AMC and a Few Other Networks Added to PlayStation Vue

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Just in time for The Walking Dead finale, Sony has added AMC to PlayStation Vue. Currently available in New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia, PlayStation Vue is a new internet-based platform that offers a variety of channels for those who wish to cut the cord and go all-digital with no contracts. Sony plans to roll out the service to more cities as the year goes on. You can learn more about PlayStation Vue by reading our preview.

After the jump, check out the other channels joining Vue.

How to Enjoy ‘Dead Rising: Watchtower’ in 5 Easy Steps

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Whether you have barely heard of Dead Rising or you’re a die hard fan of the game franchise, clear your schedule for tonight. Set the DVR to catch the Parks and Rec marathon later and look up from Bloodborne for just a minute – or, 125 minutes, to be exact. You heard me. You have a zombie movie to watch. For free!

Now, I know you like free stuff, and I’m willing to bet that you like movies. That’s why we’ve compiled this list to prep you for an epic night in – just you, Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, and some zombies (Oh, and Rob Riggle as Frank West. Did I forget to mention him?).

So grab your favorite device, boot up Crackle (it’s the orange one!), and find Dead Rising: Watchtower on the Featured Movies list. If you’re not sure which of your devices has the streaming service (hint: it’s probably all), check out our list here. Before settling in for the newest action horror zombie flick that doesn’t take itself too seriously (for the better!), make sure to grab these 5 things on your way to the couch. PS – you have our distinct approval to laugh, scream, and high-five your bros or girls. Or your cat. Gently.

After the jump, watch the Dead Rising: Watchtower trailer to see what you’re in for… and find out how to prep!

PlayStation 4 System Update 2.50 Now Live

PS4_System_Update_250As expected, Sony has officially released PlayStation 4 system update 2.50. The new massive firmware update brings a ton of new features to PS4 like the ability to suspend/resume games and system backups, two highly requested features. Other great additions include improved friend requests and Facebook friend finder. The full PS4 system update 2.50 Changelog can be read after the jump.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Gallery

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Sony believes that their upcoming Xperia M4 Aqua is mid-range smartphone with “with no compromises” and they might be right. Powered by 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), the Xperia M4 has a lot going for it. For more details, be sure to visit our Xperia M4 Aqua spec piece where we break down the latest from Sony. But once the tech spec has assured you that it can technically meet your needs, the question is, does it visually?

After all, a phone is one of the most visible and personal electronic devices we have. It’s design along can sometimes say a lot about us which begs the question, how good does the Xperia M4 Aqua look? After the jump, we’ve put together a picture gallery fro your enjoyment. If that’s not enough, be sure to check this video preview of the Xperia M4 Aqua as well.

PlayStation App 2.50.8 Goes Live for iOS (iPhone/iPad), Brings With It Major Tweaks

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Ahead of the PlayStation 4 system update 2.50 release which promises to be a big one, Sony has updated the PlayStation app on iOS devices. With PlayStation App 2.50.8 on iPhone and iPad, you can expect a redesigned homepage and enhanced abilities, like the ability to delete trophies with 0% achievement progress. The PlayStation App 2.50.8 Changelog awaits you after the jump.

Rumor: Layoffs Hit Sony San Diego Studio

San_Diego_StudioAccording to an inside source, San Diego Studio, the exclusive PlayStation developers, were hit with a layoff this past Monday. It’s believed that about 40 personnel were affected by this layoff which follows 55 employees being let go at Evolution Studios just a few days ago. Evolution Studios is most recently known for DriveClub and were also the developers behind MotorStorm. San Diego Studio is best known for ModNation Racers and MLB: The Show but also have developed a few smaller games on PSN like Pain and High Velocity Bowling.

More after the jump.

Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Now Live for Sony Xperia Z3 & Xperia Z3 Compact

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We’ve known for some time that Sony would begin its rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop to its fleet of Xperia Z devices, but we weren’t sure which devices would gain the update first. Now, Sony has put that question to rest by rolling out Android 5.0 to the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. The update will first come to the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact in the Nordics and Baltics and continue from there to further markets. It’s unclear exactly how the rollout will work as Sony did not break it down by region, but we should expect it to take nearly two weeks.

So once the update is live, what can you expect from Android 5.0 Lollipop? Details after the jump.

‘Dead Rising: Watchtower’ Premieres Exclusively on Crackle on March 27th

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Come Friday March 27th, Legendary, the studio that brought you 300, Godzilla, Pacific Rim, and soon Jurassic World is bringing Dead Rising: Watchtower exclusively to Crackle. As you might guess from the name, the movie is loosely based on the popular Dead Rising franchise and even includes Frank West, played expertly by Rob Riggle. What’s different about this game-to-movie adaption is that not only does it not cost you a thing to watch (remember, Crackle is free on about as many devices as there are different weapon combinations that can be made in Dead Rising), but it’s also one that’s fun.

Dead_Rising_Watchtower_Premier_2While not breaking down to slapstick humor, what makes Dead Rising: Watchtower refreshing is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously and it realizes the franchise it’s portraying. Sadly, most game adaptions either end up being high-production spectacles that miss the mark of the franchise to a humorous level or such low budget affairs that desperately want to be the next big Hollywood blockbuster that only turn out humorous and not in a good way. Dead Rising: Watchtower balances that in an artful manner by doing the most they can with a modest budget without getting ahead of itself or forgetting to have fun with enough winks and nods to the game to likely appease the most hardcore of fans.

Did we mention it’s free on Crackle this Friday? Details after the jump.

PS4 System Update 2.50 Yukimura Launches Tomorrow With Tons of New Features

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Come tomorrow (March 26th), PlayStation 4 system update 2.50 Yukimura will be released onto the masses and bring with it some highly requested features. Those include the ability to pause/resume games which means you can ”jump in and out of their games faster than ever. Alongside that, Sony is also beefing up the PS4′s accessibility features by allowing you to increase font size and thickness on the screen and increase the screen contrast. Now we’re learning that there is a whole lot more we can expect when the firmware update goes live, like button remapping (pictured above).

After the jump, the full details of PS4 system update 2.50 await you.

Sony Mobile to Sponsor Tough Mudder 2015

Sony_Tough_MudderSony wants you to know that their phones are tough. How tough? How about being water- and dustproof (IP65 and IP68) enough to withstand Tough Mudder? For those unaware, Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile team obstacle course that tests your physical and mental strength. But there are likely few words I can use to truly describe how epic of a task this is. That’s why after the jump, a highlight video of Tough Mudder awaits you and we’ll discuss what exactly Sony’s sponsorship of Tough Mudder means for the company.