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'Destiny 2' is expected to arrive this September

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:40:00 -0400

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Destiny had a rocky start, but the first-person space shooter eventually ended up living up to the promise it showed back when it was announced. Time flies, though, and the original game is nearly three years old, and Bungie has promised a full sequel will be coming soon. Now, thanks to an poster image apparently leaked by an Italian retailer (and posted by Italian site Lega Network), we can be pretty sure that Destiny 2 will arrive this September. Friday, September 8th in Europe, to be precise -- which means the US release date could be the prior Tuesday, September 5th.




PS4 update is causing WiFi problems for some players

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:25:00 -0400

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Sony's big PS4 version 4.50 update landed two weeks ago and despite the boost in framerates, some owners are not happy their consoles have been effectively cut off from the internet. According to a thread started on the PlayStation Forums on the same day as the release, the update completely broke WiFi connectivity for a number of PS4 players.

While some users (including at least one Engadget staffer) thought the WiFi issues might be an isolated case, the two-week-old forum thread has gathered about 250 posts, all complaining about the NW-31297-2 error code. Despite Sony's troubleshooting tips, reconfiguring the console's WiFi setup won't fix the problem and some gamers have resorted to begrudgingly buying WiFi extenders with a built-in ethernet port to bridge the console's WiFi gap.

When reached for comment by Engadget, Sony acknowledged the issue but didn't offer a much better solution just yet. "We are aware and are looking into the situation," a Sony spokesperson said via email. So, if you're unable to run a cable between your PS4 and your router, you'll just have to sit tight and hope Sony releases another update in time for that sweet Wildlands DLC.

Via: Polygon

Source: PlayStation Forums




Sony gives Android O a sound quality boost

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:43:00 -0400

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If you pick up some future Android O phone and notice that your wireless headphones sound much better afterward, you'll have Sony to thank for it. Google has revealed that Sony is contributing a whole slew of upgrades and fixes to the upcoming mobile operating system, most notably support for its LDAC wireless audio encoding format. The technology sends three times more data through Bluetooth than typical formats, letting you listen to high-resolution audio without the usual downgrade. In other words, you won't necessarily have to cling to wired headphones just to get pristine-sounding music.

Source: The Verge




Baseball fans rejoice: MLB Network is on PlayStation Vue

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:27:00 -0400

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Baseball fans have more reason to pick up a PlayStation Vue membership now as Sony's subscription service has just added the MLB Network to its roster. The addition comes right in time for the April 2 start of the Major League Baseball season along with exclusive coverage of the World Baseball Classic semifinal and championship games tonight and tomorrow.




The Engadget Podcast Ep 32: North and South of the River

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0400

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Senior editors Devindra Hardawar and Nathan Ingraham were among the Engadget team in Austin for SXSW 2017 this week. They sit down to talk about what they've seen, from movies to VR experiences to former Vice President Joe Biden. They also discuss how covering SXSW differs from the other big events Engadget typically covers and decide whether or not the show is losing its cool. Also, BBQ. Lots and lots of BBQ.




Sony will soon stop PS3 production and shipments in Japan

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 02:13:00 -0400

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Sony is ready to lay the PlayStation 3 to rest, a little over 10 years after the first model was released. Gematsu and Japanese website Gamestalk have discovered that the company will "soon" stop the PS3's production in its home country. Sony made the revelation on the 500GB black PS3's product page, which is the only remaining model still in production in Japan. The tech and gaming giant didn't mention specific dates, but a game shop in Kurume, Fukuoka tweeted that it received a notification that production will end this month. Once all the remaining units are gone, shipments will also stop -- anybody who wants the console will have to look in the second-hand market.

Source: Gematsu, Sony Japan, Gamestalk




Sony's mixed-reality 'cave' is an immersive experience for groups

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:19:00 -0400

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Amongst the many oddball exhibits at Sony's SXSW "Wow Factory" was the mixed-reality "cave." Unlike many other experiences at Sony's event, this one didn't require strapping on some oddball hardware or even a VR helmet. The cave was a square, four-walled room with Sony's own GTZ1 4K projectors mounted to each wall -- the idea is to make an immersive experience that brings you into other places while still letting you interact with people around you. To that end, each demo had a group of six people in it.




