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Sony has already talked several times about the PS5 game console and what it will give gamers when it launches. It has promised that the price will be appealing given the console's hardware, which sounds like a nice way of saying it will be expensive but powerful. We recently saw a glimpse at how much more powerful the PS5 will be than the current PS4 Pro with a video showing the load times for the same game compared between both consoles. At the same event where that load time video was recorded, Sony execs also talked about PS5 backward compatibility. Not only will the backward compatibility work for single-player PS4 games, but it will also work for multiplayer games. Sony went so far as to... Read more...
Sony is much more forthcoming with details on the coming PlayStation 5 than it has been with information on past consoles. An alleged PS5 dev kit has been seen in the wild already and Sony has also said that the pricing of the PS5 will be appealing, given the advanced features and hardware that it offers. A new video has turned up that is from Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki. He was at a Sony event where a demonstration pitting the load times of the current PS4 Pro and the coming PS5 was shown off. The game used in the demo is Marvel's Spider-Man. The speed difference between the two consoles is dramatic, and PlayStation chief Mark Cerny hinted at these blazing fast load speeds... Read more...
It is easy to imagine that all of the engineers and everyone else involved in Sony's PlayStation division saw the pact between Sony and Microsoft in the cloud gaming space coming. After all, the collaboration had been in the works for over a year. However, that is apparently not how it went down. The agreement between Sony and Microsoft was not just a surprise to the press and public at large, but also to most of the people involved in the development of the PlayStation console and related services. In case you missed the announcement last week, Sony and Microsoft have entered into a vague partnership on "direct-to-consumer entertainment platforms and AI solutions," one that is centered around... Read more...
Well, we can't say that we saw this one coming. Two bitter rivals in the console gaming market have announced the formation of a new partnership that will see Sony and Microsoft collaborating on "direct-to-consumer entertainment platforms and AI solutions." Sony's Kenichiro Yoshida and Microsoft's Satya Nadella At the center of this new tie-up between the gaming powerhouses is Microsoft's Azure datacenter solution. Microsoft already uses Azure for the backend of its own streaming Xbox-relating gaming services, but Sony is looking to tap into Azure to power its own game streaming and content streaming services for the PlayStation platform. Microsoft's own xCloud gaming service will launch... Read more...
When Sony releases its PlayStation 5 console in 2020 (or whenever), it will not be edible. We are not expecting it to be, anyway. However, it will contain a "special sauce" whipped up by AMD, in the form of a custom system-on-chip (SoC) based on the company's upcoming Zen 2 CPU and Navi GPU architectures. AMD is understandably excited about the PS5. The company has a stranglehold on the high-end console market, and major console launches are a bit of a big deal—they only come around once every few years for Sony and Microsoft, in between which are less exciting incremental upgrades, like the PlayStation 4 Slim and Xbox One S. As we have already covered, the PS5 represents a major advancement... Read more...
Sony and other game console makers are normally very coy with information about their next generation hardware. Sony is surprisingly forthcoming with details on the unreleased PlayStation 5 game console, having confirmed already that the machine will have an AMD Zen 2-based processor and Navi-based Radeon GPU. Sony has also said that the price will be appealing given the hardware inside. Naturally, it's reported that Microsoft's next-gen Xbox will be even more advanced. Gamers who have been hoping that the PS5 might get official and be available to purchase this year may not want to hear this. Sony has shed a bit of light on its launch plans for the PS5 during a recent earnings call.... Read more...
Sony and its PlayStation 4 won the console wars for the current generation with higher sales numbers than Microsoft's Xbox could muster. Sony announced back in January that it has sold a total of 92 million PS4 consoles since its debut. Sony is aiming to continue its sales domination with the PS5 and has been bragging about the hardware and price point it is targeting with the next-gen device. Sony has confirmed that the PS5 will be powered by an AMD Zen 2-based Octacore Ryzen processor. Microsoft has no intentions of letting Sony get away with winning the sales crown in the next generation of the console wars and to prevent that it is beefing up the hardware inside the next-generation Xbox.... Read more...
