1/10

Footage has been uncovered on the web, and consequently posted on YouTube that shows the Xperia Play/Zeus Z1 actually being used to play PSOne games. The gamer in the video uses a program called Rom Buddy to launch Rage Racer and Biohazard 2. More than likely this is a homebrew application and simple ROMS downloaded from the internet but it is the first footage of Playstation games legitimately being used as a gaming device.