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As someone who doesn't own any of the current-gen consoles, there hasn't been too much coming out of the ongoing E3 to truly grab me. A major exception, though, is Sony's PlayStation TV, a "microconsole" device that's set to compete with the likes of Amazon's Fire TV. Released in Japan this past winter as "PlayStation Vita TV", the device ties into Sony's PlayStation Network to deliver all of its content. That content can include movies, TV shows, and of course, games. It's the latter that helps this device scream potential: Sony is experienced at making game consoles, and great games, too. The... Read more...
From the get-go of the launch of Microsoft's and Sony's next-gen consoles, it's seemed like the PlayStation 4 has had a comfortable lead. Part of the reason owes its thanks to the fact that Sony's console has cost $100 less - that's a big deal when it means the excess cash could be used for more games or accessories. Well, as we learned a couple of weeks ago, Microsoft will soon be releasing a Kinect-free Xbox One that will be priced the same as the PlayStation 4. When this happens, price will no longer be a factor when someone is looking to choose between the two. Better still, Microsoft's dropped... Read more...
In terms of overall capabilities, both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are a good improvement over the previous generation. But, one thing that's not been talked about too much is that with these increased capabilities have come higher power requirements - and the differences are somewhat staggering. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, both of the "next-gen" consoles can draw up to 2 or 3x the power of the previous generation. That's a massive leap, given it's generally expected that future consoles will be faster, but more power-efficient. So, what's responsible? The biggest reason... Read more...
Earlier this week, when I talked about SanDisk's mind-blowing 4TB enterprise solid-state drive, I remarked that such storage densities still impress me, SSD or not. This is especially the case when I look back five years or more - the progression has been unbelievable. Perhaps more unbelievable though is Sony's latest magnetic storage technology, which could allow a storage device close to the size of a standard cassette to store up to 185TB. Yes, I said cassette. This is quite a feat for such an 80s technology. As the title of this post suggests, 185TB is enough to house 47,000,000 music files.... Read more...
It's been a secret to no one that Sony's PlayStation 4 launch could have gone a little bit better. At this point, the general consensus seems to be that the console is a great offering, and a well-designed one, too, but for some, the on-fire hype was quickly doused with a bucket of water as they realized they received, in effect, a brick. Last weekend, we covered the initial reports, which stated that some consoles simply wouldn't turn on - they'd pulse blue indefinitely, but go no further. Earlier in the week, Sony admitted to the issues, and wrote a fairly detailed guide on how to diagnose these... Read more...
We discussed over the weekend of reported issues with Sony's new PlayStation 4 that has been plaguing some of its not-so-fortunate owners. Dubbed the "Blue Light of Death", the result of turning on the console is reminiscent of the Xbox 360 with its famed "Red Ring of Death" - essentially, a non-functioning console. For those demanding answers, there's a bit of good news: A Sony representative has posted a detailed how-to of diagnosing a BLOD'd console, along with possible fixes. But, don't get too excited - there are few reports of successful recovery currently. Sony details the BLOD as when the... Read more...
Say what you will about Sony, the company is nothing if not ambitious. Certainly that's the best way to describe the console maker's expectations of how well its upcoming PlayStation 4 system is going to sell in the next few months. While speaking at Tokyo Game Show 2013, Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House said that his company is aiming to sell 5 million PS4 units by the end of the company's fiscal year (March 31, 2014). It's a lofty goal, but could also turn out to be a conservative one. The PS4 ships to the U.S. and Canada on November 15, 2013, followed by launches in Europe... Read more...
Don't look now, but Sony may be in the early stages of a renaissance. We wouldn't feel comfortable calling it a "comeback," but Sony definitely has fallen from its highest points of relevance. In the past few years, the company has taken full control over its mobile unit (producing a number of high-quality Xperia units), shown prowess in the 4K HDTV sector, shown intelligence in pricing in the PlayStation 4 a full $100 less than the base Xbox One, and now, showing that it understands what consumers in the here and now are after. Sony has no doubt been challenged as a business, but it's devices... Read more...
There’s a deluge of tantalizing mobile products pouring out of IFA in Berlin this year--see our recent coverage for more--and here’s another: Sony announced the VAIO Tap 11, the “world’s thinnest” Windows 8 tablet PC, which measures 9.9mm in depth without its keyboard dock. For comparison, the Microsoft Surface Pro, which appears to be the VAIO Tap 11’s closest competition, is about 13.4mm. Sony has yet to share gritty details on the VAIO Tap 11, but the 11.6-inch device does have a full HD display, runs Windows 8, has an Intel Core processor, and enjoys SSD... Read more...
Get ready for a war in wearable computing. Word on the web is that Sony is planning to reveal its own brand virtual reality head-mounted display intended for its upcoming PlayStation 4 console. Sony originally wanted to debut the headset at Gamescom but scrapped those plans at the last minute as it wrestles with whether to market the device in tandem with the PS4 as a feature advantage over the Xbox One, or let it stand on its own merit as a simple add-on. The other issue Sony faces is widespread support for Oculus Rift. There have been rumors of Sony and Oculus Rift forming a partnership, but... Read more...
In preparation for the next generation console wars that's getting ready to kick off, Sony went and created a new division within itself called Third Party Production. This new group will work closely with Sony's publishing partners to bring their IPs to PlayStation platforms, Sony announced in a blog post. "I’m really excited for our team to explore new opportunities on behalf of PlayStation," said Gio Corsi, Director of Third Party Production for Sony. "Even though we’re brand new to PlayStation, we’ve got years of experience in this industry already under our belt. We already... Read more...
Sony's PlayStation 4 is scheduled to land in the United States on 11/15 for $399. But, believe it or not, there's still a big market out there for the PlayStation 3, and Sony realizes it still has a few months to milk its existing console before the new one comes to town. That's the only logical reason we can muster for the emergence of this Azurite Blue PS3 console, which will land on October 8, 2013 as a GameStop exclusive. It'll ship only in a 250GB (HDD) model, and will only be available for sale at U.S. and Canada GameStop / EB Games locations. The bundle includes a blue console, a blue DualShock... Read more...
Infinity Ward's highly anticipated Call of Duty: Ghosts comes out on November 5, 2013, which is 10 days before Sony's PlayStation 4 (PS4) console will be available in the U.S. and Canada. If the thought of waiting a week and a half to play Ghosts is just too much bear, Activision comes to the rescue with a $10 upgrade offer so you don't have to skip a beat. It's pretty simple. Gamers who purchase Ghosts on PlayStation 3 (PS3) will be able to upgrade their copy to a PS4 version for $10. Full details will be offered in the weeks to come, but in the meantime, you can rest easy knowing that you won't... Read more...
As we reported earlier today, Sony will officially throw its hat into the next generation console ring on November 15, 2013, which is when the PlayStation 4 (PS4) will start shipping in the U.S. and Canada, followed by a November 29, 2013 launch in Europe and Latin America. While the PS4 features some impressive hardware (it's essentially a PC wrapped in a console skin), gaming consoles are all about the games, and there will be plenty of titles available at launch and through the end of the year. "A total of 15 Blu-ray Disc titles developed by SCE Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) and numerous software... Read more...
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