Meet the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua; Mid-range with ‘No Compromises’

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Alongside the powerful and sleek Xperia Z4 Tablet that’s clearly targeting the premium market, Sony also unveiled the Xperia M4 Aqua. Described as a high-end mid-range Android smartphone, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua has a lot going for it, like an octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 13-megapixel camera, and a waterproof design with a cap-less microUSB charging port – a world-first, according to Sony. If you’re interested, meet us after the jump for additional details.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Announced With 2K Screen and 8-Core Processor

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As expected, at MWC 2015, Sony has officially unveiled the accidentally-leaked Xperia Z4 Tablet and it’s a powerhouse. A successor to the Xperia Z2 Tablet, the Xperia Z4 Tablet has some of the latest and most powerful technologies like an insane 8-core processor with 3GB RAM in a design that’s even thinner than its predecessor. Best of all, the new and insanely thin Xperia Z4 Tablet doesn’t skimp out on visual quality with a 10.1-inch IPS 2K (2560 x 1600) display that offers 17-hours of video playback.

Interested? Meet us after the jump for additional details.

What Do You Want to See From the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet?

Sony_Xperia_Z4_Tablet_WantsWe’ve already seen an accidental leak from Sony about the Xperia Z4 Tablet which is expected to be announced on Monday at MWC 2015. While details are slim at the moment, we do know that the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet will once again offer a 10-inch screen but with a higher resolution 2K (2048 × 1536) screen. Beyond that, I’m sure we’ll see the typical Android product upgrade which will include a faster processor and more RAM. Before its debut, we want to hear from you about your wants and expectations from Sony and the Z4 Tablet.

Hands on with ‘The Order: 1886′

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The Order: 1886 arrived this past Friday with a whirlwind of mixed messages from media and devs alike. First, let me address the elephant in the room. The Order is NOT 5 hours long. Having played it, I can say with certainty that the game is in fact 7 to 8 hours long – no shorter than some Call of Duty or Battlefield campaigns. After the jump, wee go in depth with The Order: 1886.

Sony Teases Ahead of MWC With “Get Ready to Make a Splash”

Sony_MWC_2015_TeaseMWC 2015 is set to kick off on Monday, March 2nd in Barcelona where mobile device makers from around the world gather to show off their latest. Think of it like CES but in Europe and specifically for mobile. It’s been up for debate if Sony, who will attend the event, would actually unveil any products. Thanks to an accidental leak from Sony, we now know the company will at least launch their next generation tablet, the Xperia Z4 Tablet. But what else can we expect, seeing as in the past two weeks, the company has already announced the budget-friendly Xperia E4 and Xperia E4g? Speculation and teases after the jump.

Latest Sony Video Probably Over Sells the Xperia E4g

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The Sony Xperia E4 and Xperia E4g are the latest budget-friendly smartphones from Sony. Designed for emerging markets with a €99 and €129 price tag, Sony has finally been able to put together devices with compelling features and a price tag that’s designed to move. Assuming the right distribution and awareness strategy is executed with their April release, Sony has a chance of moving a decent amount of them and perhaps gaining some marketshare.

Sony, however, may have gotten slightly carried away with the notion of selling the series in their latest video, which can be found after the jump.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Gains PS4 Remote Play

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If you’ve got a Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, listen up. A new over-the-air (OTA) firmware update (build number 23.0.1.E.0.208) has just been released for your device which brings with it the typical enhancements and bug fixes. More importantly, though, the latest firmware gives the Xperia Z2 Tablet the ability to utilize PS4 Remote Play. For those not familiar, PS4 Remote Play allows you to connect your device to PS4 and stream the games on your device via local Wi-Fi. Additional details after the jump.

Sony Bullish On Xperia E4 Lineup; Orders 3 Million Units

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In the last two weeks and just a week before MWC 2015, we’ve learned about two different budget-friendly smartphones from Sony. The Xperia E4 and Xperia E4g are designed to target emerging markets and those who want a smartphone without all the bells and whistles of a flagship device. Offering features like quad-core processor and 4G LTE, the units provide plenty of bang for their price point which start at £99 (€135 or $154). Keep in mind, that’s the full price of the phone and not tied to a two-year contract. Now according to reports, Sony is quite bullish on its latest offering that could see them finally make some gains in their mobile division.

Destiny Update 1.1.1 is Live, Brings Tweaks to Weapons, PVP, and Events

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Attention, guardians! Destiny update 1.1.1 is now live and ready for download on PS4 and PS3. The required update brings with it some big tweaks like increased base damage of Pulse Rifles by 9.7%, weekly Heroic Strike now is a matchmade activity, and players will now unlock all playlists (Control, Clash, Rumble, Skirmish) simultaneously when unlocking the Crucible. The full and lengthy details await you after the jump.

