Meet the 2014 Sony W600B, W700B, W800B, W850B, and W950B Full 1080p Televisions, We Have Prices and Specs

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Just a little over a week ago, we reported on Sony beginning to ship their 2014 fleet of HD televisions which includes the W600B, W700B, and W800B series. While limited to 1080p, Sony has created a range of Full HD televisions range between 40- and 70-inches with different varying options and prices. Like their 4K counterparts, the entire series offers out of box features like Quick Start which allows the set to be turned on in under 2 seconds and One-Flick remote on the W850B and W950B for easy navigation, especially within apps.

After the jump, we’ve got a break down of each line.

PS4 Sales Already Passed 7 Million

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Continuing from the March milestone of 6 million units sold, Sony has now revealed that 7 m people now cherish their very own PS4.

The momentum has been compounding even since pre-orders began and more recently Sony announced that their launch window PS4 sales target before the year end of March 31st was reached a month ahead of schedule. Even the big competitor laments the PS4s progress, as Microsoft’s head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, commented that ‘more needs to be done to beat the PS4′. Can anything stop the PS4s march?

PlayStation Store Update (04-22-14)

Psn-UpdateWelcome to the PlayStation Store update for April 22, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. The PlayStation 4 receives several titles this week including Putty Squad, Cel Damage HD (3 Way Cross Buy) and the highly anticipated Octodad: Dadliest Catch.

PlayStation 3 users can try out a new Tower Defense game in Defense Technica and enjoy a new free to play experience in Soulcalibur Lost Swords. PlayStation Vita receives The Walking Dead: Season 2- Episode 1 and a new first person RPG experience in Demon Gaze.

Finally, PlayStation Plus users will be receiving Pixel Junk Monsters Ultimate HD (PS Vita) for free along with many discounts on several games. Keep reading to see a complete list of content available on the PlayStation Store this week!

Sony SmartWatch 2 Now Boasts 400 Apps, Allows for Easy Customization

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While Samsung has just released their first smart watch with little traction and rumors continue to swirl around what Apple may do with the ‘iWatch,’ Sony has been busy tweaking and improving the SmartWatch 2. As the name suggestions, this is the company’s second foray into the portable arena and today, the company has announced a major milestone. The Sony SmartWatch 2 officially boasts over 400 apps which include the likes of Facebook and Twitter among more “generic” features/apps like a clock, weather, stopwatch, phonebook, and SMS, to name a few. Along side this milestone, Sony is releasing a major update that will bring a big smile to owners of the SmartWatch 2.

Sony Releases Statement About VAIO Flip Units Catching Fire

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In mid April, news began to circulate about certain Sony VAIO Flip units being prone to catching fire, thanks to a battery defect from Panasonic. We soon learned that the specific computer in question was the VAIO Fit 11A/Flip PC. While only three minor incidents had been reported at the time, the whole affair has caused a bit of a sour note as Sony continues to ramp down VAIO prior to officially closing down and selling the division to Japan Industrial Partners. Now, Sony has released a statement about the matter and calls upon owners to

  immediately discontinue use, shut down and unplug the PC 

The full statement and instructions on how to check if your VAIO is affected by this can be found after the jump.

Should You Buy ‘Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut’ On PS4?

Featured_PS4_Strike_Suit_Zero_ReviewSince the release of the PlayStation 4 (and even before, with the PlayStation 3), Sony has made it clear that they want more indie developers and games on their console. I personally enjoy these smaller game experiences and as I play more of them I am finding myself drawn to them as much if not more than the standard AAA title. Having said that, I was very excited to get my hands on the space shooter Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut. Strike Suit Zero was originally funded through Kickstarter in 2012 and released on PC in 2013.  The game comes to PlayStation 4 in  Director’s Cut form with new features and updates. Does Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut shine on the PlayStation 4? Keep reading to find out!

By May, PS4 to Have 38 Titles vs. 15 on Xbox One

E3 Iron Man PS4 Xbox OneThere is little doubt that the PlayStation 4 is commanding a huge lead on the Xbox One. Since their respective launches, the Sony-backed console has sold 7 million units while the 3rd gaming console from Microsoft has only sold 5 million. Even that 5 million number seems to be inflating things for the Xbox One since those are units shipped and not actually sold to consumers versus the number that Sony has released which is units sold. To keep things simple, even if we go with the 7 million vs. 5 million number, we can see that consumers are voting with their wallets and they’re choosing the PS4.

One reason is the $100 price different between the console though Microsoft has done a sneaky price drop on the Xbox One Titanfall bundle with a $499 price point. You can either see that as MS is offering Titalfall for free or cutting the price of the Xbox One by $60. Either way you look at it, MS is eating $60 to make the Xbox One more attractive to consumers. Beyond the price difference between the two consoles, consumers are also opting for the PS4 due to the huge library of games it commands over the Xbox One and that list is likely to only grow.

