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.
Sony's new console off to hot start
Sony's PlayStation 4 video game console has sold more than 2.1 million units in the two weeks since it launched in mid-November. The announcement of the milestone came by way of a post from the PlayStation Europe blog on Tuesday. A good deal of the 1.1 million sales since November 15 have no doubt come from the launch of the PlayStation 4 in Europe and Australasia.
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.
Password resets on European PSN accounts over possible irregular activity
Sony has reset the password on a number of PlayStation Network (PSN) accounts. The changes, made as a "precautionary measure" just in case the account was compromised, have taken place on European accounts just days before the company is due to launch its next-generation PlayStation 4 game console on the continent.
UNcarrier carries on with no money down offer
T-Mobile has kicked off its holiday cell phone sales season with an offer that will give consumers the chance to pick up new smartphones from LG or Sony with no money down. The offer is the latest in T-Mobile's ongoing effort to claw back market share from its three larger competitors, a goal the carrier has pursued by offering a series of unconventional wireless plans for its customers. Consumers looking to pick up a phone for no money down can choose from three LG or Sony offerings, as well as one T-Mobile-branded device.
Sony's new console sees big initial sales
Sony's PlayStation 4 moved more than one million units in North America in the first 24 hours after its launch last week. This according to a press release from the Japanese electronics giant, which appears to have more momentum behind its newest console than there was for the PlayStation 3. It also sets a baseline against which Microsoft's forthcoming Xbox One console will likely be measured.
Sony PS4 delivers on the hype with stunning gaming performance
Coinciding with the North American launch of the Sony PS4, Sony held multiple launch events across the globe to celebrate this watershed event for the Japanese technology giant. Electronista was on hand at the Australian launch event and had the opportunity to get some quality hands-on time with Sony's next-generation play for your family room. There has been plenty of hype leading up to the launch of the PS4, with the Sony marketing machine in full swing, so does the reality of the gaming and entertainment experience live up to it?
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.
Miniature Xperia Z1 surfaces briefly on Sony Mobile website
A miniature version of the Sony Xperia Z1 could be on its way, after a listing for a device called the Xperia Z1s appeared briefly on the Sony Mobile website before being pulled offline. The device is thought to be a rebranded version of the Xperia Z1f, a device that originally launched in Japan for NTT DoCoMo in early October.
Newest Android version coming to Sony flagship devices
Sony on Thursday confirmed that Android 4.4 KitKat will be making its way to many of the company's Xperia smartphones. The Japanese electronics giant listed what it called the "first raft" of Xperia products, leaving the possibility that the update will be coming to more devices beyond the initial five listed. KitKat will initially hit Sony's Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z Ultra, and Xperia Z1, though the company has not given a time frame in which users can expect updates for those devices.
Sony SmartWatch 2, better made, more functional, faster
Sony started experimenting with Android smartwatches in 2012, sometime before there was any real hype about the concept. After giving the original Sony SmartWatch an update in earlier this year that extended its functionality considerably, Sony has now released its SmartWatch 2. The new device is much more substantial in its fit, finish, choice of materials and build quality bringing a new level of all-round refinement to the experience. So is it worth the trouble of owning yet another device that you have to charge?
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.
Sony Xperia Z1 delivers an outstanding Android smartphone experience
Sony has been making large strides with its smartphones over the past 12-18 months. Not only have its smartphone designs become more attractive while also boasting the latest specifications, but it has worked hard to dramatically improve the pace at which it rolls out updates for devices after they have been released. The Xperia Z, released earlier this year, was the first Sony smartphone that could genuinely go head-to-head with the best Android smartphones on the market. So when it recently launched the successor to the Xperia Z, dubbed the Xperia Z1, we were keen to see if it could take the current Android smartphone crown from the HTC One, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the LG G2. Read on in our full review to see whether Sony has nailed it.
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.
Cybershot RX10 uses same image processor as A7, A7R
Sony has added another bridge-style camera to its RX range, one which uses the same 1-inch 20.2-megapixel BSI Exmor R CMOS sensor as the RX100 II. The Cybershot RX10, launched at the same time as the A7 and A7R, uses a 24-200mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens with an aperture of F2.8 at all focal lengths.
Sony A7, A7R are first full-frame mirrorless cameras
Sony has launched it long rumored and eagerly anticipated Alpha 7 full-frame mirrorless camera. The new 24.3-megapixel camera is aimed at fans of the company’s NEX camera line looking to step up into a full-frame camera as well as camera enthusiasts looking for a compact bodied, full-featured, full-frame device. In a surprise, the company has also revealed the Alpha 7R aimed at professionals that removes the low-pass filter and includes several additions including an upgraded 36.3-megapixel sensor.
Late October release for four new models from Sony
Today, Sony Electronics announced US pricing and availability for the Vaio Flip and Tap PCs it announced earlier this year. Both the Vaio Flip in 13-inch, 14-inch, and 15.5-inch models and the 11-inch Tap tablet PC will be available before the end of October.
