sony http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/338/ en Sony's Walkman ZX1 Growing in Popularity Despite $700 Price Tag http://www.maximumpc.com/sonys_walkman_zx1_growing_popularity_despite_700_price_tag <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sony_nwz-zx1.jpg" alt="Sony Walkman" title="Sony Walkman" width="228" height="196" style="float: right;" />This isn't the Walkman you grew up with</h3> <p>Sony can be considered a pioneer in the portable music player business, and if you lived through the cassette tape era, then there's a good chance you owned a Walkman. Believe it or not, Sony continued to manufacture cassette-based Walkmans in several different markets all the way up through near the end of 2010. While nowhere near as popular as they were in the 1980s an 1990s, <strong>Sony's Walkman brand is seeing a bit of a resurgence courtesy of its NWZ-ZX1</strong>, a high-resolution audio player for consumers with deep pockets.</p> <p>According to a report in <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/sonys-walkman-makes-comeback-1405896826" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>, Sony's ZX1 is a premium gadget that, despite its heavy $700 price tag, is selling relatively well in Japan, which is not something that can be said about Sony's previous high-end electronics. It quickly sold out after making a debut in Japan and has since launched in Europe and other parts of Asia. No launch date has yet been set for the U.S.</p> <p>"The message for our designers and engineers was: please create a good product without worrying about the cost," said Kenji Nakada, Sony's sound product planner.</p> <p>Sony's ZX1 is a comparatively heavy device at 139 grams. It has 128GB of internal storage and plays 24-bit, 193kHz FLAC audio files. It also boasts a 4-inch touchscreen display with an 854x480 resolution, 5-band equalizer, dynamic normalizer, and more.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sonys_walkman_zx1_growing_popularity_despite_700_price_tag#comments mobile nwz-zx1 sony Walkman News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:42:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 28211 at http://www.maximumpc.com 67 Pictures That Defined E3 2014 http://www.maximumpc.com/67_pictures_defined_e3_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u154082/dsc00398.jpg" alt="E3 2014 pictures" title="E3 2014 pictures" width="250" height="141" style="float: right;" />E3 2014 pictures: games, cosplays, booth babes and hardware</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">E3 2014 came to a close last week and if you didn’t have the pleasure of attending, we’ve got you covered with a plethora of pictures.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Below you’ll find photos of everything from booth babes to the interesting booths they represent. In addition, there are a smattering of cosplayers, hardware news, and more.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">What did you think was the coolest thing about E3 this year? Let us know in the comments below!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/67_pictures_defined_e3_2014#comments alienware booth babes cyberpower E3 2014 ibuypower maximum pc microsoft nvidia pictures sony steam machine world of tanks News Features Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:45:26 +0000 Jimmy Thang 28005 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sony to Shut Down Reader Store Next Month http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_shut_down_reader_store_next_month_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/closed_2.jpg" alt="Closed" title="Closed" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Reader Store customers will transfer to Kobo</h3> <p>Just a few months after selling off its Vaio PC division, <strong>Sony will further reduce costs by shutting down its Reader Store</strong>. It will close for good on June 16, 2014, up to which time you can continue to shop and make purchases at the Reader Store. That may seem like a silly thing to do with a closure just more than a month away, however Sony says you'll receive an email from Kobo with a personalized link that will allow you to transfer your library over.</p> <p>"In some cases, your eBooks purchased from Reader Store may not be available from Kobo. While a vast majority of your library will be available from the more than 4 million titles available at Kobo, we recommend that you download all of your eBooks to ensure that should one of your titles be unavailable, you can continue to read this eBook in the future," <a href="https://gb.readerstore.sony.com/reader-store-closure/" target="_blank">Sony said </a>in a statement on its Reader Store website.</p> <p>Be advised that some features won't carry over to Kobo, such as highlights and wish lists. Credit balances will also go the way of the dodo, so if you have any store credit or vouchers, you'll want to use them up before June 16.