CES 2009: Sony booth vlog

With the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in full swing, GameSpot has been in Las Vegas much of this week covering the goings-on. Arguably the biggest event was Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer's keynote address, which revealed some new information about the PSP/PS3 user base and Little Big Planet's 1.3...

With the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in full swing, GameSpot has been in Las Vegas much of this week covering the goings-on. Arguably the biggest event was Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer's keynote address, which revealed some new information about the PSP/PS3 user base and Little Big Planet's 1.3 million units of sales. The company also reported that $1 million worth of items have already been sold via the PlayStation Home virtual world/gaming service hybrid, and that 330 million items have been downloaded from the PlayStation Network.

But though there were some game appearances, the thrust of Sony's presentation was its vast catalog of electronics. Those were on display--up close and muy personal--at the Tokyo-based company's massive booth on the CES show floor. Naturally, the booth had its own PlayStation 3 section.

The PSP was in full effect as well.

However, the most interesting gaming display was over by the vast television area, wherein Sony was letting attendees check out footage of MotorStorm and Gran Turismo 5 Prologue rendered in stereoscopic RealD 3D footage. Without RealD 3D glasses, you literally see double images, given that their slightly askew nature is what makes them 3D. We toggled a pair of 3D glasses over the lens to show the difference, but the footage of the 3D image is obviously not 3D itself.

Right behind the 3D action was a booth showing off Sony's pricey and ultrathin OLED--Organic Light Emitted Diode--television. Although mind-bogglingly thin at 3mm, the screens for the models currently on display are only 11 inches wide, even though they have the pixel density as a 40-inch LCD TV. It costs $2,499.

For those who like their screens larger and only slightly thicker, there was a 40" ZX1 Bravia with a 9.9mm-thick screen on a rotating dias right around the corner. You'll need a fat wallet to own the slim thing, though; it's $3,999.

Next to the ultrathin Bravia was the P Series "Lifestyle PC", which looked like an old Sharp Wizard organizerfrom the future. Its feature set was pretty impressive, though: The base model is just $899.99 and comes with a 60GB hard drive and built-in cell modem that uses Verizon.

Speaking of the future, the highest-tech part of Sony's booth was its flexible OLED display. Though the poor-quality video below doesn't convey it very well, the small circular display first shown is being bent slightly by two metal poles. Along each side of it were two conceptual designs--so conceptual that the two burly security guards shooed photographers away from them. The first looked like a thin booklet with the screen inside, the other was a bracelet that could act as a video display and what appeared to be a sleek, buttonless phone.

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freesh7
freesh7

the screen that folds in the last few videos was nice. you could fold that on your wall as a 150" hd plasma tv

Ghostrelm
Ghostrelm

wtf, I don't care about GT5 in 3D, I just want GT5 period!!! We have waited too long. Don't half a$$ add on a bunch of cheap gimmicks, I just want a solid GT5 already!! Grrr

paleogamer
paleogamer

Nice tv.It wasnt that long ago people thought oled was terrible because it has no colour compare to other leds.I cant wait for the psp to have it.So i dont have to charge it so often.

xxxkinkykevxxx
xxxkinkykevxxx

ItsEvolution Posted Jan 11, 2009 7:13 pm GMT A tv with a built-in PS3 would be a smart idea for Sony to try, as long as it didn't jack up the price too much. the only problam there is what about when the new ps comes out ud have to upgrade ur tv aswell as ur console dont see that being very cost effective

xxxkinkykevxxx
xxxkinkykevxxx

things like this is what makes sony a special, sets them apart from the rest keep it up sony

flyingteddy
flyingteddy

OLED sweet!! hmm time to hold off upgrading my LCD!

Generalmojo
Generalmojo

I dont know why, but now i feel like working for Sony!:D there work is just brilliant with amazing quality to it!

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

I personally like the idea of 3d games, and those saying that the glasses look bad... uhh eyetoy anyone? You look like an idiot playing it but its very fun... You think the tv is mad on the gadget show they had a blow up tv, yes blow up as in with a bike pump! It was 50" or something whoiich would be great for going round friends houses...

surppo
surppo

sony is crazy its like their inventing the future they brought us walkmans, cds, playstations and betamax. now this

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

Technology is continuing to improve at a rapid rate. It just makes you wonder when to buy something and how long it will be before it is obsolete. However, the price tag always takes a while before it becomes affordable to the mass of consumer buyers. What's next?

Autolycus
Autolycus

a different company (and i dont remember who it was) has already designed a foldable, thin as paper tv. You can unfold it (like a map) and there are no lines in it when it fully opened.

sgt-hawkins
sgt-hawkins

davo lol ms table and nintendo rug lol but this is nintendo it would have to be more famely oriented and trendy like nintendo tennis shoes or something

DAAVV-O
DAAVV-O

Sony 3d glasses? Thats almost as ridiculous as the Microsoft Table! What next, the Nintendo Rug? Gotta say though, I liked the thin TV. I'd like it more if it didn't cost more than my car, but still...

nap_time
nap_time

Some cool suff in there. The laptop is pretty cool. The mega thin TV is almost going a little far. The upside of it is it would be nice and lite :D

MKirby
MKirby

Wow! 3D gaming! No one has done that before! *cough*Rad Racer*cough* 3D glasses? Come on Sony.... Sweet looking TVs though. It's amazing that they can make a TV that looks that good but is thinner than a picture frame. Makes the LCD TV I have look like an old vacuum tube model in comparison. And that flexible OLED display looks like something out of Star Trek. Technology has really come a long way.

