I've been hearing it since the new year: "There are no games to play!"
Sure, we seem to have found ourselves in a bit of a lull when it comes to the big blockbuster video game. When I posted what I felt were 2014's most anticipated titles, I may have overlooked the fact that the beginning of 2014 was a bit on the light side for games.
Wrought with guilt that I may have in someway performed a disservice to you fine people, I felt compelled to compile a short list of interactive software worthy of your hard-earned income. The best part? Most of these titles are significantly cheaper than the $60 you're probably used to paying for a shiny new game.… Read more
Sony's PlayStation 4 and smartphones helped the company generate a slight profit during its fiscal third quarter ended December 31.
Sony revealed on Thursday that it generated $23 billion in revenue during the period, up 24 percent compared to the same period in 2012. Sony was able to turn a slight loss in 2012 into a $257 million profit.
The successful quarter stands in stark contrast to Sony's revised full-year forecast, which expects the company to post a $1.1 billion loss.
The PlayStation 4 was a significant jump start for Sony's business, helping the company's … Read more
When IBM announced in 2004 it was selling its PC business, it sent shock waves around the industry. When HP announced in 2011 that it would do so, too, it was a surprise decision (and one that later was reversed).
But Wednesday night, when ailing Sony announced its own plans to sell its PC business to Japan Industrial Partners, the idea has become almost mundane.
Why so? Because the personal computer has ceased being the star attraction in people's computing lives. Now it's just one of a cast of characters, and that makes it expendable in Sony's … Read more
Sony has reached an agreement to sell its Vaio laptop business to an investment fund and spin off its TV business.
The Japanese electronics giant had been in talks with investment fund Japan Industrial Partners, according to earlier reports. That deal is now official, according to Sony.
Sony "has determined that concentrating its mobile product lineup on smartphones and tablets and transferring its PC business to a new company established by [Japan Industrial Partners] is the optimal solution," Sony said.
Sony, which plans to cut about 5,000 jobs as part of the sale, also revised its full … Read more
Here's a secret for gadget makers: If you want to get a lot of attention for your new device, release it in January.
The first month of the year heralds CES with all its noise and bluster. But after the show, when the insanity dies down and holiday sales recede into history, the gadget landscape dries out. As we do each month, we used our unique algorithm to rank gadget buzz according to search volume, engagement on CNET, and editors' ratings. This month, the effects of a dry release cycle come into clear relief. The usual suspects are still … Read more
The day Microsoft announced a new CEO, word came from Japan that Sony is trying to exit PCs.
Whatever Sony ultimately does, it's a clear signal one of the top brands doesn't see PCs running Microsoft software as an attractive market anymore.
"Sony's planned sale of its personal computer operations underscores how far this business has fallen in the eyes of Japanese and U.S. manufacturers," an editorial said in Japan's Nikkei on Wednesday.
Sony established the Vaio brand in 1996 when Microsoft and Windows 95 ruled the world. At Sony's peak, it … Read more
Sony is in talks to sell its money-losing PC business to an investment fund and focus on smartphones, according to a Japan-based report.
The Japanese electronics giant is in discussions with Japan Industrial Partners, an investment fund, to "unload its sluggish personal computer operations," according to a report in Wednesday's Nikkei.
The fund will establish a new company that would take over Sony's entire PC business, the report said. The sale price is estimated to be 40 billion yen to 50 billion yen ($391 million to $489 million), Nikkei reported.
An earlier rumor that Sony was … Read more
Late tonight PS4 owners can download a new system update (version 1.60) that delivers support for Pulse and Pulse Elite Edition wireless stereo headsets to the PS4. At the same time, Sony announced the imminent arrival of its new Gold Wireless Headset, which launches "early this month," and like the Pulse headsets, offers 7.1 virtual surround sound.
The new headset also includes developer-created custom audio modes for specific for PlayStation games (the free Headset Companion App hits PlayStation Store in February), a noise-cancelling microphone for voice chat, and customizable faceplates. Sony says the Gold Wireless Headset … Read more
We've got another great lineup for you this week, including brand new episodes of your favorite shows, how-to tips, hot first looks and more.
After an extended break, Googlicious is back with a fresh new episode that's packed with all the Google and Android scoop you could ask for. Host Brian Tong dishes out the latest Samsung Galaxy S5 rumors, and is Samsung attempting to beat Google Glass with a Galaxy Glass?
And while most of us likely won't get the luxury of attending this weekend's big game in person, why not do the next best … Read more