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We’ve been hearing a lot over the past few months about the hardware that will power the next generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony. Most speculation has centered around both consoles being powered by 7nm AMD Zen 2-based processors that are backed with 7nm Navi-based Radeon GPUs. Today, a new report is shedding more light on the hardware that will specifically be going inside the Sony PlayStation 5 – or whatever the gaming console will end up being called. Wired has an exclusive sit-down with Mark Cerny, who serves as the lead system architect for the PlayStation 5 (it was also a title he held for the current generation PlayStation 4 family of gaming consoles). Cerny... 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...
EA and BioWare have had a rough few weeks. Reports were running rampant that the major new IP, Anthem, had severe issues that were causing PS4 game consoles to crash with some claims that these crashes had bricked the console. Earlier this week, a report surfaced that Anthem was also causing crashes on Xbox consoles. The crashes led to many gamers on PS4 consoles asking for refunds from Sony, and word is that Sony granted some of the gamers a refund, but denied others. EA admitted this week that the game was crashing PS4 consoles and asked gamers for help. BioWare's head of live service, Chad Robertson, tweeted that the company had identified several causes for the temporary power-down issue... Read more...
One of the most frustrating things for tech fans is when the games or products they pay hard earned money for don't work as promised, and the manufacturer won't even admit there is a problem. This is what has been troubling gamers on the PS4 who purchased EA's Anthem. Anthem has been crashing PS4 consoles leaving the game unplayable and many asking Sony for refunds on the purchase. Sony has allegedly been giving some Anthem players refunds while denying others. While the issue is still not fixed and the problems haven't been addressed, EA has at least stepped up and admitted that there is a problem with Anthem crashing on the PS4. EA Help tweeted that, "We're aware of a crashing issuing" noting... Read more...
Electronic Arts is having serious issues with Anthem right now, and many gamers are not happy at all. However, players are reporting that Sony has given them refunds for the game. The reason gamers are wanting refunds on Anthem has to do with PS4 console crashes caused by the game. One Reddit user claims to have been given a full refund on the game with "no questions asked" noting that the refund only took five minutes. Other PS4 gamers have also claimed that they have been given refunds on the game with one user indicating they told customer support chat that they were concerned about the game bricking their console and Anthem was a defective product. However, there are reports from... Read more...
Sony announced a few smartphones at MWC 2019 with the most notable of them being the Xperia 1 packing a sexy 4K OLED display. That wasn't the only device unveiled, with Sony debuting the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus smartphones at the show. If you liked what Sony was offering in those budget devices, some good news has surfaced today. Both the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus smartphones are now up for preorder at several retailers. The Xperia 10 is selling for $349.99 (Amazon, Best Buy), and the 10 Plus is going for $429.99 (Amazon, Best Buy). The smartphones will work on AT&T and T-Mobile networks. If you are on Verizon both phones just recently picked up certifications to work on that network as well. The... 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...
If one thing is for sure, recent home TV and movies services market changes have been seismic. Over the years we have gone through Beta, VHS, laser discs, DVDs, HD-DVD, Blu-Ray, but nothing has reshaped the home entertainment landscape like streaming video. Each time a new form factor for delivering movies in the home launches, the old form factors have eventually gone extinct and it appears that Blu-ray may be the next format to die off. Samsung has announced that it is not going to produce any new Blu-ray players for the U.S. market. Samsung announced that no new 1080p or 4K Blu-ray players would be produced for the U.S. and the new announcement gives more detail than an earlier statement by... Read more...
The Nintendo Switch may be one of the fastest selling gaming consoles, but the Playstation 4 beats all others with its sheer numbers. Sony recently announced that they have so far cumulatively sold 94 million Playstation 4 consoles globally. This announcement comes on the heels of an incredibly successful holiday season for Sony. Sony shipped 8.1 million units during their third financial quarter. This was 0.9 million units fewer than last year, but still a substantial number considering the Playstation 4 was released over five years ago. Sony maintains that they will sell 17.5 million units by the end of the financial year (March 31st). The company’s holiday sales are no doubt partly due... Read more...
Each year when E3 rolls around, we are never sure exactly what will be at the show. Companies come and go from the gaming event as it has shrunk over the years from its heyday where virtually every major gaming company used to participate. At E3 2019 we already know that Sony and the PlayStation crew won't be attending the show. Without the pressure of having to compete with Sony, many wondered if that meant that Microsoft and the Xbox group would skip the show as well. Well, Microsoft Executive VP Of Gaming, Phil Spencer has stepped up and made Microsoft's presence and participation at E3 2019 this year very clear. Spencer has stated in an interview with Larry Hyrb, that the Xbox presence at... Read more...
Gamers may already be looking forward to the next generation of game consoles with some rumors pointing to 8-12GB of RAM in the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox machines, but for now, we are stuck with current generation consoles. Sony has the runaway sales leader with the PS4. Sony recently announced the cumulative sales numbers for the PlayStation 4 as of the end of 2018, and the performance is impressive. Sony Interactive Entertainment says that during the 2018 holiday season it sold over 5.6 million PS4 units, and the massive holiday season pushed cumulative sales for the PS4 to 91.6 million units globally. Sony also gave up some details on software sales noting that over 50.7 million PS4 games... Read more...
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