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  • Mighty specs meet bold claims: this is the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium

    Last year's Sony Xperia XZ Premium was a novel device. Not only did it feature a 4K screen, its slo-mo video recording performance was astounding. But it had flaws. Massive ones. Now the company's giving the Premium thing another go. It today announced the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium, a clunkier name, a larger phone but a more impressive set of features. The phone adopts Sony's sculptured curve aesthetic, ditching the crude, sharp lines of its predecessor. There's no notch present, but there is a large forehead and a fat chin, typical of Sony devices of yore. And yes, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium...

  • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra now available in South Africa

    The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra, along with the compact XA2 and the budget L2 are now available in South Africa. Initially announced at CES 2018 in Las Vegas earlier this year, the three Xperia devices have finally made their way to African shores. The XA2 Ultra boasts a 6.0-inch 1920x1080 screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, 32GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. There's also a 23MP main camera at the rear, and two cameras up front: a 16MP and 8MP. The XA2 features a smaller 5.2-inch screen with the same resolution, same chipset, 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. It...

  • Sony at CES 2018: $30k projector, new budget phones and more

    Sony is a firm fixture at CES, using the event to showcase its broad range of tech products. So what did the company show off at this year's expo? A projector you can't afford Projectors seem to be growing in popularity at CES, so it's no surprise to see Sony return with a swanky 4K projector in 2018. The LSPX-A1 short throw projector will retail for US$30 000 price tag when it launches in the USA in spring. For the price, you're getting 4K HDR quality stretched out over 120 inches -- ideal for Mario Kart multiplayer and Horizon: Zero Dawn sessions. The projector...

  • A few neat uses for the Xperia XZ Premium super slow-mo

    The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is certainly one of the most cutting edge smartphones we've ever reviewed at Gearburn. Between the Snapdragon 835 processor and 4K HDR screen, it's clear that Sony packed a ton of tech into the device. But the phone's standout feature is arguably its super slow mo recording (check out our video playlist), delivering a few seconds of 960fps video (equivalent to a tenth of a second in real-world time). The technical limitations are clear then, as you have to be super precise to get the best results, while the video quality isn't always top-notch. Still,...

  • PlayStation 4 firmware 3.50 Musashi: the features you can expect

    It's about that time again, when Sony's crew of coders put together a refreshed firmware package for the PlayStation 4. On that note, the company has today announced on its European blog the full list of features we'll see arrive on the console with update 3.50 Musashi, and the list is extensive. Currently bobbling along on software version 3.15, it's the first major firmware bump of the year, and is available for beta testers to use and abuse from tomorrow, 2 March. But what does the firmware have in store for the average PlayStation 4 button masher? You'll get a notification when...

  • The PlayStation TV is dead in Japan

    Hands up if you saw this one coming. The death knell has finally sounded for PlayStation TV as Sony this weekend pulled the micro-console from the Japanese PlayStation Store. Effectively, this means that if you're in Japan, and looking for the novelty TV box, you're out of luck. Spotted by NeoGAF members, users logging into the PlayStation Store in Japan are met with a "sales have reached completion" notice. It has perhaps been a long time coming for Sony PlayStation's least favourite current-gen device, but a likely outcome nonetheless. Related: PlayStation TV micro-console streams PS4 content to additional screen in the...

  • Sony Xperia X series sports flagship-killing specs, ‘that’ 23MP camera

    It's raining smartphones in Barcelona this week, but we haven't seen too much wearable tech. Well, Sony changed that emphatically at its conference today, announcing three new wearable and smart home accessories. The company's vision is clear: it aims to provide tech to enrich the human experience rather than detract from it, so all of it's new devices have that theme running through them. The Sony Xperia Ear is the first of the bunch, and what was rumoured to be a Bluetooth headset before launch is a little more intricate than that. Sony bills it as a smartphone improvement device, which allows...

  • 6 reasons why the PlayStation 3 is better than the PlayStation 4

    The current console generation has been around for a few years now and are starting to come into their own. The problem is, they're still not perfect and their predecessors are still outshining them in some respects. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One still aren't where they should be in terms of functionality and features. I still have a PlayStation 3 and while I have debated selling it off to purchase its younger sibling (the PlayStation 4), I've finally decided it isn't a good idea. Here are six reasons why I'm keeping my PlayStation 3. Backwards compatibility for bygone eras Yes, I'm...

  • PlayStation VR erroneously listed on Amazon Canada for $800

    For those with shallow pockets and a PlayStation 4 eager to adopt virtual reality, here's some good news. Amazon Canada listed and then quickly removed an option to pre-order the PlayStation VR, but the headset was priced at CA$1125.35, or around US$800. I'm not even going to convert that into rand. That's effectively the price of two PlayStation 4 consoles, and double the initially speculated price based on Andrew House, Sony Entertainment CEO's comments. It also means that the recently launched Oculus Rift consumer version, at US$599, would be considerably cheaper than its console rival. While the latter needs a fairly...

  • PlayStation 4 worldwide sales up to 36-million since launch

    If there's a solid revenue stream Sony can rely on, it's probably the PlayStation 4. The company has announced that it has now sold 35.9-million units since launch, with 5.7-million of those systems sold during the festive season. It makes for quite impressive reading, especially considering that a large swathe of users joined the system's family in just over a month (22 November to 2 January). Incredibly, that makes for around 135 000 PlayStation 4s sold every day for 42 days. Although there weren't any major game launches during this period for Sony, with many exclusives expected this year, it seems...