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.
A couple of days back, Microsoft announced plans for new Kinect hardware specially tailored for PCs, something we faithfully reported to you that very same day. But the motion sensing camera, which holds a world record for being the fastest selling consumer electronics item in history, is now rumored to be headed to “next-generation television sets” as well.
A barely belated 'Happy birthday' goes out to Sony's PlayStation 3 game console, which turned 5 years old yesterday (or a week ago today if you prefer to celebrate its Japan launch rather than its release in the U.S.). The PS3 has been through a few changes since it debuted half a decade ago and shed much of its baby fat, but is mostly the same console overall.
Not only is the honeymoon state over and done with between Sony and Ericsson, so is the entire marriage that formed the Sony Ericsson union. Sony on Thursday announced it will acquire Ericsson's 50 percent stake in the mobile partnership, effectively making the mobile handset business a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony.
Sony’s PlayStation Vita handheld console is just a couple of months away from making its Japanese debut, with its release scheduled for December 17, 2011 in that country. Gamers elsewhere, however, will have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on the PlayStation Portable (PSP) successor. But just how long a wait will it be? Hit the jump to find out.
Accused LulsSec hacker Cody Kretsinger has plead not guilty to charges including conspiracy, and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. Kretsinger, age 23, is alleged to have gone by the name “recursion” in the hacker collective and had a direct hand in the attack on Sony Entertainment Pictures earlier this year that exposed the personal details of thousands of people.
Sony's having a rough week (or year, depending on how you look at it). Having just suspended 93,000 hacked accounts and dealing with security issues all over again, Sony's Vice President of Television is making Bravia HDTV owners aware of a potential problem in which a particular component in certain models could overheat and even ignite inside their TV sets. Not cool (literally and figuratively).