CES 2010: Sony's 3D Vision


Other Press Conference Highlights

Other Press Conference Highlights

The PlayStation 3 ended 2009 on a high, with sales reaching almost 4 million during the year-end holidays, an increase of 76% from the previous year. And there's more to come from the PlayStation Network, with Sony planning to increase its scope and content by allowing users to get their content from internet capable devices like TVs and even notebooks. All this using a single ID. To handle this, a new company, Sony Network Entertainment, has been set up. Now if only the disparity in content between the U.S and Asia PSN can be resolved next, it would indeed be a perfect content distributor.

The PSN has grown quite a bit since its inception. Not only will it include more premium video content , it will be expanding its reach to internet capable BRAVIA TVs and Blu-ray players and even VAIO notebooks. It will also launch in more European countries.

Next, we touch briefly on some of the exciting new products shown at the press conference:

Let's not forget that besides the 3D craze, Sony does make lots of other CE products. And they have many handycam, digicam and of course notebooks at CES 2010.

One of the new VAIO series announced by Sony, the 13.1-inch Z series boasts SSD configurations powered by Core i3 and i5 processors. Switchable graphics ensure that it has both performance and power saving when you need them, making it quite the choice for the road warrior. It's available for pre-orders now starting from US$1900.

The new dash from Sony is what it calls a personal internet viewer. With a 7-inch touchscreen, it looks like a digital photo frame but is much more than that, with Wi-Fi included. It runs Chumby OS, (Linux based) and has more than 1000 applications and widgets available online. It's not battery powered however, limiting its portability to the home (or power socket). Available in April for US$199.

Is the Flip the model for the Bloggie? We don't know but this new HD digicam is aimed at the same social networking crowd who needs to get that shot uploaded to the whole wide world in the least possible time and hassle. Sony has a two Bloggie cameras available now, with this version (MHS-PM5) having a 270-degree swivel lens and costing US$170.

We'll be covering the new Sony products in-depth tomorrow with more pics, specifications and prices, so stay tuned!