Posts Tagged ‘PlayStation’

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

The Xperia Play from Sony Ericsson has recently started to hit the world markets. I am hoping to get a review unit soon, but in the mean time we can look at the specs.

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7 processor
  • 60fps playback
  • 5.1MP Camera with auto focus, flash, and image stabilization
  • 400MB internal memory
  • 8GB microSD included, expandable to 32GB
  • Networks: UMTS HSPA 800, 850, 1900, 2100; GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900; UMTS HSPA 900, 2100; GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900;
    CDMA2000, cdmaOne, EVDO
  • 4″, 16,777,216 colour TFT Capacitive multi-touch display, 480 x 854 pixels (FWVGA)
  • WiFi HotSpot capability
  • aGPS
  • Bluetooth
  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
  • DLNA Certified
  • Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM)
  • Dedicated gaming controls – including four-way directional keys, recognizable ABCD keys with PlayStation iconography, left/right shoulder keys and two analog touch inputs for joystick action

Other than the fact that this is the incarnation of the PlayStation we’ve been talking about, there are some interesting details in that list. One of them is the CDMA band. This phone is coming to Verizon, hence the CDMA capability. It also has GSM, making AT&T a hopeful possibility. It has the 16 million color display that Xperia X10 fans have been begging for, a current Android OS, ActiveSync, WiFi HotSpot, and DLNA certification. This phone is going to be good for work or play.

Sony Ericsson is swinging for the fences this year, with the Xperia Play being just one of several Android phones to be released in 2011. Sony created a special Android Channel to market its games, as some customers found out recently. This is similar to the way AT&T or other carriers took over the My Apps tab. A number of games are already available for the Xperia Play, and more are coming.

If I were eligible for a new phone this year, the Play would be among my first choices. I am leaning toward the Xperia Pro, but being a PlayStation fan I have been keeping my eye on this one too. The main thing that bothers me is the small camera. A lot of last year’s top phones were only capable of 5MP, while Sony Ericsson led the pack with 8.1MP. This seems like a step back, especially considering other Xperias will get the 8MP this year while the Play won’t. With all the models coming, you’ll need to focus on features you absolutely need. If a better camera is a must-have, the Play may not be right for you. There will be other choices soon, including the Xperia Pro.

This looks like a really great start to the PlayStation/Android pairing, those Super Bowl commercials notwithstanding. Let’s hope the device gets the respect that the Play’s predecessor never attained. I for one will be cheering it on.

Gifts for Girl Geeks – Pink PS3 DualShock 3 Controller

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

The PlayStation 3 is not just for the boys any more. Show your girl how much you care with a new pink DualShock 3 controller. Not a fan of pink? The Dualshock 3 is available in black, silver, blue, and red as well.

So, why give a DualShock 3 controller? According to Sony, “Each hit, crash and explosion is more realistic when you feel the rumble right in the palm of your hands.” Sounds like a pretty good reason to me. Here are the specs:

  • Built-in SIXAXIS motion technology
  • Bluetooth connection for wireless game play
  • USB cable seamlessly charges the controller through the PS3

Ordinarily a $54.99 purchase price, you can find the range of DualShock 3 controllers on Amazon and elsewhere somewhere between $43 and $47. The pink controller can be found here.

Go ahead and pick up this pink controller and watch the girl in your life blow past your player ranking. If she doesn’t have a PS3, maybe you should add that to your shopping list as well.

PlayStation Move – First Impressions

Friday, September 17th, 2010

I’ve been playing with the PlayStation Move for a couple hours now and the first thing I have to say is: man I’m sore. They weren’t kidding when they said you will actually have to move with this controller. I picked up the Move Bundle from Amazon for $99.

In the box:

  • PlayStation Move controller
  • PlayStation Eye camera
  • PlayStation Move demo disc
  • Sports Champions game

To get started, you need to plug the USB charger into the Move to both give it power and pair the controller with the PS3. You also need to plug in the PlayStation Eye camera. That’s pretty much it for the setup. I inserted Sports Champions and my 4 year old son and I took turns playing the various games. Being used to the Wii, my son actually did pretty well, even if he didn’t understand what he was doing.

I started with archery and moved on to the Gladiator arena. I definitely got a pretty good workout. I will be feeling tonight’s testing for a few days I’ll bet. While Sports Champions may look like the Wii Sports bundle at a glance, it is definitely a full-fledged game. The demo disc is more like the Wii counterpart. Sports Champions takes you through a few different gaming areas including archery, volleyball, bocce, ping pong, and gladiator games. So far I’ve had quite a bit of fun with the game.

The Move is what the Wii could have been. It is easier to select options from across the room, and the PlayStation Eye is much better than the infrared bar on the Wii. You can actually make selections without being precisely centered in front of a sensor bar like with the Wii. I haven’t tried the demo disc yet, but Sports Champions at least was played standing up. This isn’t something you can easily do from your couch. You really have to get into the game in order to fully experience the Move. The camera calibrates with each new game, which was helpful when my son and I were taking turns.

The Move is a well-built controller. It looks sharp, and the buttons are largely familiar as they are based on the original controller. There are the usual x, triangle, square, and circle buttons, a PlayStation button, start and select buttons, a trigger, and a large central control button.

I found the Move to be a vast improvement over the controller offered with the Wii. As much as I’d like to avoid comparing the two, it is inevitably going to be done. The Move does what the Wii can’t. I am still really happy with my Wii for the most part, but the controller issues have been a problem from the start. The Move works from a greater angle, and is already far more reliable than the Wii-mote.

When I completed a couple of bronze round events, the camera added an augmented reality feature where I could hold a bow or a sword (depending on which game I’d won) in front of the camera and either send the picture to Facebook or save it for later use. That was an unexpected surprise, and a pretty cool one at that. The only issue with the camera so far is that it is pretty grainy. I need to check out the configuration options to see if this can be fixed.

All in all, the Move is a great addition for my PS3. It is easy to use and it offers a nice alternative to traditional console gaming. I want to continue testing it before I offer a full review, but so far it is looking pretty good.

Did you get a Move? What Sports Champions game have you mastered already? Let me know in the comments.