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US charges regime-linked North Korean in WannaCry, Sony hacks

Sep 07, 2018 - 12:22 PM

The suspect, Park Jin Hyok, was part of a unit known as the 'Lazarus Group' that masterminded the notorious hacks, the FBI says

PARK JIN HYOK. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Wilkison announces charges against North Korean national Park Jin Hyok in a range of cyberattacks on September 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP


How close are we to the end of the gaming console?

Aug 15, 2018 - 3:09 PM

With the technology to beam console-quality games to any device, consumers would not have to spend the money for a $600 or $800 box, one analyst observes

Sony reaches 500M PlayStations sold milestone

Aug 14, 2018 - 1:08 PM

A cultural force, Sony has now sold over 525 million PlayStation consoles since the debut of the original in 1994

ORIGINAL PS. The first PlayStation boasts a run of 104 million units sold. Screenshot from Sony


Sony profits rise on the back of PS4 game sales, Spotify shares

Jul 31, 2018 - 6:29 PM

The growth of the streaming music sector, the sustained profitability of the PS4, and solid leadership under a new CEO have boosted Sony's net profits, year-over-year

MONEYMAKER. Blockbuster PS4 titles led by 'God of War' provide a big boost to Sony's bottomline in the first quarter of Japan's fiscal year, April 2018 to June 2018. Image from Sony


WATCH: Sony chief on return of 'Resident Evil 2,' new 'Spider-Man' game

Jun 18, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Shuhei Yoshida discusses some of their big games for the coming year and their mobile game studios, ForwardWorks

SONY CHIEF. Shuhei Yoshida is the president of Sony's Worldwide Studios for Sony Interactive Entertainment.Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


IN PHOTOS: Inside Sony Playstation's E3 presentation

Jun 12, 2018 - 3:38 PM

Get a closer look at the actual event behind Sony's E3 2018 showcase

SONY AT E3. Sony held their Playstation conference at the Los Angeles Center Studios, Monday, June 11, US time. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Recapping Sony's PlayStation Showcase at E3 2018

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Here’s a roundup of the biggest announcements from the Sony Playstation E3 showcase at this year's E3

New gameplay trailer drops for 'The Last of Us Part II'

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Check out this new gameplay trailer for 'The Last of Us Part II'

This is the E3 2018 press conference schedule

May 30, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Here's a full schedule of press conference times for this year's E3 at Los Angeles, along with a shareable Manila timezone graphic

E3. E3 2018 promises its own brand of surprises. File photo of E3 2017 by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Sony's next PlayStation may be at least 3 years away

May 24, 2018 - 3:18 PM

'We want to use the next 3 years to prepare the next step, to crouch down so that we can jump higher in the future,' says PlayStation CEO John Kodera

PSX. Gamers wait outside the main show hall of PlayStation Experience 2017 held in Malaysia. Photo by Nadine Pacis


'God of War' becomes PlayStation 4's fastest-selling exclusive

May 04, 2018 - 3:54 PM

God of War sells over 3.1 million units in its first 3 days

DAD AND BOY. Kratos and Atreus make waves in the gaming scene. Image from Sony.

Sony's 2018 flagship XZ2 lands in PH for P43,990

Apr 24, 2018 - 7:26 PM

Sony's new flagship leads the redesign for its Xperia line

5 video games to watch out for this summer

Apr 04, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Looking to beat the summer heat with some cool new games to play? Here's a quick list of our video gaming picks for the summer months!

Brutal grace: Kratos grows up in 'God of War' return

Mar 19, 2018 - 11:05 PM

In this preview of what may be this year's biggest PS4 game, we explore how Kratos has grown as he faces a challenge bigger than killing Zeus: fatherhood

The 'God of War' PS4 Pro and the meanings behind the markings

Mar 14, 2018 - 2:35 PM

The limited edition PS4 Pro made especially for 'God of War' carries strange markings that have in-game ties

GOD OF WAR PS4. Those aren't just random drawings. The patterns on this limited edition PS4 Pro mirror those on the game's Leviathan axe, signifying several things.All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: What's inside the 'God of War' Collector's Edition set

Mar 14, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Here's what you'll find inside this P7,699 special set

KRATOS. Gaming's most brutal hero returns in God Of War for the PS4, coming April 20. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Sony reveals Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact at MWC 2018

Feb 26, 2018 - 5:57 PM

The Xperia XZ2 and the XZ2 Compact share mostly identical specifications, save for general size, battery life, LTE modem type, and camera layout

SONY XPERIA XZ2. Sony's new Xperia devices are coming! Photo from Sony.

