We’ve never quite understood the point of hiring Danny McBride to be in a G-rated movie, since he can’t do the sort of foul-mouthed improvisation that he does best. That hasn’t deterred Rovio and Sony Pictures from asking him and other comedians for filling out the cast list for Angry Birds: The Movie. The flick will star SNL-alum Jason Sudeikis as Red, a bird with a “temper problem,” Josh Gad as Chuck and the aforementioned McBride as Bomb. Other cast members include SNL-alum Bill Hader as the Pigs, SNL-alum Maya Rudolph as Matilda and, er, current SNL player Kate McKinnon. The film’s secret weapon, of course, is to hire Game of Thrones and Destiny star Peter Dinklage as the Mighty Eagle. Although if the movie is anything like the game, we guess we’ll have to pay a couple more bucks in order to see the Mighty Eagle get us past a particularly difficult scene.
Sure, you’ve been able to change the background on your PS Vita since day one, but swapping out the system’s application icons wasn’t exactly an option. Until now, that is. With the latest update to Sony’s handheld, the custom themes that the catch-up king promised last month will soon be available. With software version 3.30 comes not only different icons for system settings and the like, but also new background music too, should still have that turned on. Aside from Uncharted and Tearaway interface skins, the PlayStation Blog notes that not-game tie-in appearance packs themed around the four seasons and arts-and-crafts will be available too. Much like the trophy-rarity ratings coming to the portable with the patch (something the PlayStation 4 has had since launch), this is likely an appreciated gesture. However, we know there’s probably at least a few amongst the PS4’s 10 million owners who’d like to see their console look a little less blue sooner rather than later.
If you need a video refresher of just exactly what the PlayStation TV is capable of ahead of its US and Canadian release, Sony has something to take care of that. The video we’ve embedded below reinforces that Sony’s micro console is a device for families with kids and touts its ability to do more than just Remote Play PlayStation 4 games or stream some of Sony’s back catalog via PS Now — it’s a low-cost media-streaming gizmo as well. Perhaps best of all, it gets the point across in under 90 seconds. What the clip doesn’t tell you, however, is that while the PlayStation TV can play PS Vita games natively, some of the handheld’s best releases (think Tearaway and Wipeout 2048) aren’t yet compatible because of that system’s use of touch controls. Will that caveat make you reconsider plopping down $100 come October 14th? Let us know in the comments.
The Sony Xperia line of devices is probably best known for their long history of waterproofing their devices and Sony‘s latest smartphone is no different, as this Sony Xperia Z3 unboxing irrevocably shows. As the title of the article suggests, the unboxing in question unboxes the Xperia Z3 and the contents of its box all while completely underwater. Don’t believe me? Check out Carphone Warehouse’s video for yourself:
As you can see, it’s not like the phone is just taken out of the box for nothing – it’s actually turned on for the first time underwater and is used to take a few happy snaps too. As far as unboxings go, the very first underwater unboxing is going to be a very hard act to follow. Of course, this is all made possible by the waterproofing of the Xperia Z3 (IP65 and IP68), which was announced earlier this month at IFA 2014. Truthfully told, the Xperia Z3 is only a minor update from the Xperia Z2, but the cosmetic changes and the return of great features like the 20.7MP rear camera keep it relevant in the fast moving smartphone market.
I feel as though everything needs to be unboxed underwater now. What did you think of the Sony Xperia Z3 unboxing underwater? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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It was only a matter of time. When word came down that Sony was shuttering the PlayStation 3 virtual space, PlayStation Home, in Japan earlier this year, the service’s domestic days were likely numbered as well. Citing a “shifting landscape” as the cause (and likely no public outcry that the oft-laggy environment was missing from the PlayStation 4), senior community manager Paul Sullivan writes on the PS Blog that the last day to run around the hub will be March 31st of next year. Don’t start fretting just yet, however, as the electronics giant plans to release new downloadable content for the quasi-Second-Life experience ahead of that. Perhaps it’s time to do a mournful diva dance in your virtual domicile to commemorate this event. A bit rusty with the proper moves? Check the video after the jump for some inspiration, then.
Source: PlayStation Blog
It’s a pretty interesting time to be in the market for a new mobile. Over the past month, we’ve seen Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha and Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch, not to mention Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 will join that list in a few weeks. And as if you didn’t have a hard enough choice already, Sony’s latest handsets are now available in the UK, too. With a design that’s almost identical to the company’s previous flagship, the Xperia Z3 crams future-proof specs into a thinner and lighter package. The Xperia Z3 Compact is for those who prefer a smaller device, and while some specs like screen resolution have taken a hit in the shrinking process, the Z3’s powerful chipset and camera have made a full transition to the miniature model. But how much are they, and where can I get ‘em?! Woah, calm down with the questions there buddy — we got you covered.
|Cheapest contract (with upfront)||£13 (£530)||£26.50 on 3G (£199)||£26.50 on Voda 3G (£60)||£24 on T-Mob 3G (£240)||£14 on Orange 3G (£335)|
|Cheapest contract (no upfront)||£38||£38.50 on 4G||£34.50 on Voda 3G||£39 on EE||£28 on O2|
As is the way with flagship phones, everyone’s playing the game. That means you basically have your pick of carriers and retailers if you’re headed down the contract route. EE and Three have confirmed the Xperia Z3 is coming to their networks, but no pricing information is available right now, should you want to take out a contract with either directly. If so, hold tight — we’ll be adding this info as it comes in.
