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Sony, what are you doing? The Sony PlayStation 5 is one of two highly anticipated gaming console launching at the end of this year (with the other being the Xbox Series X) and excitement has building at a feverish pace. However, Sony has just announced a crazy PlayStation 5 preorder scheme that has many scratching their heads. The Japanese gaming giant has setup an online registration page that only gets you the opportunity to preorder a PlayStation 5. That’s right, this isn’t a straight-up, no questions asked preorder program. You’re simply being put into a separate queue, which might get you a chance to give Sony your money if you’re selected. ... Read more...
Later this year, Sony’s PlayStation 5 hopes to make a splash with plans to release around the holiday season. In the meantime, the marketing team over at Sony has dropped its first global ad spot showcasing some of the upcoming features. According to Mary Yee, Vice President of Global Marketing, their goal is “to tell a unique story through our marketing.” At the opening of the ad, “you’ll see the new console’s features come to life through a young woman’s eyes and her movements.” Representing DualSense haptic feedback, the young woman walks across an icy lake, and as it begins to crack, she can sense the feeling. As the character senses something... Read more...
If you had been wondering if your DualShock 4 controller will work on the upcoming PlayStation 5 console that is due out later this year, Sony is offering clarification. The short answer is yes, it will work. Well, sort of. The slightly longer answer is it will work, but only when playing PlayStation 4 games, and not PS5 titles. That is a pretty big caveat, and will undoubtedly disappoint PS4 owners who might have hoped they could save a bit of coin on extra controllers by handing an existing DualShock 4 to friends and siblings when playing on the same console. That will work for PS4 games, but if you're hoping to assert your dominance in, say, the PS5 version of NBA 2K21 over your little brother,... Read more...
Sony is making a big to-do about its "Ready for PlayStation 5" lineup of big screen Bravia TVs. The new designation applies to certain models that Sony has deemed as being, well, ready for its upcoming PS5 console, which will make its debut later this year (holiday 2020). But what does the additional branding really mean? Part of it is a clever marketing play. Sony likely figures that a Ready for PlayStation 5 badge will make PS5 owners more inclined to purchase one of its Bravia TV sets, on the assumption that they were designed an built with the game console in mind. "The new 'Ready for PlayStation 5' tagline has been created in partnership with Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) to make... Read more...
Sony has promised not to spring PlayStation 5 preorder availability on the public without sufficient notice, and while that's nifty and all, there is evidence to suggest the big day is coming relatively soon. For one, we know the PS5 will ship this holiday season (November or December). In addition, the underlying HTML code on one of Sony's websites contains some interesting text seemingly related to the PS5's eventual preorder status. We still do not know when exactly the PS5 or Xbox Series X will launch, as Sony and Microsoft still have not announced a specific date. My money's on sometime in November, though. In the meantime, Reddit user Kgarvey dug up some telling bits in the source code... Read more...
Depending on your age and background, the Sony brand might be synonymous with Bravia TVs, Alpha cameras, PlayStation game consoles, or even Walkman audio players. And you’d be right in thinking that way, but did you know Sony also makes Xperia smartphones, and even sells them in the US? Well, it’s true. Sony's Android handsets also often include features found in the company’s TVs, cameras, game consoles, and audio players. They’re always quite premium, differentiated in a unique way, and always very "Sony".  However, for years now, Sony has struggled to stand out in the rapidly commodifying smartphone market -- not so much for lack of being different, but more for... Read more...
Sony is expecting its upcoming PlayStation 5 to be a big hit with gamers. After all, it's been nearly 7 years since the PlayStation 4 first launched, and there's been a lot of excitement around this new generation of consoles (which also includes Microsoft’s Xbox Series X).  Sony is reportedly so confident in demand for the console that it will double the number of units that it was planning to initially produce. According to a report from the Bloomberg, Sony had originally planned to produce 6 million PlayStation 5 consoles through March 2021. However, the company is now projected to ship around 10 million units. That's a huge increase in production compare to what was originally... Read more...
