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  • 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...

  • 5 things you should know about the PlayStation VR

    We thought 2015 was the year of virtual reality, or VR, but it turns out that things are only just beginning. In 2016, a number of companies will be outing their virtual reality devices, and one of them is Sony. The company's PlayStation VR headset (previously Sony Project Morpheus) will likely be the first device to plug directly into a console, in this case, the PlayStation 4. Sony already has a gaggle of titles lined up for the device's launch, but what should you -- the consumer -- know about the next advancement in gaming? We give you a crash course below. Specifications...

  • 6 must watch trailers from PlayStation Experience 2015

    Read more: Watch the PlayStation Experience 2015 keynote rebroadcast here This weekend, Sony hosted its PlayStation Experience extravaganza in San Francisco. As usual, the keynote was filled with the combination of massive announcements, sneak peaks, game trailers and the usual drear associated with these events. But let's not focus on the negative. If you happen to have a PlayStation 4 on your desk, or thinking about getting the PlayStation VR when it's launch next year, you can look forward to an impressive wad of new titles to sink your teeth into. So here they are: the five most impressive trailers from PlayStation...

  • Sony reveals first PlayStation 2 backwards compatibility titles for PlayStation 4 [Update]

    Sony fans, it's time to half-celebrate as the company reveals the first eight PlayStation 2 backwards compatibility titles for the PlayStation 4, but they come at a price. The games aren't just straight ports and have received 1080p up-rendered graphics, Trophy support, Remote Play, Live Broadcast, Share Play, Activity Feeds, and Second Screen support for game manuals with PlayStation Vita or PlayStation App. All titles will be available on the US and UK PlayStation Network Stores. The titles are: Dark Cloud - US$14.99 / R218 Grand Theft Auto III - US$14.99 / R218 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - US$14.99 / R218 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas...

  • Watch the PlayStation Experience 2015 keynote rebroadcast here

    Just before the Holiday Season begins in earnest, Sony hosts its PlayStation Experience event at San Francisco's Moscone Centre (the scene of many a great Apple launch in its day too, and this year's GDC 2015). It's the natural home of PlayStation's upcoming exclusive game announcements, gameplay trailer sneak peaks and hardware introductions. This year we'll likely see how the PlayStation VR (previously Project Morpheus) integrates into the PlayStation 4 console, not to mention upcoming titles like Horizon Zero Dawn, The Last Guardian and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Watch the all important PlayStation Experience keynote rebroadcast below if you happen...