For those that are into console gaming (versus the clearly superior PC gaming experience), the revelation of the hardware details behind the upcoming PlayStation 5 gaming console were incredibly exciting. As we learned from PlayStation hardware chief Mark Cerny, the PlayStation 5 will be powered by an octa-core AMD Zen 2-based Ryzen processor that is backed by a Radeon Navi GPU. Cerny also revealed that the SoC will have a dedicated 3D audio hardware along with a super-fast SSD that offers superior performance to anything that that is currently available on the consumer market. Oh, and we can't forget that that due to it having a similar architecture, the PlayStation 5 will... Read more...
It feels like the current generation Xbox and PlayStation consoles have been around forever, if clumping up iterations into the same generation (such as the Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X for Microsoft, and PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Slim, and PlayStation 4 Pro for Sony). New consoles are on the horizon, however, and Sony recently revealed some tantalizing details about its PlayStation 5. How can Microsoft respond? Before we go any further, forget about the disc-less Xbox One S All Digital edition that is up for preorder for $250. That is not the next-gen Xbox we want to focus on. It's not a next-gen console at all, and is basically an Xbox One S without the optical drive, which makes... Read more...
The Sony PS4 has been around for several years and has sold a massive number of units since launch, easily besting the Xbox One in total sales. The PS4 is nearing the end of its reign as Sony’s most advanced console, but Sony is finally getting around to launching a feature that has been oft-requested by gamers. Sony first announced that the ability to change your Online ID was coming last October. That online ID change service is now available, and that means if gamers initially picked a silly call sign, and now want a new name you can now get one. The online ID can be changed via a web browser for those who find that faster. When the name change feature was first announced, Sony was clear... Read more...
The time is drawing near for the next generation of game consoles, as the PS4 and Xbox One are certainly getting long in the tooth. Sony has mostly dominated this generation of the console wars with its PlayStation 4 selling 94 million units, surprisingly distancing itself from Microsoft's offering. Microsoft is working on a lower price current generation Xbox One S that lacks an optical drive, tipped for launch May 7 and aiming at luring buyers from the PS4. However, a new leak is making the rounds that alleges to be an image of the net generation Sony PlayStation 5 devkit  console and controller. One glance at the image (seen initially on Reddit though it has since been removed... Read more...
After three and a half decades, Kazuo Hirai is leaving Sony, at least in an official capacity. He will still make himself available as a Senior Advisor when called upon by Sony's management team, though by and large, his tenure at Sony is coming to an end, effective June 18, 2019, the company announced on Thursday. Born in 1960 in Tokyo, Japan, Hirai found employment at Sony at age 24 in the marketing department for the company's music division. He joined Sony's computer and video game division, Sony Computer Entertainment America, in 1995 just prior to the launch of the PlayStation and continued to rise in rank all the way to being promoted to President and CEO in 2012. He stayed in that position... Read more...
It seems the smartphone scene is often dominated by Apple, Samsung, and to an extent Huawei, but those are not the only three players in the mobile handset market. Lest anyone forget that Sony makes smartphones as well, the company just unveiled the world's first phone with a 4K OLED display, the Xperia 1. Sony's new handset wields a spacious 6.5-inch OLED display with a 4K resolution and 21:9 "CinemaWide" aspect ratio, and high dynamic range (HDR) support. That 4K res checks in at 1644x3840 because of the rectangular form factor, as opposed to 3840x2560 as found on most 4K monitors and TVs. The display is the star of the show, with Sony claiming accurate color reproduction and Bravia TV technologies... Read more...
Smartphone makers have waged war against the traditional bezel that once occupied the top section of nearly every handset. From punch-hole cutouts (Galaxy S10 series) to notches big (iPhone X/XS) and small (OnePlus 6T), traditional bezels have become passé. Don't tell that to Sony, though—leaked renders of its upcoming Xperia family embrace the bezel with the same fervor as a mother clutching her newborn baby. If the leaked information proves accurate, Sony is getting ready to announce four new Xperia handsets, including the Xperia 1 (previously known as the Xperia XZ4), Xperia 10, Xperia 10 Plus, and Xperia L3. Out of those models, the Xperia 1 stands as the flagship model with... Read more...
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