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Sony launches own crowdfunding platform “First Flight”

Sony launches own crowdfunding platform “First Flight”

Although Sony is still a big name in the industry, it no longer has the same force it had back in the days. It sold off its VAIO PC business to shed some unnecessary weight and it seems that its mobile devices might soon be on the way out as well. On the other hand, it also needs new businesses and products to keep it afloat, but a risk-averse culture and financial considerations keep it from jumping into more adventurous pursuits. The solution? A crowdfunding platform that encourages experimentation but, at the same time, shields it somewhat from failure.

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Sony Xperia Z3+ camera might be its own saving grace

Sony Xperia Z3+ camera might be its own saving grace

Sony may have had a misstep with the Xperia Z4/Xperia Z3+ when it came to the choice of a Snapdragon 810 processor, but it is almost inconceivable that it would mess up the camera sensor, one of the key businesses of the company. Sony might have just proven it still got chops in that field. Digital photography benchmarking site DxOMark has just published their report on the latest Sony "flagship" and, as expected, it fares fairly well. Though not enough to become the new king of the hill.

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Sony E5663 could be the Xperia Z4 Compact

Sony E5663 could be the Xperia Z4 Compact

It is hard to fathom Sony's mind these days, which makes it difficult to discern its gameplay when mobile devices are involved. The Xperia Z4/Z3+ was, to put it mildly, somewhat of a disappointment. It seems, however, that the Japanese manufacturer might have a device that could offset that blunder. A certain E5663 has appeared in GFXBench's listings and though it might be intended to launch in India, at least initially, signs point to what could possibly a noteworthy successor to the Xperia Z3 Compact pictured above.

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Is Sony poisoning the Kickstarter well?

Is Sony poisoning the Kickstarter well?

Kickstarter has made dreams come true, whether it be some maker's dream product or a backer's dream game. But the promise of crowdfunding isn't completely foolproof, and Kickstarter has seen its fair share of people trying to take advantage of loopholes and fine prints, like this latest issue surrounding Shenmue 3. It was revealed that Sony was somewhat "supporting" the game's production, ruffling a few feathers and raising some questions. Has Sony found a way to game the Kickstarter system or is it completely within bounds? Or has Sony set a pattern that could potentially ruin Kickstarter for indies and smaller groupus?

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Captain America: Civil War will feature Spider-man

Captain America: Civil War will feature Spider-man

Marvel fans, rejoice: it has been officially confirmed that Spider-man will be included in Captain America: Civil War. It was Marvel’s Kevin Feige who revealed the Spider-man crossover, saying in an interview that the actor behind the new Spider-man, Tom Holland, will be heading off for the Captain America set "immediately". Why? Because the newest Spider-man will be making his first appearance in that movie ahead of his own upcoming theatrical release. Captain America: Civil War will be arriving next summer.

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Driveclub PlayStation Plus Edition arrives tomorrow

Driveclub PlayStation Plus Edition arrives tomorrow

Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida announced that Driveclub PlayStation Plus Edition will be arriving tomorrow, something promised to follow “a long time” spent preparing for the launch. The offline availability will launch tomorrow, and the online functionality will start rolling out. This follows a very long wait for the game, a wait that is going to be joined by a healthy dose of caution. Sony is careful to reassure gamers that a lot of effort has gone into getting things going without any issues…though that, of course, is yet to be seen.

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Shenmue 3 actually needs $10M to truly have an open world

Shenmue 3 actually needs $10M to truly have an open world

One of the factors that made Shenmue such a hit back in 1999, aside from its story, of course, was it was one of the very few to advocate and open world gameplay, something that we may be taking for granted these days. So imagine the surprise, and probably some disappointment, when creator Yu Suzuki, answering questions in a Reddit AMA thread, revealed that the dream of a truly open Shenmue world can only be realized if the campaign's fund reaches the $10 million mark.

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Android M released for Sony Xperia devices in ODP

Android M released for Sony Xperia devices in ODP

Google's Android M developer preview released for Sony Xperia devices participating in their Open Device Program. This means that users aiming to take part in developing for Sony devices are able to load Android M. More specifically, it means that if you've got a Sony Xperia device that's signed up with Sony's Open Device program, you're in luck. If a device is listed as part of Sony's Open Device program, a set of instructions available through Sony will allow that device's owner to load Android M Developer Preview as early as this morning.

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Sony officially announces 1TB PS4

Sony officially announces 1TB PS4

Well, another year of E3 has come and gone, filling us with excitement over the big games coming out over the next 12 months. There turned out to be little news about new hardware; Microsoft used the week before the expo to announce a 1TB model Xbox One, and it was expected that Sony would have a similar announcement during its press conference. As they say, it's always better late than never. After a prior FCC filing tipped us off, Sony has now officially announced a 1TB PlayStation 4, coming soon to all regions.

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Sony puts a price tag on Ultra Thin, Ultra HD Android TVs

Sony puts a price tag on Ultra Thin, Ultra HD Android TVs

E3 2015 might be over, but Sony had one last reveal to make that's related to gaming and so much more. It has finally announced when its ridiculously thin 4K Ultra HD smart TVs will be available and for how much. These slates of pure entertainment flaunt their almost impossible thin profiles that make them look like they were directly embedded in your living room wall. And, being powered by Android TV, they can cover almost all use cases imaginable, including even productivity on a large scale.

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