</p> <p>For more information, see <a href="https://gb.readerstore.sony.com/reader-store-closure-faq/" target="_blank">Sony's Reader Store Closure FAQ</a>.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/32485328@N00/7175133946" target="_blank">Flickr (Bryan Mills)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_shut_down_reader_store_next_month_2014#comments ebook kobo online reader store Software sony News Thu, 08 May 2014 16:41:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 27776 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sony Recalls Vaio Fit 11A Laptop Due to Potential Burn Hazard http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_recalls_vaio_fit_11a_laptop_due_potential_burn_hazard_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sony_vaio_fit_11a.jpg" alt="Sony Vaio Fit 11A" title="Sony Vaio Fit 11A" width="228" height="134" style="float: right;" />Sony isn't taking any chances with potentially defective battery packs found in Vaio Fit 11A laptops</h3> <p>Sony is warning owners of Vaio Fit 11A laptops that the non-removable battery packs provided by a third party supplier could potentially present a burn hazard. <strong>In certain model Vaio Fit 11A notebooks released in February 2014, the built-in battery could malfunction and overheat</strong>, resulting in partial burns to the chassis and the PC. Since it's a non-removable battery, your only option is to stop using the PC and disconnect it from the AC adapter.</p> <p>A <a href="http://www.sony.co.uk/support/en/content/cnt-hn/prd-comp/hotnews-vaio-fit11a" target="_blank">news alert</a> on Sony's U.K. portal identifies a dozen serial numbers of affected models in Europe, however this doesn't appear to limited to just one region. On a separate website, Sony today said it's stil identifying affected PCs by serial numbers and developing a program to repair or replace potentially defective units.</p> <p>"We expect to post a program announcement with details within two weeks," <a href="http://esupport.sony.com/p/news-item.pl?news_id=481&amp;template_id=1&amp;region_id=1" target="_blank">Sony said</a>. "In the meantime, as safety is our primary concern, we ask again that you please refrain from using the below-listed model until you further hear from us in the program announcement."</p> <p>The model number Sony references in its statement is SVF11N13CXS.</p> <p>According to a report in <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303603904579494772786758600?mg=reno64-wsj&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303603904579494772786758600.html" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>, Sony said it received three reports of batteries overheating and causing partial burns to Vaio PCs. The first happened in Japan on March 19, followed by another incident in Hong Kong on March 30 and in China on April 8.</p> <p>The recall comes just two months after <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_waves_goodbye_vaio_pc_will_now_focus_mobile2014">Sony agreed to sell its Vaio PC business</a> to Japan Industrial Partners. Sony decided to sell its Vaio division so that it could focus on mobile devices.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_recalls_vaio_fit_11a_laptop_due_potential_burn_hazard_2014#comments battery Hardware laptop notebook OEM recall rigs sony vaio fit 11a News Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:11:17 +0000 Paul Lilly 27612 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sony and Panasonic Jointly Develop Archival Disc Successor to Blu-ray http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_and_panasonic_jointly_develop_archival_disc_successor_blu-ray_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/archival_disc.jpg" alt="Archival Disc" title="Archival Disc" width="228" height="196" style="float: right;" />Archival disc roadmap extends to 1TB</h3> <p>If you're wondering what comes next after Blu-ray, there's a good chance it could be the<strong> "Archival Disc," a new standard for professional use, next-generation optical discs</strong> that's been jointly developed by Sony and Panasonic. The objective is to expand the market for long-term digital data storage, and in the immediate future, that means 300GB write-once Archival Disc media, though that's just the beginning.</p> <p>Sony and Panasonic plan to launch systems with a recording capacity of 300GB per disc in the summer of 2015. Beyond that, both companies have laid out a roadmap that calls for 500GB discs and even 1TB discs, though no time frame is given for either capacity.</p> <p>What this also means is that optical media isn't on its deathbed. Though cloud storage solutions are convenient, Sony and Panasonic point out that optical discs have certain properties that protect themselves against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, as well as the ability to withstand temperature and humidity changes when stored.