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Let The Games Begin: The PlayStation 4 Is Launching On November 15th

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The next generation of console wars has a start date. We already knew it would have killer graphics, some impressive games and a great launch price of $399 ($100 cheaper than the Xbox One), but today Sony finally announced the last major missing detail on the PlayStation 4– it’s release date. Well, here it is: the PlayStation 4 will be available in the US on November 15th, or just under three short months from now.

On top of that Sony also said that the PS4 will have 33 games available by the end of the year. The games include Call of Duty: Ghosts, Skylanders Swap Force, Need for Speed: Rivals, Battlefield 4, Madden 25, FIFA 14, NBA 2K14, NBA Live 14, Killzone: Shadow Fall, #DRIVECLUB, Knack, Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag, Watch Dogs, Just Dance 2014, and LEGO Marvel Superheroes. As far as launch lineups go this is pretty solid.

Oh, and the PS4 wasn’t the only PlayStation product to get some attention today. Sony also said that the PS Vita has been given a nice price cut and will now be $199 (for both the WiFi-only and WiFi+3G versions). If you were looking for a deal on the Vita for back to school, here it is.

Sony’s Shows Off The Future Of PlayStation– Meet the PlayStation 4

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As expected Sony has taken some of the wraps off of their long-awaited next generation PlayStation, the PlayStation 4. While Sony showed off the PS4’s new controller and its great graphics capabilities, a lot remains a mystery to be solved at a later date. We still don’t know what the actual console will look like or how much it will cost.

However while we wait for that later day to arrive, let’s get you caught up on what we do know so far.

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Could This Be The PlayStation 4’s New Controller?

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Sure there are only 5 days left until Sony’s big PlayStation announcement, but that doesn’t mean the leaks on what Sony might have in store need to end. The PlayStation 4 looks to be all but guaranteed for an unveiling next week, and over the last few weeks there have been a lot of rumors about a new PlayStation 4 controller that looks a lot like older PlayStation controllers but with an added touchpad, similar to what the Vita has on its back. How this would look and work wasn’t really clear, but today we at least have our first idea of what it will look like thanks to a prototype leaked by the site Destructoid.

As you can see in the pic above, at first glance it looks a lot like the DualShock controller of the PS2 and PS3, but if you look closely you’ll notice a nice, large black touchpad above the PS button in the middle of the controller. Oh, and the big silver box the controller is plugged into? Well that is most likely one of the developer consoles for the PS4 (though don’t worry, the real PS4 will be a lot slimmer and better looking than that).

With February 20th so close all will hopefully be officially revealed very soon, but if there are any other big leaks before then we’ll make sure that you know about them. Stay tuned!

For more info on what we are expecting in the PlayStation 4 check out our earlier posts here.

Let The Countdown Begin: Sony Is Announcing the PlayStation 4 On February 20th

It’s been over six years in the making but the wait looks to finally be over. In just under two weeks Sony will join Nintendo in the next generation video game wars, announcing the long-awaited and highly anticipated PlayStation 4.

Late last week Sony sent out invites to the press for a PlayStation event in New York on February 20th. The invite was fairly vague, with the only text being “see the future” together with the equally vague YouTube video you see above titled #PlayStation2013. Thankfully, major news outlets like the Wall Street Journal (log-in required to view article) and Nikkei (a Japanese newspaper) have since confirmed that this event will indeed be the official unveiling of the PlayStation 4.

Now with an announcement so close, the rumors around what we might expect to find in the PS4 are only growing. The latest ones have the PS4 getting a controller that looks a lot like the PS3’s DualShock 3 controller but with an added touchpad for new types of gameplay (think something like the back of the Vita) and much improved online experience that should help the new system compete with Xbox Live (Sony bought a major online gaming company, Gaikai, last year). Oh, and the biggest rumors of them all– it will be out in time for the holidays of this year and be priced in the $400 range. Now $400 is a lot of money (you can get a PS3 today for around $270), but for everything the PS4 looks to be offering, we’re honestly just hoping that it won’t cost $500-$600 like the PS3 did was when it came out in 2006.

