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Sony BDP-S790 pre-order starts for $250

Written on April 22, 2012 by Kristoff Jones

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Sony begins taking pre-orders of its most advanced Blu-ray player, the dual-core BDP-S790.

Sony on Sunday announced that it will soon start shipping ‘its most advanced Blu-ray player’ to date. The BDP-S790, one of the most anticipated devices of CES 2012, is Sony’s first of its kind dual-core Blu-ray player that is capable of “upscaling” videos to 4k resolution.

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No DVDs or Blu-ray Discs for Wii U

Written on June 17, 2011 by R. Cruise

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Like its forerunners, Nintendo went with a proprietary 25GB format that seems as though it could accommodate Blu-ray discs and DVDs, but can’t.

According to Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, “The reason for that is we feel that enough people already have devices that are capable of playing DVDs and Blu-ray, such that it didn’t warrant the cost involved to build that functionality into the Wii U console because of the patents related to those technologies.”

Nintendo probably wanted to keep the price down on the Wii U because of the relatively high price of the new controller. We’ll, probably gamers will be able to play DVDs and Blu-ray discs on the Wii U if they really want to. That is, if the hyperactive Wii hacking community of the past will be at leisure to do so.

Expect to find some kind of home brew software that can solve that problem shortly after the Wii U is released in the market.

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Surprise! DVD Sales Sink, Digital Sales Rise in US

Written on May 05, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Soon to appear in your local museum of digital history: DVDs.

Well, viewers can’t say they didn’t see it coming. With the advent of digital content, it’s only a matter of time until DVDs become obsolete. A recent sales report from the Digital Entertainment Group in Los Angeles raised the curtains to reveal that DVD sales in the US sank by as much as 20% over the past 12 months. Digital sales however show a significant improvement, banking 9% increase over the same time frame.

According to the DEG report, sales of DVD and Blu-ray packaged goods fell from $2.6 to $2.1 billion. While total US home entertainment spending fell drastically from $4.6 to $4.2 billion. Digital sales however tells another story, as subscription-based rental and streaming boosted a total of 33% from $523 to $696 million.

So to whom should people put the blame on the DVD’s impending doom other than the obvious “digital is way better so everyone’s jumping there?” DEG notes that it was due to four “tentpoles”, which totaled in $1 billion in Blu-ray and DVD sales in Q1 of 2010. Plus, the 2010 Easter holiday season which fell outside the sales period.

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Acer Unveils New HN274H and HS244HQ 3D Monitors to the US

Written on April 14, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Elevate your 3D experience with Acer's new 3D monitor models: The HN274H and HS244HQ.

Still stuck with your old monitors just because you can’t decide which 3D monitor you’ll be getting? Well maybe this could make up your mind, or make choosing more complicated.

Acer has finally unveiled their new 3D monitor models: The 27-inch, LED-backlit HN274H, and the smaller, but just as impressive 23.6-inch HS244HQ.

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Toshiba Reveals P770 and P775 3D Satellite Laptops

Written on April 05, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Toshiba refreshes 3D Satellite laptop line-up with the P770 and P775.

It’s 3D all over again, as Toshiba ships to the laptop universe anew. Give a warm welcome to Toshiba’s latest additions to its 3D Satellite lineup, the P770 and the P775 3D.

The 3D-enabled laptops are equipped with the Toshiba TruBrite diagonal 18.4-inch display, with a refresh rate clocked at 120Hz, and make use of NVIDIA active-shutter glasses. It will also wield dual webcams which allow you to 3D-fy your video calls, while the HDMI output can engage in a depth-enabled content. It also has a rewritable Blu-Ray drive which supports 3D content.

No price and release date has been confirmed. But stick around at Gadg as we find out!

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Xbox 360 Gets 1GB More in New Disc Format, PS3 Says ‘Whatever’

Written on March 31, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Xbox 360 discs are about to get fatter, as Microsoft frees up 1GB space for the developers' ambitious delight.

