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Sony puts screen resolution in the CES spotlight

Sony will be making several announcements at the CES 2012. And CNET will be there with streaming video of the event and a live blog.

The PlayStation Vita will debut in the United States on February 22 with Netflix from day one.
Sony kicked off its CES press conference this evening by unveiling a prototype "Crystal LED display" that uses miniature light-emitting diodes in place of pixels. The technology, which uses 6 million LEDs mounted on the front of the display, is superior to LCD and plasma and promises "super contrast and superwide color gamut," Sony CEO Howard Stringer told those assembled.

While Sony has this 55-inch prototype on display at the conference, it is no where near production or consumers' hands. (CNET staffers at the show are going to give it a look and report back on what they think of it.)

Continuing on the theme of "cutting-edge" resolution, Stringer unveiled a collection of 4K upsscaling Blu-ray player featuring the emerging digital film standard produces a resolution four times that of HD for sharper contrast and a more immersive experience. The technology, already in use in movie theaters, will be making its way into living rooms in the form of a 4K projector.

In the personal electronics space, Sony welcomed back the Walkman. The Android-powered Walkman Z will come with a 4.3-inch touch screen with an 800x480 resolution.

Stringer also announced that the Sony Vita, the company's portable gaming system, would debut in the U.S. on February 22 and feature Netflix connectivity from day one.