The lineup of PlayStation 4-compatible wireless headsets is set to expand by two on Monday night as software update 1.60 rolls out. According to the PlayStation Blog, the latest additions to the roster are the “PULSE” and “PULSE – Elite Edition” wireless stereo headsets, both of which are capable of 7.1 virtual surround sound. The PlayStation-branded headsets also feature voice chat and preset audio modes. Sony is introducing a brand new headset to the market as well: the “Gold Wireless Stereo Headset.” The new headset offers 7.1 surround sound, voice chat and audio modes, but the Gold Wireless Headset also features a hidden noise-canceling microphone and customizable faceplates. The new headset will launch in early February for $99.99. Check out a video showcasing the Gold below. More →
PlayStation fans, get ready for a big month! Following a somewhat slow January, Sony’s PlayStation platforms will see a number of exciting new game releases in February. PlayStation 4 owners will finally be able to get their hands on the highly anticipated horror title “Outlast,” as well as “Rayman Legends” and “Thief.” Meanwhile, PlayStation 3 owners will get 11 new games to choose from this month and another three games will be released for the PlayStation Vita handheld console. The full list, which was assembled by Playstationing.com, follows below along with exact launch dates. More →
The next major update for the PlayStation App has arrived. Sony released the latest update on Friday, which adds a new ‘Live from PlayStation’ tile to the app, giving users the ability to watch live streams of their favorite games on Ustream or Twitch. Unfortunately, the app does not support playback itself — when you select a stream, you’ll be rerouted to your browser for Twitch video or to the official app for Ustream. The new version of the app also supports the playback of video in notification from the PlayStation Store and the app will no longer automatically connect to a PlayStation 4 in standby mode. These are minor updates, but ever addition makes the PlayStation App that much more viable as a true second screen experience.
Sony’s Dualshock 4 controller for the PlayStation 4 is pretty awesome. It takes everything we loved about the Dualshock 3 and adds on a touch pad, a sharing button and a nifty light bar that is used as an indicator to quickly convey game information in real time. The light bar can definitely be useful, but it can also be unbelievably annoying. Sony has said that it has no plans to dim the Dualshock 4′s light bar, so an eBay merchant in the UK named “knrgrafix” has come up with a simple yet fairly brilliant solution of his own. More →
The current console war will be a long and bloody one. Sony has taken a clear early lead, having sold 4.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in 2013 compared to 3 million Xbox One units sold, and some believe that the PS4′s beastly specs will keep it in the lead for the during of this console generation. For gamers looking for raw power, it appears as though the PS4 indeed delivers — and now new comments from another satisfied game developer provide more evidence that Sony’s new console is indeed a powerhouse. More →
Sony has quietly started to send out private beta invites via email for its PlayStation Now game streaming service that was announced a few weeks ago at CES 2014, a Neogaf forum poster revealed. “With this invitation, you will receive exclusive access to test PlayStation’s game streaming service before its full launch and the opportunity to provide regular feedback to the PlayStation Now team,” Sony wrote in the invitation email. More →
One of the biggest disappointments in this new console generation is the unfortunate lack of backwards compatibility. Although PlayStation Now will be an acceptable middle ground for many gamers, it’s always a bit of a heartbreak to leave a hard-earned collection of games behind, which is why a recent report from Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry might be the most exciting gaming news of 2014 so far. According to unnamed sources, Sony is looking to bring full-scale emulation of PS1 and PS2 games to the PlayStation 4, while upscaling the graphics in the process. PlayStation Now would be dedicated to PS3 games alone rather than the whole library of PlayStation content. More →
Sony was founded more than 60 years ago and it has been a consumer electronics leader for decades. During that time it has created some of the most fantastic and important consumer devices the world has ever seen, and it has also built some devices that are better off forgotten, never to be spoken of again. In all that time, however, I’m not sure Sony has ever built and launched anything as awful as this. More →
One of the more underrated questions surrounding the latest round of console wars between Microsoft and Sony is, “Which company needs a win more badly?” Looking at the financial health of each company, the answer is pretty obvious: It’s Sony. While Microsoft still rakes in enormous piles of cash every quarter thanks to its enterprise software and services, Sony’s hardware business has come under considerable strain. Moody’s this week cut Sony’s credit rating to junk status and said that even a successful PlayStation 4 launch might not be enough to make the company consistently profitable. More →
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launched to a great deal of fanfare in November. Thousands of anxious consumers lined up at their local retailers at midnight to be among the first to experience the next generation of video games. Over 7 million consoles have already been sold, anticipation is at an all time high…but we haven’t had a great reason to turn on our new consoles in almost a month. More →
It’s understandable if you missed the unveiling of Sony’s revamped Xperia Z1S for T-Mobile in early January. After all, it was buried in a sea of seemingly unending announcements from this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show. But if you did miss Sony’s latest and greatest flagship Android phone, it’s worth doubling back. Sony’s presence in the U.S. smartphone market is hardly where the company wants it to be, and the Xperia Z1S represents Sony’s first effort of 2014 as the Japan-based consumer tech giant looks to gain momentum around the world.
Sony said during CES 2014 that it will aim to double its smartphone sales volume over the next two years. A T-Mobile exclusive almost certainly won’t go very far in helping the company achieve that goal.
But interestingly, the Z1S may actually be a fantastic fit for T-Mobile. The company brands itself as the “Uncarrier” — a scrappy underdog looking to shake up the industry. T-Mobile is not without its problems, of course, but as we learned recently when CEO John Legere announced that T-Mobile added 4.4 million net new subscribers last year, its strategy is working very well.
Could the Sony Xperia Z1S be the Uncarrier’s “Unphone” — a handset that comes from out of nowhere, defies convention and finds success against all odds? More →
4K “Ultra HD” TVs were the talk of the town this year at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but there were far more 4K TVs unveiled than there are services that actually provide high-resolution 4K content. UHDTVs still appeal to consumers, though — a recent BGR poll found that 46.33% of respondents want to buy a 4K TV once prices come down and 15.9% plan to purchase a 4K TV this year at the current price points. Wondering where you might find 4K content to play on your shiny new 4K TV? According to a new report, Sony’s 2014 flagship phone, believed to be called the Xperia Z2, will include support for 4K video recording and playback. More →
The Xperia Z Ultra phablet was first released in late June 2013, hitting various markets since then, although a Wi-Fi-only version of the device was never available to consumers. That’s about to change, at least in Japan, where buyers will be able to get Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra tablet with Wi-Fi connectivity – a device that will lack phone capabilities – starting with January 24 for 52,000 yen (or under $500). Launch details for other markets are not available at this time for the tablet. More →