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Sony has a reputation for being feisty when it comes to its PlayStation hardware, especially when users try to mod things. Nobody knows that better than George Hotz, the infamous PlayStation 3 modder who was sued by Sony for jailbreaking the console (the two reached a settlement in 2011). Fast forward to today and Sony is on a mission to keep its PlayStation 4 console locked down. That not only includes trying to remove every instance of of the PS4's software development kit (SDK) from the web, but also terminating any discussions on it, or so it seems. It all started a few weeks ago when version... Read more...
  If you have ever felt the desire to play PlayStation 4 games, but don’t want to plunk down $300 (or more) for the console when you already have a beastly gaming PC, Sony understands your dilemma. PS4 games are now available via Sony’s PlayStation Now game streaming service, which is turning out to be the console gaming equivalent of Netflix. Games can be streamed either to a PS4 console or to a Windows computer. You don’t have to worry about fiddling with Blu-ray discs or even downloading/installing the game (as with Xbox Game Pass) — games are simply streamed at the press of a button as... Read more...
What is old is new again. For the first time in thirty years, Sony Music Entertainment will produce vinyl records. Production will resume by March 2018. Record production will begin again at a plant in Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture. Sony installed record-cutting equipment this past February at a recording studio in Japan. Record-cutting is a precise art, therefore, Sony is currently hiring a number of old record engineers. Its lineup will include mostly older popular Japanese songs, but will also incorporate a few recent hit albums. There is no word yet as to which specific artists and songs will... Read more...
Silicon Valley and Hollywood are joining forces. Apple just hired Sony Pictures Television presidents Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht to help create new original programming. Apple’s most recent additions help to confirm that the corporation is taking serious steps to join the entertainment industry. Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue remarked, “Jamie and Zack are two of the most talented TV executives in the world and have been instrumental in making this the golden age of television. We have exciting plans in store for customers and can’t wait for them... Read more...
There is always that one dissenter who ruins the fun for everyone else. When it comes to gaming, that dissenter is Sony. In a perfect world, it would not matter which gaming platform you pledge your alliance to, cross-platform play would be possible among them all. That is something Microsoft and publishers have been pushing for, though Sony is refusing to participate in the fun by blocking cross-platform play on the PlayStation 4. Image Source: Flickr (- EMR -) Let us back up for a moment. During a media briefing at E3, Microsoft announced that cross-platform support was being added to Minecraft,... Read more...
The console wars between Sony and Microsoft are reaching a fever pitch with both companies making a play for 4K gaming. As to where things stand now, Sony has the lead in hardware sales—the Japanese technology behemoth announced that it has sold more than 60.4 million PlayStation 4 consoles to consumers since it launched over three years in November 2013. That is around double the number of estimated Xbox One console sales. Sony also said that software sales are booming. Led by hit titles such as Horizon: Zero Dawn, Sony notes that PS4 software sales have topped 487.8 million copies, which includes... Read more...
The future of gaming is at 4K, or at least that is what the industry at large wants everyone to believe. There is a concerted effort to put the hardware in place, including 4K resolution televisions and upgraded consoles capable of pushing more pixels than ever before. Just look at Sony—the company is all about its PlayStation 4 Pro now, and it supposedly has plans to cut the price of its regular PlayStation 4 to $250 at E3.News of Sony's looming price cut comes from USA Today, a publication that is considerably more reliable than some random obscure website or blog where many rumors seem to originate.... Read more...
It seems as though console makers are coming out with new and updated systems at a somewhat furious pace these days—Sony recently released its PlayStation 4 Pro, Microsoft added an Xbox One S to its lineup and is readying Project Scorpio, and Nintendo has put the Wii U in the rear view mirror with its hybrid Switch system. As all of this is taking place, Sony has decided to officially end production of its PlayStation 3 system.The PS3 had one heck of a good run up to this point. It launched more than a decade ago in November 2006, though if you head over to the official PlayStation website, you'll... Read more...
  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...
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