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Xperia XZ torture test reveals a lot of plastic

Xperia XZ torture test reveals a lot of plastic

Sony is a rather odd smartphone maker. After its “golden age” dating back to the Xperia Z3 and earlier, it seems that every new flagship it puts out is beset by one controversy or another. While the Xperia XZ, its most high-end for this year, isn’t as contentious (except in the US), it might still end up disappointing fans, and not just because of the design. Torture Stress test expert JerryRigEverything has put the Xperia XZ to his usually battery of experiments, and the smartphone, sadly, doesn’t not survived unscathed. Or unscratched.

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PlayStation 4 Pro: All of the games optimized for launch

PlayStation 4 Pro: All of the games optimized for launch

PlayStation 4 Pro, in case you've forgotten, launches in a week's time. With it, Sony will usher in an era of 4K console gaming, getting its newest machine to market well ahead of Microsoft's Project Scorpio launch. In anticipation of the PS4 Pro release, Sony has released a list of all the games that will be optimized for the new console on launch day.

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Kipon EF to Sony E lens adapters rock integrated ND filter

Kipon EF to Sony E lens adapters rock integrated ND filter

Kipon is a Chinese from that makes lenses and other accessories for cameras. The company has unveiled a slick product that users of the Sony digital cameras with E-mount body will love. The new accessory is an adapter that allows Sony users to use lenses meant for Canon cameras on their Sony unit.

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PlayStation Vue arrives on Android TV: PC and Mac support inbound

PlayStation Vue arrives on Android TV: PC and Mac support inbound

Sony has announced the arrival of PlayStation Vue on Android TV, and has also said the service will be supported on PC and Mac soon. The company has already rolled out PS Vue, its streaming live television service, on Android, iOS and Roku. With this latest expansion, the service arrives on just about any device you could hope for, and obviously makes it an option for a much wider range of users.

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Razer and Nacon PS4 pro controllers aim at eSports Pros and hopefuls

Razer and Nacon PS4 pro controllers aim at eSports Pros and hopefuls

Sony is talking up a pair of new controllers that are for the PS4 but aren't controllers that it has built. Rather these controllers are from two gaming firms that have long build aftermarket controllers that eSports pros prefer and amatures often find to perform better than Sony's own controllers. One of the controllers in question is the Razer Raiju and the other is the Nacon Revolution Pro Controller.

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PlayStation Plus free games lineup for November announced

PlayStation Plus free games lineup for November announced

We're closing in on the end of October, which means the list of free PlayStation Plus games for PS4, PS3, and PS Vita will soon be refreshing. Sony revealed a grand total of six new PlayStation Plus titles today, with those becoming free on November 1. Though there are only two games being offered for each console, both of the PS Vita titles have some level of cross-buy compatibility with PS3 and PS4.

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PlayStation Tournaments hawk prizes in eSports competitions

PlayStation Tournaments hawk prizes in eSports competitions

Sony has teamed up with ESL to bring a new feature to its latest-gen console: PlayStation Tournaments. The first among the so-called “Major” tournaments, which will be available to PlayStation 4 owners, is NBA 2K17. The tournament will coincide with the launch of the latest NBA season, running from October 27 to November 26. Major Cup rounds will be held each Saturday during this time, and ultimately three winners will be selected.

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Xperia X Compact gets waterproof, pink models in Japan only

Xperia X Compact gets waterproof, pink models in Japan only

At this rate, people will begin to wonder why Japan is getting some of the nicer stuff. It’s not like they’re subjected to more water than the rest of the world. And yet, that market is exclusively getting at least two waterproof models of high-end smartphones. Hot on the heels of KDDI’s LG V34, NTT DoCoMo has put up the product page for the Sony Xperia X Compact, which is practically the same elsewhere, except for its IP68 rating. And as if to add insult to injury, it also comes in pink!

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Amnesia Collection for PS4 inbound — here are 4 other games to terrify you

Amnesia Collection for PS4 inbound — here are 4 other games to terrify you

Frictional Games has announced the upcoming launch of Amnesia: Collection for the PlayStation 4, bringing the titles to Sony's console. The collection will be comprised of three games: "Amnesia: The Dark Descent," "Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs," and "Amnesia: Justine." The company hasn't detailed pricing or availability at this point, but that's alright: there are some other terrifying games available right now to tie you over.

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Sony Xperia Ear pre-order begins, puts an AI in your ear

Sony Xperia Ear pre-order begins, puts an AI in your ear

Google kicked the personal assistant wars into full gear when it announced the Pixel smartphones, and some OEMs aren’t about to take things sitting down. While we’re still waiting for word on Samsung’s plans for its newly acquired Viv, Sony has a trick up its sleeve as well. Or rather, up its ear. The Xperia Ear “personal assistant”, first revealed back at MWC last February, is now available for pre-order online to let you use a personal assistant without having to whip out your phone or even your watch.

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Sony’s PlayStation arm plans to launch up to six smartphone games

Sony’s PlayStation arm plans to launch up to six smartphone games

Sony has announced that it plans to take on the mobile space in a classic "if you can't beat 'em" scenario. More and more gamers are moving to smartphones as their mobile gaming device of choice. To help Sony grab its share of that market , the company has announced that the PlayStation division will be launching five or six new mobile games by the end of March 2018.

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PlayStation VR launch: What you need to know

PlayStation VR launch: What you need to know

PlayStation VR launches today, offering players a middle ground between more expensive headsets like the HTC VIVE and entry-level ones like Google Cardboard or Gear VR. It's also a significant launch because this new hardware will show us whether or not console-based virtual reality can survive in a space that's getting more crowded by the day. For some people, though, the launch has been a little confusing, so let's clear a few things up and try to help you determine in the PlayStation VR is the right buy for you.

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