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Sony to publish indie games on Nintendo Switch and PC

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:33:00 -0400


The console wars are not over, but there are some signs that collaboration may yet win out. While Sony continues to opt out of the "Better Together" Minecraft initiative to bring cross-platform play to all platforms, it looks to be making games for non-Sony devices, including the Nintendo Switch. In a Japanese-language press release, the company just announced a new publishing label named Unties, which comes from the idea of unleashing the talents of game creators.


Source: Sony

PlayStation's latest gamepad is made especially for kids

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:32:00 -0400


PlayStation's next step toward console-gaming domination is getting its gamepads in smaller hands. To do that, it has partnered with vaunted accessory-maker Hori on the Mini Wired Gamepad for the PlayStation 4. Sony says that the controller is 40 percent smaller than the standard DualShock 4, and, honestly, a bulk of that size difference probably came from lopping off the DS4's handles. Its 10-foot cables should be long enough to reach most couches, too.

Source: PlayStation Blog, Sony

PlayStation’s updated VR headset arrives in Japan tomorrow

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:42:00 -0400


You may want to hold off buying the current-gen PSVR, as its successor is imminent. We already knew the updated headset will come with integrated headphones and HDR passthrough support (courtesy of a new processor unit). And, now Sony is blessing us with a release date -- for Japan, anyway. The company's native home will be the first to get the refreshed VR device when it lands there on Saturday. Meanwhile, everyone else will have to wait. At 44,980 yen ($401), the new headset will match the starting price of the original (although, its older sibling now comes bundled with the PlayStation Camera at no extra charge).

Source: PlayStation (Japan)

Sony's Xperia Touch projector arrives in the US at an absurd $1,700

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:48:00 -0400


We've been keeping an eye on Sony's Xperia Touch projector for over a year now (closer to two, in fact). It's a smart speaker, a projector and an Android tablet all combined into one device, and the US price (which was revealed today) reflects that. The Xperia Touch's suggested retail price is a whopping $1,700 and is available at Amazon, the Sony Square display room in New York and select T-Mobile stores in Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami.

'Until Dawn' headlines this month's horrific PS Now additions

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:52:00 -0400


Two years later and Sony finally got the timing right for PlayStation 4's choose-your-own-horror adventure Until Dawn. The Hayden-Panettiere-starring interactive movie is perfect for Halloween frights, and if you're a PlayStation Now subscriber, you can play it, well, now. It isn't the only fright fest being added to the service, either. Frictional Games' sub-aquatic tale of terror, SOMA, is on offer as well as the macabre mystery The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. Don't feel like getting scared? There's always David Cage's Beyond: Two Souls and, umm, Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders.

Source: PS Blog (EU)

What we're playing: 'Madden 18', 'Cuphead' and 'Destiny 2'

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:20:00 -0400


Welcome back to Gaming IRL, a monthly segment where several editors talk about what they've been playing in their downtime. This month, like much of the world, we've been playing Destiny 2 and EA Sports' latest and greatest. Also Cuphead. Lots of Cuphead.

Sony's first robot in years will be an Aibo sequel

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 12:51:00 -0400


Sony hasn't been shy about promising a return to robots, but just what will this revival look like? We now have an idea... and it'll seem remarkably familiar. Nikkei reports that Sony's first device will be an Aibo-like robotic dog made with the help of the former Aibo team members who still work at the company, such as AI guru Masahiro Fujita. While there aren't many details at this stage, you could think of it as a canine Amazon Echo. While it would behave like a pup, you could use it to control your smart home devices -- imagine if you could tell your dog to turn on the lights and expect it to respond.

Source: Nikkei Asian Review

Test drive ‘Gran Turismo Sport’ on PS4 next week

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 05:10:00 -0400


Sony is offering up a four-day GT Sport preview, a week ahead of its long-time-coming release. (That's October 17th, in case you forgot.) PlayStation Plus members can preload the demo October 7th, and will be able to take a few cars for a spin from October 9th through October 12th. The demo will offer the first chance for players test out GT Sport's new features, including a photography mode and custom livery for the racing car of your choice. The teaser will also have a new matchmaking system built-in to ensure you're racing similarly-skilled drivers and not just getting lapped all the time.

Source: PlayStation Blog

Sony introduces Team Tournaments in latest PS4 update

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:07:00 -0400


Today, Sony released a big software update for PS4 users. It includes quite a few new features, including broadcast updates, family accounts and updates to the Messages app. While many of these features were previewed in the beta release, we've got a run down for some of the newly announced features for you.

