We’ve heard some rumors about an upcoming PSP refresh in the past — ok, a whole lot of rumors — but new information is casting doubt upon the details of previous information. 1UP is reporting that the new PSP will be christened the PSP Go! and will finally do away with that awful UMD system while taking on a slider form. In place of UMDs, it is said the PSP Go! will come in 8GB and 16GB models meaning a green light for game downloads. As for games, Sony is reportedly planning to have around 100 old and new games ready for launch time. Sadly those of you who were looking for a bit of dual-joystick action will be disappointed to note that according to this new rumor, a second analog stick will not be added to the right-hand side. Such is life, we suppose. Word is Sony will make the PSP Go! official at E3 next month and have it hit the streets in Japan in September with a US launch in either late October or early November — ensuring its inclusion in plenty of letters to Santa. And yes, the image above is a mock up.
The first quarter of 2008 was rough on the typically hardy gaming industry but following a 17 percent decline in overall sales, there is a bright spot for one of the big three console companies as Q2 kicks off. Obviously, that company is Nintendo. Sure the Wii is still leading the pack when it comes to stationary consoles but the big news earlier this month was the arrival of the company’s latest portable gaming console, the Nintendo DSi. A substantial update from its little cousin the DS Lite, Nintendo’s DSi has been available in Japan for quite some time and finally made it to US shores last week. In its first full week of sales, Nintendo reports the handheld sold a remarkable 435,000 units. To put that in perspective, Nintendo moved just over 226,000 DS Lites in its first week of US availability. Bigger screens, dual cameras and a handful of photo manipulation tools highlighted in Nintendo’s supporting ad run apparently add up to big success. The NPD Group reports that Nintendo accounted for nearly 59 percent of all video game hardware sold in March — thanks to the DSi, expect that number to climb in April.
Sony’s highly anticipated OLED MP3 player, the X1000 series Walkman, is slated for launch on April 25th in Japan. The 3-inch touchscreen-sporting device will debut with 16GB and 32GB models that feature integrated noise cancellation, Walkman-specific Netfront web browser, YouTube support, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, wireless Podcast delivery, FM tuner and support for MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV audio / AVC, H.264, MPEG4, WMV video. The Walkman will be available in Black or Red with suggested retail prices of 40,000 yen ($400 USD) for the 16GB X1050 and 50,000 yen ($500 USD) for the 32GB X1060.
[Via PMP Today]
Sony unveiled its upcoming line of iPod Touch competitors earlier this year and much to the surprise of, well everyone, the X1000 series looks impressive. Very impressive in fact. If you can work your way past the marble finish, the X1000 Walkman has a lot going for it and now that the Sony Style Hong Kong site has pushed out the full detailed specs, we’re kind of excited to get our hands on a few of them. Here are the highlights:
- 3-inch (432 x 240 pixels) OLED touchscreen display
- 32GB storage
- NetFront web browser, YouTube support
- MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV audio / AVC, H.264, MPEG4, WMV video
- Integrated noise cancellation
- FM tuner
- 802.11g/b WiFi
- 33 hours of music playback, 9 hours of video playback
The one thing it doesn’t have of course, is the App Store. The hype and development community surrounding the iPod Touch will always give it a leg up on competitive offerings. If you’re looking to save some cash (hopefully) and forego the added functionality afforded by apps in exchange for some insane battery life however, the new Walkman might be just what the doctor ordered.
Here at BGR, we’ve learned several truths over the years: What happens in Vegas does not always stay in Vegas, you really shouldn’t eat yellow snow and most importantly, there is no such thing as a phone with a big enough battery. Discounting those first two for the time being, we’re long-time Proporta portable battery users as having that extra 3400 mAh of juice in reserve can be a life saver. Last month however, we were made aware of an alternative option from London-based Devotec Industries and our interest was immediately piqued. While Devotec’s offering holds 47% less juice than our Proporta battery, we couldn’t help but get reeled in by a key feature that no other portable charger we’ve come across in the sub-$40 price range can tout — solar. Needless to say we scooped up a handful of them and went to town. Hit the jump to read our impressions of the Devotec Solar Charger after a few weeks of abuse from the BGR staff.
According to multiple sources close to Nintendo, the company is planning to launch the DSi earlier than expected. How does a ship date of April 4th and a retail price of $179 sound? The DSi represents a modest improvement over the still popular Nintendo DS lite, offering a 0.3MP camera, larger 3.25″ displays, access to the DSiWare game catalog, an SD card slot, improved user interface and new software including photo manipulation software and built-in web browser. The DSi launched in November in Japan and sales of the portable gaming handheld have been brisk to say the least – Nintendo sold over a million units through the end of December 2008. In the US, Nintendo is expected to sell the DSi side-by-side with the DS lite, marketing the DSi as the machine for the gamer and the DS Lite for the casual user.
Konami sure knows how to cause a stir. An update to the official Konami’s Kojima Productions website seems to suggest that Metal Gear Solid may finally make its way to the Xbox 360. We will admit that this might be a bit of stretch but the black and green coloring of the symbol-filled website is reminiscent of the colors used to advertise the Xbox 360. The Universal symbol for Power, which is prominently displayed on the front of the Xbox 360, is now front and center on Konami’s website. Rumors that the Playstation exclusive title will jump ship to the Xbox platform have been floating around for a while now, so such an announcement is not completely unexpected. Wild speculation continues to run rampant though, with Kotaku interpreting the “i” to mean iPhone, DSi, or Wii. The upside down “i” is used in PSP-based Metal Gear Acid so the new announcement may be related to that game and not the console version, Metal Gear Solid. Kotaku also points out that the URL contains the phrase “mgst” which could mean Metal Gear Solid Touch? Konami has been silent on the matter saying that it does not comment on speculation and apologized for providing only the “standard line” as a response. All we can deduce with some degree of certainty is that Konami has something new on the horizon for the Metal Gear franchise and it wants everyone to start talking about it. We will happily oblige them. Any gamers out there? Feel free to chat this up in the comments – additional rampant speculation is not only welcome, it is expected.
