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Sony Project Morpheus Prototype

First announced nearly a year ago, Sony's Project Morpheus VR headset made its official debut at the Games Developer Conference 2015 and will hit stores sometime in 2016. One of the main changes in this prototype is a new 5.7" (1920 x 1080 resolution) OLED display, which expands the field of view and enables low persistence, removing motion blur. Also, to make positional tracking more precise, they've added three LEDs to the headset - one on the front and two on the side - for a total of nine LEDs to support robust 360° tracking. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Sony PS-F5 Portable Record Player

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Before portable compact disc players, there was the Sony PS-F5, which is a marvel of engineering to say the least. First sold by Sony in 1983 (prototype unveiled in 1982), it's essentially a small, portable turntable which runs off regular batteries or an external power supply. It plays 7" or 12" records at 45 or 33.3 RPM and most impressively it will do so either laying down or standing up, due to its linear tracking, direct drive and record clamping system. There are also dual headphone sockets so you can listen with a friend or plug it into an amplifier. A nifty swiveling foot arrangement stows in the base of the player. Upon rotating the rubber-covered chrome plated steel feet, they extend out of the front and rear, giving extra stability when standing upright. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a very clumsy baby elephant.

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Sony Yell Product

You know how YouTube lets you skip longer commercials after 5-seconds? Well, Sony plans to implement this technology into their television sets in the future. Simply put, the company will stream interactive software to your television between pre-cut commercials, and saying the name allows you to skip the rest of the commercial. Let's just hope that their voice recognition system is better than Siri. Continue reading for more interesting facts.

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H1Z1 Early Access

If you've never heard of H1Z1, it's basically a survival MMO sandbox video game in development by Sony Online Entertainment. This free-to-play game is currently being developed in Early Access Alpha release for Microsoft Windows on Steam, and later due for full release on PlayStation 4. It's set a short while after a zombie apocalypse in rural United States, in which players will have to survive against the natural elements, hordes of undead, and thousands of potentially hostile survivors through interaction, scavenging for resources, building shelters, and crafting. Continue reading to watch "The Beginning" gameplay, more screenshots and additional information.

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PS4 Rocks

Igor Baksht from Denver, Colorado went to the Stapleton Walmart to purchase a PlayStation 4 bundle last week for his 13-year-old niece, but upon opening the box, he discovered that it was filled with rocks instead of the game console. The first red flag was raised when the store employee who sold him the console from a locked case said that the Grand Theft Auto V bundle had previously been returned. Continue reading for the video news report and more information.

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Kim Jong Un Death Scene

This scene from Sony's The Interview in which North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, is caught in a fiery helicopter, has leaked online. As many already know, this film was pulled by Sony after the studio received threats of violence from North Korean hackers who call themselves Guardians of Peace. Kim Jong-un, played by actor Randall Park, is shown dying in an explosion after a missile hits the helicopter the leader is hanging on to. In the background, you can hear a slowed-down version of Katy Perry's Firework. Continue reading to watch.

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Sony Action Cam

Sony's AS30V High-Definition Action Video Camera is currently being offered for just $139.99 shipped, today only, originally priced at $299.99. Shoot shake-free with image stabilization and enjoy Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC that lets you remote control, view and transfer with your smartphone. GPS maps your location and speed, while you record in Full HD 1080/60p or even 4x slo mo. Product page. Continue reading for an unboxing video and more information.

Notable features:
  • SteadyShot image stabilization reduces blur.

  • Built-in Wi-Fi and one touch NFC for remote control and viewing via smartphone..

  • 6 video modes including 1080/60p HD and 4x slow motion.

[via Amazon]

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PlayStation TV, also known as the PlayStation Vita TV, is basically a microconsole and streaming device in-one. Instead of featuring a display screen, the console connects to a television via HDMI and gamers can play using a DualShock 3 controller. The device is said to be compatible with over 100 Vita games, as well as various digital PlayStation Portable, PlayStation, and PC Engine titles, along with titles streamed from the upcoming PlayStation Now service. Product page. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Demonstrated at E3 2014 this week, Sony's Project Morpheus is the codename for an upcoming virtual reality headset that's designed to fully function with Sony PlayStation 4. It's currently a prototype and will be released sometime after 2014. Sony Computer Entertainment head Andrew House said sales of its PlayStation Camera had been better than expected, and Morpheus was an extension of that. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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The original Walkman introduced a change in music listening habits by allowing people to carry music with them and listen to music through lightweight headphones. The prototype was built in 1978 by audio-division engineer Nobutoshi Kihara for Sony co-chairman Akio Morita, who wanted to be able to listen to operas during his frequent trans-Pacific plane trips. Continue reading to see what happened when The Fine Bros gave a group of kids a Walkman and asked them to explain what it does.

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