</p> <p>"This makes them robust media for long-term storage of content," <a href="http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201403/14-0310E/index.html" target="_blank">Sony and Panasonic said</a>. "Recognizing that optical discs will need to accommodate much larger volumes of storage going forward, particularly given the anticipated future growth in the archive market, Sony and Panasonic have been engaged in the joint development of a standard for professional-use next-generation optical discs."</p> <p>Initial Archival Disc media will be double-sided discs with three layers per side.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_and_panasonic_jointly_develop_archival_disc_successor_blu-ray_2014#comments archival disc panasonic sony storage News Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:51:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 27418 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sony to Close 20 Retail Stores in the U.S. http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_close_20_retails_stores_us_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sony_store.jpg" alt="Sony Store" title="Sony Store" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Big changes are in store for Sony as part of a restructuring effort</h3> <p><strong>Sony this week announced plans to close down 20 retail stores scattered throughout the United States</strong>, which will leave the company with 11 stores in California, New York, Florida, and Texas. The closures are casualties of a restructuring effort intended to help Sony remain competitive in an "evolving consumer electronics market," the company said. Thousands of job cuts are also in Sony's future.</p> <p>The electronics maker expects the closures to result in about 1,000 job cuts. In addition, Sony previously said it would reduce its headcount by about 5,000 employees globally by the end of the calendar year.</p> <p>"While these moves were extremely tough, they were absolutely necessary to position us in the best possible place for future growth," <a href="http://www.sony.com/SCA/company-news/press-releases/sony-electronics/2014/sony-us-electronics-announces-organization-restruc.shtml?icid=pr-newswire-feed" target="_blank">said Mike Fasulo</a>, President and COO of Sony Electronics. "I am entirely confident in our ability to turn the business around, in achieving our preferred future, and continue building on our flawless commitment to customer loyalty through the complete entertainment experience only Sony can offer."</p> <p>Earlier this month, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_waves_goodbye_vaio_pc_will_now_focus_mobile2014">Sony announced</a> the sale of its Vaio PC division to Japan Industrial Partners Inc., a Japanese investment firm. The company also said it would spin its TV business into a wholly-owned subsidiary, as it puts more focus on mobile products like smartphones and tablets.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_close_20_retails_stores_us_2014#comments business electronics sony stores News Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:45:33 +0000 Paul Lilly 27356 at http://www.maximumpc.com No BS Podcast #218: Microsoft's New CEO, Windows 8.1 News, AMD Unleashes Mantle http://www.maximumpc.com/no_bs_podcast_episode_218_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><a title="Maximum PC No BS Podcast #218" href="http://dl.maximumpc.com/maxpc_218_20140210.mp3" target="_self"><img src="/files/u163784/maxpc_logo.jpg" alt="Maximum PC No BS Podcast #218" title="Maximum PC No BS Podcast #218" width="250" height="250" style="float: right;" /></a></h3> <h3>Big Changes at Microsoft, AMD unleashes Mantle, and more.</h3> <p>On this episode of the <a title="No BS Podcast #218" href="http://dl.maximumpc.com/maxpc_218_20140210.mp3" target="_self">No BS Podcast #218</a>, the staff spends a lot of time discussing Microsoft because we just can't quit them. First up we discuss <a title="Microsoft Promotes Satya Nadella to CEO, Names Bill Gates as Technology Advisor" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_promotes_satya_nadella_ceo_names_bill_gates_technology_advisor2014" target="_self">its new CEO, Satya Nadella</a> before moving on to upcoming <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_update_windows_81_may_boot_directly_desktop_default2013">changes</a> to Windows 8.1, and finally the recent news of the company asking advanced users to help their friends <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_offers_tips_tear_your_family_and_friends_away_windows_xp2014">get off Windows XP</a>. Next we chat about <a title="AMD Officially Releases Mantle API" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_officially_releases_mantle_api_2014" target="_self">AMD's Mantle API</a> before closing by answering listener questions and delivering our picks of the week. Gordon then brings the podcast to a thundering conclusion with one of his signature rants.