Should You See ‘The Raid 2′?

Facebook_Featured_The_Raid_2_ReviewThe Raid 2 is the sequel of The Raid: Redemption. This is a confusing fact to some people, including professional movie website Yahoo Movies, which has the first movie listed on their box office chart for this week.  Yahoo went so far as to link to clips and promotions from the first movie as well. They flat out don’t know what movie is in the theater right now.

Here’s some proof:

At least the first film is awesome too.

I’m pretty sure I’m about to ban Yahoo in my household.

So let me set the record straight.

The Raid: Redemption is an amazing blaze of martial arts craziness that had me all jacked up for the sequel.

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Long, intricately composed images, that only ever lead to death.

The Raid 2, my friends, is a whole other level of epic. Ditching the confines of the single building location of Redemption, where Indonesian police officer Rama uses his fists, feet, knives, and guns to survive a total criminal onslaught; director Gareth Evans tells a sprawling and complicated story of the barely peaceful coexistence of two gangs that run the city and how our hero, Rama must infiltrate them to root out the corrupt police he exposed in the first movie.

PlayStation Store Update- 99¢ Flash Sale (4-18-14)

99 cents flash saleLooking for a great deal on PlayStation games this weekend? If so, the PlayStation Store has you covered with a Flash Sale that has slashed prices to 99¢ on over 30 games for both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.  The sale ends Monday, April 21st at 7:0o AM PDT , so act fast. The deals this month include: Tokyo Jungle for $0.99, Braid for $0.99, and Super Stardust HD for $0.99. Keep reading to see the rest of the deals!

Hey! We’re Back Up Again

Kitten_ITThose who may have tried to visit our site in the last 24-48 hours may have noticed that we were down for quite bit of that time. Early Wednesday morning, it became apparent to me that the site was beginning to run slow and soon after, we were completely down. At first, I attributed this to two large stories we’d published that day (2014 Sony 4K Television Prices Officially Unveiled, Lower Than Previous Leaks and 2014 Sony 4K Televisions to Include PlayStation Now, Can Stream PS3 Games In 4K) that had us down to a crazy traffic spike. Unfortunately, the cause wasn’t nearly as exciting though much more devastating.

Instead, we learned that a whole bunch of other websites and email services were down. The culprit? Our host. Unfortunately without much notice, BlueHost went dark (I still attribute it to a Hydra attack) and stayed down for well over 24 hours. The reason behind the downtime is still unclear, but we, like you, were furious that we couldn’t have our site up and running for you. Also a big thanks to our team, and specifically Ricardo, for helping us get things up again once BlueHost had resolved things on their end.

The readership and friendship we’ve built over the years is everything to us and the reason we continue to push SRN to be the biggest and best destination for Sony and PlayStation fans. It seems like we’re now in smoother waters and the entire staff and I are excited to bring you coverage once again, starting with a review of The Raid 2. However, if you notice anything finicky, don’t hesitate to drop us a line in the comment section below or contact us on Twitter and/or Facebook.

2014 Sony 4K Televisions to Include PlayStation Now, Can Stream PS3 Games In 4K

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Unveiled at CES 2014, PlayStation Now is a streaming services that can bring PlayStation 3 titles to the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4. Think Netflix for gaming. At the time of its unveiling, we were able to get our hands on the PS Vita and stream God of War: Ascension to the powerful handheld without a hitch. It’s expected that Sony will officially release the cloud-based service at E3 2014. While at the time, Sony was only talking about PlayStation Now for the PS4 and PS Vita, the company made it clear that the service would expand beyond gaming consoles and onto televisions, smartphones, and tablets. Today, Sony takes the first big step to bring PS3 titles to a entirely new market and reach beyond the core gaming enthusiast.

2014 Sony 4K Television Prices Officially Unveiled, Lower Than Previous Leaks

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We’d previously outlined Sony’s 2014 4K television fleet with specs and prices which includes the X850B (good), X900B (better), and the X950B (best). At that time, we were quite surprised about the prices of their 2014 4K fleet which had made huge strides in both the technology offered and the prices, but the news gets better. Sony has now officially unveiled pricing for their 4K televisions and while many are the same as we’d leaked, some are a few hundred dollars cheaper.

PlayStation Store Update (4-15-14)

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Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for April 15th, 2014. While you won’t find anything as shocking as the AA airline tweet here from the other day, this weeks PlayStation Store update does have a host of goodies which include the highly anticipated Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on the PlayStation 4 and Dead Nation for the PlayStation Vita.

As a side note, seeing how MMORPG’s require a monthly subscription, it’s never made sense to me that publishers can charge for the game still. Luckily FF14 comes at a discount with the normal edition $59.99 and a collector’s edition for $59.99. As you guessed, details are all after the jump.