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Horizon Zero Dawn : Get It FREE For PS4 / PS5!

Horizon Zero Dawn : Get It FREE For PS4 / PS5!

Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition is FREE for a limited time for PS4 / PS5!

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Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition

In an era where Machines roam the land and mankind is no longer the dominant species, a young hunter named Aloy embarks on a journey to discover her destiny.

In a lush, post-apocalyptic world where nature has reclaimed the ruins of a forgotten civilization, pockets of humanity live on in primitive hunter-gatherer tribes.

Their dominion over the new wilderness has been usurped by the Machines – fearsome mechanical creatures of unknown origin.

Shunned by her tribe since birth, Aloy has never known a mother’s embrace or the acceptance of a community. Her only companion was Rost, the stern, impassive recluse who fostered her.

Rost taught Aloy to survive any physical hardship and to scorn comforts as weakness – but he couldn’t provide the answer to the questions which troubled her above all else: who her parents were, and why she was cast out.

Explore a vibrant landscape rich with the beauty of nature. Travel through stunningly detailed forests, imposing mountains and the atmospheric ruins of a bygone civilization, all brought together in a world that is alive with changing weather systems and a full day/night cycle.

Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition includes :

  • Horizon Zero Dawn base game
  • The Frozen Wilds expansion
  • Carja Storm Ranger Outfit and Carja Mighty Bow*
  • Carja Trader Pack**
  • Banuk Trailblazer Outfit and Banuk Culling Bow*
  • Banuk Traveller Pack**
  •  Nora Keeper Pack**
  • Digital Art Book and PS4 theme

* To redeem the items, go to any in-game traders outside the Embrace and outside the Cut to find special treasure boxes that contain the items. Latest patch updates have to be installed in advance.

** Tokens will be available in the user’s inventory in exchange of the items with any trader inside the game. Latest patch updates have to be installed in advance.

 

Horizon Zero Dawn : How To Get It FREE For PS4 / PS5!

As part of Sony’s Play at Home campaign, Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition is FREE to download and own for a limited time!

Just head over to the Horizon Zero Dawn page in PlayStation Store and add it to your account!

When : Now until 14 May 8 PM PT / 15 May 4 AM BST

 

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Ten PS4 Games Are FREE For A Limited Time!

Horizon Zero Dawn and nine other PS4 games are FREE for a limited time!

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Ten PS4 Games Are FREE For A Limited Time!

As part of Sony’s Play at Home campaign, Horizon Zero Dawn and nine other PS4 games are FREE for a limited time!

Just head over to the PlayStation Store and add these free PS4 games to your account!

Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition (Coming Soon!)

When : 19 April 8 PM PT / 20 April 4 AM BST until 14 May 8 PM PT / 15 May 4 AM BST

Hunt deadly machines on a quest to discover your destiny in the critically acclaimed hit Horizon Zero Dawn, and the epic expansion the Frozen Wilds.

Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition includes :

  • Horizon Zero Dawn base game
  • The Frozen Wilds expansion
  • Carja Storm Ranger Outfit and Carja Mighty Bow*
  • Carja Trader Pack**
  • Banuk Trailblazer Outfit and Banuk Culling Bow*
  • Banuk Traveller Pack**
  •  Nora Keeper Pack**
  • Digital Art Book and PS4 theme

* To redeem the items, go to any in-game traders outside the Embrace and outside the Cut to find special treasure boxes that contain the items. Latest patch updates have to be installed in advance.

** Tokens will be available in the user’s inventory in exchange of the items with any trader inside the game. Latest patch updates have to be installed in advance.

ABZU

When : 25 March 8 PM PT / 26 March 3 AM BST until 22 April 8 PM PT / 23 April 4 AM BST

From the artistic mind behind Journey, Flower, and The Pathless, ABZÛ is a beautiful underwater adventure that evokes the dream of diving.

Immerse yourself in a vibrant ocean world full of mystery and bursting with color and life.

Enter The Gungeon

When : 25 March 8 PM PT / 26 March 3 AM BST until 22 April 8 PM PT / 23 April 4 AM BST

Enter the Gungeon is a gunfight dungeon crawler following a band of misfits seeking to shoot, loot, dodge roll and table-flip their way to personal absolution by reaching the legendary Gungeon’s ultimate treasure: the gun that can kill the past.

Rez Infinite

When : 25 March 8 PM PT / 26 March 3 AM BST until 22 April 8 PM PT / 23 April 4 AM BST

Prepare yourself for the ultimate version of Rez, a thrilling journey of sights and sounds and shooting action, remastered and upgraded by members of the original development team exclusively for PS4 and (optional) PlayStation VR.

Subnautica

When : 25 March 8 PM PT / 26 March 3 AM BST until 22 April 8 PM PT / 23 April 4 AM BST

You have crash-landed on an alien ocean world, and the only way to go is down.

Subnautica’s oceans range from sun-drenched shallow coral reefs to treacherous deep-sea trenches, lava fields, and bio-luminescent underwater rivers.

The water teems with life: Some of it helpful, much of it harmful.

The Witness

When : 25 March 8 PM PT / 26 March 3 AM BST until 22 April 8 PM PT / 23 April 4 AM BST

The Witness is a single-player game in an open world with dozens of locations to explore and over 500 puzzles.

This game respects you as an intelligent player and it treats your time as precious.

There’s no filler: each of those puzzles brings its own new idea into the mix. So, this is a game full of ideas.

ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission

When : 25 March 8 PM PT / 26 March 3 AM BST until 22 April 8 PM PT / 23 April 4 AM BST

Get a whole new perspective on platform games, thanks to PlayStation VR, in this daring rescue operation.

Take control of Astro in a massive adventure to rescue his crew, where the PS VR headset puts you right in the thick of the action.

Judge every jump with accuracy and be curious – there are lots of secrets to discover in your daring quest.

Moss

When : 25 March 8 PM PT / 26 March 3 AM BST until 22 April 8 PM PT / 23 April 4 AM BST

Moss is a single-player action-adventure puzzle game and new IP from Polyarc tailor-made for the VR platform.

In Moss, players meet Quill, a young mouse with dreams of greatness beyond the confines of her settlement.

While exploring the woods, she finds a mysterious Glass Relic and an ancient magic is awakened.

Thumper

When : 25 March 8 PM PT / 26 March 3 AM BST until 22 April 8 PM PT / 23 April 4 AM BST

Thumper is rhythm violence: classic rhythm-action, blistering speed, and brutal physicality.

You are a space beetle. Brave the hellish void and confront a maniacal giant head from the future.

Every crushing impact is interwoven with a pounding original soundtrack. To reach synesthetic bliss, you must go through rhythm hell.

Paper Beast

When : 25 March 8 PM PT / 26 March 3 AM BST until 22 April 8 PM PT / 23 April 4 AM BST

Experience a dreamlike odyssey in virtual reality. Discover a wild ecosystem, born from lost Internet data.

Be the first to explore a world inhabited by exotic and surprising creatures, and shape your environment to overcome obstacles and puzzles.

Unravel the mysteries of Paper Beast, a game born from the imagination of Eric Chahi (Another World, From Dust).

 

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Sony PG Tec Facility Will Close By September 2021!

Sony has decided to close their PG Tec factory, which manufactures audio products like WH-1000XM3 headphones!

Find out what’s going on, and what this means for their 3,400 employees and Sony fans!

 

Sony PG Tec Facility Will Close By September 2021!

Sony has decided to close their PG Tec manufacturing facility, which spans a land area of 172,000 m², with a total built-up area of 95,000 m².

Based in the Prai Industrial Zone, the Sony PG Tec facility produces audio products like the WH-1000XM3 and WP-SP900 headphones, wireless speakers, home theatre systems and Blu-ray players.

It is also the home of a local Sony R&D team that designed the Sony MHC-V81D sound system, amongst other audio products.

 

Penang Gov Confirms That Sony Will Close PG Tec Facility

Dato’ Haji Abdul Halim, the Penang Trade, Industry and Entrepreneur Development Exco, confirmed the decision, stating that the Penang state government will hold a press conference to address the matter.

According to him, the decision to close this high-tech manufacturing facility was due to “internal restructuring due to fierce market competition”.

The 3,400 or so employees at the Sony PG Tec facility will be offered a severance plan, or relocation to the Sony EMCS factory in Bangi, Selangor.

Some 1,800 employees are local, while another 1,600 are foreigners.

The Sony EMCS PG Tec facility is still operating at the moment, and will close in stages, fully ceasing operation in September 2021.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : How Good Is Its Main Camera?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 only comes with a 12 MP main camera, but you will be really surprised at how good its camera really is!

Learn more about its 12 MP Sony IMX555 main camera, and take a look at the photo samples we took!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Sony IMX555 Main Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with the same 12 MP main camera as the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 FE.

Built around the Sony IMX555 sensor, it has a wide f/1.8 aperture. Let’s take a look at how good this camera really is.

The Sony IMX555 is a 12.2 MP CMOS sensor, with a square pixel array of 4032 x 3024 pixels.

This is a Dual Pixel sensor, which means it uses dual photodiodes in every pixel for faster and more accurate phase-detection autofocus.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 supports the new HEIC file format, so each 12 MP picture is only about 2-3 MB in size – about half of the usual JPEG file format.

That basically means you can store twice as many photos as you would with an older smartphone.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : How Good Is Its Camera?

Even though we are under a CMCO lockdown, we had the opportunity to test the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2’s main camera out.

Here are eight high-resolution Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 photo samples for you to check out.

For faster loading, we reduced the resolution, but they are otherwise unedited.

We are glad that Samsung did not skimp on the main camera, using the same Sony IMX555 sensor and wide f/1.8 aperture as the Galaxy S20.

The detail and colour rendition of this camera is really good, with fast autofocus, courtesy of its Dual Pixel capability.

The wide f/1.8 aperture is great for bokeh and low-light photography, but it introduces a very narrow depth of field.

So be very careful when you take close-up shots, as you can end up with the shot focused on the wrong subject.

To be sure, tap on the subject you want, so the Galaxy Z Fold 2 “knows” what you want to focus on.

If you can keep that in mind, you will end up with very nice shots from the Galaxy Z Fold 2!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is offered in two colour options – Mystic Brown and Mystic Black.

