Sony starts selling PlayStation 4 in Japan months after US, European launches
Sony has launched the PlayStation 4 game console in Japan, months after shipping it to customers in the United States and Europe. While it has already sold 5.3 million units in other markets when competing against the Xbox One, the launch in Japan will be largely uncontested, with The Verge noting no news of an Xbox One launch in the country has been issued by Microsoft, and the Nintendo's Wii-U continues to sell poorly.
Sony shifts 5.3M PlayStation 4 consoles, beats recent Xbox sales figures
Sony has sold over 5.3 million PlayStation 4 game consoles globally as of February 8th, the company has revealed. The news comes just days before the company launches the console in its native Japan on February 22nd. In comparison, Microsoft's January financial results toward the end of January showed it sold 3.9 million competing Xbox One consoles and 3.5 million of the Xbox 360.
Moshi releases flip cover case for iPhone 5s and 5c, features embedded touch sensors
Mobile accessory maker Moshi unveiled earlier this week its flip cover case for iPhone 5s and 5c, the SenseCover. Allowing users to swipe to answer phone calls or silence alarms without exposing the iPhone's touchscreen, Moshi's touch-sensitive plates within the front cover offers a design similar to what is seen from Samsung's S-View flip cover for Galaxy handsets. Its cutout near the top lets the caller identification information still remain visible. When access to the touchscreen is desired, the cover can be folded back and kept open by its rear-mounted magnetic clasp.
Invitations to test game streaming service sent to PlayStation 3 owners
Sony has reportedly started sending out invitations to beta test its PlayStation Now streaming service. Taking place ahead of its expected launch in the United States this summer, the private beta will allow users to play PlayStation 3 titles without needing to download the game beforehand, with players able to stream games to a console over the Internet.
Cloud-based DVR service teased alongside Gaikai service rebrand
Sony has revealed that it is naming its online game streaming service PlayStation Now at its CES keynote address, as well as teasing the launch of another cloud-based video service. The Gaikai-powered gaming service will be accompanied by one that will offer live TV, video on demand, and a cloud-based DVR, as Sony attempts to bolster the content available for the PlayStation 4 and its other devices.
PS4 owners can now stream music videos for free
Sony last week announced that owners of its PlayStation 4 console will now have access to thousands of music music videos for free. The company has added VidZone to the PlayStation 4, adding a feature that was already available for owners of the PlayStation 3. The VidZone app, Sony says, has been optimized for the PlayStation 4, bringing enhanced social integration features faster start-up times, and quicker navigation. In addition to music videos, VidZone also offers access to assorted television channels.
Sony lays the foundation for its gaming future with the PS4
The Sony PS4 is the most important console Sony has yet produced, especially as some observers argue that it could be one of the last dedicated gaming consoles with rise of mobile devices and high-quality casual gaming. It is Sony's proposition for why multipurpose gaming consoles still deserve a place in the home of not only gamers, but other users who might primarily be after an entertainment hub with some occasional gaming. However, to help differentiate its console from the Microsoft Xbox One, its primary competition, Sony has pitched the PS4 at the gaming heartland. So how is the Sony PS4 shaping up and is it a must-have device for your family room or study? Read on in our full review of the Sony PlayStation 4.
Europe launch expected in 2015
Sony is reportedly planning to bring online game streaming to its PlayStation 4 platform in the third quarter of 2014, unnamed sources have told Eurogamer. The company previously noted that the Gaikai-powered features won't be available until 2014, however the leak suggests the new console hardware will be on the market for nearly a year before the streaming feature arrives for users in North America.
The Playroom banned on Twitch due to non-gaming usage
The Sony PlayStation 4 has hit a number of stumbling blocks, just before the company launches the game console in Europe. Game video streaming partner Twitch has banned one launch title from the service outright, and European users will also be missing out on a number of social features for the days following the console's launch.
Sony PlayStation 4 lands in US, Europe to wait until November 29
Sony has launched the latest model in its line of game consoles in the United States. The PlayStation 4, on sale now before a later release on November 29 in Europe, is being priced by retailers at $400 for the console alone with a single touchpad-equipped DualShock 4 controller, though unlike the Xbox One and the Kinect, the Playstation 4 Eye is an optional purchase costing $60 on top.
One of five Kotaku PS4s, some retail establishments stricken by limited failures
Some early PlayStation 4 owners are complaining about HDMI and display issues. Among the notable infant failures, or dead-on-arrival units, are one to gaming publication Kotaku, one to gaming website IGN, and several reports gathered by Electronista from demonstration units shipped to retail stores.
PlayStation 4 development team working to add music playback after launch
Sony will be adding MP3 and CD audio playback to the PlayStation 4 in the future, following an online outcry. The change in plans by the console producer comes at the same time as it releases updated companion apps for the PlayStation 4 on both iOS and Android, ahead of its launch in the United States on November 15th.
TV, gaming woes cast doubt on Sony's three-pronged plan
Sony has released its earnings statement for the most recent financial quarter, revealing a weak outlook due to poor performances by its entertainment and television divisions. The Japanese electronics giant cut its full-year profit targets by 40 percent and posted a quarterly net loss of $197 million for the three months ending September 30. Things are looking up, though, for the firm's mobile division, which has seen revenue and sales of its Xperia devices continuing to grow.
PS4 will get 300MB download on launch date
Sony has confirmed that when its PlayStation 4 video game console launches in November, it will require a day-one software update. The update, approximately 300MB in size, will bring the PS4 to version 1.50 of its system software. The electronics giant says that the update will be necessary to enable a number of features.
