Opinion – It has been more than nine months since the Sony PS3 and Nintendo Wii were launched and we are seeing first trends how well the consoles are competing with Xbox 360, which has been on the market since late 2006. It's time to have a closer look at the numbers to see what you can expect for the holiday season.
Gefen has introduced a new device that takes contains one HDMI input and 10 HDMI outputs, allowing simultaneous audio/video display on several different monitors.
Rockstar Games has announced that Manhunt 2 will be released in the US on October 31, with an "M" rating given to a new "toned down" version of the gruesome horror title.
Though the Wii was the runaway winner yet again last month, the more interesting story is that PS3 sales were on an upward swing in July.
Ubisoft has signed on to publish upcoming games under the "Games For Windows" label, the latest bump for the Microsoft-backed PC game brand.
The PSP received an unexpected boost this week with announcements of three major new features heading to the portable system in the coming months.
Leipzig (Germany) - Following an preliminary announcement earlier this year, Sony has officially unveiled PlayTV, a new service that transforms the PS3 into a digital video recorder.PlayTV incorporates a dual digital tuner to the PS3 to receive two cable or satellite feeds. It includes an on-screen program guide, high definition capability, and basic DVR controls like the ability to control live TV.
Culver City (CA) - Sony has launched a new line of Cyber-shot digital cameras, including two that incorporate a new touch-screen interface.
Sony has used touch screen controls in previous models mainly for menu navigation, but the DSC-T200 and DSC-T70 go a step further.
Users can tap a spot on the viewfinder with their finger and the shot will automatically focus on that point. Also, somewhat in the vein of the iPhone, users can touch a picture in playback mode to zoom in and move the image around on the screen.
The Nintendo Wii is now the best-selling next-gen console, according to a report from VG Chartz.
Leipzig (Germany) - Microsoft today announced an update to its Sidewinder line of gaming mouses with a new set that includes customizable controls and a LCD.Announced at the Leipzig Games Convention in Germany, the new Sidewinder model delivers numerous updates over previous versions. Among the new features are a wider scroll wheel, two vertical side buttons, and a built-in macro that lets players more easily search their in-game surroundings in the middle of a quest or battle.
Paramount has announced it will be bringing the 2007 drama "A Mighty Heart" to HD DVD, the first official new movie announcement since the studio opted to back HD DVD exclusively.
Sony and Stanford have updated the Playstation 3's Folding@Home client, adding among other things connectivity with the PSP.
A 14-year-old boy was knocked unconscious and sent to the hospital as a result of trying to cool off his Xbox 360 over the weekend.
Burlington (MA) – Cleaning your floors in style means that you aren't pushing around a vacuum yourself, but rather leave that task to a robot. And to keep pace with new technology, iRobot has introduced new flagship models that, according to the company, will vacuum in your house twice as good as the original Roomba.
Samsung will announce a new HD video camcorder at the upcoming consumer electronics trade show IFA 2007 in Berlin, Germany. Few details about the camcorder have been revealed so far, but Akihabare News learned that the VP-HMX10A will be equipped with a 10x optical zoom and record videos in 1280 x 720p resolution.