Sony’s newfound goodwill with gamers won’t last long if it starts bricking users’ consoles. BBC News reports that Sony has pulled its 4.45 system update for the PlayStation 3 that was leaving some consoles unusable. Sony says that it is investigating the reason its latest update, which it first released on Tuesday, bricked consoles and tells BBC News that it only affected a “small number” of PlayStations worldwide. Sony also apologized to users and encouraged them to wait for an official fix for the problem instead of trying to fix it themselves.
While Sony’s smartphone business has been struggling for some time now, it is a company known for building HDTVs and mobile devices with stunning displays that are among the best on the market. HTC is struggling as well, but its smartphone hardware is always among the best in the world and that includes its stunning HD displays. With that in mind, it’s quite surprising that up-and-comer Huawei trounced flagship smartphone models from both major brands in DisplayMate’s latest full HD smartphone display shootout, which was published this week. The site says Huawei’s Ascend D2 “delivers superior picture quality with accurate colors and images” compared to the HTC One and Sony Xperia Z, but that’s just a small part of the story. The full exhaustive shootout can be read on DisplayMate’s site, which is linked below.
T-Mobile on Tuesday announced the upcoming availability of Sony’s flagship Xperia Z smartphone. The handset is equipped with 5-inch full HD 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and a 13-megapixel rear camera. The Xperia Z is also water and dust resistant, and includes 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The smartphone will be available from T-Mobile “in the coming weeks.” The carrier’s press release follows below. More →
The latest rumors suggest that Sony is preparing to launch a new flagship smartphone in the coming weeks. French website Nowhereelse.fr on Thursday posted an image of what is said to be the Xperia Z Ultra. Earlier reports claimed the smartphone will be equipped with a massive 6.44-inch full HD 1080p display, a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot and an 8-megapixel rear camera. The Xperia ZU will seemingly be the largest smartphone in the crowded Android market, beating both the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega and 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate. Sony is expected to announce the Xperia ZU at a press conference on July 4th. The leaked image follows below. More →
If the winner of the next-generation console war were to be decided today, Sony would undoubtedly walk away victorious. The Xbox One debut has been an unmitigated PR disaster for Microsoft, which didn’t bother to ensure that it had simple, clear explanations in place for its various confusing policies surrounding used games, game-sharing and connectivity requirements. As a result, blogs have been reporting misinformation and gamers have been getting angrier and angrier. To make matters worse, several Xbox One policies aren’t very gamer-friendly, so many people remained upset even once the air had been cleared. But despite the PR nightmare Microsoft and its public relations firm are dealing with right now, it’s still way too early to declare a winner in the coming battle for gamers’ hearts and wallets. More →
The question marks surrounding next-generation video game consoles’ used games and game-sharing policies had been driving gamers crazy over the past couple of months, but future PlayStation 4 owners can now sleep easy. During its press conference at the annual E3 video game expo on Monday evening, Sony confirmed that it will not put any restrictions or limitations in place regarding used games or game-sharing on the PlayStation 4. Used games can be sold and repurchased with no issue, and there are no crazy obstacles when it comes to sharing games, as there are on the Xbox One. In fact, Sony created the instructional video below, which shows us exactly how to share PS4 games, as a nice little jab at Microsoft. More →
After revealing initial details surrounding the PlayStation 4 back in February, Sony on Monday filled in many of the blanks that had remained following its earlier event — including the price of its new video game console, and the console itself. During its press conference at the annual E3 video game conference in Los Angeles, Sony announced that its new PlayStation 4 will launch ahead of the holidays this year for $399, $100 less than the Xbox One, though the “day one” edition of the new Xbox ships with a new Kinect — the current Kinect model sells for $109.99 — while the PS4 will not include Sony’s Kinect-like “PlayStation Eye” accessory. The PlayStation 4 is now available for pre-order from select retailers, and Sony’s full press release follows below. More →
What. A. Day… and it’s not over yet. First, Microsoft got E3 started with its Xbox One press conference and then Apple kept the party going with an action-packed WWDC 2013 keynote. Now, Sony will wrap up this crazy day with a press conference of its own, where the world will finally get its first glimpse of the PlayStation 4 console. More importantly, of course, Sony and its partners will be showing off tons of gameplay demos from some of the exciting titles that will be available on the next-generation PlayStation console. Sony’s E3 press conference is set to begin at 9:00 p.m. EDT, 6:00 p.m. PDT, and you can watch live streaming video from the event below. More →
Microsoft and Sony plan to share more details surrounding their next-generation video game consoles on Monday from the annual E3 gaming conference, but we already know plenty. Sony was the first to unveil its new PlayStation 4 and while we haven’t yet seen the physical box — which is the absolutely least important part of the gaming experience, of course — we’ve seen what the PS4 can do thanks to several game demos. Microsoft followed Sony last month and debuted the Xbox One, which looks to tackle next-generation gaming as well as all of your home entertainment needs. Both consoles look terrific but with pricing still a mystery, a big question remains: How much would you pay for the Xbox One or PlayStation 4? More →
Google has confirmed that beginning on June 26th it will offer “Google Editions” of some of the most popular Android smartphones in its Play store. The Galaxy S4 and HTC One have both been stripped of their respective skins and will be available running a stock version of Android. A new report suggests that the company plans to expand the program to more devices. According to Android Central, Google is preparing to release a stock version of the Xperia Z later this year. Sony’s flagship smartphone is equipped with a 5-inch full HD 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor and a 13-megapixel camera. The device is both water proof and dust resistant, and also includes 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a microSD slot. The Xperia Z Google Edition is said to be arriving in the Play store sometime this summer.
A new report claims that Apple has signed a licensing deal for its upcoming iRadio service with the last major label that was holding out — according to AllThingsD, the company has come to terms with Sony. Apple is now said to have agreements in place with the three major music labels, Universal Music, Warner Music and Sony, and is expected to unveil the new service at its Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday. An earlier report suggested that Apple was also close to signing a licensing agreement with BMG Rights Management, the fourth largest music publisher. Apple’s iRadio service is rumored to be a hybrid Web and radio service with features similar to those offered by Pandora and Spotify, and it may also include an iAd tie-in. WWDC is scheduled to kick off on Monday and Apple’s keynote will begin at 1:00 p.m. EDT.
There are still several big questions surrounding the next-generation video game consoles from Microsoft and Sony, and pricing is somewhere near the top of the list. According to Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, however, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will be priced in line with expectations. The analyst on Monday issued a note ahead of E3 that looks to pinpoint pricing for these next-gen consoles. Patcher believes the Xbox One has a bill of materials (BOM) totaling $325 and the console will launch at $399. Sony’s PlayStation 4 has a BOM of about $275 according to the analyst, and it will cost $349 when it launches ahead of the holidays this year. More →
Microsoft and Sony’s used game policies for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 remain unclear. Both companies have confirmed that their respective consoles can play used games, however they would not go into further detail. An earlier rumor suggested that Sony would incorporate some form of digital rights management (DRM) for pre-owned games, while a second report claimed that Microsoft would only allow select retailers to resell games. Gamers are becoming increasingly frustrated with both companies for not addressing the issue at hand. More →