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Sony’s highly anticipated System Software Update 4.50 will launch tomorrow, and with it comes a welcome new feature for PlayStation 4 Pro gamers: Boost Mode. Sony says that Boost Mode will increase performance for “legacy” games that haven’t been specifically optimized to take advantage of the additional firepower found on the PlayStation 4 Pro. “This can provide a noticeable frame rate boost to some games with variable frame rates, and can provide frame rate stability for games that are programmed to run at 30 Hz or 60 Hz,” says Sony, which goes on to reveal that gamers may even see reduced game... Read more...
There are phones galore being announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, including one that Sony says is its most ground-breaking smartphone to date, the Xperia XZ Premium. We will not argue against that claim—the Xperia XZ Premium is the latest in a long line of high-end Xperia products, and the first from Sony to combine a 5.5-inch 4K Ultra HD resolution display and High Dynamic Range (HDR) support with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip (SoC). Those two features alone are enough for some people to consider the Xperia XZ Premium, though there is more to digest here. Sony's newest... Read more...
Anticipating demand is not easy. Just ask Nintendo, which grossly underestimated how many gamers would be interested in its NES Classic Edition console. And then there is Sony with its PlayStation VR. Not only did Sony have to anticipate demand for a new product, but it had to factor in how popular VR gaming would be at this early stage. It turns out that Sony was a bit conservative in its thinking as well.Andrew House, global chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment, told The New York Times that he had doubts about the VR market catching on so quickly and being a draw in the mass market.... Read more...
Come springtime, Sony will release what it claims are the fastest SD cards on the market. It's new SF-G series will come in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB flavors, with blazing fast write speeds of up to 299 megabytes per second along with slightly faster read speeds of up to 300 megabytes per second. What's more, Sony says the cards are equipped with a special algorithm that prevents a decrease in data write performance. Having faster write speeds allows for longer continuous shooting of high resolution images and 4K video recording using cameras that support UHS-II. Speedy write performance also contributes... Read more...
Sorry PlayStation 3 owners, your console is among the many devices that PlayStation Now will cease supporting this summer. The same goes for the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV, along with all 2013, 2014, and 2015 Sony Bravia TV models. All Sony Blu-ray player models and all Samsung TVs are affected as well. The only platforms that PlayStation Now will continue to support after the bloodbath are PlayStation 4 consoles and Windows PCs. PlayStation Now is a subscription service that gives members unlimited streaming access to over 450 PS3 games. It supports a bevy of devices (for now) and added... Read more...
Microsoft can celebrate a strong start to 2017 in terms of console sales. The company said it sold more Xbox One consoles in the United States in January of this year than any previous January, of which there have been three others since the Xbox One debuted in November of 2013. That is a pretty remarkable feat considering the age of the console and the fact that Microsoft previously revealed plans to release a more powerful console (Project Scorpio) at the end of this year. Even with that knowledge, consumers came out and purchase Xbox One and Xbox One S consoles in record number to start the... Read more...
The PlayStation 4 Pro is a beefier console than the non-Pro version. That is true of its physical size and more importantly it is true of the hardware inside. Rather than let the hardware upgrades go wasted on existing games that have not been patched to utilize the added resources available in the PS4 Pro, Sony is working on a firmware upgrade that introduces a new boost mode that will give some games a kick in the pants. Boost mode will arrive with the 4.5 system update that is currently in beta. A bit of early testing shows mixed results—in some games, the performance boost is described as "inconsequential"... Read more...
If you are the owner of a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 4 Pro, we have some good news for you. Sony just announced today that an upcoming software update will bring support for external hard drives (among other things). While Sony has always made it [relatively] easy to upgrade the hard drive in the PlayStation 4 (and the PlayStation 3 before it), some people don’t want to be bothered with unscrewing an access door, reinstalling the operating system and then copying over your data. With System Software Update 4.50, simply plugging in a USB 3.0 hard drive will immediately give you access to additional... Read more...
Are you a bigger fan of the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One? If recent hints are anything to go by, the gap between the two should be fairly large. The PlayStation 4 is reportedly outselling the Xbox One by a 2-to-1 ratio. Microsoft stopped reporting the number of Xbox One sales quite a while ago, so where then did the most recent numbers come from? A SuperData report about the Nintendo Switch offhandedly mentioned that there are currently 26 million Xbox One installed base units and 55 million PS4 units. These numbers were further confirmed by Daniel Ahmad, a digital games analyst for Niko China.... Read more...
Today's dedicated game consoles have lifespans that last for several years. That presents a challenge in keeping things fresh and interesting, and what console makers have figured out is that releasing incremental updates can spur sales. Such is the case with a new Glacier White PlayStation 4 system that Sony is preparing to launch later this month. We have to admit, it looks pretty swank. Both the console and accompanying Dualshock 4 controller are splashed in a coat of white with black accents. It is a clean looking combination, though a different color is not the only thing that is different... Read more...
As 2016 winds down, the rumor mill is running at full power with expectations for 2017. Microsoft's upcoming 'Scorpio' console hasn't escaped the rumor mill's churn, despite the fact that it will not become available for purchase until late 2017. We've covered in the past that the only reason Microsoft announced 'Project Scorpio' already is because it didn't want to have to deal with raging fans wondering where a PlayStation 4 Pro competitor is. To that end, Microsoft has been kind enough to give us a couple of specs, so we're not totally oblivious to what we'll be dealing with at launch. With... Read more...
Over the past few months, we’ve witnessed the Mirai botnet wreak havoc with IoT devices like consumer webcams, DVRs and security cameras. These often budget-minded devices were often equipped with insecure software or employed security countermeasures that were easily overpowered. However, we’re learning today that it isn’t just cheap consumer devices that are susceptible to attacks — even high-end equipment can be compromised if a hacker has enough motivation to dig for exploits. Such is the case with Sony’s professional grade IPELA Engine IP cameras. According to SEC Consult, a backdoor was found... Read more...
We have been hearing a lot about how well the Xbox One line has been selling, most recently with Microsoft bragging about four consecutive monthly sales victories over the PlayStation 4. Is interesting in the PS4 dwindling? Pshaw! Lest anyone thing the PS4 is old news, Sony today announced that its cumulative sales of its PS4 and recently introduced PlayStation 4 Pro just surpassed 50 million units. The last official update we heard from Sony was back at the end of May when it announced that PS4 sales had topped 40 million units worldwide. That achievement made the PS4 the fastest selling PlayStation... Read more...
There is a word for games that have been in development for more than a decade and delayed across platforms. It's called vaporware, or at least that's the usually the case. But in remarkable defiance of the odds, the really long awaited adventure The Last Guardian has finally emerged for the PlayStation 4, putting an end to a decade of patience. The Last Guardian is a followup Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, a pair of classics released to the PlayStation 2 forever ago. Ideas for the title were being kicked around in 2005, followed by active development in 2007. The plan was to finish the game in... Read more...
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