Remember Mass Effect 2 for the Xbox 360? Remember when we had to switch from Disc 1 to Disc 2 like it’s the PlayStation One era all over again? Sucks, right? Well according to Digital Foundry, that might change soon, as Microsoft’s unveiling an upgrade that will free up one gigabyte on its dual-layer DVD disc. This is something developers and players are ought to be celebrating.

The usable space on an average Xbox 360 disc is 6.8GB out of 7.95GB. The remaining space is purportedly used for anti-piracy measures and a video partition. But considering how well Microsoft has handled piracy over the years, they’re giving the 1GB away for the developer’s delight.

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Gran Turismo 5 and Titanium PS3 Confirmed on November 24

Written on November 15, 2010 by Charles Bass

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It is such a dismay that November 3 came but neither Gran Turismo nor Titanium Blue PS3 was in sight. But hear the good news! November 24 is the day the bundle will be truly coming.

November 3 passed but there was no Gran Turismo 5 in sight, or even the Titanium Blue PS3 which come bundled with the game. But now, on November 24, the game and the device will finally be released.  However, it is available in Japan in meantime. Better talk to your Japanese friends to get you one. Plus, don’t forget to keep your pocket of no less than ¥35,980 (about $436) to avail the bundle.

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Make Way for Sony’s Google HDTV Family

Written on October 13, 2010 by Charles Bass

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Now is the right time to talk about Sony's line of Google HDTVs. Mainly because at long last, it's here. The home entertainment showcase you been long wishing for to come. Internet TV that will let you sit back, relax and surf within the comfort of your home.

Many of us is longing for this event to happen. Please welcome Sony’s Internet HDTV or popularly known as Google TV. The device is unwrapped yesterday at the New York City press conference. It’s the first and only Internet TV in the world powered by Google. This new kick-ass TV shows off a 1080p edge-lit LED screens, four USB ports, four HDMI inputs and Wi-Fi capabilities. Available in all four sizes, 24″, 32″, 40″ and 46″. The 24″ model rings in at $599 while the 46″ will cost you a hefty $1,399. It also includes a funky white set-top box with built-in Blu-ray player for $399.

Now you can stream thoroughly to Hulu, Twitter, Netflix, YouTube and Pandora right in the comfort of your living room. It also comes with search engine support and Android apps that everyone in the family will surely enjoy.

The Google TV is equipped with a remote control. The remote will somehow remind you of the PS3 controller with a QWERTY keypad. Google TV remote adapted the remote design of PS3. It will be be available in SonyStyle.com on Saturday while on Sunday it will be for sale in BestBuy stores all over the nation. This is really some exciting news!

Click this link to read the official statement from Sony.

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ZOTAC Ships MIni PCs with Blu-ray Drives

Written on September 09, 2010 by Adam Eve

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ZOTAC has made a living from producing graphics cards and PCs that are smaller than your average mid-tower. Now, the times are finally catching up. ZOTAC has stepped forward with the first Mini PCs to be loaded with integrated slot-load Blu-ray drives.

After making a living in producing graphic cards and PCs that are smaller than the mediocre, many HTPC owners wonder why they ship their mini PCs without Blu-ray support. However, ZOTAC has taken one step forward with its products, as they introduce their first mini PCs loaded with integrated Blu-ray drives. Both Blu-ray HD-ID33 and HD-ID34 comes with optical drives that can handle the latest and greatest BD movies.

Both drives has Intel 1.8GHz Atom D252, NVIDIA Ion that takes care of the graphics, and 2GB DDR2-800 memory. The ID33 has 2.5-inch HDD slot, while the ID34 goes with 250GB unit already. There’s also bundle consist of USB 3.0, on-board Wi-Fi and tons of Blu-ray related software. The latest mini PCs also includes HDMI output, Windows 7, 6-in-1 card reader, 7.1 channel audio and Gigabit Ethernet. Though assumptions that the price can be more expensive than prior units, it still is worth it because there’s finally Blu-ray.

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