A video surfaced on YouTube purportedly showing the Xperia Sirius D6503, an unreleased smartphone believed to be the Xperia Z2 flagship, which could be unveiled in the near future, maybe as soon as MWC 2014. The short clip, discovered by Xperia Blog, shows what Sony has built on top of KitKat. A new screen unlock effect, Xperia Themes, the Walkman functionality, the image gallery and quick-starting the camera from the lock screen are quickly demoed. More →
A strong launch lineup and a few major system updates won’t be enough to put the Xbox One over the PlayStation 4 in 2014, if Wedbush Securities is correct in its predictions. According to a recent report from the analysts at Wedbush, the PlayStation 4 will outsell the Xbox One 12 million to 9 million this year, owing mostly to the $100 price difference between the two consoles. More →
Sony is already a major supplier for Apple’s rear-facing iSight camera, but the Japanese electronics company might be looking to increase its presence within the iPhone even further in 2014. Nikkei Asian Review reports that Sony has doubled its supply of camera components for the next iPhone, a sign that Sony cameras might appear on both the front and the back of the iPhone 6. According to the report, Apple “apparently uses parts from suppliers in the U.S. and elsewhere for the front camera.” With the rise of video calls, Apple likely wants to focus on camera quality with future product launches, which is why Sony has been tapped for increased production. Very little of the report has been confirmed, but if the sources are legitimate, Sony could provide more than 200 million CMOS sensors to Apple annually within the next few years.
We’re still in the very early days of the new video game console generation but according to everything we have seen thus far, Sony has a real winner on its hands. As market chatter continues to point to Xbox One inventory build-up in various retail sales channels, Sony has reportedly revealed during a closed-doors meeting that sales of its new PlayStation 4 console are still screaming. More →
Sony is reportedly sending press invites for a special media event that will take place on February 24 at MWC 2014, the first official day of the mobile trade show, Xperia Blog reports. On the same day, Samsung will hold its first major mobile event of the year, the first episode of Unpacked 5, where it’ll unveil its first flagship handset of the year. It’s not clear what Sony will bring to MWC, with speculations suggesting that the company’s next flagship smartphone may be unveiled during the Spanish event. More →
Sony will likely unveil its next-generation flagship handset in the near future, maybe as soon as MWC 2014. However the Xperia “Sirius” D6503 – which appears to be the codename of the Xperia Z2 – has already been featured in great detail in a variety of reports. The most recent leaks reveal that the upcoming smartphone may have some monster camera specs, Android Community reports. More →
There was a minor uproar from the PlayStation crowd last year when Sony announced that PlayStation Plus would be required for online gaming on the PlayStation 4. After years of free multiplayer support on the PS3, Sony’s subscription service becoming a necessary purchase was a hard pill to swallow. But despite the initial backlash, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai has confirmed that “more than half” of PS4 owners have already signed up for PS Plus. More →
If you thought that Sony’s PlayStation Now service sounded too good to be true, you wouldn’t be the only one. Plenty of us are very skeptical after OnLive tried and failed to provide real-time game streaming without the need for downloads a few years ago, but Sony is still convinced it can pull off the improbable. Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter, on the other hand, is not. More →
The good news it that the rumors were true: Sony announced on Thursday that it has managed to offload its floundering PC business and the Vaio brand to Japan Industrial Partners, and the deal will close by the end of March. The awful news, however, is that word of the deal comes alongside the announcement that Sony plans to lay off 5,000 workers by March 2015, which marks the end of the company’s fiscal year. More →
In early January, Sony announced an upcoming new service tied to its PlayStation gaming platform that gamers can’t wait to get their hands on. The service, dubbed PlayStation Now, will allow PlayStation 4, PS Vita and PS3 owners to access classic games from PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 and the original PlayStation video game console and stream them from the cloud. Needless to say, the service will have a huge impact on the catalog of titles available to early PlayStation 4 adopters. PlayStation Now won’t be made available to the general public until sometime this summer, but a leaked video of a private PlayStation Now beta gives us our first glimpse at the upcoming Sony service. More →
Even though upon his return at Apple, Steve Jobs decided against licensing OS X to other computer makers, the exec wanted to make an exception with Sony, a company he deeply admired. Ex-Sony president Kunitake Ando revealed to Japanese reporter Nobuyuki Hayashi in an interview that Jobs wanted Sony to sell a Mac OS-running Vaio laptop in 2001. More →
We’re all already sick of discussing the “console wars,” but there’s obviously no denying the huge rivalry between top home console vendors Sony and Microsoft. The early lead clearly went to Sony, which announced recently that it sold 4.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in 2013. That compares to just 3 million Xbox One consoles that Microsoft moved between November 22nd and the end of 2013, but this battle is still very young. A swing in momentum could happen any time, of course, but Sony is confident that it will maintain its lead with the PS4. Why? One reason discussed recently by Sony is simply that developers prefer the PS4 to the Xbox One, so gamers can expect the best games out there to come to Sony’s console. More →
Selling computers is a tough racket to be in right now, and it looks like Sony might be nearing the end of the road. A report from Reuters on Tuesday morning suggests that Sony is currently in talks to sell its Vaio PC operations to Lenovo, which seems to be linked to any and all consumer tech M&A chatter in the market these days. Lenovo just acquired Motorola Mobility from Google for about $3 billion and the company’s buying spree could continue with Sony’s computer division. Why would Lenovo buy Sony’s loss-making computer biz? Good question, and it’s one that investors in Japan pondered as well while they drove Lenovo’s share price down more than 16%. A separate report from Nikkei said that investment fund Japan Industrial Partners is actually eying Sony’s PC business, not Lenovo, and the deal could be worth between $391 million and $489 million.