According to the rumors floating around the Sony Ericsson blogs, a Sony Ericsson announcement is planned for Thursday November 6th. The highlight of the announcement is to be the formal launch of the Rika as the Walkman W705 – the Walkman version of the G705 which sports the following specs:
- 2.4″display (320×240)
- 3.2MP non-AF camera with LED flash
- Wi-Fi, aGPS, Bluetooth 2.0 (A2DP)
- 4 Gb M2 and HPM-77
- Clear Audio Experience (similar to the W902/W980)
- YouTube application
- Chat view for messaging
- 3.5 mm audio jack
- Available in Passionate Red and Luxury Silver
An Orange-branded version of the W705 is also expected to be confirmed. In addition to the Rika/W705, Sony Ericsson is expected to announce the MBS-900, a high end portable wireless speaker. The MBS-900 is a 2.1 wireless speaker that has Bluetooth, touch controls and an OLED display. A somewhat disappointing lineup for the final announcement of 2008 but considering the state of the global economy, a slowdown in handset releases is not entirely surprising.
So what exactly is this exciting new technology being billed by Sansa as “really really big” and “the revolution of music”? Oh, crap, it’s just slotMusic, aka the Ringles of 2008. Truth be told, we’ve got tons of respect for Sansa / Sandisk. Any company that can manage to convince major labels to sign on to a ridiculous new physical distribution model like this has some serious cojones. Or perhaps labels are just so terrified by all of the advancements currently taking place with internet-based music distribution that they would’ve jumped on board with anything that didn’t involve the internet. Anyway, if you’re excited about getting your hands on a microSD card with an album on it, you may also be excited about the fact that Sansa is now offering a dedicated slotMusic Player. We’re not joking. It’s $20 and it looks like someone sat on a can of soda and stuck a pair of headphones in one end. Super. We hear the next big thing in music distribution is going to be digital suppositories. Or has that one already been tried?
Nintendo announced Thursday the Nintendo DSi at their autumn conference in Japan. Announced as a “third platform”, it appears as if the DSi will supplement and not replace Nintendo’s current lineup. The DSi will be 12% slimmer than the current DS Lite and will have slightly larger 3.25″ screens. The handheld will incorporate dual cameras, a 3MP on the outside and an internal one on the inside hinge. The new model will also sport a SD card slot, new music software, a built-in web browser and support for a new “DSi shop” to download games and other DSi software over WiFi. The new shop will accept Nintendo (formerly Wii) Points; 1000 of which will be included for free with the device until March 2010. Missing on the DSi will be the Game Boy Advanced Slot so GBA games are a no go. It will be available in white and black starting November 1st in Japan for ¥189,000 (approx. US $179).
First the Mini 9 netbook and now this tiny little pocket projector – isn’t everything supposed to be bigger in Texas? Geared towards the “road warrior” according to the copy on Dell’s product page, the Texas-based PC slinger has finally made its latest creation available to the public. The M109S is a teeny tiny projector measuring 3.64″ x 4.12″ x 1.46″ and weighing in at a feather-light 0.80 lbs. Well, maybe it’s not feather-light but Lauren Greenfield might still have some perfectly understandable objections. With an 858 x 600 SVGA resolution and an 800:1 contrast ratio, this little scrapper is capable of projecting a clear image up to 60″ diagonally; definitely more than impressive for a projector this small. It also has a host of features such as auto keystone, vertical adjustment and password protection. The only set back with this little gem might be the price point: $499. Hey if your clients can’t afford to have a projector waiting for you when you get to their offices, you’re likely taking them to the cleaners and $500 is nothing.
Oh and Dell people, what’s up with the heading on the product page?
Yeah, we get it. It’s a Dell.
[Via Your Blog]
After launching a mere week ago, Dell Mini’s were arriving on doorsteps everywhere Friday. As expected, it did not take very long for one of you eager, early adopters to put together an unboxing video. This time it is a reader over at Gotta Be Mobile who posted 12 minutes of brand spanking new Mini 9 goodness. What can we say, we’re suckers for shiny new ultra-portables.
[Via Gotta Be Mobile]
What? You thought we were done giving away shiny new gear just because the Bold giveaway is over? Not a chance. We’re busy deliberating and getting ready to announce the winner but that doesn’t mean we can’t hand out some more free goodies in the mean time. How does a brand spanking new Dash Express GPS sound? That’s right people, the first internet-connected GPS navigation unit in the US can be yours for the low low price of absolutely nothing. We’ve talked about the Dash Express before and even gave you a walkthrough in our gallery. We showed you that it was the first GPS unit capable of being updated wirelessly and that Dash even provides an open API allowing for third-party app development. Tons of developers have answered the call so far and have issued great apps like the one by Trulia seen in the video above. So what else is left for us to do? Oh yeah, give one away. Lucky for you there’s no need to bash, smash, crush, shoot or blow anything up this time. Official rules as follows:
- The Dash Express GPS giveaway will run until Monday September 1st at 11:59PM EST.
- All you have to do to enter is post a comment below — no really, that’s it!
- Please enter once and only once. If you try to enter more than once we might have to smash you.