It is available globally from September 2020 onwards, at these recommended retail prices :

  • Malaysia : RM 7,999 (25 September 2020)
  • Singapore : S$2,888 (18 September 2020)
  • United States : US$1,999 (18 September 2020)
  • United Kingdom : £1,799
  • Australia : A$2,999 (25 September 2020)

Here are online purchase options :

 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : How Good Is Its Camera?

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE only comes with a 12 MP main camera, but you will be really surprised at how good its camera really is!

Learn a little more about its 12 MP main camera, and take a look at a few photo samples we managed to take!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : Sony IMX555 Main Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE comes with the same 12 MP main camera as the Galaxy S20, featuring the Sony IMX555 sensor, and a wide f/1.8 aperture.

In this article, we are going to take a look at how good this camera really is.

The Sony IMX555 is a 12.2 MP CMOS sensor, with a square pixel array of 4032 x 3024 pixels.

This is a Dual Pixel sensor, which means it uses dual photodiodes in every pixel for faster and more accurate phase-detection autofocus.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE supports the new HEIC file format, so each 12 MP picture is only about 2-3 MB in size. That’s about half the size of the usual JPEG file format.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : How Good Is Its Camera?

Even though we are under a CMCO lockdown, we had the opportunity to test the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE’s main camera out.

Here are eight high-resolution Samsung Galaxy S20 FE photo samples for you to check out.

For faster loading, we reduced the resolution, but they are otherwise unedited.

We are glad that Samsung did not skimp on the main camera, using the same Sony IMX555 sensor and wide f/1.8 aperture as the original S20.

The detail and colour rendition of this camera is really good, with fast autofocus, courtesy of its Dual Pixel capability.

The wide f/1.8 aperture is great for bokeh and low-light photography, but it introduces a very narrow depth of field.

So you need to take care when you take close-up shots, as you can end up with the shot focused on the wrong subject. To be sure, tap on the subject you want so the Galaxy S20 FE “knows” what you want to focus on.

If you can keep that in mind, you will end up with very nice shots from the Galaxy S20 FE!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is available in these six colour options, from left to right : Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Red, Cloud Orange and Cloud White.

Here are the Galaxy S20 FE’s official price list in various countries :

  • Malaysia : RM3,399 (about US$815 / £640 / A$1159 / S$1122)
  • United States : $699.99
  • United Kingdom : £699
  • Australia : A$999

Here are online purchase options :

 

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POCO X3 NFC : Powered By New Snapdragon 732G!

The POCO X3 NFC was just unveiled – the first smartphone to be built around the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G mobile platform!

Here’s what you need to know about the new POCO X3 NFC smartphone, including its price, deals and specifications!

 

POCO X3 NFC : Powered By New Snapdragon 732G!

Built around the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G mobile platform, the POCO X3 NFC smartphone promises to deliver high-end gaming performance at a fraction of the usual cost.

Gaming Performance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G has two high speed Kryo 470 cores, with six low-powered cores, and an Adreno 618 Elite Gaming series GPU.

To ensure peak performance even during strenuous gaming sessions, it’s kept cool by an enlarged copper heat pipe with multiple layers of graphite – their LiquidCool Technology 1.0 Plus, which promises to reduce processor temperature by up to 6 degrees.

Complementing its gaming performance is a 120 Hz display with a 240 Hz touch sampling rate, to ensure both silky-smooth gameplay.

Gameplay also becomes more immersive, thanks to its integrated Z-axis linear motor, which delivers over 150 vibration modes for haptic feedback.

Cameras

In the front, the POCO X3 NFC has a 20 MP camera with f/2.2 aperture, with a 4-in-1 Super Pixel capability – combining four pixels for better low-light performance.

In the back, it has a 64 MP main camera using the Sony IMX682 sensor and an f/1.89 aperture. It also supports 4-in-1 Super Pixel, for better low-light performance at ¼ the resolution.

This camera is also supported by a 2 MP depth sensor, to allow for more accurate software bokeh effects.

It also has two other cameras in the back – a 13 MP ultra-wide camera with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 2 MP macro camera, with f/2.4 aperture.

Battery

POCO X3 NFC promises to last up to two days on a single charge, thanks to its large 5,150 mAh. And it supports 33W fast charging, allowing it to be fully recharged in just 65 minutes.

Its increased charging speed is achieved through the Middle Middle Tab (MMT) technology, which delivers power to the battery in the middle, letting the module charge upwards and downwards simultaneously.

This allows for faster and more consistent charging speed, while ensuring better battery longevity, compared to traditional battery layouts.

 

POCO X3 NFC : Price + Deals!

The POCO X3 NFC is available from 9 September 2020 onwards, in two colour options – Shadow Gray and Cobalt Blue, in two variants :

  • 6 GB + 64 GB : RM 899 (about US$216 / £164 / A$297 / S$295)
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : RM 1,099 (about US$264 / £201 / A$363 / S$361)

On 9 and 10 September 2020, both variants will be available with these exclusive early bird deals :

  • 6 GB + 64 GB : RM 799 + POCO mousepad + BlackShark Fun Cooler *
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : RM 949 + POCO digital pouch + BlackShark Fun Cooler Pro *

* The free BlackShark Fun Cooler and Fun Cooler Pro are limited to the first 500 purchasers each.

 

POCO X3 NFC : Specifications

Specifications Galaxy Z Fold2
Display 6.67-inch IPS display
– 1080 x 2400 pixels, 395 ppi
– 120 Hz refresh, 240 Hz sampling
– 84% NTSC colour gamut
– 1,500:1 contrast ratio
– 450 nits max. brightness
– HDR10 support
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front)
IP53 splash-proof
Operating System MIUI 12 based on Android 10
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
Processor 1 x Kryo 470 Gold (2.3 GHz)
1 x Kryo 470 Gold (2.2 GHz)
6 x Kryo 470 Silver (1.7 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 618
RAM 6 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 64 GB / 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
External Storage microSD (hybrid, up to 256 GB)
Front Camera 20 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras Main : 64 MP Sony IMX682, f/1.89
Ultra-Wide : 13 MP, f/2.2
Macro : 2 MP, f/2.4
Depth Sensor : 2 MP, f/2.4
Connectivity 4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.1
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
3.5 mm headphone jack
Fingerprint Sensor Side-Mounted
Audio Stereo speakers
– 4 cc upper speaker, open cavity
– 1 cc lower speaker
Battery 5,160 mAh battery
Charger 33 W fast charger
Dimensions 76.8 mm wide
165.3 mm tall
9.4 mm thick
Weight 215 g

 

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Injustice : Gods Among Us – How To Get It FREE!

Injustice : Gods Among Us – the DC Universe game – is FREE for just a Limited Time!

Find out how to get it FREE, and make sure you tell your friends!

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Injustice : Gods Among Us

Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition enhances the bold new franchise to the fighting game genre from NetherRealm Studios.

Featuring six new playable characters, over 30 new skins, and 60 new S.T.A.R. Labs missions, this edition packs a punch.

In addition to DC Comics icons such as Batman, The Joker, Green Lantern, The Flash, Superman and Wonder Woman, the latest title from the award-winning studio presents a deep original story.

Heroes and villains will engage in epic battles on a massive scale in a world where the line between good and evil has been blurred.

 

Injustice : Gods Among Us : How To Get It FREE On Steam!

Follow these steps to add Injustice : Gods Among Us to your Steam account! Just make sure you get it before 26 June 2020, 2:59 PM.

  1. Log into your Steam account, or create a new one.
  2. Go to the Injustice : Gods Among Us page.
  3. Click on Add to Account to add it to your Steam account.

That’s it! You can now install the game (if it’s not installed yet), create your account and start playing!

 

Injustice : Gods Among Us : How To Get It FREE On PSN!

You can also get it on the PlayStation Store until 25 June 2020.

  1. Log into your Sony account.
  2. Go to the Injustice : Gods Among Us page.
  3. Click on Add to Cart to add it to your account.

That’s it! It is now part of your PlayStation account, and you can download it play it anytime you want!

 

Injustice : Gods Among Us : How To Get It FREE On Xbox!

You can also get it on the Xbox Games Store until 25 June 2020.

  1. Log into your Microsoft account.
  2. Go to the Injustice : Gods Among Us page.
  3. Click on Buy Game (Free) to add it to your account.

That’s it! It is now part of your Xbox account, and you can download it play it anytime you want!

 

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Scam Alert : Fake PS4 Promotions On Facebook!

Watch out for a new scam involving fake PS4 promotions on Facebook! At least one person has already been cheated of his money!

Please SHARE this news out, so other people won’t get cheated by this scammer!

 

Scam Alert : Fake PS4 Promotions On Facebook!

Video game store GameOn just posted about a scammer pretending to be them on Facebook, promoting these fake PS4 bundle deals :

  • PS4 Pro : RM 799 with 2 free games and 2 controllers
  • PS4 Slim : RM 699 with 2 free games and 2 controllers

 

The scammer, using the similarly sounding GameOn City, offered this fake-looking SSM company registration certificate to prove his authenticity.

GameOn apparently found out about this scam, after someone got cheated and contacted them about it.

GameOn, which is based in Petaling Jaya (not Negeri Sembilan as the GameOn City SSM certificate shows), and has been in business since 2015.

Although they did not share the full MyKad, here is what we know about this PS4 Hari Raya scammer :

  • His partial name : xxxxxrady Enggu
  • His partial MyKad : 331-08-5133
  • His mobile number : 011-2512-4387
  • His origin : He appears to be from Malim Nawar, Kampar, Perak.

But please note that this scammer can easily use a different company name, so do not assume that other PS4 offers on Facebook are genuine!

 

Fake PS4 Scam : How To Avoid It?

Here are some simple steps to avoid falling for such a scam :

  • If a deal is too good to be true, it is very likely to be fake or a scam.
    The real PS4 Pro bundle costs RM 2,399 – how can it possibly be sold for just RM 799, which is just ⅓ of the price?
  • Real companies will not post up their SSM certificates. Only those who need to convince you that they are legit.
  • Never transfer money to anyone’s personal bank account.
  • Purchase only from legitimate companies / online stores. Not through WhatsApp or Facebook.

 

Sony PS4 Pro | PS4 Slim : Where To Buy?

