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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...
One thing that can be said about Sony is that it doesn't give up without a fight. We witnessed the rise and fall of the admittedly very cool Xperia Play smartphone, which acted as both a phone and portable gaming device. Then came the company's PlayStation Mobile gaming network, which was shuttered last summer. However, is attempting to get its foot in the door once again with a new company called ForwardWorks Corporation. ForwardWorks will be 100 percent focused on mobile gaming using PlayStation IP, and while details are rather thin at the moment, we're going to... Read more...
If you need a break from your catalog of current games and crave some old school action, good news. Sony has gone and quietly added a couple of notable PlayStation 2 titles to the PlayStation Store. They include Bully and Manhunt, two Rockstar games that are both now playable on the PlayStation 4 console using its PS2 emulation software.As with just about any Rockstar release, both Bully and Manhunt were controversial releases when they first debuted. With Bully, the game's title along with Rockstar's reputation for games that highlight depravity like its Grand Theft Auto series, there was fear... Read more...
Word on the web is that Sony is coming out with a new game console, though don't get your knickers in a twist over the timing. This isn't a next-generation console we're talking about, but an incremental upgrade to the PlayStation 4 with a much beefier GPU capable of letting owners play games at a 4K Ultra HD resolution.This is based on unnamed developer sources who have apparently spoken with Sony on the matter, who then turned around and spilled the beans to Kotaku. If those developers aren't blowing smoke up everyone's backside, then the PlayStation 4.5, or whatever Sony chooses to call it,... Read more...
Microsoft dropped a bombshell earlier this week when it announced at the 2016 Game Developers Conference that Xbox One would support cross-network play, paving the way for Xbox One gamers to compete against (or with) PlayStation 4 and PC gamers. That announcement essentially put the ball in Sony's court to end console segregation in terms of online play, and the good news is Sony seems open to the idea."PlayStation has been supporting cross-platform play between PC on several software titles starting with Final Fantasy 11 on PS2 and PC back in 2002," Sony told GameSpot in a statement. "We would... Read more...
Developer Naughty Dog has been a naughty dog, indeed. Publisher Sony announced today yet another delay for Naughty Dog's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, which is now slated to ship exclusively to PlayStation 4 consoles on May 10, 2016. On the bright side, it's only a two-week delay from its previously announced ship date, though this is the third time the game's release has been pushed back. Naughty Dog and Sony originally hoped to launch Uncharted 4 in 2015 but the need for more development time led to its release being pushed back to March 18, 2016. The day before Christmas, Sony announced that it... Read more...
If you're a beta tester for the PlayStation 4, check your inbox tomorrow for an email with instructions on how to download Sony's next major system software update, version 3.50 (otherwise known as MUSASHI). Everyone else will have to wait until it graduates from beta, but in the meantime, Sony wanted to share some highlights of the update to all PS4 owners.One of the biggest upgrades version 3.50 brings is Remote Play support for Windows PCs and Macs. Sadly, it's not a feature that will be included for testing in the beta update tomorrow, but it is slated to be part of the final patch. When it... Read more...
With so much of the VR talk revolving around Oculus' Rift and HTC's Vive lately, it'd be easy to forget that Sony has its own competitor coming, called PlayStation VR. And now, as new patents have revealed, the Japanese gaming giant could have a nifty trick up its sleeve. Or rather, a trick wrapped around its hands. That's right: it looks like Sony is developing what some could consider a spiritual successor to the Power Glove, that classic late 80s peripheral for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Since the release of the Power Glove almost 30 years ago, there have undoubtedly been some attempts... Read more...
Given all the hoopla surrounding the announcement of the modular LG G5 and the revised Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, it’s easy to forget that there’s another big name player in the smartphone game that doesn’t perhaps get the attention it deserves in the sector: Sony. Sony has always produced high-quality smartphones, but the company’s decision not to shack up with U.S. wireless carriers has left the company struggling for market share. But that isn’t stopping Sony from announcing three new smartphones that are featured in its new Xperia X Series, including the Xperia X, XA and X Performance.... Read more...
Everyone and their uncle is on the verge for releasing a virtual reality (VR) product to retail. Case in point, Oculus is taking pre-orders for its Rift headset, the first batch of which will ship in late March, while pre-orders for HTC's Vive will kick off later this month. Then you have Google toying with a second generation VR viewer of some kind, and of course Sony is prepping its PlayStation VR platform, which now looks like it will debut this fall.Sony hasn't exactly shied away from talking about its PlayStation VR headset—it's built specifically for the PlayStation 4 console, sports an industrial,... Read more...
It was a year ago this month that Sony sold off its Vaio PC brand to a Japanese investment firm, freeing itself up to concentrate more fully on the ever growing mobile market. The long-term impact of that decision has yet to be determined, but here in the short-term, Sony has a couple of slick new handsets it's shipping to U.S. customers—the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact, both of which are unlocked. "Building a stable business in the U.S. market continues to be an important area of focus in helping Sony Mobile pursue profit by optimizing business scale. We are excited about the introduction of... Read more...
Sony doesn't appear to be having any trouble selling PlayStation 4 consoles—as of a month ago, Sony had sold just shy of 36 million units—but it may see a flurry of sales from eager Uncharted 4: A Thief's End fans by offering a limited edition themed version to commemorate the game's release on April 26, 2016. Central to the bundle is a gray and blue 500GB capacity PS4 console featuring a silk-screen image of Nathan Drake on one of its sides. It also comes with a matching DualShock 4 controller and a physical (not digital) copy of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End on Blu-ray. For added bling,... Read more...
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