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sony gets touchy-feely

  • Sony was caught on the hop by the explosion in iPhone gaming but last week gave a taste of its belated reply -- a new version of the PSP that incorporates a touchscreen.

Rather riskily, the Sony Next Generation Portable (NGP) won't be released until Christmas (though probably 2012 in Europe), which gives rivals some breathing space.

Sony's keeping shtum on pricing but the raw specs are impressive -- 3G, five-inch screen, dual sticks, two cameras and motion sensors. The only thing missing is 3D, which is odd given how Sony is pushing it so forcefully elsewhere and with Nintendo's rival 3DS hitting the shops next month.


why i'm not appy with esb

  • The ESB has pushed out an iPhone/Android app but it's disappointingly spartan -- the only point of it seemingly being to get you to read your meter for them. Let's hope the next version incorporates billing information and payments as rival Bord Gais does in its iPhone app.

join the videogame debate

  • Put aside the tabloid hysteria about violence in videogames for once with the debate tomorrow night in Dublin's Science Gallery. Hosted by industry veteran Julien Wera, the talk is entitled State of the Game: The Place of Video Games in Our Society.

Entry is free but you must book tickets at the Science Gallery website.


Irish Independent