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Sorry Cord-Cutters, Internet TV Probably Won’t Be Very Cheap

Bad news for anyone hoping that the online pay-TV services in the offing from Sony and Dish would be a cheap way to get the cable experience. Two new reports seem to indicate that you may not be saving all that much when these highly anticipated services launch. [More]

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Sony’s Online Pay-TV Service To Launch With Channels You Might Actually Want To Watch

After what seemed like an eternity of news leaks, rumors, and promises of an online-only pay-TV service from Sony, the company has finally announced that it will indeed be launching that cloud-based service, and that it will start with a slate of channels including some that humans actually watch. [More]

EA To Offer $5 Monthly All-You-Can-Play Old Game Buffet For Xbox One Owners

EA To Offer $5 Monthly All-You-Can-Play Old Game Buffet For Xbox One Owners

Disc-based video games aren’t doomed yet; there are many years left to go before their seemingly-inevitable demise finally comes. One big game publisher, though, is clearly already scrounging for the nails they eventually hope to put into the lid of that particular coffin. EA this week announced a new online subscription service giving players unlimited access to a whole “vault” of games for as long as they keep paying the monthly fee. Is it a great idea for consumers or a blatant cash-grab from EA? In reality, probably a little bit of both. [More]

Coyoty

These Are The End Times For The Gaming Console

The newest, fastest, shiniest, next generation of video game consoles — Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 — launched to great fanfare last fall. They are both generally well-received and have sold in respectable numbers. Both companies have declared success, and not without reason. And yet, in spite of all the indicators of a thriving console business, this is almost certainly the last generation of set-top video game consoles we will ever see. [More]

With PlayStation TV and PlayStation Now, Sony Takes More Steps Away From Traditional Consoles

With PlayStation TV and PlayStation Now, Sony Takes More Steps Away From Traditional Consoles

Sony made a couple of interesting announcements at their annual E3 press conference last night. One was for a streaming program and one was for a device — but both point toward a future that takes the PlayStation out of “PlayStation games” altogether. [More]

Alan Rappa

It’s Time To Start Treating Video Game Industry Like The $21 Billion Business It Is

The majority of video games in the U.S. are purchased and played by adults. The largest titles make money that Hollywood films could only dream of raking in, and the biggest players in the industry run multibillion-dollar multinational operations that employ thousands of people. Yet many consumers still think of gaming as a kid’s thing that doesn’t merit serious consideration or scrutiny. In an age where our culture recognizes previously sniffed-about industries like professional sports as much more than child’s play, it’s time to get over that same hump about video games. [More]

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Sony Killing Off Playstation Portable Video Game Console After 10 Years

Still got that Playstation Portable, aka the PSP? Clutch it tight if you treasure it, folks, because Sony says it won’t be making anymore. Instead, it’s focusing on the PSP’s successor to the mobile gaming throne, the Vita. [More]

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Suck At Picking Father’s Day Gifts

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Suck At Picking Father’s Day Gifts

We don’t really do gift guides, but over the weekend Consumerist did bring you a wonderful list of creative ideas for non-terrible Father’s Day gifts. Meanwhile, over at Walmart, someone is doing their best to inspire customers to buy really terrible gifts for their dads. [More]

Best Buy Continues Transformation Into Gadget Food Court With Mini Sony Stores

Best Buy Continues Transformation Into Gadget Food Court With Mini Sony Stores

Best Buy wants to stage a comeback, coaxing customers back into its stores with price-matching and promises of top-notch service. Maybe the most appealing idea that the chain has had is to transform itself into an electronics food court, featuring mini-stores from individual manufacturers. Last year, this plan started with Samsung and Microsoft, and next up are mini home theater stores from Sony. [More]

Sony Tells Users Of New Vaio Laptop To Stop Using It Unless They Like Being Burned

Sony Tells Users Of New Vaio Laptop To Stop Using It Unless They Like Being Burned

Nothing can interrupt your productivity quite like having your computer catching fire. If you own one of the new Sony Vaio laptops that’s an actual possibility. [More]

Sony Planning Online Pay-TV Service, Original Programming For PlayStation

Sony Planning Online Pay-TV Service, Original Programming For PlayStation

When the most recent generation of gaming consoles was unveiled, it was Microsoft’s Xbox One that most loudly claimed it wanted to be an all-in-one media center for users, while Sony’s PlayStation 4 seemed intent on being a next-gen gaming device that, like the previous generation, also allowed you to access video feeds through its store and various streaming services. But a new report says that Sony is working on something that would land it squarely in competition with Netflix, Amazon, and cable/satellite operators. [More]

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The Competition Is As Fake As The Blood: Why New Video Games Are Always The Same Price

Video games have gotten ridiculously predictable. Not in stories, writing, or mechanics (although sometimes those, too) but in release, pricing, and distribution. When it comes to the big-budget blockbuster console-ready games, by now pretty much every player can recite the pricing timetable by heart. [More]

Here Are The 20 Sony Stores That Will Be Closing

Here Are The 20 Sony Stores That Will Be Closing

Sony, still trying to sort out its place in an electronics market in which it is no longer the biggest player, announced today that it will be closing 20 of its 31 retail stores in the U.S. Here’s the list of the locations that will be axed as part of the corporate “restructuring.” [More]

Sony May Be Getting Out Of The PC Business

Sony May Be Getting Out Of The PC Business

Sony may be one of the world’s largest electronics companies, but it’s Vaio computers have never grown to be the market leader Sony intended them to be and has recently resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses. Thus, for the second time in a year, the company is attempting to find a buyer for Vaio. [More]

Microsoft Offers $100 Credit For People Who Trade In PS3 For Xbox One

Microsoft Offers $100 Credit For People Who Trade In PS3 For Xbox One

Want an Xbox One but you’re put off by the $499 sticker price? If you’re willing to part with your PS3 or certain newer models of the Xbox 360, and you live near a Microsoft store, there’s a deal you might be interested in. [More]

The Sony demo of PS Now at CES in Jan. 2014.

Sony Starts Inviting Users To PlayStation Now Beta Test

Sony shook things up a few weeks ago at CES when it announced the impending launch of PlayStation Now, a cloud-based service that could give PS4 owners access to previous-generation games that won’t currently work on the new console and Sony says will eventually let users play PlayStation games without any console at all. This week, the company began sending out the first round of invites to users who registered to become beta testers for PS Now. [More]

On This Day In 1984, The Supreme Court Saved The VCR From Certain Death

On This Day In 1984, The Supreme Court Saved The VCR From Certain Death

Does the thought of missing your favorite show make you want to sit firmly planted in front of the television all day every day? What if you didn’t have the option of using a DVR or (gasp!) tape recorder? You almost didn’t, except for an important ruling made 30 years ago. [More]

Will I Be Able To Stream PlayStation Now Or 4K Video, And Will It Shatter My Data Cap?

Will I Be Able To Stream PlayStation Now Or 4K Video, And Will It Shatter My Data Cap?

Streaming media: ever since YouTube became the world’s favorite source of cat videos, it’s been the wave of the future. This year’s CES proved no exception — between the idea of playing cloud-based console games on PlayStation Now and watching ultra-high-definition 4K TV on Netflix, streaming and cloud-based media are clearly still where all the tech companies want us to be. [More]