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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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Sony settles with PS3 owners over Linux lawsuit

Sony settles with PS3 owners over Linux lawsuit

A long-running class-action lawsuit from PlayStation 3 owners angry over losing the ability to run Linux on the console may finally be over. When the PS3 launched in 2006, it featured support for "OtherOS," which let owners install Linux on the console's hard drive. Only a few short years later, Sony disabled the feature in a software update, claiming it was necessary to fight piracy. After years of court battles, Sony has now agreed to a settlement worth millions of dollars.

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PlayStation Vue arrives on Roku in the U.S.

PlayStation Vue arrives on Roku in the U.S.

Sony's live TV streaming service PlayStation Vue has been available for a while now, and until today, you needed either a PS4 or PS3, iOS, Amazon Fire TV, or Chromecast device to watch it. That changes today, with Roku announcing that PlayStation Vue is now available on its own devices, as well, greatly expanding the number of cable cutters and set-top-box owners who can subscribe to it.

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Sony Xperia X, X Performance, XA, XA Ultra now on pre-order

Sony Xperia X, X Performance, XA, XA Ultra now on pre-order

Sony's new Xperia X smartphone family is finally ready for the US crowd. Almost. The four smartphones that make up Sony's latest flagship series have just one up for pre-order on both Best Buy and B&H Photo, with prices ranging from $280 to $700. And to make those prices worth it, the two stores are also throwing in free microSD cards to supplement the 16 or 32 GB internal storage for these devices. But although you can already put in an order for one, you won't actually be getting those shiny new Sony mobile devices until sometime in mid to late July, save for the Xperia X.

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PlayStation Neo tipped to land this year to usher in 4K gaming

PlayStation Neo tipped to land this year to usher in 4K gaming

While Microsoft was only too happy to tease the E3 2016 crowd with its Project Scorpio console, noticeably missing from the showroom floor and news was the PlayStation Neo, a.k.a. the PlayStation 4.5. Even Nintendo name dropped its NX console in announcing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Fresh Air the Wild. Apparently, there is a reason for that. According to insider sources, Sony's "and a half" console might actually launch later this year, so Sony is merely reserving the PR for when that happens.

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You can try PlayStation VR at Best Buy and GameStop this weekend

You can try PlayStation VR at Best Buy and GameStop this weekend

One of Sony's biggest announcements at E3 2016 this week was the official release date of PlayStation VR, along with some of its launch titles. But like when the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive debuted earlier this year, the $399 asking price is a lot for consumers when they haven't even gotten to try out the headset. Well, Sony is playing smart, and PS VR demo stations will be available at a number of retailers ahead of the October 13th launch, and they're starting this weekend at select Best Buy and GameStop locations.

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Resident Evil 7 biohazard: playable teaser available now in PS Store

Resident Evil 7 biohazard: playable teaser available now in PS Store

Can't stand the thought of waiting until January to get your hands on Resident Evil 7 biohazard? There's good news if you happen to own a PlayStation 4 and have a PlayStation Plus subscription: Capcom has released a playable demo of the game that you can download right now. Even better, this isn't simply a small piece of the full game, but rather a completely separate and unique piece of content.

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