Smartphones, smart watch sold off-contract, unlocked from Sony directly
Sony has put two new Xperia smartphones and an upgraded smart watch on sale in the United States, off-contract. The unlocked Xperia Z Ultra LTE and Xperia Z1 have gone on sale through the company's online store, and are accompanied by the follow-up to the SmartWatch, the SmartWatch 2, which also goes on sale today.
Low-resolution photo shows similar body to NEX-7
Sony could be releasing a new full frame mirrorless camera in its Alpha range later this week, according to a rumor. The A7, partly shown in a low-resolution image, appears to have a similar basic body as the NEX-7, though it appears to have a raised section for a more central and higher viewfinder, along with a raised hot shoe.
New Sony flagship heading to T-Mobile
A T-Mobile-branded version of Sony's Xperia Z1 flagship handset has shown up in press images leaked by the usually reliable @evleaks. The image reveals little new about the device beyond the fact that it will apparently debut in the United States on the nation's fourth-largest carrier. Sony has been said in other reports to be preparing to scale back its operations in the U.S., as its handsets have largely failed to gain traction in competition against the iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy devices.
Marketing efforts also a factor in Sony's change of priorities
Sony could be relaxing its push to release smartphones in the United States, in order to protect its sales in Japan and Europe. CEO Kaz Hirai advised that, in terms of smartphone sales, Sony's "biggest priority is maintaining our share in Japan or increasing it," as it attempts to fight off the rising popularity of the iPhone in its home country.
Sony launches Xperia Z1f, rare high-end 4.3-inch smartphone
The rumored Xperia Z1f has now been made official and will make its debut on Japan’s NTT DoCoMo network. The device takes several of the key specifications from the 5-inch flagship Xperia Z1 including its 20.7-megapixel camera, 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU and Triluminos for mobile display. It is targeted at Android power users who want high-end specs in a 4.3-inch form factor, although it weighs in at 140 grams and is 9.4mm thick, while display resolution drops from 1080p to a still respectable 720p.
Third-generation Sony 3D Personal Viewer up for pre-order
Sony has made its HMZ-T3W available for pre-order. As we discovered in our hands-on with the device, it is much improved over the original HMZ-T1 that we reviewed in April last year. The new third-generation model is improved in every regard and in addition to giving fatigue-free 3D viewing thanks to zero-cross talk, users can now take the device out of the house for on the go viewing.
Sony Xperiz Z1 f 'mini' appears in another leak
Sony's rumored Xperia Z1 f, also referred to as the Honami mini or Z1 mini, has surfaced in yet another leak. Images of an NTT DoCoMo brochure, posted by UnwiredView add to numerous leaks and suggest Sony is nearing an official unveiling. The device is said to share many of the same features as the current Z1 flagship, but with a smaller 4.3-inch display.
Small Z1 powered by same processor
Sony's rumored 'mini' variant of its new Xperia Z1 flagship smartphone has surfaced in yet another leak. Brochure images show an "Xperia Z1 f" alongside the current model, stepping down from the 5.0-inch 1920x1080 display to a smaller 4.3-inch 1280x720 panel. Both are said to share the same quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 20.7-megapixel camera.
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.
Sony throws down the gauntlet with its powerhouse Xperia Z1
In the wake of its official reveal at IFA Berlin, Sony has given Electronista an opportunity to get some quality hands on time with its new Xperia Z1 flagship smartphone ahead of its October rollout. The Xperia Z1 follows the Xperia Z and utilizes virtually the same chassis design but with some subtle and welcome refinements. However, like the iPhone 5s versus the iPhone 5, the Xperia Z1 is a true next-generation device from Sony and incorporates numerous enhancements that make it worthy of attention from anyone in the market for a new smartphone.
Two Android personal media players shipping later this year
Sony is continuing to extend its line of Walkman-branded personal music players with a raft of new models, including two Android devices. The Walkman NW-ZX1 and NW-F880 range, powered by Android 4.1, will be going on sale in Japan later this year, alongside new media players in the S-series and M-series ranges.
Sony continues refining its HMZ-series Personal 3D View with the T3
Following IFA Berlin, Electronista has had a further opportunity to get hands on with the third-generation Sony Personal 3D Viewer, the HMZ-T3. We gave the original HMZ-T1 a full review as recently as April of 2012 and felt that wasn’t quite ready for prime time -- it was potentially uncomfortable to wear, though it offered possibly the best 3D viewing experience around. It is merely 18 months down the track, but Sony seems determined to get this product right with a speedy revision cycle – so how does the new model stack up?
Sony aims for audiophiles with high-res music player, headphones
Electronista recently had the opportunity to spend some pre-release hands-on time with the forthcoming Sony HAP-S1 High Resolution Music Player first announced at IFA Berlin a couple of weeks ago. The new player gives music lovers the chance to really enjoy high quality digital recordings including in the popular FLAC format and Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) through a 2-channel Class AB amplifier rated at 40 Watts RMS per channel. We also had the chance to test the system out on the similarly just announced Sony MDR-10R High Resolution headphones with both making a formidable combination for getting the most out of your high resolution audio files.
