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22
Sep
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PlayStation Now’s creator explains how game streaming came to Sony


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With the PlayStation Now beta just opening to a larger chunk of the gaming population, you might be wondering how the streaming service came to Sony in the first place. Why did Gaikai drop its entire PC audience to join a console maker? Thankfully for you, Gaikai chief David Perry has just shed light on that transition in an interview with GameInformer. Simply put, streaming on computers was becoming a nightmare for Perry’s team before the 2012 acquisition. The sheer number of compatibility problems was “massively reducing” the number of titles Gaikai could support, and the software required increasingly elaborate tricks (such as image recognition) just to run at all. The company wanted to escape these headaches by going to a platform with standardized elements like controllers and copy protection. When Sony came knocking, it quickly became clear that the PlayStation was a good match — it solved many challenges in one fell swoop.

Perry is more than willing to talk about game streaming’s present and future as well. He notes that the PlayStation Now test run has been going smoothly, and that it exists primarily to give his crew freedom to experiment with new techniques before Now is ready for primetime. It won’t just be a matter of refinement in the future, though. Besides introducing social features like Share Play, Perry is hoping to expand device and game support; he has already promised streaming for older PlayStation releases. He’d ideally support “every game ever,” so long as the technology allowed it. In the long run, he also sees the cloud enabling software that isn’t possible when you’re limited by the processing power of a box in your living room. “You could just completely let [developers] go wild and free,” he says. That’s not likely to happen soon, but it’s good to know that streaming could improve the quality of the games you play, not just how you play them.

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Source: GameInformer

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21
Sep
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From paper to pixels: the arrival of the e-reader


Ray Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451, once said: “Nothing a computer can do can compare to a book.” For some, the pleasure of flipping through a paperback may never change, but pragmatism is starting to take hold. More people than ever are opting for e-books; the benefits of having a virtual library in your pocket outweigh the nostalgia for physical books. And although modern e-readers have been around in some form or another for over two decades, the evolution and adoption process has been a long and complex one. Join us as we take a look at some of the key moments in the e-reader’s history.

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20
Sep
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Sony brings Video Unlimited to Mac and PC browsers everywhere


A lack of its own new PCs to use the service on isn’t stopping Sony from bringing its Video Unlimited platform to the web. As the beleaguered electronics outfit notes on the PlayStation Blog of all places, it’s playing catch-up king once again and no longer requiring users to download and launch a separate app to peruse their content library on desktop. Now all you need to do is hit the “watch now” button from the Sony Entertainment Network store’s website to check out anything you’ve rented or purchased. So long as the service is available in your region to begin with, you can use web streaming. The move away from a proprietary application also means that the service is finally available on Macs as well — you know, in case you aren’t into that whole iTunes fad.

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Source: PlayStation Blog

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20
Sep
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Sony brings PlayStation Now game streaming to the PS3


You don’t need a fancy current-gen console to stream all those Sony classics — the company announced last night that its Netflix-esque PlayStation Now open beta is finally, well, open to PlayStation 3 owners in the United States and Canada. It’s about time, really: PS3 owners have been part of the more selective closed beta program since January, but Sony opened the early access gates to folks with PlayStation 4s first. As always, though, be sure to keep a few things in mind before you take the plunge. You’ll get access to some 150 PS3 titles as part of the deal (including forthcoming hits like inFAMOUS and Ultra Street Fighter IV) but rental prices for these games tend to range between $3 and $20. That span isn’t awful, but considering you’d be able to pick up physical copies of some of those games for about the same price, you’ll have to think about just how valuable picking up new games while immobile on the couch really is.

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Via: VentureBeat

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20
Sep
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Which portable speakers are worth buying?


While some people like to listen to their favorite music on a quality sound system with a set of high-end speakers or headphones, most people are just fine listening from a cheap headset or the built-in speakers on their phones. But what if you’re somewhere in the middle, and want your music to be portable, but still sound great? Plenty of companies have stepped up to give you just that, releasing speakers that deliver solid highs and clear lows, all in a package that you can fit in a bag. There are too many out there for us to review ourselves here at Engadget, so we’ve pulled together reviews from sources we trust to help highlight some of the better recent options.