Kratossssssssss
Kratossssssssss

Jeezy Weezy...I wonder what they will make in like 2010...Touchscreen TV? Man Sony is just making technology go farther and farther...Would be sad if Sony overall gets closed...We wouldn't be seeing new products...Hope Sony Will Stil Go On :)

REA24409
REA24409

Wow...3D, that's amazing! 3D gaming would be sweet, have things feel like they are flying into your room. Almost as innovative as the wii. Now Xbox needs to something new, which I doubt they can do.

eggmcmuff
eggmcmuff

Nintendo and Microsoft could learn something from the geniuses @ Sony!

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

I already have the most important sony hardware= the ps3.

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

A tv with a built-in PS3 would be a smart idea for Sony to try, as long as it didn't jack up the price too much.

king23_
king23_

3D gaming sounds interesting...

zmbi_gmr
zmbi_gmr

very nice, but it's what i'd expect from SONY. sony may be cutting back on some of it's electronics departments, but you wouldn't realize it after seeing this vlog. I enjoyed seeing the Playstation symbol all over the place. anyone who thinks sony is dropping their precious PS3 is off their rocker. the PS3, their tv's and their laptops are where they are putting their $$$. Sweet!!!

ninja_where
ninja_where

Sony sure makes some good TV's...and consoles. What's next? A PS3 with a built-in HDTV or an HDTV with a built-in PS3? Sony just never ceases to amaze me...

xdeiri
xdeiri

i am interested more in the TVs

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

This really make WWII much more dramatic than it is eh? The empire did strike back, with a vengence. Who would have thought that the children of the nation that won the war will be down on their knees looking at the products produced by very enermy they have defeated 50 odd years ago, totally amazed.

jboonzaier
jboonzaier

Some of those products are very impressive. I would love to own them

ALLoY1717
ALLoY1717

It is funny how people give a thumbs down to generic comments like: Man I wish I could go see all this cool stuff and Man, very high-tech :lol: It is like someone is prowling gamespot saying. I DO NOT AGREE! (thumbs down)

woofie13
woofie13

Sony is amazing with hardware

division_9
division_9

I have to admit, Sony's strategy of ripping us off with Alien technology works, or atleast it works better then everyone else's strategy.

bassman1986
bassman1986

innovation---this is what Sony is living for

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

lol @ the kid sucking at Guitar Hero in the first vid.

Dragonrider617
Dragonrider617

@Ghoroo They said Tomb Raiders 1.5mil was bad because that was world wide, LBP sold 1.3mil in just north america

mcshorty73
mcshorty73

All these new technologies are overwhelming. I mean not overwhelming but its crazy awesome!!!

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

Putting all these unpractical gadgets aside "What News Did Stringer Have"

Rhubarb9
Rhubarb9

LBP was exclusive...................

SoNin360
SoNin360

Cool overpriced items from Sony... nice.

Ghoroo
Ghoroo

So you want me to take everything GameSpot says and assume that it could be wrong and then go out and do research on it? That seems like a lot of pointless time.

warboss72
warboss72

@Ghoroo go on a website called VGchartz.com and see that LBP didnt sell 1.3 mill..it sold 1.8 mill...stinger made a mistake there...but some people who actually research get the right answers

Ghoroo
Ghoroo

I like how they put Tomb Raider selling 1.5 million as a bad thing, but put Little Big Planet's selling 1.3 million as a good thing . . .

roflmuffins8
roflmuffins8

The new technologies companies dish out every year never ceases to amaze me.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Some awome stuff on the show. I cant wait for the OLEDs to drop price in 2010.

EternityFusion
EternityFusion

Question: When was the last time you thought to yourself: "if only my computer wasn't the size of a room, or my cell phone was the size of a brick, a la the 70's and 80s?" Miniaturization is good, it means you can pack more features into the same space. I could think of a whole bunch of applications for a monitor that thin. Aerospace engineering, Automotive engineering, pretty much any field where space is at a premium and weight is bad. Or how about a touch screen TV that a doctor can hold like a clipboard and use to look up a patient's complete history, reference some medical procedure, or control an operating robot?

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

Question: when was the last time you thought to yourself: "if only my TV was the size of a credit card. It'd make things so much easier!" Why shell out thousands of dollars for something that's more likely to break and isn't actually all that useful? There comes a point where it doesn't matter how much thinner the TV gets because nobody has a use for it being that thin. It explains why Sony isn't doing so well in the electronics department.

jazzyrider
jazzyrider

So many great Sony videos - nice!!