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PlayStation Store Update Coming October 23rd

Sony announced an update to the PlayStation store for PlayStation 3 coming October 23rd 2012. This update is said to improve the user interface, better search, and more content discovery. They also included some numbers on the number of games, and DLC that the store has at more than 20,000 and 100,000 movies and TV shows. The date of October 23rd is the US release date and no information was listed on other countries. Check out some shots of the new store they have included.

 

Lighter and Smaller PS3

Sony announced an update to their Play Station 3 that is slimmer and small at the Tokyo Game Show. They claim that the new model is 25 % smaller and 20% lighter than the previous version. This move is most likely done to help keep the console looking new and reduce the size like Microsoft did with the Xbox 360 in previous years. Other than the weight and size they also are putting in bigger hard drives to store more games, DLC and content, with 250GB and 500GB models being made available in both black and white colors.

They also are putting out some limited edition bundles for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception in a 250GB model that includes DUST 514 DLC content voucher for $30 and is available September 25th 2012 for $269.99. But the one to wait for is the Assassin’s Creed III bundle that comes with a 500GB PS3 and the game; it will be available October 30th 2012 when Assassin’s Creed III comes out for an unannounced price.

Sony XBR-84X900 84-Inch 4K TV

Sony today introduced the first 4K TV that will be available to consumers and is 84-inches corner to corner. The 4K resolution is 3840 x 2160 and is running using LCD panel technology. It has up scaling technology to bring 1080p video too run on the 4K screen that will make video look not too bad. The strange model name (XBR-84X900 4K TV) will be in select stores and Sonly Stores in North America later this year, most likely before the holidays, and there is no price set but expect it to be expensive and something that most people won’t be getting for one to two more years when all the other TV makers start putting out there new 4K TVs.

Update 9/6/2012: Sony release the price today of $24,999.99. This price isn’t easy for most people to get one, but 10 years ago that’s what a HDTV cost when they first came out.

Sony Xperia T, V, and J Smartphones

 

IFA 2012 in Berlin is a big electronics show that is similar to CES where companies are releasing products they will have out for the holidays. Sony was the first major company with a press event and they have released a bunch of new products including a set of three new phones in there Xperia line of phones called the T, V, and J. Not too original but they range in size from the 4′ J to 4.6′ T. Below is an overview of the three phones.

Xperia T Xperia V Xperia J
1.5 GHz dual core 1.5 GHz dual core 1 Ghz
4.55″ 720p HD Screen 4.3″ 720p HD Screen 4″ Screen
Android 4.0 (upgradable to 4.1) Android 4.0 (upgradable to 4.1) Android 4.0
13MP Camera 13 MP Camera 5MP Camera
Up to 16 GB / 32 GB microSD Up to 8 GB / 32 GB microSD Up to 4 GB / 32 GB microSD
HSPA+ / GSM EDGE HSPA+ / GSM EDGE HSPA / GSM EDGE
7 hrs Talk / 450 hrs Standby 7 hrs Talk / 400 hrs Standby 5.5 hrs Talk / 618 hrs Standby
Black, Silver, White Black Pink, White Black, Gold, Pink, White

Some other things that are cool, the T and V have MHL / TV connectivity, NFC, PlayStation Certified. The V also has better audio what they call Clear Audio+ and LTE. The T may also be called the TX depending on where you live.

YouTube App for PS3

If you’re a PS3 user and you like YouTube good news, you can now download the YouTube app from the PS3 store today that lets you watch videos from your PS3. It was designed for big screens making it easy to use from your couch. The other great feature was the fact that you can use your mobile phone or most likely your tablet to search, control, and load up more videos easier while other videos are playing.

  • Search: Finding the videos you want is easier than ever, with search suggestions and instant video results while you type.
  • Your subscribed channels: Sign in to find the latest videos from your YouTube subscriptions, which now also includes official music videos.
  • Your phone as a remote: With a quick pairing process, you can control YouTube on PS3 with a smartphone. Find a video on your phone and with a button it’ll play on the big screen. While the video is playing you can control it from the phone, or keep browsing YouTube for the next one.

You can get the new YouTube app sometime today in PS3 Store under My Channels.

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