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  • 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...

  • Catch Sony PlayStation’s Tokyo Games Show keynote here

    If you're late to the party, not to worry. After missing out on Gamescom 2015, Sony's PlayStation crew are out in full force on home turf at the Tokyo Games Show and they're extremely excited (so are we). Of course, not showing up in Cologne allowed the likes of Microsoft to steal its European thunder, announcing new titles like Scalebound, Quantum Break and Crackdown -- which uses Microsoft's Azure cloud power. While the last time we've seen PlayStation on stage has been E3 2015, it seems that the company has come interesting announcements to come. So, have a look at the livestream below...

  • Sony unboxes the original PlayStation console, celebrates 20 years

    Remember that dirty-dishwater coloured console Sony launched back in 1995? Well, it turned 20 on 9 September 2015, and its parents are massively proud. Back in the year that South Africa won the Rugby World Cup for the first time, the timid launch of what would become Sony's greatest product wouldn't really set hearts aflutter or minds alight, but that was perhaps part of its beauty. Each subsequent launch of the console was a little bit better than the last, and finally, with the PlayStation 4, the company cracked it. It's at 25-million units sold and counting. Read more: Sold-out PlayStation 4...

  • 5 questions about the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium that need answers

    For more IFA 2015 happenings, live updates and deeper analysis, keep locked onto our IFA 2015 portal. It's no real secret that Sony has been working on its latest smartphone range just in time for IFA 2015. In Berlin yesterday, the company launched its three-tiered range and introduced the world to its first 4K-screened smartphone. That's pretty impressive to say the least. We heard that Toshiba managed to squeeze a 4K screen into a 12.5-inch laptop, but all 8.3-million pixels in a 5.5-inch? There's a thought. Of course, although the phone sounds incredible, and as a Sony smartphone fan, it sounds particularly...

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 3.0 brings YouTube Gaming streaming, more game save storage

    While Sony ran away with the console sales title a long time ago, its playing catch up to Microsoft's ever improving Xbox One. It's latest ploy is a firmware update that looks to add a little more functionality to the system. But what does that mean, exactly? Well, YouTube Gaming streaming is now a thing, much like the PlayStation 4's previous relationship with Twitch. Users can now also request to watch their friends play a particular title as well. Keeping with the streaming gaming theme, the PlayStation 4's dashboard will now have an "events" tab, which will alert gamers to particular...