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Microsoft says there is no 'Xbox neXt' to rival PlayStation '4.5'

Rumours of Microsoft planning an upgraded "Xbox One and a half" have recently stepped up amid widespread reports of Sony intending to launch a high-performance "PlayStation 4K" later in the year. Microsoft's Xbox chief has denied the rumours though.

Review: Playstation Virtual Reality — Good, fast and fun

Sydney - VR has been around for a long time, and has been one of the most expensive, as well as the most frustrating, areas of gaming tech for years. In a sort of poetic justice, the ubiquitous SONY Playstation new VR is getting rave reviews.

Sony to bring PlayStation games to smartphones for the first time

Sony has announced it is going to bring several of its major PlayStation game franchises to iOS and Android smartphones. The company has formed a new business unit to perform the work, following in the footsteps of Nintendo's recent smartphone launch.

Sony building an updated 'PlayStation 4.5' with 4K games support

Sony is working on a significant mid-life refresh for its PlayStation 4 games console, according to a report that claims to have knowledge of the company's plans. Currently dubbed the 'PlayStation 4.5,' the updated model will support 4K games.

Taylor Swift gives $250K to Kesha after court ruling

Taylor Swift is providing fellow pop star Kesha with a financial shoulder to lean on, having donated $250,000 as a "show of support" in her legal battle with Dr. Luke, whom the singer alleged sexually assaulted her.

Sony Xperia X series brings serious performance to the mid-range

Sony has announced a new series of Xperia smartphones at MWC 2016, unveiling a trio of affordable but feature-filled handsets that expand its Xperia line-up. The phones have a new design for Sony and competent specifications.

Sony profit boosted by PlayStation 4, sales may be double Xbox's

Sony Corp. posted a 33.5 percent jump in profit over the last quarter this week despite struggling to succeed in its smartphone and consumer electronics businesses. The PlayStation 4 led the sales as the console continues to prove popular.

Sony confirms it is bringing its smartphones back to the U.S.

Sony has confirmed it will be launching its Xperia Z5 flagship, with its Z5 Compact sibling, in the U.S. in February. Sony has been absent from the market for over a year as it opted to stop selling phones to the U.S. after the Xperia Z3.

Sony's Xperia Z6 may be five different phones, ready from January

Sony is famed in the smartphone world for its regular release cadences, sometimes launching a new flagship barely six months after the previous version. A new report out of China suggests it is now gearing up for 2016, creating a device in five sizes.

PS4 processor changes let future games get a performance boost

Sony has quietly rolled out an update to its PlayStation 4 software development kit that will give game creators access to more of the processor's power, should it be required. It opens the door to more graphically intense games next year.

Lizard Squad claims responsibility for Black Friday PSN outage

Hacker group Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for a major service outage on Sony's PlayStation Network for hours on Black Friday. Gamers found they couldn't login or play online, adding another attack to the list of Lizard Squad's claimed actions.

Sony to rival Microsoft with PS4 game streaming to Windows, Mac

The president of Sony's studios division said today the company is working on building an app for Windows and Mac that will let gamers stream titles from the PlayStation 4. The feature will directly rival Microsoft's Xbox One to Windows 10 streaming.

Sony has sold 30 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide

Sony has announced it has sold over 30 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide since launch. It puts the company on a strong footing going into the all-important holiday season. Sony claims the figure shows PS4 is the "best place to play."

Long thought extinct, Betamax tapes have been retired for good

After losing the home market wars against VHS long ago, Sony finally decides to pull the plug on Betamax tapes after 41 years.

Paris attackers may have planned their acts using PlayStation 4

Authorities are concerned that the terrorists responsible for Friday night's attacks in Paris may have used Sony's PlayStation 4 games console to plan the massacre. The company's PlayStation Network uses even stronger encryption than famed WhatsApp.

Xbox One outsells PlayStation 4 for first time in six months

The Xbox One has managed to outsell the PlayStation 4 for the first time since April as Microsoft's promise of the "best games line-up in history" and yesterday's console update begin to make an impression on gamers.

Sony survey hints at PS4 compatibility with PS2 games

Sony has teased some of its PlayStation 4 owners with a suggestion that backwards compatibility with PS1 and PS2 games could be coming in a future update, letting it begin to rival Microsoft's upcoming support for playing Xbox 360 games on Xbox One.

Sony could build a 'high performance' PlayStation 4

Sony is open to building a high-performance variant of its PlayStation 4 console, its senior vice president of entertainment said in a recent interview. An updated version could extend the PS4's life-span, giving Sony more time to work on a successor.

Sony cuts price of PlayStation 4 as Xbox One still drags behind

Microsoft's Xbox One games console continued to lag behind Sony's PlayStation 4 throughout last month, according to new sales figures. Microsoft's promises of the best exclusive games line-up in history are failing to offset the popularity of the PS4.

Even Microsoft doubts Xbox One can catch the PlayStation 4

Since the 2013 launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Microsoft has trailed behind Sony in terms of raw sales. The company now seems to have accepted that fact, appearing uncertain it will ever be able to catch up.

Sony backtracks on Xperia waterproofing, 'do not use underwater'

Sony has quietly made a rather major change to one of its support pages for its Xperia smartphones. It now warns users that handsets should not be used underwater, a serious contradiction to several of its own press images and advertising campaigns.

Xperia Z5: Sony unveils the world's first 4K smartphone

Sony has unveiled its new flagship smartphone range, the Xperia Z5, at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Three different models have been announced, including one which now holds the record as the first phone to boast a 4K display.

Vaio returning to the U.S. with a truly 'monster' tablet

The Vaio computer brand has announced that it will be returning to the U.S. from October this year, unveiling a powerful high-end tablet as its launch device. The company used to belong to Sony but became independent after being sold off in 2014.

Sony sells three million PS4s in three months, triples its profit

Sony is continuing to show signs of a strong recovery from financial issues after announcing a year-on-year trebling of profits. The growth has been fuelled primarily by sales of the PlayStation 4 games console.

After 15 years, game consoles are officially legal in China again

China has officially relaxed its formal ban on video game consoles which has been in place since 2000 and has prevented the sale of dedicated gaming devices. It was feared playing games could be detrimental to the development of children.

Sony surprises at E3 2015

Sony was able to keep a few secrets, for once, this year heading into E3. They weren't small secrets either. A few have been begged for by fans for years.

'San Andreas' set to strike; eight minutes of 'Aloha' released

A disaster is about to invade theaters in the form of "San Andreas." The new film will take aim at destroying California, as a major earthquake strikes the San Andreas fault.

Ben Affleck hid ancestry, appologizes on Facebook

A trailer for "Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice" starring Ben Affleck was just released. But the actor's appearance on the PBS show "Finding Your Roots" is also turning heads. Leaked emails suggest that Affleck asked the show to censor one finding.

Sony unveils the Xperia Z4: Uncannily like the Xperia Z3

Sony has announced the Xperia Z4, its flagship Android smartphone for this year. It uses a design that is almost identical to its predecessor though with the only notable changes being some of the internals.

Op-Ed: Sony's Action Cam is gunning for GoPro

Sony's recently-launched Action Cam has gotten plenty of viral interest on the Web. The buzz started with a March YouTube video of a POV shot from an eagle, which generated millions of views in a matter of days.
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