It's the fall of 2006 and Sony has a problem. The PlayStation 3, the company's eagerly awaited and hyperbolically marketed successor to the best-selling video game console of all time, has not been well-received. The major issue is cost. With models launching at $499 and $599, the PS3 is shipping a year later than Microsoft's Xbox 360 and selling for $100 higher -- $200 more if you compare it with the hard drive-free Xbox 360 Core edition.
That placed the system out of the reach of many gamers, but it was a cost necessitated by complex, custom … Read more
Sony follows up on its first stab at minting a smart timepiece with the SmartWatch 2. Priced at $199, this gadget is a serious attempt at fixing many of the original SmartWatch's failings. Now flaunting a clean, modern design, water-resistant construction, and a better screen, the SmartWatch 2 has plenty of tricks up its sleeve. Costing $100 less than the troubled Samsung Galaxy Gear, yet more capable, Sony's latest wearable creation is a compelling Android companion.
Even so, the device's compatibility with non-Sony phones could be better, its battery life longer, and quirks less annoying. You also … Read more
West Virginia Democrat Sen. Jay Rockefeller plans to introduce a bill Tuesday he said will foster online video, decrease consumer costs, and increase video content choice and quality.
It will also help Aereo to survive if the company, which streams over-the-air local broadcasts to subscribers, fends off copyright allegations in court.
Rockefeller is set to introduce his Consumer Choice in Online Video Act at 11 a.m. PT. It will clarify that antenna-rental services like Aereo, if found to be copyright legal, wouldn't be subject to the same retransmission fees broadcast networks have been extracting from pay-TV operators, according … Read more
The PlayStation 4 is scheduled to be released on November 15. Sony's latest console is sure to be a hit this holiday season, despite having a few drawbacks that could deter potential buyers. The biggest complaint is the lack of backward-compatibility with PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 games, a possible deal breaker for some.
In an effort to ease some early complaints, Sony previously announced that select PlayStation 3 games can actually be upgraded for use on the PlayStation 4. While the promotional offer isn't perfect, it may be the best option PlayStation 3 owners have.
Here's … Read more
The massive e-retailer on Tuesday launched its PlayStation Network storefront. The marketplace allows users to access PlayStation Network digital games and downloadable content from Amazon.com and play those on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, or PlayStation Vita.
To kick things off, Amazon is offering a $5 PlayStation Network credit on select games. The marketplace has more than 100 titles, including access to recently launched titles, like Call of Duty: Ghosts.
With the PlayStation 4 arrival inching ever closer to November 15, Sony has decided to amp up the excitement level for customers with an official unboxing video that will probably make the real experience feel like a big letdown.
In Sony's world, you're in a dark room surrounded by massive blinking mainframe computers with a blue light shining down from above onto a PS4 box. Computer consoles, buttons, and LEDs with unclear purposes surround you. It looks like someone turned the lights off on the bridge of an alternate-universe Enterprise.… Read more
With the imminent release of the Sony PlayStation 4 console, we can now take a look inside the exact retail box that will be sitting on store shelves starting November 15 (if they're not all sold out, that is).
The box for this 500GB console measures 18.5 inches wide by 4 inches deep by 13 inches high, and weighs 9 pounds. The outside art includes characters from the Infamous and Assassin's Creed games, as well as the (delayed) Watch Dogs.
That's the term for the delay, in milliseconds, between a TV receiving a signal and the results of that signal appearing on the screen. Those milliseconds are irrelevant for TV shows and movies, and they don't even matter for most games -- the majority of gamers probably wouldn't even notice if their TV was laggy. But if you're an attentive, skilled gamer, especially one who plays "twitch" games like Call of Duty, Halo, or fighting games, especially in online multiplayer environments, input lag can mean the difference between virtual life and death.
CNET just started testing for input lag this year, and so far we've corralled a bunch of 2013 TVs. Here are the best five TV so far, plus one projector, in ascending order of lag in Game mode -- or the least laggy picture mode, if Game isn't an option. For reference, we grade under 40ms of lag as Good, 40 to 70 as Average, and more than 70 as Poor.
Update, November 11, 2013: Since we last updated this roundup, no TV has cracked the Top 5. In response to reader demand, however, I posted a table at the end of the article that gathers the lag scores of every TV and projector we've tested so far. It will be updated periodically.
Very few nonaudiophiles have hi-fis anymore, but if you would like to listen to music at home over something better than iffy computer speakers without breaking open your piggy bank, Sony's nifty little CMT-MX500i might be worth checking out.
The three-piece system comes with a pair of two-way bookshelf speakers mated to an attractively styled combo CD player/iPod dock/FM tuner/stereo amplifier. The speakers measure a tidy 5.5x9.4x7.9 inches, and the amp is 12x11x5 inches. The wood cabinet's speaker wire is permanently attached, and uses a proprietary plug that goes into the amp. … Read more