Sony: Hackers target game sites, Playstation users’ information safe

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 25 — Sony Corp said hackers had taken down its PlayStation Network without compromising its 53 million users’ personal data, while the FBI was investigating a bomb scare on a flight carrying a top Sony executive in the United States. The hackers behind the PlayStation attack said they had also targeted the servers of World of Warcraft video gamemakers Blizzard Entertainment, whose website was down, and threatened to attack Microsoft Corp’s Xbox Live network which was also experiencing problems.

PlayStation and Xbox butt heads at Hong Kong games fair

HONG KONG: Fans dressed as Transformers, Iron Man and Jedi knights were among thousands at the first day of Hong Kong’s comic and games expo Friday, where Xbox and PlayStation went head-to-head with their new consoles. The Ani-Com show at the city’s harbourside convention centre is one of the biggest of its kind in Asia and was packed with teenagers, many of them in coloured wigs and costumes mimicking their favourite Japanese comic book heroes.

Sony Mobile to adopt MediaTek 64-bit quad-core 4G LTE solutions

Sony Mobile Communications will adopt MediaTek’s 64-bit quad-core solution, the MT6732, for production of entry-level and mid-range 4G LTE smartphones for delivering in 2015, according to industry sources. Taiwan-based handset ODMs, including Arima Communications, Compal Communications and FIH Mobile, are currently manufacturing 4G LTE models for Sony Mobile using smartphone solutions from Qualcomm.

Sony steps up competition for local market

TAIPEI — Japan’s Sony Mobile Communications launched its first handset supporting the new 700 MHz frequency band in Taiwan Tuesday, in a bid to narrow the gap with its rivals in the country’s 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) market. The Sony Xperia Z2a sports a 5-inch 1080p full-HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, a 20.7-megapixel rear camera, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a 3,000 mAh battery and full support of Taiwan’s LTE bands.

Sony winning console wars

TOKYO: Sony is winning the console wars for the first time in nearly a decade, a company official confirmed on Monday, offering a rare bright spot on the firm’s otherwise troubled balance sheet. Stellar sales of the new PlayStation 4 gave the Japanese electronic giant a huge leg up over rival Nintendo, which has dominated the console market for eight years.

Sony back at top of console sales after eight years

TOKYO, June 7 — Sony have topped worldwide sales of video game consoles for the first time in eight years, a newspaper reported today, pipping struggling rival Nintendo and signalling the Playstation manufacturer’s comeback. Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) sold 18.7 million PlayStation 4 (PS4) systems and other game consoles for the fiscal year to March, the Nikkei business daily said, to Nintendo’s 16.31 million units.

Sony finds Chinese partner to make PlayStation consoles in China

Sony (NYSE:SNE), together with the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group (SHA:600832), will start making and selling PlayStation consoles in China, according to this Bloomberg report. A Shanghai Stock Exchange statement shows that the two companies have registered two new ventures together, and the industry giant will have a 70 percent stake in one venture and 49 percent in the other.

Sony shifts LCD TV ODM orders back to Taiwan makers

Amid limited profits from the LCD TV business in 2013, Sony transferred LCD TV ODM orders back to in-house production, causing LCD TV makers to see major order declines, with Foxconn Electronics seeing drops from four million units to less than 50,000. However, going into fiscal-year 2014, Foxconn expects that number to increase to 100,000 units as Sony aims to tackle the market with new units.

Sony not selling or shutting TV business, says CEO

TOKYO, May 22 — Sony Corp could take on an equity partner in its TV unit, which has racked up losses every year for a decade, but the Japanese consumer giant was not thinking about selling or exiting the business, its chief executive said today. Sony plans to turn its struggling TV business into a separate entity — Sony Visual Products Inc — within a few months to boost transparency.

Sony Music invests US$3m in Shazam, says source

BANGALORE, May 15 — Sony Music Entertainment, a unit of Sony Corp, has invested US$3 million (RM9.7 million) in music-recognition application maker Shazam Entertainment, a source familiar with the matter said. A Wall Street Journal blog post said earlier in the day that Vivendi’s Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group owner Access Industries had also invested US$3 million each in Shazam.

Sony to close e-reading store in Europe, Australia

TOKYO: Sony is to shutter its ebook Reader Store in Europe and Australia following a similar pullout in North America, the company has said, as the once-mighty electronics giant pulls in its horns.  The move comes on the heels of the sale of its struggling PC business and as Sony looks to plug gaping holes in its balance sheet. Users of the company’s tablets and smartphones will be transferred by next month to the Kobo e-book system operated by Tokyo-based online mall Rakuten, the company said in a statement issued on Thursday.

Sony’s first smartband in Taiwan launched

TAIPEI — Japan’s Sony Mobile Communications announced its first smartband in Taiwan Monday, extending its leadership in the niche market of wearable computing devices to a new product category. The Sony SmartBand SWR10 is waterproof and incorporates a removable core unit that contains advanced sensor technology that feels the wearers’ movements and sends personal fitness data to their smartphones or tablets.

Sony warns investors of deeper loss as it exits PC business

TOKYO–Sony on Thursday warned it would report a bigger-than-expected annual loss, blaming costs tied to its exit from the personal computer business, as the once-mighty firm undergoes a painful restructuring.  The Japanese electronics giant said it would book a 130 billion yen net loss (US$1.27 billion) in the latest fiscal year to March, while it slashed its operating earnings outlook. The figure is worse than a 110 billion yen net loss forecast just three months ago, when Sony also announced it would cut 5,000 jobs in its struggling computer and television units.

Playstation4 (PS4) Sales Surpass 7.0 Million Units Worldwide

TAG indexTokyo, Apr 18, 2014 – (JCN Newswire) – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that the PlayStation4 (PS4) computer entertainment system has cumulatively sold through more than 7.0 million units(1) globally as of April 6, 2014 (JST), demonstrating the rapid growth of the PS4 platform.  “The response from the global gaming community for PS4 has been overwhelming and we are truly humbled that gamers are selecting PS4 as their next generation console of choice,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Sony orders PlayStation show, joining Netflix, Amazon

LOS ANGELES: Sony’s PlayStation Network has followed online media giants Netflix and Amazon in commissioning its first original drama series, a spokesman said Thursday. “Powers”, based on a comic book of the same name, combines the genres of superhero fantasy, crime noir and police procedural, and is produced by Sony Pictures, he said.

Sony Computer Entertainment Announces "Project Morpheus" – A Virtual Reality System That Expands The World Of Playstation®4 (PS4™)

TOKYO, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced the development of “Project Morpheus” (Morpheus) − a virtual reality (VR) system that takes the PlayStation®4 (PS4™) system to the next level of immersion and demonstrates the future of gaming.  SCE will continue development of Morpheus looking towards a future commercial launch.