If you are looking to buy the PS4 Pro or PS4 Slim, here are some genuine online stores (prices accurate as of 19 May 2020) :

 

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FREE PlayStation Games To Download on 26 April 2020

Here are FOUR PlayStation games you can add to your PlayStation account for FREE, and they are yours to keep forever!

 

FOUR PlayStation Games That Are FREE For A Limited Time!

Note : Some of these games may be limited to certain regions, but you can “bypass that” by adding them using a web browser on your PC.

Free PlayStation Game #1 : PAC-MAN Championship Edition 2

Featuring eye-popping 3D graphics and funky visuals, the latest version of the classic game takes chomping and chasing through mazes to a whole new level!

New modes include Score Attack and an Adventure Mode with fast fleeing fruit, big bad bosses, ridiculous remixed rules, and more!

PAC-MAN Championship Edition 2 (Alternate) is FREE to add to your Steam account from now until 10 May 2020!

Free PlayStation Game #2 : Journey

Explore the ancient, mysterious world of Journey as you soar above ruins and glide across sands to discover its secrets.

Play alone or in the company of a fellow traveler and explore its vast world together. Featuring stunning visuals and a Grammy-nominated musical score, Journey delivers a breathtaking experience like no other.

Journey (Alternate) is FREE to add to your PlayStation account from now until 5 May 2020 (8 PM PDT)!

Free PlayStation Game #3 : UNCHARTERED The Nathan Drake Collection

Experience one of the most revered game series of all time as you follow the perilous journey of Nathan Drake across the globe, from humble beginnings to extraordinary discoveries.

Meet an unforgettable cast of characters as Drake puts life and friendship on the line in a race against ruthless enemies to uncover unimaginable treasure.

UNCHARTED The Nathan Drake Collection includes the single-player campaigns only for UNCHARTED: Drake’s Fortune, UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves, and UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception.

UNCHARTERED The Nathan Drake Collection is FREE to add to your PlayStation account from now until 5 May 2020 (8 PM PDT)!

Free PlayStation Game #4 : Knack 2

Meet Knack, a little guy with surprising moves and the ability to transform from big to small and back again in this family-friendly adventure from the developers at PlayStation.

  • Seamless co-op mode so you can play together whenever you choose
  • Accessible gameplay for kids and challenging gameplay for adults
  • Pick up and play or sit down for a Knack marathon
  • Save the world from a villain who’s reviving ancient weapons and enormous titans
  • Vibrantly colored world with stunning graphics
  • Puzzles for varying skill levels

Knack 2 is FREE to add to your PlayStation account from now until 6 May 2020 (12 AM BST)!

 

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AMD PC & Console Gaming In 2020 & Beyond (Rick Bergman)

AMD Executive VP Rick Bergman just shared AMD’s outlook of the PC and console gaming market in 2020 and beyond. Check it out!

 

Rick Bergman : Executive VP, AMD Computing and Graphics Business Group

Rick Bergman is AMD executive vice president of Computing and Graphics with responsibility for the company’s high-performance PC, gaming and semi-custom businesses.

Previously, Bergman was president and CEO for Synaptics, a leading developer of human interface solutions including touch, display, IoT and biometrics solutions, from October 2011 to March 2019.

Prior to that, he served in a series of senior executive positions at AMD, where he was responsible for delivering microprocessors and graphics chips to AMD customers across server, client, embedded and game consoles, and for driving the technology that put a graphics chip and processor on a single piece of silicon.

 

AMD PC & Console Gaming In 2020 & Beyond (Rick Bergman)

During AMD Financial Analyst Day 2020, Rick Bergman shared AMD’s outlook of the PC and console gaming market in 2020 and beyond in his presentation – Driving Growth Across PCs and Gaming.

Here are the key points from Rick Bergman’s presentation :

Computing Market Updates

  • Since 2017, AMD has nearly doubled both client unit shipments and market share, built off a broad portfolio of performance-leading desktop, high-end desktop (HEDT) and notebook processors.
  • AMD expects to grow its performance leadership with the ramp of its 7nm Zen 2-based 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen processors designed specifically for desktops and notebooks across the consumer and commercial segments

  • AMD is on track to bring increased performance to the gaming, content creation and productivity markets when it delivers the first Zen 3-based AMD Ryzen product in 2020.

Graphics Market Updates

  • AMD partners with world-class brands to bring AMD Radeon graphics to more than 500 million gamers on the most popular devices, with the opportunity to address 2.5 billion gamers worldwide.
  • AMD plans to deliver a full stack of high-performance, AMD RDNA architecture-powered graphics products to further expand the AMD Radeon install base.
  • AMD RDNA 2-based Navi 2X GPUs on 7nm will bring uncompromised 4K gaming by the end of 2020.
  • The Navi 2X GPUs will boast hardware-based ray tracing, variable-rate shading, and a significant performance uplift.

Console Market Updates

  • AMD partnered with Microsoft and Sony to bring AMD Radeon graphics to more than 150 million consoles, becoming the number one silicon provider for game consoles.
  • The next-generation Xbox and PlayStation 5 featuring AMD Radeon graphics is on track to be launched in time for holiday 2020.

 

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Ghost of Tsushima Dynamic Theme : Free For A Limited Time!

Sucker Punch just released a FREE dynamic theme for their upcoming game – Ghost of Tsushima!

Here is a quick preview of Ghost of Tsushima, as well as the region-specific download codes for the free dynamic theme!

 

Ghost of Tsushima

The year is 1274. Samurai warriors are the legendary defenders of Japan—until the fearsome Mongol Empire invades the island of Tsushima, wreaking havoc and conquering the local population.

As one of the last surviving samurai, you rise from the ashes to fight back. But honorable tactics won’t lead you to victory.

You must move beyond your samurai traditions to forge a new way of fighting — the way of the Ghost — as you wage an unconventional war for the freedom of Japan.

 

Ghost of Tsushima Dynamic Theme : Free For A Limited Time!

From now until 31 January 2020, Sucker Punch is giving away a FREE Ghost of Tsushima dynamic theme for PlayStation 4!

Here are the region-specific download codes, to redeem the dynamic theme from the PlayStation Store :

Americas : BEFB-AMNR-R4F6

Europe / AU / NZ / Russia / Middle East / Africa / India : 38BE-G6N8-L93A

Japan : N4TK-59NH-2LH3

Korea : EM56-NTNC-EHX8

Rest of Asia : DHLN-HANF-F6LH

The dynamic theme is the SAME for all regions. The download codes are just region-specific.

 

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God of War Legendary Armour + Skins : Get ‘Em FREE!

A selection of legendary armour sets and skins for God of War are FREE for a limited time!

Find out how to get these FREE God of War legendary armour sets and skins, and make sure you tell your friends!

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God of War

From Santa Monica Studio and creative director Cory Barlog comes a new beginning for God of War.

Living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father.

Together with his son Atreus, the pair will venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfill a deeply personal quest.

Bold New Beginning

His vengeance against the Gods of Olympus years behind him, Kratos now lives as a man in the realm of Norse Gods and monsters.

It is in this harsh, unforgiving world that he must fight to survive… And teach his son to do the same.

This startling reimagining of God of War deconstructs the core elements that defined the series—satisfying combat; breathtaking scale; and a powerful narrative—and fuses them anew.

A Darker, More Elemental World

From the marble and columns of ornate Olympus to the gritty forests, mountains, and caves of Pre-Viking Norse lore, this is a distinctly new realm with its own pantheon of creatures, monsters, and gods.

With an added emphasis on discovery and exploration, the world will draw players in to explore every inch of God of War’s breathtakingly threatening landscape — by far the largest in the franchise.

Vicious, Physical Combat

With an over the shoulder free camera that brings the player closer to the action than ever before, fights in God of War mirror the pantheon of Norse creatures Kratos will face: grand, gritty, and grueling.

A new main weapon and new abilities retain the defining spirit of God of War while presenting a vision of violent conflict that forges new ground in the genre.

 

FREE God of War Legendary Armour + Skins

From now until 6 January 2020 (12 AM PT), Santa Monica Studio is giving away these God of War legendary armour sets and skins for a limited time.

  • Death’s Vow Armor Sets for Kratos and Atreus
  • Exile’s Guardian Shield Skin
  • Buckler of the Forge Shield Skin
  • Shining Elven Soul-Shield Skin
  • Dökkenshieldr Shield Skin

Once downloaded from the PlayStation Store, these items will be available in-game in your Armor and Weapons tab menu to customize Kratos and Atreus.

If you are beginning a new game, these items will be available to customize at the start of the Deer hunt.

 

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Sony Interactive To Open First SEA Game Studio In Malaysia!

Sony Interactive will soon open their first Southeast Asia game development studio in Malaysia! Here are the full details!

 

Sony Interactive To Open First SEA Game Studio In Malaysia!

Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SIE WWS) announced their partnership with the Malaysian Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, at Level Up KL 2019 Biz.

The new game development studio, which Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios plans to open 2020, will provide art and animation services for the development of global titles for Sony PlayStation platforms.

Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios will also work with the Malaysian Ministry of Communications and Multimedia to create more opportunities for the local and regional games industry, as well as establish a partnership with local educational institutions.

This is a major win for the Malaysian Ministry of Communications and Multimedia that have been actively pushing to build up Malaysia as the premier digital creative content development hub in Southeast Asia.

Over the past 20 years, their efforts have created a strong local digital creative content industry with 149 IP titles that generated RM 7.6 billion (US$1.84 billion) in revenue, and a global reach to over 120 countries.

 

Recent Sony Interactive Games

Here are some of the best games Sony Interactive released for Sony PlayStation in 2019 :

 

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition : Get It Now!

Bandai Namco and Square Enix just announced the immediate availability of Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition!

 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition gives you the chance to experience the final chapter of Lara Croft’s origin story with every challenge tomb, downloadable weapon, outfit and skill!

It basically combines the base game, as well as all seven DLCs :

  • The Forge
  • The Pillar
  • The Nightmare
  • The Price of Survival
  • The Serpent’s Heart
  • The Grand Caiman
  • The Path Home

In addition, it comes with a special Croft Fitness costume, as well as all the outfits, weapons and tombs that were released in the Season Pass.

Fix Lara up in a full range of outfits and weapons to take on the seven challenge tomb missions in locations like the Amazon and Cozumel!

 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition Price + Availability

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One X and Windows PC at these price points :

If you already own the base game and Season Pass, you can download the Definitive Edition DLC outfit for FREE!

