Sony CES briefing recap

Check out the top-level takeaways from PS3 maker's appearance at Las Vegas electronics show; from Netflix and Music Unlimited on PS Vita to Play Memories Studio for PS3.

Given Sony's position as a global consumer electronics giant, the company had no shortage of new tech to tout at its Consumer Electronics Show address Monday night. Sony trotted out various executives to talk about computers, phones, tablets, cameras, HD, 3D, and even a bit of PlayStation 3.

Netflix! Netfliiiiiiiiix!

As for the game-specific content, that was anchored by Sony's showing for the PlayStation Vita. Set for release in North America and Europe next month, the PS Vita has sold more than 500,000 units since its Japanese debut in December. Sony followed that stat up with announcements that it had sold 6.5 million systems across all its PlayStation brands over the holidays, including 3.9 million PS3s and 1.6 million PSPs.

Back to the Vita, Sony Corporation executive deputy president Kaz Hirai announced a pair of new services that might be in place for the system's Western launch. First up, Hirai confirmed Sony's own Music Unlimited service for launch, and then he added that video streaming service Netflix is aiming to have its app ready for the PS Vita debut as well.

As for the PS3, the console's presence was somewhat muted at the show, with the biggest news coming in the form of the Play Memories Online service, launching this spring. Play Memories Online will allow users to upload their photos and videos to the cloud. The PS3 will be integrated with the service through the Play Memories Studio, an application that puts a gaming slant on viewing, sharing, and editing photos.

Other announcements touched on Sony's gaming arm, with word of new PlayStation Certified mobile devices. Sony also touted its push for 4K resolution (which has four times the number of pixels as current high-definition resolutions) in consumer electronics, starting with a new 4K home theater projector. The company is also working on 4K-capable TVs and upscaling Blu-ray players.

For a full account of everything from the press briefing, check out GameSpot's live blog of Sony's CES 2012 conference.

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Lord__Destiny
Lord__Destiny

I saw somewhere that Sony was going to improve an had the new Holographic Versatile Disc (HVD) into PS4 in the next 3 years. It has the capacity of 6 TeraBytes (6 thousand gigabytes). Thats a big jump from Bluray capacity. It will probably be lauched at the same time with PS4 and 4k Ultra Definition TVs. I want to see in the future how are we going to download 1Tb content from PSN. Well 10Gbit network connectivity are a reality nowadays. What will happen in the upcoming years??? I wonder?

megakick
megakick

Sony: fanboys please buy our crap.

cenation18
cenation18

how about a youtube app for the vita

chimera1984
chimera1984

@TrueProphecy22 The fact is the PSP was pretty much the first of its kind, offering a full 3d playstation style experience (all be it with lower spec graphics) - also it had releases on launch for the eastern market, and was more widely marketed, to be fair, i see ya point, but at this early stage given the circumstances its still too early to be judging. I for one will be picking up a vita.

blackace
blackace

4K resolution. I thought anything higher then 2560x1600 can't be distinguished by the naked eye. So if the resolution is 1600p, 4000p is going to look any different to the human eye. Upscale Blu-Ray players? Seriosuly? Seriously Sony? That's like a slap in the face to the Blu-Ray format. Why would Sony diss their own product? I don't see 4K happening for another 5-10yrs honestly, as everyone is still happy with DVD and Blu-Ray resolution. I still buy both formats now, so...There's room for improvement with Blu-Ray. I'm waiting for a larger storage. Hopefully Sony and Microsoft will include it in their next system.

madSomnambulist
madSomnambulist

On this 4K thing... sigh, Sony showing ANOTHER product that's a good 5-10 years from any kind of realistic expansion of consumer use. It needs to stop trying to hard (as dumb as that sounds) since its first offerings of each new technology seem to fall flat and predate the reality of the market. They have to make guesses on how dated their products will be when interest finally kicks in. Sometimes it works, others not. HDD in the PS2? Only a few titles ever used it despite the potential and ended up silly. 5 years later, the idea of not having a disk drive or some kind of storage chip feels absurd! Early push for Bluray with it used on the PS3? Remember the short-lived "format war" with the HD-DVD? It could have been a total disaster, but 5 years on the format is at least available as a option to the general public for most visual media sales. 1080p on the PS3? Yet another case of 5+ years down the road it finally becoming more "standard" a feature in new TVs. It's yet to be the standard for games. PSP Go? A gaming device with no physical media? Again, 5 years too soon... it's now often considered inconvenient to not have a digital/download version of something available. Its legacy will be that it was a beta testing device for the Vita and future Sony phones. Sony's Google TV from a few years ago? Another 5 years too early thing, when in the future we'll take total internet access on our TVs for granted.

chyng85
chyng85

I want PSP, PS3 and Vita~!

white_wind
white_wind

just support the Vita and make the PS4 something more than a slightly late Nextbox. I have heard of 4K before, it looks too big for home viewing, and the filthy rich guys already have the projector type home cinemas. I want 3DTV without glasses and better 3D effect (not the slightly 3D, or the extreme 3D with alignment issues)

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Unless you can fit a cinema in your house, I'm not seeing a huge need for higher resolutions... I still watch most things in standard def... and since 1080p doesn't make a huge improvement on the viewing experience 4k isn't gonna make it that different either, lol... When company's just start increasing the numbers a bit, you know they're out of ideas... and when they're just trying to grab as much money as they can out of you, it gets boring.

gralvader
gralvader

We will only have to wait around 10 years for 4K to become viable, right now people are still buying "standard HD" displays. 4K would also mean a new disc format is coming, blu ray has not even settled with the average consumer, give us a break Sony.

