Archive for: Sony

Sony Falters: PS Vita Japan-Only Until 2012.

  • August 4, 2011 7:53 am

Too bad Sony won’t make the holiday shopping season in the U.S. and Europe — two markets that generated 40+% of their revenue last fiscal year — as we’re sure a fair amount of mobile gamers would bite.

The bad news comes by way of Sony’s own Kazuo Hirai, top lieutenant of king pin Howard Stringer, who claims the PS Vita will launch in Japan late this year first, and hit U.S. and European markets sometime early next year. Originally, the company mentioned a vague “late 2011″ staggered release for the device.

As disappointing as delays are — and believe us, they’re heart wrenching — we simply weren’t all that impressed by the Vita. Apparently our expectations our too high.

Now that your Christmas wish list was just chopped at the knees, what are you going to replace it with?

Get The New Xperia Ray’s Home Launcher Now!

  • August 1, 2011 10:04 am

Fancy the new yet subtly different launcher on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray? New features include a new widget overview mode, a “themes” function (not yet working) and a quick uninstall button within the app drawer. Minor, yes. Welcome, you bet!

The leaked .apk is now ready and waiting for public consumption. So far, the Xperia X10, Arc and Play have taken the new launcher in stride. If you manage to get it up and running on a different device, be sure to let us know how it goes.

Sony Exec: “PSN Hack Was Enlightening/Great Experience.”

  • July 14, 2011 9:38 am

Oh snap. You’d think that Sony would be perfectly content with only winning 2011′s “Worst Network Security Award”, but Sony’s very own Tim Schaaff (President of Entertainment) thinks the title of “Largest Foot Shoved In Mouth” is yet attainable.

When speaking with VentureBeat about the PSN hack among other things, Schaaf says that the overall PSN hack was “enlightening” and an overall “great experience”. Despite Schaff’s claim, we just can’t manage to shake the thought Sony’s PSN customers think differently.

“I think for people running network businesses, it’s not just about improving your security, because I’ve never talked to a security expert who said, ‘As long you do the following three things you’ll be fine, because hackers won’t get you… the question is how do you build your life so you’re able to cope with those things. It’s been a great experience.”

We know what Schaaf is trying to say. What it comes out sounding like, however, is a PR disaster. Speaking of which — Sony PR: Ready your fingers and keyboards!

AT&T Unveils Sony Xperia Play. Coming “Later This Year With 4G”.

  • July 12, 2011 7:34 pm

Verizon’s exclusivity with Sony’s Xperia Play (aka: “PlayStation Phone) will be coming to an end before 2012. At a press event today in NYC, Ma Bell took the wraps off their GSM-flavored Xperia Play which when released will come in the standard black and accompanying dark blue colors. Externally, the phone looks identical. Ditto for software too. AT&T withheld any and all specifics to launch date and pricing, though did boast that the phone would have “4G’. With that said, they were equally secretive about whether or not the Xperia Play will feature “real 4G” (read: LTE) or AT&T’s slower-than-EDGE-at-times 3G/HSPA+ nertwork. Stay tuned as we dig for an answer.

Xbox 360 Auto Disc Changer Ruins Any Chance Of Exercise I Might Get.

  • July 12, 2011 1:47 am

Do you remember CDs? I doubt it, but if you do, you’ll probably even remember a device that would hold all your CDs and let you listen to them as you please - without ever having to swap out the round archaic things. Ben Heck decided that instead of recycling that piece of equipment, he’d put it to some good use. Heck has created an Xbox 360 disc changer. Yes, you heard it right. The gift that will be atop every mans Holiday wishlist! While taking your every day run of the mill 360 DVD drive, Heck was able to plop it inside an extremely transformed (Autobots or Decepticons?) Sony CD changer.

Please, someone purchase this and send it to me for review, or just send it to me. I want and need this. I don’t trust me kids to swap out my CoD: Black Ops disc with my Halo:Reach DVD. I barely trust them getting me beers while I play. If I had this in my house, I would never have to leave the couch, well, except when I have to clean the windows and the inside of the microwave at the Gadgetsteria headquarters :(

A Radical video awaits you after the break…

It’s Over: Sony Killing MiniDisc Player Production This September.

  • July 8, 2011 7:15 am

In the age of all things digital, traditional physical formats are becoming less and less relevant. Most recently Sony killed off their old cassette tape-based Walkman player in 2010. And now, a much more “modern” victim will meet its maker come September of this year — MiniDisc.

Carphone Warehouse: “Sony Xperia Play Is A Flop — We Sell 1 Or 2 Per Week”.

  • July 8, 2011 6:58 am

When Sony announced the Xperia Play, the gaming world at large finally had some closure after years of rumors talking of a “PlayStation Phone”. On paper the phone was actually quite average — 1 GHz single-core processor, 800 x 480 resolution, and many other unremarkable specs. Even in our official review we noted how we felt Sony completely missed a chance to wow the mobile and gaming markets at large by merely settling for average and releasing a lackluster product.

With that said, it looks like our initial impressions were spot on as according to comments made by Carphone Warehouse and Orange UK employees to Mobile Today, sales are pretty much a disappointment across the board…

PSN Hack: Sony Finally Re-Launching Online Services In Japan This Week.

  • July 4, 2011 8:17 am

Sony’s widespread PSN Hack that brought the online gaming community to its knees back in mid-April is finally coming to a close this week, with Sony planning to finally re-launch the PlayStation Network store and Qriocity this week.

For the rest of the PSN-playing world, “victory” was made public back in mid-May starting with the U.S. and parts of Europe. Back at home, however, the Japanese government levied much stricter guidelines on Sony in an effort to truly make sure a hack of this magnitude never happened again. Whatever Sony and Japanese officials have been discussing is not known at this time, and very well never will be. Nonetheless, it shows the Japanese government is determined to beef up not only Sony’s security but their own country’s image as well.

Japanese PSN and Qriocity users can look towards the full re-launch beginning July 6th.

2+ Months Later: PlayStation Network, Store Still Offline In Japan.

  • June 24, 2011 1:40 pm

Despite the rest of the world regaining Playstation Network and PlayStation Store access as early as May 14th, Sony’s PSN and PlayStation Store customers in Japan remain offline.

The reason is the same as it was a month ago — the Japanese government has demanded that Sony show/prove that specific requirements are being met before they’ll allow the switch to be flipped. Making matters worse is that Sony hasn’t offered up any public explanations as to what the Japanese government’s requirements are, how they’re planning to meet said requirements, or a time frame in which we can look forward to a Japanese re-launch of PSN services.

For what it’s worth, Sony did issue a brief apology today to PSN and Qriocity customers which stated they needed more time “to make adjustments with the various related parties” — the “related parties” of course being various governmental agencies.

Tell us, Japanese PlayStation owners: What have you been doing to pass the time?