By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
Los Angeles — Sony and Microsoft came into E3 with guns blazing Monday, revealing more details on forthcoming next-generation consoles.
Sony fired what was perhaps the largest salvo in the clash by revealing that its PlayStation 4 console would ship in time for the holidays at a $399 suggested retail — $100 less than Microsoft’s Xbox One.
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Taipei, Taiwan – Sony has rolled out three Ultrabooks including one that is a slider hybrid laptop/tablet.
The new Ultrabooks are the Vaio Pro 11 and 13 and the Duo 13.
The Pro models feature 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch touch displays and weigh in at 1.92 and 2.34 pounds, respectively. The chassis is made of carbon fiber and has an aluminum hand rest.
Basic features for the three devices are fourth generation Intel Core i7 processors, PCIe solid state drives and near field communication capability.
Palo Alto, Calif. — EyeIO said Friday that Sony Pictures has licensed its Ultra High-Definition compression-encoding technology to support native 4K movie downloads to the home.
Sony Electronics plans to use the technology as the backbone to its previously announced 4K Ultra HD entertainment service that will deliver native 4K movies to owners of Sony’s new 4K Ultra HD TV sets via a new Sony 4K media player, which launches this summer.
San Diego — Sony said Monday it recently launched an integrated marketing campaign behind the release of its two 4K Ultra High-Definition XBR LED LCD TVs.
The campaign features Garth Davis, who most recently co-directed Jane Campion’s critically acclaimed miniseries “Top of the Lake.”
Sony said Davis became inspired to make a 4K feature after the picture quality of a Sony 4K Ultra HD TV at the Sundance Film Festival.
Minneapolis – Sony Electronics’ three-step line of 4K Ultra High-Definition TVs are rolling out to Best Buy stores this week.
Nearly 750 locations will carry the XBR-X900 series, which includes Sony’s 84-inch flagship and recently-released 65- and 55-inch displays.
The LED TVs are Best Buy’s first Ultra High-Definition models.
The 4K sets will formally go on sale this Sunday, and BestBuy.com is already taking pre-orders for the 55- and 65-inch models, a Best Buy spokesperson told TWICE.
Santa Monica, Calif. – Video & Audio Center is continuing to push Ultra HDTV (a.k.a. 4K) events, this time with Sony Electronics.
Sony will demonstrate its TVs and its Xperia Tablet Z, at an event, here, Thursday, May 23, that will also highlight the retailer’s own local job fair and an announcement on new store openings.
Currently Video & Audio Center has three locations.
The event will be held at the store on 1426 Wilshire Blvd. on Thursday, May 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. The TVs and tablet will go on sale at 5:30 pm.
London – Sony Mobile expanded its Xperia Z series of smartphones with a third model, which becomes the second water-resistant model in the series to survive for 30 minutes of underwater movie-making.
The new Xperia ZR, an LTE-equipped phone, will be available in various global markets starting in the second quarter, the company said without offering details. Price and an availability date for the U.S. market were not announced.
Tokyo — Sony recorded a net profit, based on reduced TV losses and sales of facilities, and higher sales for its fiscal year, ended March 31.
Net income was $458 million, or 43 billion yen, compared with a net loss the prior year of 456.7 billion yen. Operating income for the year was 230.1 billion yen, or $2.5 billion, compared with an operating loss of 67.3 billion yen in the prior year.
San Diego — Sony rolled out its spring computer line, which includes Ultrabooks, Vaio Fit ultra-thin laptops, and upgraded tabletop and all-in-one PCs.
The higher-end Fit 14 and Fit 15 and more mainstream Fit E 14 and Fit E 15 laptops fall into Sony’s slim and light product categories. All are equipped with touchscreens.
The Fit models have Sony’s Vaio logo rendered in diamond cut on the casing and come in Steel Black, Steel Pink and Steel Silver, while the Fit E will come in black, pink and white.