TORCEDOR
TORCEDOR

4k race? here we go again. just when i was considering to buy a 3d display

monson21502
monson21502

netflix is sooo 2011.. they better worry about the price of the ps vita and the non ps3/ps3 rehash games being made... the ps vita will have no chance to sell with a 250-300 dollar price tag when you can get a ps3 for the same price or a 3ds for about 150...

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@Sigil-otaku Nevermind Resistance coming to it lol. Persona 4 Golden will sell like hotcakes in japan.There is actually quite abit on the way worth buying. Give it time. Its launch isn't that bad at all given what its against(Monster Hunter Tri G since MH is a GIANT in japan) so don't put it down too much. Recovery in years lol.Sorry but maybe only half a year.And it won't even need a price cut. You need to look at its list and work from there.It has a lot of staying power. And honestly as soon as it receives its Monster Hunter fix(as we all know it will), a GREAT deal more will be sold. Japan(handheld wise) runs on MH right now.It really is that important.

MATERAZZI_23
MATERAZZI_23

Upscaling Blu-ray players? Wow, never thought that it'd be brought up so soon.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

@gameking5000, Yea I know what you mean. THOUGH we still have several years before it becomes main stream. Right now its for those who have the dough. I do wonder if this will be the new standard or if it takes so long that 8K will be the standard before 4K even gets moving.

jubdeidamasta
jubdeidamasta

i have a "playstation" certified phone. It doesn't mean jack. Sony isn't supporting it very well. Too many pots on the stove...

Vodoo
Vodoo

I think with the state of smartphones these days, it will be increasingly difficult for handheld makers to be succesful. I think eventually they'll just end up putting out a Playstation app, or Nintendo app, and people will play their handheld games that way. Look at all the problems Nintendo had with the 3DS not selling, and that was in Japan, their stongest market for handhelds. I think Sony will have an even tougher time. Dedicated handleds are on the downward slope.

gameking5000
gameking5000

This new tech makes me think I need a new tv every few years

MamaLuigiBarrel
MamaLuigiBarrel

@Granpire Yeah, I don't know what I was thinking. I guess I'm just still steamed at IGN, and like you said, all the news outlets are copying each other, to an extent.

digitaltiger
digitaltiger

People all over the world have less money to spend on things like video games, so Its not surprising that sales are lower. A smart phone has multiple uses so If you have a small budgit your going to get the product that gives you the best value for your limited budgit.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@Granpire Yeah but the 3DS then successfully recovered from what was considered bad sales and under constant ridicule from Sony fans, yet when the PS Vita does worse and hasn't proven it will bounce back yet it's okay? I'm not really such a downer on Vita, I think it'll be fine and it will sell well overall but I foresee it being a hard climb if they are slower on launch, later to launch and have to prove they can do that recovery like the 3DS did. Bare in mind Sony doesn't produce many good mascot characters, Nathan Drake and Sackboy are the closest thing for them and they were both available at launch (or at least uncharted was, not sure about LBP). There's no big mascot coming around to restore sales for them so it will take several titles before we see any real recovery in my opinion which is an issue.

Granpire
Granpire

@MamaLuigiBarrel I don't think it's fanboyism as much as copying other news outlets. One network decided to compare early 3DS sales to early Vita sales, and bam! We've got every one on the "Vita is failing" bandwagon of woe. In reality, it's a little worse than the 3DS sales. It's nowhere near failing, and it has yet to pick up steam, the same way the 3DS did when it first released.

Zloth2
Zloth2

4K resolution sounds interesting for the big screens. That's a lot of pixel data to push through an HDMI cable, though.

MamaLuigiBarrel
MamaLuigiBarrel

@chimera1984 I agree, it's being blown out of proportion by the Xbox fanboys who run sites like this. It hasn't even been released over here in America yet, but I'll be sure to get one! The Vita is like a dream come true for me!

MamaLuigiBarrel
MamaLuigiBarrel

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TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

@chimera1984 Being outsold by its predecessor before its first month is out... that's a rather telling sign.

chimera1984
chimera1984

the media protraying the vita sales to be low arent doing the maths, 25k a day in one country alone isnt as bad as people thought

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Every time I see the PSvita I want it more. This will be my first handheld since my Gameboy... and I still play the GB.