 

What About Croft Manor, The 8th DLC?

The rumoured 8th DLC called Croft Manor has been cancelled, and is thus, NOT part of Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition.

However, this video of the Polish and English audio from that DLC was leaked, giving us a glimpse of what could have been the 8th DLC for Shadow of the Tomb Raider

 

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Sony IMX586 vs Sony IMX582 Comparison – Which Is Better?

With the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 9T / Redmi K20 and the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro / Redmi K20 Pro, you may be wondering – what’s the difference between the Sony IMX586 and Sony IMX582 image sensors?

At first glance, they are both 48 MP image sensors with pretty much the same specifications. But there is one key difference. Find out what it is, and if it matters to you!

 

The Sony IMX586 Image Sensor

Sony makes many of the industry’s best image sensors, and their IMX585 is no exception.

First announced on 23 July 2018, the Sony IMX586 was the world’s first image sensor to feature an ultra-small 0.8 μm pixel size.

It is a stacked CMOS image sensor, that uses a Quad Bayer colour filter array – where adjacent 2×2 pixels are in the same colour.

In low-light conditions, signals from four adjacent pixels to be combined into a Super Pixel with the effective pixel size of 1.6 μm pixels. This allows for significantly brighter low-light photos, albeit at 12 MP.

At half an inch, or 8 mm, it is considered a relatively large sensor. Shipping in September 2018, it has so far been used in the Xiaomi Mi 9, the Redmi Note 7 Pro, ASUS 6Z, OnePlus 7 Pro and now, the Mi 9T Pro / K20 Pro.

 

The Sony IMX582 Image Sensor

The Sony IMX582, on the other hand, is a complete mystery.

Until its introduction in the Xiaomi Mi 9T / Redmi K20, no one has ever heard of it, much less seen it used in any smartphone.

At first glance, it is identical to the Sony IMX586 – a stacked CMOS image sensor with 48 million 0.8 μm pixels that can be combined into 12 million 1.6 μm pixels.

However, we can confirm that the Sony IMX582 is different from the IMX586 in at least one aspect – its 4K video recording capability.

 

Sony IMX586 vs Sony IMX582

The Sony IMX586 is capable of recording 4K videos at up to 90 fps, but the Sony IMX582 is limited to 4K videos at just 30 fps.

For your convenience, we summarise their specifications in this table :

Specifications Sony IMX586 Sony IMX582
Sensor Size 1/2-inch (8 mm) 1/2-inch (8 mm)
Resolution (Native) 48 MP : 8000 x 6000 pixels 48 MP : 8000 x 6000 pixels
Resolution (Super Pixel Mode) 12 MP : 4000 x 3000 pixels 12 MP : 4000 x 3000 pixels
Pixel Size (Native) 0.8 μm 0.8 μm
Pixel Size (Super Pixel Mode) 1.6 μm 1.6 μm
Video Recording 4K @ 90 fps
1080p @ 240 fps
720p @ 480 fps
4K @ 30 fps
1080p @ 240 fps
720p @ 480 fps

Now, many other websites are saying that the IMX586 can record 4K videos only up to 60 fps, but they are wrong.

They most likely got confused by Xiaomi’s statement that the IMX586 was limited to 4K @ 60 fps in Mi 9 and Mi 9T Pro / K20 Pro smartphones.

The fact is Sony rated the IMX586 for 4K @ 90 fps, but Xiaomi limits 4K video recording to 60 fps in their smartphones.

 

So Which Is Better – IMX586 or IMX582?

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The Sony IMX586 is the superior sensor, by virtue of being able to record 4K video at higher frame rates.

But that feature is moot for many users, because most users do not record 4K videos at 60 fps, never mind 90 fps…

Unless you want to record high speed 4K video, both sensors are practically the same.

In fact, we believe that the IMX582 is really nothing more than the IMX586 with a throttled 4K recording capability.

 

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Sony Xperia 1 Heroically Challenges The Galaxy Note 10+!

Sony just directly took on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, with their Xperia 1 smartphone that is still weeks away from being launched.

Challenging Samsung is nothing new. But challenging the Note 10+ with a multimedia-heavy device that has fewer features, at the same price point – that takes some balls.

 

Sony Throws Down The Xperia 1 Gauntlet

On the very same day Samsung kicked off retail sales of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, Sony announced a pre-order for their upcoming Xperia 1 flagship smartphone.

And here’s the kicker – they are offering it at the same price as the Galaxy Note 10+ (256 GB), while arguably offering a less-impressive feature set.

 

Sony Xperia 1’s Key Selling Points

Of course, the Sony Xperia 1 has a few key features that they are touting against the Galaxy Note 10+.

  • 21:9 CinemaWide display, with 1644 x 3840 pixels
  • X1 mobile HDR remastering technology
  • 100% DCI-P3 colour space with Creator display mode
  • BIONZ X image processing engine with Eye AF

This makes the Sony Xperia 1 a multimedia powerhouse – great for those who want to enjoy a cinematic experience watching movies and videos.

 

Sony Xperia 1 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note10+ (256 GB)

However, when we compare the key specifications of the Sony Xperia 1 against the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, this is what we found…

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Note10+ Sony Xperia 1
Display 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display
– 1440 x 3040 pixels
6.5-inch OLED display
1644 x 3840 pixels
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6
IP Rating IP68 IP65
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Processor 1 x Kryo 485 Gold core (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 640 (585 MHz)
RAM 12 GB LPDDR4X 6 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 256 GB (UFS) 128 GB (UFS)
Front Camera 10 MP Dual Pixel camera (f/1.9) 8 MP camera (f/2.0)
Rear Cameras 12 MP main camera (f/1.5 + f/2.4)
13 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4)
16 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
12 MP main camera (f/16)
12 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.4)
Stylus S Pen None
Fingerprint Sensor In-Display Ultrasonic Side Button
Audio Dolby Atmos, AKG-tuned Dolby Atmos
Battery 4,300 mAh battery 3,330 mAh battery
Charging 25 watt wired charging
12 watt wireless charging
Wireless reverse charging
18 watt wired charging
No wireless charging
No wireless reverse charging

Of course, we have yet to test the Xperia 1 ourselves, but in a pure spec shoot-out, it is completely outclassed by the Galaxy Note 10+ (256 GB).

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Sony Xperia 1 Price + Availability

Sony is making the Xperia 1 available in three colours – Black, Purple and Grey, with a recommended retail price of RM 4,299 / ~US$1,029 / ~£839 / ~A$1,519.

Sony will start showing it off on 30 August, but retail sales will only begin weeks later on 8 October 2019.

 

Sony Xperia 1 Pre-Order Promotion

To drum up interest between now and 8 October, Sony is opening up pre-orders from 24 August until 6 October 2019.

If you book an Xperia 1 smartphone during the 6+ weeks pre-order period, you will receive a FREE pair of black Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless noise-cancelling headphones.

The pre-order page went down for more than half a day, but it’s up and running now!

 

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Xiaomi Mi 9T (Redmi K20) – Everything You Need To Know!

Xiaomi just launched the Mi 9T smartphone. Also known as the Redmi K20, it boasts a pop-up front camera and a 48 MP triple camera system at the back!

Here is everything you need to know about the new Xiaomi Mi 9T / Redmi K20 smartphone – its key features, specifications, price and offer!

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T (Redmi K20) Key Features

At the launch, Allen An, Country Manager of Xiaomi Malaysia and Singapore, briefed us on the key features of the new Mi 9T / Redmi K20 smartphone.

Xiaomi Mi 9T / Redmi K20 Performance

Its Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 platform is built on the 8nm process, with two high-speed Kryo 470 Gold cores, six high-efficiency Kryo 470 Silver cores, and an Adreno 618 GPU.

The Mi 9T (MY) comes with 6 GB of LPDDR4x memory, and either 64 GB or 128 GB of internal flash storage. It is powered by a 4,000 mAh battery that supports 18 W fast charging.

Recommended : The Xiaomi Mi 9 In-Depth Review – 48MP Flagship FTW!

Full Screen “Notch-Free” Display

It boasts the same 6.39-inch AMOLED display as the Mi 9, with one big difference though – it has no notch!

This is an excellent display which offers a Full HD+ resolution with 60,000:1 contrast ratio and 103.8% NTSC colour gamut!

Front + Rear Cameras

In the front, the Xiaomi Mi 9T (MY) has a 20 MP selfie camera that pops-up when you need it. This allows Xiaomi to remove the notch from the display!

In the back, it boasts a triple camera system, which consists of a 48 MP main camera with f/1.75 lens, an 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 lens, and a 13 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.4 lens.

Recommended : Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Review : 48MP Photography At A Steal!

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T / Redmi K20 Specifications

SpecificationsXiaomi Mi 9T ProXiaomi Mi 9T
Display6.39-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (403 ppi)
6.39-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (403 ppi)
- 103.8% NTSC colour gamut
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 PieAndroid 9.0 Pie
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 855Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
Processor1 x Kryo 485 Gold core (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
2 x Kryo 470 Gold (2.2 GHz)
6 x Kryo 470 Silver (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 640 (585 MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 618 (610 MHz)
Memory6 GB LPDDR4x-3733 memory6 GB LPDDR4x-3733 memory
Storage64 GB / 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
No microSD card slot
64 GB / 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
No microSD card slot
Front Camera20 MP sensor with 1.6 μm pixels, and f/2.2 aperture20 MP sensor with 0.9 μm pixels, and f/2.0 aperture
Rear CamerasTriple Camera System
- 48 MP Sony IMX586 camera with f/1.75 aperture
- 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture
- 13 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.4 aperture
Triple Camera System
- 48 MP Sony IMX582 camera with f/1.75 aperture
- 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture
- 13 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.4 aperture
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
SIM Support2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
NFCYesYes
IR EmitterYesYes
Fingerprint SensorIn-Display SensorIn-Display Sensor
Other SensorsDistance sensor, In-screen ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Electronic compassDistance sensor, In-screen ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Electronic compass
Battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
- supports 27 W fast charging
4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
- supports 18 W fast charging
Dimensions74.3 mm wide
156.7 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
74.3 mm wide
156.7 mm tall
8.7 mm thick
Weight191 grams191 grams
Colour OptionsCarbon Black / Glacier Blue / Flame RedCarbon Black / Glacier Blue / Flame Red

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T / Redmi K20 Colour Options

Xiaomi is offering the Mi 9T / Redmi K20 (MY) in three colour options – Carbon Black, Glacier Blue and Flame Red.

