No New Sony Xperia Flagship at MWC 2015?

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Unless Sony Mobile has been able to transform their internal structure drastically in the last few months, a lack of leaks for what will eventually be the Xperia Z4 is likely confirmation that Sony will not be showing off a new flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress 2015. In the past, Sony has used CES and MWC to announce new smartphones and with CES behind us with a lack of new devices, many had hoped that MWC would be when Sony would reveal a new flagship smartphone. If Sony is indeed planning on passing on MWC which fits in with their traditional time frame of releasing a new phone, when could we see the Xperia Z4?

We discuss that and more after the jump.

‘Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn’ Update 2.5 Trailer Will Make FF Fans Drool

FF14_Befoere_The_FallFinal Fantasy XIV may have had a rocky launch when it was released a few years ago but that’s nothing but a distant and faded memory now. Released for well over a year, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has shaped to be a stellar MMORPG that was able to correct the errors of FF14 and effectively reboot the tale on PC, PS3, and PS4. Now Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn update 2.5 looks to finish out the story arc introduced in update 2.0 in an epic fashion that screams Final Fantasy.

Square Enix will release this saga in increments, starting with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Update 2.5 Part I which went live on January 20th. Then sometime in late February, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Update 2.51 will become available, bringing with it the Golden Saucer (yes that one) that appropriately includes mini games like Triple Triad, Cactuars, and Chocobo racing. Finally Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Update 2.5 Part II, which includes the ‘Keeper of the Lake’ dungeon, will make its debut sometime in late March.

After the jump, an epic 10 minute trailer awaits you which I highly recommend watching. Also recommended is a credit card in hard as you’ll surely be buying this game after watching the trailer.

PS4 Slim Photos LEAKED?

PS4 slimBoth tech giants Sony and Microsoft have had rumors circulating regarding slimmer models but recently some photos have been leaked showing the PS4 slim. Continue reading to check out all the leaked images of this beautiful machine. 

Sony 4K TV with Android TV UI Preview (video)

One of the biggest reveals from CES 2015 was the embrace of Android TV by Sony. Offered on every 2015 4K television a majority of their HD televisions as well, Android TV will be the core user interface consumers will be faced with. This will hopefully result in not only a smart TV that’s actually smart, but one that has updated apps that can continue to grow and expand our experience with TVs. Traditionally, televisions have either been plagued by poorly written and sluggish apps that are never updated or are purely dumb boxes where apps and network functionality are brought to it via other setup boxes like Apple TV and gaming consoles like the PS4.

More details after the jump.

The Elder Scrolls Online Goes Free-To-Play & ESO Plus

Free to playThe Elder Scrolls Online game which was released April 4, 2014 hasn’t been out for nearly a year and now we are seeing a shift in how gamers will pay for this game. What has made Bethesda go for this Free-To-Play model and what does this mean for you the gamer? What about ESO Plus? What features will the paid subscription bring in comparison to the Free-to-Play model? (Read more to find out! and watch the last trailer in Bethesda’s 4 part series here!)

PlayStation Store Update (01-20-15)

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Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for January 20, 2015. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now take advantage of  the updated version of Saints Row IV Re-Elected, the intriguing Ironclad Tactics, and Motorcyle Club (also available on PlayStation 3).

PlayStation 3 users now have access to an updated version of the original survival horror game Resident Evil along with Best of Arcade Games (also available for Vita). PlayStation Vita users now have access to the fantastic, Atlus published RPG  Citizens of Earth (also available on PlayStation 4). There is also a very large sale this week which includes games for all 3 platforms along with classics from the PSP, PS1, and PS2 library.

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and then are given discounts on extra content the rest of the month. PlayStation Plus users get discounts on Citizens of Earth and Ironclad Tactics.

Can Older Sony Bravia 4K TVs Be Upgraded to Android TV?

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One of the major announcements from CES was the arrival of Android TV on Sony televisions. Instead of tippy toeing around the new OS, Sony has decided to embrace Android TV in a big way and is including on its entire 2015 4K and HDTV fleet. With a UI that’s finally not horrid and a host of options like Google Cast, the smart TV we’ve always wanted may finally be here.

This of course brought to question the status of the 2014 Sony 4K televisions. Could the older Bravia 4K TVs be upgraded to Android TV? We’ve been asked this question many times on Twitter, Facebook, and our comments section so lets address it after the jump.

Nyko Expands PS4′s Storage and Typing Capabilities

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The future is now at this past Consumer Electronics Show, the place to be if you want to see what new gizmos companies will want you to buy. While normally CES is all about TVs and smart phones there’s been some interesting announcements for gamers as well. This was the place where a year ago Steam Machines and PlayStation Now were announced. This year PlayStation Now subscription services and PlayStation Vue were announced. What is also interesting are the third party announcements like the ones from Nyko.

‘PlayStation Now’ Heads To Samsung TVs

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One of the oddest things to see at CES 2015 was PlayStation Now running on Samsung televisions. For those unfamiliar, PlayStation Now is the gaming streaming app from Sony where you can play PS3 games without needing a console by either renting or subscribing to the service. Already available on PS3, PS4, and PS Vita, PlayStation Now continues to grow on the variety of platforms it’s offered on. Just at CES, Sony announced their new lineup of Blu-ray players which support PlayStation Now. Think about it, a Blu-ray player that not only plays your physical media like DVD/Blu-ray, but one that can stream from many services including Netflix, Hulu, and now game via PlayStation Now.

While bringing the service to the 2015 line of Sony 4K and HD televisions seems like a no brainer and one that Sony has done, coming to Samsung televisions is an entirely different thing.

