PS3 Jailbreakers Being Banned by Sony

Sony is cracking a strong whip on hackers. Hackers will be banned for lifetime from entering Sony’s online networks. A note was posted on Sony’s official blog which reads-

Violation of the system software license agreement for the PlayStation 3 System invalidates the consumer guarantee for that system.” Also, Sony has advised its PS3 users not to use pirated versions of the games as this would lead to a breach of copyright and can expel the users systems from entering into Sony’s online networks. Sony has also asked its users to immediately stop using any circumvented devices and softwares on their PS3 consoles.

Sony has not yet announced from which date this new policy would come into effect, but emails have been sent to PS3 users by Sony. One blogger has also mentioned that if one gets an “error 0x8002A227“, it means the PS3 console has been banned on the PSN.

Does Sony Have Plans For A Tablet Too?

Every known company has plunged into the tablet business and is trying to cash in on the new rage. If there was one giant who never spoke of doing a tablet, it was Sony. But, according to Engadget, Sony has a tablet in the making or it at least has plans for a tablet. Though a late entrant into the arena, Sony has the capability to attract everyone’s attention. Sony’s tablet has been codenamed S1 and like most other tablet will run on Honeycomb. The design of S1 is going to be a wrap style one allowing the users to prop their device at comfortable angles. The screen will measure 9.4″ and the will possess a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. The processor used would be the Nvidia Tegra 2 and the device will be either 3G based or Wi-Fi based.

The best part about the tablet is that it’s been certified by Playstation, so gamers are in for a treat.

Android Steals The Show At MWC

The absence of Apple at the Mobile World Congress has definitely given Google’s Android the definite edge over its competitors at the show in Barcelona this year. With the MWC for this year coming to a close today, everyone who’s been at the event has only one thing to say – Android is brilliant. With Nokia disbanding its own phone OS Symbian and partnering with Microsoft for Windows based Nokia phones, they did not have anything to offer this year. Almost every phone, be it the Motorola Xoom or the Samsung Galaxy S or the Sony Xperia Play smartphones or the Samsung’s second generation tablet or LG Slate, everything has been Android. There was Blackberry Playbook that was not running on Android but spoke of including Android apps and HP’s Tablet – TouchBook that did not use Android but WebOS.

So, this MWC belonged to Android completely.

Upcoming PS3 and XBox Games In The First Half of 2011

It’s been a while that we got to see some exciting stuff on our gaming consoles. After COD: Black Ops, there’s not been one game that has evoked the interest of gaming enthusiasts. Come 2011, there are definitely a few good ones to look forward to. The ones that we are going to get in the next four months are Bulletstorm, Killzone 3, Mortal Kombat and L.A. Noir.

Bulletstorm and Killzone 3 are due on the 22nd of February, Mortal Kombat is coming out on April 9th and L.A. Noir is out on the 17th of May. While Bulletstorm is an EA Games presentation for both XBox and Sony, Killzone is exclusive to PS3 gamers. Mortal Kombat comes from Warner Home Video games and L.A. Noir is a Rockstar games presentation for both PS3 and XBox.

Sony Shelving PS4 For NGP?

All playstation lovers may not like the sound of this. According to the reports based on a Japanese site, Sony is planning to shelve its plans of a PS4 and invest its time into launching NGP. Sony apparently wants the NGP to overtake the much famous home console and Sony is heavily banking on the NGP to do this. The Next Generation Portable, otherwise PSP 2 was unveiled earlier this month in Tokyo and the prototype definitely looks fabulous. But, why would Sony want to corner its own very successful gaming console for the much lesser PSP. For now, the news is not official from Sony, but I guess we have to be prepared for an official announcement from Sony any time now as the NGP is nearing its release.

So, do you think we are ready to switch from our big screens back on to the handhelds?

Sony Xperia Play, Finally Here

After all the rumors and the reports of the inside sources, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has been officially launched yesterday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Sony Xperia Play, the first ever smartphone to be certified by Sony Playstation is based on Android 2.3, also known as Gingerbread. Xperia Play comes with the Playstation Suite that would allow users to access Playstation content on the phones. Also, the phone runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor.

Other features of the phone include a multi-touch display screen which would slide to reveal the gaming controls that include a touchpad, directional pad and the typical Sony select buttons. The smartphone would enable 3D gaming at 60 fps and 50 new games from 20 publishers are going to be released for the phone along with the older classics.

Both the GSM and CDMA versions would be hitting the markets soon.

Samsung and Sony Ericsson Grace The First Day At the Mobile World Congress

The Mobile World Congress has finally kicked off. On the first day at the MWC in Barcelona, the South Korean giant Samsung and the Japanese giant Sony showcased their range of new smartphones and tablet devices based on Google’s Android OS. While Samsung showcased its Galaxy S smartphone and the next generation Galaxy Tab tablet, Sony Ericsson unveiled its Xperia Play – the playstation induced mobile phone. Sony is also planning to ship the new gaming handsets soon.

The MWC which is going to last two more days is going to see many more mobile products in the next couple of days with the like of RIM, Motorola and HTC eagerly waiting to unleash their products. No doubt, Android is the leading phone OS in the world right now and it is topping every other OS at the moment by some margin. But, Apple’s products are in the waiting and anything can happen.

Is Sony Abandoning iTunes?

Sony is looking to pull itselves out of Apple’s iTunes store. According to available reports, Sony would be concentrating and applying their focus on their own cloud-streaming Music Unlimited Service. Or, was this reaction from Sony expected after what happened with Sony’s reader app on Apple’s app store. Or, is it that Sony is really looking to expand. It is also being heard that Sony NGP and Xperia which would be running on Google’s OS Android would not want to licence the music or the games on either of the phones to Apple.

If Sony were to pull out, there could be a situation where other music labels might also adopt Sony’s route. But on the flip side, iTunes is the number one online music store in the US. So, would Sony want to pull out citing its reader app as a cause?

Sony NGP To Be Priced 299$?

According to rumors, the Sony NGP has been listed for a price of 299$. Sony unveiled their next generation play station portable this month in Tokyo and ever since there has been enough speculation about its price. Earlier, even gorumors reported that the NGP was going to cost 350$. There were other rumors that were doing round after the prototype was launched that the price of NGP was going to be 599$. But, Sony quickly dismissed it. But as per GameStop’s databases report, the NGP has been listed for 299$.

According to GameStop, the Nintendo 3DS is going to cost 249 $ which could have prompted Sony not to price the NGP too heavily. A 50$ difference in the prices of the twoi hand held consoles might also go down well with the gamers, if the rumor about the price were to be true.

Fingers crossed, fellow gamers.

Apple and RIM Overtake Sony Ericsson and Motorola

According to the latest reports, Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s Blackberry have overtaken Sony Ericsson and Motorola to claim the fourth and fifth spots on the top mobile phone manufacturers list of 2010. The top three places were shared by Nokia, Samsung and LG respectively. Although Nokia and LG have held on to the first and third places, their market share in 2010 when compared to the previous has come down drastically, no thanks to the iPhones anf Google’s Android based smartphones. Right now Nokia and LG are under a lot of pressure and it is also being rumored that Nokia might shelve its phone OS Symbian and join hands with Microsoft for developing smartphones. Ironically, Symbian also observed a steep decline in the last quarter of 2010.

The strong sales of Apple’s and RIM’s smartphones in the last quarter of 2010 has enabled them surpass Sony Ericsson and Motorola.