Earlier this week, we reported on the Sony STR-ZA3000ES, the newest flagship receiver with 4k input/output, 7.2 surround sound and a 8-gigabit ethernet hub for good measure. Available later this month for $1,699, the STR-ZA3000ES offers almost everything you’d ever want from a receiver, minus a built-in Starbucks and AirPlay. (Come on Sony! Your lower end receivers used to have that last one). Wondering what else you can expect from the ES receiver? After the jump, we have the full Sony STR-ZA3000ES specs.
Yesterday it was revealed that due to Sony Mobile’s inability to sell mid-range smartphones in significant quantities, the company will likely be posting a $2.1 billion net loss for FY 2014. Unfortunately for Sony fans, and more so Sony employees, the bad news does not end there. Previously, Sony was forecasting for a ¥50 billion loss but with the forecast now expanding to ¥230 billion for the fiscal year, Sony once again has to look internally to help save money and that means a reduction in its staff to the tune of 15% for the mobile division.
While China is big on the minds of many companies, thanks to their booming middle class, it should not be forgotten that India is also enjoying a rise in wealth. With a growing population that’s enjoying an increase in purchasing power, India is also an important market for manufacturers looking to expand their branch and reach. Like China, India is the target of many companies’ mid-range products that offer plenty of features without the premium price of flagship units. For its part, Sony has announced that the Xperia E3 and Xperia E3 Dual will be headed to India.
After the jump we talk price and the Xperia Z3.
Bungie has always stated that Destiny will be a world that will continue to evolve over the years. While Destiny patch 1.03 isn’t a groundbreaking patch, it shows Bungie’s commitment and releasing patches on a regular basis helps address any issues that take place within the just released game. Weighing in at 296MB on PS4, Community Manager Deej had this to say about Destiny patch 1.03:
If you haven’t been paying attention, Bungie’s first post-Halo game, Destiny, is kind of a big deal. Aside from being the only way to pick up the brand-new Glacier White PS4 if you’re in the US, Destiny has been one of the most-hyped games of the current generation. Sony in particular has banked heavily on the first-person shooter/RPG’s success, going so far as to consider it akin to a first-party release. A week into launch, Destiny has received okay reviews around the web, but what really matters is sales — and those figures have Activision, Bungie, and Sony very happy.
With DriveClub approaching its October 8th release date, we’re learning more and more about the driving simulator. One such revelation was the game’s modest 17GB install size for those opting for digital download. Better yet, the game can be played as soon as 3.5GB have been downloaded while the rest of the game continues to download in the background. Best of all, to help support the game for some time to come, Evolution Studios will be releasing one free car a month between October 2014 and June 2015.
Looking for more free content? Evolution Studios has you covered.
The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra, one of the largest
smartphones phablets to ever grace the mobile world with its 6-inch 720p display, is about to get a boost on the software side. Specifically, Sony is releasing Android 4.4.3 KitKat for the Xperia T2 Ultra (D5303, D5306) which initially shipped with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The update (build 19.1.1.A.0.165) is good for the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra (D5303, D5306) and can be downloaded using a Mac or Windows machine or wirelessly. To look for your build number, simply navigate to:
Settings > About phone > Build number / version
Those looking to download the update over the air should go to:
Settings > About phone > Software updates > System updates
So what can you expect from Android 4.4.3 KitKat on the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra? We’ve got the details after the jump.
Poor Sony. I mean this from a emotional standpoint for a company that continues to endure loss year after year, which surely takes a toll on employees and moral. With an expected $2.1 billion net loss for FY 2014, I of course mean this in a financial aspect as well. Despite Sony announcing a surprise $261 million Q1 2014 profit, the company is expecting to lose $2.1 billion for the year, up from $500 million. So how does a company lose an additional $1.7 billion in one year? In short, smartphones. Despite what appeared to be a transitional period for Sony and a gained momentum in mobile, the division Sony has been most bullish about will drag down the company considerably as they struggle to move units, especially in the mid-range market.
Last we heard about Sony’s internet TV plans were in 2012 where Sony Network Entertainment VP Michael Aragon has confirmed that the company has flirted with the idea of offering TV over the internet. At the time, Aragon believed that lack of bandwidth and proper business model was hindering Sony’s ability to full invest in the vision. Now, reports are popping up once again that not only has Sony not forgotten about their internet TV ambitions, but that Disney, Fox, and Viacom might be onboard. If true, between the 4 mega studios (with Sony Pictures automatically being on board), the service could offer a compelling platform for those looking to cut ties with their cable provider.