</p> <p><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none;" title="maximum pc no bs 218" href="http://dl.maximumpc.com/maxpc_218_20140210.mp3" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/sites/future.p2technology.com/files/imce-images/rss-audiomp3.png" width="80" height="15" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;" /></a>&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none;" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/maximumpc/1337"><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/sites/future.p2technology.com/files/imce-images/chicklet_rss-2_0.png" alt="chicklet_rss-2.0.png" title="chicklet_rss-2.0.png" width="80" height="15" style="margin: 0px; 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border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Thanks for listening!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/no_bs_podcast_episode_218_2014#comments amd mantle maximum pc Microsoft CEO no bs podcast 218 sony windows 8.1 No BS Podcast Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:36:38 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff 27247 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sony Waves Goodbye to VAIO PC, Will Now Focus on Mobile http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_waves_goodbye_vaio_pc_will_now_focus_mobile2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/vaio_laptop.jpg" alt="Sony Vaio Laptop" title="Sony Vaio Laptop" width="228" height="117" style="float: right;" />VAIO PCs didn't fit in with Sony's reform strategy</h3> <p>There's a good chance you may never see a new Vaio PC sold in the United States ever again. We're not necessarily jumping to that conclusion, though it's a strong possibility since <strong>Sony just agreed to sell its Vaio PC business to Japan Industrial Partners Inc.</strong>, a Japanese investment firm. By getting rid of its Vaio division, Sony frees itself up to focus on mobile, and specifically smartphones and tablets.</p> <p>Terms and conditions of the deal are still being worked out with both sides aiming to have all the paperwork filled out next month. Once the Vaio name officially changes hands, <a href="http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201402/14-019E/" target="_blank">Sony says</a> it expects the new owners to concentrate on sales of consumer and corporate PCs in the Japanese market "while evaluating possible further geographic expansion."</p> <p>Saying goodbye to its Vaio PC business is just one part of Sony's aggressive "reform strategy," which extends across all of its electronic businesses. There will be some layoffs associated with the transfer, along with Sony's TV business being turned into a wholly owned subsidiary by July 2014.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_waves_goodbye_vaio_pc_will_now_focus_mobile2014#comments Hardware OEM rigs sony Vaio News Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:55:33 +0000 Paul Lilly 27211 at http://www.maximumpc.com Investors Hammer Lenovo Following Sony Vaio Buyout Rumor http://www.maximumpc.com/investors_hammer_lenovo_following_sony_vaio_buyout_rumor2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_flex_20.jpg" alt="Lenovo Flex 20" title="Lenovo Flex 20" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Rumor has it Lenovo is interested in Sony's Vaio PC business</h3> <p>Reports emerged over the weekend claiming <strong>Lenovo, the world's No. 1 PC maker in terms of shipments, has been in talks with Sony </strong>about a possible joint venture <strong>involving the sale of Sony's Vaio PC business</strong>. Considering that Sony's Vaio PC division is operating at a loss, not to mention Lenovo having <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/Lenovo_Buying_Motorola_from_Google_291_billion_2014">just announced</a> plans to purchase Motorola Mobility for $2.91 billion, investors are spooked.</p> <p>As a result, Lenovo's share price dropped more than 16 percent today, <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/04/us-lenovo-shares-idUSBREA1304Q20140204" target="_blank"><em>Reuters</em> reports</a>. Lenovo has been doing well by <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/idc_and_gartner_agree_lenovo_top_pc_maker_full_calendar_year2013" target="_blank">outperforming its competitors</a> in the PC space, though it decided to go on a spending spree in recent weeks, highlighted by the Motorola acquisition. The company also purchased IBM's low-end server unit for $2.3 billion.</p> <p>The PC maker declined to comment on the Vaio rumor. Sony, on the other hand, denied the accuracy of the report, though admitted it was looking at various possibilities for its Vaio PC division.