Sony Blu-ray BDP-S5500 Specs

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If you’re at all considering a new Blu-ray player, I highly recommend you skim over our 2015 Sony Blu-ray Players features and guide where we give you a simple breakdown of what to expect from these new machines. If you’ve already read that and have your heart set on the Sony BDP-S5500, then this article is just for you. As a recap, highlights of the Sony S5500 include:

  • 300+ streaming apps: Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video & more
  • Mirror your Android smart phone screen on your TV with Miracast technology
  • PlayStation Now: Stream and enjoy PlayStation 3 games
  • Full HD 1080p Blu-ray Disc playback with 2D to 3D conversion
  • Enjoy high picture quality with TRILUMINOS technology

After the jump, the full Sony BDP-S5500 specs await you.

2015 Sony Blu-ray Players Feature Guide

Sony_BDP_S5500_1As usual, CES turns into a floodgate of new and upcoming products from Sony which can at times be hard to decipher. Which units are available and what the differences between models are sometimes gets blurred or buried in general articles that only give you a summary of what it is that Sony is offering. To that end, I’ve put together a few articles which I’m humbled to say have been extremely well received by you, our readers. Those include:

Each of those articles aims to give you a simplified breakdown of Sony’s latest offering in a manner that is easy to follow. After the jump, I’ve put together a 2015 Sony Blu-ray players feature guide where we highlight their latest fleet. If you haven’t already, I do recommend reading our previous piece on why I believe the 2015 Sony Blu-ray players are a big deal.

Should You See ‘Taken 3′? (a.k.a. The best part is the rhyme I just made.)

Film_Review_Taken_3A few minutes after Liam Neeson goes on his hunt for the bad guys in Taken 3, I realized that nobody had been taken. The first film had Liam’s daughter get taken and in Taken 2 it was his wife. And in those films Liam exposes people to his special set of skills and saves his family despite all the protestations from the bad guys who claim there are no take-backsies.

Yes, I know that by this point we get the story of who he is and it doesn’t always need to be about people being kidnapped but the movie is called TAKEN! It’s like watching Murder She Wrote and not having there be a murder (a murder mystery tv show from the 80’s for our younger readers). But after my viewing with friend Doug, I think we can both agree the people who got taken is the audience.

The Order 1886 Trailer Shows Promise + Pre-Order Bonuses

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Sony has posted a new trailer showing off the goodies we shall receive for pre-ordering The Order: 1886, the exclusive PS4 title. While I won’t spoil any of the goods quite yet (you’ll have to hit the jump for those details, including the trailer), let’s just say these are some pretty awesome pre-order bonuses! 

What’s Really Happening at Sony’s Mobile Division?

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News is spreading wide and fast that Sony is selling its mobile division, including iconic smartphones like the Xperia Z3 and tablet series. The “news” is the result of comments of Sony Corp. CEO Kaz Hirai, who mentioned different aspects of performance in various divisions and what that might mean for the future.

Sony is NOT selling the mobile division at this time. What is all the talk about a possible joint venture? Didn’t Sony do that already? Is this a flash from the past? What was the CEO talking about and what might happen in 2015?

Let’s take a look…

Sony 4K Action Cam Specs (FDR-X1000V)

Sony_4K_Action_Cam_X1000v_02Just last week, we showed off Sony’s SteadyShot image stabilization technology in their Action Cam lineup from the CES 2015 show floor and earlier this week, we gave you an in depth look at the Sony 4K Action Cam FDR-X1000V. While our overview goes into detail about what you can expect the POV camera to over, it doesn’t include some of the finer details like dimensions, video formats, and more. Just as a recap, some features of the 4K Action Cam include:

  • Professional 4K (3840 x 2160) video recording with up to 240p HD / 120p Full HD
  • SteadyShot™ image stabilization works from bikes to aerial shot and more
  • Control up to 5 Action Cam via phone or LiveView™ Remote3
  • Splash proof body with universal tripod mount
  • Built-in stereo mic for quality sound with wind noise reduction
  • Automatically creates highlight video in MP4 from multiple clips
  • Loop recording prevents running out of memory card
  • Live stream your video via Ustream
  • Advanced manual control allows flexibility in movie expression
  • Ultra wide up to 170° pro quality f/2.8 bright ZEISS® lens

After the jump, you’ll find the Sony 4K Action Cam specs.

2015 Sony HDTV Screen Size & Feature Guide

2015_Sony_HDTVThanks to the positive reaction we received for our 2015 Sony 4K TV screen size and feature guide, I decided to put together a similar piece for Sony’s non-4K TVs. While at CES 2015 most of the talk and glory went to Sony’s 4K lineup which also gained some of the most cutting edge features and enhancements, Sony didn’t forget about those who wish to stick with HD 1080p – offering units like the 75-inch W850C with Android TV.

After the jump, we have the US and European 2015 Sony HDTV screen size and features breakdown to give you a better idea about this year’s lineup.

Why the 2015 Sony Blu-ray Players Are A Big Deal

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At this point, we take Blu-ray players for granted. While 10 years ago when they launched (which is crazy to think about), they were all the craze and came with some hefty price tags, the market is now all but saturated with units starting around $30. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t models with considerably more features which equally command a larger price tag. Instead, it’s that we take the technology and what it offers for granted. Because of that, we tend not to cover them, as nothing exciting has happened with Blu-ray players other than the addition of 3D playback and 3D conversion a few years back.

CES 2015 changed all that when Sony introduced a series of new Blu-ray players that are not only worthy of your attention, but potentially your hard earned dollars as well. After the jump, we reveal what these new Sony Blu-ray players are kind of a big deal.