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Video Unlimited Arrives on Sony Tablet S

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Video Unlimited Full Version

Video Unlimited Update PromptThe full version of Video Unlimited has officially arrived on the Sony Tablet S. When you try to launch the Video Unlimited app, you will see an update prompt. When you’ve installed the update, you’re good to go. Upon re-opening the app you will see an improved start page, and a navigation menu on the left. There are a lot of movies and television shows available to rent or purchase. Sony has broken the selections into the following categories: Store Top, New Releases, TV Shows, Movies, Collections & Sales, Top Movie Purchases, Top TV Episodes, Rent Now, and Deal of the Week. Clicking on the navigation options gets you to either a sub-category or a list of titles, depending on what you’ve clicked. The sub-menus look familiar for PS3 and PSP fans.

Video Unlimited - Top Rentals In the Top Movie Purchases section the titles are broken down into Popular Movies, Top TV Shows, and You Might Like. Each row moves independently of the others, which is a nice touch. In the Collections & Sales and Deal of the Week categories, the choices fill the screen instead of making you scroll through.

In the Collections & Sales and Rent Now sections you find the 99 cent rentals. Throughout the rest of the app, rentals run from $3-$5, much like a typical Blockbuster or standard video rental store. Though these prices are not abnormally high, Red Box gets the same movies for $1-$1.60 depending on your Blu-ray preference. As for the purchase prices, they are pretty standard. $15 will get you most new movies. Older movies are priced a bit lower. The Deal of the Week section offers movies for $5.

Overall, Video Unlimited is a pretty standard rental store. There is a pretty good selection already, and it will likely grow over time. It will be interesting to see how this store does when the UltraViolet cloud storage project launches. If these purchases are stored in UltraViolet, Sony can get a lot of play out of the two services. Until then, enjoy Video Unlimited. Let me know what you think about it in the comments.

Video Unlimited - Collections

4 Free EA Games for Xperia Play

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Get in the Game - Xperia Play

Sony Ericsson and EA Games have teamed up with a new promo called “Get in the Game” for the Xperia Play. Between October 1 and January 15, 2012, Play owners can pick up four free games – Dead Space, Battlefield Bad Company 2, Need for Speed Shift, and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.

So, how do you get your free games? Follow the instructions below:

Xperia Play - Get In The Game - Download Instructions

You can check out the terms and conditions and the game descriptions on the official promo site at www.sonyericsson.com/getinthegame. Check out the video for Need for Speed Hot Pursuit below. There is a fairly graphic video for Dead Space available as well, but I’ll let you check that one out on your own at the Sony Ericsson YouTube channel.

Sony Ericsson

NVIDIA Tegra Zone

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Nvidia Tegra Zone

NVIDIA has a convenient app to showcase its Tegra processor. It’s called the NVIDIA Tegra Zone. Smartphones and Tablets with the Tegra chip can take advantage of this app to find games specifically designed to showcase its capabilities.

NVIDIA Tegra-powered devices take advantage of the first mobile super chip to deliver extreme multitasking and breakthrough gaming performance. The best Web experience with up to 2X faster browsing, hardware-accelerated Flash and console-quality gaming. Discover everything you can do with your Tegra-powered super phone and super tablets on NVIDIA.com.
NVIDIA, Tegra Zone

The games run from free to $8, and are quite impressive visually. The colors pop, the processing is smooth, and the gameplay is pretty fun. One of the more popular games, Riptide GP is coming out in a non-Tegra optimized version, and is expected to be pretty nice.

Tegra “Super Tablets

  • Sony Tablet S
  • Sony Tablet P
  • Lenovo IdeaPad K1
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet
  • Motorola Xoom
  • T-Mobile G-Slate with Google by LG
  • LG Optimus Pad
  • ASUS Eee Pad Transformer
  • Acer Iconia Tab A500
  • Acer Iconia Tab A100
  • Toshiba Thrive
  • ASUS Eee Pad Slider
  • Dell Streak 7

Tegra “Super Phones

  • Samsung Galaxy R
  • Motorola Photon 4G
  • Motorola Droid X2
  • T-Mobile G2x with Google by LG
  • Motorola Atrix 4G
  • LG Optimus 2X

If you have one of these devices, be sure to check out the app. If you are on your computer, scan this QR code to find the app. From your phone, follow the link here.

Tegra Zone App - QR Code

Learn more about the Tegra Zone at www.tegrazone.com.

NVIDIA Tegra Zone