Those wanting the option to play 4K Blu-ray movies from Sony will have to wait till Spring 2017 when they’ll launch their first Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the UBP-X1000ES. Friend of the site, Richard Lawler, writing for Engadget:
Sony says it will be exclusively available through custom installers at first. The player is ready for “virtually any optical disk format” as well as Atmos and DTS:X audio tracks.
With the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact starting to make their ways throughout the world, Sony is beginning to clear some inventory room by making previous models more affordable. In India, Sony is slashing prices for the Xperia X Dual and the well received Xperia Z5 Premium Dual that while still pricy, will be more attainable to the masses. So what are the new prices?
PS4 Pro is going to offer plenty of benefits for HDTV owners like all games running at 1080p and improved framerates. That means that if you’ve got an HDTV, all you need to do is plug in PS4 Pro and use any HDMI cable you have laying around and you’ll immediately get the added benefits. Now if you have a 4K TV, the PS4 Pro can offer a whole lot more but you’ll need a premium HDMI cable.
It’s looking like Apple Pay will be expanding to Japan in the future, thanks to a partnership with Sony. While Apple Pay has been available in a handful of countries, Japan till now has been excluded due to their contactless payment systems which incorporate Sony’s FeliCa technology, something which isn’t supported on iPhone.
I’ve never been shy about how lacking I find Sony’s ability to put together a compelling video. After all, Sony is the parent company of of PlayStation which has the pulse of the youth and owner of a small film studio called Sony Pictures. Surely they can put together something better than their maligned Xperia XA ad where a couple were engaged on a bus – but apparently not.
Couldn’t watch the Rio Olympics in 4K because you either didn’t own a 4K TV yet or your cable provider didn’t offer a 4K broadcast? Not to worry because if it’s left up to Sony, Panasonic, and Japanese broadcaster NHK, the 2020 Olympics will be aired in 8K.
I never thought I’d be writing about Trump on this site but alas, here I am. Resident clown and shameful US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in a recent gathering, decided that he needed to add another demographic to his list of pissed off nations and people. So who was in his crosshairs this time? None other than the entire nation of Japan and Sony to make things a bit more personal.
Nearly a week into its release, No Man’s Sky, the AAA indie title from Hello Games, continues to divide critics and gamers. Is the game a completely unique vision that gives you a calming, yet fleeting, lonely sense within the universe or is it just boring? No matter where you fall on that, you can’t deny the team’s grand ambition which has brought with it near-endless planets and creatures to explore.
But is it what you thought it be? One fan made video that’s been popping up all over my feed helps put the game and its hype into context, and it’s hilarious.
Gran Turismo Sport is expected to race across the finish line (puns like this means I’m a professional, right?) on November 15th. In adhering to their tight schedule in order to meet the ever-important holiday shopping season, Polyphony Digital has already decided to cancel the game’s public beta, but with just three months left, can the developers deliver another 30% in production?
Sony is once again looking at their retail options and dipping their toes back in. Dubbed Sony Square NYC, the new store will be located in New York City, as the name suggests. Steven Fuld, senior VP-Corporate Marketing at Sony Corp. of America:
With this space, we’re trying to give consumers an emotional connection with the brand
Unlike previous efforts where Sony attempted to replicate the success of Apple retail, this store is less about selling and more about experiencing. So what does that mean?
Thanks to last week’s surprise profit during their Q1 FY16 earnings report, investors have been bullish again on Sony’s stock, a sentiment that’s been ever increasing the past year. Isabella Zhong writing for Barron’s:
Shares are up around 2% today following the company’s stunning June quarter earnings beat last Friday. The stock has rebounded 12% this year after having plummeted 35% in the second half of 2015.
So why the rise in sentiment for Sony? Entertainment.
Here is a bit of curious news coming out of Japan. Kana Inagaki writing for Financial Times:
Sony has agreed to sell its lossmaking battery business to Apple supplier Murata Manufacturing in a deal that could create a new player in the growing market to power electric vehicles.
It’s rather surprising that it took financial markets and tech pundits this long to catch on to the whole Pokemon Go phenomenon that’s pushed Nintendo’s valuation up by nearly $12 billion. But now that both sides have gotten their heads around it, that Pokemon high is coming to an end.
After all, for the past week, there has been no shortage of coverage around how Nintendo is now valued above Sony which is ludicrous no matter how you look at it.
Once a year, FutureBrand leads a study where they look at the 100 biggest companies by market capitalization. From there, the study asks 3,000 consumer and industry professionals in 17 different countries about the companies and asks them to rank them
in terms of perception strength, rather than financial strength
So where did Sony rank?
Companies like Somaltus, LLC are one of the biggest problem the tech industry faces – patent trolls that leech on successful businesses by demanding a ransom for something they themselves have never actually created. Texas, a state that’s more than happy to house an alarming rate of these patent trolls is the scene of yet another lawsuit (over battery technologies) that includes Sony and others like Apple.