Executive confirms remote playing of PlayStation 4 via Mac coming soon
Sony is planning to bring PlayStation 4 gaming to the Mac, by producing an app that uses the Remote Playfunction. Expanding the already-operational feature from the PlayStation Vita, the PlayStation TV, and some Xperia smartphones, Sony is working on an app for Mac and PC that will allow owners of the console to play their games remotely, by streaming gameplay footage across a local network from the console to a desktop.
Gaming news summary for November 26, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, the PlayStation 4 reaches 30 million units sold since its launch, Rocket League teases its holiday update, Destiny gains a challenge mode for one of its latest raid, and Fez finally gets a physical, if very late, release.
Gaming news summary for November 22, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Sony confirms it is working on PlayStation 2 emulation for the PlayStation 4, Valve allegedly prepares to make changes to how it runs its major Steam sales, and Rooster Teeth suffers a server breach.
Amazon launches Pantry grocery delivery option in United Kingdom
Amazon has expanded its Pantry grocery delivery service to the United Kingdom. Launched last year in the United States, the UK version of the service allows its users to order more than 4,000 food, drink, household supplies, and other products in one delivery, with a fixed price of £3 ($4.50) for a delivery of a single 20kg (44 pounds) box, with extra boxes in the same order priced at £1 ($1.50) each if the physical volume of the original is exceeded.
Gaming news summary for November 12, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Blizzard ships a Hearthstone expansion, JJ Abrams works on a new game, the NPD claims the Xbox One beat the PlayStation 4 in hardware sales last month, and Nintendo holds its first Nintendo Direct presentation since the passing of company president Satoru Iwata.
Pebble Time Round shipping November 8, heads to retail the same day
Pebble is shipping the circular-faced version of its smartwatch on the 8th of November, starting with those who preordered the wearable device when it was first announced in September. On the same day as shipments begin, the Pebble Time Round will be available at retail in the United States, with the smartwatch appearing in Target and BestBuy stores from Sunday onwards, priced at $250.
Translucent mirror helps give Sony Alpha A68 8fps burst with AF tracking
Sony has introduced a new Alpha DSLR camera aimed at the entry-level market, one that is said to have inherited many of the features from the Alpha A77 II. The Alpha A68 houses a 24-megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS image sensor backed by a 4D Focus phase detection system employing 79 autofocus points, 15 cross points, a dedicated F2.8 AF sensor point for dark scenes, and translucent mirror technology to give it constant AF tracking while shooting at 8fps.
Gaming news summary for November 3, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Epic Games teases a new title under development, Sony expands its PlayStation Now roster, a new PlayStation 4 headset is announced, Konami finally closes Kojima Productions in LA, and the Warcraft movie is teased.
Gaming news summary for October 27, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, the producer of PayDay 2 defends the introduction of microtransactions to the game, Microsoft dates the upcoming update to the Xbox One interface, and Sony makes a number of announcements during Paris Games Week.
Full frame compact camera has first optical variable low pass filter
Sony has updated its RX1R compact camera with a second generation, with the new model retaining the concept of a high-resolution sensor crammed into a small body. The RX1R II measures 2.57 inches tall and 4.46 inches wide, and with the fixed focal length 35mm Zeiss Sonnar T F2.0 lens on the front, a thickness of 2.83 inches, but it still manages to fit in the same full-frame 42.4-megapixel sensor used in the A7R II.
Gaming news summary for September 29, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Alien: Isolation for Mac is delayed, a BattleTech Kickstarter exceeds expectations early, Microsoft prepares for holiday sales of the Xbox One, and Sony readies itself for a PlayStation 4 firmware update taking place tomorrow.
Gaming news summary for September 27, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Activision removes Call of Duty: Black Ops 3's single player for older consoles, Prison Architect will soon gain an escape mode, Twitch streaming apps for PlayStation consoles are said to be on the way, and a hack for the PlayStation TV allows it to play more PS Vita games.
Gaming news summary for September 15, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Activision solves a storage problem for Destiny players, CD Projekt Red denies a rumor of an acquisition by EA, Sony rebrands Project Morpheus, and the BBC launches a Doctor Who game maker.
Autofocus speed increased, large ISO range retained in upgraded Sony Alpha A7s
[Updated with shipping date and price for the United States] Sony has unveiled a second generation of its existing Alpha A7s, with the successor adding 4K video to the full frame mirrorless camera, without the need for an external recorder. The Alpha A7s II uses a similar 12.1-megapixel sensor with BIONZ X image processing, and matches the original's expansive ISO range of 50 to 409,600, but its video capabilities have been boosted to offer 4K video at 30 frames per second and 1080p video at up to 120fps, allowing it to be used for slow motion recording.
