Sony Releases Video Tutorial to Help You Move from Windows Phone to Their Xperia Line

Xperia_Transfer_Mobile_4In addition to launching the free ‘Xperia Transfer Mobile’ app on the Windows Phone Store, Sony has also republished a video tutorial to help you navigate the transfer. Designed to lure Windows Phone users to Android and specifically Sony Xperia smartphones, the Xperia Transfer Mobile app can help transfer contacts, message, calendar, and media with just a few clicks.

Though the video specifically mentions iOS and Android users only, the same steps are in place for those looking to transfer from Windows Phone to Android as this video itself was created some time ago. After the jump, the video tutorial from Sony awaits you.

Full PlayStation TV FAQ

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With each new console release, companies tend to release the big juicy details about their latest in intervals to get the maximum exposure. While the big reveals and announcements usually revolve around the key functionalities of the product, in this case the PlayStation TV, they don’t always address the smaller details that can at times be the key for one person purchasing or not purchasing a given product. The PlayStation TV is no exception and despite its small size, there is a ton this companion unit can offer. Still, there is  no way it will please everyone and check off every item on our wish list at a $99 price point.

To that end, after the jump, you can find the full PlayStation TV FAQ sheet.

Sony Outlines PS4 Firmware 2.0, Codenamed Masamune

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Set to be released this Fall, the PS4 firmware 2.0 is going to bring a host of new features and improvements to Sony’s latest console. Codenamed Masamune, the PS4 firmware 2.0 adds some key features like Share Play which will allow you to take over a friends game and play on their behalf, YouTube support for direct exporting of game captures, and Themes which will allow you to change your background, colors, and more. Along side that, Sony is also highlighting new additions like USB Music Player, new Voice Commands and Broadcasting features and more.

After the jump, we have more details on Masamune.

#TBT: Kaz Hirai Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Kaz_Hirai_Ice_Bucket_ChallengeDo you know what day it is? Hump day? Nope. It’s Thursday which means…it’s throw back Thursday where we get to post things that are old. In truth, I’ve been itching to post the video of Sony CEO, Kaz Hirai taking the ice bucket challenge. The problem was that he took it much later where the hype around the wonderful cause (which I partook in) had begun to die down. Now that some time has passed, I find it appropriate to use the video in a #TBT post. After the jump, Kaz Hirai takes a bucket of ice to the head from a Sony employee.

9 Things I’ve Learned About PlayStation TV

PlayStation_TV_2The PlayStation TV is officially out in North America, nearly a year after it was released in Japan under the name PS Vita TV. Capable of streaming games from PS4 and PlayStation Now, the PlayStation TV will have access to over 700 titles across the Vita, PSP digital, PS One classic, and PlayStation minis spectrum. After performing our video unboxing of the PlayStation TV, here are 9 interesting things I’ve learned about PlayStation TV during my first 24 hours with the companion console.

You can find that list, after the jump.

Sony Wants to Make Transferring from Windows Phone Easier via Their ‘Xperia Transfer Mobile’ App

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Sure Sony’s mobile division is raking up massive losses for the company but that’s not stopping them from trying new ways to lure customers. After already targeting iOS users with a similar tool, Sony is now turning its attention to Windows Mobile users. Dubbed the Xperia Transfer Mobile app, this latest free download helps those who are looking to depart from the world of Windows to Android land by making the transition smoother.

We Unbox the PlayStation TV

The PlayStation TV is now available in the US for $99 and allows you to stream games from the PS4, making it perfect for those with two televisions but one console. In addition to streaming games from PS4, the PlayStation TV can also play all PS Vita games as well as titles from PlayStation Now. Besides the base model, Sony has also launched a PlayStation TV bundle for $139. Best of all, the PlayStation TV on launch will have access to 700 titles, making it a very robust machine.  In the above video, we unbox the PlayStation TV.

Sony to Create Its Own PlayStation eSports League

Official_PlayStation_eSports_League_1 Chalk this up to something I didn’t see coming. Today in Spain, Sony officially unveiled the ‘Liga Oficial PlayStation’ which is expected to kick off on October 16th. As the name suggests, Sony is officially creating its own eSport league to take on other major players, mostly notably the MLG which has traditionally focused on PC and Xbox gamers and games. Soon after, Sony will expand the league to Portugal and Italy before coming to the rest of Europe.

After the jump, some more details on ’Liga Oficial PlayStation’ from Sony.

PlayStation Store Update (10-14-14)

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Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for October 14, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can enjoy the highly anticipated Peggle 2 and an updated version of a fantastic game from last gen, Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition.

PlayStation 3 owners journey to Pandora’s Moon today in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and explore the terrifying The Evil Within (also available for PlayStation 4). PlayStation Vita owners can finally join in the survival/building craze with Minecraft PlayStation Vita Edition! 

