Today’s PlayStation Meeting 2013 event at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom was, as expected, all about the future of Sony’s home console franchise. While the company did make the long-overdue Playstation 4 official, it somehow managed to wrap up the two-hour event — during which it outlined the console’s specs, detailed key features and showcased a raft of games — without giving attendees a glimpse of the actual console. To be honest, though, what it can do matters more than the way it looks. So what exactly can it do?
Slumping TV and game sales led Sony to post a third quarter loss.
Sony reported its financial earnings (PDF) for its third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2012, noting that it generated revenue of $22.4 billion, up 6.9 year-over-year. Unfortunately for Sony, it added up to a net loss of $115 million, though there's actually a couple of reasons why the company shouldn't be too disappointed. For one, that's compared to a $1.7 billion loss a year prior. And secondly, Sony ended up with an operating profit of $534 million for the quarter, putting the company in the black for its fiscal year.
Windows 8 sparked an evolution in PC design, and even all-in-one PCs are trying something new.
I walked into my local Best Buy the other day, and as I always do, I headed straight for the PC section. To my semi-surprise, the floor space that was once dominated by desktop towers had been overrun by Ultrabooks, ultra-thins, all-in-one PCs, and tablets...lots of tablets. There were still a handful of desktops to be found, but they were tucked away in the corner next the restroom entrance -- boo! Like it or not, mainstream America is totally infatuated with these space saving designs, and with the introduction of Windows 8, convertible form factors are all the rage. Even the all-in-one (AIO) market isn't immune.
Speculation mounts over next-gen console after Sony teases special Playstation event
In the unlikely event that you don’t spend most of the year playing through the titles on Maximum PC’s list of the “most anticipated PC games of 2013” and have some time to spare for other, lesser gaming machines, at least make sure you spend it with a proper eighth-generation console — the “proper” is meant to exclude the Wii U — and not the ones that are about to turn eight. But where are the eighth-generation consoles, you might ask?
Technically speaking, Sony's newly unveiled Xperia Tablet Z is ever-so-slightly skinnier than Apple's iPad mini, measuring a scant 6.9 millimeters thin versus 7.2 millimeters. The difference in depth isn't exactly splitting hairs, which is measured in micrometers, but for all intents and purposes, the two tablets are comparable in thickness, or lack thereof. Unlike the iPad, however, Sony's tablet isn't afraid of a little water.
Sony discontinues the PlayStation 2 after nearly 13 years on the market.
After more than a decade, it's finally time to bid farewell to Sony's PlayStation 2 console, assuming you haven't already. Sony discontinued the PS2 today, announcing that shipments in Japan have come to a halt, a Japanese language website reports. Once those are depleted, there will be no new PS2 consoles available for purchase, thus ending a pretty remarkable run that spans nearly 13 years (Sony released the PS2 on March 4, 2000).
Hey look, Sony is launching a new PlayStation console! Before you wet your pants with excitement, this isn't the new PS console you're looking for, young Padawan, provided you've been looking high and low for news of a PS4. No, the new console you're looking at is still a PS3, albeit slimmer and lighter than before, just as the PS3 Slim was slimmer and lighter than the original.
The latest sign that optical disc drives (ODDs) are increasingly viewed as obsolete technology is the fact that Sony has decided to pull out of the market completely. Intense competition and rock bottom prices led to Sony's decision to withdraw from the market, and given the rise of cloud-based services and digital distribution platforms, we wouldn't be surprised if other players stopped making ODDs, too.
Someone at Sony is probably listening to the Carter Family belt out "Keep On the Sunny Side" after having to report to investors (PDF) a $315 million net loss during the company's first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2012, but as it turns out, maintaining a positive outlook is no easy task. In fact, Sony's financial outlook for the full fiscal year is the exact opposite. In pretty much every sector of business, Sony expects business to be lower than previously forecast, and in terms of portable hardware (think PS Vita), Sony expects "significantly lower" sales than what was being forecast in May.