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Sony PlayStation 5 Arriving in 2019, Linked to 4K TV Adoption: Analyst

The recent PS4 Pro debut and upcoming Xbox One X launch have led some to speculate we’re seeing the wholesale retirement of the traditional console launch cycle. It’s possible Sony and Microsoft have transitioned to something like the iPhone model, as new products launch with backwards compatibility, and older models work with the latest software and receive OS updates for a substantial period of time (typically 3-4 years for Apple, markedly less for Android devices depending on the manufacturer). Sony has made some recent comments indicating there will be a PlayStation 5, however…

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Sony sells one million VR headsets

Sony has sold more than one million virtual reality (VR) headsets, the company has said. President of Sony Interactive Entertainment Atsushi Morita said sales had “exceeded our expectations”. The headset, at $ 399 (£308), is cheaper than rival devices from Facebook and HTC. According to research company IDC, about two million VR headsets were shipped worldwide in the first three months of 2017. Mr Morita has high hopes for the technology. He said: “I believe that VR technology is the greatest innovation since the birth of television. “VR allows you…

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Sony Announces 60 Million PS4s Shipped–Can Microsoft Catch Up?

Sony shared good news last week as part of its quarterly report. The company has shipped a full 60 million PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro ($ 399 at Amazon) consoles. The company also sold 2.9 million devices in the past three months, up from 2.3 million devices shipped in the same period last year. That’s a significant achievement given the PS4 is now a mature console, and it implies Sony has had good luck with its PS4 Pro hardware refresh cycle. Exact details on how the PS4 Pro is selling…

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MWC 2017: Sony launches slow-mo Xperia XZ Premium phone

Sony’s latest smartphone is capable of filming smooth slow-motion footage at four times the rate possible on Apple and Samsung’s top-end models. The Xperia XZ Premium captures video at up to 960 frames per second (fps). The achievement was made possible by a new type of image sensor that has built-in memory of its own. Sony’s smartphone market share is small, but it usually makes its sensors available to rivals about six to 12 months after they debut. Apple, Samsung, LG and Xiaomi are among those to have used its…

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Sony kills PlayStation Now support on Vita, PS3, Bravia, and Blu-ray players

Back in 2014, Sony debuted a new, Netflix-like game streaming service dubbed PlayStation Now. The service was expensive, at $ 20 per month or $ 45 per three months, but it supported a wide range of hardware including televisions, Blu-ray players, the PlayStation 3, the PlayStation TV, the PlayStation Vita, all 2013 – 2015 Bravia TVs, and all Samsung television models. Strangely enough, PlayStation Now support for all of these devices will be turned off in August 2017, except for the 2016 Bravia televisions, which go offline on April 1. Why…

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Sir Paul McCartney sues Sony over Beatles songs

It could become one of the most important legal battles in music – Sir Paul McCartney is suing Sony over control of The Beatles’ back catalogue. The star has gone to a US court, seeking to regain the publishing rights to 267 of the band’s classic songs. He’s been trying to get them back since the 1980s, when Michael Jackson famously out-bid him for the rights. Jackson’s debt-ridden estate sold the songs to Sony last year, along with others including New York, New York. Sir Paul’s legal case, filed in…

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Sony Music sorry after hoax 'Britney Spears dead' tweet

Sony Music has said sorry to pop star Britney Spears, after an official Twitter account suggested the pop star had died. The entertainment firm quickly removed the hoax tweets, saying its global account had been “compromised” but that the situation had “been rectified”. Sony added it “apologises to Britney Spears and her fans for any confusion”. The 35-year-old did not react directly to the tweet, but her manager confirmed the singer was “fine and well”. As well Sony’s Twitter account, the official account of Bob Dylan also appears to have…

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