</p> <p>Since announcing the IBM deal last week, Lenovo's market value is down nearly $3.8 billion. In addition, Lenovo's drop in share price today is the company's biggest one-day dip in more than 5 years.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/investors_hammer_lenovo_following_sony_vaio_buyout_rumor2014#comments acquisition business Hardware lenovo pc sony Vaio News Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:58:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 27196 at http://www.maximumpc.com PS4 Material Cost Estimated to be $372 http://www.maximumpc.com/ps4_material_cost_estimated_be_372 <!--paging_filter--><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="/files/u162579/ps4-hrdware-large18.jpg" alt="PS4" title="PS4" width="250" height="131" style="float: right;" /></span></h3> <h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">IHS says PS4 almost breaks even</span></h3> <p><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/sony_0" target="_blank">Sony</a>'s&nbsp;selling each&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/ps4" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a>&nbsp;</strong>at a slight loss according to an&nbsp;<a href="http://press.ihs.com/press-release/design-supply-chain-media/sony-nears-breakeven-point-playstation-4-hardware-costs" target="_blank">analysis</a>&nbsp;by IHS. The preliminary findings list the total material cost at $372 with an additional $9 manufacturing cost. Add in other expenses (like marketing and shipping costs) and the PS4 isn’t profitable yet without the sale of additional accessories and games at its $399 price point.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/cssngyg.png" alt="PS4 Costs" title="PS4 Costs" width="612" height="463" /></p> <p>At launch, the PS3 cost Sony $840.35 to build, with a total material cost of $805.85. They were sold for $499 and $599—a significant loss.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sony tried hard to cut manufacturing costs with the PS4. These cost saving measures mainly revolve around the falling price of optical drives and the integrated design of the PS4 which reduced the number of components. The relatively low starting cost of the system is good news for Sony with material costs expected to decrease over the lifespan of the console.&nbsp;</p> <p>It’s interesting to see just how fast some of the component prices have dropped. The 120GB hard drive in the PS3 cost Sony $38 whereas the 500GB drive in the PS4 is $1 cheaper at $37. Similarly, the optical drive in the PS3 cost $66 and is now only $28 in the PS4. The RAM might be more expensive, but that's because of the high price of GDDR5 memory.</p> <p><em>Follow Ben on <a href="http://twitter.com/benjkim" target="_blank">Twitter</a>.</em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/ps4_material_cost_estimated_be_372#comments ihs ps3 ps4 sony News Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:47:34 +0000 Ben Kim 26735 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sony Posts Troubleshooting Guide for Bricked PlayStation 4 Consoles http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_posts_troubleshooting_guide_bricked_playstation_4_consoles2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ps4_2.jpg" alt="PS4" title="PS4" width="228" height="127" style="float: right;" />Sony offers up some tips for bringing a bricked PS4 back to life</h3> <p>We're not trying to beat a dead horse here, but there certainly <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/sonys_1_million_playstation_4_console_sales_24_hours_marred_complaints_faulty_hardware"><strong>exists a problem</strong></a> with an unknown number of recently released PlayStation 4 consoles that's prevented affected units from booting up. Following a mountain of online complaints and media attention over the issue, Sony has come out and confirmed that there are PS4s exhibiting the so-called "Blue Light of Death" (BLoD) syndrome.</p> <p>According to Sony, blinking blue lights could be indicative of TV compatibility, issues with the power supply, issues with the hard drive, or issues with other PS4 hardware, among other things. The bottom line is, a blinking blue light that stays that way means there's something wrong.</p> <p>Sony posted an extensive troubleshooting guide on its support forum offering up tips on how to fix a PS4 that appears to be broken. Some of the steps include reseating the hard drive, attempting a boot into Safe Mode, checking cables for damage, and more.</p> <p>If you own one of the affected models, give the <a href="http://community.us.playstation.com/t5/PlayStation-4-Support/INFO-Blinking-Blue-Light-PS4-Issues/td-p/42154071" target="_blank">guide a once-over</a> and see if there's anything in there that helps solve the issue.