Gaming news summary for September 3, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, I Am Bread heads to iOS, Sony starts testing its PlayStation 4 firmware update, Valve also tests an upgrade for Steam's Big Picture mode, and ESPN looks to expand its gaming coverage by hiring eSports editors.
Wena watch launched on Sony-owned First Flight crowdfunding site
Sony has created a smartwatch that offers some advanced functionality while keeping the appearance of a traditional wristwatch, unlike its existing smartwatch efforts. The Wena, said to stand for "Wear Electronics Naturally," uses a normal dial-based face instead of a screen, though despite the appearance, it is able to provide notifications using a customizable LED light on the watch band and through vibration, with the watch also connecting to a companion app for iOS for more advanced functionality.
Patent troll Acacia and Adaptix shot down in Judge Paul Grewal's ruling
US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal has shut down a non-practicing entity, or patent troll, seeking to relaunch suits against cellphone manufacturers Sony, Amazon, and Apple, among others, over 4G patents. Patent aggregation company Acacia and subsidiary Adaptix has been denied further suits over new products launched by the companies using the same technology, with the judge saying that it must be satisfied with existing lawsuit results and patent agreements in place.
Gaming news summary for August 23, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, a thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, a Nintendo patent application suggests a future without game discs, the Kerbal Space Program will be landing on the Xbox One, EverQuest II gets a 'prison' server, and Sony cashes in on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain with some branded hardware.
Gaming news summary for August 21, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, a thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Gearbox and 3D Realms settle a Duke Nukem lawsuit, Square Enix brings Final Fantasy VII to iOS, Bad Robot creates a new Team Fortress 2 mode, and Sony prepares to beta test new firmware for the PlayStation 4 in the United States.
New device pairs with smartphone, offers health, fitness, and sleep monitoring
Sony Mobile Communications today announced the SmartBand 2, the latest wearable from the manufacturer. Sony calls the new iteration that now includes heart rate monitoring "a multi-sensor lifelogger that provides full-scale insights about your fitness, well-being and stress levels."
Gaming news summary for August 16, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's slightly-delayed edition, Nintendo allegedly fires an employee for comments made on a podcast, Guillermo Del Toro declares he will steer clear of gaming projects, and Sony plans to ship a Darth Vader-themed PlayStation 4 this fall.
Gaming news summary for August 13, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, RollerCoaster Tycoon returns to iOS without in-app purchases, Sony opens up voting for its Instant Game Collection, a firmware update for the PlayStation 4 is previewed, and Nintendo reveals players will have to wait at least nine days to get all available content in Super Mario Maker.
Pebble accepts reservations of Pebble Time Steel for non-Kickstarter customers
Pebble has started to accept reservations for the Pebble Time Steel from non-Kickstarter backers. Priced at $250 each, with a choice of three finishes and an Italian leather band, TechnoBuffalo reports that new customers will have to wait until Pebble Time Steel production catches up with existing backers, which could be before the end of next month. Shipments of the Steel version of the smartwatch to Kickstarter backers is starting this week, though the free matching steel band will be shipping later this year.
Gaming news summary for August 2, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Nintendo adds more costumes and YouTube uploads to Super Smash Bros., Nvidia recalls the Shield Tablet over safety concerns, Sony allows PlayStation Plus subscribers to vote on which free games they will get, and Worms 4 is heading to iOS.
Gaming news summary for July 28, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Ouya strikes an acquisition deal with Razer, GameStop offers the PlayStation 4 with a 2TB capacity, and Dragon Quest 11 becomes the first game confirmed to ship on Nintendo's future NX game console.
Gaming news summary for July 8, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, a release date for Disney Infinity 3.0 is revealed, Riot's community management in League of Legends appears to be making players less hostile, and a new Magic: The Gathering game lands on iOS.
Speakers feature Google Cast, Airplay, Spotify Connect
Sony Electronics announced today three new premium wireless speakers -- the SRS-X77, SRS-X88 and SRS-X99. Like the HT-ST9 and HT-NT3 sound bars and STR-DN1060 and STR-DN860 A/V receivers, all three wireless speakers have Google Cast, AirPlay, and Spotify Connect, as well as multi-room capability through the Song Pal app. The SRS-X88 and SRS-X99 speakers also boast Hi-Res audio capability.
