Following the announcement of the Xperia Z2, Sony also unveiled the Stereo Microphone STM10. The new accessory is designed to slip into the headphone jack and bring with it superior audio recording with a 90 degree tilt function, perfect for the Xperia Z2 which is capable of recording video in 4K. While we’d speculated from the information that Sony had released at the time about the accessories compatibility, Sony has now confirmed which devices can utilize the new mic as well as pricing which is far more wallet friendly than we’d anticipated.
When word broke earlier this week that Amy Hennig, the creative force behind Naughty Dog’s award-winning Uncharted francise, would be leaving the studio she’d worked at for over ten years, many people were saddened. What puzzled even more of us was the rumors that she had been ‘forced out’ of her role and her job, specifically by the directorial team behind The Last of Us. While Hennig herself has not commented on the circumstances of her exit, the co-presidents of Naughty Dog, and Sony’s VP of Software Product Development, have spoken up in hopes of quelling the rampant speculation.
Jack Tretton, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America and one of the division’s earliest executives when it was founded in 1995, is stepping down at the end of March, according to a press release from Sony Computer Entertainment International. Tretton, who has been the face of PlayStation in North America, and worked at PlayStation through all of the company’s console launches up to and including last year’s record-breaking launch of the PlayStation 4, will serve his last day on March 31. His replacement, Shawn Layden, will assume Tretton’s responsibilities on April 1. Layden currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Office of Sony Network Entertainment International, which encompasses the PlayStation Network, Music Unlimited, and Video Unlimited services.
Ever since the official announcement of the Sony Xperia Z2, the company’s latest flagship smartphone, there’s been some debate about exactly which chipset the phone would utilize. Up until the unveiling, most benchmarks and leaks pointed towards a Snapdragon 800 processor, specifically the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8974-AB. These results lined up perfectly with benchmark results that pointed towards a 2.36GHz quad-core processor. That is, until shortly after, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with the MSM8974-AC chipset was announced.
According to a report from IGN, Amy Hennig, the creative director and writer of the Uncharted series, has left Naughty Dog. Hennig, who joined Naughty Dog during the Jak & Daxter series on PlayStation 2 and just celebrated her 10th anniversary with the studio, was the driving force behind Nathan Drake’s adventures on the PlayStation 3, serving as writer for Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Hennig’s role as writer and creative director had continued through the development of the latest Uncharted games, which was announced for PlayStation 4 in November.
Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for March, 4 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 receives two new games this week in Awesomenauts Assemble! and Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition (Free for PS Plus Members).
As we reported yesterday, the Spring Fever promotion returns to the PlayStation Store this month and is focused on indie titles. New indie titles for all platforms will be released weekly and at a discount for PlayStation Plus Members. This week the PlayStation 3′s indie title is Master Reboot and users will also be able to buy the highly anticipated South Park: The Stick of Truth. Episode 2 of The Walking Dead: Season 2 is also available for download on the PlayStation 3 today.
Finally, PlayStation Plus users will be receiving Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition (PS4) and Tomb Raider (PS3) 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 has proven itself once again in design terms, with no less than 26 of its products earning the seal of approval from the iF Design group, with three products earning a gold award. In individual company achievements, Sony ranked the third highest awarded company, ahead of rivals Apple and LG.
iF is an international group that recognises excellence in product design. It is their aim to “strengthen public awareness of design” and their logo has been an illustrious global standard of design for over sixty years. This year’s event took place on February 28th in Munich, Germany.
It probably surprises few that Sony would do well with awards for design. The company has always raised the bar with iconic and effortless designs with current class-leaders in the Xperia Z2, the PlayStation 4 and the luxury X9000A Bravia TV line to name but a few.
Read on to find out which Sony products earned gold and which two awards come at a bittersweet time.
As we recently reported, PlayStation 4 was launched in its home country of Japan 12 days ago. Sony has announced that this launch was a success with the total cumulative sales of the PlayStation 4 crossing the 6 million mark. The news broke earlier today on the PlayStation Blog as John Koller, VP of Marketing for SCEA, wrote a post detailing the milestone.
Are you ready for some great prices on PlayStation games? Luckily the PlayStation Blog has announced the return of their Spring Fever promotion for the month of March. This promotion features great sales and focuses on several new indie titles for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.
Every week this month will feature two new indie titles at discounted prices for PlayStation Plus members. A few of the featured titles include: Awesomenauts Assemble (PS4) Fez (PS3, PS4, PS Vita Cross-Buy), and TowerFall Ascension (PS4). There will also be several sales featuring popular video game franchises. Finally, there will be several sales on movies and television shows as well.
Keep reading to see a full preview!
Consistency is a great thing for a company. Take the Apple iPhone. Since its inception, Apple has stuck to one design and continued to hone it in each generation with tweaks to its size, material and curves. This approach, along side the iconic design of the iPhone gives Apple a presence in all areas as their devices quickly stand out. Since the rebirth of Sony Mobile, the Japanese giant has also used the same philosophy in its Xperia line of smartphones. This can be seen in the Xperia Z1, Xperia M2, Xperia Z2, and Xperia Z1 Compact to name a few which use what the company calls an “OmniBalance” design. One difference between the two companies approach however is the number of phones offered. Till this past Fall, Apple has traditionally offered only one new phone a year (while also selling the years prior device) while Sony’s line of smartphone spans many different designs. Now, Sony is looking to move away from design philosophy.
Are you ready for more information about free games? If so, you are in luck because the PlayStation Blog has announced all of the free games that North American PlayStation Plus users will be able to download during March.
PlayStation 4 owners will soon be able to enjoy one of the best twin stick shooters to come out for the PlayStation 3 as Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition will be coming for free in March. This edition comes with enhanced visuals and new features taking advantage of the PlayStation 4 Share button. PlayStation 3 users will receive Tomb Raider while the PlayStation Vita will receive both Unit 13 and Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite.
Sony has not announced which week subscribers will be receiving the games, but as always you can expect to receive at least one new release on a weekly basis.
Keep reading to see a full list of free games available this month!
For better or for worse, Sony plans to stick to their aggressive smartphone strategy which has seen the company release three flagship phones, the Xperia Z, Xperia Z1, and Xperia Z2 in 18 months. Sony believes that by sticking to such an ambitious product cycle, that they will be able to catch up to Apple and Samsung. Now Sony Mobile’s Creative Director Kurozumi Yoshiro has all but confirmed that we can expect to see a new flagship phone from them in Summer, likely the Xperia Z3. More after the jump.
If we set aside the alphabet soup that Sony has created with their product line, you’ll notice that the company has been hellbent on releasing new smartphones whenever it can. More specifically, the company has been on an aggressive strategy of releasing a new flagship smartphone every 6 months. This strategy has seen Sony release the Xperia Z, Xperia Z1, and now the Xperia Z2 in under two years’ time. While their most recent products have some of the most cutting edge technology that you could expect in a smartphone like 4K video recording, Sony has no plans to change their pace in the near future as revealed by Sony Mobile’s Creative Director Kurozumi Yoshiro.