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PS4 PlayRoom VR: our first look as Augmented becomes Virtual

PS4 PlayRoom VR: our first look as Augmented becomes Virtual

Back in late 2013 we had our first opportunity to bring a magical experience to our living room with the PS4 game "PlayRoom." This game worked with the PlayStation 4 Camera, showing us our living room onscreen with augmented reality characters and objects galore. This week we've been given our first glimpse of what PlayRoom will look like in virtual reality, with Project Morpheus in 2016. These demos were the last part of the collection of early visions we were shown by Japan Studio, the same group of developers that made The PlayRoom.

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Comcast: HBO Go on PS4 is a no go

Comcast: HBO Go on PS4 is a no go

This is one of those stories that doesn't really shock you but could still pretty much leave you fuming. Although Sony has finally made PS4 users' dreams come true by making the HBO Go app available, a certain subset of that group is missing out on the fun. The service still requires console owners to authenticate their devices with their cable operator and while most companies have been glad to do so, one, unsurprisingly, refuses to budge. That's right. Comcast is still blocking HBO Go on Sony's consoles.

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Asia to get rare MGS 5 PS4 model in honor of Snake

Asia to get rare MGS 5 PS4 model in honor of Snake

It won't be long now and Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be landing in the market. And to celebrate that momentous occasion, Sony and Konami have worked together to come out with a special limited edition of the PlayStation 4 that bears the unmistakable markings of the franchise' protagonist, Snake. Now, while it isn't yet sure what will be bundled with the console, though best guess is MGS 5: The Phantom Pain, that might not matter to those in the US and Europe, as the variant will be an Asian exclusive.

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Project Morpheus PS4 controller demos shown at GDC 2015

Project Morpheus PS4 controller demos shown at GDC 2015

Sony's virtual reality presentation this week at GDC 2015 was delivered to the public in several tiers. First there was the Project Morpheus release date and updated specifications for the headset. That bit was revealed during a press conference. Then came the demoes and the data on what's next. That came in a developer-aimed talk that we're about to show you the juicy bits of right this minute. Here we've seen some of the awesome possibilities with Sony's VR headset Project Morpheus - some of the best of which include Augmented Reality interactions with your PS4's controller, the DualShock 4.

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Sony intros new FE full-frame lenses, four converters

Sony intros new FE full-frame lenses, four converters

Sony has announced the arrival of new lenses and converters, with there being four lenses for its A7 lineup and a couple sets of coverters for both the already-available 16mm and 20mm APS-C E-mount lenses, as well as the new 28mm F2 full-frame FE lens. The new lenses meet a variety of needs, and include a full-frame zoom and wide-angle prime offering, among others. The first of these lenses will be arriving later this month, while there will be a bit of a longer wait for the others.

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Sony PS4 sells more than 20.2 million units

Sony PS4 sells more than 20.2 million units

The latest battle of the console wars was Microsoft's Xbox One pitted against Sony's Playstation 4. The results are in from Sony, and it looks like they have come out of the battle ahead in the game. Today Sony reported that is has sold more than 20.2 million Playstation 4's. This makes it the "fastest and strongest growth" game system in Playstation's twenty-one year history, according to Sony. Microsoft has yet to report their sales figures for 2015. Even at the end of last year the Xbox One's sales were close, but they were still lagging behind Sony's Playstation 4.

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Sony Project Morpheus release set for 2016 with 120Hz display

Sony Project Morpheus release set for 2016 with 120Hz display

This afternoon Sony suggested that their Project Morpheus VR headset would be launching in the first half of the year 2016. They also said that this new and improved headset - still tethered to the PlayStation 4 - would be "targeting" 120Hz display tech - that's intense. As Shuhei Yoshida said today, Sony is "one step closer to realizing our vision of making virtual reality a reality in games." This week the PlayStation 4-centric Project Morpheus VR headset will be shown off to developers who wish to work with the headset in the near future - for PS4 games, of course.

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Sony Mobile head disputes prophecies of doom

Sony Mobile head disputes prophecies of doom

Last month, Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai was quoted to have said that the company is not ruling out an exit strategy with regards to its mobile device and TV businesses to focus more on its more profitable markets, like the PlayStation and camera sensors. This inspired many a speculation about the company selling off its smartphone and tablet arm in the near future. After all, it already sold off its VAIO PCs. Things, however, aren't as clear cut as we might think, at least according to Sony Mobile division chief Hiroki Totoki.

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Xperia M4 Aqua smartphone detailed: getting wet

Xperia M4 Aqua smartphone detailed: getting wet

This week the folks at Sony have detailed their new midrange smartphone, the Xperia M4 Aqua. This device is Sony's first octa-core 64-bit smartphone running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with Android 5.0 Lollipop under the hood. This device will be released in 80 countries worldwide with more than 100 carrier partners - except the United States. No Xperia M4 Aqua for us. There are no plans at this time to bring the US, suggests Sony, as their flagship focus in the United States continues. Guess we'll have to live with the ultra-awesome Xperia Z3 or Z3v.

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Xperia Z4 tablet keeps Sony in 2K high-end tablets

Xperia Z4 tablet keeps Sony in 2K high-end tablets

The Sony Xperia team have revealed the Xperia Z4 Tablet, a device with a 10.1-inch display with 2K resolution. This device will roll out with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64-bit processor under the hood and will hold a couple of world records for 10-inch tablets. According to Sony, the Xperia Z4 tablet will be the lightest and slimmest 10-inch tablet in the world at 389g Wi-Fi / 393g LTE and just 6.1mm. It'll also be rated IP68 waterproof and dust-tight, just like each of Xperia tablets released over the past several years.

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