In the case of content, Viacom from a TV standpoint would be a big gain for the yet to be announced platform with 22 of their channels coming on board. Those include stations like Comedy Central, TV, VH1, BET, CMT, and Nickelodeon. Now lets talk about the service itself.
DriveClub is revving up to be (yes, I had to) a big and very important release for Sony. Delayed by nearly a year, DriveClub is built around the promise of what the PS4 can offer. The game features partial access for PlayStation Plus members, social aspects that tie expand beyond your PSN friends, and downloadable segments which allow you to play the game while installing. Game Director Paul Rustchynsky has been on a mission lately to reveal more details about the driving simulator as it approaches its October 8th release date.
While the game will be available on Blu-ray, Sony is also pushing big for digital downloads. In fact, PlayStation Plus members will get the game with less tracks and cars for free. Those looking to full download the game will be pleased at the games modest 17GB size. Even better, the game can be played as soon as 3.5GB are installed while additional content is downloaded in the background. Those opting for the Blu-ray version should also note a minor initial install is required though Rustchynsky promises you’ll be in the game in 60 seconds.
To actually start playing DriveClub you only need to download the first ~3.5GB, so you can play whilst the rest downloads in the background. For those of you installing the game disc, [It] takes about 60 seconds before you can start to play for initial install.
After the jump, we have more tidbits about anticipated racing sim.
In an effort to help curb the need to fiddle around with a cord to charge your phone, Sony will soon offer Qi wireless charging on the Xperia Z3. Specifically, the Sony WCR14 wireless charging cover is case for the Sony Xperia Z3 with a wireless charging mechanism built in. Available in black or white (pictured after the jump), the WCR14 can then be placed on the provided charging pad for wireless charging. Luckily the WCR14 also offers the ability for your phone to sit in landscape mode, making it easy for you to consume content while charging.
Announced at CEDIA, Sony is looking to take the world of 4K by storm with the STR-ZA3000ES. Leading the company’s high-end ES receivers, the ZA3000ES offers 4K input and output, 7.2 channel (110W), and an 8-port Giga Ethernet Hub to ensure all your home theater needs are met. Yes, there is still even good-ol component in for those looking to rock older devices. In addition to high-end specs, Sony also wanted to make the ZA3000E3 both highly functional and aesthetically pleasing. Beyond great specs, Sony has incorporated a clever front magnetic faceplate that covers the otherwise endless array of buttons which are needed to initially set up a device of this caliber.
After the jump you can find some more details on the Sony STR-ZA3000ES, including additional pictures from the front/rear showing off all the buttons and inputs.
Music Unlimited, the streaming music service from Sony, has received a major makeover that reimagines how the app should look and function. Via the changelog, with Music Unlimited 2.0 on iOS (iPhone & iPod Touch), you can now expect:
• Fresh visual design
• Super fast queue view and load
• View discography, top songs, related artists + more
• Sort your library by newly added songs and recently modified playlists
• Edit song order in playlists
• New grape flavor
More details after the jump.
Destiny is shaping up to be one of the biggest games of the year, thanks in part to the excellent feedback from the exclusive PlayStation alpha and the broader beta that followed which only raised the hype and awareness for the massive FPS. Long before such announcements were made public, Sony and Bungie, along with publisher Activision, struck a deal that would see exclusive content come to the world of Destiny on PS4. In addition to extra content and early Alpha access, both parties agreed that only Sony could advertisement and promote Destiny (along with Activision) and that Microsoft could play no roll in matters.
Though the PS4 is enjoying massive success and lead on the Xbox One, Destiny can and will likely be one of those games that will get gamers to move from PS3/360 to next gen consoles so it’s no surprise that Sony would want to capitalize on that as much as possible. One way they hope to achieve this is by treating Destiny as if it was a “first-party release.” More on that after the jump.
Despite the popularity of smartphones that have rendered useless the need for a separate MP3 player, there are still occasions where a dedicated device is best. Athletes know this all to well and to answer that cry, Sony is releasing the Walkman WS610. While we’ve already covered the Walkman WAS610 in depth, tech specs can reveal interesting information about a device that might help us make a purchase. To that end, after the jump, the full Sony Walkman WS610 specs awaits you along side a video overview.
PSP users in European and PAL regions regions are in for a dose of hard reality. The now 10-year-old portable from Sony will be losing access to the PlayStation Network come September 15th. According to Sony, PSP users will still be able to download titles from Sony Entertainment Network Online Store as well as redownload past purchases from the PSP download list. The official statement from Sony can be found after the jump.