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Sony Alpha A68 camera hits US in April with 24MP 4D focus

Sony Alpha A68 camera hits US in April with 24MP 4D focus

Sony's Alpha A68 camera has finally been given a release data for the US and Canada. The entry-level DSLR was first announced last month for the European market, but now beginning photography enthusiasts will have something to look forward to in April 2016. The 24-megapixel Alpha A68 features an APS-C sensor and is the latest camera to accept Sony's line of A-mount lenses. The big new feature, however, is what Sony calls 4D autofocusing, which offers fast, accurate tracking thanks to 79 AF points.

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Report: Sony developing sulfur-based smartphone battery with 40% longer life

Report: Sony developing sulfur-based smartphone battery with 40% longer life

While smartphones continue to get thinner and thinner each year, their battery life continues to remain the same, and if the rising popularity of phone cases that feature an extra battery is any indication, that's something most users don't appreciate. However, if a recent report from Japan's Nikkei newspaper is accurate, Sony might be the one to save the day, as the company is said to be working on a smartphone battery that can last 40% longer on a single charge.

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PS4 gets new Call of Duty: Black Ops III standard edition bundle

PS4 gets new Call of Duty: Black Ops III standard edition bundle

With Call of Duty: Black Ops III having already been released on consoles and PC for over a month now, it might seem like an odd time for Sony to include the game in a new PlayStation 4 system bundle. However, with PlayStation now being the official home of the Call of Duty series, basically meaning they get DLC packs and other content earlier than other platforms, Sony is betting on the bundle being a big seller this holiday season, especially for those who haven't picked up the game yet.

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PS Vue Chromecast support ironically lands first on iOS

PS Vue Chromecast support ironically lands first on iOS

Streaming video content, even while available everywhere there is an Internet connection, is more often than not best enjoyed on a TV screen. But what do you do if don't have a dedicated set-top box or gaming console for that? Or even a dedicated TV? Luckily Google's Chromecast has introduced a revolution in watching streaming content, which Sony is now giving homage to by making its PlayStation Vue service compatible with the HDMI dongle. But in an unexplained twist of events, that support is coming not via Google's own Android devices but through Apple's iOS platform.

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Sony now said to release two Xperia Z6 models in 2016

Sony now said to release two Xperia Z6 models in 2016

The last few years have troublesome for Sony's division, but we know they're not quite ready to throw in the towel on smartphones just yet. It seems the Japanese company is planning to debut a Xperia Z6 next year, but the rest is still unknown. Just over a week ago the latest rumors were about Sony's next flagship seeing five different variants. Sony many have come to its senses that five was a bit too much, or the rumored number of models was exaggerated, because now we're hearing word that it's been reduced to just two.

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PS4 retakes sales crown from Xbox One in November

PS4 retakes sales crown from Xbox One in November

Microsoft has been making big pushes with the Xbox One, lately. With their most recent big update they rolled out the ability to stream your games to any Windows 10 PC in your home, and gave us backwards compatibility. Obviously, they're on top of the console game, right? No, not quite.

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PS4 video editor Sharefactory updated with time lapse, slow motion effects

PS4 video editor Sharefactory updated with time lapse, slow motion effects

Sony has released a new updated for the PlayStation 4's built-in video editing app, Sharefactory, which gives gamers the ability to trim and edit gameplay clips before sharing them online. Now at version 1.07, the Sharefactory update includes features such as the ability to add slow motion and time lapse effects to videos, two of the most requested options, Sony notes. Now editors can speed up game footage to get to the good parts, or slow down the scene to that highlights their skills.

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European PS2 titles look worse than their US counterparts on the PS4

European PS2 titles look worse than their US counterparts on the PS4

Recently Sony has started to make older PS2 games available for download on the PS4. While no one really wants to pay for games that they've already purchased on an older platform, it's nice to still be able to play those older games without having to dust off an old console. However, European users might find that their experience isn't quite as good as you'd find in the US.

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Sony breaks out PlayStation Messages into its own app

Sony breaks out PlayStation Messages into its own app

Almost anyone and everyone has a messaging platform these days and it seems that Sony isn't going to be left behind. Sort of. The Japanese tech giant does have its messaging service but it is one that is intimately tied to its PlayStation Network and, therefore, to gaming. That, of course, doesn't mean that there's no room for yet one more messsagin app, right? Welcome PlayStation Messages, the standalone yet connected messaging app sprung forth from its former all-in-one PlayStation App on smartphones.

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PlayStation promo brings year of gaming, WB titles

PlayStation promo brings year of gaming, WB titles

Starting December 8, PlayStation owners will be able to get a year of game streaming at a discounted rate for an entire year. In addition to the promo rate, Sony has also added nine new games from WB to PlayStation Now, expanding its library just in time for all the new subscribers it hopes to get. The new titles include Batman Arkham Asylum, Arkham Origins, F.E.A.R, a couple Harry Potter titles, and more.

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Multi-part FF7 Remake teased, original launches on PS4

Multi-part FF7 Remake teased, original launches on PS4

Last June, Square Enix and Sony made almost every gamer's fantasy come true when the two announced that one of the most beloved Japanese RPG titles in one of the most beloved Japanese RPG franchises will finally be getting a do-over, including a long awaited visual makeover. Now half a year later, the two are once again teasing the crowd with actual in-game footage and gameplay of the Final Fantasy VII remake for the PS4, complete with obligatory eyecandy. That said, some hardcore fans might end up not liking some of the game design directions that the remake is taking the beloved classic.

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PlayStation VR games debut, prepping for 2016 launch

PlayStation VR games debut, prepping for 2016 launch

At the PlayStation Experience event over the weekend, Sony and its partner game developers revealed their play to once again wrest the attention away from the Xbox One and its backwards compatibility feature and back to the PlayStation. And while there were quite a handful of exciting teasers, including the long overdue Final Fantasy VII remake, one of the highlights of the event is a new, and somewhat risky, venture for Sony. The PlayStation VR seems to be shaping up quite nicely, and to prove that it's on track for a 2016 release, 8 new titles for the VR gaming headset and platform were teased.

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