Sony Computer Entertainment is predicting brisk sales, even though the launch may have missed some holiday shoppers. A successful debut would help the company offset the rest of its struggling business. Sony projects a loss of more than $1 billion for the fiscal year through March 2012, which would be its fourth straight annual loss.
In Tokyo’s Ikebukuro shopping district, some 300 game enthusiasts lined up outside a major electronics chain that opened a few hours earlier than usual for the event Saturday morning. Many of the purchasers had made advance orders on the Internet so they could start playing immediately.
The device is a touch-interface and motion-sensitive handheld seen as a successor to the PlayStation Portable. Gamers can connect over cellphone networks and Wi-Fi hotspots, and use GPS location-tracking technology.
Television footage showed some shoppers unwrapping their new purchases and starting to try them out at the store.
“I’m so happy to see so many people lining up for PS Vita so early in the morning,” Sony Computer Entertainment Japan President Hiroshi Kono wrote in his official blog after touring several Tokyo stores. “I can tell they had anxiously waited for today’s launch.”
For the Tokyo-based electronics and entertainment giant, the Vita is the biggest product launch since the PlayStation 3 console five years ago. It’s also accompanied by two dozen software products — the largest number of launch titles in PlayStation history.
The Vita has front and back cameras, a touchscreen in front, a touch pad on the back and two knob-like joysticks. It will enable gamers to play against each other using PlayStation 3 consoles over the Internet-based PlayStation Network, a system that was hit with a massive hacking attack earlier this year.
Vita’s launch will heat up competition with rival Nintendo Co.’s 3DS. Nintendo Co.’s 3DS had a disappointing start despite the company’s efforts to market its 3-D technology, with critics complaining about a lack of interesting games. Nintendo ended up slashing prices on the 3DS within six months.
The companies are challenged by the rise of smartphones and tablets, through which casual gamers play inexpensive and simple games like the mega-hit “Angry Birds.”
I think, I’ll have to get one of these for my favorite game ExciteBike..
The PS Vita goes on sale in North America and Europe on Feb. 22.
Here are five reasons to make your college years feel worthless. While you were busy trying to get some heady whop from Becky down the hall, these students were changing the world.
Eventhough it still may be tough for recent college graduates to find jobs, some students still in school are trying to make the best of their time by creating incredible technologies and gadgets. Continue reading to see five of the coolest.
Now you can break into that safe your granddad has in his room of WW2 memorabilia and buy them Jordans that you have been dreaming of young lad.
1. Lock-Cracking Machine
Whether if you know one number, two, or even none for a Masterlock, the LockCracker robot can solve it. Built by students at the Olin College of Engineering, this clever robot “consists of a clamp, which hold the lock in place using a thumb-screw, and a puller, a solenoid-controlled grabber which yanks the loop of the lock to try to open it, and a stepper-motor which actually turns the knob and dials in the combinations.” Continue reading to see it in-action.
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Called the JediBot, this innovative Kinect-controlled robot, developed by Stanford University students, “can wield a foam sword (light saber, if you will) and duel a human combatant for command of the empire.” The robot strikes using a set of predefined attack motions. When it detects a hit (when its foam light saber comes in contact with its opponent’s foam light saber and puts torque on the robotic arm’s joints), it recoils and moves on to the next motion.
Get to ScarJo’s mansion in Beverly Hills in .5 seconds and save her from dating another douchebag. Yo Scar, deh yardman a check fi yuh longtime girl. We should rent the villa in Porty for New Year.
That’s right, as of January 8, 2011 in Australia, the Sunswift IVy soared past the world record for the fastest solar car in the world, traveling at more than 88km/h.” It was designed and built by students at the University of New South Wales; the car is entirely powered by silicon solar cells and produces about 1200 watts – the same amount of power required to run a toaster.
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Students at UC Berkley have built a laser backpack capable of generating instant 3D maps. The system uses “a suite of laser scanners and positional sensors that enable it to capture images of building interiors as a fleshy assistant roams their halls.” Those images can then be automatically pieced back together to create a 3D representation.
Listen to that old annoying Polka music and play supersize Tetris.
Here’s a first: a DDR-pad controlled Tetris game. This setup was created by three MIT students “who had an urge to play an LED matrix game of Tetris in a new way — LEDs inside tubes light up and create the game in front of your eyes.” For those who’d like to recreate this experience, check out this page for more information.
GameFly will launch a new program through which subscribers can rent PC titles to be delivered digitally instead of through postal mail.
GameFly is best known for its game rental service where customers can have differing numbers of games out at a time — much like the original Netflix. The new digital storefront allows subscribers to play PC games at no additional charge; access to the games is cut off when you end your subscription. The announcement comes three months after GameFly purchased Direct2Drive from IGN.
