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Sony Cuts Costs of PS4 Hardware Production, Price Drop Coming?

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25w ago - Today Sony has made available a [Register or Login to view links] revealing that they have already managed to cut the costs of PS4 hardware production which leaves PlayStation 4 fans curious if a price drop will be coming soon.

To quote: "The cuts have allowed Sony to revise its financial expectations, increasing its projected FY2015 operating income for its Games & Network Services division from 20bn yen to 25bn yen.

"Sales are expected to be higher than the May forecast primarily due to the strong performance of the PS4," Sony said in its latest earnings report. "Operating income is expected to be higher than the May forecast primarily due to PS4 hardware cost reductions."

The reduced costs suggest Sony could be better placed to cut the price of PS4 at an earlier point in its life-cycle - or continue to reap improved profits from ongoing sales.

PS4 sales stood at 7 million in April although Sony has failed to provide an update since. PS3 and PS4 sold a combined 3.4m units between April-June 2014, however, of which the vast majority are expected to be PS4."


 

PS4 DLNA Support Rumored to Arrive in 2015, PS Mobile App Redesign

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26w ago - Today a Sony employee unofficially announced that PS4 DLNA support is rumored to arrive in early 2015 alongside a PlayStation Mobile application redesign in the works and more below.

To quote: We’re all excited to find about what new features are coming to our PS4s in the coming months. Verified Sony employee [Register or Login to view links] shared some interesting information over at the [Register or Login to view links].

He talked about upcoming DLNA support for PS4, a redesign for the PS Mobile App and PS3 entitlements possibly carrying over to PS Now.

In regards to much awaited DLNA support, [Register or Login to view links] estimated an early 2015 release date. He also noted that Video and MP3 support could come as early by the Holiday season this year.

I’d say early 2015 for DLNA.

MP3 and Video Players by the Holiday season (MP3 maybe sooner)

A much need redesign to the PS Mobile App is also in the works, which IWorkForSony [Register or Login to view links] as more functional and modern.

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PS4 Firmware Update Incoming, User Interface Improvement Rumored

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32w ago - Today PlayStation 4 industry insider Tidux [Register or Login to view links] that a PS4 Firmware update is incoming which reportedly will improve the User Interface with details below.

To quote: Well known industry insider, Tidux has teased some interesting update coming to PlayStation 4 in few days time. Via Twitter, Tidux hinted a brand new firmware for PlayStation 4 and also revealed some around Sony are indeed working on User Interface improvement for PlayStation 4.

When Tidux was asked, whether or not Sony's Tech support working on fan requested User Interface improvement? He replied: "Over 100 people working on the UI"

He later on hinted new PlayStation 4 firmware in testing phase: "All this testing is blowing my mind! #welcometothefuture #jit9 #fw* #PS4"

Tidux has a pretty solid track record of leaking information way before its official announcement, but still we advice our readers to wait for some official word from Sony on PS4 User Interface improvement and new firmware.


 

PlayStation Now to Launch with Hundreds of Titles, Rumored PS3 Games

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37w ago - Following up on the recent PlayStation Now Beta leak, today several PS3 games mysteriously appeared on Sony's PS4 (North American) PlayStation Store possibly to coincide with expansive plans for PlayStation Now which, according to IGN, will launch with hundreds of titles.

To quote via PSU (linked above): "The hawk-eyed folk over at [Register or Login to view links] have been at it once again, this time unravelling what looks to be a leak in relation to Sony’s preparation for its newest cloud service, ‘PlayStation Now’.

The listings (discovered by user KingKiio), found by navigating through ‘’Day-One Digital’’, then by selecting ‘’All Games’’ with the PlayStation Store, feature the likes of Grand Theft Auto V, Dead Space 3, and Diablo III. The games in question cannot be purchased or pre-ordered but trailers and ratings can be viewed. Interestingly the list also contains Naughty Dog’s marquee release, The Last of Us, which is due to receive a new lick of paint with a PS4 release this coming summer.

The leak seemingly coincides with...
 

Rumored Sony E3 2014 Press Conference Details Leaked

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38w ago - Today some rumored Sony E3 ([Register or Login to view links]) 2014 Press Conference details were leaked by an anonymous source via DualShockers (linked above) which include Uncharted, The Order, Guerrilla, Media Molecule and more outlined below.

To quote: "We’re just a bit over a month to E3, and today a source that opted to remain anonymous contacted us to share what he alleges to be Sony Computer Entertainment’s plans for their press conference.

Our source mentioned that the information comes from contacts within Sony’s worldwide studios and a further contact at the BBH New York marketing firm, which works with Sony for part of its promotion.

The info reported below is awfully detailed, which is one of the reasons why we decided to publish it, but we were also able to confirm part of it with a second source. The double-sourced information is bolded, so while you should take everything with the customary grain of salt, the bolded parts stand on more solid ground than the rest.

• Uncharted PS4 3 Minute Trailer showcasing "In-engine" footage interspersed with gameplay segments. Visuals are supposedly unprecedented and set a benchmark for console graphics. Summer 2015 release date. It looks absolutely stellar. Features tropical...
 
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