Spotify might delay album releases for 'free' users

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:22:00 -0400

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Spotify's deadlock with three of the largest music labels could soon come to an end. According to the Financial Times, the streaming company has agreed to 'window' important album releases to keep them on side. It would mean select records are only available to premium members for a period of time, incentivising subscriptions and boosting the revenue that trickles through to labels. The FT says nothing has been signed just yet, but stress talks have "picked up considerably" since the concession was made.

Source: FT




Sony's Motion Sonic wristband makes sound with a wave of your arm

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:45:00 -0400

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Sony's wild Wow Factory at SXSW uses the company's technology for a host of oddball immersive experiences. One of those, the Motion Sonic Project, was quite a bit less ambitious than putting four perspectives into one VR headset or strapping players into full-body video gaming experiences. But nonetheless, it was fun, and it's pretty easy to imagine how the technology could be used once it graduates from the prototype phase.




Sony's first 4K OLED TV starts at $5,000

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:15:00 -0400

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Sony's first consumer OLED TV, the XBR-A1E was easily its best product at CES 2017, but now comes the rub: How much is it? Before I answer that, know that Sony sets tend to be expensive to begin with. And on top of 4K OLED, this one has advanced video processing, all the flavors of HDR (Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG), the first-ever "Acoustic Surface" sound system that's integrated within the panel, an ultra-thin, near bezel-less design, a stand-mounted sub-woofer and Android TV support, including Google Cast and Google Assistant.

Source: Sony




Sony put four perspectives in one VR headset

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:22:00 -0400

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At the back of a cold gray warehouse in Austin, Texas, I put on a headset and proceeded to chase three strangers in a game of tag at SXSW. I was expecting an immersive VR experience far removed from reality but instead the head mounted display split my field of view into four squares that represented different perspectives of the room. The top left corner showed me what I was looking at while adjacent blocks brought in the view of the room as seen from the other participants' eyes.




PlayStation Now will bring PS4 games to your PC

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:45:00 -0400

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You could soon play PlayStation 4 exclusives like Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us Remastered on your PC. Sony is bringing the PS4 catalog to its streaming game service PlayStation Now, the company said today in a blog post. The announcement is light on details, but we know that every game in the service, including PS4 games, will be part of a single PS Now subscription. Sony is holding a private test in the next few weeks, and said it will share more information closer to launch.

Source: PlayStation Blog




What it's like playing 'Rez Infinite' strapped into a synesthesia suit

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 20:56:00 -0400

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At SXSW last year, Sony showed off a bunch of unusual and intriguing prototypes from its Future Lab division. In 2017, the company is going even bigger: A huge space called the Wow Factory has stuff from the Future Lab as well as a whole host of immersive VR experiences. I tried a couple out, and the best way I can describe my reaction is confused but intrigued.




PSVR goes on safari with 'Virry VR' nature documentary

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 21:25:00 -0500

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Slowly but surely, PlayStation is releasing more non-gaming offerings for the PSVR headset. Next up is Virry VR, an app that wants to put you within arm's reach of Kenyan wildlife. Among other things, you'll see rhinos bathing and lions eating according to the European PlayStation Blog. The entirety of the video was filmed at Lewa Downs, a UNESCO heritage site home to elephants, Grevy's zebras, hyenas and leopards.

Source: PlayStation Blog (Europe)




'Gran Turismo Sport' closed beta kicks off March 17th

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 20:19:00 -0500

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Like seemingly every Polyphony Digital game, Gran Turismo Sport has been a long time in coming... but you might not have to wait much longer to give it a spin. Polyphony has announced a Gran Turismo Sport closed beta that will start March 17th for PS4 owners in the US, with other countries following later (European users can find more info here). Just which cars, races and tracks you'll get will "vary" throughout the test, but you'll definitely get a taste for how your Driver Profile (which accounts for your on-track behavior and performance) matches you up with similarly skilled online rivals.

