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PlayStation 4, PS Vita launching in China January 2015

PlayStation 4, PS Vita launching in China January 2015

The Xbox One might have had the crown this recent holiday season, but Sony's consoles are getting ready to take on a completely fresh and potentially huge market next month. Going behind schedule by a month, Sony has just announced that it will start selling the PlayStation 4 (CUH-1000 series) and the PlayStation Vita (PCH-2000) in China starting January 11 next year. Given than Microsoft isn't far behind, this will mark a new arena in the battle for console supremacy between the two giants.

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Sony Pictures hack may be about ‘The Interview’ after all

Sony Pictures hack may be about ‘The Interview’ after all

The hacking of Sony Pictures has yielded some interesting takeaways. We know a large studio is not safe from digital assault, and we’ve seen more than our fair share of details surrounding stars and their pay. Seeing film budgets is interesting, but we still haven’t been down to brass tacks. What’s this all about? Why hack Sony Pictures? Speculation about the incoming movie The Interview suggested a link to North Korea, who have since refuted that assertion. The hackers, though — their recent demands suggest North Korean ties.

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Sony PlayStation store was down last night; hackers to blame?

Sony PlayStation store was down last night; hackers to blame?

Overnight, Sony’s PlayStation store went down. For roughly two hours, the online portal for PlayStation users was unavailable, and a hacker conglomerate is taking responsibility. The Lizard Squad, which cryptically refer to themselves as “lizards” who “want to watch the world burn”, seem to be claiming responsibility for the disruption in service. In a Twitter post right around the same time as the PlayStation store went down, The Lizard Squad said “PSN Login #offline #LizardSquad”. Sony said they were aware of the service disruption, and are looking into it.

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Sony’s PlayStation Experience: here’s what you missed

Sony’s PlayStation Experience: here’s what you missed

Sony just finished its standalone PlayStation Experience media event in Las Vegas this weekend, and it unloaded a ton of teasers on gamers. Not all of them good, unfortunately. But if you weren't keeping tabs on the press conference, you need not fret as there is plenty of time to catch up before the games hit stores next year. As to what those games are, it's a wide collection of sequels to iconic titles like Street Fighter and Yakuza, as well as a bunch of new inventions from indie developers.

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PS4 20th Anniversary Edition preorders begin, sell out in minutes

PS4 20th Anniversary Edition preorders begin, sell out in minutes

It was less than a week ago that Sony announced its special edition 20th Anniversary-themed PlayStation 4 console, featuring a gray paint job to match the original PlayStation system and limited to only 12,300 units worldwide. All Sony said was that preorders would start on December 6th in the U.S., but they didn't detail how or where reservations could be made. Well, the 6th has passed, and if you weren't one of very luck to place an order, you've probably missed your chance.

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King’s Quest trailer goes live, game arrives 2015

King’s Quest trailer goes live, game arrives 2015

It was revealed back in August that Sierra Entertainment will be launching a new King's Quest game, and yesterday marked the debut of its first trailer. The new game is courtesy of The Odd Gentleman, an indie studio that has been working on the title for about a year, and it ushers in Sierra's new focus on serving more or less as a publisher with a focus on indie studios. In addition to King's Quest, it was previously revealed Sierra is also working on Geometry Wars 3.

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Hackers email Sony employees, say families are ‘in danger’

Hackers email Sony employees, say families are ‘in danger’

Things may have just gone from bad to worse for Sony. A recent hack gave us all kinds of info about the inner workings of Sony pictures, with everything from employee passwords to full films being leaked. Now, it seems the hackers are making threatening remarks to Sony employees via email. While they don’t necessarily make any direct threats of harm, they do say employees who don’t comply will “suffer damage”. The hackers are also threatening the families of employees.

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Street Fighter 5 trailer taps PS4/PC release

Street Fighter 5 trailer taps PS4/PC release

This morning a trailer was leaked for Street Fighter 5. This trailer was almost certainly set to be released in full this weekend, during the PlayStation Experience event series in Las Vegas, Nevada. Instead, we're seeing the bits and pieces of this next-generation release appear here, in super-short mode. Capcom continues to helm, and the game appears to mix some futuristic backing effects with previous-yen fighting animatics. This is also very likely an early look at the game, with final graphics not yet shown.

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Sony Xperia Aquatech store requires SCUBA diving lessons

Sony Xperia Aquatech store requires SCUBA diving lessons

If you're marketing extremely waterproof devices, what would be the best way to get that point across? Well, why not put a store underwater! As if taking a page from Apple's glass retail store in New York, Sony put its concept store four meters under the sea in Dubai. Of course, you won't be getting there on your own and you'll to undergo diving lessons before you are accompanied by trained drivers to the store.

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Hacked Sony data included personal info of stars, employees

Hacked Sony data included personal info of stars, employees

It would have probably been just a wee bit of OK if the recent hacking incident at Sony only involved unreleased movies, secret trailers, or even overpriced budgets. But alas, the invasion is far more widespread and far more personal. The latest word is that included in the hacked data, which is now freely floating on the Internet, includes information on more than 47,000 current and former employees, as well as Hollywood stars. And that data unfortunately include Social Security Numbers and addresses.

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