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You may have figured Sony would blitz CES with new headphones and other audio products, and perhaps a wide assortment of electronic gadgets. Instead, the company is sparking interest with the Vision-S, a concept electric vehicle (EV) with nearly three dozen sensors in and around the car, and a bunch of high-tech goodies. Sony is not the first name that comes into mind when thinking about automobiles, and the EV category specifically. However, the Vision-S is a bold (and surprising) attempt to inject Sony into the discussion, and in a big way. If nothing else, this is certainly an ambitious move by the PlayStation maker. "Sony wants to change mobility as we know it. How can we inspire people through... Read more...
Only Sony really knows what the final version of the PlayStation 5 will look like when it ships to consumers at the end of the year. As we wait for the big date, however, more pictures have emerged showcasing the PS5 devkit that developers have access to in order to make and test PS5 games on. We also get a glimpse of the DualShock 5 controller. The PS5 devkit has been the subject of numerous leaks and rumors, including prior sketches (from a patent application) and subsequent renders that found their way to the web. It is a unique design for sure, with a V-shaped cutout in the heart of the console. It looks sort of like an alien spaceship, and is the kind of design that people are likely to... Read more...
Microsoft and Sony and are both planning to launch next-generation game consoles near the end of 2020, the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, respectively. While full details of each one is under tight lock and key, we know both will feature custom AMD silicon, consisting of Zen 2 CPU cores and a powerful Navi GPU, paired with a solid state drive. But which one will be the faster console? Some new information suggests the Xbox One X could have the edge, at least on paper. All we really know for sure is that the Navi GPU inside each console will bring hardware-level support for real-time ray tracing. Beyond that, there is no official information outlining the number of compute units or stream processors,... Read more...
We still have about a year to go before Sony launches its next-generation PlayStation 5 console, which will go up against Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Series X. Little by little, we are learning more about the hardware and features that will comprise the next round of flagship gaming systems. One interesting tidbit that recently emerged is that developers have apparently been praising how easy its is make games for the PS5. Even though the PS5 will not come out until "holiday 2020," developers already have access to PS5 devkits, so they can program games for launch day (and shortly after). And according to Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida, developers have... Read more...
There's no question that smartphone OEMs have gone “camera crazy” in recent years. Just a few years ago, it was an oddity to see a smartphone with two rear cameras, and now it's rare to see a new mid-range to flagship smartphone released with any less than three image sensors. Given the demand for multiple high-quality sensors in today's devices, suppliers are finding it hard to keep up with demand. For Sony in particular, the company says that it is running its production lines 24-7 in order to keep up with demand, but even that isn't enough to satisfy its customers. As a result, the company is looking to double capital expenditures for the current fiscal year to roughly $2.6 billion.... Read more...
You can never have too many controller buttons, right? Perhaps that's the mantra over at Sony, as the company has just announced a new official accessory for the PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller.  The accessory is called the Back Button Attachment, and it adds to more programmable buttons to the -- you guessed it -- back of the DualShock 4 controller. The Back Button Attachment plugs into the bottom of the controller and provides a passthrough for the 3.5mm headphone jack. The actual buttons are more like paddles, and you have the ability to remap them on-the-fly to suit whichever game you're currently playing. Sony even allows you to store button profiles for up to three... Read more...
It will be around a full year before Sony rolls out its next-generation PlayStation 5 console, and in the meantime, we are left to scrape details from little nuggets Sony shares here and there, the usual rounds of leaks and rumors, and perhaps patent applications as well. As it pertains to the latter, Sony was just recently granted an interesting patent that could potentially turn any single-player game into a multi-player experience. As things currently stand, developers choose to make a game single-player or multi-player, and players are pretty much bound to that decision. There are end-arounds, of course, such as taking turns controlling a character if two or more people happen to be in the... Read more...
We're used to seeing teardown of all the latest tech gadgets courtesy of iFixit with its high-resolution images and videos. Today, however, the teardown experts are giving us a look inside the original Sony PlayStation to commemorate its 25th birthday. Unlike today's devices which are often riddled with proprietary screws, copious amounts of glue, and intricate designs that make them nearly impossible work on, the PlayStation is a relative joy to disassemble. In fact, getting inside the console is accomplished by using a trusty Philips screwdriver, after which the top plastic cover of the console can be lifted from its base. Inside, you'll find a rather large power supply unit,... Read more...
