As we often like to, we follow up previous posts with a bit more technical specs. The Sony MDR-XB950BT is the latest wireless headphones from Sony to incorporate Bluetooth and NFC for easy pairing while still managing to offer 20 hours of music playback. In addition to Bluetooth, the XB950BT also offers a built-in mic for handsfree calling, making it an all around versatile unit. After the jump, you can find the Sony MDR-XB950BT specs.
Paging all PS3 owners. Sony has a new firmware update out which requires an install before you jump back online to game. The PS3 System Software Update 4.66 is an all-new and mandatory firmware update that comes in at just around 200MB. As it is with minor updates, Sony claims the ever-elusive:
System software stability during use of some features has been improved.
To check the version of your system software, go to (Settings) > (System Settings) > [System Information].
Those of you who follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram already know that we purchased a Sony Action Mini late last week for reviewing purposes. For those unfamiliar, the Sony Action Cam line is Sony’s take on the MP4 camera which is heavily dominated by GoPro. The Action Cam Mini, as the name suggests, is a smaller version of MP4 which still manages to offer 1080p 60fps recording in a form factor that’s 30% smaller. Having had a chance to attend NerfWar, TurfWar here in LA, I figured the opportunity was too good to pass up to turn my Nerf gun into a FPS POV experience with the Action Cam Mini. The above footage is just a small sample I’d posted online which has been compressed. I’ll have more thoughts to share on the Action Cam Mini in the coming days. For the curious, a few more photos await you after the jump.
In a somewhat surprising manner, Sony has rolled out a second ad this week in the US. Dubbed Roof, the clever and extremely simply ad shows off the Remote Play feature between the PS4 and Xperia Z3. Sony ran a similar ad in Europe earlier in the month which highlighted the same features between Xperia devices and PS4. Besides highlighting the PS4, Sony is hoping to garner attention for its flagship Xperia Z3 smartphone which for the first time in the US has carrier support from T-Mobile and Verizon.
In the past, Sony’s smartphone strategy had lacked carrier support in the US, leading to marginal sales and a nearly zero percent marketshare. After the jump, the Sony Roof ad awaits you.
Last week, we introduced you to the Sony MDR-1a Premium Hi-Res Stereo Headphones which, as the name suggests, offer support for Hi-Res audio. This week, we’d like to turn your attention towards the Sony MDR-XB950BT. While the name/model might be a mouthful, these latest headphones offer quite a bit of features that will likely resonate with more casual listeners at a more affordable price. As you’ve likely guessed, the Sony MDX-XB950BT are wireless headphones, thanks to the built in Bluetooth which allows for wireless music streaming and a handsfree phone experience thanks to the built-in mic.
After the jump, we reveal more details about the Sony MDR-XB950BT.
Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for November 18, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now jump into the widely popular Grand Theft Auto V, the unique Never Alone, and join Sackboy and friends for his latest adventure in LittleBigPlanet 3 (also available on PS3) .
PlayStation 3 users now have access to the two new highly anticipated titles (both of which are also available for PS4): Dragon Age: Inquisition and Far Cry 4. PlayStation Vita owners also get into the Sackboy fun with LittleBigPlanet Vita Marvel Edition.
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. This week PlayStation Plus users receive an extra discount on Never Alone and Draw Slasher.
With PS4 Remote Play now available on Sony’s Xperia Z3 line which includes their flagship Xperia Z3 smartphone, the Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, the company is looking to promote the feature via a new clever ad. For those not familiar, PS4 Remote Play on Xperia Z3 devices allows you to stream PS4 titles directly to your mobile device with no loss in functionality. This means you can get the full PS4 experience from earning trophies to online multiplayer right on your mobile screen. To show off the new functionality, Sony has a clever new ad which can be seen after the jump.
Designed for smartphones (and likely tablets), Sony has announced a new advanced image sensor which offers improved image quality and faster speeds thanks to a new ”stacked” design which cuts down on size. Dubbed the Exmor RS IMX230, it’s the industry’s first CMOS image sensor for smartphones to be equipped with an onboard image plane phase detection AF signal processing function. In short, this new image sensor is capable of 192 autofocus points, resulting in much faster tracking of moving subjects that happens almost instantaneously.
