Every month, Sony announces a new slate of free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers. The announcement typically comes a few days before they’re made available on the PlayStation Store, but list for November leaked at least a few hours ahead of schedule when Sony accidentally published a video featuring all six games. Sony is sure to have an official post up soon, but until then, here is the Instant Game Collection for November. More →
On Tuesday, Sony is finally going to roll out the first substantial update for the PS4. We’ve written repeatedly about the disappointing pace of system updates since launch, but firmware 2.0 should be enough to tide PS4 owners over until after the holiday season. We already covered most of new features of 2.0 in a previous post, but Sony has posted a short video of the update in action. More →
The next big thing in television might be 4K (or even 5K, for some). Or smarter TVs. Or curvy smart TVs that also do 4K. But that doesn’t mean you really need them, especially 4K big-screen TVs, since there isn’t enough actual 4K content to consume in the first place. But Sony has an amazing new TV ad that is so amazing it’s worth watching even if you’re not interested in 4K TVs at all. More →
Apple’s rumored 12.9-inch iPad model, referred to unofficially as the iPad Pro, is supposed to arrive at some point in 2015 according to certain reports, while others say the device is not considered “official” at Apple yet. Assuming Apple is going forward with iPad Pro plans, the gigantic tablet won’t be the only tablet to sport a bigger than 10-inch display next year. Digitimes has learned from Taiwan-based suppliers that several companies are working on large-size tablets supposed to launch next year in the first or second quarter. More →
Despite some early indications that Microsoft might have finally found a way to combat the sales chart tyranny of the PlayStation 4, the latest numbers from the NPD Group say otherwise. In an email correspondence on Thursday afternoon, Sony confirmed that the PS4 had achieved nine straight months of chart-topping success, tripling August’s sales figures. More →
At first blush, Sony’s new PlayStation TV doesn’t make much sense. It’s a standalone console, but it has been built on the back of an existing platform. It uses a controller, but not the most recent one. It connects to your TV, but it doesn’t have any internal storage. The PlayStation TV is at odds with itself. After spending a few hours with it at home, I still haven’t found a compelling reason to use it over any of my other PlayStation branded devices. Given time, PS TV could be a major competitor in the set-top box market, but right now, it’s the cheapest console available for one very good reason — it just doesn’t work that well. More →
Sony’s biannual releases have been a blessing and a curse. On one hand, the Xperia line is one of the more visible smartphone lines on the market with four flagship releases in less than two years. On the other, the minor iterations from one model to the next have culminated in the Xperia Z3v, a device which doesn’t stack up against any of the best Android devices. If a leak from AndroidOrigin is to be believed, that might finally change in a big way with the next generation. More →
As we’ve discussed repeatedly over the past several months, the PlayStation 4 has been lagging behind the Xbox One in a major way when it comes to software updates. Microsoft’s monthly updates have given Xbox One owners a lot to look forward to while PS4 owners wait patiently for Sony catch up. It’s taken a bit longer than I would have liked, but the PlayStation team plans to take care of all the PS4’s issues in one fell swoop with system software 2.00. More →
It looks like Microsoft’s efforts to attract a larger audience to the Xbox One are finally paying off. GamesBeat reports that in a recent note to investors, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter estimated that the Microsoft moved 325,000 Xbox One units in the U.S. last month while Sony ended the month with 250,000 PlayStation 4 sales. More →
“The U.S. is one of the biggest smartphone markets in the world. It’s also one of the toughest,” Sony Mobile President Kunimasa Suzuki said as Sony prepared to announce its latest Android smartphone.
It’s an uphill climb for Sony to make an impact in the U.S. market, but the company is doing everything it can to match specifications with the best Android phones on the market. Sony’s Xperia Z3v is the Verizon exclusive model of the Xperia Z3 line, strikingly similar to the Z3 itself but with slightly different dimensions and few tricks of its own. More →
Sony has been rolling out new smartphones this fall and on Thursday the company took the wraps off the new Xperia Z3v, a new device that will release on October 23rd exclusively on Verizon. Sony says that the Xperia Z3v is “how a premium smartphone should look and feel” while touting the device’s “aluminum sides and conveniently placed power button” along with its “tempered glass panels” on the front and back of the device that offer “the highest level of waterproofing in a smartphone.” More →
For such a young console generation, Driveclub has a surprisingly checked past. After several delays and some unfortunate disruption at Evolution Studios, Driveclub is finally coming to the PlayStation 4, 11 months after its original release date. It’s hard to say whether or not it benefitted from the added development time, but all in all, the team has put together something that is sure to satisfy the restless PS4 owners who can’t wait to get back behind the wheel. More →
The official NPD numbers for September haven’t been released yet, but it looks like Sony had another whopping victory last month despite some important moves by Microsoft to try to put the Xbox One back on top. According to VGChartz, Sony sold 178,000 PlayStation 4s globally during the week of September 14th while Microsoft only moved 94,000 Xbox One consoles in that time.