It appears that everyone wants a piece of Epic Games. Whether its competing developers that want a piece of the battle royale market that Fortnite dominates, or companies that want to invest into the gaming behemoth that Epic Games has become over the past two decades. Sony is looking to slot into the latter category with a $250 million minority investment into Epic Games. In a joint press release, the two companies said that the investment "reinforces the shared mission to advance the state of the art in technology, entertainment, and socially-connected online services." The investment shouldn't be too surprising, given that Epic Games chose Sony -- rather than Microsoft -- to showcase... Read more...
Both Sony and Microsoft have their next-generation game consoles launching this holiday season. While we know almost everything about the hardware and design of both consoles at this point, pricing is still a mystery, although many are expecting both consoles to come in around the $500 range in the US. While Sony has offered no official indication of pricing for its PlayStation 5 or the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, some news has surfaced from Reddit user youessbee who claims to have been a participant in a Nielsen survey about the PlayStation 5 console. According to the Reddit user, pricing for the PlayStation 5 is still being decided by Sony. One of the survey questions explicitly stated that... Read more...
Gamers all around the world are waiting in anticipation for Sony to give up the final details of the PlayStation 5 game console. Not long ago, Sony showed what the PlayStation 5 would look like in both the digital version that lacks a physical media drive and a version with a disc drive built-in. What Sony didn't offer at the time was pricing information leaving speculation and rumors to run rampant. A new leak has hinted at pricing for the PS5. Twitter user Ben Geskin has posted an image of what he claims to be a PlayStation 5 product page from Amazon France. Geskin happened on the page when browsing the Amazon France website, which showed pricing for both the Digital Edition of the PlayStation... Read more...
Sony's VP of UX design for PlayStation is Matt MacLaurin, and he's been active on LinkedIn dropping details to people who are asking questions about the user interface for the PlayStation 5. So far, he's revealed several tidbits about the user interface for the next-generation console. The UI represents a 100 percent overhaul compared to the PlayStation 4 and will use what he calls "very different concepts." MacLaurin says that the primary focus of his team was the operating system user interface, which hasn't been shown to the public yet. Primary responsibilities in the redesign include cleaning up core functionality. However, the VP noted that there are some "key new bets that you'll see soon."... Read more...
Sony's PlayStation 5 made its big debut yesterday, and the results were definitely mixed with regards to its design. The console's design is definitely more "out there" than the now seemingly quaint Xbox Series X, and has drawn a lot of criticism in the process. The console has a central strip that is black, which is flanked by white "wings" that curve outward at the top. The design has been likened from everything to the original Nintendo Wii attempting to cosplay as Batman to a modern interpretation of the original Xbox 360 (the RRoD-prone one). Gathered below are some of our favorite social "burns" of the PlayStation 5 that have rolled through since the console was officially unveiled:... Read more...
After months of looking at leaked PlayStation 5 dev boxes and speculative renders based on that design, we’re finally locking eyes on the production console. And thankfully, it looks nothing that spaceship-esque designs that we’ve previously witnessed.  The PlayStation 5 has a very organic shape with a black center core that flanked by curved white sides that fan out. It’s definitely “different”, and is a more interesting design choice than Microsoft’s tall, monolith-like Xbox Series X. Like that console, Sony allows you to place the PlayStation 5 either horizontally or vertically depending on your preference (or space constraints).... Read more...
We have many questions about Sony's upcoming PlayStation 5 game console, as we are sure you do as well. How much will it cost? What hardware features have not yet been announced? When exactly will it launch? The list goes on, and hopefully Sony will answer at least some of them today during a pre-recorded event. More than likely, however, we will mostly (if not entirely) get a look at some upcoming games, and hopefully with actual gameplay footage (as opposed to cinematic trailers). "There are few things as exciting as the launch of a new console. While this road to launch has been a bit…different, we are as thrilled as ever to bring you with us on this journey to redefine the future of... Read more...
No great video game would be complete without a memorable soundtrack and the highly anticipated The Last of Us Part II will be no exception. The Last of Us Part II will feature Pearl Jam’s song “Future Days.” The song will be used several times throughout the game to highlight the relationship between Joel and Ellie. Pearl Jam’s “Future Days” was initially released as part of their 2013 album Lightning Bolt. The lyrics focus on a deep, personal relationship. The chorus of the song says, “I believe/ And I believe 'cause I can see/ Our future days/ Days of you and me.” Developers Naughty Dog have argued that this song is important to the narrative... Read more...