The Glacier Blue and Flame Red colour options have a dynamic holographic design, while the Carbon Black option has a textured carbon fibre design.

The back cover is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which is rated to survive 1.6-meter drops on hard, rough surfaces up to 80% of the time.

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Xiaomi Mi 9T / Redmi K20 Price + Availability!

Xiaomi is offering two variants at these price points :

  • 6 GB + 64 GB : RM 1,199 / ~US$289 / ~£228 / ~€256
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : RM 1,399 / ~US$337 / ~£266 / ~€299

The 64 GB model will start selling on 25 June 2019, with pre-booking beginning immediately.

The 128 GB model will only be available from 29 June 2019 onwards.

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T Launch Offer!

At 10 AM on 25 June 2019, Xiaomi sold the 64 GB model at a special price of RM 1,099 / ~US$265 / ~£209 / ~€235

 

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A Sneak Peek At The Sony PlayStation 5 Console!

Console gamers rejoice! Sony has just given us some details of the PlayStation 5! Here is a sneak peek of its key specifications… and what’s powering Sony’s next-generation console!

 

The Sony PlayStation 5

As the Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) nears the end of its lifecycle since its release back in 2013, gamers the world over have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of its successor.

Sony was obviously working on a new gaming console to replace the PS4, but they have just confirmed that it will be coming soon.

Although it has yet to be officially named, gamers are already calling it the PlayStation 5… which makes sense unless Sony wants to skip a number (or a couple) like Apple, and call it the PlayStation X!

Sony Lead Architect Mark Cerny shared this exciting news with Wired magazine during a meeting which included a practical demo of the internal components of the Sony PlayStation 5, or officially … the next-generation Sony gaming console.

He emphasised how the next-generation Sony PlayStation will be a leap forward in Sony’s gaming technology, and not just a variant of the PS4 and PS4 Pro.

Could this mean Sony is planning to actually skip a few numbers and call it the PlayStation X, instead of the PlayStation 5?

 

The Sony PlayStation 5 Specifications + Features

Here is what we know about the next-gen Sony gaming console, the erstwhile Sony PlayStation 5 :

High-Speed Solid State Drive (SSD)

The PlayStation 5 will use a high-speed SSD that Sony claims is 19X faster than a traditional SSD.

They did not specify the SSD they will use, but it will likely be two SSDs in RAID 0. Even multiple SSDs in RAID 0 like what WD did to create an 8TB SSD that was as fast as DDR4 memory!

The use of a fast SSD RAID array will be most welcomed, as it will allow for very fast loading of games that are already humongous in size!

Recommended : How To Create An 8TB SSD As Fast As DDR4 Memory!

Customised AMD Navi GPU!

This is big news! Sony will use a customised GPU based on the upcoming AMD Navi architecture.

This next-generation AMD Radeon GPU will support for real-time ray tracing, so watch out for really awesome graphics!

8 Core AMD Ryzen Gen 3 CPU!

Powering the PlayStation 5 will be the upcoming AMD Ryzen Gen 3 CPU, with 8 cores based on the new AMD Zen 2 architecture.

Fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, it will offer greatly improved performance with lower power consumption.

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processor will also deliver virtual 3D audio without the need for a separate audio chip or extra speakers!

PlayStation 5 Compatibility With PS4 + PSVR

Another bit of welcomed news. The PlayStation 5 will be able to support and play PS4 and PSVR (PlayStation VR) games.

On top of that, it will not just support download only PS4 and PSVR games. It will support physical media as well.

8K TV Support

The Sony PlayStation 5 will support 8K TVs, so that when you upgrade your TV, it is ready to deliver 8K content right away!

 

Sony PlayStation 5 Price And Release Date

With such advanced features, it is expected that the suggested retail price will be in the region of US$ 500, or about £385 / €445 / RM 2,000.

Now the bad news – while they have already confirmed much of its hardware specifications, the PlayStation 5 will NOT be making its arrival this year.

Sony declined to give an indicative launch date, but industry experts predict that Sony will launch it either in 2020 or 2021, most probably before their rival, Microsoft, releases the next Xbox gaming console.

But if you are itching for something new, Atari will soon be unveiling the Atari VCS, which is powered by the latest AMD Ryzen R1000 APU!

 

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Four 2019 Sony TV Technologies Explained + Demonstrated!

At the recent 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED + LED TV Showcase, Sony explained and demonstrated four new 2019 Sony TV technologies, as well as a new 2-way stand for the Sony BRAVIA A8G OLED TV.

Let’s take a look at those four new 2019 Sony TV technologies, and find out how they will impact your viewing experience!

 

The Four 2019 Sony TV Technologies Explained + Demonstrated!

Let’s take a look at the four 2019 Sony TV technologies that are being introduced in their latest range of OLED and LED TVs.

Acoustic Surface Audio+

The Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology will debut in their latest BRAVIA A9G 4K HDR OLED TV. In addition to two actuators vibrating the TV panel to create sound, it uses two subwoofers to add bass, and a spatial effect.

Together, they deliver a multi-dimensional soundscape that envelopes you, the viewer, for a more immersive viewing experience.

Acoustic Surface Audio+ also introduces a TV Center Speaker Mode, which turns the A9G‘s display into a giant centre speaker, to complement your external speaker setup. This will allow for greater clarity of dialogue, vocals and instruments in any movie or performance you watch.

Pixel Contrast Booster

Pixel Contrast Booster is designed to maximise the OLED panel’s contrast throughout the colour spectrum (instead of just grey tones).

It accomplishes this by analysing each frame and applying the suitable signal enhancements, with feedback from the panel.

X-Motion Clarity

X-Motion Clarity keeps objects looking sharp, bright and clear, even in motion. Each ‘backlight blink’ is individually controlled and its duration optimised, while brightness is boosted when needed.

This is made possible by the 2019 Sony TV range’s full array backlight system, with local dimming capability.

X-Wide Angle

X-Wide Angle is designed to make sure the brightness and colour of an image remain the same at any viewing angle, so that everyone has the best view, no matter how they are positioned in relation to the TV.

Sony accomplished this by optimising the optical panel structure and signal processing to control the direction of light emitted by the backlight.

 

Extra : New BRAVIA A8G 2-Way Stand

The new Sony BRAVIA A8G features a new 2-way stand design, which can be inverted to support the placement of a sound bar! Check it out!

 

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Sony Acoustic Surface Audio+ Explained + Demonstrated!

One of the key features introduced in the new Sony BRAVIA A9G 4K HDR OLED TV is the improved Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology, which includes the TV Center Speaker Mode.

Find out what Acoustic Surface Audio+ does, and how it offers a more immersive audio soundscape!

 

Sony Acoustic Surface Audio+ Explained + Demonstrated!

At the 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED and LED TV showcase, Sony revealed that they would be introducing the Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology in their latest BRAVIA A9G 4K HDR OLED TV.

To better illustrate how it will greatly improve the audio output, they demonstrated it to us at this exclusive showcase.

Acoustic Surface Audio+

This proprietary Sony technology converts the entire display into a giant speaker. How? It uses two actuators behind the Sony BRAVIA A9G to vibrate the TV panel, directly creating sound from the screen!

In addition, it uses two subwoofers to add bass, and a spatial effect. Together, they deliver a multi-dimensional soundscape that envelopes you, the viewer, for a more immersive viewing experience.

TV Center Speaker Mode

For those with an external amplifier and speakers, the Acoustic Surface capability of the BRAVIA A9G OLED TV offers a unique feature – the TV Center Speaker Mode.

The TV Center Speaker Mode basically turns the A9G‘s display into a giant centre speaker, to complement your external speaker setup. This will allow for greater clarity of dialogue, vocals and instruments in any movie or performance you watch.

Comparison To Acoustic Multi-Audio

Acoustic Surface Audio+ is different from the new Acoustic Multi-Audio capability of the latest Sony LED TVs.

Acoustic Multi-Audio does not have actuators vibrating the display. Instead, it adds two sound-positioning tweeters to provide additional directional cues to the two existing speakers.

 

Sony Acoustic Surface Audio+ Availability

The Sony Acoustic Surface Audio+ is currently available only in the newly-revealed Sony BRAVIA A9G Premium 4K HDR OLED TV.

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The Sony BRAVIA A9G Premium 4K HDR OLED TV Preview!

Sony will be introducing the BRAVIA A9G premium 4K HDR OLED TV very soon! But we can already share with you a preview of this smashing new OLED TV, and what’s new under its immaculate 4K HDR display!

 

The Sony BRAVIA A9G Premium 4K HDR OLED TV

This is Sony’s new flagship 4K HDR OLED TV. Available in 77-inch, 65-inch and 55-inch display sizes, the new 2019 Sony BRAVIA A9G pairs the clarify of 4K with the colour and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR).

The new BRAVIA A9G  boasts over 8 million self-illuminating pixels controlled by the brand new Picture Processor X1 Ultimate, with Pixel Contrast Booster for more colours and greater contrast in bright areas. It offers a Netflix Calibrated Mode, and supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

The BRAVIA A9G also boasts the new Acoustic Surface Audio+ feature, which is designed to envelope viewers in an expansive soundscape. It also has a TV Centre Speaker mode, that literally turns the TV into the centre speaker!

  • OLED panel for unprecedented blacks, and a wide viewing angle
  • Picture Processor X1 Ultimate with Object-based Super Resolution, Object-based HDR Remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and dual database processing
  • Pixel Contrast Booster delivers a richer visual experience with unprecedented blacks
  • Acoustic Surface Audio+ features two actuators and two subwoofers, with a TV Centre Speaker Mode and Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Netflix Calibrated Mode to deliver the creator’s vision directly to the TV.
  • Supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

Continue below to learn more about the Sony BRAVIA A9G, and its key features!

The Sony BRAVIA A9G Key Features

Picture Processor X1 Ultimate

Picture Processor X1 Ultimate is a new, faster processor that adds Object-based Super Resolution to the features of the previous-generation 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme. It can detect hundreds of different objects on screen and intelligently enhances brightness, detail and colour.