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_posts_troubleshooting_guide_bricked_playstation_4_consoles2013#comments blod blue light of death console Gaming Hardware playstation 4 ps4 sony troubleshooting News Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:52:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 26722 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sony's 1 Million PlayStation 4 Console Sales in 24 Hours Marred by Complaints of Faulty Hardware http://www.maximumpc.com/sonys_1_million_playstation_4_console_sales_24_hours_marred_complaints_faulty_hardware <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ps4_blue_light.jpg" alt="PS4 Blue Light of Death" title="PS4 Blue Light of Death" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" />PlayStation 4 is off to a fast start, but not all owners are happy</h3> <p>At long last, Sony's PlayStation 3 is a last generation console. It took a good seven years to officially reach that status, but with the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/ps4"><strong>PlayStation 4</strong></a> launching to retail over the weekend, Sony can look ahead to a new era in gaming, just as soon as it can figure out what's causing so many reported "Blue LIght of Death" errors. Otherwise, the PS4 is off to a great start with 1 million units finding new homes in the first 24 hours.</p> <p>"PS4 was designed with an unwavering commitment to gamers, and we are thrilled that consumer reaction has been so phenomenal," <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/playstation4-sales-surpass-1-million-units-in-north-america-in-24-hours-232248401.html" target="_blank">said Andrew House</a>, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. "Sales remain very strong in North America, and we expect continued enthusiasm as we launch the PlayStation 4 in Europe and Latin America on November 29. We are extremely grateful for the passion of PlayStation fans and thank them for their continued support."</p> <p>Serving as somewhat of a black eye over what's otherwise been a successful launch, some gamers have complained that their consoles were dead on arrival, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/16/5111346/reports-of-bricked-playstation-4s-surface-after-launch" target="_blank"><em>The Verge</em> reports</a>. Complaints have surfaced on Reddit, Amazon, Sony's support forum, and other places on the web, many of which indicate a persistent blue light.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WVAuDRNYJWM" width="620" height="465" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Sony told <em>The Verge</em> that it is "closely monitoring" the situation. The rep also said these reports are an isolated incident and that less than 0.4 percent of units are affected.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sonys_1_million_playstation_4_console_sales_24_hours_marred_complaints_faulty_hardware#comments blue ring of death brod Gaming Hardware playstation 4 ps4 sony News Mon, 18 Nov 2013 18:03:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 26714 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sony Director Unboxes and Tears Down PlayStation 4 Console in Detailed Video http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_director_unboxes_and_tears_down_playstation_4_console_detailed_video2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ps4_mobo.jpg" alt="PlayStation 4 Motherboard" title="PlayStation 4 Motherboard" width="228" height="148" style="float: right;" />A fantastic look at all the parts of Sony's upcoming game console</h3> <p>New product releases are almost always shrouded in mystery, as if sharing details about a particular electronic device will upset some unseen force and cause the planet to implode. We understand a company wanting to protect its IP, but firms often go way overboard with secrecy, refusing to share even the simplest of details. Sony has been guilty of this on occasion, but not today. What started off as an unboxing video by Sony director Yasuhiro Ootori turned into a full blown autopsy of the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_playstation_4_launches_november_15_us_and_canada"><strong>PlayStation 4</strong></a>.</p> <p>Big time props go out to the crew at <a href="http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2013/11/ps4-gallery/" target="_blank"><em>Wired.com</em></a> for making the trek to Sony's headquarters in Tokyo and sharing a pair of videos giving a detailed teardown (and explanation) of the company's unreleased game console. What makes the teardown video so unique is that hardly anyone outside of Sony's tight circle of PS4 engineers has ever seen the inside of the console, and now the entire world gets to see it taken apart.</p> <p>It's the first teardown of the PS4 and there's an interpreter on hand to translate Ootori's commentary into English. While you're watching the video, you can't help but feel like it's something you're not supposed to see, not yet anyway, and certainly not from Sony in this kind of detail, yet there it is.