One of the exciting features of the Sony Xperia Z3 line which includes the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is its ability to connect to PlayStation 4. Via the PS4 Remote Play app, users with the Sony’s Xperia Z3 line can stream games from the leading console directly to their mobile device and use a Dualshock 4 controller to play the game as if they were on the PS4. Once linked, gamers will have full control of the game with no dumbed-down experience. That means you can enjoy everything from multiplayer to earning trophies directly on your Xperia Z3 device.
More after the jump.
Earlier in the week we introduced you to the Sony MDR-1a Premium Hi-Res Stereo Headsets which offer a sophisticated design and booming base. Beyond the more premium design and generally better sound which is found in premium headphones, as the name suggests, the Sony MDR-1a support Hi-Res audio, a new digital format that’s designed to better capture music and offer a more lossless sound experience. For those in need of a little bit more details on the headphones, we’ve included the Sony MDR-1a specs for you, after the jump.
Over the last two years it’s becoming abundantly clear that Sony believes that music is meant to be a transformative experience. Not content with tinny sounds from ear buds and MP3 files, Sony has been investing heavily in Hi-Res audio, a new format (and not propitiatory!) that’s meant to capture the equality many audio aficionados believe was lost when we transitioned to MP3. Besides needing proper hardware to support His-Res audio, something which Sony is incorporating more and more into their products like the Sony Xperia Z3, you also need Hi-Res headphones in order to truly drive home that experience when you’re on the go.
After all, it only does so much good if your device can output Hi-Res but your headphones can’t bring through the extra quality. To that end, the Sony MDR-1a Premium Hi-Res Stereo headphones exist. More after the jump.
For those playing at home, PlayStation 4 System Software Update 2.02 is the second update to be released in the past week from Sony. Since firmware 2.0 launched, different bugs have popped up on the PS4 like the inability to wake up your console from Rest Mode. Minor in size, Sony is hoping that the latest firmware update helps quell all issues. As you’d expect with such updates, no new features are found and instead it’s meant to address ‘software stability’ on PS4.
Announced in early 2013, the Sony Digital Paper was a product that had been in the works for a long time. Aimed at business professionals (think legal or banking), the Sony Digital Paper offers a 13.3-inch E Ink display that is capable of mimicking traditional paper. Operated by touch via stylus or hand, the Digital Paper in essence can replace paper and make reading PDFs and signing A4-sized documents much easier. Boasting a HD display (1,200 x 1,600) and offering an unprecedented 3 week battery life while only weighing in at 12.6 ounces, the Sony Digital Display is a beast that’s altogether quite different than traditional tablets like the iPad. Think almost more Harry Potter than Iron Man.
Appearing first on Google Play over two weeks ago, the Sony SmartWatch 3 is now available for purchase. Prior to today, those on Google Play were greeted only to a ‘Coming Soon’ message with no pre-order options. Now, Sony’s rugged take on the smartwatch category can be had for $249.99. In addition to Google Play, the Sony SmartWatch 3 can also be purchased through Verizon stores for the same price. You can read our previous overview of the SmartWatch 3 from its IFA 2014 debut.
In a new developer story video, Sony is showing off their 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector. Revealed at CES 2014, where we were able to get some hands on time with one, the Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector is capable of casting a 147-inch screen from just 27 inches away. Despite that and how the unit may appear in pictures, the 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector is actually smaller than it appears. In the video, Sony developers and designers talk about the challenges of creating something visually appealing while needing to tackle the constraints of traditional projectors, like shadow.
The video can be found after the jump.
Sony had made purchasing an Xperia Z3 on T-Mobile even sweeter by giving away a copy of DriveClub for free. Those who’d purchased the Xperia Z3 between October 14th through November 4th have up until November 19th to claim a digital download of DriveClub for PS4. To do it, you simply need to visit Sony’s online portal (link after the jump) and enter your information and include a picture of your purchase receipt and IMEI number from your device. Sony promises to send out the redemption codes by the end of the month.
During this Sunday’s NFL games (in my case, Broncos vs. Raiders), Sony aired an all new commercial dubbed ‘Script to Screen.’ In the new ad, Sony lays out its case on why you should purchase a Sony product.