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Thanks to an amazing community of fans that are fueled by a talented group that helps bring the daily Sony and PlayStation news you count on, SRN has continued to grow. In the past year alone, we’ve had a chance to head to industry events like CES, E3, and will soon be heading to PAX. In addition to that, we’ve been busy at expanding our scope and presence so that we can better interact with you. You can now find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and Flickr and more.

Due to this growth, it’s once again time for us to look into our talented fan base and expand our team so that we can push further and bring you some really exciting things.

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua Promo Video

The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua was officially revealed yesterday and earlier today, we provided you with a list of specs you can expect to find in the waterproof smartphone when it launches this fall. Despite its mid-range status, the Xperia M2 Aqua has a lot going for it with a beefy quad-core processor, respectable 8-megapixel camera (remember that the iPhone 5S also has a 8-megapixel camera and that pixels are not everything) on a large 4.8-inch display that can withstand a drop in the toilet or a dunk in the pool. To help drive its waterproof design home, Sony has created the above promo video.

After the jump, another video awaits you which is part spec sheet and part video walkthrough of the Xperia M2 Aqua.

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua Specs Revealed

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The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua was officially announced by Sony yesterday. Though it was leaked months ago, its nice to finally see the product materialize and be released this Fall. While designed as a mid-range Android smartphone, the Xperia M2 Aqua still packs quite a punch with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz quad core processor with 1GB RAM and offers plenty to see with its 4.8-inch (540×960) display. So what else can we expect from this waterproof phone that’s capable of staying submerged in depths of 1.5 meters for up to half an hour?

I should point out that I realize how large the above promo picture for the M2 Aqua is but it’s just such a cool shot that needed to be displayed in all of its glory. After the jump, we have the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua specs.

PlayStation Store Update (08-19-14)

Psn-UpdateWelcome to the PlayStation Store update for August 19, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now enjoy the violent mayhem of Hotline Miami (3 Way Cross-Buy), fight for more loot in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition (Also available for PS3), and get lost in the beauty that is The Last Tinker: City of Colors.

Users of all 3 systems can now purchase CounterSpy as part of the 2014 PlayStation PLAY Program.  Tales of Xillia 2 also comes to the PlayStation 3 this week along with Kung Fu Rabbit (See our review here). PlayStation Vita owners can now purchase the quirky Gravity Badgers.

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 users will enjoy extra discounts on specific games. This week users can enjoy discounts on games like Hotline Miami, The Last Tinker: City of Colors, and Crimsonland.

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Accidentally Revealed

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You see the image above? Yea, that’s from the instructions booklet for the Sony Bluetooth Speaker BSC10. Notice the devices it’s compatible with like the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact? For those playing at home, neither one of those tablets has yet to be announced. We’d previously revealed tidbits of information that had leaked about a new Sony tablet (SGP621) and speculated that in fact it might be a new compact design. With IFA 2014 right around the corner, we’d expected and still believe that Sony will unveil their next tablets. Now, the above leak all but confirms that we will in fact be getting two new tablets from Sony in the near future.

After the jump, the full image and our thoughts on the naming scheme.

‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Went Xbox Timed Exclusive to Answer ‘Uncharted 4′

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Much has already been written about Rise of the Tomb Raider becoming a timed exclusive on Xbox One. While exclusives or timed exclusives are nothing new to the industry, what made this matter a bit more surprising was that the last iteration of the game which was a reboot of Lara Craft was already multi-platform and rarely do multi-platform games go exclusive unless the studio is purchased by one of the console makers. In fact if you look at global sales of Tomb Raider from 2013, you can see the shocking difference between PlayStation and Xbox owners who purchased the game.

  • PS3 – 2.22 Million
  • 360 – 1.71 Million
  • PS4 – 0.46 million
  • Xbox One – .17

Looking at these numbers, it’s still a head scratcher that Square Enix decided to offer Rise of the Tomb Raider as a timed exclusive on Xbox One but that’s what a truck load of money will do. However, there seems to be another reason that Microsoft wanted the latest Lara Croft adventure on Xbox One and it has nothing to do with snubbing PS4 fans and more to do with fear of Uncharted 4.