Source: PlayStation Blog




'Farpoint' will feature online co-op

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 08:02:00 -0500

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There's even more riding on the success of Farpoint, the first PlayStation VR title that uses Sony's new Aim controller. The company has revealed that the game will also be a showcase online VR FPS co-op, with two people exploring alien worlds and killing things in tandem. At launch, there will be just four co-op levels, with pairs competing with players from all across the world to ratchet up the highest score.

Source: Sony




PS4 Pro's Boost Mode arrives on March 9th

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:43:00 -0500

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After more than a little teasing, Sony's PS4 version 4.50 update is almost here. The sweeping upgrade is now slated to arrive on March 9th, and is now confirmed to include that rumored Boost Mode for PS4 Pro owners. Enable it on the higher-end PlayStation and "select legacy titles" should run faster (or more consistently fast) without needing a Pro-specific patch. They may even load sooner, Sony says. The boost isn't certain to work with every unoptimized game, but it should do more to justify the Pro if you have an extensive game collection.

Source: PlayStation Blog




PS Vue adds multi-picture feature just in time for March Madness

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 17:02:00 -0500

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Sony is launching a new multi-view feature on PlayStation Vue at a very opportune time for sports fans. March Madness begins next week, and starting today, subscribers to the streaming service can watch up to three live channels simultaneously on one screen.

Source: PlayStation Blog




'Descent'-inspired 'Sublevel Zero Redux' coming to PS4

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 16:16:00 -0500

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If you're interested in some Descent-like shooter action, you could wait for Descent Underground, the crowdfunded game from from a developer behind Star Citizen. However, it's not expected to arrive until next year, and when it does, there are no plans for a console release. There is another option, though: Sublevel Zero: Redux. Based on the well-received original that launched on Steam in 2015, the console version for Xbox One and PS4 brings new content, campaigns and more.

Source: Sony




PlayStation VR's gun controller lands on May 16th

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 12:22:00 -0500

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If you've been waiting to try Sony's VR light gun, or PS VR Aim Controller, then you can now start to get excited. Independent developer Impulse Gear has let slip to RoadToVR that the peripheral will hit store shelves on May 16th, 2017, alongside the VR shooter it created, Farpoint. We've known since E3 last year that Farpoint was designed for the new controller, although details of the bundle are new.

Source: RoadToVR, (2)




Here's what you missed from the MWC 2017 press events

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:20:00 -0500

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All the big press conferences here at MWC 2017 are finally over, and that means it's time to bring you reports of the quirkiest devices and developments on the show floor. But in case you haven't been closely following the announcements out of Barcelona (we understand, there was a huge mixup at the Oscars), here's a quick recap of all the most important press events at the show.




MWC's best phones head-to-head: It's (mostly) about the display (updated)

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:35:00 -0500

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While flagships may have been scarce at MWC this year, there were still more than a few notable smartphone announcements early in the week. We've put the biggest ones so far in a handy table so you can compare specs, features and more to decide which one might be your next daily driver. Who knows, we may be in for a few surprises now that the show officially started, but for now, here are the five handsets from Barcelona that you need to know.




Watch Sony's Xperia MWC press event in under 5 minutes

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:15:00 -0500

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Sony invited us to their MWC booth to run down a few announcements in the span of about 30 minutes. Since you might not have a half hour to dedicate to catching the full video, so we've distilled down the most important details to a five-minute recap. Get all the info you need on the Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia Touch and Xperia Ear Open-style Concept, and save the bulk of your lunch break for playing Super Mario Run.

Click here to catch up on the latest news from MWC 2017.




Let's play 'Horizon Zero Dawn'

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:01:00 -0500

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This is the strangest death I've suffered in Horizon Zero Dawn. I can handle taking a laser beam to the face from a gigantic metal bobcat or being knocked to the ground by an overzealous robot velociraptor, but this? What a way to go.




Jolla's Android alternative is coming to Sony Xperia phones

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:44:00 -0500

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If you're a fan of Jolla (a mobile platform that's part Linux, part Android and loosely based on Nokia's MeeGo project), good news. The company has announced it will be releasing an official version of its Sailfish operating system for a number of Sony Xperia handsets. The news came from the firm's press event at MWC this morning, and adds a big-name brand to the currently mixed list of devices that the plucky (persistent?) mobile software has officially been ported to.

Source: Jolla