Acoustic Surface Audio+

The Sony BRAVIA A9G has two actuators that vibrate the panel to create the audio output. Together with its two powerful subwoofers, it can create a multi-dimensional soundscape.

TV Center Speaker Mode

If you have a multi-speaker setup, you can set the Sony BRAVIA A9G to function like a centre speaker!

Cinematic Experience

The Sony BRAVIA A9G supports Dolby Vision HDR capability, as well as Dolby Atmos for immersive surround sound. It also comes with a Netflix Calibrated Mode to ensure you will enjoy Neflix originals the way they were meant to be!

Object-based Super Resolution

Object-based Super Resolution technology detects individual objects in a picture and individually enhance their resolution to add or preserve detail.

Object-based HDR Remaster

Object-based HDR Remaster analyses the colour of individual objects and dynamically adjusts the contrast. This is superior to the usual method of adjusting along a black-to-white contrast curve.

Super Bit Mapping HDR

Super Bit Mapping HDR reveals brings out the gradations of the light in a picture, creating a smooth, natural image without the “banding” that can occur in other TVs.

Dual Database Processing

The Sony BRAVIA A9G has two image improvement databases, with thousands of references. One database is used to clean the picture and reduce on-screen noise. The other database is used to upscale the resolution to improve clarity.

Motionflow XR

The Motionflow XR technology creates and inserts extra frames between the original ones. It compares key visual factors on successive frames, then calculates the split second of missing action in the sequences.

 

Sony BRAVIA A9G Price + Availability

The Sony BRAVIA A9G OLED TVs are scheduled to hit the market in the second quarter of 2019. Their prices will be announced later.

 

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The 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED + LED TV Line-Up Revealed!

At an exclusive event in Singapore, Sony officially launched and showed off the 2019 Sony BRAVIA range of OLED and LED TVs. They include the latest addition to the Sony MASTER series – the new Sony BRAVIA A9G 4K HDR OLED television! Check them out!

 

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED + LED TV Line-Up Revealed!

Introducing the new 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED and LED TV line-up was Mr. Benjamin Ng, the Assistant General Manager of the Sony SEA TV Marketing Division.

It was followed by the official launch of the new Sony BRAVIA A9G 4K HDR OLED television!

 

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED + LED TV Showcase

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED and LED TV line-up consists of two 4K OLED TV models, four 4K LED TV models and two 2K LED TV models. Let’s check them out!

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA A9G Premium 4K HDR OLED TV

This is Sony’s new flagship 4K OLED TV. Available in 77-inch, 65-inch and 55-inch display sizes, the new 2019 Sony BRAVIA A9G pairs the clarify of 4K with the colour and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR).

The new A9G  boasts over 8 million self-illuminating pixels controlled by the brand new Picture Processor X1 Ultimate, with Pixel Contrast Booster for more colours and greater contrast in bright areas. It offers a Netflix Calibrated Mode, and supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

The A9G also boasts the new Acoustic Surface Audio+ feature, which is designed to envelope viewers in an expansive soundscape. It also has a TV Centre Speaker mode, that literally turns the TV into the centre speaker!

  • OLED panel for unprecedented blacks, and a wide viewing angle
  • Picture Processor X1 Ultimate with Object-based Super Resolution, Object-based HDR Remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and dual database processing
  • Pixel Contrast Booster delivers a richer visual experience with unprecedented blacks
  • Acoustic Surface Audio+ features two actuators and two subwoofers, with a TV Centre Speaker Mode and Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Netflix Calibrated Mode to deliver the creator’s vision directly to the TV.
  • Supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA A8G 4K HDR OLED TV

  • OLED panel for unprecedented blacks, and a wide viewing angle
  • 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme with Object-based HDR Remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and dual database processing
  • Acoustic Surface Audio with Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Supports Dolby Vision

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA X950G 4K HDR LED TV

  • Picture Processor X1 Ultimate with Object-based Super Resolution, Object-based HDR Remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and dual database processing
  • Full-array local dimming backlight, with X-tended Dynamic Range PRO
  • X-Wide Angle minimises colour change when viewed from the side (85-inch and 75-inch models only)
  • X-Motion Clarity keeps fast action clear and smooth, minimising blur
  • Acoustic Surface Audio with Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Netflix Calibrated Mode to deliver the creator’s vision directly to the TV.
  • Supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA X900G 4K HDR LED TV

  • 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme with Object-based HDR Remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and dual database processing
  • Full-array local dimming backlight, with X-tended Dynamic Range PRO
  • X-Motion Clarity keeps fast action clear and smooth, minimising blur
  • Acoustic Surface Audio with Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Supports Dolby Vision

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA X850G 4K HDR LED TV

  • 4K HDR Processor X1 with Object-based HDR Remaster
  • TRILUMINOS display for vibrant, expanded range of colours
  • Acoustic Surface Audio with Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA X85G 4K HDR LED TV

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  • 4K HDR Processor X1 with Object-based HDR Remaster
  • TRILUMINOS display for vibrant, expanded range of colours
  • Acoustic Surface Audio with Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA X6G 2K HDR LED TV

  • X-Reality PRO picture processing for superior upscaling capability
  • ClearAudio+ fine-tunes the audio output for a more immersive experience

 

2019 Sony BRAVIA Price + Availability

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED and LED TV line-up is scheduled to hit the market in the second quarter of 2019. Their prices will be announced later.

 

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How To Join The 2019 Sony World Photography Awards!

Photographers worldwide have only 1 more month to join the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards! Find out how to participate in this prestigious photography competition, and show the world what YOU can do!

 

Join The 2019 Sony World Photography Awards!

The internationally acclaimed Sony World Photography Awards is one of the most important fixtures on the global photographic calendar. Annually, the awards recognizes the best contemporary photography from the past year and celebrate a wide variety of photographic genres.

These include submissions under the Professional, Open and Youth categories. Participation is free and open to everyone all over the world.

To mark the closing deadlines, 3 leading professional artists describe the unique worldwide platform the awards provide and highlight the benefits to their careers, which includes international press exposure, gallery representation and book deals.

 

Worldwide Exposure And Entering Collection

Acclaimed Portuguese photographer Edgar Martins grew up in Macau (China) and studied Photography and Social Sciences at the University of the Arts and the Royal College of Art, London.

He has represented Macau as part of the 54th Venice Biennale, and his work has been exhibited widely across the world and is held in major museum collections. He achieved success in both the 2009 and 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Speaking of this, Martins says: “The media response to the awards was overwhelming, with extensive press and TV coverage all over the world. Apart from providing my work a huge international platform it has also brought my images to the consciousness of collectors, curators, galleries and museums… As a direct result of being part of the Sony World Photography Awards, my work was acquired by several private and public collections.”

 

Getting Published

British photographer Amanda Harman has worked on a range of commissions, residencies and projects for a variety of public and commercial clients.

Her work has been exhibited widely and is held in museum collections, she is also a Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of the West of England.

Harman won the Professional Competition’s Still Life category in 2014, and her series A Fluid Landscape was shortlisted in the Professional Landscape category in 2018. She recently received a book publishing deal for the series with Another Place.

Harman states “Taking part in the Sony World Photography Awards has led to great things for me. I feel that being shortlisted for the 2018 awards – and receiving a book deal – for a series that I took with the Sony camera that I won at the 2014 awards has nicely completed a circle. The awards have undoubtedly helped me in my career, and I am excited for the next steps.”

 

Gallery Representation

2018’s Photographer of the Year, established British artist Alys Tomlinson studied photography at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and combines her editorial, design and advertising photography with personal projects.

Tomlinson says that winning the Award has directly led to multiple new opportunities for her work, including being represented by a prestigious fine art photography gallery.

She comments: “Winning Photographer of the Year has lead to great things for me, including being represented by HackelBury Fine Art. It has been fantastic to gain representation by a prestigious contemporary photography gallery and to see my work exhibited with them at fairs across the world. Adding to this, since winning the award I’ve also found a publisher for the series, and my book is due to be published by GOST Books in spring 2019.”

 

2019 Sony World Photography Awards Deadlines

The 2019 Sony World Photography Awards judges have been tasked to reward the very best contemporary photography from the past year across the following competitions:

January 4, 2019 Deadline

Open – best single image across 10 categories

Youth – photographers aged 12-19, best single image answering a brief

National Award – best single image taken by a local photographer from 60+ countries

January 11, 2019 Deadline

Professional – best series of works across 10 images

The juries are chaired by Mike Trow, editor, photographer, producer (Professional competition) and Rebecca McClelland, Photography Director / Head of Art Production for Saatchi Saatchi & Prodigious (Open, Youth competitions and National Awards).

Read to participate? Submit your photos here!

 

Sony World Photography Prizes And Exhibition

Prizes include $25,000 (USD) for the Photographer of the Year and $5,000 (USD) for the overall Open competition winner.

All category winners will receive the latest Sony Digital Imaging equipment and the overall competition plus Professional category winners will be flown to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards dinner on Wednesday April 17, 2019.

The awards’ winning and shortlisted images will once again be exhibited at Somerset House, London from April 18 to May 6 2018.

The exhibition will also include exclusive new works by the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award, to be announced March 2019.

Previous recipients include Candida Höfer (2018), Martin Parr (2017), RongRong & inri (2016), Elliot Erwitt (2015) and Mary Ellen Mark (2014).

Future Announcement Dates

  • February 5, 2019 – Open and Youth shortlists
  • February 26, 2019 – Open and National Awards winners
  • March, 2019 – Outstanding Contribution to Photography revealed
  • April 2, 2019 – Professional and Student shortlists
  • April 17, 2019 – Photographer of the Year, Professional category winners and overall Open, Youth and Student winners

 

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The New Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones Are Here!

The Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless noise-cancelling headphones have just been unveiled. Discover what Sony’s latest noise-cancelling wireless headphones offers!

 

The New Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones Are Here!

The new Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones with Next-level Noise Cancellation was just unveiled! This headband-style around ear headphone model offers features from the previous WH-1000XM2 (US | UK | MY) model while adding multiple key improvements.

Next-level Noise Cancellation

The Sony WH-1000XM3 (US | UK | MY) features a new HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1, a processor with approximately four times better performance than its predecessor.

This feature can negate transport noise and cancel out daily background sounds such as street noise and human voices.