Next generation game consoles will bring significant upgrades in power and capabilities over their predecessors, potentially paving the way for a true generational leap in gaming. But is there a bottleneck in the equation? If there is, it will not be the storage, which is getting a long overdue bump to a solid state drive, but perhaps the display. Matt Hargett, one of the engineers who worked on the PlayStation 5 has been revealing little tidbits here and there on Twitter. For example, in April he posted a tweet saying, "Many, many things haven't shown up in leaks. There are plenty of secrets that are being well kept. :)" Then yesterday, Hargett explained why some upcoming games for the PlayStation... Read more...
Sony had originally planned to discuss “The Future of Gaming” on the PlayStation 4 on June 4th, but widespread demonstrations and unrest resulting from the death of George Floyd postponed those plans. Before the June 4th event was scheduled to take place, Sony released the following statement: While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel that right now is the time for a celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allows more important voices to be heard. For those that have been eager to see what Sony has in store, the wait won’t be long at all. In fact, Sony has penciled in June 11th for its rescheduled event, which amounts... Read more...
Gaming has taken on a new importance during the COVID-19 pandemic as people have sought out an “escape” from the dire news that has been broadcast over the airways for the past few months. Well, if you’re a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One gamer, we’ve got a few good deals for you today that will help you save money on some popular subscription services. Starting off with the Sony camp, Amazon is discounting both its PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now subscriptions by 30 percent, taking them from $60 per year to just $42 per year each. PlayStation Now is what enables multiplayer functionality for PlayStation 4 games, and gives you access to free games each month.... Read more...
If you were a fan of Sony’s WH-1000XM3 headphones, then you’ll be happy to know that its successor is right around the corner. In fact, we know that it’s coming soon as none other than retail giant Walmart has leaked its existence via its online shopping portal. The headphones are obviously called the WH-1000XM4, and they’re listed with an asking price of $348, which is the same price as the current-generation headphones. From a design and features standpoint, the newer model hones closely to its predecessor. But as you might expect, there are a few new standout features that might be worth the upgrade for audiophiles. For starters, the XM4’s offer the ability... Read more...
Sony is still planning to launch its next-generation PlayStation 5 console later this year (likely in November or December), despite the challenges associated with COVID-19. The question then becomes, how much will it cost? Sony CEO Jim Ryan offered up some interesting remarks on the PS5's pricing, while stopping short of committing to a specific cost. Pricing will be a big factor in the PS5 is received, along with Microsoft's competing Xbox Series X. Both consoles enter the next-gen fray with custom AMD silicon consisting of Zen 2 CPU cores paired with RDNA 2 graphics, with hardware support for real-time ray tracing. They also bring a solid state drive to the mix for much faster storage. It... Read more...
It seems Sony is not messing around with regards to backwards compatibility on its upcoming PlayStation 5 console, which is scheduled to arrive towards the end of the year (holiday 2020, so likely November or December). To ensure as few hiccups as possible, Sony has put the word out to developers that starting July 13, any new PlayStation 4 games must also work on the PS5. Backwards compatibility could be a big selling point, considering how games are available on the PS4. Initially, there was some confusion about how many existing titles would work on the PS5. During a specs reveal, Sony's Mark Cerny the company "recently took a look at the top 100 PS4 titles as ranked by play time, and we're... Read more...
The next-generation console wars have already heated up, and neither the Xbox Series X nor the PlayStation 5 have even launched yet. Microsoft and Sony fans just can’t help but bicker online about console performance, exclusives, and which platform has the best games – and those feuds will extend into the next-generation. To that end, Sony has announced that it will hold an event on June 4th at 4pm EST where it will focus on games for the PlayStation 5. Interestingly enough, Sony doesn’t have a high bar to jump over considering the nearly universally panned Xbox Series X “gameplay” event earlier this month that showed more prerendered gameplay... Read more...
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