Another day, another huge PlayStation 4 sales milestone on the books. Sony has a serious hit on its hands in the early days of this console generation, with the PS4 having recently topped the 5.3 million unit mark as of mid-February. Adding on to that tally is the 322,083 consoles Sony reportedly sold in Japan in just two days following the PlayStation 4′s hotly anticipated launch this past weekend. Japanese gaming site Famitsu reported the astonishing figure, and noted that the tally is almost four times as many consoles as the PlayStation 3 sold during its opening weekend in Japan seven years ago.
In addition to the Xperia Z2 smartphone and the Xperia Z2 Tablet, Sony also unveiled a mid-range device at MWC 2014: The Xperia M2. Sony claims the new device offers the “best smartphone technology in its class” – in other words, the M2 will be company’s new affordable device to take on similar mid-range phones such as the Galaxy S4 mini and the iPhone 5c. More →
Sony scored a minor hit with its Xperia Z smartphone last year but the company has still had no luck coming up with a hit tablet. Sony is clearly hoping to change that with the new Xperia Z2 Tablet, a new device that features a 10.1-inch full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad-core processor, an 8.1-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 3GB of RAM and a 6000mAh battery. The Xperia Z2 Tablet will also be tailored toward gamers and will be compatible with the PlayStation’s wireless DualShock 3 controller. The new tablet will be available in March, although Sony hasn’t yet announced pricing for the device. Sony’s full press release follows below.
We might have already seen every square inch of the device over the past few weeks, but Sony finally made it official — the Xperia Z2 will be the company’s next flagship phone. As previously reported, the Xperia Z2 will feature a 1080p 5.2-inch display, 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 3,200 mAh battery and a 20.7-megapixel camera. The new flagship will also offer 4K video recording, digital noise-cancelling, and as with its predecessor, the Xperia Z2 is waterproof. As for software, the smartphone will include apps that connect users with the music, video and gaming services of the Sony Entertainment Network. The Xperia Z2 will be available in March, although Sony has yet to announce a price. For more details, see the full press release below. More →
With the Japanese launch of the PlayStation 4 just days away, several third-party developers are preparing to release their first games for the Sony console. One of those games is the latest in the long-running Yakuza series, a franchise that has found success in Japan as well as overseas. Although the upcoming title, Yakuza Restoration, is going to be released on both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, Sega’s fresh batch of PS4 screenshots show off a game that looks as incredibly detailed as anything else on the console. More →
Sony isn’t having any trouble at all selling PlayStation 4 consoles. In fact, the company just announced that PS4 sales to date have surpassed 5.3 million units. The Japanese gaming giant continues to sell consoles about as quickly as it can build them, but as is always the case, things are bound to slow down eventually as new consoles age and the novelty dwindles. So, what will be the next big catalyst that gives the new video game console generation an added boost? Will it simply be price cuts or cheaper versions of each box, or are we in store for something new and special? More →
After leaking hardware details for Sony’s Xperia Z2 Tablet, which may be unveiled soon at MWC 2014, @evleaks has provided an image of the unreleased tablet. In addition to the famed leaker’s image, more renders showing the tablet have been posted online by @gadgetleaks, who provided several other purported press pictures of the tablet. More →
Sony on Tuesday announced it hit its internal PlayStation 4 sales goal well ahead of target, with the company having sold over 5.3 million new console units since launch by February 8. PS4 sales data has been collected from North and Latin America, Europe and Asia. Sony will launch the PS4 on February 22 in Japan. More →
Sony is expected to unveil new products at the annual Mobile World Congress trade show on the same day Samsung introduces the highly anticipated Galaxy S5, although it’s not clear what new products that the company will announce. Sony is rumored to have both a flagship smartphone and a tablet in the works, although it’s only the Xperia Z2 handset that appeared in most leaks so far. However, @evleaks has discovered more details about the new tablet as well, which should succeed last year’s Xperia Tablet Z. More →
Late last week we finally saw what appears to be the next hero phone from Sony in video form. Rimas Flyil, the YouTube leaker who posted the video, has now resurfaced with even more footage of the Xperia “Sirius” D6503. In the first clip, we saw some of the KitKat-skinned smartphone’s features, from the Walkman functionality to the quick-start camera. In the new video, we get a much better look at the actual hardware, along with an extensive showcase of the software. More →
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 will obviously garner most of the attention at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona but Sony is also launching a flagship device at the show that could be an under-the-radar hit. Some leaked pictures posted on Chinese website Digi-Wo show both the black and white versions of the Xperia Z2 smartphone that Sony will be unveiling at MWC this month. Specs for the Xperia Z2 are tipped to include a quad-core Snapdragon 2.3GHz processor that supports 4K video playback via HDMI-out, a 5.2-inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM and Android 4.4 KitKat. An additional picture showing both Xperia Z2 models next to the Xperia Z1 follows below. More →
In 2013, sales of Sony’s new PlayStation 4 video game console crushed Xbox One sales by a wide margin, even when accounting for the fact that the PS4 was available for an additional week in November. Sony moved 4.2 million PS4 consoles in 2013 while Microsoft’s sales through the end of the year totaled 3 million units. 2014 is a new year, however, and January sales were eagerly anticipated as industry watchers look for clues on how this new round of the everlasting console war is going. According to NPD Group’s January numbers for U.S. console sales, not much has changed for Microsoft since last year. In fact, Sony’s margin of victory looks like it has widened. More →
Sony’s PlayStation Plus service carries with it a number of perks worth paying for, including online multiplayer, discounts and access to free games on PSN. But as it turns out, it looks like there’s a loophole that allows PlayStation 4 users and owners of other PlayStation consoles to get PS Plus service for free — and one unscrupulous used the trick to rack up more than 20 years of free Plus membership without paying a single cent. More →