It also features Dual Noise Sensor technology that captures ambient noise with dual microphones and cancels the noise through the processor.

Superior Sound

These headphones deliver high-resolution audio based on a 40mm driver unit with a Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragm that handles heavy beats and can reproduce a full range of frequencies up to 40kHz. This enables you to listen to your music the way the artist intended.

The HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1 works not only for noise cancelling but also for delivering sound quality with 32-bit audio signal processing. This offers high sound quality, best-in-class signal-to-noise ratio and low distortion for portable devices.

Smart listening

The activity recognition feature—Adaptive Sound Control—automatically detects your physical situation and adjusts to changes. With Adaptive Sound Control, you can hear ambient sounds together with music when walking, announcements while waiting, and be immersed in music with noise cancellation when traveling..

This smart listening experience is enabled by the SENSE ENGINE. Personal preferences can be customized with the Sony Headphones Connect App.

User Control

Quick Attention Mode lets you hear what is going on around you without taking your headphones off.

Placing the right hand over the earcup decreases music volume instantly and allows you to hear and quickly respond to those around you.

Other ways of controlling the sound includes swiping the touchpad on the right earcup to turn the volume up/down or to change track.

Another improvement is the addition of the Customizable Automatic Power Off function on the Sony Headphones Connect App. It enables the headphones to stay on and in noise-cancellation mode without being connected to a device. This feature is very suitable for passengers of long-haul flights requiring a much needed rest in-flight.

Comfortable And Practical

The Sony WH-1000XM3 (US | UK | MY) headphones have a new, slimmer silhouette and weigh less than their predecessor.

The deeper earcup and thicker headband cushion add comfort. They also come with a stylish fabric case that as well as new color options of black or platinum silver with gold highlights.

The headphones also offer up to 30 hours of battery life with Bluetooth connectivity, the 1000XM3 headphones have an upgraded Quick Charging function that provides up to five hours of wireless playback after a mere 10 minutes of charging3 5 via a contemporary USB type-C port.

Voice calls are also made clearer with the introduction of multiple microphones and are totally hands-free.

“We are proud to deliver the third generation of our industry-leading noise cancelling headphones,” said Yang Cheng, head of video and sound at Sony Electronics. “Our latest model takes noise cancelling to the next level with Sony’s innovative QN1 processor to deliver only your favorite music and nothing else.”

 

Sony WH-1000XM3 Price And Availability

The Sony WH-1000XM3 (US | UK | MY) headphones comes with a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of RM 1,599 / US$ 349.99 / £ 329 and is now available from Sony Stores and authorized retailers.

 

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The Sony LSPX-S1 Glass Sound Speaker Has Arrived!

The Sony Glass Sound Speaker LSPX-S1 has just arrived! Learn more about this beautiful Sony speaker and what it can do for your home!

 

The Sony LSPX-S1 Glass Sound Speaker Is Here!

The Sony LSPX-S1 Glass Sound Speaker was designed to look like part the table setting and it blends in alongside thetableware and cutlery. It emanates crystal-clear sound in all directions to enrich the sensory experience of familiar life spaces.

It fills rooms with pristine sound and crystalline illumination and gives the user complete control over every setting. The Sony LSPX-S1 Glass Sound Speaker makes it easy to create vibrant, comfortable spaces for chatting, sharing meals and spending quality time with friends and family.

Sony LSPX-S1 Key Features

  • Cylindrical design with organic glass top
  • Anodizing aluminum with a thin, gold film body
  • Filament LED in midrange tones
  • Candle-like device light up with through its start-up and shutdown processes
  • Lightweight
  • Battery-operated
  • Portable
  • Connectivity to smartphones through Bluetooth function

 

Sony LSPX-S1 Price + Availability

The Sony LSPX-S1 Glass Sound Speaker is now available at Sony Stores KLCC and The Curve and authorized retailers in Malaysia at the Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of RM 3,199 / ~US$ 763 / ~£595.

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Introducing The New Sony WI-C600N Wireless Headphones!

Sony has just launched the new WI-C600N wireless headphones with noise-cancelling technology! Catch a glimpse of this latest Sony music gadget right here!

 

The Sony WI-C600N Wireless Headphones

Sony unveiled the new WI-C600N wireless headphones, its latest Bluetooth noise-cancelling headphones!

 

Noise Cancelling Technology And Ambient Sound Mode With Superior Sound Quality!

The new WI-C600N wireless headphones is equipped with DSEE enhancement and 6mm Dynamic Drivers aimed at music lovers.

It also comes with wireless sound quality and noise cancelling features.

The Noise Cancelling Technology eliminates loud distractions while the Ambient Sound Mode lets in just the right amount of outside noise to keep users aware of their surroundings. All with just a push of a button!

 

Hands-free Music and Calls With Lightweight Neckband Design

Users can go completely hands-free while making calls or listening to music with the WI-C600N wireless headphones.

It comes with a built-in microphone and is compatible with Google Assistant and Siri.

The headset is engineered to be comfortable for prolonged use.

The light-weight neck band fits securely and is made with an elastic material to improve wearing comfort.

 

One-Touch Listening And 3 Stylish Colours!

The WI-C600N wireless headphones support one-touch listening so users can instantly stream their favourite music via Bluetooth with just a tap of their smartphone.

It comes in three stylish colours: black, grey and blue.

 

Sony WI-C600N Price + Availability

The Sony WI-C600N wireless headphones will be available in Sony Stores and authorised retailers in Malaysia beginning January 2019.

 

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The Sony A9F MASTER Series 4K HDR OLED TV Revealed!

Sony today announced the new Sony A9F MASTER Series 4K HDR OLED TV. Let’s take a look at their product briefing, and a quick tour of the 65-inch and 55-inch Sony A9F MASTER Series models!

 

The Sony A9F MASTER Series

The Sony A9F is part of the MASTER Series  – a title Sony reserves exclusively for its highest picture quality TV models. Sony claims the MASTER Series provides picture quality approaching that of a professional-grade monitor in a motion picture production studio.

Having developed and followed a very strict set of product evaluation criteria by its most experienced picture quality engineers, Sony is confident that their flagship MASTER Series will deliver the highest quality picture possible in a home setting.

Picture Processor X1 Ultimate

The Sony A9F MASTER Series models come equipped with a newly-developed, next-generation Picture Processor X1 Ultimate. This processor can intelligently detect and analyse each object in the picture through Sony’s new Object-based Super Resolution for exceptional accuracy and detail.

The Object-based HDR remaster has also been updated, and now allows each object to be remastered individually for better depth, accurate texture and all-in-all more realistic picture.

Netflix-Calibrated Mode

In conjunction with Netflix, Sony is now introducing Netflix Calibrated Mode. This unique feature was specially developed to mirror the same picture quality as a studio evaluation master for television in order to preserve the artists’ creative vision and intent.

By accessing one simple menu setting, Netflix Calibrated Mode faithfully reproduces the visuals that help bring a story to life, and entertainment enthusiasts can now enjoy this experience when watching their favorite TV series, films, documentaries and more on Netflix.

CalMAN-Ready

The Sony A9F MASTER Series is ready for CalMAN, the industry-leading display calibration software from Portrait Displays. CalMAN is widely used by professionals as a tool to ensure quality control of the strict requirements demanded by content creators in broadcast, production, and post-production.

This features the CalMAN calibration software to be installed on a PC, a pattern generator, a colorimeter or spectrophotometer, and the CalMAN for BRAVIA app installed. But using it eliminates the struggle of maintaining the picture quality throughout the life of the TV.

Pixel Contrast Booster

The Sony A9F MASTER Series TV comes with the Pixel Contrast Booster, which is Sony’s original panel controller for OLED. It maximises the dynamic range by widening the area of color reproduction at high brightness. Pictures are enhanced with extra detail and texture.

Acoustic Surface Audio+

The Sony A9F TV boasts the new Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology.

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Acoustic Surface was first introduced last year with the Sony A1 series followed by the Sony A8F this year. The improved Acoustic Surface Audio+ gets an additional actuator in the center of the screen and an extra subwoofer channel, which delivers  a 3.2 channel sound system.

The additional center actuator acts just like center speakers hidden behind an AT (acoustically transparent) screen which are found in movie theaters. With the three actuators and two subwoofers facing sideways, the Sony A9F creates a rich sound field that greatly enhances the viewing experience.

The Sony A9F asp has a TV Center Speaker Mode that allows the Acoustic Surface Audio+ to be used as the center speaker of a home theater system.

 

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Sony Expo 2018 – A Masterclass In Contrast!

On the 13 August 2018, Sony Expo 2018 opened its doors to the public with a showcase of the latest and upcoming Sony products. In conjunction with the unveiling of the new MASTER Series, the BRAVIA OLED A9F TV, Sony gave their consumers and fans a day of experiential activities and product sharing sessions.

 

Sony Expo 2018 – A Masterclass In Contrast

The Sony Expo 2018 kicked off with an opening speech by Satoru Arai, Managing Director of Sony Malaysia, followed with product presentations by the Sony Product Marketing team, who shared about the Sony spirit of ‘kando.

Kando means emotional involvement or the power to simulate an emotional response. In other words,it is the power to make people say, “Wow.” This is the heart of Sony and it’s reflected in the design of all Sony products.

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Sony fans had the privilege of witnessing the new BRAVIA OLED A9F TV, boasting pristine 4K HDR picture quality, as well as getting their dose of some powerful bass sounds with Sony’s EXTRA BASS wireless audio systems.

The “Sony experience” was also extended into the rooms of PlayStation, Audio and Digital Imaging, where fans were given the opportunity to experience and interact in gaming worlds with PlayStation VR, as well as to get up close and personal with the latest camera and personal audio lineup, including Sony Alpha, Cyber-shot cameras, and One Signature Sound.

Sony Expo 2018 would not have lived up to its full expectations without some taste of future Sony products. As such, consumers had the first-hand privilege of experiencing new and unreleased Sony technologies, in the mold of Glass Sound Speaker, Sony cameras and home entertainment sound bars.

 

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Introducing The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI Camera!

Sony just launched a new Cyber-shot RX100 compact camera model – the Sony RX100 VI (DSC-RX100M6). The new RX100 Mark 6, as it is known, packs an impressive ZEISS 24-200mm lens within its compact body! Let’s check it out, and see what else the Mark 6 brings to the table…

 

Introducing The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI

The Sony RX100 VI (Price Check) is the first RX100 model to introduce a high magnification zoom lens. Packing the ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200 mm F2.8 – F4.5 lens, it delivers a wide zoom range for both photos and videos in a compact camera body.

