- As always, one of the most impressive aspects of Sonyâ€™s presence at CES was the stunning graphics that come off the Playstation 3. Â Game demos were continuously running and really displayed a lot of the more impressive graphics that can be coaxed out of the console.
- The company also revealed several new camcorders with the lineup, including five straight-to-hard disk models that remove the necessity to keep any other storage media around.Â The picture on these is great and the feature set is amazing. Â The DCR-SR300, with a 40gb of storage, can record super slow-motion video at 240 frames per second that can then be replayed at 60 frames per second. Most of these cameras have nice Carl Zeiss lenses attached to them and a price point under $1,000.Â Too bad that CES isnâ€™t before Christmas.
- Microsoftâ€™s booth area was permanently packed this year and a large section of it was taken up with productivity demonstrations, but a couple of the software giantâ€™s new features really stood out. Â Vista, as has long been talked about, does indeed have a very polished Media Center-style experience built into it.
- A small part of Microsoft booth featured a demo of the New York Timesâ€™ new Times Reader application.Â Built on the new Windows Presentation Foundation technology, this little application (currently only available for Windows XP or Vista) presents a paginated reading experience very similar to reading an actual newspaper.Â Imagine, if you will, being able to read all online content from the New York Times in a newspaper-like experience. Â It works offline and online and, after seeing it, I promptly went out and downloaded the software. Â Itâ€™s excellent.
- As I mentioned previously, Microsoftâ€™s PC gaming section was really amazing. Â Crysis had near-realistic graphics and even the new Shadowrun multiplayer game, which received poor initial previews from some gaming websites, seems to have shaped up into a very enjoyable experience. Â Time to buy new graphics cards for the lab.
- During his keynote over the weekend (which weâ€™ll be covering in more detail in a subsequent post), Bill Gates spoke a fair amount about the IPTV that will be coming to the Xbox 360.Â It will be available to the 16 providers of current Microsoft IPTV and, potentially allows for a business model where IPTV providers to lease out Xbox 360s as set top boxes for customers. Â There will be DVR and VOD services (even available to record while youâ€™re playing a game).
- Theyâ€™re going to rebrand themselves as AT&T by the middle of the year? Â It looks that way, based off of what was said at a press conference today. Â Apparently, theyâ€™ll have all the branding done by the time they release their iPhone.
- In a snazzy little press conference today, Warner revealed its TotalHD dual format high-definition discs that can be played in both HD-DVD and Bluray players. Â At the very least, this adds a new facet to the format war that was brewing between the two technologies and is going to save a lot of shelf space for retailers unhappy about having to stock unique discs for each film released. Â Very neat.
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