Jon Fingas

[Update] Sony’s Fall Plans: Two New PS4 Versions, Price Hike For PlayStation Plus

Ah, September: time for the kids to head back to school, the air to get a little crisper, and the tech companies to get all their stuff launched so folks can plan to get it before the many-months-long Holiday cycle hits in earnest. And reports say that Sony’s planning not just one but two new PlayStation models for store shelves this year as days shorten. [More]

Sony, Ghostface Killah Must Face Copyright Lawsuit Over Use Of ‘Iron Man’ Cartoon Theme

Sony, Ghostface Killah Must Face Copyright Lawsuit Over Use Of ‘Iron Man’ Cartoon Theme

The composer of the theme song used in the 1966 cartoon version of Marvel’s Iron Man won a minor victory today, with a federal appeals court ruling that Sony Music and rapper Ghostface Killah must face the composer’s claim that they violated his copyright by sampling the 50-year-old ditty without his permission. [More]

Nintendo Is Now Worth More Than Sony And Has Pokémon Go To Thank

Nintendo Is Now Worth More Than Sony And Has Pokémon Go To Thank

It’s been quite a good month for Nintendo, all because of this game you may have heard of, Pokémon Go. The company’s worth has more than doubled since the mobile game launched on July 6, sending its worth climbing past that of its fellow Japanese company, Sony, in short order. [More]

Tom Richardson

HP And Sony Recall Laptop Batteries Due To Possible Overheating And Fires

Lithium-ion batteries are part of items that we use every day and we hardly think about them, but they can cause explosions and fires if they’re prone to overheating. That’s the case for batteries that are part of laptop computers sold in the last few years by HP and by Sony, and now those batteries have been recalled. [More]

Jon Fingas

Sony Confirms It Will Sell A More Powerful PlayStation 4, Codenamed “Neo”

If you’ve been waiting breathlessly for a new, more powerful version of the PlayStation 4, take a breath, already: it’s coming, but it won’t be arriving quite as soon as some rumors predicted. [More]

Sling TV Finally Adding Live Network TV, Multi-Stream Support. Is It Worth It?

Sling TV Finally Adding Live Network TV, Multi-Stream Support. Is It Worth It?

Since Dish’s Sling TV streaming service launched in 2015, there were two regularly repeated gripes from cord-cutters: That Sling didn’t provide online access to any of the major broadcast networks and that you were forced to only using Sling on a single device at any given time. Sling is now taking steps to address both of these issues, but will they be enough to offer a true cable replacement? [More]

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Sony Planning To Make PlayStation Games For iOS, Android Devices

In an effort to cut a slice out of the mobile gaming market, Sony says it’s planning to create a new division of the company devoted to making PlayStation games that can be played on iOS and Android devices. [More]

PlayStation VR To Sell For $399, Go On Sale In October

PlayStation VR To Sell For $399, Go On Sale In October

After months of guesswork about when Sony would finally release its much-awaited PlayStation VR headset — and for how much — the company finally announced those important details today at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. So, will PS VR be the iPhone of virtual reality — or the 21st century equivalent of the Nintendo Virtual Boy? [More]

Xbox One Will Support Cross-Platform Multiplayer With PS4, PC

Xbox One Will Support Cross-Platform Multiplayer With PS4, PC

If you like playing online multiplayer games on your Xbox One but hate that you can never play your pal because she’s a PlayStation 4 devotee, here’s some promising news. [More]

Sony’s PlayStation Vue Now Available Nationwide; Starts At $30/Month

Sony’s PlayStation Vue Now Available Nationwide; Starts At $30/Month

It’s been almost a year since Sony launched its PlayStation Vue live-TV streaming service in a limited number of cities. The company is now adding 203 new TV markets to the Vue family for a lower monthly price than its previous streaming TV plans — but without the perk of live broadcast channels. [More]

Alan Rappa

Sony Finally Handing Out Free Game Codes From 2014 Lawsuit Over 2011 Outage And Breach

Do you remember the Great PlayStation Network Hack of 2011, which caused a 23-day outage and a massive credit card breach? I didn’t: I had to look it up. If you were one of the estimated 70 million people affected, and you happened to know about a class action suit settled in 2014 to file a claim, you can expect to receive some game credits soon. Make sure that the claims administrators know where to find you. [More]

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Find Another MP3 Player Case That No One Will Buy

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Find Another MP3 Player Case That No One Will Buy

Walmart has almost got this thing with clearing out their old electronics figured out. They found an old item somewhere in the bowels of the store, which was great. They marked it down from $19.88 to $3, which is more reasonable than most of their electronics markdowns. Unfortunately, they may have overestimated the market out there for silicone cases for MP3 players from 2007 or 2008. [More]

GameStop Planning To Sell Sony VR Headset In The Fall

GameStop Planning To Sell Sony VR Headset In The Fall

We’ve been hearing about the Sony VR since it was dubbed “Project Morpheus,” but as much as the tech giant loves to show it off, Sony has yet to give a firm release window for the virtual reality headset. However, GameStop CEO Paul Raines tipped his cards on that schedule during an interview this morning. [More]

Sony Cuts The Price Of A Year’s Subscription To PlayStation Now By More Than Half

Sony Cuts The Price Of A Year’s Subscription To PlayStation Now By More Than Half

If you’ve been eyeing PlayStation Now — Sony’s PS3 game streaming service — but if you haven’t been willing to fork over $19.99 for a month’s access or $44.99 for three months of the service, now might be your moment, as Sony is offering up a year’s subscription for $99.99. [More]

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Betamax Tapes Going Off The Market: This Post Was Not Written In 1988

You may remember the videotape format wars of the 1980s, where VHS eventually triumphed over Betamax, making that one family on your street who couldn’t borrow videos from everyone else feel very silly. After the format wars ended, Betamax didn’t vanish. Players were still manufactured until 2002, and Sony was still making tapes until very recently. [More]

Want To Watch ESPN Without Cable? Buy A PlayStation

Want To Watch ESPN Without Cable? Buy A PlayStation

Live sports — the supposed killer app that keeps people subscribing to cable when otherwise they might cut the cord — is, well, going cordless. Disney today announced a deal with Sony that will bring all of their programming, including ESPN, to a streaming service near you. At least, if you live in the right area. [More]

Jon Fingas

How My Credit Card Company Helped Save My Broken PS4 When Sony Wouldn’t

It’s been 11 months since Michael’s brother PS4 failed, months he’s spent trying to get Sony to fix what should have been covered by the gaming console’s one-year warranty. But because there was no proof of his efforts to have the PlayStation 4 repaired under warranty, prompting Sony to basically shrug and wipe its hands of the situation, Michael had to take another route to victory. [More]

Sony’s Virtual Reality Headset Is Called…. PlayStation VR

Sony’s Virtual Reality Headset Is Called…. PlayStation VR

After spending more than year referring to its virtual reality headset with the over-the-top working title Project Morpheus, Sony finally revealed the true identity of its immersive accessory, and it’s a bit of a letdown: PlayStation VR. [More]