Sony at CES 2019: Pharrell Williams, 8K TVs and everything else announced

The press conference was more of a showcase for the company's creative endeavours than its new products -- although there were some of those too.

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Sony sold 5.6 million PlayStation 4s over the holiday season.

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With its heritage of top TVs and notable audio equipment, Sony never misses a chance to show off its latest wares at the world's biggest tech show, CES in Las Vegas.

Unlike many other tech giants, Sony doesn't pre-announce its new CES offerings, giving us no hint what to expect ahead of its Monday night press conference.

But rather than offering up a slew of product announcements, Sony used its event to remind the world of what a content powerhouse it is, pulling Tim Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Rob Stringer, CEO of Sony Music, up on stage to talk about their respective success stories and projects, including Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.


Surprise! It's Pharrell!

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"Creativity when combined with technology brings about amazing content and entertainment," said Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida. He shared that Sony has sold more than 91.6 million PlayStation 4 units worldwide.

Sony artist Pharrell Williams also took to the stage to describe a recent trip to Tokyo, where he explored the company's newest audio technology, much of which is still not yet widely available and has yet to be announced.

"The connection between me as a creator and Sony's technological innovation was super clear to me straight away," Williams said. He urged Stringer to make it available sooner rather than later. "You're not going to make us wait like we waited for the Aibo ? Can we make some more of those please?"

New products weren't front and center during the event, although the company's latest 8K TVs did get a brief mention.

Here's a full list of everything new from Sony at CES 2019:

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