Sony Xperia E4g Video Preview

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After the announcement of the Xperia E4g, Sony is ready to show off their latest budget-friendly Android smartphone with 4G LTE in a new video highlight. The video, which can be found after the jump, showcases and points out some key facts Sony wants you to know about the Xperia E4g.

It’s worth putting this phone in context with the €129 price tag it carries. That price tag is also the cost of outright buying the phone – which is the norm for developing countries, where the phone’s target audience exists. The Sony Xperia E4g video preview awaits you.

Tom Rothman to Head Sony Pictures; Will Focus on New Franchises, Cutting Costs

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The idea of executives being brought in to cut costs is a cringeworthy notion to me. While keeping cost under control and cutting waste where needed should be part of the business plan for all companies (look no further than the mid nineties when Steve Jobs returned to Apple), by itself, the initiative will only lead to a dead end if growth itself cannot be stimulated. We need not look further than Sony Electronics who has been cutting divisions and staff left and right but still hasn’t seen a meaningful profit in over a decade.

So who the heck is Tom Rothman and why is he heading Sony Pictures? Let’s talk.

Sony Xperia E4g Announced with 4G LTE

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On the heels of revealing the Xperia E4, Sony has added a second model to the lineup: the Xperia E4g. As the name would suggest, the Sony Xperia E4 and Xperia E4g share similar core features though there are major differences like screen size between the two models that expend beyond the addition of more wireless connectivity options. As a reminder, the Xperia E4 series is a budget-friendly Android smartphone with a £99 (€135 or $154) price tag.

So what can we expect from the Sony Xperia E4g? Details after the jump.

PlayStation Store Update (02-24-15)

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Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for February 24, 2015. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now jump into Rugby 15, Starwhal, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse (all 3 also available for the PS3) .

PlayStation 3 users can now enjoy Resident Evil Revelations 2 (also available on PS4) while PlayStation Vita users now have access to Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess BlackHeart. 

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. Extra discounts this week include several PS vita games.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Leaked with 2K Screen

Sony_Xperia_Z4_Tablet_Leak_1 Leaked by Sony on the official Xperia Lounge application on Android by accident and quickly pulled, the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet has revealed itself. While not a lot is known about the tablet yet, it appears that it will once again offer a 10-inch screen with 2K (2048 × 1536) resolution. According to the wording on screen, the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet will offer the latest ultra fast processor and industry-leading battery performance.

More details and one more shot after the jump.

Sony Brings ‘YouView’ Integration to its 2015 4K TV Fleet

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When the 2015 Sony 4K televisions with Android TV launch later this year, expect to see a new app titled YouView that will not only make your life easier, but that of Sony’s as well. Thanks to a partnership between Sony and the new service, YouView will allow future Bravia owners to browse and view content from a host of UK providers all from one app. From a user perspective, this is brilliant as it removes the need to know which show belongs to which network.

From Sony’s point of view, all they need to do is negotiate with YouView and let them negotiate licensing with the different content providers. So which channels will you be able to access on YouView? We have the details after the jump.

David Jaffe & Co. Give Their Thoughts On Critical Response to ‘The Order: 1886′

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David Jaffe and The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency (his newly-formed company) are weighing in on The Order: 1886 and the critical response it’s received from press. While there is always the outlier in game reviews like Polygon who decided to give The Last of Us a 7/10, while nearly every other publication gave the game of the year a perfect or near perfect score, The Order: 1886 has been a different beast.

Hailed as a visual masterpiece on PS4, The Order has received a near schizophrenic response from press with review scores all over. Having only had a chance to play the game briefly at CES 2015, I cannot give my own opinion on the PS4 exclusive with much integrity. Other journalists, however, have offered a dizzying number of scores which range from a 1/5 from Digital Trends to a 9.5/10 (PSNation) and every score in between.

Are journalists being too harsh on the game and taking out their distaste for more narrative-driven Hollywood-like tales on The Order, or do they raise genuine concerns with the game? David Jaffe (God of War, Twisted Metal) and the team at The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency (the studio working on the up coming free-to-play PS4 exclusive Drawn to Death) weigh in on the game’s review scores in the video after the jump.

Michael Lynton to Stay As Sony Pictures CEO

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Due to the disastrous cyber attack which rocked Sony Pictures in late 2014, there’s been some changes at the executive level. One such casualty was Amy Pascal, who found herself in middle of it all when her private emails with less-than-flattering language and attitude towards celebrities as well as the President of the United States was revealed. Pascal eventually stepped down from her position though she later clarified that she was ‘fired’ from that position.

With Pascal having signed a three-year contract with Sony Pictures which was set to expire this year and having been given a new production company right at the Sony Pictures campus in Culver City, I can’t say she’s doing too badly and rather, landed nicely for someone in her position. After her departure, all eyes were then on Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Pictures, who saw the hacking incident unfold on his watch. Industry insiders wondered if Lynton would be another casualty of the attack and today we have that answer.