Sony’s new PlayStation Vue streaming TV service coming to iPad soon

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 19, 2015

Yesterday, Sony launched its long-anticipated streaming television service called PlayStation Vue in select markets like Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia. The online video subscription service doesn’t require a cable or satellite subscription.

It will be initially available on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles and is coming to Apple’s iPad “in the near future,” the Japanese giant has confirmed. Read More


Spotify arriving to PlayStation as Sony axes its ill-fated Music Unlimited service

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2015

Sony has finally pulled the plug on its unsuccessful music-streaming service, Music Unlimited.

Destined to be shut down on March 29, 2015, it’ll be succeeded by a new Sony service called PlayStation Music and based entirely on the Spotify service and its backend.

From the get-go, the new service will have full access to over 30 million songs and 1.5 billion playlists on Spotify.

PlayStation Music will be debuting this Spring in 41 markets and be available on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles, as well as on the Xperia smartphones and tablets. Support for other mobile and desktop devices will be added at a later stage. Read More


Sony overhauls Music Unlimited for iOS 7, adds speed enhancements and new features

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2014

Music Unlimited, the PlayStation music app from Sony optimized for the iPhone, at last has received its long-overdue iOS 7 refresh bringing it in line with Apple’s design language for iOS.

Nearly two and a half years following its debut, the app now finally sits at version 2.0 with half a dozen new features and a fresh new look owing to the use of iOS 7 styling and a flattened Home screen icon.

If you have the PlayStation console and use the Music Unlimited service, you’re going to be appreciative not only of its crisp typography and user interface, but also of a lot faster and more reliable performance. Jump past the fold for a quick highlight of the most important new features. Read More


Sony unveils Apple TV competitor ‘PlayStation TV’

By Cody Lee on Jun 10, 2014

During its high profile E3 keynote yesterday, Sony unveiled the PlayStation TV, a rebranded version of the PS Vita TV it showed off last fall. The device is small enough to fit in your hand and costs just $99, making it a direct competitor to the Apple TV.

Like the Apple TV, the PlayStation TV will support a variety of streaming services including Hulu, Netflix, and of course Sony’s own content. But unlike Apple’s set-top box, it’ll have a heavy focus on gaming, supporting some 1000 popular titles at launch… Read More


Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes companion app hits the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 19, 2014

Konami today released the next installment in its popular action-adventure stealth franchise, Metal Gear Solid. The game is officially called Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and available for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

And to go with it, Konami has created a namesake iOS companion app, now available free in the App Store.

Although the iPhone and iPad application connects to the main Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, some modes do not require console connectivity. Jump past the fold for full details… Read More


Sony looking to mainstream virtual reality gaming with Project Morpheus head-mounted display

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 19, 2014

The Game Developers Conference is running this week in San Francisco, where the Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony showed off a cool virtual reality headset.

Code-named Project Morpheus, the futuristic looking head-mounted accessory has a built-in five-inch LCD screen with full HD resolution (1,920-by-1,080) with a 90-degree field of view.

Three years in the making, Project Morpheus is packed with sensors like accelerometers and gyroscopes, works with the PlayStation 4 console and even lets players simultaneously use Sony’s DualShock 4 and PlayStation Move controllers… Read More


How to use the PS4 Dual Shock 4 controller to play iOS games on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 25, 2014

Last week I was super excited to bring you a video walkthrough of Controllers for All, a new jailbreak tweak from Ori Kadosh, that brought true PS 3 Dual Shock 3 controller support to games with iOS 7 controller support. The tweak was pretty groundbreaking, in the sense that it meant that you no longer had to pay $100 for an officially sanctioned, and utterly subpar, MFi controller.

Now Kadosh is back at it again, with his first big update to Controllers for All. This time around, he’s added support for Sony’s latest offering—the much-hyped Dual Shock 4 controller for the PlayStation 4. The awesome thing about using the Dual Shock 4 controller is that you no longer need to use any outside apps, like sixpair, to pair the device with your iPhone or iPad. All of the pairing is done solely between the controller and your iOS device!

