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  • More than just gaming: 3 key takeaways from E3 2015

    You know, the Electronic Entertainment Expo wasn't always the enormous annual gaming shrine it is today. In the past, many gaming announcements were made at CES -- the annual January show that takes place in Las Vegas. Since E3 was born back in 1995 and took residence in sunny Los Angeles, we've seen some massive leaps in the world of gaming -- from new technologies to new perceptions about gaming. 2015 was definitely a marquee year if that previous statement is anything to go by. And while there are still many issues surrounding gaming both in terms of accessibility to...

  • Sony reveals 1TB ‘Ultimate Player’ PlayStation 4 console

    Responding to threats posed by Microsoft, Sony has announced that it will be offering a PlayStation 4 console with a 1TB storage drive dubbed the Ultimate Player Edition. The console will be available "worldwide" from 15 July and will offer double the storage first offered by the company's launch console. But that's not the real kicker. The newer consoles (Sony will be offering a revised 500GB option as well), will now feature entirely grainy plastic finishes rather than that fingerprint and scratch magnet glossy drive cover previously used. Additionally, the console will be slightly lighter in terms of weight and power draw,...

  • PlayStation 4 to focus on future, won’t be getting backward compatibility

    It was big news at E3 2015, when Microsoft announced that the Xbox One will receive backward compatibility technology, allowing fans of legacy content to play a range of Xbox 360 titles on a new console. It definitely makes sense for the company too, who has been battered by Sony's PlayStation 4 in terms of sales in their initial few months. But Sony won't be following suit, at least if head of Sony PlayStation's games studios, Shuhei Yoshida, is to be believed. "The backward compatibility news was interesting. The technology involved must be very challenging," noted Yoshida, speaking to Polygon, but...

  • Verizon exclusive Sony Xperia Z4v boasts upgraded Quad HD screen

    Sony's smartphone naming convention is getting a little confusing now, especially when looking at the flagship Xperia Z range. The previous king was the Z3 -- simple enough, right? Now, there's a Z3+, and Z4 and a Z4v, and it's the latter in this melee of abbreviations that we're focused on. The Sony Xperia Z4v is the company's first quad HD smartphone, which betters the previously used 1920x1080 screen used in the Z3 range. As far as the Z4v goes, there's a 2560x1440 in the usual 5.2-inch form factor, which means more pixels shoved into the same screen. Overall, that...

  • Console War revived: Xbox One outshines PlayStation 4 at E3 2015

    Day 0 of E3 2015 was one to remember especially for the likes of Bethesda and Microsoft's Xbox team. There were so many big announcements from these companies (and no, I'm not even talking about the AAA titles either) that everything that followed afterwards seemed to fall flat on its face. Notably, Sony's PlayStation presser fell well within this latter category. The blue team took to the stage after Microsoft announced new hardware for the Xbox One. This includes the Elite controller for US$150 which is comparable to the Scuff range, and improvements to the Xbox One's interface and software. Backward compatibility...

  • E3 2015 live blog: all the news from this year’s expo

    The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 as acronym lovers call it, is possibly the most recognised and respected gaming expo on the planet, and it's about that time again. The 2015 edition will see some landmark events from some of the worlds biggest gaming and tech names. How does live pressers from the likes of Sony, Microsoft, Bethesda and Square Enix sound? If those names make your hair stand on end, then you've definitely come to the right place. From 14-18 June, we'll be pushing news as it happens to our E3 2015 live blog below, and if you enjoy watching content live,...

  • Two new PlayStation 4 models are coming, according to FCC report

    Okay, so Sony won't be revamping the PlayStation 4 anytime soon, nor will we see a PS5. It'll be the same old console, but Sony, at least according to the FCC, will be bringing two new variants to the international market. The report comes courtesy of DualShockers, who happened to get hold of the full FCC leaflet, suggests that there will be two variants of the world's best selling console emerging sometime soon. One seems to feature a 1TB drive and the other a traditional 500GB, but the interesting part is this. DualShockers reports: The fact that only the second digit has been...

  • Japan’s Sony Xperia Z4 to relaunch as ‘Sony Xperia Z3+’ internationally

    When the Sony Xperia Z4 was announced a few weeks ago, we were particularly harsh on Sony. The company didn't do much to the Z3 to warrant a numerical jump in its naming scheme, and while the device wasn't supposed to reach international shores, the company has come up with a cunning plan. It's not so much as an Xperia Z4 than it is an upgrade of the Z3, and thus Sony has decided that it will relaunch the Sony Xperia Z3+ to markets beyond Japanese borders. Read more: 5 features we’d love to see on the Sony Xperia Z5 The new...

  • PlayStation 4 exclusive ‘Until Dawn’ seems a darker, more serious ‘Life Is Strange’

    It has been an inconsistent year for PlayStation 4 exclusives. We've seen marvels like Bloodborne outshine terrors like The Order: 1886. With more interesting titles coming later this year, gamers on the blue side will be waiting patiently for the post-E3 2015 onslaught. But what's first on the agenda? Supermassive Games' Until Dawn will see an August release date, coupled with story driven gameplay inspired by the chaos theory. It's all third person it would seem, and will jump on the coattails of games like Life Is Strange (which we thoroughly love). If the trailer is indeed taken from gameplay, we...

  • Sony Xperia E3 review-in-brief: unflappable but uninteresting

    The Sony Xperia E series is the budget battler of the company's Xperia range, catering for more of a mid-range audience than its other phones in the stable. While you could say that this means it offers lower-end features, you could see it as a cheaper phone offering mid-end features. I prefer the former definition though. The Sony Xperia E3, launched back at IFA 2014, isn't the best phone in the Sony arsenal so stop right now if you think it'll hold a candle to the likes of the Xperia C3 or the much more expensive and impressive Sony Xperia Z3...