Sony’s Playstation Portable (PSP) will see its first major feature
update next month: Scheduled for an October 16 launch in Japan, the new
PSP-3000 is positioned to challenge Nintendo’s DS console, which
currently outsells the PSP by almost 3:1 and has a substantial lead in
total units sold.
Ok so NVISION was mostly about computers and games, but as is common
to most trade shows companies bring out their best booth babes to lure
in the crowd. Following in the great TG Daily tradition
of providing great booth babe coverage, here’s our gallery of the
finest girls at NVISION. We’ve also included a few shots of Tricia
Helfer, star of Battlestar Galactica, when she appeared at Jen-Hsun
While many of the case mods we saw at the NVISION conference and LAN
party were extraordinary, the “DayWalker” Blade-themed case - or more
accurately towering, human-sized, case – impressed us the most.
Created by Richard “DarthBeavis” Surroz, a computer maniac and noted
case modder, the DayWalker contains several radiators, dozens of fans
and six graphics cards.
Slim Devices, a company Logitech acquired in October of 2006, today
announced its Squeezebox Boom “all-in-one” network music player, which
promises to deliver a wireless Internet music experience throughout
your home. It’s a natural evolution for Slim Devices, but we are still
waiting for an integration of the technology with other Logitech
Hundreds of very tired attendees at the GeForce LAN
party pumped their fists and gave a weary cheer when they broke a
Guinness World Record for the longest continuous LAN party. The event
was part of the NVISION conference hosted by NVIDIA and had hundreds of
people playing video games for 36 straight hours. For their efforts,
the “winners” – if you can call them that – received “gold medals”, had
their LAN party entrance fees refunded and their pictures taken for
Samsung and Sony are showcasing their latest Blu-ray player flagship
models at the IFA 2008 tradeshow. Both players are priced outside the
mainstream market and may not see especially high production volumes.
But the arrival of more BD-Live players carries the hope that there is
room for previous-generation and entry-level Blu-ray players that are
more interesting for mainstream buyers.
Last time we checked, the Super Audio CD (SACD) was one of Sony’s big
failures in recent history. The idea of a DRM-laden specialty audio
listening experience did not stick too well with high-end consumers. It
never really seemed to gain much threshold and one could assume it died
off like other failed Sony formats. Not so, it seems – at least if we
believe that Sony is serious about launching a new SACD/DVD player
later this year.
Canon is pulling out a new big gun in its digital camera arsenal with
the unveiling of the EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera with 15.1-megapixel
resolution and its new DIGIC 4 image processor. It will be available in
October in either body only for around $1400 or in a kit version with
Canon’s EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens for about $1600.
Regular folks are just happy to own a working computer,
but the attendees at the NVISION GeForce LAN party aren’t regular
folks. From glowing LEDs, water cooling blocks to a Team Fortress 2
Sentry Gun case, these guys and gals love showing off their computers
while they blast each other in the latest first person shooter games.
Several hundred attendees are also trying to break the Guinness Book of
World Records for the most people at a lan party in a 36 hour period.
However it really doesn’t look good so far as many of the seats in the
world record section are empty.
Palit is showing off some serious graphic firepower at
the Nvidia NVISION conference and LAN party over the next couple days.
An upcoming Nvidia GTX 280 card will feature an integrated water block
so you don’t have to mess with those pesky cooling kits. Another card,
that’s available now, is a 9800 GTX+ with 512 MB of DDR3 RAM. While
the cards are certainly cool, Palit had some other toys that attracted
much more attention.
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Nintendo is bringing its popular franchise character Mario and company
to baseball for the Wii with the launch of the new interactive title Mario Super Sluggers. It will cost you around $50 when it hits retail shortly.
A solid state drive, more specifically an Intel
SSD, could mean the difference between killing your virtual opponent
and taking a dirt nap on the electronic battlefield. At the Intel
Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel engineers touted the speed of
their upcoming flash drives saying that they can keep up with the
bandwidth demands of modern CPUs. They also boldly claimed that
competitive gamers could get in the first kills while their spinning
platter hard drive using opponents were still on the loading screen.
The reluctant mating of Sony products with Apple iPods is something the
guys back at Sony Japan HQ will probably always kick themselves about.
The digital version of the Walkman never really had a chance to get off
the ground with the iPod dominance. One of the latest Sony devices to
highlight this love-hate relationship is the Xross Fade (LBT-DJ2i), a
"DJ-style" music system priced around $500.
Planar is introducing its first 3-chip DLP projector built for the
custom home theater market (which should tell you that this means
‘pricey’). It is called the Viper and it will sell for $15,495 MSRP.
Wii owners holding out for a dedicated force feedback racing wheel will
be happy to note that Logitech is debuting one this November here and
in Europe. It is called the Logitech Speed Force Wireless and will cost about $100.