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Sony Xperia XZ1 hands-on with XZ1 Compact

Sony Xperia XZ1 hands-on with XZ1 Compact

Sony has two new Android phones for 2017, the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact, and they'll be among the first wave of Android 8.0 Oreo devices. Unveiled at IFA 2017 today, the two handsets each wrap Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 in a sleek, if unobtrusive, chassis, while Sony's engineers go cherry-picking the best of the tech from their counterparts in the photography, gaming, and TV divisions.

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PlayStation Plus September 2017 free games list: inFamous Second Son and more

PlayStation Plus September 2017 free games list: inFamous Second Son and more

September is almost here and Sony has finally announced which free games it will bring for PlayStation Plus subscribers. As in the past, you'll need an active PlayStation Plus subscription to access these games; if you have one, the games will be available to download without cost via the PlayStation Store's PS Plus section. Titles are notable but, depending on what your game library already holds, may not be terribly exciting.

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PlayStation VR gets a brand new bundle in just a few days

PlayStation VR gets a brand new bundle in just a few days

Sony is apparently about to make PlayStation VR a lot more attractive for you PlayStation 4 owners. The company announced a new PSVR bundle today, and it will go on sale in just a few short days. In other words, if you were planning to buy a PSVR and you haven't taken the plunge yet, you should hold off for just a little while longer.

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Xperia XZ1 Compact is pretty in pink and in price

Xperia XZ1 Compact is pretty in pink and in price

Has Sony finally seen the light in terms of pricing its smartphones? One can only hope so. It might still be asking a lot more than its competitors, but, given the Galaxy Note 8’s shocking price tag, Sony’s excess might seem almost modest. Last we heard, the Xperia XZ1, its next flagship, will cost a pretty 599 GBP, roughly $770, which is on par for a premium phone. From that same source, Xperia XZ1 Compact will supposedly also get a price tag worthy of a mini flagship, except there’s an even cheaper but fuller flagship to give it a run for its money.

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PS4 and Xbox One crossplay just got some great news

PS4 and Xbox One crossplay just got some great news

For quite some time now, there has been a lot of back and forth between Microsoft and Sony, with crossplay at the center of it. Some high-profile developers have brought up the possibility of allowing PS4 and Xbox One owners to play multiplayer games with and against each other. Microsoft is even on board with the plan, but thus far, Sony hasn't been.

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Xperia XZ1 price and press renders leak

Xperia XZ1 price and press renders leak

With the Galaxy Note 8 out of the way, the road is now clear for other smartphone makers to try and still the spotlight, and consumers’ attention, in the next few days. Next in line is LG’s “anti-stylus” V30 and at least two of Sony’s next premium models. While there’s barely anything else to be said of the former, there’s plenty of room left for the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact. And, as luck would have it, we’re seeing new information about them, including prices and even press photos.

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Sony settles Xperia water proofing lawsuit, claims could reach $300

Sony settles Xperia water proofing lawsuit, claims could reach $300

Even before dust and water resistance became a staple of high-end smartphones, Sony has been flaunting high IP grades on its flagship models since 2013. Sadly, it seems that some users have taken Sony’s word for it and didn’t get the results they expected. What they got, instead, was a totally soaked and damaged phone. But now they could be getting some cash as well, now that Sony has agreed to settle the lawsuit instead of just letting it drag on and on ad infinitum. And depending on which phone you got broken, Sony might owe you $100 to $300 in cash.

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Gran Turismo Sport release gets limited edition PlayStation 4

Gran Turismo Sport release gets limited edition PlayStation 4

It's been nearly four years since the last Gran Turismo game, so October's release of Gran Turismo Sport is going to be a big event. That's doubly true when you consider that Gran Turismo Sport will be the first game in the series to launch on PlayStation 4. To celebrate such an exciting occasion, Sony has announced a limited edition Gran Turismo Sport PlayStation 4, complete with a special DualShock 4 controller.

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Xperia XZ1 Compact renders are thick like nobody’s business

Xperia XZ1 Compact renders are thick like nobody’s business

It seems that Sony is going to play the contrarian this year in terms of smartphone designs. While everyone is scrambling to banish bezels from their phones’ faces, Sony is still sticking to lots of them in its upcoming Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact. With the latter, however, it seems to be going above and beyond the call of duty. While the trend for the past years have been to make phones impossibly thin, based on these leaked 3D renders, Sony will make the Xperia XZ1 Compact uncharacteristically thick instead.

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PS4 update 5.0 features officially detailed: VR, friends, broadcasting and more

PS4 update 5.0 features officially detailed: VR, friends, broadcasting and more

Following a recent leak, Sony has officially detailed the features PlayStation 4 owners can expect to get in the upcoming system update 5.0. The firmware is currently in beta testing, and it brings a wide variety of changes, not the least of which is a redesigned master and sub-account system that makes it easier for families to manage their accounts. Changes are also coming for VR, managing friends, and more.

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Xperia XZ1 looks almost similar to Xperia XZ from this leak

Xperia XZ1 looks almost similar to Xperia XZ from this leak

With IFA just a few weeks away, mobile companies are already preparing to show off their late 2017 lineup. Which also means we’re bound to get even more leaks and teasers for those products. Case in point is the Xperia XZ1, which has posed for the camera, unofficially of course. The 2017 successor to last year’s somewhat high-end smartphone looks almost exactly identical to the Xperia XZ, but, as they say, looks can be deceiving.

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Sony XAV-AX200 car audio system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support

Sony XAV-AX200 car audio system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support

The focus these days on self-driving smart cars and built-in Apple CarPlay or Android Auto may seem to make more focused and dedicated in-car audio systems obsolete. Sony’s latest announcement reminds car owners and lovers that there’s always room for both. In particular, the new XAV-AX200 receiver supports both infotainment platforms, just like its predecessor, the XAV-AX100 pictured above. Sony, however, also throws in a feature that may sound old school by now: a DVD player.

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