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  The PlayStation 4 (PS4) first launched globally in November 2013, and has gone on to become a smash hit. Sony recently revealed that it has shipped over 60 million units of the consoles since launch, and it has outsold its rival Xbox One — which launched around the same time — nearly 2:1 to date. Although Sony’s console got a sort of “mid-cycle refresh” last year with the introduction of the PlayStation 4 Pro (PS4 Pro), it looks as though we could see a true next-generation console from the company as soon as next year. That information comes from Macquarie Capital Securities analyst Damian... Read more...
From the start of the current console generation, Sony looked to have an immediate edge. Its console was more powerful than Microsoft's, namely with regards to graphics horsepower. While graphics don't always make the game, we've seen Sony lay the smackdown on Microsoft by releasing a consistent stream of hit exclusives, helping it ultimately sell 60 million units to date. For the first time ever, this console generation has seen both Microsoft and Sony open up to the idea of mid-cycle upgrades. Last fall, Sony released its 4.2 TFLOPs PlayStation 4 Pro, more than doubling the horsepower of the... Read more...
It is good to be a gamer, but it is even better to be the one serving the gaming market. Case in point, Sony posted results for its fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, and noted that it has now shipped 60 million PlayStation 4 consoles to date. That includes 20 million PS4 units this past year, with 2.9 million of those shipments coming in the final quarter of its fiscal year.That is down from 9.7 million PS4 shipments in the previous quarter, though still higher than the 2.3 million it shipped in the final quarter of last year. More importantly, it means Sony was able to reach its goal of shipping... Read more...
Sony may not be the first name that comes to most minds when considering a new camera purchase, but it's increasingly becoming silly to not weigh it as an option. Both the company's point-and-shoots and DSLRs offer excellent features for their respective pricing, both on the "lower-end" and also the high-end. At the high-end, the company's brand-new $4,499 USD a9 (or "α9") is a force to be reckoned with. At 24.2 megapixels (6000 x 4000), it's clear that Sony is not too worried about competing in the megapixel race - and that's a great thing. What's more important is that the camera includes a full-frame... Read more...
Given that the PlayStation 4 Pro gets the bulk of the attention when talking about Sony’s current generation consoles, it is easy to forget that the company also introduced a redesigned PlayStation 4 Slim around the same time. The PlayStation 4 Slim debuted last September at the $299 price point.Sony today is sweetening the deal a bit by doubling the amount of storage onboard the PlayStation 4 Slim from 500GB to 1TB. All other features remain identical to the 500GB PlayStation 4 Slim SKU, including its revised DualShock 4 wireless controller. The console should be available from all the... Read more...
Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro Media Player is getting an upgrade thanks to the ability to support 4K video playback. Users will be able to save 4K videos on a USB stick or home server that can be played via the Media Player App.Users will of course need a 4K television to watch the videos in 4K and will also need a USB drive that has already been formatted as extended storage for the PS4. PS4 Pro owners can also, of course, watch 4K content from streaming apps such as Netflix and YouTube. The Media Player update will also support 4K VR video content for those that own a Playstation VR. 4K VR videos... Read more...
Sony has made a rather big announcement for its PlayStation Now game streaming service. The streaming game catalog is being expanded to include PlayStation 4 games, while retaining its $19.99 per month cost. This capability will be extended to both the PlayStation 4 and Windows PCs. Gamers can currently stream PlayStation 3 games to both PlayStation 4 consoles and PCs, but this new functionality opens PlayStation Now up to more current titles. Unfortunately, there is no indication of which PlayStation 4 games will be included with PlayStation Now, but we wouldn’t count on the most recent releases... Read more...
Sony’s highly anticipated System Software Update 4.50 will launch tomorrow, and with it comes a welcome new feature for PlayStation 4 Pro gamers: Boost Mode. Sony says that Boost Mode will increase performance for “legacy” games that haven’t been specifically optimized to take advantage of the additional firepower found on the PlayStation 4 Pro. “This can provide a noticeable frame rate boost to some games with variable frame rates, and can provide frame rate stability for games that are programmed to run at 30 Hz or 60 Hz,” says Sony, which goes on to reveal that gamers may even see reduced game... Read more...
There are phones galore being announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, including one that Sony says is its most ground-breaking smartphone to date, the Xperia XZ Premium. We will not argue against that claim—the Xperia XZ Premium is the latest in a long line of high-end Xperia products, and the first from Sony to combine a 5.5-inch 4K Ultra HD resolution display and High Dynamic Range (HDR) support with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip (SoC). Those two features alone are enough for some people to consider the Xperia XZ Premium, though there is more to digest here. Sony's newest... Read more...
Anticipating demand is not easy. Just ask Nintendo, which grossly underestimated how many gamers would be interested in its NES Classic Edition console. And then there is Sony with its PlayStation VR. Not only did Sony have to anticipate demand for a new product, but it had to factor in how popular VR gaming would be at this early stage. It turns out that Sony was a bit conservative in its thinking as well.Andrew House, global chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment, told The New York Times that he had doubts about the VR market catching on so quickly and being a draw in the mass market.... Read more...
Come springtime, Sony will release what it claims are the fastest SD cards on the market. It's new SF-G series will come in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB flavors, with blazing fast write speeds of up to 299 megabytes per second along with slightly faster read speeds of up to 300 megabytes per second. What's more, Sony says the cards are equipped with a special algorithm that prevents a decrease in data write performance. Having faster write speeds allows for longer continuous shooting of high resolution images and 4K video recording using cameras that support UHS-II. Speedy write performance also contributes... Read more...
Sorry PlayStation 3 owners, your console is among the many devices that PlayStation Now will cease supporting this summer. The same goes for the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV, along with all 2013, 2014, and 2015 Sony Bravia TV models. All Sony Blu-ray player models and all Samsung TVs are affected as well. The only platforms that PlayStation Now will continue to support after the bloodbath are PlayStation 4 consoles and Windows PCs. PlayStation Now is a subscription service that gives members unlimited streaming access to over 450 PS3 games. It supports a bevy of devices (for now) and added... Read more...
Microsoft can celebrate a strong start to 2017 in terms of console sales. The company said it sold more Xbox One consoles in the United States in January of this year than any previous January, of which there have been three others since the Xbox One debuted in November of 2013. That is a pretty remarkable feat considering the age of the console and the fact that Microsoft previously revealed plans to release a more powerful console (Project Scorpio) at the end of this year. Even with that knowledge, consumers came out and purchase Xbox One and Xbox One S consoles in record number to start the... Read more...
The PlayStation 4 Pro is a beefier console than the non-Pro version. That is true of its physical size and more importantly it is true of the hardware inside. Rather than let the hardware upgrades go wasted on existing games that have not been patched to utilize the added resources available in the PS4 Pro, Sony is working on a firmware upgrade that introduces a new boost mode that will give some games a kick in the pants. Boost mode will arrive with the 4.5 system update that is currently in beta. A bit of early testing shows mixed results—in some games, the performance boost is described as "inconsequential"... Read more...
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