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PS4 system update “Yukimura” details revealed ahead of release

PS4 system update “Yukimura” details revealed ahead of release

The Sony Playstation 4 is getting its latest software update, version 2.50 tomorrow. The system update, codenamed "Yukimura" offers a myriad of new features for enhanced game play and easier ways to connect with friends. Before you update your console, take a look at what's in store in the latest version of software for the PS4. The PS4 wants to be your destination console when it comes to playing video games with friends. Taking a lead from Twitter, verified accounts will be available to game developers and industry insiders.

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HBO, Showtime, and Sony want an Internet fast lane for TV streaming

HBO, Showtime, and Sony want an Internet fast lane for TV streaming

In the wake of the FCC's Net Neutrality vote, all web content is created equal. However, nothing is every black and white, and there is a new gray area when it comes to managed services. HBO, Showtime, and Sony Corp. are pushing for their streaming content to be treated separately and have talked to Comcast Corp. about being included in their separate data lane for "managed services."

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PlayStation Vue: here’s what you need to know

PlayStation Vue: here’s what you need to know

Sony's newest TV-based venture is PlayStation Vue, a system that works specifically on their PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 gaming devices. Now that we're well and away from the launch of the PS4, a device that Sony assured the public was a "gamer-centric" system back in 2013, it's time to get serious about bringing on television services. For the time being, PlayStation Vue - a TV channel service - will be available to Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia only, though more cities are on the way in the near future.

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Sony launches PlayStation Vue TV service in Philly, Chicago & NYC

Sony launches PlayStation Vue TV service in Philly, Chicago & NYC

In an effort to make your console more relevant to your TV experience than gaming, Sony is soft-launching PlayStation Vue. Their Internet TV service is robust, sporting 55 channels of take-it-or-leave-it TV. There are no complicated bundles — you get 55 channels with Vue’s starting point. It’s competitive with Sling TV as a streaming TV option, but might leave some wanting. The service notably lacks ESPN, a major feature for Sling TV. PlayStation Vue also costs $49.99/month for the basic package, well above Sling TV’s $20/month starting point.

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PlayStation Now coming to the UK via private beta this Spring

PlayStation Now coming to the UK via private beta this Spring

PlayStation Now is US-only, and that’s pretty lame. We’re not fans of region-locked services like that, so when we hear they’ll be opening up to new markets, it’s exciting. Such is the news today, where we’ve learned Sony is opening up PlayStation Now to the UK. Via a private beta program, those in the UK with a PlayStation 4 — and who are members of PlayStation Plus — can be among the first to sign up for the PlayStation Now network in the UK.

Sony Xperia Z4 leaked 3D renderings give a glimpse of new flagship

Sony Xperia Z4 leaked 3D renderings give a glimpse of new flagship

We saw a lot of new devices at the Mobile World Conference 2015, but we were disappointed when Sony didn't unveil a new flagship. Sony gave us glimpses of their Xperia tablets, but we saw nothing about a flagship phone. Maybe it's part of a strategy by Sony. As Sony continues to hold back information about its latest developments, it seems to just make me want it more. We got our hands on the newest leaked 3D renderings of the not-yet-released Sony Xperia Z4. Let's take a look at what we can expect from the next Sony flagship.

Majora’s Mask 3D was last month’s top-selling game

Majora’s Mask 3D was last month’s top-selling game

NPD Group's numbers are in from last month, and it shows overall strong sales in the gaming industry, with February having an 8-percent year-on-year increase. Sales for both hardware and games hit $955.6 million, with $378.2 million of that coming solely from hardware sales (a year-on-year 10-percent increase). Though software sales weren't quite that high, there was a 7-percent year-on-year increase with $338.9 million coming in. It was an overall good month for the industry, particularly Nintendo which saw high console and software sales.

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Sony’s Playstation Vue to be the latest TV service for cord-cutters

Sony’s Playstation Vue to be the latest TV service for cord-cutters

Netflix, Hulu, and Yahoo Screen are some of the bigger names in the new business of television programming without a traditional paid-television service. Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) will be joining these cord-cutting services soon. SCE is launching a new online TV service called Playstation Vue which will be available through the Playsation Network to Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 console users. Sony wants to change the way users experience the Playstation Network. They've expanded their service from offering games to including a Spotify service for music. The Playstation Vue will now be adding cable-free TV programming to the mix.

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Sony teases details of PS4 2.50 “Yukimura” update

Sony teases details of PS4 2.50 “Yukimura” update

Xbox One owners just got their happy dose of monthly updates, finally bringing in a most requested feature: screenshots! Soon, it will the PlayStation 4 camp's turn to rejoice when system firmware version 2.50 rolls around. Codenamed "Yukmura", the massive update will also deliver some of the functionality that have been most requested by users, which including being able to easily suspend and then resume their PS4 gaming session. Of course, that's not the only goodies that firmware 2.50 will bring to the gaming table.

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