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'Angry Birds' will celebrate its 10th anniversary with another movie

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:21:00 -0400


How will you celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of Finland's biggest exports? No, I'm not talking about electrical machinery or oil -- I mean Angry Birds. Well, Columbia Pictures and Sony are doing so with a sequel to the furious fowl's silver screen debut, aptly titled The Angry Birds Movie 2. A Rovio blog post details that the film will be released September 20th, 2019 and that Thurop Van Orman and John Rice will serve as director and co-director, respectively. Maybe the production team can come up with a better title in two years' time.

Source: Rovio

Sony's grand prize for a motorbike eSports race is a car

Wed, 17 May 2017 07:41:00 -0400


Ever fantasized about competing on a world famous race track? Well, thanks to PlayStation's latest eSports partnership, picking up your Dualshock could make that dream a reality. This year, MotoGP's licensed video game is getting its first eSports championship -- and it's being broadcast alongside the real thing. PS4 players will have the chance to compete in seven online time trial events, with the 16 best digital bikers duking it out in November alongside real riders. Perhaps excitingly, for the gamers, the season finale takes place in Valencia on the same circuit as the MotoGP World Championships.

Ben Heck finally gets the Nintendo-PlayStation prototype working

Sun, 14 May 2017 09:30:00 -0400


It feels like a long time has passed since the Midwest Gaming Classic in 2016 where the team first encountered the Nintendo-PlayStation SFX-100 portable. Now it's time to see the highlights of Ben working on the rare console from past episodes, as well as one or two livestreams. Watch unseen diagnostic clips using oscilloscopes, and much glorious soldering! Finally, the question has been answered: Can the console be repaired to play games? Software developers, it's now your time to shine! If you have any comments or questions, let us know over on the element14 Community. And if you're inspired by the show, be sure to hack and make safely.

The best action camera

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:00:00 -0400


By Ben Keough

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.

After spending 20 hours testing the latest action cameras (building on the hundreds of hours Wirecutter staffers have spent with action cameras over the past three years), including hiking through the rain, attaching them to cars and bicycles, and even mounting them on a dog playing on a beach, we think the GoPro Hero5 Black is the best action camera for most people.

Burger Clan and the weird history of awkward video game promos

Mon, 08 May 2017 15:00:00 -0400


Executives at Burger King are convinced playing video games makes people really, really hungry. Like, debilitatingly hungry. So hungry, in fact, that they can't take a few minutes to grab a snack, order a pizza or even look away from the screen.

Thankfully for starved players in Madrid, Spain, Burger King and Sony have rolled out a solution to this dining dilemma: Burger Clan.

The Nintendo PlayStation can finally play CD games

Sun, 07 May 2017 22:18:00 -0400


It was no small feat when Terry and Dan Diebold got their hands on a prototype of the fabled Nintendo PlayStation, but there has always been a catch to it: its signature feature, the CD drive, couldn't actually play games. Even a load of repair work barely got the drive to turn on. Well, the end is finally in sight. Professional tinkerer Ben Heckendorn (aka Ben Heck) has managed to get the CD drive working, including games. The solution, as he explains, involved replacing some "questionable" capacitors and "jiggling some things around" -- he was caught off-guard when things started working. The biggest challenge now is finding games to use with the near-mythological system.

Source: Ben Heck Show (YouTube), Element14

The next 'Horizon Zero Dawn' patch ups Aloy's selfie game

Wed, 03 May 2017 13:52:00 -0400


Horizon Zero Dawn is already a fantastic game, but that doesn't mean it can't get any better. Next week, Horizon patch 1.20 will go live and bring a raft of changes to the game, with a focus on improving photo mode and squashing bugs (in the code, that is). Sony and developer Guerrilla Games laid out the fixes on the European PlayStation Forum.

Source: PlayStation Forum, PlayStation Blog

'Dragon Quest XI' spawns the best and worst special edition consoles

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:42:00 -0400


Square Enix is on a bit of a merchandising mission in the lead up to the July release of Dragon Quest XI in Japan. For its latest trick, it's partnered with Nintendo and Sony to today announce two new Dragon Quest consoles.

Via: Arkotype (Twitter)

Source: Nintendo (JP), Sony (JP)

PlayStation 4 has never been more important to Sony

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:46:00 -0400


Sony's PlayStation division has never been more important to its bottom line. The company posted some lacklustre numbers today for the fiscal year ending on March 31st, but its video game efforts continue to impress. The company sold 20 million PlayStation 4 consoles over the 12-month period, beating the 17.7 million figure posted in its 2015 fiscal year. Those numbers helped Sony's gaming division pull in 1,650 billion yen (roughly $14.73 billion), a 6.3 percent increase year-over-year. More importantly, gaming-related profit rose by an impressive 46.9 billion yen to 135.6 billion yen (roughly $1.1 billion), up from 88.7 billion yen the year prior.