This should come as no surprise, but Sony and the evolution of its PlayStation console are in the records books—the Guinness World Records, that is. As Sony celebrates the 25th anniversary of its original PlayStation console, the Guinness World Records recognized the company for having the "best-selling home videogame console brand ever." The achievements spans four main generations of PlayStation, including the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 (the latter of which is the second-best selling home console in history). And of course Sony has a history of peppering each generation of PlayStation will refreshed models, including slim designs and more powerful... Read more...
We've seen patent drawings of [the dev version of] Sony's upcoming PlayStation 5 (PS5) along with a slew of renders based on those drawings. Today, however, we're getting our best look yet at the dev boxes that have been in the hands of game studios around the globe. Not surprisingly, the devices that we see in this single image look like a dead ringer for the previous leaks. The image also confirms the weird V-shaped at the top of the console that is infused with what appears to be cooling vents. Tom Warren, a writer for The Verge, posted to Twitter confirming that the image is legit while at the same time explaining the reasoning behind the peculiar design of the dev boxes. PS5... Read more...
It's no secret that the next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony will both use a solid-state drive (SSD) in an effort to improve overall system performance and game loading times. However, up until this point, we had no idea who would be supplying this speedy storage subsystem for the Xbox Project Scarlett and the PlayStation 5. However, according to a presentation at the Samsung SSD forum last week in Tokyo, we're learning that Samsung is likely the vendor that has been selected. During a presentation on SSDs, Samsung presented a slide dedicated to gaming SSDs for consoles. The performance for the so-called "Optimized NVMe" SSD show it providing a substantial decrease... Read more...
We have two highly anticipated game console launches coming up in 2020, and they are Microsoft's Xbox Project Scarlett and Sony's PlayStation 5. Of the two, we know the most about the PlayStation 5, and according to a new leak, we now know exactly when it will launch and how it will be priced. According to a leak from Twitter user PSErebus, Sony's previous "Holiday 2020" launch has been pinned down more specifically to November 20th 2020. That launch date definitely seems to mesh with Sony's previous two launches -- PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 -- which launched on November 11th 2006 and November 15th 2013 respectively. The second bit of information suggests that the PlayStation 5 will launch... Read more...
We're getting an early look at the Dual Shock 5 wireless controller for Sony's upcoming PlayStation 5 (PS5) game console courtesy of a new patent filing. The leak comes from the Japanese Patent Office, and details the Dual Shock 5 via relatively detailed line drawings. Looking at the drawings, the Dual Shock 5 doesn't represent a dramatic departure from the current Dual Shock 4, but there are some notable differences. The patent makes mention of an integrated microphone, which will be used for the PS5's integrated digital assistant. The light bar has been removed from the controller, and there is a USB-C port at the top of the controller for recharging purposes (instead of the... Read more...
My first introduction to gaming on a console was the Atari 2600, and like several systems that would follow, it used game cartridges. These days, onboard storage drives, memory cards, and digital downloads rule the day, and there is no going back. Or is there? A curious patent filing from Sony may tip the return of the old school cartridge for the PlayStation 5, but with a new school twist. There is very little information to go on right now, just a patent with a mostly bare patent with a rough sketch of a cartridge. Much of the context is missing—does Sony envision using these cartridges to store games like back in the day, or could they be simply be a way of expanding the PS5's storage... Read more...
In a little over a year, Sony will launch its next-generation PlayStation 5 console, and already there has been much made about the hardware inside—it will feature a custom Zen 2 CPU and Navi GPU with hardware-accelerated real-time ray tracing support and a solid state drive for faster load times. But while we already have an inkling of the PS5's brute power, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan wanted to clarify some points about the behind-the-scenes development strategy and transitioning users from the PlayStation 4 to the PS5. Those things go hand-in-hand, and there is a lot at stake. Notably, Sony recently reached 100 million unit sales of the PS4, which is somewhat of a rare benchmark in consoles—the... Read more...
