Touchscreens are great until they get smudgy, oily and become the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Sony's new "Xperia Sola" smartphone has a "magic feature" called "floating touch" that lets you hover your finger over a touchscreen. Does that sound better for your germ-free fingers? You betcha.
How is Sony's Wii Remote clone — the PlayStation Move — doing? As you'd expect, not too bad, but not exactly great either. Maybe motion controls really were a fad.
Now that the PS Vita has launched in three major regions, focus is turning back on Sony's home console. The latest intel suggests Sony will ditch the complex Cell architecture for the PlayStation 4 and go with AMD for next-gen CPUs and GPUs. The switch would reportedly make the PS4 much more developer-friendly.
The smartphone business is no longer about fun and games, it's possibly the toughest part of the tech business right now. But that hasn't stopped Sony's new CEO, Kaz Hirai, from rolling the dice on smartphones, again.
As of today, the PS Vita is officially available in North America and Europe (not just for consumers who bought the First Edition 3G model). Backed with a $50 million advertising campaign — the largest for any PlayStation system — Sony is letting the world know that its still very serious about portable gaming. On a technical engineering level, the PS Vita is unmatched. As we've said before, the PS Vita's graphical prowess nearly rivals that of the powerful PlayStation 3. But beautiful graphics aren't the only thing that that makes the PS Vita attractive. The magic all comes together with a gorgeous 5-inch OLED touchscreen, dual-analog sticks, rear touchpad (the first on any gaming device), dual-cameras and library of launch games that cater to everybody, from the casual to the hardcore. I've been playing with the PS Vita for nearly two weeks. To find out if the PS Vita really is the "best PlayStation ever" or not, read on for my full review.
With the PS Vita sporting two analog sticks this time around and the power of it approaching near-PS3 level, you'd think playing digital copies of old PS2 games would be a breeze. That's not the case, as Sony isn't going to let that happen.
No, Sony didn't team up with Pop-Tarts to make an edible Vita. Instead, the teardown gurus over at iFixit put the Vita in a toaster oven and baked it for 10 long minutes at 200 °F for a very specific reason. Of course, I'd be a jerk if I didn't have that very specific reason handy — read on to find out why this Vita is getting baked.
Better keep that aging PlayStation Portable around if you want to play your old games. Sony has confirmed that North American PS Vita owners will not be getting the "UMD Passport program" that allows PSP games to be transferred to digital form for a small price.
Kiss goodbye to logging into your PlayStation Network account because come Wednesday, you'll be logging into your new Sony Entertainment Network account. The name change is merely cosmetic, but it signals a new era for Sony — one that's deliberately focused on the user experience.
Need an incentive to go digital when it comes to buying PS Vita games? How about a discount? Sony has confirmed that it intends to pass on a slight saving to gamers for ditching the box and cartridge and downloading games via PlayStation Network.