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  • ‘Bloodborne’ free with PS4 for a ‘limited time’, boasts Ster Kinekor

    Fancy a go at Bloodborne but don’t want to spend exorbitant amounts of cash on a console? Don’t worry, all gamers are facing the same wallet-ruining predicament but Ster Kinekor, South Africa’s Sony PlayStation distributor and importer, is looking to ease the damage. As of now, the company is offering the PlayStation 4 with the first real good exclusive of the year, Bloodborne, for R5999. Read more: ‘Bloodborne’ first impressions: you died The bundle includes a Dual Shock 4 controller and the game, which, considering the console’s current benchmark R5799 pricetag, isn’t a bad deal at all. “This deal is available at all...

  • PS4 ‘Yukimura’ update brings social, UI and practical improvements

    Remember that PS4 update we all wanted prior to The Order: 1886? Well, it’s nearly here, and Sony is really splurging on this one just in time for Bloodborne too. Update 2.5, codenamed Yukimura, brings with it a host of “highly anticipated and requested features” to the PlayStation 4 console. The update is due for launch on 26 March 2015. For your viewing pleasure, we round up each one of these in a bite-sized listicle. Suspend/Resume the console directly in-game This wasn’t possible before, but Yukimura allows users to suspend the console while you’re directly in a game to continue playing said game...

  • Sony SmartBand SWR10 review: easy to lose, easy to forget

    The fitness craze — it’s a thing that’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Just like the selfie movement and the LOLcats phenomenon before it, it has gripped the world by the scruff of the neck, or well, the arm with authoritative clamour. It’s here to stay, and while that might be a fortunate thing for those wishing to get their resting heart rate down to zero, for us tech reviewers, it means a lot of things clasping to our arms begging for affection. The latest device is this category, and in our offices, is the Sony SmartBand SWR10. Now I...

  • Sony PS4, Vita handheld arriving in China 20 April

    The Sony PlayStation 4 will officially go on sale in China 20 April, nearly three months later than the scheduled 11 January penciling and nearly seven months after the Xbox One arrived in the country. Following the move of Microsoft and its Xbox One console into the southeast Asian market, the Japanese manufacturer has priced the consoles at around US$460, and the handheld Vita console, just under US210. A controller, for those interested, will ship at around US$65 a pop. This is quite a big deal for Sony, considering that the company has already moved over 20.2-million PS4 consoles since its...

  • The PlayStation Company: where has Sony been hiding this MWC?

    We have an interesting update regarding Sony’s mobile future, especially in South Africa, so keep an eye out for our conversation with Mark Fenzel, Sony’s country manager for Sony Mobile coming next week. While HTC, Huawei and Samsung were all competing for the media’s attention this past week, Sony had launched the latest two devices in the Xperia range without anyone really noticing or giving much of a hoot. Although the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet was leaked just a few days before the official unveiling, it didn’t exactly receive a swathe of attention. It wasn’t because of the leak either, and...

  • Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet leaks just days before MWC

    Is this why Sony has been so quiet on the mobile front this year? The company has been hard at work on an upgrade of the lauded Z3 series of smartphones and tablets (pictured above), and it seems as though the “Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet” has been spotted. Ironically, the tablet was leaked by Sony itself on the Sony Lounge app that comes pre-installed when purchasing an Xperia device. It was swiftly pulled, but not before an XperiaBlog tipster caught a screenshot. Read more: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact long-term review: sexy, submersible, sensational In terms of specs, it would seem that Sony has...

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact long-term review: sexy, submersible, sensational

    Mobile manufacturers really don’t make our lives very easy at all. All consumers want are the best value-for-money deals, while companies keep dishing out new, updated devices just a few weeks after their supposed “flagship” launches. Just six months after the world got a taste of the Xperia Z2, for example, Sony decided to launch the Xperia Z3 and its Compact version, pissing off many of its loyal fans in the process. What’s more, the Sony Xperia Z4 and its selfsame Compact companion are also set to land around the middle of the year. Is there any end to the...

  • Sony Xperia E4 is coming to South Africa Q2 2015

    Sony has announced that its new Sony Xperia E4 smartphone is coming to South Africa, bringing “ease-of-use, big screen entertainment and powerful battery performance in a high-quality yet affordable design” with it, according to the presser. Boasting some high-end features, the phone is gunning for the mid-range, entertainment-crazed buyer. It’s quite a looker too, with the usual Sony design traits and cutesy curved design. Some more integral specs include a rather large IPS 5.0-inch screen with a 960×540 resolution, a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU and 1GB of RAM. It should serve the casual phone user well, and should handle multitasking with ease...

  • Limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 sells for $130 000

    Stand by for some truly ridiculous news. We made a big noise about PlayStation‘s 20th birthday a few weeks ago, and so did Sony. The company saw a big marketing opportunity by offering a limited batch of originally dish-water coloured PS4 consoles t0 its loyal fans and hordes of opportunists. Thanks to their exclusivity, the consoles sold out in less than a day but they have since made appearances on online e-commerce sites for massively inflated prices. A Japanese man has just played the ultimate game of “I’m richer than you” by buying one of these illusive consoles for a staggering...

  • Sony’s new Walkman is meant for hardcore audiophiles, costs $1120

    Sony has just unveiled the Walkman NW-ZX2 at CES 2015. Given its hefty price tag, however, the device is clearly not meant for the mainstream music lovers. Yup, the gadget that brings back all of those fond memories of the early nineties is back. Sony doesn’t seem to give up on this bad boy anytime soon. Unlike the original mobile cassette player and the MP3 players that followed in the last few years, the new Sony Walkman is geared for hardcore audiophiles. Given its hefty US$1120 price tag, it better impress. The Walkman NW-ZX2 carries 128GB storage with a microSD card slot. Better...

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