Sony tacked on an additional 2.8 million PlayStation 4 console sales during its second quarter for fiscal 2019 (July through September). Those sales bring the cumulative tally to 102.8 million PS4 units to date, making it more successful (in terms of units sold) than the original PlayStation, and second only to the PlayStation 2. Second place among four generations of PlayStation consoles is nothing to sneeze at—the PS2 sold 155 million units during its lifetime, a record that might never be broken at Sony. Incidentally, the PS4 not climbed to second place among Sony's own game consoles, it also edged ahead of the Nintendo Wii, which has seen 101.6 million unit sales. This achievement is... Read more...
PS4 gamers who have worn out their controllers from heavy use or from tossing the controller on the ground in a fit of gamer rage may want to listen up. eBay seller antonline is running a smoking deal on a brand new Dual Shock 4 controllers with a full warranty for $35 instead of the $60 MSRP. The listing shows that 1,877 of the controllers have been sold and calls out that the seller is an authorized Sony distributor. The only caveat is that the controller is offered in black only. Gamers wanting any of the fancy colors available from Sony will need to go to another retailer and possibly shell out full price. Antonline is a seller that most won't recognize by name, but it has... Read more...
Sony is gearing up to launch the PlayStation 5 game console in 2020. Ahead of the launch of the console, a bunch of rumors are flying around about the console and its controller. A new patent has turned up that describes a very odd sounding controller that speculation suggests could be for the PlayStation VR 2 system as well. The patent describes a controller that sounds as if it can control how much of the buttons stick out of the surface without impacting the functionality of the buttons. As with all patents, the wording is odd. The patent states, "Proposed is a controller which can suppress an amount of protrusion of an operation member from an external surface of a chassis while operability... Read more...
It goes without saying that we all expected this result, but Sony today confirmed the obvious. Its next-generation gaming console will indeed by called the PlayStation 5, or PS5 for short. This news came courtesy of a blog post by Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) President and CEO Jim Ryan. The PlayStation 5 will be all-new from the ground up, and will be powered by an octa-core AMD Ryzen 3000 processor backed by a Radeon Navi-based GPU. Other items of note include the fact that standby mode power consumption has been dramatically cut from 8.5 watts to 0.5 watts, while a new SSD storage subsystem will completely revolutionize the gaming experience with respect to load... Read more...
Sony has announced that the latest update for the PlayStation 4 is coming this week around the world. The new software will take the PS4 to system version 7.00. The update brings with it key system features, including features for Party and Remote Play. Sony notes that a number of the new features, including the enhanced Party play, were unveiled in beta earlier this summer. The Party Feature Update makes it easier for players who enjoy playing along with their friends and community members to set up a Party. The updated Party feature includes key changes like the maximum number of Party users increased to 16 people. Network connectivity has been improved. Sony has improved Audio quality and... Read more...
Call it one small step for PlayStation 4 owners and one giant leap for gamers, as Sony has opened the door for cross platform gameplay. Or shall we say, opened it a bit wider—Sony actually relented to Epic Games around this same time a year ago by allowing an open beta enabling cross-play in Fortnite between the PS4 and Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. At first, Sony was resistant to the idea, citing the PS4's supposed superiority over other platforms as the reason why. Sony also admitted at the time that it was not a technical barrier preventing it from embracing open play, just that the "PlayStation [4] is the best place to play." Sony would later backpedal by saying "enabling... Read more...
Pinch me, because I must be streaming. It's getting increasingly difficult not to slip into a sweet stream, with competition in the space heating up. In response to the growing field of competitors, Sony just slashed the price of its PlayStation Now game streaming service in half, to $9.99 per month. It's even cheaper if you pay for the service in the 3-month or 12-month chunks. "Starting today, PS Now will be offered at a more compelling price that is comparable to other entertainment streaming services on the market. Current customers will see this new pricing reflected in their next billing cycle," Sony said in a statement. Sony's price cut is in clear response to services like Google's Stadia... Read more...
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