E3 Battleground: Xbox One Vs. PlayStation 4

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (AKA E3) is the single biggest event on the gaming calendar. Not unrelatedly, Microsoft and Sony both chose to unveil fresh details about their Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles at today’s E3, including pricing, release dates and some all-new game announcements. Here’s an overview of what we now know, along with the console we think came out on top…

Lifehacker 101: Ultra HD TVs

4K TV, or ‘Ultra HD’ is the new buzzword being spouted by television manufacturers as they smartly side-step the Hindenburg-sized catastrophe that was 3D TV. If you listen to the hype, the next-generation of televisions are an industry-changing revolution that will make your 1080p displays look like an oil-stained nickelodeon canvas from 1915. (They said the same thing about 3D but this time they really mean it. Honest.)

WIN! Trade In Your Old Tech For An Awesome VAIO Duo 11 From Sony!

OK guys, it’s time to dust of your old laptops, Blackberrys and gadgets. The guys at Gizmodo have teamed up with Sony Australia and Intel Australia to give away almost $6000 worth of VAIO Duo 11 hybrid tablet / Ultrabooks in prizes. Entering is easy…just send us a photo of some old technology you have lying around to get started! Here’s how to enter.

Windows 8 Ultimate Buyers Guide: Choosing The Right Form Factor For You

Tablet? Laptop? Convertible? Ultrabook? When you’re researching online or looking on the store shelves, you could be forgiven for feeling intensely overwhelmed by the amount of choice available to you. Thankfully, we’re here with the Ultimate Windows 8 Buyers Guide to help you make the right choice when it comes to your next laptop, tablet or portable.

Dealhacker: Sony Music Unlimited For $13.99

Sony’s Music Unlimited Service normally costs $12.99 a month. Right now, Sony is running a deal where members of PlayStation Plus can sign up for a year for just $13.99.

Sony's Bravia 4K TV Could Easily Turn Me Into A Resolution Whore

Regular readers will now that I’m rarely blown away by big screens or high-definition content. But having been to the first Australian demonstration of Sony’s massive 84-inch 4K television, I might just become a convert. This screen is ridiculously good looking when displaying high-resolution media.

Wi-Fi Ready... Not! Sony, Samsung And LG Get Wrist Slapping From ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission yesterday announced that five TV manufacturers — Samsung, Sharp, LG, Sony and Panasonic — had failed to make clear in their advertising the need for a separate adaptor to use the Wi-Fi features on TVs boasting the “Wi-Fi Ready” branding. As a result, the companies must now remove the branding, or make it clear that an extra purchase is necessary.

Dealhacker: Two $30 PlayStation Network Cards For $50 At Dick Smith

Until July 16, Dick Smith stores have a pair of $30 PlayStation Network cards for $50 (a 16.6% saving). Not a bad deal if you’re a dedicated gamer (or want to stockpile emergency gifts that aren’t iTunes-related). [Dick Smith via OzBargain]

Sony Offering Google TV In Australia

Google likes to take its time releasing products in Australia. I saw the original launch of Google TV back in May 2010, but it’s only now that we’re seeing a device that can run the Web-on-your-TV platform in Australia.

Dealhacker: Sony Xperia Play For $199

When it first appeared last June, the Xperia Play was $960 outright. From tomorrow for a week, you can score it (in a Telstra-locked version) from Kmart for $199. A good saving if you fancy a phone with built-in game controls. [Kmart via OzBargain]