Sony's next console takes top spot on gamer wish lists
Sony could have a winner on its hands, according to a new poll from Reuters/Ipsos showing that the PlayStation 4 has a considerable lead when it comes to gamers' intended purchases. The new poll results come ahead of the launch of both consoles in time for the holiday season, and its results would indicate a bright future for Sony's next-generation offering. Just over one-in-four respondents said that they were likely to purchase a PS4 when it becomes available later this year.
US, Europe release of PS Vita TV could happen, states Sony senior vice president
Sony is considering releasing its PlayStation Vita TV set-top box in the United States and European markets, following a "strong response" from gamers. The move effectively reverses an earlier report, where an executive claimed the company was "not planning" to release the device further afield than markets close to Japan, such as China and South Korea.
App turns smartphone, tablet into PS4 game controller
Sony plans to offer its own answer to Microsoft's SmartGlass interface for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, in the form of the PlayStation App. The announcement of the mobile and tablet app for iOS and Android at the company's Tokyo Games Show keynote accompanies more details about the PlayStation 4 and Sony's expected sales for the device.
A spate of interesting and innovative products from Sony bodes well
Corporate strategies are a dime a dozen, so when Sony CEO Kaz Hirai unveiled his ‘One Sony’ vision people would have been right to view it with a healthy dose of scepticism. It certainly sounded good on paper, but “the proof of the pudding is in the tasting” as the saying goes. If there ever was a company that was crying out for a much more integrated and cohesive approach to its devices and services strategy, it is Sony, a company long viewed to be comprised of fractured and fragmented divisions often pitted against each other, rather than working together harmoniously. It must have been hard to swallow as Sony watched Apple take its crown as the maker of the coolest and most lusted after tech gadgets on the planet.
SCE CEO states gaming extender technically capable of cloud game streaming
The recently-announced PS Vita TV may be able to perform more functions that originally revealed. Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House revealed that the gaming device, said to be able to play games from its handheld consoles as well as act as a media extender for the PlayStation 4, is also technically able to play PlayStation 3 games.
Camera to be sold separately from console
Sony is reportedly preparing to support voice-recognition features with its upcoming PlayStation 4 console. The capabilities were noted in a presentation to retail staff at the GameStop Expo, highlighting the PlayStation Camera's "navigational voice commands" and facial recognition, and later confirmed in an official statement to Eurogamer.
Live game video streaming service Twitch to be included on PS4
Sony has revealed the launch dates for the PlayStation 4 game console, among other details, at its Gamescom keynote presentation. Gamers will be able to pick up the console from retailers on November 15th in the United States, while Europeans will have to wait until November 29th, with the price remaining at $399 in the US, €399 in Europe, and £349 in the United Kingdom.
Manufacturing labels for Japan, China suggest high production levels
The Sony PlayStation 4 has been spotted heading through the FCC for approval. The upcoming game console, due to ship before the end of this year, is shown in the filing to have both China and Japan listed as the country of manufacture, suggesting that Sony is attempting to make sure there are as few console supply issues as possible at launch.
Next-gen console comes packed with Watch Dogs, Killzone
Amazon is riding the PlayStation 4 hype and offering gamers the chance to get their new consoles on the day the PS4 is released. The online retailer is now offering bundled versions of the PlayStation 4 with a release date guarantee. The PS4 is available in four different bundles from Amazon.
New console to see 30 titles in the first year
At an E3 announcement earlier today, Sony showed off its new PlayStation 4 console, this time demoing the actual production unit. In much the same manner as competitor Microsoft, the company also demoed and listed upcoming titles for the console. Beyond just the new console, the company also debuted a $299 bundle with a Playstation 3 and the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V title.
Blurry video reveals black base color, prominent edges in design
Sony has teased its upcoming game console, via a video uploaded to YouTube. The clip, which alternates between close-up shots and one zooming into what could be presumed to be the impending PlayStation 4, is released the day before Microsoft is due to reveal its future plans for its own replacement for the Xbox 360.
Sony highlights the thought processes behind the DualShock 4
Sony is continuing to whet gamer appetites for the impending launch of its PlayStation 4. However, rather than tease the yet to be revealed console, the Japanese gaming giant has returned its attention to the only hardware reveal of its PlayStation Meeting 2013 pseudo-launch of the PlayStation 4. In the video embedded below, Sony’s design team talk about how they worked with developers to revise and improve on the design of the DualShock 3 in making the DualShock 4.
Console based on x86 architecture
As expected, Sony's has announced official details surrounding its PlayStation 4 game console today at a special event in New York. The company has focused heavily on social features and streaming gaming, taking advantage of technology refined by acquired company Gaikai, highlighting the ability to run demos instantly and start games while the rest of the data continues to download in the background.
Orbis system based on AMD A10 APU
Game developers have started to receive development kits for the Playstation 4, according to reports. The systems, to be used by programming teams and game publishers while making next-gen titles, arrive just three months before another Playstation 4 development kit is set to be issued. As they are effectively a "modified PC", they offer no real clues to the system's external design, though some internal details have emerged.
Ultra definition format said to be a major feature
The next iteration of Sony's PlayStation gaming and media console may support the "ultra-definition" resolution known as 4K. This according to an unnamed source, who tells BGR that the feature would figure into a larger push on Sony's part to sell the 4K spec to the wider public. The technology isn't yet priced to be competitive in the consumer electronics sector, and indeed the PlayStation 4 has yet to be announced, but the rumor does conform to Sony's previous actions in popularizing a technology.
Console now said to integrate 3.2GHz processor
Sony made no mention of its next-generation PlayStation console this week at E3, however recent rumors outline a fresh list of hardware specs. Unnamed sources have told Dutch gaming site PSX-Sense the fourth-generation PlayStation, referred to by the code-name "Orbis," will integrate a new quad-core 3.2GHz AMD Fusion APU, which has been referred to by the monicker "Liverpool."