One of the most baffling omissions from the PlayStation 4 has been the ability to support Blu-ray 3D playback. A functionality that the PS3 gained many years ago, and one that even most sub $100 Blu-ray players support has till now been a cause of hesitation for home theater buffs who have an extensive collection of Blu-ray 3D films. If they move onto the PS4, it means playback will no longer be possible so either would-be upgrade have to keep both PS3 and PS4 or hold off till Sony brought the functionality to the PS4. To make matters worse, Microsoft recently announced Blu-ray 3D support would be coming to the Xbox One, making Sony’s own console lacking in the media playback depart despite Sony being one of the biggest champions of Blu-ray and 3D.
Luckily, it seems like the PS4 Blu-ray 3D crises might end as early as next week thanks to PS4 firmware 1.75.
Good news for those who are looking for a Android phone that starts with the other S. While the Sony Xperia Z2 has been available throughout the world for nearly 6 months, US fans had been left in the cold. Luckily Sony has began to figure out its US strategy a bit and recently released the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet exclusively on Verizon. Ok maybe not the best idea to go with a sole carrier but at least it’s being sold in the US.
So lets talk Xperia Z2 and the US.
We already know a fair deal about the Xperia Z3, the next flagship Android smartphone from Sony. Thanks to the FCC, we can even confirm the 802.11ac wireless chipset inside the powerful device but more importantly, we can confidently assume that a reveal is in the near future. While Sony might not be quite ready to talk about the Z3, thanks to more leaks, we can reveal some key Xperia Z3 specs that may or may not put a smile on your face.
After the jump, Sony Xperia Z3 specs await you.
Sony Pictures has officially confirmed the release date for Uncharted, based on the best-selling and beloved PlayStation franchise. According to Sony, Uncharted will be released on June 10th, 2016 and will be directed by Seth Gordon (Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses) and is being written by David Guggenheim (Safe House). Charles Roven, Arad, Alex Gartner, and Ari Arad (Spider-Man franchise) will be producing under their Arad/Atlas Entertainment production company. With an unfinished screenplay, expect details to remain scarce till 2015 when production and filming will officially start on the highly-anticipated film.
Recent rumors have pegged Sony has the sole supplier of the image sensor that’s to be found in the next iPhone from Apple. In the last three iterations of the iPhone, Sony has provided Apple with an 8-megapixel image sensor. With the launch of the iPhone 6 (mockup pictured above), it’s believed that Sony will once again be the only vendor partner of Apple to provide a 13-megapixel image sensor. Though not directly confirming the deal, Sony has announced that they plan on investing $345 million to boost image sensor production.
I wonder what product is around the corner that would demand such high volumes (hint, it’s the iPhone 6). Let’s talk details.
Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for July 22, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now pre-order all 4 of the titles available in the PLAY 2014 program (see more details here) as well as purchase Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty which the new take on the classic Abe’s Oddysee.
PlayStation 3 users can now purchase Entwined (also available now for the PS Vita) and PlayStation Vita owners can now purchase Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland (also available for PS3). Beyond the PLAY 2014 program, there is also a Super Hero Sale going on with deep discounts on titles in the inFamous and Batman series.
Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and each week there will be new sales. This week PlayStation Plus users can take advantage of deeper discounts on the Super Hero Sale along with sales on several RPGs including the Persona series.
Today on the PlayStation Blog it was announced that the PlayStation Store PLAY 2014 Program would be kicking off after the PlayStation Store updates this evening. Just like in previous years, PlayStation has selected 4 upcoming titles over the next 4 weeks to take part in the program. This year they will be focusing on cross-buy (PS3, PS4, & PS Vita) indie games with the likes of PlayStation exclusive Hohokum and Rogue Legacy (be sure to be on the look-out for our review before release next week) being two of the participating titles. To sweeten the deal, those folks that pre-order or purchase more than one PLAY game will receive a voucher for PSN credit later. Keep reading to see the rest of the details and the other two participating titles!
Media Molecule, the developer of LittleBigPlanet and Tearaway, has revealed a little bit about their upcoming, still-unannounced PlayStation 4 title, including a very short teaser trailer. But their method of teasing their new game is quite different from most early reveals.
I was not a fan of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I thought the movie was fairly silly but had this pretty cool ending credit sequence that made me think the graphic designers were smarter than the writers. So going into this sequel I wasn’t sure how I felt. My friend Big C informed me that he had watched the previous film that day in preparation. I think the idea of preparing to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is giving the franchise too much credit.
Whereas the first film was full of irrationally mean or dumb humans with dialogue straight out of a 9th grade morality play, the sequel decides to play smart and stay smart.
When Sony announced the PlayStation 4, they made it clear that they understood that the social aspect of gaming was critical and the ability to share the experience with others was something that the average user would enjoy. To this end Sony included a Share button on the DualShock 4 just for this purpose. This button is extremely powerful and allows you to do everything from save a video clip to broadcast your gameplay for others to see. On this edition of How To – we will go over the steps necessary to take and share a screenshot on PS4.
Sony has been giving its mobile fleet a booster shot all week long by bringing updates to the Xperia Z2, Xperia SP, Xperia E, and Xperia T2 Ultra among smaller app updates. Now the company has announced the next set of firmware updates and the lucky two smartphones are the Xperia E1 and Xperia M2. The Sony Xperia M2 was initially revealed in February as a mid-range smartphone with a quad-core processor. Thanks to an accidental coding error on Sony’s own site, it seems that an updated Sony Xperia M2 Aqua D2403 is on the way in the near future that will likely bring a water resistant housing to the phone.
As if Sony has woken up to the fact that they command an extensive fleet of Android devices, the company is checking another device off of its list of smartphones to upgrade. Earlier in the week, the Sony Xperia Z2, Xperia E, and Xperia SP were just two of the phones Sony rolled out new firmware for. Now, the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra is receiving the red carpet treatment from Sony with a new firmware upgrade that brings the 6-inch phablet to Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
What can we expect from the newest firmware update? Quite a bit, it seems like.
Earth To Echo is aimed squarely at the young. I’m not sure if it’s a good sign that after seeing it with friends, one of them proclaimed that Spielberg’s all enduring classic E.T. is actually pretty terrible and only our memories of youth raise it up in esteem. So were we really comparing E.T. to E.T.E.? Our collective experience seeing Echo drew us into a discussion of really good movies that stand the test of time and whether or not youth fantasy films ever hit the level of true classic. Well, even though the stinger following the credits could set up a sequel, I doubt we will ever see E.T.E.T. (E.T.E. Two)
In the typical youth story fashion, Earth To Echo. tells the tale of three childhood friends (Tuck, Alex, and “Munch”) that go on an adventure when they realize the localized cell phone disturbance at Tuck’s house is from something bigger out in the desert. Munch is the movie’s nerd/geek/socially misadjusted kid that gets a terrible nickname because all movies about childhood nickname a kid something somewhat insulting even though I don’t personally remember nicknaming my friends that way. I think the explanation went like this: “my friends call me Munch. I don’t know why.” At least the writers admit it.