Source: Sony (1), Sony (2)

PlayStation boss Andrew House will leave Sony at the end of 2017

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:48:00 -0400


In 2011 Andrew House took over a troubled PlayStation brand from Kaz Hirai and has since restored its place as a leader in the gaming industry. Now, Sony has announced he's stepping down from his post as president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. SIE came to be in early 2016, spinning off everything PlayStation and Sony Network as a subsidiary of Sony based in California. According to a press release, he will be replaced by current deputy president John (Tsuyoshi) Kodera effective immediately but will remain in a new position as chairman through the end of the year to smooth the transition.

These days the PlayStation 4 family is on top of the sales charts, sports a game library stocked with desirable exclusives and is reaching into new technology like VR. But when House originally took the reins, he had a tough job ahead of him coming off of a disappointing run with the PS3 that included "$599 US dollars" and a hacking incident that took down PlayStation Network for more than a month. House has been with PlayStation since the beginning, working in Sony's marketing and communications department on the launch of the original console, eventually running the PlayStation business in Europe as of 2009.

Source: Sony

PlayStation credit card gives extra money back for gaming purchases

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:53:00 -0400


If you're a PlayStation fan, you probably use your credit card for a lot: games, add-ons, the virtually obligatory Plus subscription and the occasional accessory. Wouldn't it be good if you could at least get some compensation for pouring so much money into Sony's coffers? If you live in the US, you can. Sony has launched a Visa-based PlayStation credit card from Capital One that gives you discounts and redeemable points if you shop for Sony gear or PlayStation services.

Source: PlayStation Blog

Sony’s updated PlayStation VR won’t block HDR

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 04:20:00 -0400


It's been almost a year since Sony formally entered the virtual reality arena with the launch of the PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset. In that time, the unit has remained unchanged, but its pricing has slipped slightly, allowing gamers to enjoy popular titles like Superhot VR, Robinson: The Journey and Farpoint. Seemingly out of nowhere, Sony announced today that it's working on an updated version of the headset and that it will come with integrated headphones and HDR passthrough support.

Source: PlayStation Blog

The big 'Minecraft' cross-platform update is live, but not on Switch

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0400


The Better Together update brings the biggest set of changes to hit Minecraft in years, expanding the Community Marketplace, streamlining access to third-party servers and uniting the game across platforms -- and it's all live today. Well, most of it is.

Better Together is rolling out across Xbox One, Windows 10, virtual-reality and mobile versions of Minecraft right now, but it won't hit the Switch until later this year. Microsoft's original plan, which it unveiled at E3 in June, was to launch Better Together on Switch at the same time as the other platforms (hence the title of the update).

PlayStation 4 was never part of the equation for this initial rollout.

"We just flat-out couldn't get those two completely in sync," Microsoft Studios Corporate Vice President Matt Booty says.

Here's everything from PlayStation Japan's 2017 press event!

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:21:00 -0400


As is tradition, PlayStation kicked off Tokyo Game Show by showcasing most of its announcements days before the full show actually starts. Besides a bunch of limited-edition PS4 and PS4 Pros of varying levels of desirability, we had some remakes, a new game or two, and more Monster Hunter. Of course. Here's the best trailers from the showcase earlier today.

'Neko Atsume' is coming to PlayStation VR in 2018

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:58:00 -0400


Neko Atsume was the smartphone hit where you collected and fed cats. That was... mostly it. It also took over the lives of several of my friends, and was huge enough to warrant a movie spin-off in Japan. Apt, then, that Tokyo Game Show is where PlayStation Japan President Atsushi Morita announced a virtual reality version of the cat... feeding.. sim (?), with no more information beyond a 2018 release date on PSVR. But, if I get to role-play as cats, then consider me intrigued.

PS4 and Xbox owners were able to play 'Fortnite' together

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:42:00 -0400


You know how Sony is adamant about not allowing cross-platform play between PlayStation 4, Switch and Xbox One? Well, something interesting happened in Epic Games' Fortnite over the weekend: Xbox players were found in a handful PlayStation Battle Royale matches. A Reddit user noticed that someone in his PS4 game had a space in their handle (something allowed in Xbox Gamertags, but not on PS4), and then the thread picked up to include further examples like a father and son playing together on disparate consoles. A Twitch stream with video proof is embedded below. Curious, indeed.

Via: Eurogamer

Source: Reddit

'Cowboy Bebop' director made a 'Blade Runner' animated short

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:39:00 -0400


Over 35 years since Blade Runner came out, its sequel is almost upon us. Blade Runner: 2049 hits theaters in less than a month. And (depending on who you ask) it's either been too long a wait, or it should never have seen the light of day. For anyone still on the fence, the film's marketing blitz is on hand to help part you from your cash. We've seen trailers, a VR tie-in, and a short prequel featuring Jared Leto's impeccable beard. Just in the last 24 hours, a new promo starring Dave Bautista has hit the web, along with another (more exciting) teaser: Sony Pictures just unveiled a new anime spinoff for the upcoming film.

