Category Archives: CES

See Sony’s booth at CES (video)

Playstation.blog have posted a video showing the Sony booth at CES (Consumer Electronics Show).

CES: PSP Skype deomonstration

Here’s a videodemonstration from Gametrailers.com showing the new Skype fucntion on PSP.

Sony comfirmed today that Skype will only work on PSP Slim (PSP-2000) because it has 64MB RAM. The old PSP (PSP-1000) only hav 32MB RAM.

“Although PSP-1000 and PSP-2000 are identical in basic functions, there are differences in hardware specifications to some extent and, for that reason, PSP-2000 may differ in features from PSP-1000. We had studied the possibility of supporting Skype with PSP-1000 but had to give it up because of the smaller size of main memory on PSP-1000 series.”

(Source: MaxConsole.net)

CES: Go!Explore – GPS for your PSP

You will soon be able to use your PSP as a GPS device. Pressrealse taken from MaxConsole.net.

Turn PSP (PlayStation®Portable) into a Personal GPS Navigation System with Go!Explore

In early Spring 2008, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) owners need never get lost again – thanks to a new addition to the Go! range called Go!Explore which puts 3D city mapping in users’ hands by turning PSP into a state-of-the-art Personal GPS Navigation System system. Just enter your destination and Go!Explore will do the rest for you.

The Go!Explore setup consists of an attachable GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver and a UMD disc of the user’s chosen maps. At the touch of a button, users will be able to find their position on a map and work out the direction they need to take. Go!Explore works both on foot and in the car and – as most of the hardware is in the PSP attachment – it offers a top-notch Personal GPS Navigation System system at a fraction of the cost of other systems on the market.

On foot, you’ll be able to plot your way through cities in 3D thanks to the fully modelled city maps contained on the UMD discs. Simply load the UDM disc, select your destination, and watch as the city’s landmarks and points of interest appear on-screen in 3D. You can download new maps and upgrades from PLAYSTATION®Network (PSN) – a resource that guarantees you’ll find those special locations – wherever you’re travelling.

When you’re in the car, you’ll benefit from different display modes for day and night, meaning that you’ll always get the clearest view of where you’re going. And don’t worry about your battery life or where to put your PSP while driving – we’ve got Car Adaptor and Car Mount accessories on the way too – bundled together in one package.

And don’t worry about the credentials of the product – as well as the awesome hardware of PSP, Go!Explore uses the technology of two other market leaders: map data industry leader TeleAtlas and navigation software legends NavNGo.

“Go!Explore is a stunning addition to the Go! range,” said Stephane Hareau, PSP Senior Brand Manager at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. “Who would have previously thought that PSP owners would be able to use PSP to navigate their way around an unfamiliar city? It’s an awesome product and another testament to the unrivalled potential of PSP.”

The three ways to buy Go!Explore for PSP:
* GPS receiver and UMD (including maps of the relevant country): RRP €119
* GPS receiver, UMD (including maps), Car Adaptor and Car Mount: RRP €149
* PSP, GPS receiver, UMD (including maps), Car Adaptor and Car Mount: RRP €299

CES: Microsoft and BT partners up

BT (British Telecom) and Microsoft announced partnership to deliver IPTV on Xbox 360 in UK.

Here’s the pressrelease taken from TeamXbox.com:

BT and Microsoft Announce Partnership to Deliver Powerful, First-of-its-Kind Entertainment Experience to Consumers Through Xbox 360.

BT Vision IPTV customers will soon be able to receive best in gaming, TV and movies, all through Xbox 360.

LAS VEGAS — Jan. 6, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. and telecommunications leader BT announced they are bringing together the next-generation TV service BT Vision with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 games and entertainment system. All BT broadband customers will have the unique opportunity to receive the best in high-definition gaming, television and movies through an Xbox 360 console, in a powerful, all-in-one entertainment experience. BT Vision, which is powered by the Microsoft Mediaroom Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) platform, plans to make this first-of-its-kind device and service offering available to customers in the middle of 2008. The announcement was made during the keynote address by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and Microsoft President Robbie Bach of the Entertainment & Devices Division at 2008 International CES on Jan. 6.