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and all other weeks subscribers will receive extra discounts. This week there are extra discounts for several new Ultimate Bundles as well as a deep discount on the very fun Strength of the Sword 3 (see our review here). Keep reading to see the complete update!

Major Server Side ‘DriveClub’ Update In The Next 24 Hours

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If you’re experiencing issues with DriveClub at the moment, it’s more likely due to the PSN maintenance that’s currently taking place than an issue with DriveClub. That doesn’t mean though that the game’s network capabilities are fully functioning. Despite being delayed by more than 6 months, DriveClub, which was released nearly a week ago, has been hampered by major online problems. Luckily, Evolution Studios has been working around the clock to patch the game and things have already improved dramatically. However, work remains on the highly-anticipated game and hopefully the next major update will further help DriveClub stabilize.

After the jump, more details on the massive server side DriveClub update.

Sony Xperia Z3 to Launch on T-Mobile Later This Month

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For the most part, 2014 has been a disastrous year for Sony Mobile. The division that was supposed to be one of the three main pillars of Sony that would help reinvigorate the company and help them turn a profit will instead cause a $2.1 billion net loss for FY 2014. One main culprit has been a lack of presence by Sony in the US. With the announcement of the Xperia Z3, Sony is looking to change that outlook. Later this month, Sony will launch the Xperia Z3v on Verizon, a big move for a company that has had practically no carrier support in the US.

In addition to Verizon, the Sony Xperia Z3 will also be coming to T-Mobile with pre-orders going live soon. After the jump, we have more details.

PSA: PSN Will Be Down Today (October 13th)

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If it reads October 13th on your calendar, then listen up. Parts of PSN will be down today for nearly 7 hours in order to allow Sony to deploy a series of back-end improvements to the network.” The down time will mostly affect PS3 and PS4 users while Sony tweaks things on the back end, meaning that no patches or system updates will be required. Luckily for gamers, the down time doesn’t affect most of the major functions like multiplayer. After the jump, we detail the services that will be affected.

Poll: Will You Buy DriveClub?

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DriveClub, the highly anticipated racer is finally out for PlayStation 4 via Blu-ray or digital download. With plenty of courses, cars, and beautiful visuals, DriveClub might be the game to play till Gran Turismo comes to the PS4. This then brings us to our weekly poll.

Verizon’s Sony Xperia Z3v Gains Some Exclusive Features

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It was revealed yesterday that Sony’s latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z3v, would be coming to Verizon on October 23rd. Eagle-eyed readers will note that the model number has a ‘v’ tacked on at the end and likely assumed that it simply stood for Verizon with no other changes to the premium smartphone. While it’s true that the ‘v’ at the end is designed to differentiate the model from other Xperia Z3 units that Sony will be shipping out, most notably to T-Mobile, the Xperia Z3v is in a lot of ways quite different than the model its competitors will be receiving. After the jump, we reveal the differences between the two models.

PlayStation Experience Invites Fans To Las Vegas In December

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If you’re a PlayStation gamer, make sure to clear out all your plans for December 6 and 7 and pack your bags: Sony Computer Entertainment will be holding an event, the PlayStation Experience, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and you’re invited.

Sony Xperia Z3v and SmartWatch 3 Are Headed to Verizon

Sony_SmartWatch_3_Xperia_Z3Lately we haven’t had much good news to announce from Sony and their efforts. Despite an impressive product portfolio that was recently refreshed at IFA 2014, traction has been nearly non-existent for the Japanese giant in the US. Hopefully, all of that will change later this month when the Sony Xperia Z3v heads to Verizon, the nation’s largest carrier. Following on the footsteps of other premium devices, the Xperia Z3v will retail for $200 on a two-year contract, making it an attractive alternative to Samsung who is starting to struggle as their recent earnings are expected to dip 60 percent.

After the jump, we talk release date and the Sony SmartWatch 3.

Samsung Profits Dip Nearly 60% and What Sony Can Learn From It

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In its upcoming earnings report, many analysts expect Samsung to report a significant dip in its quarterly profits. For Q3 2014, the electronic giant will likely report a profit of 4.1 trillion won ($3.8 billion) from the $10.6 trillion won operating profit that the company booked in Q3 2013. That means in just one quarter, Samsung profits will have dipped nearly 60%! With continued pressure from Apple in the high-end market and increasing competition from Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi and Lenovo, Samsung is beginning to find itself unable to compete. It’s also worth noting that during Q3 2014, Apple held a 0% market share for smartphones with a screen size larger than 4-inches. Since that time, Apple has introduced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ which command 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays, taking the only advantage Samsung may have had in the high-end market.

Translation? Next quarter will likely be even worse for Samsung. If this all sounds too familiar, we need not look further than Sony to see a company who is plagued by the same issues. Sony just recently revised their FY 2014 estimate and announced a larger than expected $2.1 billion loss. Samsung’s pain, however, might be Sony’s gain if Sony can learn some key lessons from this massive blow to Samsung.