Hardware

Sony’s Playstation Now streaming service now includes PS4 games

Game subscription services now look like they’re here to stay, and Sony’s Playstation Now just got an exciting update: The first PS4 games on the service are now available to play. The debut list includes 24 games that originally came out on PS4, bringing PS Now to the contemporary console era of games releases for the first time. The games list includes quite a few smaller releases and some remasters, like God of War 3 Remastered, but though it may be…

Hardware

Sony Cyber-shot HX350 Super-Zoom Camera Launched

HIGHLIGHTS The HX350 offers 50x optical zoom and image stabilisation It has a 20.4-megapixel sensor and Sony’s BIONZ X image processor The ISO range is rated at ISO 80-3200 Sony last month launched the Cyber-shot HX350 super-zoom camera, the successor to the Cyber-shot HX300. The company has announced that the camera will be available in India from Monday itself, exclusively via Amazon India, priced at Rs. 28,990. To recall, the camera had been launched in Europe at EUR 449 (roughly…

Hardware

Sony A6500, Cyber-Shot RX100 V Premium Cameras Launched

HIGHLIGHTS The RX100 V has 315 PDAF points and new LSI chip for faster readouts The A6500 gets 5-axis stabilisation, touchscreen and faster processing The RX100 V costs $1,000 while the A6500 costs $1,400 Sony has just updated two of its most popular camera series with new models – the A6500 and the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V aka the RX100 V. The A6500 is the follow up to the A6300 (Review ), which is currently Sony’s flagship APS-C camera which now…

Gadgets

SONY XPERIA XZ HANDS-ON REVIEW

KEY FEATURES 5.2-inch 1080p display Snapdragon 820 processor 3GB of RAM 32GB storage USB Type-C 2,900mAh battery 23-megapixel camera Manufacturer: Sony Review Price: to be confirmed Sony Xperia XZ hands-on – A step in the right direction for Sony Mobile? After the disappointment of both the Sony Xperia X and its smaller brother, the Sony Xperia XA, the Japanese brand’s phone division needed to do something different. So what’s it done? Created a flagship phone that already feels dated. And…

Mobile

SONY XPERIA X COMPACT HANDS-ON REVIEW

KEY FEATURES 4.6-inch 720p display Snapdragon 650 3GB of RAM 32GB storage USB-C 2,700mAh battery 23-megapixel camera Manufacturer: Sony Review Price: to be confirmed SONY XPERIA X COMPACT HANDS-ON – IS THIS MINI-PHONE MAGIC? Sony had something great with its Compact line. The Z3 Compact remains one of my favourite Android phones, and while the version based on the Xperia Z5 wasn’t as successful, it still brought high-end specs to a device that could easily be used with one hand.…

Mobile

SONY XPERIA XZ VS XPERIA X COMPACT : WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Sony has launched two new smartphones at IFA 2016: the Sony Xperia XZ and the Sony Xperia X Compact. What’s the difference? Earlier this year, in the throes of Mobile World Congress ecstasy, Sony launched an entirely new range of smartphones: the Xperia X series. That saw the launch of three different phones: the Xperia X, Xperia XA, and Xperia X Performance. Now there are another two phones, and heads in the office are starting to hurt. What the hell,…

Mobile

Sony unlocks the PS4’s seventh CPU core

The PS4 and Xbox One are commonly referred to as eight-core systems. While this technically describes the number of CPU cores in each console, it’s not an accurate way of measuring how many of those CPU cores are actually available. Both Sony and Microsoft reserve a certain number of cores for the operating system to use while games are running — on the Xbox One, MS reserves a single CPU core, while Sony historically reserved two cores on the PlayStation…

Gaming

An official PS4 Remote Play app is coming to PC and Mac

It's only been a matter of days since someone came up with a third-partyapp for bringing PlayStation Remote Play to PCs, but it shouldn't be too long before an official solution is available. Sony president Shuhei Yoshida has taken to Twitter to confirm that an authentic PS4 Remote Play application is on the way to home computers. Best of all, the service will support both PC and Mac, which is more than we can say about the Windows-centric Xbox One.…

Mobile

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Review

​Who says size matters? Pah. In recent years Sony has proven that inches don't guarantee performance, and shown that smaller smartphones don't need to skimp on impressive specs. The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact follows this mantra, pairing its relatively small 4.6-inch form with an array of internals comparable to, yep, you guessed it, the flagship Sony Xperia Z5. That's no less than James Bond's phone by the way. Taking the same processor, storage and outstanding camera as its illustrious sibling,…

Mobile

Sony’s flagship Xperia Z4 phone quietly announced

Sony has announced its new flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z4, that will ship in summer in the Japanese market. The device is clearly meant for global markets as well, since it supports a number of languages besides Japanese, including English, Chinese and some European languages. The move by Sony comes amid reports that the company was planning to scale down or even pull out of its smartphone business. The phone, which is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, has…

Online

‘The Interview’ already Sony Pictures’ top online film ever

“The Interview,” which is already linked to a massive corporate hack, a U.S.-North Korea spat and an outcry over censorship, now has another claim to fame: it’s the most successful online film in Sony Pictures’ history. Available to stream and download since Wednesday via websites and platforms from various companies, including Sony, Google and Microsoft, “The Interview” generated over US$15 million in online rentals and sales through Saturday, according to the studio. The controversial comedy about an assassination plot against…

Technology

‘The Interview’ makes it big on YouTube, becomes one of the Web’s top videos

Threats of violence may have scared off major theatre chains from showing The Interview, but thanks to its digital release, many viewers are still getting a chance to see the latest from Seth Rogen and James Franco. The Verge reports that, as of Friday, the film was the most popular thing on YouTube. As of this writing, The Interview tops YouTube’s list of the Top Films Videos, although YouTube doesn’t show how many views it’s received—presumably at the behest of Sony…

DesignTechnology

Sony releases SmartEyeglass developer kit

Sony has launched an SDK (software development kit) for its SmartEyeglass head-mounted display, another step toward challenging Google Glass. The glasses can connect to Android smartphones via Bluetooth and project green monochrome text or basic graphics across a field within the lenses. Sony said it will begin sales of the eyewear to developers by March 31, the end of its fiscal year. They will be sold in Japan, the U.S. and some European countries. The Developer Preview SDK includes an emulator, tutorials,…

Gaming

Sony PlayStation Network is down after DDoS attack

PlayStation Network was unavailable Sunday morning due to a denial-of-service, commonly referred to as DDoS, attack. Sony President of Online Entertainment John Smedley confirmed the attack via Twitter. The official PlayStation Twitter feed also tweeted out they were aware of the issue and were working to get things up and running. The network was partially restored for some users by 2:30AM, with services like video services available for streaming. However, when trying to access the PlayStation Store, a message read…

Gadgets

Sony reveals selfie camera shaped like a perfume bottle

SONY usually has a nose for good design but its latest creation could kick up a stink — a compact camera in the shape of a perfume bottle that’s designed for selfies. Its new Cyber-shot camera, aimed at the Chinese market, is capitalising on the popularity of the selfie among its Asian demographic and the growing trend of people using cases on their smartphones that look like Chanel No 5 perfume bottles.   Sony is trying to channel Chanel with…