This week, Sony took the stage at GDC 2016 to announce the price and release window for its PlayStation VR headset. At $399, it’s easily the most affordable of the three major VR platforms launching this year, but as many gamers were quick to note, that $399 would only cover the PlayStation VR itself, not the necessary accessories. More →
Earlier this week, ID@Xbox director Chris Charla seemed to imply in a post on the Xbox Wire that Microsoft would be willing to link up with Sony in order to allow for cross-network play between Xbox Live and PSN players. Of course, Charla didn’t actually mention the PlayStation 4 by name, so it only makes sense that Sony’s response would be equally cryptic.
Taking the stage for a press event at GDC 2016 on Tuesday, Sony finally unveiled the price and release date for the PlayStation VR headset — a device which was originally known as Project Morpheus.
Although it was originally scheduled to launch in the first half of the year, Sony now says the PlayStation VR will launch in October for $399.
Thanks to Future Lab, Sony’s new R&D offshoot, the Tokyo-based company took some time at South by Southwest this past weekend to unveil an interesting new headphone design that may not be as crazy as it appears at first glance.
Sony calls its new pair of headphones Concept N, and it’s an interesting concept to say the least. The headphones are designed to wrap around a user’s neck, which admittedly isn’t something we haven’t seen before. But what makes Concept N unique and arguably intriguing is a specially designed speaker system that promises to direct sounds upwards towards a listener’s ears. As a result, the headphones promise to let wearers enjoy whatever they happen to be listening to without missing out on sounds from the surrounding environment.
Technology companies have been on a mission for years to turn anything and everything into a touchscreen. We saw one of the coolest examples of this back in October when we told you about the MUV Bird, which you can read about here. While the idea that our computing experiences can and should extend off of LCD and OLED screens and onto just about anything around us isn’t new, we have yet to see any company show off a solution that is realistic without being cost-prohibitive.
That may have just changed, however. More →
On Tuesday morning, Sony revealed that the next system software update for the PlayStation 4 will be available to those in the beta program starting this week. Codenamed MUSASHI, the 3.50 update is one of the most meaningful to hit the PS4 in months, bringing both minor improvements and major new features to the console. More →
The irony is immediately evident as soon as you hear a mobile exec asking us if we have any idea how many times we check the screen on a phone per day. These companies want us to stop staring at displays, but they use gorgeous displays to sell their smartphones. Not to mention that they’ll soon put better and better VR headsets on our faces.
LG did it first on Sunday afternoon, and Samsung followed a few hours later. Both companies told us we check our phones at least 150 times per day, setting themselves up to unveil always-on displays supposed to deliver fast access to information and save battery life. Sony’s Kaz Hirai asked the same thing during the early keynote Sony gave in Spain, revealing that we do it 8 billion times collectively.
But Sony’s focus is more on smartening up the technology that pairs with the smartphones, rather than focusing solely on creating an always-on display that delivers notifications while conserving precious battery life.
Enter Xperia Ear, Xperia Eye, Xperia Projector and Xperia Agent.
LG and Samsung’s acts on Sunday are definitely hard to follow, but that didn’t stop Sony from kicking off the Mobile World Congress 2016 with a press event hosted right at its booth. A couple of recent leaks hinted that Sony will unveil a new smartphone during the event, and, at least, one interesting accessory (a pair of wireless headsets), and the company delivered. There’s no new Xperia Z flagship to take on the newly unveiled Galaxy S7 and LG G5. But Sony took the wraps off of a new Xperia handsets that further blurs the lines between high-end flagships and mid-range Android handsets.
Dubbed the Xperia X, the new series includes three models, which are ready to compete against the hot LG and Samsung new handsets, but also against HTC’s and Lenovo’s more affordable novelties. More →
We’re just now settling in to the latest generation of gaming consoles, but the biggest paradigm shift in the industry could be right around the corner. Samsung’s Gear VR launched to a great deal of praise in 2015. Last month, after countless delays, Oculus finally began taking preorders for the Rift headset. In less than two weeks, HTC will open up preorders for the Vive.
Oh, so you thought the Oculus Rift’s price was too high? Wait until you see the leaked price of Sony’s PlayStation VR headset. Forbes on Friday spotted an Amazon price listing for the PlayStation VR headset and it showed the device will cost $800, or more than the price of two PlayStation 4s. More →
Gadget fans, you’ve reached the home stretch. You can almost accurately make the claim that you survived press day at CES 2016. Day 0 at the annual Consumer Electronics Show is always packed full of action and this year’s event has been no different. Faraday Future started things off early with a big press conference on Monday night, showing the world its 1,000 HP electric supercar for the first time. Then on Tuesday, huge companies held their own conferences including LG this morning and then Samsung just a few short hours ago.
There’s been a strange disconnect lately between what many smartphone users consistently say they want (i.e., better battery life) and what smartphone vendors are actually delivering. I’m already on the record saying that I don’t want Apple to even think about making the iPhone any thinner until it figures out a way to vastly improve the device’s mediocre battery life, but it looks like the company isn’t going to listen to me. However, Apple isn’t the only company that’s giving us something that we don’t need at the expense of better battery life, as Sony has recently embarked on an insane quest to push smartphones with 4K displays. More →
With each passing year, companies like Apple and Samsung manage to make smartphones faster while also packing them with increasingly advanced features. That’s all well and good, but battery technology, in contrast, has seemingly hit a plateau in recent years. It’s hardly a surprise, then, that the one feature request shared by most all smartphone users is prolonged battery life.