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Why Sony will win first in VR

February 3rd 2016

Ease of use, price, and one-stop shopping.

Now that Oculus has revealed its consumer version of the Rift HMD, consumers can start planning how they might engage with VR, and they have a choice—a DIY rig with a PC and Rift, or a turn-key system with Sony.Sony’s HMD will be about 30% less expensive than the Oculus HDM. And Sony buyers probably already have a PS4, and possibly PS4 accessory controllers. Most importantly, Sony also has content. Oculus requires the user to have, or get a high-end PC rig, and when available the Touch controller, at a price not yet revealed. Read more of Dr. Peddie's views on VR and Sony on JPR Blogs.

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Techwatch February 3rd 2016

Too early to call it DOA, but definitely among the walking wounded The good news and bad about being a first mover is everyone looks to you as a bellwether—the leading sheep of a flock.  As reported elsewhere in this issue, Facebook’s CEO and founder—and Luckey Palmer’s patron saint—Mark Zuckerberg, was asked during Facebook Q4 2015 earnings call whether he was happy with Rift pre-orders, and what the upstream shipment level looked like. He said, “Yes, I am happy. I don’t show much joy, but I&rsquo

Sony announces new, cheaper PlayStation 3 and cuts price on top-line model

NEW YORK—Sony Corp. today cut the price of its PlayStation 3 game console in the United States and announced an even cheaper model that will arrive before the holiday shopping season. The top-line PlayStation model, with an 80 gigabyte hard drive, now costs $499, down from $599. That effectively eliminates the lower-end model, Read the complete article

Samsung Serenata Challenges iPhone

Move over, iPhone. There’s a new high-capacity media phone in town and it’s… downright ridiculous. Samsung and Danish design firm Bang & Olufsen revealed their latest collaboration on Tuesday, the Serenata phone. Featuring B&O’s trademark over-the-top design, 4GB of storage and a 2.26-inch LCD screen, Read the complete article

LG Electronics profit soars amid strong handset sales

SEOUL, South Korea - LG Electronics Inc., a major producer of mobile phones and consumer electronics, said Tuesday that third-quarter net profit surged nearly 15-fold amid record handset sales and better performance by its flat panel joint venture LG.Philips LCD Co. LG Electronics earned 339.2 billion won ($369.8 million) in the Read the complete article

Nvidia’s Intel-based IGP

(from JPR) If you asked any of the executives at Nvidia if they were planning to offer an IGP three years ago, they would have said something like, no way, Who’d want to be in that low margin business? We have way too many other things to do, etc. Click here to read this news article

Bad Box Office? Blame ‘Halo’

from Advertising Age (adage.com) The joystick has brought Ben Stiller nothing but sorrow. Total industry ticket sales were only $80 million for the Oct. 5 weekend the film opened, a whopping 27% below the same weekend the year before, according to research firm Media by Numbers. That’s the industry’s worst Read the complete article