Sony Press Conference in Hong Kong & Taiwan Next Week; New Xperia Flagship?

Sony_Xperia_Z4_Softbank_2It’s believed that next week, Sony will be holding a press conference in Hong Kong and Taiwan where they will unveil new Xperia products. Specifically, on Wednesday the 27th, members of the press are to gather in Taiwan where the unveiling will take place. On the menu is believed to be a new flagship smartphone and tablets.

Details after the jump.

Sony Highlights the X1 Processor Which Powers Their 4K TVs

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Three components help make the beautiful images you get from Sony’s 4K TV line. When mixed together, the Sony X1 processor is formed, driving color, contrast, and clarity which allows for vivid native 4K content and high quality upscaling that makes even 1080p content shine.

After the jump, you can check out a new promotional video for the X1 processor which shows off how these three things form the visuals you see from their 4K TV line. Best of all, I think Sony borrowed some unused music from a Final Fantasy game.

Older Sony Xperia Devices (Z, ZL, ZR, Tablet Z) Start Receiving Android 5.0.2 Lollipop

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Just because you have an older device doesn’t mean you should miss out on the party. Starting today via OTA, Sony is beginning to push out the latest Android build to older devices. It appears this update is specifically designed to go OTA (over the air) which means you won’t be finding it via any computer connection.

Some more details after the jump.

PlayStation Store Update (05-19-15)

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Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for May 19, 2015. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users now can jump into the highly anticipated The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Farming Simulator 15.

PlayStation Vita users now have access to Alien Shooter and there is a large sale entitled Extended Play which features discounts on several games that include Season Passes/DLC.

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. The PlayStation Plus games for May include Ether One (PS4), The Unfinished Swan (PS3/PS4), and Murasaki Baby (PS Vita).

Meet the 2015 Sony Sound Bar HT-CT780 with 4K Output

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Ever wished you could have all the features of the Sony Sound Bar HT-CT380 but with 4K output? Well allow me to introduce you to the Sony Sound Bar HT-CT780. Visually identical to the CT380, the latest sound bar and part of their 2015 fleet includes a 2.1 surround sound with a wireless subwoofer. Packing a little more power (330W total power output verse the 300W), the new Sound Bar also has plenty of audio codecs, streaming features and yes, even 4K output.

Those details after the jump.

Going Forward, ‘Don’t Expect’ Sony to Do Much with PS3

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The PlayStation 4 has been doing gangbusters. Just ask any gamer or, moreso, any executive at Sony, and they’ll continue to express their disbelief that the system has been doubling the numbers of Xbox One. With all of PlayStation’s first party studios having shifted development over to PS4, what’s in store for PS3? Apparently not a lot, according to PlayStation UK Boss, Fergal Gara:

 There is no doubt that at this stage, and with the success we have enjoyed globally, that our focus is on PS4 

More from Gara after the jump.

PlayStation Putting Its “Full Weight” Behind ‘No Man’s Sky’

No_Mans_Sky_SpaceThough lacking a release date, No Man’s Sky has been one of those titles that gamers can’t wait to see more of and hear more about. The indie title is being developed by a handful of developers, yet the ambition behind the project easily matches any AAA title we’ve seen. Still, PlayStation UK boss Fergal Gara think that we shouldn’t think of this game as your run-of-the-mill small release, and that No Man’s Sky has

 the potential to go beyond the usual expectations of an ‘indie’ title. 

In fact so much so that Sony is planning on putting the full weight of PlayStation behind the game. His remarks after the jump.

Official: Android 5.0 Lollipop Coming to Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z1s on T-Mobile

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In mid-March, T-Mobile confirmed their intentions to bring Android 5.0 Lollipop to the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z1s. A month later, Lollipop would be certified by them for the Xperia Z1s though the company has yet to release the new OS for Sony’s two smartphones. Now, thanks to a new listing from T-Mobile, it seems that we’re closer than ever to receiving Android 5.0 on the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z1s.

Details after the jump.

Sony 4K TV (X850C) Unboxing

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For its 2015 series, Sony is introducing three main 4K TV lines: the X830C/X850C, X900C/X910C, and the flagship X930C/X940C. Powered by Android TV, each line has something that’s unique to them. For example, the X900C and X910C offer a cutting edge design that’s ludicrously thin, making it appear as if you have a frame on your wall. The X930C and X940C, on the other hand, give you Hi-Res Audio and HDR, making it ready for all forms of future 4K content.

Though lacking what sets the aforementioned units apart, the X830C and X850C lineup offers a modest list of features and a starting price of $1,299, making it a great all-around TV. They include

  • HD is upscaled to impressive 4K Ultra HD
  • Brilliant, expanded color with TRILUMINOS display
  • Streaming 4K Ultra HD is enhanced for improved clarity
  • Android TV with Google Cast, voice search & Play Store apps
  • Stream PS3 games directly to your TV5
  • Precise motion clarity with Motionflow XR 960
  • Quick ‘One-flick’ to home menu, online videos & services

After the jump, a video unboxing of the 65-inch X850C.

Sony Lavender (E55XX) Smartphone Image Leaks

Sony_Xperia_Lavendar_E55XXDubbed Lavender, the latest leak from Sony Mobile is believed to be a new mid-range phone with model number E55XX (E5503, E5563). Likely set to be launched sometime in the Fall 2015, this phone had previously popped up and was pegged with a MediaTek MT6752 (64-bit octa-core LTE) chipset that powers a 1080p display.

After the jump, a larger picture from the Sony Lavender panel and some more details about the phone await you.