Category: Sony

Sony’s ‘Ultimate Player Edition’ PS4 Is Really Just 1TB Of Storage

ps4Don’t get too excited, as it’s not a major update to the next-generation games console that’s currently winning in terms of sales. Much like their competition in Redmond, Sony is getting ready to release a 1 terabyte storage (1,000GB) version of their console, for an as-of-yet undisclosed price, but with a debut across Europe on July 15th.

As for the earlier 500GB version? The glossy section has been replaced with a matte finish and has been tweaked to be 10% lighter and 8% more energy efficient. So, there’s that.

Via: PS Europe

Sony A7R II Is The 4K, Full Frame Monster Of A Camera

sony-a7r-2At the humble price of $3,200 considering the specs, Sony’s A7R II is the camera of dreams. The first camera to sport backside illumination, at a full-frame size 42.4 megapixel sensor. The other first that the A7R II sports is an ISO up to 102,400 and an insane 399 phase detection AF points — this supplements the capture of 4K video using the full width of the sensor, a first for a 35mm-format interchangeable-lens camera. Which of course, is insane.

Oh, and the body is made of magnesium alloy with 5-axis image stabilization. Who said your camera couldn’t have everything?

Via: Sony

Uh, Very Well: Sony Names International Version Of The Z4 Phone, The Z3+

Xperia+Z3+_heroArguably, it does make sense.

The Xperia Z4, announced not too long ago for Japan as an exclusive (and as the company’s new flagship smartphone), will be renamed for an international launch in June, dubbed the “Z3+”.

But, why not? The only real differences are Android 5.0 Lollipop, a new processor, a 5 megapixel front-facing, and a smaller battery 2,900 mAh (from 3,100 mAh). Other things have been fiddled with, like the new exposed micro USB port, which reportedly does not affect the waterproofing, or the overall design of the phone, which has been cleaned up and refined for slight imperfections.

Still, with Samsung dominating the Android space with not one but two flagships — S6 and S6 Edge — along with Apple’s own iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the only reasonable strategy for Soyn at this point is to deliver another well-received smartphone, and hold its ground; profit dents aren’t in the cards here.

Sony Announces The Xperia Z4 In Japan, But Doesn’t Mention An International Launch

z4Going on sale in Japan this summer in white, black, copper, and “aqua green” variants, the Xperia Z4 represents the company’s fourth iteration of their flagship handset. It’s interesting to see a follow-up to the positively-received Z3, despite the company’s troubles in its mobile sector, mostly pertaining to low sales numbers and a lack of support among American wireless carriers.

Also interesting, yet not surprising is that the Z4’s changes are mostly minor: the same 5.2-inch 1080p LCD screen, same 20.7-megapixel camera, a 2930mAh battery, an updated 2GHz 8-core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, and 3GB of RAM. Android 5.0 Lollipop laden with a Sony skin plus is water/dust-resistance.

Oh, and a 7mm thinner metal frame plus the same wide-angle lens as the main camera, plus digital image stabilization — so you know, to keep your selfies are leveled.

No word on international launch.

ViaSony Mobile Japan

Sony’s Major “Yukimura” Update Due Tomorrow For The PS4

ootri-ps4-teardownThe new “Yukimura” update for PlayStation 4 units debuts tomorrow, and brings major changes to the gaming console that’s currently in the lead, sales-wise.

First off, searchable gaming friends from Facebook, context of who else plays the same games that you do, an auto-screenshot of when a Trophy is earned, a verification badge for developers and gaming celebrities (so you know who you’re getting pwned), as well as improvements in accessibility for those who are have impaired visibility or natural dexterity.

But best of all? A new suspend/resume feature, allowing gamers to jump in and out of games and instant-resume (a la Xbox One). Still no word on the Spotify Music app debut, yet.

Sony Xperia Z3 Review: A Great Flagship, But With A Few Parts Left Out

20150324_073741 The current flagship of the unsure Xperia line from Sony — the Z3. A waterproofed yet sleek phone with Gorilla Glass adorning the back and front. It’s both rich in aesthetic and performance but between those lines, exist a few omissions. Still, the Z3 is a prime smartphone, but stiff competition from Samsung, HTC and Apple in the Spring of 2015 are direct threats to its aging hardware.

We’re going straight to the point with this one — onwards!

Sony Refines Project Morpheus To HD Screen, With 2016 Launch

16085757124_b04aa77d55_zVirtual reality has a future in reality — that we know. The PS4 VR headset now has a launch date in early 2016, with many updates to its existing frame and features. First off, the new 5.7-inch OLED 1,920 x 1080p HD screen, so clarity and detail can more easily be achieved. Lots of improvement for just the second publicly-unveiled prototype, no?

The 120Hz refresh rate, coupled with lower latency less than 18ms means that games can be rendered at 120fps with fluid movement that amplifies the feeling of immersion. Three extra LEDs, one front and two at the sides, making for a total of nine, improve the tracking capabilities. Lastly, the headband and process of putting the Morpheus on is much easier.

Launch date? Sometimes in 2016.

Via: PS Blog

Sony Celebrates 20 Million Sold Mark With The PS4

ps4Now holding the PlayStation brand in higher regard than ever before, thanks to slumping sales and uncertainties in other divisions, Sony is happy to report that since launch, the PS4 has reached 20.2 million sold units — not simply shipped, but sold.

Sony has been ahead in the next-generation console war since the start, and while its current array of exclusives are still in their early stages, 2015 includes an immensely popular franchise selection, including the likes of Uncharted and Bloodborne.

Here at LM, we’ve switched out our own Xbox One for a PS4. Seems like the way to go, but only time will tell.

Via: Newswire (Sony)