Meet the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua, 4.8-inch Waterproof Smartphone

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Leaked for many months, the mid-range Sony Xperia M2 Aqua has officially been announced. As expected, the Xperia M2 Aqua features all the same specs from the Xperia M2, their midrange Android smartphone with one exception, waterproofing. Specifically, the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua offers IP65/68 waterproofing which beats their current flagship Xperia Z2 (IP58). Thanks to the waterproof design, the Xperia M2 Aqua can sit in depths of 1.5 meters for up to half an hour without any problems, perfect for that accidental slip into the toilet or jump into the pool. (For those playing at home and living in California, I also hope Sony offers a dirt proof version of this in the near future as I’m not sure how much water will be left here soon. #DroughtIsForReal)

Lets talk more details after the jump.

6 Sony Products Win ‘Best’ at EISA 2014 Awards

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The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) is the largest editorial multimedia organization in Europe, and this year they 6 Sony products were top of the class in their categories to win outright.

Last year Sony won 5 ‘best’ awards, including for the best tablet of the year award. This year the Xperia Z2 Tablet collected the same award, proving in a young category of product innovation, tablets, that Sony has got all the ideas right.

 So slim, so classy, so slick – the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is undoubtedly an EISA winner. 

Sony has given a secret to why their products succeed, read on to know what it is (and the other winners!)

Sony Alpha 5100 Overview

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Choosing not to wait for IFA 2014, which is set to take place in early September, Sony has debuted a new mirrorless camera with some great specs at a price we can all get in on. The Sony Alpha 5100, here to replace the NEX-5T, is quite the familiar product. Some noteworthy specs the Alpha 5100 offers include a 24.3-megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor with BIONZ X processor with a hybrid focusing system that can find your subject matter in just 0.07 seconds. In fact, these are the same features that can be found in the Sony Alpha 6000, which is a far more expensive counterpart. However all is not the same between the two units as Sony taken some features of the Alpha 6000 away while also adding some worthy features that the A6000 lacks.

Leaked Sony IFA Invite Hints At Products to Be Announced

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We’ve already learned that on September 3rd, Sony will be kicking off their IFA keynote from 16:15 to 17:00 CEST (7:15 PDT). For those not familiar, the IFA which takes place in Berlin is much like CES with a heavy focus on mobile. As the leaked press invite pictured above suggests, Sony is looking to introduce some new products. We’ve already reported about one of the pictured products from above, the Sony QX30 smartphone lens which was accidentally revealed by the Korean RRA (National Radio Research Agency). Though the picture above is likely from the current QX10, it’s not a stretch to assume that Sony will in fact be announcing a new model. So what else can we expect?

PlayStation App to Get a Complete Redesign

PS4_PlayStation_App_iOSThe fact that the PS4 launched with a PlayStation on iOS and Android was a brilliant move by Sony that added a much needed functionality to the PS4. Simply put, typing on PS4 got a whole lot easier and the consoles experience extended beyond the need to be using it in person. You could now chat with friends, shop for games on PSN, and have all be ready by the time you got on your PS4 again. Still, there is no denying that the app itself is extremely basic in design and functionality. Seeing how fluid apps can be today, the PlayStation App mostly reminds me of how PSN was on PS3 when it first launched. Functional, but dated in its design language.

To drive that point home, the app launched on iOS device without support for Retina displays or the iPad which are fairly standard affairs. Sony would eventually update the app for iPad though Retina support is still lacking. Luckily for us, it seems that a redesign is on the way.

Poll: Have You Heard of Crackle?

CrackleCrackle is Sony’s response to sites like Hulu and Netflix – with a twist! With free access and original content, it’s a good deal – but have you heard of it?

Watch ‘Good Morning Vietnam’ soldier!

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For the consistent readers of my reviews, you have probably figured out it is my style to put a little bit of my personal life in each.

In the wake of Robin Williams’s death, I drew parallels to a friend of mine who took his own life in similar fashion. Robin Williams was a comedian, an improvisor of great distinction, and oscar winning actor. My friend was a comedian of his own crazy genius and a great improvisor as well. And I have been doing comedy, improv and otherwise for 17 years. That’s how I landed this gig writing reviews even.

So the parallels, while nowhere comparable in terms of scale and reach, reverberated with me and really with the whole comedy community in Seattle, so it’s time to go back and watch something great from the past.

Should You Buy ‘Kung Fu Rabbit’ for the PlayStation 3?

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Kung Fu Rabbit is a platformer that first premiered on iOS and Android devices in 2012. Since then it has released on the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and most recently on the PlayStation Vita.  Next week it will come to the PlayStation 3 as a digital title.  This title from Neko Entertainment was highly acclaimed and received several awards as a mobile title. Does Kung Fu Rabbit maintain this quality as it jumps to the PlayStation 3? Keep reading to find out!