“It’s kind of like a Spotify or Rhapsody or a Napster,” GameFly co-founder Sean Spector told USA Today. “You have access to the content as long as you are a subscriber but when you are no longer a member, the content then disappears.”
A closed beta of the downloadable client will launch early next month, while the full version is expected to be available in time for the holidays. Around 100 games are expected to be available for download initially, and the service will be PC-only to start (Mac games will be available at a later date). Based on the teaser trailer, it looks like the service may already have support from major publishers like Ubisoft.
Of course, GameFly isn’t the first to offer a digital subscription-based rental service, as GameTap already provides a similar experience. The main difference is that the GameFly service is tied to the disc-rental business — as of now GameFly has no plans to offer a digital-only subscription option, according to Joystiq.
You can sign up for the closed beta, which begins Sept. 8, here
The NBA arguably has more marketable stars than any other major sport in the United States, and yet 2K Sports has decided to not use any of them to promote this year’s NBA 2K game. 2K11 was centered around former Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan and included a great deal of in-game content devoted to the greatest player in league history. For 2K12, Jordan will return as the cover star, but he’ll be joined by two other all-time greats: Los Angeles Lakers guard Ervin “Magic” Johnson and Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird.
Each of the three will have his own cover, all of which are more extravagant and stylized than past covers. (2K Sports says this style is a one-time thing.) The Bird and Magic covers will be available “in a limited quantity” at launch; Jordan will again be the primary cover star.
There’s no indication that the limited edition versions will be any different than the Jordan version; there’s no need to worry about missing out on anything more than the design if you aren’t able to land a copy with Magic or Bird on the front.
Kobe Bryant was the last current player to be named a cover star of an NBA 2K game in 2K10. Many expected 2K12 to feature reigning MVP Derrick Rose or NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki.
NBA 2K12 is scheduled for release on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable on October 4. Like last year, it won’t face any competition in the sim space from EA Sports, as their next basketball sim won’t be out until 2012.
I can see the lines at BestBuy now, some people will camp out a month in advance for this baby! Hey Sony, you can ship me a system to test it out and give you a review. Anyways, I have about 5 paint buckets of pennies and counting, so bring it on Sony! I’m ready, what, what?! Anyways, peeps peep the deets on the concept:
PS4 concept have a natural and believable aesthetic evolution from the PS3, but it is composed of 60% recyclable materials, making it a much greener choice. It also uses 0 watts in standby mode, and with its ECO Restart function games can be saved, the console turned off, and turned back on to resume exactly where the user left off without the need for a full start up, reducing energy waste and prolonging the life of the unit.Further, the unit will automatically shut off primary power after each 30 minute period of playtime and draw energy from it’s rechargeable battery for 5 minutes. The same feature also assists in preventing data loss during a power outage.
The unit connects wirelessly to any DPConnect TV, detecting the appropriate screen resolution as well as identifying the audio output, all in under 4 milliseconds so it’s ready to roll directly after being removed from the box.
Other features include: -1.5TB HDD, Full 3D 4K2K compatible, DLNA, DPhdmi (HDMI Connect), 3D Blu-ray (Blu Ray “DEUCE” Compatible, 3 times more data than the classic blu ray disc), USB 3.0, DPConnect Bravia Sync, Qriocity, Sony Ericsson sync, Cloud Saving, live TV, and even applications for weather, widgets, Gamespot, news, and more!
Designer: Joseph Dumary
Posted by: Deano
The classic 1965 Shelby GT 350 replica pool table makes for a perfect gift for an auto enthusiast in your life. A true collector’s piece, each table is a numbered limited edition and comes signed by Carroll Shelby himself. The classic creation comes finished in Wimbledon white and Guardsman Blue with cherry finished rails and a solid hardwood body. Designed to last long, the collector’s edition pool tables have been molded directly from the body of a genuine Shelby 1965 GT 350.
The table is further done with top quality auto paint and clear coat, wet sanded, working lights, real chrome bumpers and decals, and alloy rims and tires. Out of the 20 editions, five are already sold. For the models available, pricing starts at $11,995 and goes as high as $29,000. (Via…)
Sony and Microsoft better watch their backs, now Apple wants a share of that TV gaming market. I’m not a gamer at all, I do enjoy it from time to time but considering my entire collection of gadgets are mac based, I may just opt for Apple TV. Even my girlfriend’s favorite toy uses the snow leopard OS. She seems a little excited herself, I think they just made her toy blue tooth compatible too. I guess I can call her with my headset during her exploits with the battery beast. “I rebuke you ole battery beast, may your days be filled with radioactive alkaline and your nights with low power along with arid fields.“