Source: Sony Pictures Japan (YouTube)

Sony's big idea: Get fans to make its next hit

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0400


A tiny San Francisco art gallery isn't where you'd normally find a group of hardware beta testers, much less for a major consumer-electronics company. But on August 24th, 2017, Sony held an event for exactly that at The Laundry, a small and intimate exhibition space in the city's Mission District that's so hidden, you have to walk through a cafe in order to get in.

Sony Xperia XZ1's scanner comes with a 3D printing service

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0400


When Sony introduced the Xperia XZ1 at IFA, the Japanese tech giant said it was seeking partnerships with 3D printing services to go with its pre-loaded 3D scanning app. Now, Sony and Sculpteo have revealed that they've teamed up to give people the power to 3D print anything anytime they want to, using only the XZ1. You don't need to fire up your computer during any part of the process at all.

Source: Sculpteo

A first look at Sony’s super-fast RX10 IV zoom camera

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:10:00 -0400


Sony just announced its latest flagship point-and-shoot at an event in New York City, the RX10 IV. The new camera, a successor to last year's RX10 III, again comes with a 24-600mm (35mm equivalent) f/2.4-4 Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens and a 1-inch, 20.1-megapixel stacked CMOS sensor. In terms of design, the RX10 IV is basically identical to its predecessor, featuring mode and exposure dials, a 3-inch LCD screen and an OLED viewfinder. Here's where it really shines, though: Sony says this zoom shooter sports the "world's fastest" autofocus speed of 0.03 seconds, complemented by 24fps continuous shooting (with full AF/AE tracking) and 4K (3,840 x 2,160) movie recording at 24 or 30fps.

Sony's crazy expensive RX10 IV superzoom gets a speed boost

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:07:00 -0400


Sony's camera theme over the last year has been "speed," especially with the arrival of its ultra-fast RX100 V compact. That notion continues today with the launch of the RX10 Mark IV, a 24-600mm f/2.4-f/4 superzoom, which gets a big shooting speed bump from 14 fps to a top-notch 24 fps. All that extra speed is thanks to the BionZ X image procesor mated to the RX-100 V's 1-inch, 20.1-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS stacked image sensor, which has a built in DRAM chip to buffer all those frames.

Sony unveils its 'true 4K' projector that costs just $5,000

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:15:00 -0400


Buying a "4K" projector can be tricky since many companies have displays have lower resolutions and use technology like pixel shifting (JVC and Epson) or special processing (Optoma) to make up for the missing dots. Sony's SXRD technology brings every one of the promised 4K (4,096 x 2,160) pixels but until now have been incredibly pricey. That changes with the VPL-VW285ES just unveiled at CEDIA 2017 in San Diego, a true 4K and HDR projector that has a sticker price of just about $5,000.

Source: Sony (1), (2), (3)

Mobile AI is Huawei's not-so-secret weapon

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0400


Smartphone makers are betting on camera features to help their flagship devices stand out. Samsung launched its first dual cameras on the Note 8, Sony introduced super slow-mo video recording on its XZ Premium and XZ1 series, and LG equipped the V30 with a glass lens that boasts a wide f/1.6 aperture. But Huawei has chosen a different route. In lieu of a new phone, the company showed off its Kirin 970 chip at IFA 2017, calling attention to the chipset's AI capabilities. The Kirin 970 will power Huawei's next flagship phone, the Mate 10, which is set to launch at a separate October event in Munich.

Apple and Amazon reportedly pursuing James Bond film rights

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 12:46:00 -0400


Sony's distribution rights to the James Bond films expired with 2015's Spectre and MGM has been looking for a new distributor ever since. As of now, Warner Bros. is expected to land the rights, but two new rather surprising players have jumped into the game -- Amazon and Apple. Sony has also pursued a deal with MGM, as have Universal and Fox, but sources tell the Hollywood Reporter that the tech companies are willing to throw down as much as or more money than Warner Bros. to land the rights.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

GameChanger brings virtual worlds to the kids who need it most

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:00:00 -0400


I was standing in a makeshift room at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital with a couple dozen people. Some of them were young children battling cancer, others were family and friends there to spend time with them. There was a handful of hospital staff. Spread out across the room were a young woman unknowingly about to get a scholarship, a social worker who had paid for a child's cable bill so that he could have some comfort in his last few weeks of life and team members of a charity who had brought everyone there so that sick children could have a little bit of fun for a few hours. It was an event that was both solemn and uplifting, and it was all centered around video games.