5 phones we're expecting to see at MWC 2018

Feb 22, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Here are some of the phones we’re expecting to see at the world's biggest mobile communications expo

S9. At the back, you can see the dual cameras fitted on what is supposed to be the new Galaxy S9 from Samsung. Photo from Evan Blass/@evleaks/Twitter


Image of new Sony Xperia prototype surfaces ahead of MWC reveal

Feb 21, 2018 - 10:59 AM

An alleged prototype of a smartphone belonging to Sony’s new Xperia XZ2 series is sporting a new curved design

Image from Sony/Twitter


SciTech wRap for February 3, 2018

Feb 03, 2018 - 10:00 AM

This week's roundup features Russian rockets, Chinese sex dolls, and the world's social media darling, Facebook. Here's the SciTech wRap for February 3, 2018!

Sony profits soar more than tenfold, forecast revised up

Feb 02, 2018 - 5:18 PM

With its financial health back on track after years of deep losses, Sony says its chief executive Kazuo Hirai would step down after overseeing a successful overhaul

SONY. This picture shows the logo of Japan's Sony Corp. displayed in a window of the company's showroom in Tokyo on February 2, 2018.  Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Sony's Aibo makes a comeback

Nov 01, 2017 - 4:09 PM

Pre-orders for the new Aibo robot are priced at 198,000 yen ($1,738)

SONY'S AIBO RETURNS. Sony's robotic pet is now being sold as an all-in one service with subscriptions. Photo from https://twitter.com/aibo_jp

Monster Hunter World gets beta date, Horizon: Zero Dawn collaboration

Oct 31, 2017 - 9:06 PM

The PS4 gets its Monster Hunter World beta on December 9! Players can also dress up in the game to look like Horizon: Zero Dawn protagonist Aloy as apart of a collaborative effort.

BETA INCOMING! The PS4 beta test for Monster Hunter World is slated for December! Image from Monster Hunter World website.

Sony forecasts record profits, scores Spider-Man movie hit

Oct 31, 2017 - 6:33 PM

The once-ailing electronics giant and PlayStation console maker is eyeing a net profit of 380 billion yen ($3.4 billion) for the fiscal year to March 2018, compared to the previous 369.4 billion yen record a decade ago

SONY AT E3. Photo by Nadine Pacis

The new PS4 and PS VR games shown off ahead of Paris Games Week

Oct 31, 2017 - 12:07 AM

Here's a quick roundup of the new PS4 and PS VR titles shown off ahead of the main PlayStation show at Paris Games Week

PLAYSTATION IN PARIS. Screen shot from YouTube video

Sony announcing 7 new PS4, PS VR games at Paris Games Week

Oct 30, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Sony's pre-event livestream at 11:00 pm Manila time will feature 21 game updates, with 7 new titles meant for the PlayStation 4 and the PS VR

NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS. Sony is set to announce 7 new PS4 and PS VR games. Image from https://blog.us.playstation.com

Sony bringing back robot dogs as smart home devices – report

Oct 24, 2017 - 5:07 PM

The new robot dog from Sony will reportedly have internet connectivity, allowing it to control household appliances

A NEW AIBO? The toy robot dog Aibo in Dortmund's DASA - Arbeitswelt Ausstellung. Photo from Wikipedia by Sven Volkens

WATCH: Ultra slow-mo shots taken by Sony’s Xperia XZs

Sep 21, 2017 - 1:35 PM

Here’s a collection of scenes showing the Sony phone’s neat party trick: slow-mo shots taken at 960 frames per second


'Starsky and Hutch' gets a TV reboot

Aug 25, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn will be overseeing the new series

STARSKY AND HUTCH. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson play the title characters in a 2004 movie adaptation of the buddy cop series. Photo from Facebook.com/StarskyAndHutchMovie

The week in photos: July 29-August 4, 2017

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:00 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ERUPTION. Hot lava flows down the Mount Sinabung volcano in the night in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia on July 30, 2017. Photo by Tibta Pangin/AFP

PlayStation Experience Southeast Asia: What we're excited to see

Aug 04, 2017 - 7:43 PM

We re at the first ever PlayStation Experience in Southeast Asia which will be held in Malaysia Saturday August 5 Tune in for our updates


Sony to acquire 95% stake in anime distributor Funimation

Aug 01, 2017 - 4:17 PM

The acquisition puts Sony firmly on the radar against other anime streaming services such as Netflix Hulu and Amazon

New 'Call of Duty' does away with health regen in campaign mode

Jul 04, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Suddenly as a player you cared about what you were doing you cared about not running and gunning in this fast and unrealistic way says Tolga Kart senior development director for Call of Duty: WWII

RETURN TO ROOTS. Call of Duty returns to World War II in newest installment. Developers Mike Mejia and Tolga Kart pose in front of a poster at E3 2017, June 2017. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