In terms of specs, the PS4 looks to be every inch the beast we’re hoping for. According to Kotaku, the latest PS4 development kits from January (a development kit is a special version of a console that game publishers use to create games to work with the new system) have a super powerful 8-core AMD processor– codenamed “Bulldozer”– with an equally powerful AMD graphics card, 8 GB of RAM (with 2.2 GB of RAM just for video), a Blu-ray drive, and 4 USB 3.0 ports. Basically, this will have all the power of a top of the line gaming PC and make the PS3 and Xbox 360 seem really old and slow.

Now as with all rumors things like the specs, pricing and availability are not confirmed and can change before the announcement. Of course with the announcement just 13 days away if they do we’ll find out soon enough.  Get ready PlayStation fans– the PS4 is almost here.

More info: USA Today, The Verge, PlayStation

Sony Exec Teases A Big PlayStation Announcement Coming In The Next Few Months– Could It Be The PlayStation 4?

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One of the many mock ups of what people think the PlayStation 4 may look like

It has long been rumored that 2013 would be the year that Sony and Microsoft announce the next generation of the PlayStation and Xbox. As we all know, last year Nintendo released their latest game console, the Wii U, and it has been over seven years since the Xbox 360 launched and six years since the PS3 came out so this time was inevitable. And today we got our first real hint that this new generation was on its way.

CNET reports on an interview a Sony Vice President of Home Entertainment, Hiroshi Sakamoto, gave to a Chilean website Emol, about a big PlayStation announcement planned for E3 (the annual June video game conference where the Xbox 360, the Wii U and the PS3 were first announced), or even May at a special event. Here’s the answer he gave when asked about the next PlayStation:

“That’s still a big secret, but our friends are preparing Sony PlayStation. I can only say that we are focused on the E3 gaming event, scheduled for June. [An] announcement may be [made] in that minute or even earlier in May.”

Now for those who have followed the rumors, the PS4 and Xbox 720 (or Xbox 3, Xbox Surface or whatever the next Xbox will be called) have been rumored for years. But hearing a Sony VP of Home Entertainment– someone who you think would know about things like a new PlayStation– talk about it like that makes us think that we finally could see the PS4 very soon.

Now in terms of what to expect in the PS4, not much is known about it today. Kotaku and other sites say the PS4 will be able to play games at 4K resolution (four times today’s 1080p HDTVs) which would mean that its much more powerful and has much better graphics than today’s PS3 (the next Xbox is also rumored to have similar graphics specs). In terms of price and release, other rumors say the PS4 and next Xbox will be available by the holidays of this year for around $400 each.

E3 runs from June 11th-13th and if the next Xbox and PlayStation are coming this year we’re sure we’ll hear a lot more before then. As always, stay tuned.

More info: CNET, Engadget

CES 2013: Sony Announces Two New Superphones, Meet the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL

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Yesterday at CES Sony took the wraps off a whole bunch really cool devices, such as new cameras, new TVs and new phones. And while the new TVs look pretty amazing (they are among the many new TVs at CES that are 4K TVs, or TVs that have four times the amount of pixels as today’s full HD 1080p TVs. We’ll have more on this later), the biggest news for you from Sony’s big CES press event is the announcement of two new superphones, the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. In short, these phones look great and should rival the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III, One X+ and Droid DNA for the title of best Android phone.

Both pack all the top of the line features you would expect in a superphone, including a 1.5 GHZ quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM for speed, a 5-inch full HD 1080p screen (like the Droid DNA—this looks amazing and is right up with the DNA as the best screens we’ve seen on a phone yet), a 13-megapixel back camera with a 2 megapixel front camera for HD video chat, NFC support for doing things like sharing pictures and videos or playing music off a compatible stereo just by tapping your phone, Android Jelly Bean with pre-loaded apps like PlayStation Mobile for gaming, and of course, 4G LTE support for super fast internet.

xperia z water

Now here’s something really cool about the new Xperia Z in particular—it’s water AND dust resistant. This means you could take this into the shower (as Sony put it) or to the beach and not worry about this breaking from a little water or sand. For a phone as thin and powerful as this one is, this is pretty amazing.

No word yet on price, carriers or release dates just yet, but as soon as we get that info we’ll make sure that you get it too.