The ZEISS lens is paired with a 20.1 MP Sony Exmor RS CMOS sensor for incredibly high resolution photos. The sensor features a stacked DRAM chip, and together with an upgraded Sony BIONZ X image processor, allows for 24 fps high-speed photography as well as 4K video recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning.

The RX100 VI (Price Check) also features a Fast Hybrid AF system, with 315-point phase-detection auto-focus points on the sensor. This allows it to acquire focus in as little as 0.03 seconds, which is a world record for a 1.0 inch sensor.

High Magnification 24-200 mm Zoom Lens

A first for the Sony RX100, the new ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mmi F2.8 – F4.5 lens combines the zoom range of both 24-70mm and 70-200mm focal lengths into a compact design. This is achieved through a unique design featuring two ED (extra-low dispersion) aspherical glass elements and eight aspherical lens elements, as well as four AA (advanced aspherical) lenses.

Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilisation

The relatively large aperture throughout the zoom range helps create better bokeh effect, while reducing motion blur. To help you take better handheld shots even in low-light conditions, the RX100 VI (Price Check) has built-in Optical SteadyShot that offers image stabilisation that is equivalent to 4-stop faster shutter speed.

Fast Hybrid AF System

The Sony RX100 VI (Price Check) features a Fast Hybrid AF system that allows the camera to lock focus in as little as 0.03 seconds. It combines 315-point focal-plane phase-detection AF points (that cover approximately 65% of the sensor), and contrast-detection AF.

The RX100 VI also includes Sony’s High-density Tracking AF technology, which concentrates AF points around a subject to improve tracking and focus accuracy.  The popular Eye AF technology is also available with approximately 2X the tracking performance of the RX100 Mark 5 model.

Furthermore, the RX100 VI now comes with LCD touch focusing and touchpad focus point control for users that would like to drag their fingers to ideal focus points of their choice.

High-Speed Photography

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The RX100 VI (Price Check) offers continuous high-speed shooting at up to 24 fps with full AF/AE tracking, with an impressive buffer limit of up to 233 images.  The display lag of the EVF has been substantially reduced compared to prior models.  Also, for convenience during image playback, continuously shot images can be displayed in groups instead of individual shots.

The RX100 VI also has a high speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32000 second) that reduces the “rolling shutter” effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects. It can shoot completely silently in all modes, including continuous high speed shooting, when electronic shutter is engaged.  A mechanical shutter mode is also available as well if required by the user.

4K HDR Video Capability

The Sony RX100 VI (Price Check) boasts a full pixel readout without pixel binning to ensure that even the finest details in your 4K video are captured with minimal moire and “jaggies”.

And for the first time in an RX100 camera, the RX100 VI features 4K HDR capability with its new HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) picture profile that offers an instant HDR workflow solution.

Other professional videography features include S-Log3 / S-Gamut3, proxy recording and more. It is also able to record super slow motion videos at either 240 fps, 480 fps or 960 fps!

Sony RX100 VI Price + Availability

The Sony RX100 VI (Price Check) will be available in Malaysia, starting 20 July 2018. It is priced at RM 4,899 / $1,198. Here are some purchase links :

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Sony a7 III Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Preview

Sony just launched the new Sony a7 III (ILCE-7M3) at a lavish event at the JW Marriott. Here is our hands-on preview of the Sony a7 III. Find out what’s new and great about the latest Sony full-frame mirrorless camera!

 

Sony a7 III Specifications

SpecificationsSony A7 III
MountSony E-mount
Sensor24.2 MP Sony Exmor R
- 35-mm full-frame CMOS sensor
- back-illuminated design
Anti-Dust SystemCharge protection coating on optical filter and image sensor shift mechanism
ISO SensitivityISO 100-51,200
- can be expanded to ISO 50-204,800
FocusFast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)
Metering1200-zone evaluative metering
ShutterElectronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter SpeedStill images: 1/8000 to 30 s, Bulb
Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps), up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter mode)
Image StabilisationImage Sensor-Shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation
14-bit RAWYes
Uncompressed RAWYes
Video FormatXAVC S, AVCHD version 2.0
Video CodecsXAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio CodecsXAVC S: LPCM 2ch, AVCHD: Dolby® Digital (AC-3) 2ch, Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
Colour SpacexvYCC standard (x.v.Color when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS Color
Memory Card SlotsSLOT 1 : SD (UHS-I/II) card
SLOT 2 : Memory Stick Duo / SD (UHS-I) card
Viewfinder1.3 cm (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (color), XGA OLED
- 2,359,296 dots
- 100% coverage
MagnificationApprox. 0.78X
LCD Monitor2.95 inch (3.0-type) wide type TFT
- 921,600 dots
- Adjustable upwards by approx. 107 degrees
- Adjustable downwards by approx. 41 degrees
ConnectivityUSB : Micro USB, USB Type C
NFC : NFC Type 3 Tag compatible
WiFi : 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
AudioBuilt-in stereo microphone
Built-in monoaural speaker
BatteryNP-FZ100 lithium-ion battery
Battery Life (Approx.)Still Images : 610 shots (viewfinder), 710 shots (LCD monitor)
Video : 115 minutes (viewfinder), 125 minutes (LCD monitor)
Operating Temperature32 - 104 degrees F
0 - 40 degrees C
WeightApprox. 1 lb 7.0 oz / 650 g

 

The Sony a7 III Hands-On Preview

The new Sony a7 III (Price Check) features a brand new 24.2MP Exmor R CMOS image sensor with increased sensitivity, resolution and 15 stops of dynamic range. Sony combined the sensor with an AF coverage of 93%, fast shooting at up to 10 fps, and expanded 4K video capabilities,

  • Newly Developed Full-frame 24.2MP Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS Image Sensor with Evolved Image Processing
  • Wide ISO range of 100 – 51200 (expandable to ISO 50 – 204800 for still images) and 15-Stop Dynamic Range at low sensitivities
  • World Class AF system featuring 693 phase-detection AF points covering 93% of image area, 425 contrast AF points and fast and reliable Eye AF
  • Continuous Shooting at up to 10 fps with either Mechanical Shutter or Silent Shooting and full Auto Focus/Auto Exposure tracking
  • 5-axis optical in-body image stabilisation with a 5.0 step shutter speed advantage
  • High Resolution 4K Movie Shooting with full pixel readout and no pixel binning across full-width of full-frame sensor
  • The longest rated battery life of any Mirrorless camera at 710 shots per charge
  • Upgraded operability and functionality including addition of joystick for adjusting focus points, Dual SD Card Slots, SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 1) USB Type-C Terminal and more
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Key Features Of The Sony a7 III

Full-Frame Quality

The newly developed 24.2MP back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor is paired with a front-end LSI that effectively doubles the readout speed of the image sensor, as well as an updated BIONZ X processing engine that boosts processing speed by approximately 1.8 times compared to the a7 II.

They all work together to allow the a7 III to shoot at faster speeds while enabling an impressive ISO range of 100 – 51200 (expandable to ISO 50 – 204800 for still images) and an overall 1.5-stop improvement in image quality.

The Sony a7 III (Price Check) also features a massive 15-stop dynamic range at low sensitivity settings, support for the 14-bit RAW format even in silent and continuous shooting modes, and is equipped with a 5-axis optical image stabilisation system that results in a 5.0 step shutter speed advantage.

4D FOCUS & Eye AF

The new Sony a7 III (Price Check) has 425 contrast AF points that work with a 693-point focal-plane phase-detection AF system inherited from the Sony α9 model. This AF system covers approximately 93% of the frame.

AF response and tracking has also been greatly improved in the a7 III, with almost 2x the focusing speed in low-light condition and 2x the tracking speed, thanks to the faster image sensor readout.

The Eye AF feature is also available in the a7 III, even in AF-C mode. This  is extremely useful for situations where the subject is turning around, looking down or otherwise obstructed. It also works when the a7 III is being used with Sony’s A-mount lenses with an optional LA-EA3 adaptor.

Additional improvements in focusing flexibility include the addition of a multi-selector or ‘joystick’ for moving focusing points quickly, the addition of touch focusing capability, AF availability in Focus Magnifier mode, an ‘AF On’ button and much more.

High Quality 4K Video

The new Sony a7 III (Price Check) offers 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) video recording across the entire full-frame image sensor. The camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect about 2.4x the amount of data required for 4K movies, and then oversamples it to produce high quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth.

An HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) picture profile is available on the a7 III as well, which supports an Instant HDR workflow, allowing HDR (HLG) compatible TV’s to playback beautiful, true-to-life 4K HDR imagery. Further, both S-Log2 and S-Log3 are available for increased colour grading flexibility, as well as Zebra functionality, Gamma Display assist and proxy recording.

The camera can also record Full HD at 120 fps at up to 100 Mbps, allowing footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion video files in Full HD resolution with AF tracking.

Higher Speed

The new Sony a7 III (Price Check) is equipped with an updated image processing system that allows it to shoot full resolution images at up to 10 fps for up to 177 Standard JPEG images, 89 compressed RAW images or 40 uncompressed RAW images.

This high speed mode is available with either a mechanical shutter or a completely silent shooting mode. The camera can also shoot continuously at up to 8 fps in live view mode with minimal lag in the viewfinder or LCD screen.

 

Better Battery Life

Battery life has been greatly extended as well – with a CIPA measurement of up to 710 shots per charge. This is courtesy of the Sony Z series battery NP-FZ100 that offers approximately 2.2 times the capacity of the W series battery NP-FW50 used in the a7 II.

 

Sony a7 III Price & Availability

The new Sony a7 III (Price Check) and SEL2870 (Price Check) kit lens will be available in Malaysia in April 2018. The pricing for the a7 III is RM 8,999 / ~US$ 2,309 (body only) and RM 19,999 / ~US$ 5,129 (body with kit lens).

Here are some purchase links for your convenience :

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  • Sony a7 III Body Only : $1,998
  • Sony a7 III with 28-70mm lens : $2,198
  • Sony SEL2870 FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens : $398
  • Sony NP-FZ100 Battery : $78

 

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