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  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact review: bright-eyed but blinded by its legacy

    I imagine that it's difficult for any company to go beyond and create a product even better than its best. It's what Apple aims to do each and every time it launches a new iPhone, and it's what HTC has been struggling with since the launch of the HTC One M8. But another company that's seemingly swimming well beneath the radar is currently toiling with this very issue: Sony. Now, without a doubt, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact was the best phone of 2014, and possibly the best Android phone ever made. I love it so much that I'll probably name...

  • We tour the V&A Waterfront with the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact [Gallery]

    Read the full Sony Xperia Z5 Compact review here. Sony performed a big song and dance at IFA 2015 when it launched its Sony Xperia Z5 family. One of the biggest improvements across all phones, from the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact to the Z5 Premium, was the camera. It's Sony's own home-brewed camera sensor, with 23MP to play around with (instead of 20.3MP used on the old camera), a multi-element lens construction a bright f/2.0 aperture. But those are all numbers and words that consumers don't really care about. The question on everyone's lips is this: "Is the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact's...

  • PlayStation 4 will get PlayStation 2 backward compatibility

    When Sony told media at E3 2015 that it wasn't interested in following Microsoft's backward compatibility drive, it wasn't telling the truth. According to Wired, and an email from a Sony PlayStation representative, the PlayStation 4 console will use "PS2 emulation technology to bring PS2 games forward to the current generation." The representative suggests that the company's currently "working on" achieving this, which suggests that we should see the feature arrive on the PlayStation 4 sometime in the near future. Hopefully. The hint was perhaps dropped by the bundled legacy games that arrive with a particular Star Wars: Battlefront PlayStation 4 bundle....

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua review: should you wait for the Xperia M5?

    Annoyingly, before I could really sink my teeth into my first Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, it was stolen from my grasp. Of course, while I'm good and happy that it was just the phone that was stolen (and not my entire life), I was also rather annoyed that this would mean phoning up Sony and asking for another. Thanks in part to the company's stellar local PR management, here I am, with another go at Sony's mid-range waterproof smartphone. It should be noted, that since its launch, Sony has practically replaced this device with the Sony Xperia M5, banishing the "Aqua"...

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact hands-on preview: that familiar feeling

    I'm a big Sony smartphone fanboy, so much so that I believe the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact was the greatest Android phone ever made. While, yes, that does sound decidedly subjective, there's a good reason why I say this. The camera was a peach, the screen was great, it was small, light and the battery lasted an age. It was quick when it needed to be, and thrifty when I didn't require it, and it wasn't the worst looking thing on the planet either. So, how do you upstage, or build on a device that can almost do it all? Well,...

  • PlayStation 4 faceplates available in South Africa from November [update]

    Update: It seems that the initial press release sent out by PlayStation and company had the incorrect date, at least according to them. The revised date is 18 November, so grab that correction fluid. Hot on the heels of the R500 price drop announced this week, PlayStation South Africa today announced that faceplates are also making their way to the country, and will begin at R299. Essentially, faceplates allow gamers to customise the smaller panel (or hard drive cover) of the PlayStation 4, which does seem strangely odd in some colours, and quite art-deco in others. Neon Orange, Aqua Blue, Red and...

  • PlayStation 4 price drops to R5499 in South Africa

    PlayStation South Africa has today announced a R500 price drop on the PlayStation 4. This comes after last week's announcement that the PlayStation 4 was dropping by US$50 in the US. There is a catch though, as the price drop will only affect the 500GB PlayStation 4 units. Originally priced at R5999.99, the new 500GB price point will sit at R5499.99. We've previously seen the price of these consoles drop to the same price on special at select outlets, but this will cement the price point just in time for the Christmas season. “We are delighted to deliver the PS4 system...

  • PlayStation 4 continues sales romp against Xbox One, Wii U

    Industry tracker NDP Group this week announced that the PlayStation 4 claimed yet another month as the top selling console of 2015 in the United States, outselling the Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U yet again. That means that Sony's console was pipped to the post in all but one month of the year by the Xbox One -- April. Sony, in a press release thanking its supporters, suggested that the console was the top selling platform for "NBA 2K16, Madden NFL 16, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and FIFA 16," with the company also leading sales of Destiny:...

  • PlayStation 4 American, Canadian price cut begins today

    If you're a particularly thrifty gamer and happen to live in North America, you'll be happy to know that the PlayStation 4 price cut comes into effect beginning today, 9 October 2015. United States and Canadian residents will benefit from the new price of US$349.99 or CAD$429.99, respectively, which marks the first marked price drop we've seen for a good while. "Our goal at PlayStation has always been to provide the best gameplay experiences at the best value, and we feel this new compelling price will open the doors to even more gamers that have yet to purchase a system," VP...

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium doesn’t run at 4K all the time

    Here's a question: would you buy a phone with a 4K screen that doesn't run at 4K constantly? If you've purchased Sony's new Xperia Z5 Premium, that's what you get. At it's launch at IFA 2015, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium was billed as the first smartphone to feature 4K screen technology, using a 5.5-inch panel with a ridiculous 806 pixels per inch density. But the company has explained that it reserves its 4K resolution only for special occasions, with lowly 1080p being its every day resolution. It seems that the reasons are fairly valid too. "fter extensive user research and testing...