Android TV displays from Sony measure 0.2 inches thick
Sony is finally preparing to release a trio of televisions running on Android TV in the United States, sets it previewed at CES in January. The 54.6-inch and 64.5-inch X900C, and 74.5-inch X910C are Ultra HD-resolution Triluminos televisions with a very slim almost-frameless design, measuring as thin as 0.2 inches for the majority of the screen, with them also including the X-Reality Pro Picture Engine for upscaling HD content to 4K.
PlayStation 4 model with double capacity follows similar Xbox One upgrade
Sony is bringing out another version of the PlayStation 4, this time with a larger capacity storage. The PlayStation 4 Ultimate Player Edition's main feature is a 1TB hard drive, double the storage of the standard model, with Sony shipping it in Japan before the end of this month, "select Europe and PAL territories" from July 15, and in North America later in July.
PlayStation Europe boss discusses Xbox backwards compatibility plan
Welcome to Game Replay, the regular post where MacNN and Electronista look at the wider world of video games. Today's edition continues to deal with the main stories coming out of E3, as we have done so for the last few days, including the head of Sony's European PlayStation operation talking about Microsoft's backwards compatibility plan, as well as some other gaming news items from outside the event.
The giants have spoken, but who's going to take the 2015-2016 sales crown?
The triumvirate of console gaming, Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, have shown what they're going to show to launch the 2015 E3 expo, and as with all things, we've got opinions. Join MacNN and Electronista staffers Mike, Malcolm, and Jordan with special commentary from HammerCast's Duane Sibilly as they discuss the surprises, let-downs, reveals, and presentations that we've suffered through so you don't have to!
E3 rolls on with more game launches from major players
Welcome to the second of a special series of Game Replay, which is running daily for part of this week to cover the main stories coming out of E3. Much like yesterday's edition, today we continue covering the media events the major companies are holding to show off their new games. This time, Nintendo's unusual pre-recorded address is accompanied by Sony and Ubisoft's live events, with each concentrating on games instead of hardware.
Sony expands PlayStation Vue reach to Los Angeles, San Francisco
PlayStation Vue, Sony's Internet television service, is expanding its footprint into the Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas, allowing PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 owners to watch television from their consoles. Sony also revealed at E3 that it will be starting to add a la carte channel subscription options, so users will be able to pay just for the channels they want, with Showtime arriving in July for $11, Fox Soccer Plus for $15, and Machinima for $4 per month. PlayStation Plus subscribers get a $2 discount from each of the channel subscriptions.
Marriott hotel starts rollout of custom Netflix app to hotel rooms
Guests of the Marriott hotel chain in the United States will soon be able to use their home Netflix accounts on the Internet-connected television in their rooms. Following tests earlier this year, the hotel has adapted the Netflix app so that users only have to log in once, with their account details wiped from the app at checkout. Six hotels will get the app initially, expanding to 100 properties by the end of this year, and to most Marriott locations before the end of next year.
New models use Sony's new 'stacked' Exmor RS CMOS sensor
Sony has today announced two new Cyber-shot models -- the compact RX100 IV (model DSC-RX100M4) and high-zoom RX10 II (model DSC-RX10M2) cameras. The two new 16.8MP models both feature the company's new 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensors with signal processing and an attached DRAM memory chip.
Advanced model capable of 4k video, boasts wide ISO
Sony Electronics today introduced its new flagship full-frame mirrorless camera, the 42.4MP α7R II. The new α7R II interchangeable lens camera features a back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor1, sensitivity expandable up to ISO 102400, and high speed AF response which Sony claims is up to 40 percent faster than the original α7R thanks to 399 focal plane phase detection auto focus points.
Upgraded version of Xperia Z3 will go on sale in June
Sony is bringing the Xperia Z4 smartphone it launched in Japan to the rest of the world, but with a change of name. Rebranded by Sony as the Xperia Z3+, the smartphone is seemingly being marketed as a slightly upgraded version of the Xperia Z3 rather than a new generation of mobile device, and considering its specifications and physical similarity to earlier models, that may be an appropriate move to make.
Full year financial report reveals Sony's restructuring efforts may be working
Sony anticipates a major change in its finances over the next year, with its full-year financial report predicting its operating profit will greatly increase. The company expects to achieve an operating profit of 320 billion yen ($2.7 billion) for the year ending March 2016, more than four times the 68.5 billion ($571 million) it reported for the year ending March 2015, as well as a net profit of 140 billion yen ($1.2 billion) compared to this year's 126 billion yen ($1 billion) net loss.