Source: Sony

24 hours with Sony's A9 full-frame mirrorless camera

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0400


Sony has one clear goal with its A9 full-frame flagship camera: to make professional photographers forget about their DSLRs. These are high expectations, sure, but the company's new mirrorless shooter seems to tick all the right boxes in terms of specs. The A9 focuses on speed, not so much resolution, which makes sense, considering that Sony's going after people who do sports photography in particular. You'll find a 24.2-megapixel 35mm sensor, 20fps continuous shooting, 1/32,000 shutter speed and a ridiculous 693-point phase detection autofocus that covers 93 percent of your frame. None of this would work without the latest Bionz X processor, though, which Sony claims handles data 20 times faster than previous models.

Campy, live-action horror game 'Night Trap' heads to PS4

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:37:00 -0400


After 25 years, a browser port and a failed Kickstarter, cult classic FMV (full-motion video) game Night Trap is finally making its way back to living rooms. Thanks to the folks at developer Screaming Villains and publisher Limited Run Games, the interactive tale of teenage girls stuck in a house under attack by vampires will be released on disc sometime this spring for PlayStation 4.

Via: Limited Run Games (Twitter)

Source: PlayStation (YouTube)

YouTube Kids brings cartoons and bright colors to your smart TV

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:05:00 -0400


YouTube Kids' mobile app is fine if your young ones are content to watch videos on a tablet, but what if you just want to plunk them down on the couch to watch on the big screen? You can after today. YouTube is trotting out a version of the Kids app for many LG, Samsung and Sony smart TVs (more details below) in all 26 countries where the child-ready viewer is available. The interface isn't exactly a radical departure, but that's the point, isn't it? Ideally, this lets little tykes watch videos with minimal help from their parents.

Source: YouTube Official Blog

Sony made a gigantic PS4 controller no one can use

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:20:00 -0400


Sony has eSports-tailored PlayStation 4 controllers, but aside from that, the gaming juggernaut hasn't made any major changes to the gamepad that shipped with the PS4. But as a Japanese promo for the recent Parappa the Rapper re-issue, the company made a gigantic version of its best controller in years. We're talking perfect-for-Wun-Weg-the-giant from Game of Thrones size.

Source: Gigazine (Japanese)

Crackle signs up 50 Cent for two original series

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:23:00 -0400

(image) Perennial Engadget CES interview Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has found new pastures for his foray into movies. Instead of just making direct-to-video projects with Val Kilmer and Bruce Willis, his G-Unit Film and Television is working on a few shows with Sony's ad-supported streaming service Crackle. The Oath (no, not the Verizon/Yahoo amalgam) is a scripted series focusing on gang subcultures while RPM is about a used-car salesman who's a getaway driver by night. Variety reports that those are working titles, but there's little else to share at this point.

Via: Tubefilter

Source: Variety

Sony hopes its full-frame A9 makes pros forget about DSLRs

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:34:00 -0400


Sony held an event in New York City today, where it unveiled its new flagship full-frame camera, the A9. This mirrorless shooter, which the company is pegging as a DSLR killer, is geared toward professional photographers -- especially those who shoot sports and other fast-paced environments. The A9 features a 24.2-megapixel 35mm sensor, a new Bionz X processor, an insane AF system with 693 phase detection points (93 percent frame coverage) and built-in 5 axis image stabilization. Given its target audience, the A9 is naturally all about speed, so you'll find a blackout-free, 20fps continuous shooting mode and 1/32,000 shutter speed. Sony says it is its fastest digital camera to date.

Sony's A9 is a powerhouse full-frame flagship camera

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:39:00 -0400


Sony has just launched its most impressive, and most expensive mirrorless camera yet, the 24.2-megapixel Alpha A9. Equipped with the first ever full-frame stacked CMOS sensor, it's all about speed, not resolution. The pixel count isn't that high compared to the 42.4-megapixel Alpha 7R II, but it can shoot up to 241 RAW, full-frame images at a scorching 20 fps, thanks to a processing speed 20 times faster than previous models. It also has an ultra-dense 693-point focal plane phase detection autofocus that can do 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second.

