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PlayStation Vue: the downsides

PlayStation Vue: the downsides

I've previously reviewed Sony's livestreaming television service PlayStation Vue, and as I said at the time, it's largely a great service. I still use Vue and still enjoy it, but as with all things in life, there are some aspects I'm not terribly fond of and they tend to surface over time. That's not to say any of them are deal breakers, not personally, anyway. But there are some downsides that may be more than an annoyance for some prospective subscribers, and it's best to know about them ahead of time.

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Rocket League dev ready to roll out PS4, Xbox One cross-platform multiplayer

Rocket League dev ready to roll out PS4, Xbox One cross-platform multiplayer

Rocket League and its developers are ready to change the world once more, with Psyonix saying today that everything is in place to pull the trigger on cross-platform multiplayer between PS4 and Xbox One. Assuming such a feature is allowed to go live, it'll be a big step for the gaming industry, as the online communities for Xbox One and PS4 have previously been cut off from one another.

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Sony Z Series 4K TVs launch with ultra-contrast and HDR

Sony Z Series 4K TVs launch with ultra-contrast and HDR

Sony has taken the wraps off its new line of premium 4K-resolution televisions, the Z Series. This line, which is currently comprised of three models ranging from 65-inches to 100-inches, offers high-contrast and High Dynamic Range image quality in an Ultra HD resolution, as well as thin bezels, Backlight Master Drive technology, the 4K Processor X1 Extreme, and more. Two of the three new models are available for preorder now and will be launching some time this summer.

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Sony Xperia X Performance, Xperia X now available in the US

Sony Xperia X Performance, Xperia X now available in the US

Say all you want about Sony, but one thing you won't be able to fault it for is not being persistent. Despite garnering not so stellar reviews, the company is still pushing its latest and admittedly its greatest to the US market. Following the main Xperia X model, the higher end Xperia X Performance, as well as the striking Xperia XA are now both available in the US, unlocked from various retailers. Now to wait and see if the market will be changing its tune to a more favorable melody.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider hits PS4 with VR support on October 11

Rise of the Tomb Raider hits PS4 with VR support on October 11

Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming to the PlayStation 4 on October 11, Square Enix announced today, and it’ll be bringing PlayStation VR support with it. We heard last summer that the PS4 version of the game would be arriving in time for this year’s holiday season, and mid-October gives enough time to target those early Christmas shoppers. The October 11 release will be for Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, and it’ll bring with it a new story chapter dubbed “Blood Ties,” all the DLC that has already been released, and more.

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Sony F8331 “X Performance” photos show a huge design change

Sony F8331 “X Performance” photos show a huge design change

Last week, we were treated to the sighting of a rather odd Sony smartphone on GFXBench that was suspected to be Sony's upcoming flagship for the second half of 2016. The specs shown there, however, were barely interesting, as they were near identical to the existing Xperia X Performance. However, there might be more to this Sony F8331 after all, with a fresh batch of leaked photos showing an intriguing change in Sony's smartphone design, which may be a welcome change after years of seeing nearly the same looks on Sony's smartphones.

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PlayStation 4 Neo details surface in leaked presentation

PlayStation 4 Neo details surface in leaked presentation

Last month, Sony confirmed that the PlayStation 4 “Neo” does in fact exist, but official details on it have been slight. Amidst the rumors is a new document leak that allegedly reveals some details about the console; it surfaced on Scribd and is said to have been given to developers. There’s not much in the document that we haven’t heard before — in fact, some are guessing this document were already leaked earlier this year — but it’s still worth taking a look at.

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Sony plans to end Xperia Beta Program soon

Sony plans to end Xperia Beta Program soon

Earlier this year, Sony launched its Xperia Beta Program in order to test its then-upcoming Marshmallow release. It has been a handful of months since and now Sony Mobile has confirmed it is shutting down the beta program, the reasons for which aren’t clear. The company will be pushing out new firmware for the Xperia Z2 and Z3 soon, and all present beta program members will get this firmware automatically.

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A wild Sony Xperia X Performance successor appears

A wild Sony Xperia X Performance successor appears

If you thought the fresh batch Xperia X smartphones, which includes the Xperia XA and XA Ultra, was Sony's end game for 2016, you have another thing coming. Spotted at GFXBench is a certain Sony F8331, which, given that model number, is likely to be the successor to the Xperia X Performance. That said, we're using "successor" here really as a time marker only, as there doesn't seem to be much difference between the current Xperia X Performance (F813X) and this still to be confirmed and revealed model.

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Sony Xperia X already gets a price cut in the US

Sony Xperia X already gets a price cut in the US

What is the best way to cast a shadow of doubt on a shiny new product? Why apply a noticeable price cut barely two weeks after its launch, of course! That may be the effect of Sony's sudden change in the price of its Xperia X flagship in the US. Not that a lower price tag is actually a bad thing. And it wouldn't really be bad if it were part of some launch promo. But given the length of time that has passed, the almost unexpected move does bring up questions of whether it was done in order to save the Xperia X from a disastrous fate.

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Twitch PlayStation Vita app now available

Twitch PlayStation Vita app now available

Twitch has launched a PlayStation Vita app, the company has announced. This joins the PlayStation app, allowing Vita owners to watch Twitch content on their portable, assuming a data connection is available. The PS Vita Twitch app supports watching both recorded and live content, lets users follow specific games and channels, search for content, browse a featured section, and more.

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PlayStation Vue Review: two months with Sony’s TV service

PlayStation Vue Review: two months with Sony’s TV service

In mid-March, Sony rolled out its previously limited PlayStation Vue service across the nation, bringing three channel packages to anyone with a PS3 or PS4, Amazon Fire TV/Fire Stick, or iPhone/iPad (and, as of June 29, Android). I'd been using Sling TV before this, but I was never too pleased with the service and so when the opportunity came to switch, I did. I've been using PlayStation Vue for the last two or so months and feel confident saying that, for the most part, it's pretty great.

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