</p> <p>Have a look for yourself and let us know what you think.</p> <p><iframe src="http://player.cnevids.com/embed/52783b2eee3ec9021500000f/5176e89e68f9daff42000013" width="560" height="390" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>And here's another video talking about the hardware:</p> <p><iframe src="http://player.cnevids.com/embed/52783cea4ffb609de6000002/5176e89e68f9daff42000013" width="560" height="390" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_director_unboxes_and_tears_down_playstation_4_console_detailed_video2013#comments console Gaming Hardware playstation 4 ps4 sony teardown News Thu, 07 Nov 2013 20:04:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 26655 at http://www.maximumpc.com PS4 Controller Confirmed to Work on PC http://www.maximumpc.com/ps4_controller_confirmed_work_pc <!--paging_filter--><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">Sony executive promises basic compatibility with PC</span></h3> <p>The <strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/ps4" target="_blank">PS4</a></strong>’s DualShock 4 controllers will work with Windows PCs “by default” according to a series of <a href="https://twitter.com/yosp/status/386252362119012352" target="_blank">tweets</a>&nbsp;by Shuhei Yoshida, president of Worldwide Studios at Sony. Basic functions like the analog sticks and buttons will be available without extra drivers although the controller’s special functions, like the front-facing touchpad and gyroscope, won’t work.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/files/u162579/ps4-access-large2.jpg" alt="PS4 controller" title="DualShock 4" width="560" height="292" style="font-size: 1.17em; text-align: center;" /></p> <p>Most PC-compatible game controllers function through <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/microsoft" target="_blank">Microsoft</a>’s <a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/hh405053(v=vs.85).aspx" target="_blank">XInput Game Controller API</a> which essentially makes any controller function as an Xbox 360 controller. The PS3’s DualShock 3 controller isn’t compatible without first installing third party drivers like <a href="http://betterds3.ciebiera.net/" target="_blank">Better DS3</a> whereas the wired 360 controller has plug-and-play compatibility.</p> <p>With the PS4 set to launch in November, the DualShock 4 controller will be the first next-gen controller compatible with the PC. Microsoft has already <a href="http://www.computerandvideogames.com/423909/xbox-one-pad-to-get-pc-compatibility-in-2014/" target="_blank">revealed</a> that the Xbox One controller won’t be ready for the PC until 2014.</p> <p><em>Follow Ben on <a href="http://twitter.com/benjkim" target="_blank">Twitter</a>.</em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/ps4_controller_confirmed_work_pc#comments DualShock 4 controller PC gaming ps4 sony Windows Gaming News Mon, 07 Oct 2013 22:18:02 +0000 Ben Kim 26455 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sony 's Vaio Flip is a New Take on Convertible Computing http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_s_vaio_flip_new_take_convertible_computing2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/vaio_flip.jpg" alt="Sony Vaio Flip" title="Sony Vaio Flip" width="280" height="159" style="float: right;" />Sony refreshes fall line of Vaio PCs</h3> <p>Windows 8 helped sparked a generation of unique PC designs, the newest of which is <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/sony"><strong>Sony's</strong></a> Vaio Flip, one of several new Vaio units the company <a href="http://blog.sony.com/press/sony-introduces-fall-lineup-of-vaio-pcs/" target="_blank">announced today</a>. The Vaio Flip PC is a conventional notebook that "flips" into a tablet PC. That's been done before -- Lenovo's Yoga and Dell's XPS 12 immediately come to mind -- but the Flip also boasts a viewer mode that the others don't.</p> <p>Viewer mode is intended for someone sitting opposite to watch movies or videos, Sony says. Otherwise, it's similar to other convertibles in that it attempts to offer the best of both worlds. It's powered by Haswell, has optional Nvidia graphics, USB 3.0 support, and more.</p> <p>Sony also announced the Vaio Tap 11 billed as the world's thinnest Windows 8 tablet PC at just 0.39 inches thick, and Vaio Tap 21, a tabletop PC that can sit upright and function as a sleek and slim all-in-one.</p> <p>Pricing and availability of Sony's new Vaio's will be announced in early October.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_s_vaio_flip_new_take_convertible_computing2013#comments Hardware OEM pc rigs sony tablet tap vaio. flip News Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:23:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 26240 at http://www.maximumpc.com