The groundbreaking partnership will enable any BT Broadband customer to use an Xbox 360 console to access the BT Vision service and its extensive library of on-demand content, giving instant access to hundreds of movies and thousands of hours of sporting events, television programming, music videos and other digital content, such as BT Vision Sport’s 242 “near-live” FA Premier League football matches.

BT Vision customers with an Xbox 360 console will gain the option of accessing BT Vision from either the Xbox 360 console or a set-top-box. The service will be available to existing and future Xbox 360 console owners.

BT Vision on Xbox will combine the richness of the Microsoft Mediaroom-enabled TV service with the benefits of next-generation gaming, as well as unique new capabilities that the integrated solution brings. Xbox LIVE, the largest online social network in the living room, will be seamlessly integrated into the experience, providing consumers with a wide range of community-based features, such as voice chat, sending and receiving text and voice messages, and accessing Xbox LIVE Marketplace, all while watching TV. For example, while a TV viewer is enjoying his favorite football game, he can receive a message from a friend inviting him to join a voice chat, or they could play a game of their own with EA SPORTS™ “FIFA Soccer.”

“We are pleased to partner with Microsoft to deliver a truly compelling connected entertainment experience to our customers,” said Dan Marks, CEO of BT Vision. “For the first time consumers in the U.K. will be able to experience the advantages of an advanced TV service together with the benefits of next-generation gaming. Our aim is to provide BT Vision on multiple platforms — giving customers greater convenience, control and flexibility over what they watch, when they watch and how they watch TV. It also means that we are able to potentially expand our BT Vision customer base by tapping into the popularity of Xbox 360.”

“This is an exciting moment in home entertainment,” said Enrique Rodriguez, corporate vice president of the Connected Television Division at Microsoft. “Last year at CES, we announced Xbox 360 on Microsoft Mediaroom as a powerful platform capable of enabling new entertainment experiences for consumers, and we are pleased to team with BT to bring this service to market. Together we are enabling BT Vision customers to be the first in the world to enjoy this next-generation TV and gaming entertainment experience.”

CES: Skype is comming for PSP

With a new fimrware update later this month, PSP will get Skype functionality. This will only work on the new PSP Slim.

Here’s Sonys pressrelease taken from MaxConsole.net:

TOKYO, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI)today announced that it would introduce Skype(TM) features to the new slimand light PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) handheld entertainment system(PSP-2000 series). More than 246 million members are registered for the use of this communications software, which enables users to communicate with other Skype users around the world over the Internet. Calls between Skype users are free of charge.

By introducing Skype on PSP, the following features and services willbe made available to PSP users (*1) (*2):

  • Free voice calls between Skype users
  • Skype contact list management (view existing contacts, add new ones)
  • Skype presence (see which friends are online and available to talk)
  • SkypeOut(TM) calls to make calls to landlines and mobile phones anywhere in the world (requires the purchase of Skype credit)
  • Optional SkypeIn(TM) number that lets users receive calls on Skype from landlines and mobiles anywhere in the world (requires the purchase of Skype credit)
  • View and modify Skype settings and account details (including username creation, SkypeOut settings, voicemail settings and call forwarding)

PSP users worldwide will be able to start using Skype features andservices through a simple system software update scheduled in late January.After updating the PSP system software, a Skype icon will be added to theNetwork category in the home menu. PSP users who do not yet have a Skypeusername can register by clicking the icon and following the instructions.PSP users who already have a Skype username can immediately sign in byclicking the Skype icon and entering their username and password.

SCEI will deploy various measures to meet users’ demand and vigorouslypromote the expansion of the PSP platform as a handheld entertainmentsystem to enjoy a variety of interactive digital entertainment

* For more information on Skype, please visit http://www.skype.com

(*1) To enjoy Skype features on PSP, users will need Memory Stick Duo(TM),a wireless Internet connection and a Skype-compatible audio inputdevice.

(*2) In order to receive calls, users must be connected to the Internetand signed in through the Skype screen on PSP.