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Sony’s PlayStation 4 VR “Project Morpheus” to launch in 2016

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Seems everyone is trying to tap into the VR market now, following the success of the Oculus Rift ,Sony has debuted a new version of their PlayStation 4 powered virtual reality headset Project Morpheus.

Looking as sleek as a helmet straight out of a sci-fi film, it’s been given quite a few improvements on top of it’s bang up good looks. The new bigger 5.7 inch OLED screen has an improved resolution to a good 1920 x 1080 resolution with double the frame rate of the last unit at 120Hz. The field of view has been given a bump up as well, now at almost 100 degrees as well as lower latency at just under 18 miliseconds. They’ve also included nine LED sensors on the outside which makes it easier for movements to be captured by the corresponding PlayStation 4 camera and adds to the cool glowy-ness of the whole thing.

When will we get it? Sony says that we will see a retail launch in the “first half of 2016” which is not too far off, though they haven’t yet dropped off any hints about pricing or a proper name for the device so it will still be called Project Morpheus for now.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY now official

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is no stranger thanks to tons of leaks for several months now. So the covers are finally off with the final specs and features. The Xperia Play is the first ever PlayStation Certified smart phone which claims to provide unparalleled gaming experience with its robust gaming buttons.

It runs on the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a 1GHz Scorpion ARMv7 processor with Adreno 205 GPU. The 4″ FWVGA multi-touch display is capable of 854×480 resolution
and it comes with a 5.1 MP camera with assisted flash at the rear. On board, there’s 400MB of storage and in addition it comes with a 8GB microSD card for extra storage.

Among the games available are Need for Speed, Sims 3, Multiplayer version of FIFA 10 for mobile and more titles are coming soon from various content partners such as Electronic Arts, Gameloft, Namco Bandai Networks and Sony Computer Entertainment. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play starts shipping in March and comes available in white and black colour options.

Check out the promo video after the jump

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Full version of the leaked Sony Ericsson Xperia Play airs at Super Bowl. It’s every bit just as weird as before

The earlier leaked Sony Ericsson Xperia Play video got its full minute of airtime during the Super Bowl earlier and it is just as every bit as weird as before. If you’re interested in watching it, just head over to after the jump.

But all this weirdness is ok, we know the device itself will make up for it all. Keep your eyes peeled for the official unveiling of the gaming Android the February 13

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play gets an official launch date and you’re invited

After weeks and weeks of leaks, teasers and rumours, Sony Ericsson finally makes the Xperia Play official with a very social invitation.

On its Facebook page Sony Ericsson has put out an invitation for the world to join in and welcome the first ever mobile gaming centric Android smart phone. The date is set on February 13 — just a day before the start of the Mobile World Congress — and proceedings will begin at 1800hrs GMT (that’s 0200hrs on February 14 our time).

If you’d like to follow the event as is happen, just “Like” Sony Ericsson’s Facebook fan page.

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Leaked Sony Xperia Play ad is weird

The first official Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (aka. PlayStation Phone) TV commercial has been leaked out and it’s not what we hoped it would be.

We were expecting to see some mobile gaming screentime and more shots that highlight the strengths of the phone but instead we get this, some shady characters grafting stolen human thumbs onto an Android mascot. Sounds weird? See the video after the jump for yourself.

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PlayStation games get ported to Android devices with the PlayStation Suite

The big news today is the launch of the Next Generation Portable or what all of us will be referring to as the PlayStation Portable 2. Still no news on the PlayStation phone or what will most probably be called the SonyEricsson Xperia Play but there is definitely something going on with Sony and Android.

At the launch PSP2/ NGP today, Sony also announced the “Playstation Suite”, a new cross-device game platform that will bring PlayStation games to Android device.

Slated to launch by the end of this year, the PlayStation Suite will have the potential to grow the PlayStation franchise beyond the realm bespoke devices developed by Sony. With the platform, almost overnight, Sony and its PlayStation game developers will have access to millions of customers who are not necessarily looking at getting a PlayStation device but who don’t mind having fun playing PlayStation games.

This is something huge.

Via the suite (which is also accessible from the PSP2 aka. NGP), Android users will be able to buy a host of “PlayStation Certified” games. The certification ensures that the games that go on the Suite are licensed, tested and are of a certain quality before being pushed out to the store. But currently only PlayStation 1 games will be playable on Android devices.

So with Sony having shown so much interest in the Android platform, the only thing left now is to see how their vision of a portable gaming device that is also a smart phone pans out. We so want it to be awesome!

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Super mega epic Sony Xperia Play review

Here’s the thing, Sony Ericsson has yet to put out the official word on this game-phone hybrid device but one after another highly in-depth reviews of the Xperia Play (aka PlayStation phone) is coming out of the wood word, and by our reckoning, when things like this happen a launch is not too far off. Not only that, judging by where the reviews are coming from — within the general vicinity of China, Taiwan and perhaps Hong Kong soon — it looks like Asia might get first dibs on this game-centric Android phone.

The catch is that this latest review that pits the Xperia Play against all manner of portable gaming devices and Android phones (PSP Go, PSP and Game Boy Advance SP, Motorola Milestone, other Xperia phones to name a few) is in Chinese, this can be a bit of a problem for the non-Chinese reading people among us. While we attempt to translate all this information so that every can enjoy the work done by the people at TGBUS.com, we’re not promising anything.

While you wait, the article is still readable with the help of Google’s translator. Hit up the source link to view the full review.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play: More pictures and videos emerge

Despite Sony Ericsson not confirming nor denying its existence, the PlayStation phone is looking as real as it’ll ever be and this latest round of leaked pictures and videos are revealing the most details of the Xperia Play than any of the previous leaks we’ve featured.

Specs deets on the Xperia Play:

  • 1 GHz Snapdragon QSD8255 processor with 512MB RAM and 512MB on board storage
  • Qualcomm Adreno 205 GPU
  • 4-inch LCD with 854×480 resolution
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera (no mention of 720p video recording)
  • a generous 1500 mAH battery
  • Secondary noise cancellation mic
  • MicroSD expansion
  • Micro USB port
  • Android 2.3

No dual-core processor here but the graphics performance of he Xperia Play is nothing to laugh about. The geeks that got their hands on the Xperia Play unit ran graphics performance tests and the devices churned out some very interesting numbers, clocking an impressive 59.1fps on Neocore the benchmark and an equally awesome 1,733 score on Quadrant.

Just for comparison, the PSP Go packs a 333MHz processor, 64MB RAM, and a 3.8-inch 480×272 display. Question now is, what kind of games will make it onto this not so hard-core PlayStation platform and how would the gaming experience be like? Only time (and more leaks) will reveal the Xperia Play’s secrets. Expect an official launch to happen in March.

Before then, head on over to after the jump for pictures and videos of the Xperia Play courtesy of it168.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play spotted with PS and Xperia Logo

Here’s another juicy update on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play/PlayStation Phone which is a portable gaming device running on Android.

Earlier on, Sony’s gaming chief commented that there will be a clear differentiator between a gaming phone and an actual PSP which makes us believe that the upcoming portable gaming device may probably not carry any PlayStation branding. However with the latest photos from Engadget, it is surprising to see that it carries both PlayStation and Xperia logos on the same device.

We wonder how’s the gameplay compared to an actual PSP and whether it is just a lighter version that provides some form of gaming on top of the Android platform. From the rest of the pics, it is shown running on the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread which we highly anticipate in a Sony Ericsson device. We’re keeping our fingers crossed and hopefully they will make some official announcement at CES. Check out more pics after the jump.

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