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Sony today said it's readying an update for the PlayStation 4 that it plans to start rolling out tomorrow (Thursday). Codenamed "Yukimura," the system software update to version 2.50 will "bring an onslaught" of features to the PS4 console, several of which are the result of user requests and others that "might surprise you." One of the bigger feature additions is the ability to suspend and resume nearly all PS4 games. If something comes up and you need to scoot, just press the PS button to suspend a title. The new feature will allow you to quickly switch from Rest Mode to powered-up so you can... Read more...
A handful of renders showing Sony's forthcoming Xperia Z4 handset have leaked to the web. If the final design holds true to those renders, the Xperia Z4 is going to be a stunning device on par with some of the better looking smartphones currently available. It's also going to be plenty fast, according to the rumored specs.Let's talk about the handset's features for a moment. From what the web thinks it knows at this point, the Xperia Z4 will measure 146.3mm (L) by 71.9mm (W) by 7.2mm (D). It will have a 5.2-inch display with either a 1920x1080 or more likely a 2560x1440 resolution powered by a... Read more...
The number of Android devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop is comparatively low, as it's been a bit slow going for the latest version of Google's open-source operating system. That's typically the case when Google releases a major new version of Android, though for Lollipop, we're now at the point where upgrades are being announced at a steady clip. Enter Sony, which is starting to roll out Lollipop for its Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact handsets. Sony's over-the-air (OTA) update to Android 5.0 will reach devices in the Nordics and Baltics first. Other markets and more Xperia... Read more...
Get ready to relive hysterical moments from the popular 1990s NBC sitcom Seinfeld. According to multiple reports, Sony Pictures Television is in advanced talks to sell the rights to stream reruns of the popular show to a streaming video service, though it's not yet clear which one will win the bidding war. So far it appears to be a three-way race between Amazon, Hulu, and Yahoo.What about Netflix? Citing a "person familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal says Netflix took a hard look at the show last year and decided not to pursue streaming rights, likely because of the asking price.... Read more...
It looks as though PlayStation 4 gamers will have to wait at least another year before getting to spend some hands-on time with Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, the PS4 exclusive that was initially slated to debut sometime this year. Neil Druckmann, creative director of the game's development studio Naughty Dog, announced in a Sony blog post today that it's delaying the title until Spring 2016. Druckmann said that as more of the game and story line came together, it became increasingly clear that Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is a more ambitious project than Naughty Dog originally envisioned. As such,... Read more...
Chinese gamers that have been anticipating the arrival of Sony’s PlayStation 4 console will only have to wait just a little bit longer. Sony officially announced today that the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita will be available on Friday, March 20. Sony had originally settled on a January 11 launch date for its consoles, but was stymied by Chinese government. "The government asked us for final adjustments, which will take some time, so we decided to delay the launch date," said Sony spokeswoman Kaede Bun in early January. With things now firmly back on track, Chinese customers can expect to pay... Read more...
Sony has found another reason to sing praise for its PlayStation 4 console, this time in celebration of surpassing 20.2 million cumulative console sales through March 1, 2015. The latest sales figures underscores the PS4's place in history as Sony's fastest and strongest selling console in the history of PlayStation. The more than 20.2 million unit sales is over twice as much as the 10 million Xbox One unit sales Microsoft last reported, though that was all the way back in November of last year. Millions more have undoubtedly been added since then, as Microsoft's been enjoying quite a bit of success,... Read more...
The wearables market is still relatively new and we haven't really seen many real-world applications, especially for devices like smart glasses that have been stuck in various prototype and beta stages. That's about to change as Virgin Atlantic begins trialing Sony's SmartWear devices as part of a new partnership between the two firms. As part of the partnership, Virgin Atlantic's plane engineers at London's Heathrow airport will receive Sony's latest (and rather stylish) SmartWatch 3 and SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 devices next week, plus a smartphone or tablet. The goal is to ... Read more...
It wouldn't be like Sony to show up at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona empty handed, and it didn't. Instead, Sony brought along a couple of mobile products, including the Xperia M4 Aqua, a mid-range phone with a 5-inch display, and the Xperia X4 Tablet, a 10.1-inch slate with a 2K (2560x1600) display. Starting with the phone, the Xperia M4 Aqua is supposed to represent Sony's "renewed mid-range focus" to the handset market with no compromises. Included among that claim is a two-day battery life and a waterproof design. It's also Sony's first smartphone with an octa-core 64-bit processor,... Read more...
Enthusiasts in any particular interest area are willing to pay a premium for top shelf goods, be it gamers shelling out for high-end graphics card or audiophiles splurging on pricey speakers. But for whatever reason, it's the latter category that is often the target of outlandish products and wild claims, the newest of which is an overpriced microSDXC memory card from Sony. It's a 64GB microSDXC card (SR-64HXA) that's labeled "for Premium Sound" that appears on Sony's Japanese website. I'm just a displaced Italian originally from Massachusetts and now living in Michigan, so you'll have to excuse... Read more...
While the future of Google Glass is in question (and in limbo), the market is ripe for rivals to jump in and pick up where the search giant left off. Count Sony in -- the Japanese electronics firm is off to the races with its new SmartEyeglass wearable that's already available to pre-order in Germany and the U.K. (it's coming soon to the U.S.). What's available now are the Developer Edition SED-E1. It consists of a pair of glasses with hologram optics -- using holographic waveguide technology, the SmartEyeglass device can superimpose text, symbols, and images in your field of view for an augmented... Read more...
When Sony decided to auction off the very first of a limited run of special 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 consoles, it received a lot of attention, along with a bunch of bids. The highest came in at a little more than 15 million yen, or around $129,000 in U.S. currency. Well, it turns out the winning bidder may have been a bit overzealous -- for reasons unknown, the bidder backed out of the deal. The unfortunate thing about backing out of the deal is that the proceeds were to be donated to the Save the Children Japan charity, and $129,000 could go a long way. Fortunately,... Read more...
It was a year ago this month that Sony sold its VAIO PC business to investment firm Japan Industrial Partners Inc., thus signaling a likely end to the VAIO brand in the U.S., at least on computers. Is that still the case? We're not sure, though in Japan, a pair of new VAIO Z convertible laptops is launching. The VAIO Z represents a new start for the VAIO brand -- the "Z" stands for "zero." It's not clear what this new start will mean for markets outside of Japan, but in the immediate future, the forthcoming VAIO Z and VAIO Z Canvas are a couple of interesting looking laptops.... Read more...
The latest data by NPD Group shows that sales of Sony's PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Microsoft's Xbox One consoles slipped 22 percent in January, though there are two reasons why that's not raising any red flags, at least not yet. The first is that a sales drop coming out of a busy holiday shopping season is to be expected, and the second is comparative -- sales of the PS4 and Xbox One are both outpacing their predecessors (PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360) by 60 percent at this same time in their respectively life cycles. Going head to head, the PS4 flipped the script and outsold the Xbox One in January... Read more...
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