For those of you holding your breath waiting for Sony to announce a PlayStation 4 console and hoping good news would come at CES, take a moment to suck in some air and replenish your lungs. There will be no such announcement at the convention in Las Vegas, and it doesn't look like Sony will be unveiling a next generation game console at E3 later this year, either. So when will we see a PS4?
Congratulations UK PS3 owners. You’ve got Netflix! Well, a Netflix app, at least. Did we mention there is still no Netflix service in the UK? You were probably aware of that, but the appearance of the app in the PlayStation Store should offer some hope that the service is really and truly going to arrive soon.
Assuming that the laws of modern day economics didn’t completely change over with the New Year, we can only assume that Sony’s decision to cut $100 off the price of its Tablet S is something of a bad sign for market demand. We just got word that the 16GB model can now be had for a mere $400, or you can step up to the 32GB edition for $500. Finding stock also doesn’t seem to be an issue.
With each revision, the list of SOPA supporters seems to be shrinking. In the most recent silent update, gaming companies seem to be the ones pulling back. Sony, EA, and Nintendo are no longer listed as supporters of the bill, but were on the list in November. None of the companies has acknowledged the change in position.
Sony found itself scrambling to explain away early complaints lodged against its PlayStation Vita handheld console and quickly denied there exists a widespread issue of any kind. Not quickly enough. Following a flurry of sales during its first two days of sales in Japan, interest in the PlayStation Vita appears to have dropped sharply.
The joint LCD venture between Sony and Samsung is undergoing some changes with respect to ownership and who's responsible for what. Under terms of a new agreement, Samsung will acquire all of Sony's shares of S-LCD Corporation, the companies' joint manufacturing venture. Samsung will pay Sony 1.08 trillion South Korean won, or around $940 million, for the share transfer, and the two companies will continue their cooperative engineering efforts focused on LCD panel technology, Sony announced.
If you listen to our good friend The Internet, you might be led to believe that PS Vita -- Sony's PSP successor -- launched in Japan and then promptly caught on fire. Maybe literally. The pint-sized powerhouse has been pegged with everything from crashes to lock-ups to sudden bouts of sentience followed by very hurtful comments about owners' frail, fleshy bodies. It's allegedly gotten so bad, in fact, that many sites -- including our own -- reported on a supposed “apology” from Sony. However, according to Sony UK PR head David Wilson, there might be a little smoke, but there's definitely no fire.
So much for a smooth roll out. Sony launched its PlayStation Vita handheld console in Japan over the weekend and is already being inundated with phone calls from frustrated gamers dialing in to complain about various issues from system crashes and lockups, to unresponsive touchscreens. The number of complaints doesn't bode well for the Vita.
Back in mid 2010, Sony made the decision to remove a feature from the PS3 firmware that was much beloved by the modding community. Of course we’re referring to the “Install other OS” option. Well, a cadre of angry nerds filed a class action suit shortly thereafter, but a judge has just dismissed the case once and for all.
This just in from the “Isn’t it ironic?” department: IP addresses from some of the top content creation companies, including Fox, Sony and Universal, have been caught red-handed downloading torrents of movies, music and TV shows. That’s the claim from TorrentFreak, at least, who sifted through data from YouHaveDownloaded, a Russian site that logs – and exposes! – IP addresses downloading many of the public torrents you can find out there. TorrentFreak did some digging and managed to match several infringing IP addresses to IP addresses registered to the aforementioned companies.