Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Weekend movie review: "I am Street Fighter," a documentary for the franchise's 25th anniversary.
- Weekend visit to the privacy store at the New Museum.
- Sony unveils PlayStation Vita TV.
- The next video-game movie lurches to life in the form of New Line's "Rampage."
During a press conference in Japan, Sony has announced the release date and price of the Sony PlayStation 4 in Japan. It will start selling on February 22, and go for 39,980 yen (US$400), or 43,980 yen (US$441) with the camera accessory.
This is three months after the US release date of November 15, and November 29 for parts of Europe, including the UK. According to Sony, the February release date makes sure that there's time for US titles to be localized for the Japan market at launch, and dedicated Japanese titles, too.
There will … Read more
Sony Computer Entertainment has announced an update to the PS Vita handheld console.
Called the PS Vita 2000, it will be 20 percent lighter and 15 percent thinner than the current console and comes with 1GB of onboard storage. Sony says the new Vita will launch in Japan on October 10 at a retail price of 18,980 yen (US$190). It will come in six color options. The current Vita now retails for S$399 (US$312).
At the Sony press conference today in Tokyo, the company also announced that it will be launching a 64GB memory card for … Read more
Sony on Monday unveiled the new PlayStation Vita TV, which will serve as a multimedia streaming station that connects to the PlayStation 4. This allows gamers to play games on a TV remotely from the PS4 in another room using a DualShock 3 controller, according to what was announced at the press conference.
The device is a small box that measures just 6 x 10cm and will also allow users to play their Vita games on the big screen. Sony mentioned that there will be up to 1,300 Vita titles that can be played using the Vita TV with … Read more
Sony's latest wearable tech creation, the SmartWatch 2 (SW2) is attractively styled, water-resistant, and sports plenty of apps and watch faces. The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a strong contender too, running a specially tweaked version of Android powered by an 800MHz processor, and flaunting a big color OLED screen. Heck, it even has a mic and speaker plus a camera.
But just how useful are these watches really, and how do they stack up against each other? Read on as we break down Samsung's and Sony's tempting wearable tech entries.
Sony SmartWatch 2 If you're … Read more
This past Wednesday, at the Time Warner Building in New York, Sony Electronics demonstrated a renewed interest in high-resolution audio. The company had a full slate of high-resolution hardware on display, and promised review samples would be coming our way in the near future. The initiative includes a commitment to make high-resolution audio "a more convenient, compelling, and cost-effective listening experience for digital music enthusiasts everywhere. To support this, select Sony products will come preinstalled with high-resolution tracks from Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment."
The flagship high-resolution audio model, the HAP-Z1ES ($1,999) … Read more
Sony's been flailing in the mobile market, but fans should take some heart that the company is getting its priorities straight with the new Xperia Z1.
The actual performance of the new flagship smartphone remains to be seen, but Sony made clear what it hopes will be the biggest selling point: its photographic abilities. During the press conference announcing the Z1 at the IFA electronics show, Sony Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai barely mentioned anything in the phone besides its physically large 20.7-megapixel image sensor, its high-end G lens, its Bionz image-processing chip, and a range of photo and … Read more
Samsung has had a bit of an inferiority complex when it comes to mobile. It's the world's biggest handset vendor, but Samsung is forever compared to Apple and often found to be lacking in one way or the other. Either it's the plasticky feel of its devices or the hard-knocks lesson that its features, like eye scrolling, don't always run as smoothly as expected. Most of all, it's the perception … Read more
BERLIN -- If you're weary of interacting with the real world, pop one of these on your head and you'll be transported to an alternate reality where you own a 750-inch TV.
That's the promise of this new headset from Sony, the HMZ-T3W Head Mounted Display, the third generation of in-your-face dual-screen headware from the company. It might look like something from a '90s movie about virtual reality, but it's a real product, unveiled here at IFA.
It's completely wireless, though you'd have to be very brave to take this thing on the bus. … Read more