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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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PlayStation Plus October 2017 free games list: Metal Gear Solid V, Amnesia

PlayStation Plus October 2017 free games list: Metal Gear Solid V, Amnesia

Sony has revealed the upcoming games that will be available for free next month to PlayStation Plus members, and it's a great lineup. Leading the roster is Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain, though only PlayStation 4 owners will get that. There are a total of six titles making up this list, two of which are only for the PS3 and another two for the PS Vita.

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Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact pre-orders start now

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact pre-orders start now

If you in the market for a new high-end smartphone and haven’t yet decided what to get, then Sony just added one more for you to consider. Just a week after the Xperia XZ1 became available, Sony is putting the Xperia XZ1 Compact in pre-order. Considering what you’re getting for its price, this smaller flagship might actually be a better deal than either of Sony’s more expensive models.

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Sony’s next phone will be different (and weird too, I hope)

Sony’s next phone will be different (and weird too, I hope)

Sony's Xperia smartphone series will get a new design language in 2018 after nearly a half-decade with the same rectangle. The design language they use currently began roughly around the time the first Sony Xperia Z device was released - see our original Sony Xperia X Review from back in 2014 to see what I mean. Now, here in 2017, Sony's India-based managing director Kenichiro Hibi confirms that their industrial design will change come 2018.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 trailer shows onslaught of epic events

Star Wars Battlefront 2 trailer shows onslaught of epic events

This week the folks pre-ordering the game Star Wars Battlefront 2 have begun to flip directly out over the trailer you're about to see. This trailer shows a number of epic additions to the game, centering on ability modifiers and looks inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi. These "looks" are for both Kylo Ren and Rey, bringing the user directly in to the film ready to roll this December.

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium DxOMark score fails to impress

Sony Xperia XZ Premium DxOMark score fails to impress

You'd think that years, nay decades, of experience in the digital camera market, not to mention a head start in the smartphone camera market would give you a strong lead in the long run. Apparently not, as shown by the Xperia XZ Premium. Taken for a spin by DxOMark, Sony's 2017 premium flagship scores an unimpressive average of 83. While far from being the worst in DxOMark's re-testing phase, it is situated in the lower half of the list, which doesn't do favors for Sony's already floundering smartphone business.

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Galaxy S9’s camera likely a speed-master for slo-mo

Galaxy S9’s camera likely a speed-master for slo-mo

The Galaxy S9 may be the first major device to benefit from a Samsung image sensor revealed in the rumor mill this week. The 3-layer image processing unit is tipped to use a method of capture not entirely unlike the 3-layer image sensor released this year by Sony. If the past is any indicator, it would not be a surprise to see Samsung employ this new image processor in some models, while Sony's equivalent IMX image processor lives in others.

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Rainbow Six Siege update corrupts PS4 in a BAD way

Rainbow Six Siege update corrupts PS4 in a BAD way

If you're a fan of Rainbow Six Siege on PlayStation 4, you may want to shelve your copy for now. A group of Rainbow Six Siege players are reporting that a new update for the game is crippling their systems, even going so far is some cases as to corrupt hard drives. The situation, as you can probably guess, is leaving a bunch of frustrated PS4 owners in its wake.

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Xperia XZ1 now available in the US, no fingerprint scanner

Xperia XZ1 now available in the US, no fingerprint scanner

At IFA 2017 late last month, Sony unveiled its second attempt at putting out a flagship for the second half of the year. And this time, Sony almost gets the formula right. Well, almost. The Xperia XZ1 is now ready for purchase in the US, unlocked and from Amazon, and it rightly doesn’t carry the high price of the Xperia XZ Premium launched a few months back. Sadly, Sony continues to deprive its US customers with a feature that has become more or less standard on any smartphone, to the extent that even Apple has been criticized for removing it. Yes, it still doesn’t support a fingerprint sensor.

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The next smartphone spec race: unnecessarily fast slow-mo

The next smartphone spec race: unnecessarily fast slow-mo

If a report from South Korea proves true, the next smartphone spec race is not on quality, but on speed. The report suggests that Samsung is set to create its own 3-layer image sensor that's able to utilize DRAM to snap and process photos faster than ever before. Faster than any smartphone camera's ever allowed in the past, that is to say.

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PS4 and Xbox One cross play silently enabled in Fornite

PS4 and Xbox One cross play silently enabled in Fornite

It would seem that Sony's aversion to cross play between the Xbox One and the PS4 has come to an end. This whole saga first began when Rocket League developer Psyonix suggested that enabling cross play between the two consoles would be a simple endeavor, with Sony turning around and denying such a move. Ever since then, Sony has declined to open up cross play between the two consoles at every turn.

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Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV superzoom is super fast

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV superzoom is super fast

Because of the limits of technology, we are sometimes forced to choose our battles and settle for compromises. That’s true for smartphones and it’s true for digital cameras as well. Super zoom? Yes, you can have that, but you’ll have to settle for less than speedy performance. Sony, however, is saying that you can have your cake and eat it too, so to speak. The latest addition to its Cyber-shot family, the RX10 IV, boasts of a few firsts. But its real claim to fame is combining a 24-600 mm lens with fast autofocus and fast tracking in a single camera.

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