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All posts tagged "Sony"

  • PS4 2.0 Masamune update coming, includes SharePlay and USB Music Player

    It might not involve mythical swords and uncomfortable iron thrones, but Sony and Microsoft‘s current-gen consoles are engaging in a little private game of updates. After Xbox’s Major Nelson gave the world a comprehensive (and exciting) rundown of the updates coming to the Xbox One console next month, the PlayStation 4’s upcoming update is in less than a week. Although Sony doesn’t update the console’s firmware as frequently as Microsoft’s Xbox monthly release cycle — which gives Redmond a tight timeframe to heed the public’s annoyances and act accordingly — the last memorable PS4 update was pushed nearly three months...

  • Sony Xperia M2 review: mid-range phone with high-end reliability

    When Sony bailed on the television and laptop world to focus solely on mobile phones, it seemed a strange choice. Considering what a massive success those two spheres of its business used to be, Sony had become the Japanese Microsoft, cutting infected limbs from its damaged torso before it ground to a sepsis-ridden halt. But you know what? Dedicating itself to producing great mobile phones was an absolutely brilliant idea. How so? Just have a look at the new gaggle of quality Xperia devices, ranging from the Z-range to the waterproof tablets. And one needn’t even seek too far up...

  • Is the Xbox One the best console for South Africa? Not quite

    The Xbox One is like an unnecessarily tardy friend, always missing the interesting part of the party. Now that it has finally arrived, it’s too late, because the PS4 is already rapping and dancing to MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This.” And frankly, it’s difficult to see how the Xbox One draw attention away from that. Ready for #XboxOne South Africa? It’s available tomorrow in select retail stores across the country. pic.twitter.com/dtr1C8RDN5 — Microsoft SA (@MicrosoftSA) September 22, 2014 After South African gamers have been familiarising themselves with Sony’s latest gaming machine, the Xbox One was held back — for nearly 10 months....

  • Sony launches sleek smartphone & tablet Z3 series: fat cameras, waterproof, beefy batteries

    Just confirming rumours of old, Sony just launched a fresh duo of sleek smartphones — the 5.2” flagship Xperia Z3 and the 4.6” Compact. Both phones scream premium with their aluminium frames and snazzy tempered glass panels. There’s also the Z3 Tablet Compact which is a slim 8-incher. As presented in the press video (see below), the Z3 series focuses on a couple of key features: the devices are waterproof, have fat cameras, and strong battery life. Before we discuss the specs and features, just look at that design: Unlike most of Sony’s earlier devices which were usually water and dust...

  • PS4 update 2.0 brings dynamic themes to the mix, here’s it in action

    PS4 update 2.0 was recently announced at the Sony Computer Entertainment Japan/Asia Press Conference 2014, with the highlight being the addition of dynamic themes. This will be a familiar update for those who owned a PS3, as themes were an integral part of the system, for the fans at least. The themes will be based on games and characters from the Sony family, and as seen in the video below, the first public theme stars PlayStation mascots Kuro (the black cat) and Toro (his rival). The arrival date of the update is “September” so keep your PS4 in sleep mode...

  • Sony Xperia family grows by four, adds Z3 waterproof tablet to IFA 2014 lineup

    IFA is Germany’s and probably Europe’s biggest trade show, and it’s just a week away, with launches and announcements coming from Samsung, LG, Motorola and ASUS (among others). Some of the most eagerly anticipated gaggle of devices will come from Sony. There are four mobile devices coming from the Japanese giant, including a waterproof tablet. Thanks to the wonderful world of leaked specifications and 9to5Google, the world gets a glimpse of the coming devices before IFA (which isn’t that much of a wait anyway). But what can we expect? A very confusing naming system, it seems. Sony doesn’t quite understand the definition of “budget”, but...

  • From Apple to Timex: the A to Z smartwatch guide

    Sick of smartwatches yet? Unfortunately, they’re here for the foreseeable future to enslave the wrists of the countless masses. While the technology is debatably still a relatively new breed, there is no shortage of confusing and overwhelming options on the market. From the stylish round-faced traditionalist, to the square button-laden wrist wrecker — there’s essentially a smartwatch suited for everyone, for all styles and all needs. With Microsoft and Apple yet to launch their contenders however, there’ll be even more options in the coming months for consumers to gloss over. For now, here is a list of smartwatches from A...

  • Sony’s 6.4″ Xperia Z3X may have 22MP camera, 2.86Ghz CPU, Android L, 4GB RAM

    There are new renders and specification leaks floating around of what could be Sony’s most exciting Xperia to date, featuring a 22MP camera no less. It’s dubbed the “Z3X” and if indeed real, it’s about to make current smartphones (and smartphone owners) cower in the corner and weep. Uncovered on Digi-Wo, the alleged phone features a Snapdragon 810 2.86GHz with 64-bit instruction sets, 4GB RAM and a massive 6.14″ 2560×1152 display. The device will also feature a rather standard 16GB storage, but it will run Google’s forthcoming Android L OS. The camera however is the real show stopper. Featuring a 22MP...

  • PS4 update may have media playback, “plus some new stuff” hints tipster

    When the PS4 launched later last year, one crucial feature missing was media playback. No Blu-ray, no MKV, MP4 or MP3 files and certainly no external media was supported. This is all going to change, if twitter tipster Tidux is (again) correct. #PS4 will soon have the same features already available on the #PS3. plus some new stuff. — Tidux (@Tidux) July 21, 2014 New stuff is a little hazy, but we can only assume that he means media playback, because the other features missing from the PS4 that the PS3 has includes PS2 and PS1 game support. Thankfully Tidux explains himself...

  • PS4 becomes June’s best-selling next-gen console as software sales slide

    For six months in a row, Sony’s PS4 has been the best-selling next-generation console in the U.S., reads a self-congratulatory tweet from the official PlayStation twitter account. Despite Xbox One sales “more than doubling” in June, the PS4 still beats Microsoft’s console in hardware sales. This tweet comes in hot-on-the-heels of the latest NDP Group report, says Venturebeat. Breaking news: PS4 is #1 top-selling US next-gen console in June, 6th month in a row. Thanks for your support! <3 pic.twitter.com/r5bTKg4wYf — PlayStation (@PlayStation) July 17, 2014 No specific numbers have been mentioned yet, but Sony is still championing itself as king of...