Source: Sony

The $300 PlayStation 4 Slim bulks up with a 1TB hard drive

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:39:00 -0400


Sure, it's simple enough to swap out the standard 500 GB hard drive in your PlayStation 4 for a bigger one, but sometimes you just don't want to go through the hassle. Well, thanks to the PS4 Slim being packed with a 1 TB drive as standard equipment now, that shouldn't be an issue in the future. Amazon is already cutting prices on the 500GB models (from $300 to around $250), and the 1TB flavor rocks a $300 MSRP. A 1TB PS4 Pro is still $400, however, and depending on your situation, might be the better buy at this point.

Source: PlayStation

Sony's HDR camera helps self-driving cars see in the dark

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:59:00 -0400


As Tesla recently showed, video cameras are as important as radar and LiDAR in self-driving cars for tracking road signs, vehicles, pedestrians and more. However, most can't handle tough lighting situations like very dark conditions, flickering LEDs or a sudden transition into a tunnel on a sunny day. That's where Sony comes in with its latest automotive camera sensor. With high sensitivity, HDR capability and anti-flicker tech, it's one of the first designed specifically to help autonomous vehicles function in less-than-ideal conditions.

Source: Sony

2017 is already an incredible year for video games

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:22:00 -0400


Every now and then, it's wise to stop and recognize the good things in life. And right now, it doesn't get much better than the video game industry. After dozens of Slack conversations about all the exciting titles and hardware coming out this year, a handful of Engadget editors got together to formally celebrate the year in gaming so far. Plus, we gazed into the future and offered suggestions on ways to make 2017 even better. So sit back, clear your mind and join us in an appreciation of everything good the video game industry has to offer in 2017.

'Uncharted: The Lost Legacy' will arrive this August

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:29:00 -0400


Turns out we didn't have to wait for E3 for more news on Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. That's because developer Naughty Dog just revealed that the add-on will be released on August 22nd for $40 in the US and $50 in Canada.

Source: Naughty Dog

Sony's new superthin E Ink tablet costs just $700

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:23:00 -0400


Despite being the only horse in the niche race, Sony continues to develop E Ink devices. The company has tried to sell higher-end professionals on edit-friendly displays since it released the 13.3-inch Digital Paper in 2014, which cost a whopping $1,100. The latest version, DPT-RP1, incrementally improves on its predecessors. But its $700 price tag might still be hard to stomach for a device ultimately trying to out-value regular paper.

Via: The Verge

Source: Sony

Fight as Spidey or Hulk in Marvel's free-to-play console RPG

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:30:00 -0400


Marvel Heroes 2016, the free-to-play role-playing and MMO hybrid is coming to the PS4 and Xbox One consoles as Marvel Heroes Omega this spring, developer Gazillion revealed. As with the PC version, it'll let you play as Spider-Man, Captain America, the Hulk and 38 other heroes, or the entire Avengers or Defenders teams. It features a nine-chapter story campaign that'll see you defending Manhattan and taking on Doctor Doom, Loki and other super villains.

Source: Playstation Blog

Sony's SSDs can withstand the torture of capturing 4K

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 09:41:00 -0400


Aspiring 4K filmmakers who want the best quality can buy pro-level RAW video cameras on the cheap, or use a DSLR with an external 4K recorder like the Atomos Ninja 2. However, the SSDs on such devices often record and dump out high bit-rate 4K video multiple times a week, so they need to be much faster and more durable than the one on your laptop. That's where Sony comes in with its latest G Series Professional SSDs, which can write up to 2,400 terabytes without failing and use tech that prevents disastrous frame dropping.

Source: Sony

'Lego Star Wars' and more Lucasfilm nostalgia come to PS Now

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:29:00 -0400


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is out on DVD and Blu Ray today, and (perhaps not-so) coincidentally four classic Star Wars video games have joined Sony's subscription-based streaming service, PlayStation Now. Oh, and there's some Lego Indiana Jones titles in there too.

Source: PlayStation Blog

Sony's slow-mo friendly Xperia XZs goes on sale this week

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 23:49:00 -0400


As smartphones have evolved to basically all look the same, manufacturers have been keen to capitalize on gimmicks to entice customers. Sony didn't buck that trend with the forthcoming, monolithic Xperia XZs and its rear camera that's capable of shooting at 960 frames per-second. The electronics company says that frame-rate allows for video that's four times slower than any other smartphone on the market. More than that, the shooter pulls a trick from the Pixel's playbook and starts taking photos before you actually press the shutter button. Pre-orders are open, and Sony says that come April 5th you can grab an unlocked version from Amazon, Best Buy and elsewhere for $700.

Source: Sony