It was rumored that Sony's next PlayStation (currently code-named "Orbis") and Microsoft's next-gen Xbox (code-named Durango) might lose the optical drive in favor of digitally-downloaded games. The WSJ's learned that these ideas were once very real at some point during development.
Nobody likes in-game advertisements (of any kind), but it's a necessary evil to either keep game costs low or free. But this patent filed by Sony last year called the "Advertisement Scheme for use with interactive content" is just messed up, no matter how you look at it.
Unless you have a fast Internet connection, downloading games digitally from the PlayStation Network (PSN) can take forever. Sony is adding a new feature to PSN that'll let gamers pre-download unreleased titles in advance.
With a new redesigned site, Amazon also dropped the ball on a new partnership with Sony to deliver its Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming service to the PS3. Sony's console is now a Netflix-streaming box and an Amazon video streaming one.
Fans of the iPod Nano Watch may want to think about making an upgrade in the near future. Of course, the only trade off is that you'll have to switch to an Android device.
Sony might not be ready to talk PlayStation 4, but that doesn't mean the tech/gaming press isn't. Gaming blog Kotaku has the scoop on what could be a very bold change in gears for Sony's next game console.
Most power outlets are pretty dumb. Plug something in, and the juice will start flowing. This outlet developed by Sony brings some smarts to the lowly outlet, using smart card technology to identify what device is plugged in, and even identifying that object's owner.
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.