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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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GameStop rolls Xbox 360, PS3, Wii into one mega bundle

GameStop rolls Xbox 360, PS3, Wii into one mega bundle

We're already well into the era of Xbox One and PS4, but if you somehow managed to miss out on the previous console generation entirely, GameStop has a new console bundle directly targeted at you. The massive games retailer has announced that it will bundle the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii together, putting a price tag of $160 on the package. Obviously, this is meant to help GameStop clear out its remaining stock of these increasingly obsolete consoles, but it's not a bad deal for someone looking to pick up these older consoles on the cheap.

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Sony 4K UHD TVs bring Android TV and HDR support

Sony 4K UHD TVs bring Android TV and HDR support

This week, Sony announced the pricing and availability for some new Ultra HD 4K televisions, of which there are three models in a total of five sizes. The highest end of the bunch, the XBR-X800D, brings with it HDR support while the XBR-X750D and the XBR-X700D will both gain HDR support later this year through a firmware update. In addition, the trio bring with them Android TV for Google Play access directly on the TV. All three models are available for preorder now.

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PlayStation Vue arrives on Android, PS4 gets thumbnail preview

PlayStation Vue arrives on Android, PS4 gets thumbnail preview

Rejoice, PlayStation Vue subscribers! Sony’s live television service has arrived on Android, allowing you to watch live TV from the comfort of your tablet or smartphone. This follows the recently announced Roku channel, and greatly expands the number of devices where PlayStation Vue can be watched. In addition to the new PlayStation Vue app, the service on PS3 and PS4 has been updated with some new (very welcomed) features like a video thumbnail in the guide.

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Sony developing robot able to bond with humans

Sony developing robot able to bond with humans

During a Corporate Strategy Meeting today, Sony detailed plans to create a robot with which humans will be able to form an emotional bond. Named as one of the company’s new future initiatives, this yet-unnamed robot will “be…able to grow to inspire love and affection,” and will also be “capable of forming an emotional bond with customers.” It appears the robot will be targeted at retail stores, not private homes.

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PlayStation 4 drops Ustream as live-streaming broadcast option

PlayStation 4 drops Ustream as live-streaming broadcast option

If you're a PlayStation 4 gamer that likes to broadcast your gameplay live on the Ustream service, you've got about one month to move your streaming to another platform. Sony has announced that the PS4 will be dropping support for Ustream on August 1st, meaning players won't be able to stream to it, nor will they be able to find Ustream content on the console's "Live from PlayStation" section.

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