Top New and Upcoming AT&T Phones: Fall 2012

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So we’ve covered Verizon, but a lot of you are curious to know what are the big new phones AT&T has in store for the next few weeks. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. At an event last week AT&T showed off a lot of the new phones that will be coming to their network over the next couple of weeks and months, and if you’ve got an upgrade coming up you’ll be glad to know that there are a lot of awesome choices waiting for you.

So what are you waiting for? Read on.

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Top 5 New and Upcoming AT&T Phones: Spring 2012

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So you’re on AT&T, you’ve got an upgrade coming up sometime over the next couple of months and while you like some of the phones already out there, you really wanna know what AT&T’s got coming out during the next few weeks or months so you don’t go out and buy something only to really regret it a week later. Well we wanna try to help you avoid that, so here are 5 phones out now or on their way to AT&T and that any AT&T user with an upgrade should be really excited for.

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Sony Finally Gives The PlayStation Vita A Release Date: Coming To The US February 22nd

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Ready for Sony’s next generation PSP, the PlayStation Vita? Well, you’ll have to hold on for a bit longer as Sony has just announced the US release date for their next generation PSP– February 22nd, 2012. Yes, 2012, as in next year.

Now while we know this still sucks, we should note that February is only four months away and let’s face it– most of us have been waiting for a true PSP successor for years now, so what’s a couple more months?

In other Vita news, Sony also announced that the Vita will have built-in apps for Facebook, Foursquare, Skype and Twitter— perfect for those times where you want to use this for more than just awesome gaming. Speaking of games, Sony also mentioned that there are over 100 games in development right now for the Vita, including Vita versions of hit games like Call of Duty, FIFA, Uncharted (the Vita version is called Uncharted Golden Abyss), and Assassins Creed– with even more games to be announced “in the months ahead.”

For those who don’t know, the Vita is Sony’s next version of the PSP (aka the PSP2), and as you’d expect, it’s loaded with impressive features like: a 5 inch OLED touchscreen with a 960×544 resolution (or a pretty amazing screen), quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor (think the full power of your computer in your pocket. This allows for things like PS3 quality graphics on a device you can carry in your pocket), full array of buttons with dual analog sticks (so you also get the full PlaySation controller to go with those PS3 like graphics), front and rear cameras (for things like augmented reality games and Skype), and touch sensitive pad on the back (so you can have more control of the games without having to put your fingers on the screen. The touch sensitive panel on the back spans the length of the front’s 5 inch screen– so you can control from the back by touching where you would want on the screen). In short, it’s pretty incredible.

And as for pricing, the Vita still looks to be $249 for WiFi-only or $299 for WiFi+AT&T 3G, though again who knows, maybe the fact that’s it not coming for another four months will make that price drop even further.

So, you gonna wait it out for this or will you get something like an iPod Touch (which now starts at just $199) this holiday season for your portable gaming needs?

More info: PlayStation Blog

Back To School Deal of The Day: PS3 Now Only $249

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Sure it’s no free Xbox 360, but if you were looking for a PS3 for your dorm room now is probably the best time to get one. Sony this week has announced that they have dropped the PS3’s price $50, with the 160 GB version now starting at $249 and the 320 GB version coming in at $299. Sure it’s not a huge price drop, but we’ll gladly take it and it’s a pretty solid deal particularly if you don’t plan on buying a new laptop for school (or aren’t buying one at the minimum $690 to get the Xbox 360 deal).

And it’s even better when you think of everything else a PS3 can do beyond gaming, like watch Blu-ray movies, stream videos from Netflix/Hulu Plus/YouTube, go online from your TV,  or even watch games with the MLB.TV or new NFL Sunday Ticket apps (which is also coming to the PS3 this season and you don’t need to have DirecTV to use it. The NFL Sunday Ticket app does need you to pay a pretty expensive $339.95 for the season— or $5 more than what DirecTV subscribers pay– but you do get access to 14 out-of-market games per weekend and the Red Zone Channel, all in HD).

If you’re going off to college and want TV but don’t want to pay the crazy cable/satellite fees (or are just looking to save serious money by ditching cable/satellite entirely), the PS3 and its new price look to be perfect for you.