Sony Xperia P2 will allegedly borrow screen, processor, RAM from Xperia Z4
Sony is said to be preparing a sequel to the Xperia P, unveiled three years ago, according to a rumor. The Xperia P2 will allegedly borrow a large number of core components from the Japan-only Xperia Z4, including the 5.2-inch Triluminos 1080p display, but it will switch the body design to one where there is a larger section of bezel at the bottom of the case rather than the top, just like its predecessor.
Support for HDCP 2.2 appears in most of the new Sony home cinema audio devices
Sony has revealed a collection of four new sound bars and two A/V receivers to its home cinema audio range. The HT-ST9, HT-NT3, HT-CT780, and HT-CT380 sound bars and STR-DN860 and STR-DN1060 receivers will be going on sale in the United States starting in May, with all but the CT380 being HDCP 2.2 compliant, supporting playback of copyright-protected 4K content.
Quiet Xperia Z4 launch avoids details of release for rest of the world
Sony has quietly launched the latest in its flagship Xperia smartphone line, in Japan. Just like the Xperia Z3 in comparison to the Xperia Z2, the new Xperia Z4 is very similar to its predecessors in terms of design and functionality, with slight improvements to some of its internals while others remain the same, such as the 5.2-inch 1080p Triluminos display.
New Cyber-shots boast 30x optical zoom, flip-up rear display
Sony has unveiled a new collection of Cyber-shot digital cameras, with slimline bodies and a few Alpha-level functions. The HX90, HX90V, and WX500 are extremely similar compact cameras, using an 18.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor with a Bionz X image processor, with the Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens providing a 30x optical zoom, a 35mm equivalent of 25mm to 750mm, and a digital zoom of up to 60x.
News from the video game industry for the week of April 5
Every Sunday, MacNN and Electronista take a moment to look at some of the notable stories in the world of gaming. This week, Sony says goodbye to the PlayStation Home virtual world, Blizzard starts up the beta for StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, a report claims the original Xbox could have been given away as a free console, and Microsoft is discontinuing the second-generation Kinect for Windows sensor.
Acquisition of OnLive patents set to help Sony PlayStation Now
OnLive, an online game streaming service, is closing down at the end of this month, after selling its patent collection to Sony. The haul of 140 US and international patents will be picked up to help Sony improve its own rival PlayStation Now streaming service, with the shutdown of OnLive servers on April 30 effectively ending the troubled streaming company's existence.
Apple, BlackBerry, others partnered on former Nortel patents
The Rockstar Consortium, a group comprised of Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony, will see a windfall on its 2011 purchase of some 4,000 patents from Canadian tech giant Nortel, with Apple expected to gain at least $392 million from the holding, one analyst says. Wells Fargo's Maynard Um has used BlackBerry's reported gain of 17 percent of a base figure in predicting Apple's share of the profits.
Replacement for Sony Music Unlimited heads to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
The replacement for Sony Music Unlimited is going live on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 today, powered by Spotify. Launching in 41 countries, PlayStation Music provides gamers with access to streaming music, allowing users to play their choice of soundtrack as a background to whatever game they are playing on the Sony game consoles.
Uber launching licensed taxi services in Germany following ban
Uber is going to launch a new service in Germany, following its ban by a local court this month. The court banned Uber over its use of unlicensed cab drivers, reports Reuters, and intends to fine Uber drivers violating local transport laws. A new service will be launching this summer, with Uber paying the commercial passenger transport licenses and to register drives as taxi companies at a cost of between 250 euro ($270) and 400 euro ($435) per driver, most likely under the UberX brand.
PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 works with PlayStation Vue, iPad app incoming
Sony has launched its PlayStation-based Internet television service, just as the company hinted last week. PlayStation Vue has gone live in Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia, with subscribers able to watch live channels and on-demand shows from their PlayStation game consoles, without requiring an accompanying cable or satellite subscription.
Alleged render of Sony Xperia Z4 shows possible major changes to appearance
Sony may have two smartphones being prepared for launch in the near future, if two separate alleged leaks are true. Sony China is said to have leaked some renders of a device which some say could be the Xperia Z4, while a second leak points to a device called the Xperia Cosmos, a mobile phone that apparently focuses on selfies rather than standard photography.
National PlayStation Vue rollout expected by end of this year
Sony is getting closer to launching its PlayStation-based Internet television service, with PlayStation Vue set to open up to new users in a few locations in the United States soon. Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House advised that PlayStation Vue will be leaving its invitation-only testing, and launching in New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia within the next two weeks.