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Xperia Z5 Plus tipped to get 4K display

Xperia Z5 Plus tipped to get 4K display

It's more than a bit odd to me that the resolution of many tablets and smartphones is higher than the resolution that many of us enjoy on our computers. Word is circulating that Sony Mobile might be among the first smartphone makers in the world to launch a smartphone that rocks a 4K UHD display. The smartphone rumored to be getting that 4K screen is the Xperia X5 Plus.

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Sony tells VAIO owners to hold off on Windows 10

Sony tells VAIO owners to hold off on Windows 10

Most manufacturers are eager to jump on the Windows 10 bandwagon but one former PC maker doesn't seem to be in a rush. Although it has already sold off its VAIO PC business to a Japanese company, Sony is still required to support its existing models in the market. As part of that, it will, of course, need to roll out Windows 10 eventually. "Eventually" here being sometime in Fall apparently. Sony is warning users to stay away from Windows 10 at least for the time being.

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PS4 software 3.00 beta reveals YouTube broadcasting and Communities

PS4 software 3.00 beta reveals YouTube broadcasting and Communities

Sony seems to be preparing to rollout version 3.00 of the PlayStation 4's system software, as the beta has been released to test users, and in turn the details of what's coming in the update have been posted online. The changelog notes originally showed up in Japanese on PocketNews, but the English version appeared on Reddit shortly after. There appears to be a number of small new features and changes, but among the biggest are direct broadcasting to YouTube, and a new Communities section within Friends.

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PlayStation Plus’ first Vote to Play free game promotion starts this week

PlayStation Plus’ first Vote to Play free game promotion starts this week

Last week, Sony announced that as part of the PlayStation Plus subscription service, PS4 users would be getting opportunities to vote on a handful of games, with the winner being included in the next month's free game lineup. While it was said these voting campaigns wouldn't be held every month, it wasn't clear when the first one would begin. Turns out, it starts this week! The three games PS Plus members get to choose from have been announced, and voting will begin Thursday, August 13th.

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PlayStation Plus subscription prices to increase in UK

PlayStation Plus subscription prices to increase in UK

Bad news for PlayStation gamers in the UK today: the subscription prices for two of the PlayStation Plus plans are increasing next month. The one-month option is rising from £5.49 to £5.99, and the three-month plan is going from £11.99 to £14.99. The silver lining in all of this? The price for the one-year subscription is staying the same, at £39.99. This last option was already the best value, now it will be even more so.

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PlayStation Vue streaming TV comes to Dallas, Miami

PlayStation Vue streaming TV comes to Dallas, Miami

Sony has announced that its PlayStation-based streaming television service, Vue, has just become available in the cities of Dallas, TX and Miami, FL. Users with a PS4 or PS3 can take advantage of the service, choosing from three multichannel packages: Access, Core, or Elite. Subscription prices start at $49.99 per month, and the service's main strength is its mix of both local and cable channels. Those living in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Miami-Fort Lauderdale areas can sign up starting today.

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PS Now finally comes to the PS Vita, God of War III in tow

PS Now finally comes to the PS Vita, God of War III in tow

Sony is slowly, very slowly, but also very surely, expanding the coverage of its game streaming platform. Almost a month after it has flipped the switch for, rather ironically, some of Samsung's Smart TVs, Sony is now enabling PlayStation Now on its own portable and TV devices, namely, the PS Vita and the PS TV. Of course, it wouldn't be much fun if that's all that Sony has in store in its announcement. It has also expanded the lineup of games available on PS Now to include, among other things, the gory God of War III.

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PlayStation Plus subscribers will get to vote on future free games

PlayStation Plus subscribers will get to vote on future free games

PlayStation gamers who subscribe to the $50 per year PlayStation Plus service are well accustomed to the free games each month, but soon they will be able to help decide which games are given away sometime in the future. As it is now, each month sees two free games each for the PS4, PS3, and PS Vita, while lately there's been a lot of cross-buy titles, which makes a game available on two or all three of the systems. However, Sony has always been the one to choose the games.

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Sony’s US online store closing up shop August 28

Sony’s US online store closing up shop August 28

Perhaps omens and portents of things to come, Sony has just announced that its online store in the US will be practically closing on the 28th of August. In its stead, Sony will be putting up a website that will still have products on display but will also just redirect to authorized resellers for the actual purchase. Without much explanation as to the why, the move will most likely be seen as a tightening of Sony's belt, offloading the responsibility, and expenses, of sales to dealers.

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Sony Xperia M5, C5 Ultra puts the focus on photos

Sony Xperia M5, C5 Ultra puts the focus on photos

True enough, Sony did have something in store today, but sadly, it's not a better Xperia flagship. Then again, for some people, these two smartphones might very well be, especially since the OEM doesn't seem to budge away from 1080p screens anyway. But what really makes the Xperia C5 Ultra phablet and the somewhat higher end Xperia M5 special is their cameras. Or, as you might have guessed it, their front cameras, with both smartphones sporting 13 megapixel front facing shooters for the ultimate selfie.

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Sony’s Q1 profit highest in years, boosted by PS4, camera sensors

Sony’s Q1 profit highest in years, boosted by PS4, camera sensors

Sony revealed its Q1 financials today, announcing that it reaped its highest first quarter profit since 2007. The company largely has PlayStation 4 software and camera sensors to thank, the latter of which it recently targeted with capital raising and planned production increases. In the quarter running from April to June, Sony saw its operating profit increase 39-percent over the same quarter last year, hitting 96.9 billion yen and beating out analyst estimates. The company foresees camera sensor demands proving fruitful in its future.

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ZombiU heading to PS4, Xbox One, and PC as ‘Zombi’

ZombiU heading to PS4, Xbox One, and PC as ‘Zombi’

It has been a few years since ZombiU, the zombie game for Nintendo's Wii U, made its first appearance. The game came about in 2012, and by summer 2013 its maker, Ubisoft, failed to see a profit from the game -- something that was more damning of the Wii U than anything else. The game was originally meant to be a Wii U exclusive, but a few years ago it was mentioned that it may arrive on other consoles, and the very poor reception on the Wii U spurred that toward reality.

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