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We are living in the heyday of retro gaming today. You have many current (and future) options to play all of the games that defined your childhood (or adulthood) on miniature versions of the original consoles. Nintendo started the "mini console" segment with the Nintendo Classic Edition and later followed that up with the SNES Classic Edition. Sony has stepped into the retro segment with its recently announced PlayStation Classic packing 20 games and style almost identical to the original, albeit on a smaller scale. Nintendo has been good for one classic edition console per calendar year with last... Read more...
One of the big problems that subscribers of the Sony PlayStation Now service had was that the games were only available for streaming play. That could be an issue for users on metered internet connections or with spotty internet service. Sony has announced a big change to PlayStation Now with the addition of an option that will allow users to download games to their PS4 system. That means that they will be able to play both locally and offline with the same PS Now subscription. Sony says that "almost all" of the PS4 games on the service including popular titles like Bloodborne, God of War 3 Remastered,... Read more...
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Sony is flattering the heck out of Nintendo. Back in 2016, Nintendo first rolled out its NES Classic Edition console that was plug and play with more than two dozen classic games packed inside. Sony is now getting in on the classic console action with the PlayStation Classic landing December 3. That will put this retro console on the market just in time for holiday shopping and with a $99.99 price, it will certainly be appealing to gamers. Sony notes that it has been nearly 25 years since that original PlayStation landed, with it eventually... Read more...
To celebrate the launch of Marvel's Spider-Man, the hotly anticipated game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment exclusively for the PlayStation 4 Pro, Sony released a limited edition PS4 themed after the arachnid super hero. Themed consoles are nothing new, though this one seems to have struck a cord with gamers. Every time a retailer replenishes its inventory, it sells out faster than Peter Parker can change from an unassuming teen to a web-slinger in tights. Lucky for me, I was able to snag one at my local Walmart, which for a brief period of time claimed... Read more...
Square Enix’s long-awaited and mysterious video game Left Alive finally has an official release date. The game was originally supposed to be released by the end of 2018, but is instead slated for February 28th, 2019 in Japan for PC and the Playstation 4. The official release date was announced during Sony’s pre-Tokyo Game Show PlayStation Lineup Tour. Sony announced Left Alive prior to the 2017 Tokyo Game Show, but has provided precious little information since the game’s announcement. The official trailer is cinematic and features a futuristic war zone and some impressive-looking... Read more...
The era of the Playstation 2 is over. Sony Japan’s aftercare service for the PlayStation 2 is ending after 19 years of operation. Aftercare services for the system will officially end on September 7th. PlayStation 2 owners had roughly two-and-a-half months to fill out an online form to have their console repaired one last time. Those who did not register by the August 31st deadline were still able to physically send their consoles to the PlayStation Clinic service center in Japan. Any PlayStation 2’s that arrive after September 7th will not be repaired. Image Courtesy of Deni Williams,... Read more...
Sony has not exactly been a champion of supporting multiplayer gameplay across different platforms, otherwise known as crossplay. If there was a time and place to reverse course, it would be now, in Fortnite, the world's most popular battle royale shooter. Sony is sticking to its guns, however, drawing ire from not just gamers, but also Microsoft. Fortnite is a veritable cash cow for developer Epic Games, and part of the game's success is its availability on so many different platforms—PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android. And for the most part, players on one platform can... Read more...
It seems ridiculous that in this day and age of video gaming, cross-play support isn't a standard feature across the board. Things have improved, sure, but there is still a long way to go. One of the holdouts is Sony, and if you were hoping the company would change its mind in the wake of increased pressure, you're going to be disappointed. Cross-play just isn't something Sony feels compelled to promote at this point. The reason for this is almost definitely financial, though you won't hear Sony say that directly. Instead, Sony's new chief executive officer Kenichiro Yoshida emphasized at IFA 2018... Read more...
When it comes to flagship smartphones, Sony doesn't often get mentioned in the same breath with the likes of Samsung and Apple, or even Huawei and Xiaomi. However, that doesn't mean that the company is no longer putting out quality hardware. In fact, the company's new Xperia XZ3 shows that it can still build a smartphone that competes with the best that its Android rivals have to offer. We first got an early glimpse at the XZ3 earlier this month, and today we're getting a full look at the new flagship. As expected, this smartphone is rocking a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB... Read more...
When a new design "feature" is introduced on a smartphone, it doesn't take long for the copying machines to fire up. Take for instance the display notch. The notch didn't make much of an impression when it debuted on the Essential Phone last year, but the Apple iPhone X sparked quite the explosion in similar design themes from Android OEMs ranging from ASUS to LG to Huawei to Motorola. Sony has never been one to really jump on the bandwagon when it comes to these trends, and the upcoming Xperia XZ3 is no exception. Official renders of the smartphone have leaked and they show that Sony 1) has no... Read more...
If you have kids, it's inevitable that they will eventually ask you for a puppy. Sure, it sounds easy to say 'No,' and we all know they won't make good on their promise to take the dog out every day to use the bathroom. But darn it, it's also all to easy to give in. Or you could come up with a compromise and buy a toy puppy, like Sony's redesigned Aibo, which definitely won't pee on the carpet. The new version is the sixth generation puppy from Sony. It was first introduced way back in 1999. Unlike previous models, the retooled companion pairs "cutting-edge robotics" with a cloud-powered artificial... Read more...
Sony is billing its new Cloud Remote for PS4 as being simple to use, easy to program, and a compact accessory. It is also relatively affordable for what it can do, especially compared to ultra-advanced universal remotes like the higher end stuff Logitech offers. Part of what sets the Cloud Remote for PS4 apart, however, is that it is purpose built for the PS4 ecosystem (as its name implies). "The Cloud Remote for PS4 programs your remote for you. Programming the remote is straightforward with the downloadable PDP Cloud Remote App, which uses advanced Cloud technology to auto-detect devices connected... Read more...
Sony announced earlier this month that it was tossing a very cool and limited edition PS4 Pro console onto the market to celebrate the sale of 500 million PS4 consoles since launch. The limited-edition PS4 offering is translucent blue with copper-colored accents, and it looks very cool. Anyone hoping to get their hands on this console, of which only 50,000 are available, didn’t get all the details that they wanted when the console debuted. The key bit of information that was lacking with the announcement was how much the console would cost. Sony's translucent limited-edition console carries... Read more...
Up until this point, VR headsets haven't exactly taken the gaming world by storm with respect to sales. Despite the masses not yet getting on the VR bandwagon, Sony has managed to sell quite a few PlayStation VR headsets around the world thanks in part of aggressive price discounts and a bold move last Christmas to allow some PS4 owners to order up a headset with games and pay for them only if they liked it. Sony has announced that globally it has now sold over 3 million PS VR units. Along with the 3 million headsets sold, Sony has also moved 21.9 million PS VR games and experiences. To celebrate... Read more...
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