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Sony Aibo tipped for 2018 reboot (robot dog, smarter than ever)

Sony Aibo tipped for 2018 reboot (robot dog, smarter than ever)

A second edition Sony Aibo was tipped to be in the making for those that miss their original robot dog. The Aibo robot dog was a relatively massive hit when it was first released in the year 1999 - but Sony's restructuring several years later made the dog go the way of the dodo. Now it may be time for this electro-puppy to pounce again.

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Xperia XZ Premium leads Sony Android 8.0 Oreo releases

Xperia XZ Premium leads Sony Android 8.0 Oreo releases

It was at the beginning of September that Sony shared a list of devices that will be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, and today it kicked off that string of updates by pushing the new OS to the Xperia XZ Premium. That the Xperia XZ Premium would be the first Sony device to get its Oreo is hardly shocking, considering that it's the newest handset to come out of Sony. That is, of course, aside from the Zperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact, but those are launching with Android 8.0 out of the box.

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Xperia XA1 Plus available in the US, no fingerprint scanner of course

Xperia XA1 Plus available in the US, no fingerprint scanner of course

Sony is giving 2017 one last hurrah before calling it done, at least as far as smartphones go. It didn’t exactly lavish much attention on a relatively less known but totally new Xperia XA1 Plus, but no one’s going to blame them. This is pretty much yet another mid-range addition to Sony’s stable that bears all the design hallmarks of a Sony smartphone. And, unsurprisingly, bears its flaws specific to the US as well.

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Xperia Hello! is Sony’s robotic butler slash smart speaker

Xperia Hello! is Sony’s robotic butler slash smart speaker

Smart home speakers are the in thing in tech these days and Sony is jumping in as well but in a different way. Back when it redefined its Xperia brand last year, it introduced a few new non-phone smart devices, including a certain Xperia Agent. Formerly a prototype, that stationary robot butler has just become a full-fledged commercial product to take on the likes of Google Home, Amazon Echo, and Apple HomePod. Meet the Xperia Hello! And, yes, the punctuation is part of its product name.

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Sony turns its eye to Nintendo Switch

Sony turns its eye to Nintendo Switch

Well this is interesting: Sony and Nintendo may usually be video game rivals, but a new Sony label will soon be bringing a game to Nintendo Switch. Sony has launched a new publishing label called Unties, and one of its first titles will be a strategy game called Tiny Metal. That game has been confirmed for launch on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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Sony’s Android-powered projector arrives in US (but ouch, that price)

Sony’s Android-powered projector arrives in US (but ouch, that price)

Sony's Xperia Touch has arrived in the US, with the unusual Android-powered projector promising interactive entertainment - at a price. Spawned from a concept design, the Xperia Touch uses an ultrashort-throw laser projection system to create a 23-inch virtual touchscreen. Sony expects it to be used for playing multimedia, making video calls, and interacting with social networks.

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PS4 gets three new compact controllers next month

PS4 gets three new compact controllers next month

While the PS4 controller boasts a design that has largely endured through four console generations, it may not be ideal for players with small hands. Sony is fixing that today by introducing three new compact controllers. Each of the three comes from a different third-party manufacturer, and each has been officially licensed by Sony.

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PlayStation Now adds horror games Until Dawn, Dead Island, and more

PlayStation Now adds horror games Until Dawn, Dead Island, and more

In the recent past, Sony made the horror game Until Dawn available to PlayStation Plus subscribers for free, and now it is finally adding it to PlayStation Now. This on-demand service allows subscribers to access a huge library of games that are available to stream instantly over the Internet, and it now includes more horror games just in time for Halloween.

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Call of Duty: WWII Limited Edition bundle goes up for preorder

Call of Duty: WWII Limited Edition bundle goes up for preorder

The limited edition Call of Duty: WWII bundle revealed last month is now available for preorder. The bundle features a camo-themed console and a military green DualShock 4 controller to match. The game itself doesn't launch until November 3, and that's when the bundle will be available. Ahead of that, though, is the option to preorder from various retailers.

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PS4 system update 5.0 rolling out now – here’s what it adds

PS4 system update 5.0 rolling out now – here’s what it adds

After spending more than a month in beta, PlayStation 4 system software update 5.0 is now available in full release. The update adds a ton of new features, with Sony even detailing a few new ones as its opening the floodgates today. As the version number suggests, it seems that this is indeed a big release for the PlayStation 4 faithful.

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Sony’s PlayStation credit card offers tempting rewards for PS4 fans

Sony’s PlayStation credit card offers tempting rewards for PS4 fans

There's a lot of PlayStation-branded stuff out there, and today that group grows just a little bit bigger with the introduction of the new PlayStation credit card. Yes, if you're a die-hard PlayStation fan, this could indeed be the credit card for you. In fact, Sony's trying to tempt you to sign up with a significant amount of credit to the PlayStation Store.

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PlayStation VR has a new HDR-friendly model

PlayStation VR has a new HDR-friendly model

Sony revealed today that it's working on a new PlayStation VR model. This news comes almost a year after the first one launched, and with this new model, Sony aims to fix some problem points that were present in the original. Some of the new changes include integrated stereo headphones and an HDR pass through.

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