MVNOs don’t seem quite as keen on Sony’s latest as the major players, with only giffgaff confirming it’s ranging the Xperia Z3. While showing as out of stock right now, it’ll be available on contract for just under £22 per month with £50 upfront, or for £529 outright (though you might as well get a giffgaff SIM and unlocked device elsewhere instead).
If it’s a SIM-free, unlocked model you’re after, Unlocked Mobiles has by far the best deal currently at £499 all-in. Clove, Expansys, Amazon, Tesco (direct) and Sony itself are all lagging behind by various degrees, though Carphone Warehouse wants the most for an unlocked Z3, flogging them for £550 a piece. (Note that not everywhere is showing available stock, but we expect that caveat to disappear shortly as listings get updated.)
Xperia Z3 Compact
|Cheapest contract (with upfront)||£13 (£414)||£22.50 on 3G (£99)||£17 on O2 3G (£230)||£15 on EE (£240)||£7.50 on Talkmobile 3G (£340)|
|Cheapest contract (no upfront)||£27||£30.50 on 3G||£26.50 on Voda 3G||£31 on EE||£24.46 on Voda 3G|
The Z3 Compact is proving to be just as popular as its bigger brother where carriers and retailers are concerned. Most have been quick to let their contract options be known, but we’re still waiting on EE and Three to show their hands. We’ll continue to update the above table as this information rolls in.
As with the full-fat Z3, giffgaff is the only MVNO interested in the Compact for now. It’s available for £16.90 per month with £50 upfront, or for £419 if you don’t fancy signing a contract (again, though, you can get a much better deal if you buy the phone elsewhere).
Clove is leading the pack when it comes to unlocked pricing, selling the Z3 Compact for just £349. Unlocked Mobiles isn’t exactly a close second at £399, but it’s still cheaper than offers from the likes of Tesco (direct), Expansys, Sony, Amazon and Carphone Warehouse. (Note that not everywhere is showing available stock, but we expect that caveat to disappear shortly as listings get updated.)
Want to check out Destiny‘s strike missions and raids but haven’t shelled out for a PlayStation Plus membership yet? Well, perhaps you can rally a few similarly-leveled buddies this weekend and give The Devil’s Lair or Vault of Glass a shot on PlayStation 4 — even if they’re in Europe. Starting this Friday at 3:01 a.m. Eastern / 12:01 a.m. Pacific, you’ll have a chance at taking out Sepiks Prime with a little help from your friends in developer Bungie’s latest shooter, gratis. Sony’s PlayStation Network has grown by leaps and bounds since the PS3 days, and the outfit wants to show it off. If Destiny isn’t your game, as Joystiq writes, you can take any multiplayer title online until the free promotion ends Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. We hear that Battlefield 4 is finally working, too, but if you aren’t into the whole pew-pew thing, there’s always FIFA 15. Regardless of what you play, there’s almost never a bad reason to spend a weekend on the couch enjoying the great indoors.
Source: PlayStation Blog
Wherever you look, the PlayStation 4 is outselling the Xbox One by a considerable margin. In fact, Sony sold twice as many consoles in the UK as Microsoft in Destiny’s launch week, leaving its rival with another considerable hill to climb. One way Microsoft could claw back some of its lost market share is to drop the price of the Xbox One, again, which is something it’s decided to do today. To little fanfare, Microsoft slashed £20 off the price of the Kinectless Xbox One on its official store, meaning you’ll now pay only £329.99. Amazon has reacted to the price cut too, but has gone one better by offering Sunset Overdrive White Xbox One bundle pre-orders for the exactly the same price. It means that in the space of 10 months, the console has undergone three price reductions, saving late-adopters at least £100 in the process. For the time being, the Xbox One is officially cheaper than the £349.99 PlayStation 4 (which is also the subject of some seriously good deals), but as both consoles have already dipped below the £300 mark, we’re pretty sure Sony won’t be too worried by today’s discount.
In case you haven’t heard, Sony is in a little bit of strife. After having a resoundingly successful 2013, Sony’s financial success has taken a turn for the worse, recently posting a 180 billion year “impairment” – their words, not ours – due to poor performance by its Xperia devices, particularly the smartphones. As a result, Sony has had to let go about 1,000 employees to help its situation and the changes haven’t stopped there. According to sources in Taiwan, Sony will focus on high-end smartphones and essentially downplay its mid to low-end offerings to try and recover some of its losses.
Sony had been well positioned to consolidate its position in the top 10 of all smartphone manufacturers, however its latest performance could eventually see it drop out the tail end of those 10. Its poor performance has been blamed on a recent surge in Chinese manufacturer activity and an inability to get a foothold in the U.S. market, something which should not be unfamiliar to our American readers. This is a very similar downturn to what happened with HTC not too long ago after it tried to dip its fingers into too many pies. HTC has since recovered much of its former glory – Sony looks to have taken the first steps that HTC took after it reported huge losses and will take some time to properly recover, possibly when it is time for the Xperia Z4 to launch.
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The annual Tokyo Game Show has just wrapped up, and while there weren’t any major console announcements, we still had our fair share of memorable moments on the show floor. On top of trying several different virtual reality demos, we also watched Japanese girls giggle away at a romance simulation booth, and we even bumped into Japanese porn stars without realizing who they were at the time. Check out our list of TGS highlights in the gallery below.