Canon and Toshiba highlight 55" SED TV at FPD International

Canon and Toshiba are showcasing a new 55" SED (surface conduction electron emitter display) TV at FPD International 2006, according to the Japanese-language Nihon Keizai Shimbun .

EA announces Def Jam: Icon for PS3 and Xbox 360

Electronic Arts today announced Def Jam: Icon, a new game headed for the PS3 and Xbox 360 systems next year. Continuing the publisher's Def Jam series, Icon brings an unusual mix of fighting and music to the next generation consoles of Sony and Microsoft.

Is Sony coming back?

This has not been a great couple of years for Sony. We had the rootkit catastrophe late last year and the Sony Battery disaster this year. A number of us have been increasingly concerned that the Playstation 3 would be a stillborn and even the PSP didn't start particularly well. However things can change: It looks like Sony has hit the bottom and, and with the exception of batteries (which may be a dead division), may be on the way back up. Let's have a look at a few interesting items:

CMEL and CMO develop 25" AM OLED TV panel

Chi Mei EL Corporation (CMEL) announced that it has successfully employed the latest low temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) TFT LCD technology from Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) together with its own organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) equipment and technology to develop a full-function, full-color 25" OLED TV panel.

Bully game now available

In spite of rampant criticism and widely publicized attempts to pull it from reaching store shelves, the video game Bully today made its debut in retail stores across the country on the Playstation 2 platform. See screenshots of 'Bully' here ...

EB Games starts Zune pre-orders

Culver City (CA) - Microsoft's Zune media player is now joining the pre-order madness started by the Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 3. EB Games has started selling reservations for the upcoming player that will ship on November 14, 2006 for $250. You can view the pre-order page here.

Xbox' HD DVD drive to connect to PCs, sort of

Microsoft has been tight-lipped about the functionality of an external HD DVD drive, which the company will be releasing for its Xbox 360 gaming console.

EA swings out Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07

Electronic Arts today announced that the Xbox 360 version of its latest entry to the EA Sports line of games, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07, has started shipping to retailers. See screenshots of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 here ...

Valve releases Source engine for Xbox 360

Valve today said that it now offers its Source game engine as a middleware technology for developers who are working on games for Microsoft's Xbox 360 console.

New camcorder allows one-click video uploads

A company that makes pint-size video cameras is introducing an update aimed at the online video-sharing craze.

Jack Thompson loses bid to block Bully game release

A US judge has rejected Jack Thompson's bid to ban the "Bully" video game made by Take-Two. Judge Ronald Friedman has ruled that the game is not a public nuisance and will allow it to be sold in Florida. Last week, the judge Friedman ordered Take-Two to demonstrate Bully to help him make a decision. After viewing the game, Friedman said the game shows less violence that what is seen on a typical night of television.

Wii pre-orders sell out in day one

Grapevine (TX) - GameStop today announced that it officially stopped taking pre-orders for the Wii by the end of Friday, 13 October, the day pre-orders first became available. Click here for pictures of the Nintendo Wii console...

Lite-On to produce new Dell LCD TVs - sources

Taiwan-based Lite-On Technology is the major supplier of the new 32" and 37" LCD TVs from Dell, according to industry sources.

New York City celebrates Final Fantasy XII Day

New York City recently wrapped up official celebrations of the upcoming Final Fantasy XII game. The city's tourism organization declared October 11th, 2006 to be Final Fantasy XII day and invited fans to their Times Square offices for a party and a question and answer session with Final Fantasy producers.

Sony and Sharp accelerate full HDTV deployment

Following the launch of six new 1080p Bravia LCD TVs from Sony in September, Sharp also said it will complete its full HD (high-definition) Aquos-branded LCD TV lineups in November.

Wii preorders start tomorrow at EB Games and Gamestop

Culver City (CA) - Hardcore Nintendo fans will probably want to skip school and call in sick from work tomorrow because EB Games and GameStop will start offering pre-orders on the upcoming Nintendo Wii console. Customers will be able to reserve the new console for a $50 deposit, but they better line up quick because it's first come, first serve.

Activision to sell Call of Duty through Valve's Steam

Activision and Valve today announced a joint agreement to bring four new PC games to Valve's Steam platform, which allows users to purchase games and download them immediately. Activision's Call of Duty 2, GunT, Call of Duty, and Call of Duty: United Offensive are all now available.

Havok provides physics for next-gen Sonic game

Havok, a company focused on technology for real-time physics in video games, announced that it will be the provider of in-game physics technology to the multi-platform release of the next-generation 'Sonic the Hedgehog' game. Set for release on the Xbox 360 and PS3, it will be the first foray into the new era of video games for Sega's iconic character.

World of Warcraft expansion pack beta test - Update 4 High-res gallery of Silvermoon

Sharpen your swords and buy those healing potions because the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion pack has entered closed beta testing. A lucky few are currently downloading and playing The Burning Crusade which is WoW's first expansion pack. In addition to a brand new world, the expansion adds two new races and of course shiny and more powerful gear.

The "Next-Gen in video game entertainment" is a sham - opinion

If we sit back and take stock of what this "next-gen" in gaming has delivered, and will be delivering, to us I would say that the entire thing is one major cock-up, and gamers have been fools to be taken in by it.