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New PS4 controllers, hard drive covers come in plenty of colors

New PS4 controllers, hard drive covers come in plenty of colors

Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference was fairly low-key, but they still managed to make several hardware-related announcements. Along with PlayStation VR becoming the official name of the virtual reality gaming headset, and a new lower price for the PlayStation 4 console in Japan, Sony also revealed a handful of new colors for the Dualshock 4 controllers, along with an entirely new accessory: replaceable covers for the PS4's hard drive bay.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Bond edition smartphone heads to Vodafone

Sony Xperia Z5 Bond edition smartphone heads to Vodafone

If you are a fan of the British secret agent James Bond, you know that a new Bond film is set to come out next month called Spectre. So far, we have seen a very cool tie in from Aston Martin with the DB9 GT Bond Edition car. Sony has now announced a cool smartphone tie in with an Xperia X5 called The Bond Phone.

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PlayStation 4 gets price drop in Japan

PlayStation 4 gets price drop in Japan

In addition to revealing PlayStation VR as the official name for their virtual reality gaming headset, Sony used its pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference to announce a new price for the PS4 console in Japan. The console currently sells for 39,980 yen (about $334) in the region, but starting on October 1st its price will be 34,980 yen ($292). This is the first official price reduction on the PS4 from Sony since the console launched, and it could mean similar price drops in other parts of the world in the near future.

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PlayStation VR: Sony’s Project Morpheus gets official at Tokyo Game Show

PlayStation VR: Sony’s Project Morpheus gets official at Tokyo Game Show

Just a short time ago, Sony held its pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference, where it formally announced its PS4-compatible virtual reality headset as the PlayStation VR. Previously known by the codename Project Morpheus, Sony's headset is still said to be scheduled for release sometime in "early 2016," however the Tokyo Game Show announcement didn't narrow that timeframe down. The most exciting part of the press conference, other than revealing the official name, is that PlayStation VR will be on the show floor later this week to try out.

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Sony to add uncompressed 14-bit RAW image capability to a7S II

Sony to add uncompressed 14-bit RAW image capability to a7S II

Sony has a new higher-end digital camera that is due to land in stores next month called the a7S II. The a7S II is a mirrorless digital camera that is packed with some interesting features and a correspondingly high price. Sony has announced that it will be adding in another cool feature to the camera after it lands via a firmware update.

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Backwards Compatibility imminent on PS4

Backwards Compatibility imminent on PS4

Several PlayStation 2 games have turned up on the PEGI ratings site as of this afternoon suggesting they're coming soon to PS4. Release on PlayStation 4 for these games will come almost certainly in the form of digital downloads. While similar titles are available for streaming play through Sony's PlayStation Now program, this will be the first set of made-for-PS2 games made available for download and local play for the PlayStation 4 gaming system.

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Sony now backtracking on phones’ underwater prowess

Sony now backtracking on phones’ underwater prowess

Sony's smartphones have traditionally centered upon three or four key strengths: the OmniBalance design, two-day battery life, high-quality camera sensor, and waterproof rating. Two of those, design and camera, have now been challenged, even refuted, and now it seems that Sony itself is trying to debunk another one. The Japanese OEM has updated the wording on some of its support pages to warn users not to use their smartphones underwater, despite their top IP68 dust and waterproof rating, conflicting with their own previous marketing campaigns.

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Sony Alpha 7s II arrives with 4K video, ultra-high ISO

Sony Alpha 7s II arrives with 4K video, ultra-high ISO

Sony has just announced its latest camera, the Alpha A7s II. As a follow-up to the original Alpha A7s, the new full-frame mirrorless shooter maintains the same 409,600 ISO setting, but adds support for internal 4K video recording. The first model relied on an external recorder for 4K, making it the camera's biggest weakness. Those who passed on the original A7s may find themselves tempted to upgrade, as the new model includes several other refinements in addition to better video features.

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Sony taunts Apple with ‘game on’ message on PlayStation’s 20th anniversary

Sony taunts Apple with ‘game on’ message on PlayStation’s 20th anniversary

In case you've been living under a rock for the last few weeks, Apple is holding its annual press event in the next few hours where it will announce this year's iPhones and more. Sony has also taken notice, seeing as how the event falls on a date significant for them as well. Today is the 20th anniversary of the PlayStation game console, which debuted in the US on September 9th, 1995. So Sony has taken to poking a little fun, sharing the above image on Twitter.

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Sony Xperia Z5 has top camera chops, says Strategy Analytics

Sony Xperia Z5 has top camera chops, says Strategy Analytics

Sony's latest flagship is out and if you've been following news about is previous "half" flagship, then you'd understand why a great many eyes are on it. To make it short, it has a lot to prove in the Xperia Z5 and its Compact and Premium versions. Sony, however, seems to be content on underlining just one key feature: its camera sensor. With the help of Strategy Analytics, it has weighed the Xperia Z5 against this year's top selling smartphones. Unsurprisingly, it comes out as the king of the hill.

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Destiny year 2 update begins

Destiny year 2 update begins

Today the Destiny 2.0 update will begin arriving on your gaming devices. This update will bring a swath of new features to the game for all users, including higher level caps, attack power adjustments, and a set of adjustments for the new Light system. A new set of weapon changes is appearing as well, including higher base damage for Auto Rifles - for example. Year Two weapon lethality is being taken into account with Year One stat perks - the amount these perks buff your weapon stat has been reduced - meaningful trade-offs can commence.

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Sony Xperia Z5 using dual heat pipes to curb thermal woes

Sony Xperia Z5 using dual heat pipes to curb thermal woes

Perhaps miracles do happen. Although the recently revealed Xperia Z5 basically has the same specs as the Xperia Z3+/Z4, it might not have one of its critical defects. Preliminary assessment has indicated that the Xperia Z5, despite having that same problematic Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, actually fared better in the heat department, lasting 10 minutes while recording 4K video. It seems that the magic is thanks to Sony using two heat pipes instead of one to better dissipate heat away from the processor and help keep things cooler.

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