There is little doubt about the PlayStation 3 as a superior gaming console, both in terms of quality and power. While Sony was hard at work creating a mean gaming and multimedia machine, unfortunately the rest of the company didn’t get the memo. There is little doubt in Sony’s lack of proper marketing for the console and its challenges with embracing online gaming. Sony promised that things would be different and this time around, they did right by their words. When the PlayStation Vita was announced, it was hailed and championed by gamers and developers alike. A fresh UI and all the power you could want. Yes the PlayStation Vita has not done the sales that it should and can still do but the fact is that Sony’s tempo was different this time around. Now, on the verge of Microsoft’s next Xbox console, Sony continues to show signs of a new life and energy behind the long time console maker.
The PlayStation 4 was announced on February 20th to much fanfare. Unlike past console reveals where the latest PlayStation was shown off in Japan with many Japanese devs backing the console, this time around, the PS4 was shown off in the US. While there were your traditional Japanese developers like Capcom and Square Enix, the main focus of the event was games developed by Western companies like Activision, Blizzard, Bungie, Sucker Punch, and Guerrilla Games to name a few. While the console itself was not shown during the event, it became evident early on that, this time around, Sony had gone to developers and asked them what they wanted in a next gen console. In iterations prior, Sony and other console makers have created new hardware with a top down approach.
To many gamers’ and media vets’ surprise, there was little leaked about the event and there continues to be little information about the PS4 until Sony releases it. This by itself is a huge change of pace for Sony whose products tend to be revealed in advance thanks to leaks. For Sony, this has proved to be a powerful asset as they can control the excitement around the PS4. In fact, for many months, prior to the PS4 reveal, many high level Sony execs had gone on record about no new console in sight, leading many to believe that the PS4 might not debut till 2014. Some have even suggested that these comments were more directed towards Microsoft and the reason why MS has had nothing to announce about their next generation console till weeks before E3.
If you love gaming but have found yourself in situations where your audio has intruded upon those around you, then the PlayStation Pulse headset is your savior. Compatible with the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, the Pulse wireless stereo headset gives gamers everything they could want from a headset that features comfortable design, BassImpact for extra…well bass and a built in noise canceling microphone to satisfy the commander in you while gaming online. Unlike previous headsets from Sony and competitors that feature a retractible mic, the Pulse mic is built into the unit, giving it a sleeker design while housing one less external part that can break. Thanks to three sliding switches on the headset, you can also control the incoming volume, mic level, and bass. A quick mute button is also available, making it easy for you to converse with those around you without bugging your teammates.
Other benefits from the Pulse headset include on-screen headset updates like battery level and other related information that will appear right on your screen. Sony has also provided a mode functionality button that, when pressed, allows you to select between different audio presets, designed for general gaming, shooters, racing, movies, music, and more. Maybe best of all, for those who simply cannot afford a extensive surround sound setup or for the time when you want to continue to game without waking others in the household, the PlayStation Pulse includes virtual 7.1 surround sound. This lets you hear every audio cue that sound engineers put into the game. The 7.1 surround sound can also be a savior for hardcore gamers, by alerting them to sound from enemies that might be creeping from behind.
Last week, Sony released a video showcasing the beauty of their latest slate, the Xperia Tablet Z. In the video, Sony went out of their way to highlight both the outer beauty of the Tablet Z and inner beauty by disassembling the tablet and having its innards laid out on the table. While quite the impressive feat, this lead to the logical question of, “can the Xperia Tablet Z be put back together?’ In short, absolutely yes. While iFixIt has complained that the iPad and Surface tablets are nearly impossible to take apart without destroying them, the Xperia Tablet Z is not only put back together, but it’s also powered on to show full functionality.
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A great many of us are gadget lovers and cannot function properly without them. Some of us by choice (hence the reason this site was started) and others due to the benefits that they’ve been able to bring to our daily tasks. Even within the tech and geek community lies a divide – there are hardcores who don’t want to just know what the device does, but they want to know how it does it. What are in its internals and how are they assembled? Thanks to Sony, that group is getting something new to feast their eyes on; a proper tear down of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z.
If you didn’t know, a new God of War game is out this week and once again follows the story of Kratos. Much more than before, Sony Santa Monica has placed an emotional touch to the story of Kratos and the burden of the accidental death of his wife and daughter by his own hands. Leave it to the internet and more specially, Toby from Tobuscus, to have a slightly different take on the trailer. If you’ve got two minutes, then you’re in for a treat.
For good reason, Killzone: Shadow Fall has dominated gaming coverage with its beautiful and fluid graphics, giving would-be PlayStation 4 owners something to highly anticipate. But with the PlayStation 4 nearly 9 months away and still an undisclosed release date for Killzone: Shadow Fall, how should Killzone fans satisfy their appetite? Enter Killzone: Mercenary for the PlayStation Vita. This all-new FPS runs on the same graphic engine that powered Killzone 2 and 3 on the PlayStation 3 to deliver an orignal story in the Killzone universe. Thinking that the game might be a compromise, due to the Vita’s smaller screen? That’s what I thought too – until I saw a gameplay demo. After the jump, an off-screen demo gameplay of Killzone: Mercenary on PlayStation Vita!
Hey Assassin’s Creed fans, are you ready to jump into the latest open world entry from Ubisoft? Set in the 1800′s, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag puts you in control of protagonist Captain Edward Kenway, who is feared even by the ruthless pirate, Blackbeard. Like any Assassin’s Creed game, the game doesn’t seem to sway too far from the traditional formula though there is even more high tides and ship-to-ship combat than the previous entry, so count me sold. Set to release on October 29th on current gen consoles and next gen when they arrive. After the jump,
Pirates of the Caribbean Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag trailer.
Are you excited about the latest high end tablet from Sony, the Xperia Tablet Z? You know – the one sporting a 10.1-inch multi-touch screen with a 1,920 x 1,200 display, four built in speakers, and that’s PlayStation certified. Yea, we thought you were. Though not set to launch till May, Sony is doing everything they can to wet your appetite till its release. After the jump, an all new promo video from Sony awaits you, showing off the devices functionality and build quality.