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.
Internal poster gives instructions for out-of-office prototype usage
Sony is hoping to tighten up its security surrounding its mobile devices in the future, after the launch of the Xperia Z1. The electronics giant has allegedly placed posters in its offices to warn its staff away from sharing details with non-employees, complete with its list of rules for handing confidential, prototype mobile devices.
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.
Sony shows off Google TV upgrade dongle
Sony recently teased the existence of a new Google TV upgrade built for Sony television sets. The Bravia Smart Stick is a plug-in dongle not entirely unlike Google's Chromecast accessory, as both devices plug directly into a television and enable Internet video streaming. Sony's offering, though, appears tailored to Sony's own television sets.
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.
Special edition aimed at cooks
Sony has introduced a special "Kitchen Edition" of its 10.1-inch Xperia Z tablet. The new offering, which was spotted by Engadget, ships with an iGrill wireless meat thermometer, pre-loaded food apps and videos, and a foldable stand. The company boasts that its waterproof tablet can be rinsed off under fresh water or even submerged for a half hour.
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.
Sony rolls out 3-in-1 headphones with Walkman MP3 player built-in
Sony’s recent run of interesting and unusual devices has continued with the launch of its new 3-in-1 Walkman headphones. The new headphones incorporate a discrete Walkman MP3 player, while the can also connect to an external device, or be used as surround sound speakers. There are two new models, the NWZ-WH505 and the NWZ-WH303, which differ in storage capacities, driver sizes and dynamic range.
Entry-level Xperia smartphone uses 5MP Exmor camera sensor, NFC
The Sony Xperia M smartphone has gone on sale in the United States, three months after the electronics producer revealed the mobile device, and weeks after it launched in Asia and Europe. The entry-level smartphone has appeared in both Sony's own online store and Newegg as an off-contract and unlocked release, priced at $250.
Sony rolls out new, water resistant, Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
Sony has started shipping its new Splash-Proof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker (SRS-BTS50). As with a number of its 2013 consumer electronics products, the new speaker is both water resistant and includes NFC for fast one-touch connectivity over Bluetooth. Users can also quickly disconnect with another touch of the paired device's NFC logos when they are ready to get going.
Sony takes on Apple with new PS Vita TV, launches updated PS Vita
Sony has launched a surprise new product called the PS Vita TV that delivers on the as yet untapped potential of the Apple TV. The new pint-sized set top box not only streams video and music content, it can also play PS Vita and PSP titles on the big screen with controls supplied by a DualShock 3 controller. Unsurprisingly, Sony has also leveraged its upcoming PlayStation 4 console with the new device, allowing users to use it as an extender for playing PS4 titles in a different room.
Three models cover Bluetooth, noise cancelling, and wired markets
Sony has introduced its next evolution of premium headband-type MDR-10 headphones. Available in digital noise-canceling, Bluetooth wireless with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, and standard wired versions, the new MDR-10 headphone line is claimed to offer music lovers a premium audio experience in a more lightweight and portable design than previous models by Sony.
New reader highest resolution Sony e-reader yet, charges rapidly
Amidst a plethora of other releases, Sony has revealed its new e-reader, the PRS-T3. The new reader is Sony's highest-resolution e-book device ever, boasting that a three-minute quick charge gives the grayscale E Ink reader enough charge to get through a 600-page novel, and that a full charge gives users two months of regular reading.
New units prioritize slim design over acoustical quality
To coincide with the debut of the Video Unlimited 4K service, Sony today expanded its 4K Ultra HD TV line-up with the addition of the X850A series, available in 55- and 65-inch screens. With four times the resolution of Full HD and incorporating Sony's Triluminos Display, the new X850A incorporates a slim bezel without the integrated magnetic fluid speaker system found in the X900A series now on the market. This new design offers customers the flexibility of connecting to an existing or separate home theater system.
New service requires Sony 4k television, FMP-X1 media player
Alongside its other releases, Sonytoday launched the Video Unlimited 4K service, the world's first 4K Ultra HD video download service, with access to a small but expanding library of native 4K Ultra HD feature films and TV shows. Beginning with a selection of more than 70 full-length, native 4K Ultra HD feature films and TV shows, Video Unlimited 4K will offer customers the option to rent and purchase content for download on Sony's 4K Ultra HD Media Player for playback on Ultra HD televisions.
Waterproof Action Cap adds wrist-based remote control accessory
Sony has revealed a new version of its Action Cam with some weight and feature changes, as well as a new accessory. The new version introduces a 35-percent smaller and 25-percent lighter design inside a waterproof housing, with the electronics giant introducing a wrist-based Live-View Remote for monitoring video being recorded.
Sony notebook with flipping display, tablet with wireless keyboard cover
Sony has launched a new Windows 8 Vaio tablet, and another that converts from a notebook into a tablet. The Vaio Tap 11 is a slim tablet that takes a number of design cues from the Microsoft Surface, while the Vaio Fit Multi-Flip PC can flip its monitor vertically, allowing the touchscreen surface to show on the outside when it is closed.