Sony has issued a new update to their PlayStation 3 Remote Play functionality that will allow users to stream content and control their PS3 from the comfort of their VAIO laptops. The feature has apparently been available in Japan since May this year though it is only now that it is becoming available elsewhere. There is no word on when this feature will becoming internationally though.
The PlayStation Remote Play functionality originally helped PlayStation Portable users to access the Xross Media Bar on their PS 3 to play music, photos, videos and games. With the new service, VAIO users too shall be able to enjoy these services from their laptops.
The service was awaited in the US market for quite a while since the firmware update relating to this feature – version 3.30 was released as early as April of this year. It is not clear what models of VAIO are covered in the latest release though it appears that at least VAIO EA series is covered at the moment.
Sony has removed the veils off its latest Vaio VPCEA290X Signature edition notebook. The device is expected to be shipped from mid-July and shall be available at a price of $$32.20 per month. Here are some of the technical specifications you can expect with the new Sony Vaio notebook.
Processor : Intel Core i3-350M processor (2.26GHz)
Platform : Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Storage : 320GB hard disk drive (5400rpm)
Memory : 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3-SDRAM
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There are several rumors to suggest that Sony may be offering a fresh set of updates to its Vaio P series laptops. The new 8 inch laptop will include several fresh aesthetic design changes other than a set of new features.
- New matte lid in five shades
- Optical touchpad (built into LCD bezel)
- Intel Atom Z560 processor
The lowest price of the new Sony Vaio P series laptop will be $799 though this will contain the 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor and not Z560
Sony has revealed its new strategy for its laptop business that will see two divisions of Sony VAIO laptops being made available in the market. The “division one” is what exists now and will have Sony designing and building the laptop themselves. The other “division two” will involve third party designers who shall design and build the laptop on Sony’s behalf.
However the quality itself should not suffer, according to Sony VAIO business group president Ryosuke Akahane. Akahane says that the third party laptops will still have the “taste of VAIO, the style of VAIO”. He insists that the third party developers shall be approved by Sony and these laptops will still bear the name of Sony. The difference between the two divisions could however be in the technology. Akahane says,
“We will include new technology [such as the latest processors] in division number one first, and then we can learn and we can get the know-how, then we can transfer [the technology] to the products coming from division two.”
[via PC Pro