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Microsoft sells 5M Xbox One consoles, Sony hits 7M PlayStation 4 sales

04/18, 10:23am

Xbox One continues to be outsold by PlayStation 4

Microsoft has sold more than five million Xbox One game consoles since its launch, the company has revealed. While Microsoft is celebrating the sales milestone, the game console is still far behind the leading PlayStation 4, with Sony reporting more than 7 million units sold worldwide in a blog post just one day before Microsoft's announcement.

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Briefly: Playstation 4 patch, Google Keyboard for Android updated

03/19, 8:19pm

Sony to release PS4 update, adding rich video editor and more

Today Sony announced on its blog the upcoming release of a patch for PlayStation 4. Offering the new ability to turn High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) off at any time, players will be able to record footage using an external capture device. The patch will add a video editor for users to modify their gaming footage without the need for external software, and video and screenshot content will be able to be moved to an external USB drive if desired. Sony states that in partnership with Twitch and Ustream, it will be adding the ability for Twitch broadcasts to be archived, and offered in a higher resolution of 720p. Further details are expected in the coming weeks.

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Briefly: Nokia Refocus for all Lumias, Sony leads console race in US

03/14, 6:54am

Nokia rolls out Refocus app to all Lumia devices running Windows Phone 8

Nokia is making its Lytro-style Refocus app available to all Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices, as a free download via the Windows Phone Store. The app, which was initially released for Lumias with PureView, allows users to adjust the focal point of an image, after the photograph has been taken, with the resulting image shareable on social networks and stored on OneDrive.

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Sony rumored to unveil virtual reality efforts at GDC next week

03/13, 8:38am

First Sony VR headset claimed to beat first iteration of Oculus Rift

Sony could be preparing to reveal its own virtual reality headset at the Game Developer's Conference next week, according to a rumor. According to "developers familiar" with the device, the initial version of the headset will be shown to developers alongside a demo from a first-party studio, with the reception of the device potentially dictating if Sony will proceed to a public release.

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Briefly: Sony PS4 hits Japan, HTC One KitKat update on AT&T, T-Mobile

02/22, 2:16pm

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.

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Briefly: Sony sells 5.3M PS4 consoles, Dropbox China block lifted

02/18, 6:53am

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.

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Briefly: Moshi's SenseCover for iPhone, Playstation 4 app updated

02/02, 11:04pm

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.

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Sony opens PlayStation Now private beta in North America

01/29, 7:56am

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.

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Sony aims for PlayStation Now game streaming launch by summer

01/07, 1:43pm

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.

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VidZone brings free music videos for PS4 owners

12/29, 6:26pm

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.

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Full review: Sony PlayStation 4

12/07, 5:44am

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.

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PS4's Gaikai-powered game streaming reportedly slated for Q3 2014

12/02, 5:23pm

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.

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PlayStation 4 title banned on Twitch, Europe loses social features

11/28, 9:37am

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.

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Sony launches PlayStation 4 game console in United States

11/15, 6:50am

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.

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Faulty HDMI on some launch PlayStation 4 units; Sony claims 'isolated'

11/14, 5:12pm

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.

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Sony adding MP3, CD playback in PS4 patch, updates companion app

11/13, 7:18am

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.

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Even with mobile growing, Sony cuts profit outlook 40 percent

10/31, 11:16am

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.

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PS4 to see day-one software update, mobile app launching before

10/25, 2:46pm

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.

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Poll: PS4 tops Xbox One for gamers' holiday choice

09/29, 3:00pm

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.

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Sony reconsiders Asia-only PS Vita TV launch after 'strong response'

09/20, 11:42am

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.

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Sony plans PlayStation App for iOS, Android as SmartGlass competition

09/19, 6:17am

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.

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Opinion: Sony finally starting to get it right under Kaz Hirai

09/15, 7:24am

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.

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Sony PS Vita TV could gain PS3 game streaming support

09/12, 7:28am

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.

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PlayStation 4 Camera adds support for voice recognition

09/02, 10:56am

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.

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Sony confirms November launch for PlayStation 4 in US, Europe

08/20, 3:04pm

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.

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Sony PlayStation 4 passes through FCC, shows 2.75GHz processor

07/23, 7:13am

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.

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Amazon offering PlayStation 4 bundles with release day guarantee

06/15, 2:06pm

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.

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PlayStation 4 demoed, design revealed at Los Angeles E3 expo

06/10, 10:35pm

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.

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Sony teases PlayStation 4 hardware reveal with YouTube video

05/20, 1:19pm

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.

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Sony pushes new video detailing DualShock 4 controller for PS4

04/26, 7:00am

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.

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Sony teases PlayStation 4 console, new DualShock controller

02/20, 6:54pm

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.

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Sony shipping PlayStation 4 development kits to publishers

11/02, 2:41pm

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.

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Rumor: PlayStation 4 to support 4K resolution

08/22, 7:01pm

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.

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PlayStation 4 rumors point to AMD Fusion, Radeon 7900

06/08, 2:19am

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."

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