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It seems that numerous delays didn't have a negative impact on Nathan Drake's final adventure. After being pushed back several times, the PlayStation 4 exclusive Uncharted 4: A Thief's End finally released to eager gamers on May 10, 2016, who snatched up more than 2.7 million copies during its first week. "Millions of fans around the world have already joined Nathan Drake on his final treasure hunt. In the first week alone, I’m happy to report that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End exceeded 2.7 million units in global sales. For the North American region, Uncharted 4 is the fastest-selling PS4 first party... Read more...
The latest in a long line of Gran Turismo games is coming to the PlayStation 4 this fall; November 15th to be exact. Gran Turismo Sport is being billed as the “world’s first racing experience to be built from the ground up” with online racing that’s officially sanctioned by the Federation International Automobile (FIA). Players will be able to complete online, and represent their home country or their favorite automobile manufacturers (via the officially sanctioned Nations Cup or Manufacturers Fan Cup championships). You’ll also be able to make a name for yourself and build a reputation as you... Read more...
Once considered a throwaway feature for smartphones that few people used, there’s been an increasing emphasis in recent years by manufacturers on front-facing or “selfie” cameras. We’ve seen smartphones with 5MP and even 8MP selfie cameras become the norm. But Sony, which has seen its smartphone business crumble around it, is looking to advance the field with a 16MP selfie camera on its brand new Xperia XA Ultra Android smartphone. Some flagship smartphones don’t even come with a 16MP rear camera, so it’s definitely attention grabbing to see such a camera grace the front of a smartphone. Sony says... Read more...
There's already been a fair amount of drama surrounding Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, a PlayStation 4 exclusive and the fourth and final installment in the Uncharted series starring Nathan Drake that's seen numerous delays. At long last, it was finally set to launch on May 10, 2016, though an untold number of copies were recently stolen while in transit, paving the way for spoilers, Sony President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida warned today. "We know that very many of you have been looking forward with great anticipation and excitement to the latest masterpiece from Naughty Dog. From what I... Read more...
One of the most popular add-ons for Raspberry Pi's low-cost mini PC line is a 5-megapixel visible-light camera board. It also happens to be Raspberry Pi's first official accessory, which it introduced in 2013. Now three years later, modders and makers have access to a pair of new camera boards, both based on Sony's IMX219 8-megapixel sensor. The new camera boards are available in visible-light and infrared flavors. As with the old model, these can be used in a variety of projects, including telescopes, kites with aerial views, science lessons, hyperspectral imaging hacks, and the list goes on.... Read more...
At the risk of not wanting to count chickens before they hatch, it's pretty hard to not be excited for AMD right now. For so many years, the company has struggled to increase its share value due to a lack of truly competitive products. However, this week, we've heard of two examples of how AMD could turn itself around, and the benefits are already materializing. A couple of days ago, we reported that AMD struck a deal to license its processor and SoC technologies so that Tianjin Haiguang Advanced Technology Investment Co., can create its own processors based on AMD's technologies. The deal is reported... Read more...
Google's doing something a bit unusual with Android N, the next version of its mobile operating system. Ahead of its final coat of polish and subsequent release to the masses, Google's partnered up with Sony to make available the Android N Developer Preview for Xperia Z3 devices. That's a first for Google.Preview versions of Android have historically been the exclusive domain of Google's Nexus devices, at least officially. But with Android N, Sony is working with Google to bring ongoing Developer Preview builds to select Xperia Z3 handsets primarily so developers can test their apps and ensure... Read more...
At long last, Sony has finally begun work on adding two-factor authentication to its PlayStation Network (PSN) service, a security feature that could have come in handy five years ago when hackers barged their way in resulting in an extended outage. It wasn't Sony's finest moment by a long stretch. The massive data breach compromised the personal information of every PSN user, which at the time totaled more than 77 million registered accounts. Sony had no choice but to pull the service offline while it investigated the situation and rebuilt the service to prevent further embarrassment. While Sony... Read more...
If Sony was hoping to keep its plans of releasing an upgraded PlayStation 4 console that's capable of playing games at 4K Ultra HD, under wraps, it's doing a poor job. The rumors are coming in hot and heavy from all directions. According to the latest chatter, the PlayStation 4.5 will likely be equipped with an AMD Polaris GPU.Let's back the boat a moment. Citing "multiple sources," GiantBomb says the PS4.5 or PS4K (or whatever you want to call it) is known internally as NEO. According to those sources, NEO will benefit from a faster clockspeed, higher bandwidth memory, and an upgraded GPU. About... Read more...
In a blog post announcing its 3.50 firmware update for the PlayStation 4 console, Sony highlighted several new social features that were being added, followed by a mention of supporting Remote Play on Windows PCs and Macs. However, PS4 owners are discovering several other feature additions included in the new firmware, such as what appears to be fixed support for 4TB hard drives. There's an ongoing reddit thread keeping track of the changes being reported by PS4 owners who've installed the 3.50 update, and one of the latest discoveries is that an issue related to the PS4's Rest Mode feature that... Read more...
Sony is readying a new update (version 3.5) for the PlayStation 4, one that will introduce the ability to stream games to Windows PCs and Mac systems. The long overdue Remote Play feature brings parity to Microsoft's Xbox One in this regard, the latter of which gained the same functionality last summer.The ability to stream games to PC was well received pretty much from the get-go on the Xbox One, and barring any hiccups, the same is likely to be true of the PS4. The caveat? You'll need a modern version of Windows (Windows 8.1 or Windows 10) or Mac OS X (OS X 10.10 Yosemite or  OS X 10.11... Read more...
The world of PlayStation gaming is ready to enter a new chapter. On Friday, Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment were dissolved to create a new company: Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE). SIE, which is headquartered in San Mateo, California, is placing a huge emphasis on the PlayStation brand and the future of gaming. Some may see this as little more than changing the name of the company — even SIE acknowledges that “probably not a whole lot” will change at first — and perhaps some exec shuffling. However, this new transformation will allow SIE to “more quickly to meet... Read more...
Sony first announced its Ultra 4K streaming service earlier this year, and we’re now learning that it will launch early next month — April 4th to be specific. However, this won’t be an all-you-can-eat buffet as you might expect with streaming 4K content from Amazon or Netflix. Instead, you’ll be purchasing titles at a hefty $30 each and will be given access to features like High Dynamic Range (HDR) and digital extras that are normally found only on physical discs. Some of the initial titles available on Ultra include Ghostbusters, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Looper, Waterfront, Concussion and... Read more...
It’d be hard to fault our readers if they rolled their eyes at the reports of an upcoming 4K-capable PlayStation 4. While mid-cycle upgrades are often made to console hardware, it usually takes the form of shrinking the hardware and/or reducing power requirements. But the promise of more powerful hardware for the PlayStation 4 — we’ll simply call it the PlayStation 4.5 from here on out -- raised a few skeptical eyebrows. That skepticism is now starting to fade away just a bit with a fresh report from the Wall Street Journal. The publication builds on the initial report with word that the console... Read more...
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