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Sony’s Four-Screen Strategy Needs Vita OS

Sony’s Four-Screen Strategy Needs Vita OS

Changes are afoot at Sony: new CEO, new PS Vita on the market, and a new opportunity to demonstrate the company can deliver on its "four-screen" strategy of convergence. Until now, that strategy has been a vague ambition to sell users a Sony TV, phone, tablet and PC. Now, though, with the PS Vita finally reaching US buyers, part of Sony's overall gameplan is starting to become clear. Vita OS is the "thin edge of the wedge" on gaming hardware, Yoshio Matsumoto, director of business at SCE, confirmed last week. Meanwhile, Sony Ericsson is no more, and Sony has sole control of the rudder: the company promised nothing but smartphones for 2012, but that doesn't mean Sony won't sacrifice Android in favor of a platform - and an ecosystem - that it alone controls.

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HTC PlayStation certification tipped as Sony opens four-screen strategy

HTC PlayStation certification tipped as Sony opens four-screen strategy

HTC could be the first company outside Sony to offer PlayStation-certified mobile devices, according to the latest leaks, bringing titles previously limited to handsets like the XPERIA Play to future HTC phones and tablets. The deal could be announced as early as Mobile World Congress later this month, insiders tell Pocket-lint, with full certification in the second half of the year. Sony confirmed it was in negotiations with other firms for PlayStation gaming in late 2011.

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Sony Xperia Z Review

Sony Xperia Z Review

Sony's problems in the smartphone arena aren't unique - HTC, LG, and others are all struggling to compete with Samsung and Apple - but they're nonetheless pressing, and the Xperia Z is the solution it hopes will address that. Piecing together top-tier specifications, like a huge Full HD display, 13-megapixel camera, and the sort of waterproofing you'd normally have to go to Japan to find on a phone, the Xperia Z also marks a step up in design refinement for Sony, leagues away from the creaky plastic of its older phones. Still, the rest of the smartphone world hasn't been standing still while Sony learns its lessons, and 2013 is already shaping up to be a knock-out one for devices. Can the Xperia Z maintain its CES momentum as it lands in the market? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Sony CEO: High-end phones are our salvation

Sony CEO: High-end phones are our salvation

Sony CEO Kaz Hirai predicts the company's ailing smartphone division will be turned around by a greater focus on high-end devices, such as the flagship Xperia Z announced last week, as it abandons the feature-phone business. "We are more in toward the high end of the market as opposed to trying to get into the commoditized portion" Hirai said in Japan today, Bloomberg reports, buoyantly confident where Sony's phone unit operating loss remains huge.

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Sony grabs Gaikai for cloud gaming and entertainment

Sony grabs Gaikai for cloud gaming and entertainment

Sony has snapped up cloud gaming specialist Gaikai for $380m, the company has confirmed, with plans to roll out a new cloud service for PlayStation and home entertainment. "Sony Computer Entertainment will deliver a world-class cloud-streaming service" Andrew House, president and group CEO of SCE said of the deal, "that allows users to instantly enjoy a broad array of content ranging from immersive core games with rich graphics to casual content anytime, anywhere on a variety of internet-connected devices."

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Sony on notice: Gauntlet thrown by Wii U and Xbox SmartGlass

Sony on notice: Gauntlet thrown by Wii U and Xbox SmartGlass

E3 2012 is racing at full steam, and already one thing is clear: Sony, for all its PlayStation 3 might, has a challenge on its hands from Microsoft and Nintendo. Whereas gaming so far has centered around a single, big screen and the most engaging, graphically-rich or multiplayer-involving titles, two of the three players have opened the door to multiple screens. Sony may have stitched together PS3 and PS Vita, but it's looking increasingly left behind as its arch rivals each make their play.

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Sony Xperia S Review

Sony Xperia S Review

The Sony Xperia S is something of a smartphone stepchild: the first smartphone to bear Sony's sole brand in recent years, but developed under the loving care of the Sony Ericsson partnership the Japanese company bought itself out of. It certainly ticks a lot of the right boxes - 720p HD display, high-resolution 12.1-megapixel camera and some reasonably distinctive design - but we've seen our fair share of Android handsets over-promise and under-deliver. So, hangover from the past or a sign of things to come? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Sony PlayStation Suite SDK open beta drops April

Sony PlayStation Suite SDK open beta drops April

Sony's PlayStation Suite SDK will be released as an open beta in April 2012, the company has confirmed, allowing developers to create games and content for the PS Vita, as well as PlayStation Certified phones and tablets. Released in closed beta back in November, though only in the US, UK and Japan, the new open beta will broaden support to a greater number of countries. The full version of the SDK, meanwhile, will follow on later in 2012, with an annual fee of $99 for distribution through the PlayStation Store.

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Sony Vita OS Review

Sony Vita OS Review

This week we're getting our first look at the Sony PS Vita, a device which is set to be officially set in stores for sale tomorrow, and the first live version of Vita OS. What the Vita operating system represents is not only a new look at handheld gaming, but the prospect of an operating system that is all Sony's own, and as Chris Davies will tell you, one that's more than ready to take on more screens than just the PS Vita. What we'll do here for you is run down and review the operating system on its own as well as specifically as it exists here in its first iteration: on the PS Vita portable PlayStation certified gaming system from Sony.

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