New Sony flagship camera, A9, launched at P239,999 in PH

Jun 20, 2017 - 2:21 PM

The camera will be available on July 1 In the US the A9 was launched at 4 500 in May 2017

NEW FLAGSHIP. Sony's new camera targets pros that shoot fast action. Screenshot from Sony

[E3 2017] Video Tour: PlayStation's E3 showcase

Jun 20, 2017 - 7:46 AM

A huge Spider man on a helicopter statue triple A game developers roaming the floor Gran Turismo racing pods – here s everything we saw at Sony s booth

BEYOND HUMAN. Spider-man and Detroit: Become Human, a game about androids, had the most attention-grabbing booths at Sony's E3 2017 showcase. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


[E3 2017] Q&A: Sony chief on Crash Bandicoot, his favorite game, and VR

Jun 19, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Shuhei Yoshida – once the localization producer in Japan for the original Crash Bandicoot games – discusses the return of Crash and also talks about his love for Bloodborne and his thoughts on the future of PlayStation s virtual reality platform

YOSHIDA-SAN. As the head of Sony's Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida oversees all the Sony-owned game development studios, which includes Naughty Dog (Uncharted), Santa Monica Studio (God Of War), Polyphony Digital (Gran Turismo), and Guerrilla Games (Horizon: Zero Dawn, Killzone) to name some. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, June 12-18, 2017

Jun 18, 2017 - 10:08 AM

Must watch videos from this week

CAMP WELCOME. 4th Infantry Division officers welcome President Rodrigo at the 4ID Advance command Post in Butuan City on June 17, 2017. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo


[E3 2017] WATCH: E3 opens! Here's what's inside

Jun 14, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Here s a walking tour of our time in the opening day of the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo

MONSTER HUNTER. A massive statue of a creature from the game 'Monster Hunter' juts out into the crowd. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

[E3 2017] Sony's PlayStation Live was a trailerfest for 2018 reveals

Jun 13, 2017 - 8:37 AM

Players can expect world debuts updates on existing games in development and game announcements meant to help secure future hype for the PlayStation 4 Refresh this page for further PlayStation Live updates

PLAYSTATION LIVE! Keep checking this page for written updates about the press conference. Screen shot from LiveStream.

[E3 2017] Watch: Sony's PlayStation Live press conference

Jun 13, 2017 - 8:16 AM

The livestream for the press conference formally begins at 9:00 am Manila time

PLAYSTATION LIVE. PlayStation Live will be bringing new games and game development updates. Screen shot from YouTube livestream.

LOOK: The phones revealed at the Mobile World Congress 2017 so far

Feb 27, 2017 - 11:57 PM

Here s a list of the new phones unveiled after the first day of the world s biggest annual phone expo in Spain

XA1. Photo from Sony

What to expect in Sony's upcoming PS4 Software Update 4.50

Feb 06, 2017 - 3:39 PM

The update – currently in beta testing – will bring external hard disk drive support for the console as well as a boost mode for the PS4 Pro

HDD SUPPORT. Sony's PlayStation software update 4.50 will allow users to extend the storage on the console. Image from Sony.

PS4 Pro: Things to consider before purchasing

Jan 14, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Weighing the pros and cons of Sony’s 4K console

Sony entertainment chief leaving to focus on Snapchat

Jan 14, 2017 - 10:01 AM

Michael Lynton steps down from his job running the Japan based company s pictures and music business to spend more time as chairman of the board of Snap Inc

The Year In Tech: Must-haves for the photography enthusiast

Dec 18, 2016 - 10:26 AM

For the budding lensman here are the devices that came out in 2016 you might want to check out

A photographer's take on the Sony Xperia XZ

Dec 13, 2016 - 2:41 PM

Does the camera on Sony s flagship live up to its promise? To find out we have a talented lensman play around with the device for a month

The top phones in 2016 for every budget

Nov 27, 2016 - 2:33 PM

This year s smartphone market features great choices at every price point Here are our picks

IPHONE SE. Photo from Apple

Chinese Coca-Cola workers strike over asset sale

Nov 24, 2016 - 11:23 PM

The Coca Cola bottling plant workers fear that they will lose their jobs or pay under the state owned employer one striking employee says

COCA-COLA. Two workers walk pass the gate of the Coca-Cola Shanxi Beverages Company in Taiyuan, northeast China's Shanxi province on April 30, 2012. File photo by AFP

Here are the games that will be optimized for the PS4 Pro when it launches

Nov 04, 2016 - 10:38 AM

Sony says 44 titles will take advantage of the console s enhanced processing prowess at launch

WATCH: Gamer proposes to girlfriend at ESGS

Oct 30, 2016 - 3:02 AM

Add a marriage proposal to the list of surprises ESGS 2016 has unveiled