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20
Sep
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Engadget Daily: NVIDIA revisits the moon landing, why Microsoft is buying ‘Minecraft,’ and more!


Still don’t believe man journeyed to the moon? According to NVIDIA’s recreation of the landing site, it definitely happened. But that’s not all we have on deck for the weekend. Read on for Engadget’s news highlights from the last 24 hours, including a review of a WiFi-enabled crock pot and personality analysis based on your Twitter feed.

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19
Sep
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Sony’s SmartEyeglass prototype makes Google Glass look chic


Sony SmartEyeWear

As Sony’s smartphone division continues to struggle, the company is working out what it needs to return to profitability. Does it concentrate on the high-end market dominated by Apple and Samsung, or does it try to appeal to customers looking to get their very first smartphone? One thing you might not expect is for the company to push forward with the release its own smart eyewear, a Google Glass clone of sorts, that connects to its devices to superimpose images, videos and text into the wearers view. “SmartEyeglass,” as it’s known, looks like a bulky pair of 3D glasses that have been modified to include a 3-megapixel camera, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, brightness sensor, a microphone and a pretty large battery pack.

Sony says that while SmartEyeglass is currently in the prototype stage, it can already connect to a range of smartphones (running Android 4.1 and up) to deliver hologram-like visuals through its lenses. The lens is just 3mm thick, 85 percent transparent and sucks up less energy thanks to its monochrome display. Unlike Google Glass, which can host its own apps, Sony wants developers to build smartphone apps that can then connect to SmartEyeglass over Bluetooth, so it’s opening its software kit today to get things started. It hopes to put the prototype hardware on sale by the end of March 2015, after which it’ll look to get it into consumers’ hands.

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18
Sep
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You’ll be able to drive a car in ‘Final Fantasy XV’


Timed perfectly for this year’s Tokyo Game Show, Square-Enix’s unveiled a new teaser for its next (long in development) Final Fantasy. There’s boyband hairstyles, broody protagonists, big-ass swords… and a fancy car you drive around in. Watch, and wait — FFXV‘s still coming.

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17
Sep
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​Sony expects losses to quadruple because of its smartphones


Once again recalibrating its bad news for the latest financial quarter, Sony has quadrupled its forecast loss for the financial year and it’s down to those Xperia smartphones. The company already cut its forecast for smartphone sales in July, and this latest reassessment – to the sum of a 180 billion yen ($1.7 billion) “impairment” – comes following an internal review of it mobile arm in mid-summer. It found that the mobile arm was focused on “achieving significant sales growth” which apparently is no longer the game plan: the company is now aiming towards reducing risk, volatility and “more stable profits”. (Some profit is likely a good place to start.) The revision will also factor new strategies depending on regions, and a focus on its premium smartphones — and likely a reduction in its midrange devices.

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16
Sep
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Nothing says you’re a Sony fanboy like a pair of PS4-themed Air Jordans


There’s nothing like a set of fresh kicks to add the finishing touch to your get-up, but then there’s the problem of tracking down the perfect pair. We know that’s exactly why you haven’t been cracking out your PS4-themed outfits recently, but luckily there’s now a shoe for that[TM]. Custom kick designer Jonny Barry from FreakerSNEAKS has seen this gaping hole in the market, and intends to fill it with the “JRDN X PS4,” a remix of the Air Jordan 4 that takes inspiration from Sony’s latest console. They’re actually one of his less-extensive mods, with the PS4/PlayStation logos replacing the normal dunking graphics on the back of the sneakers, and an image of the mischievous robots from Playroom on the tongue. What’s more, there’s a (completely non-functional) HDMI port built into the sole, and a Jordan-branded cable for plugging them into, well, each other. As Barry tells DualShockers, he intends to produce a limited run of ten pairs, and sell them at around $950 each. Finally there’s something that just works with that PS4 jumpsuit you’ve been dying bust out, and what a bargain at more than double the price of the actual console!

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Via: The Verge

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