To make a long story short, Controllers for All is the ultimate jailbreak tweak for gamers wishing to have have a better gaming experience on iOS. Have a look at our newest video walkthrough for the tweak after the break Read More


Sony launches new ‘PlayStation App’ companion app for PS4

By Cody Lee on Nov 13, 2013

Ahead of its big PlayStation 4 launch later this week, Sony has released a new companion app for the console, aptly named ‘PlayStation App.’ Sony says that the app will allow you to “take your PlayStation experience with you on your mobile device.”

Part of that experience includes the ability to connect to the PSN network, meaning you’ll be able to chat with your friends, see what they’re playing, and open game alerts and invites. You’ll also be able to browse the PlayStation store, and much more… Read More


Sony introduces the PS Vita TV, an Apple TV competitor that plays games

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2013

It appears that the PlayStation 4 isn’t the only new gaming hardware we’ll be seeing from Sony this year. The Tokyo-based company has just announced PlayStation Vita TV, a 6 x 10 cm console and set-top box that can connect to your TV.

The device is based on PS Vita hardware, and besides playing Vita, PSP and PS1 games, it also offers access to a range of entertainment services and PS4-specific features. And, priced at $100, it’s aimed squarely at Apple’s set-top boxRead More


App Store and Google Play games top handheld entertainment

By Ed Sutherland on Feb 22, 2013

Is it game over for Nintendo, Sony and other handheld entertainment companies? That’s the question as a report released Thursday shows consumers spent more on games downloaded from app stores than those designed for dedicated handhelds. Indeed, during the fourth quarter of 2012, more than 20 billion games were downloaded to smartphones and tablets. Perhaps anticipating today’s finding, Sony announced Wednesday its new PlayStation 4 will support used games… Read More


Sony announces PlayStation App for iOS and Android

By Cody Lee on Feb 21, 2013

Sony held a pretty big press conference last night, where it talked about its next-generation gaming console. And although the PlayStation 4 itself didn’t actually make an appearance, the company offered a plethora of details about the system.

And shortly after the event, it added to the day’s announcements by unveiling its official PlayStation mobile application. The app, which will land on both iOS and Android, will expand PS4 gameplay by offering a ‘second screen’ experience…  Read More


Sony “unveils” its next-generation gaming console, the PlayStation 4

By Cody Lee on Feb 20, 2013

After months of teaser videos, and years of speculation, Sony has just unveiled its next-generation gaming console, the Playstation 4, at its “See the Future” event in New York City.  That’s right, it’s supercharged, it’s intuitive, it’s social, and it’s finally here.

This might seem a bit off topic for iDB, but with growing rumors that Apple’s looking to add apps and games to its set-top box, you don’t have to work very hard to create the connection. Not to mention, we love games too. So without further a do, here’s the PS4… Read More


How Bluetooth can make Apple TV more than a ‘hobby’ device

By Ed Sutherland on Dec 11, 2012

News that the Apple TV software will support Bluetooth could make the streaming device largely viewed as a “hobby” into something more. Much more. More than simply replacing the Apple remote with a keyboard, the new software potentially does for video what the iPhone did for grainy phone snaps.

While speculation is rampant (and likely quiet wrong) about when Cupertino will enter the television business, the Apple TV box is a gold mine just gathering dust, here’s why… Read More


New iPhone App Lets You know Whether the PlayStation Network is Up or Not

By Sébastien Page on May 26, 2011

Whether you’re a PlayStation user or not, you’ve most likely heard about the problems Sony has been having maintaining its online gaming network up lately. The company has repeatedly been the target of hackers for the past couple months, and things are still not looking up for the electronics giant.

Adding insult to injury, a developer created an iPhone app that checks the status of the PSN, reporting whether it’s up or down… Read More


PlayStation Network has Been Down for Days, GeoHot Retaliation?

By Cody Lee on Apr 23, 2011

For those who who don’t live for Call of Duty: Black Ops, or other popular PS3 titles, you may not have noticed how much trouble Sony has been having lately. Their free online service, PSN (Playstation Network) has been down since late Wednesday night.

We’re not talking about a a minor inconvenience here, we’re talking about millions of people being blocked from Sony’s version of Xbox live for 4 days now. Netflix, Hulu, and several major online games are feeling the effects of Sony’s crippled network… Read More


The GeoHot Versus Sony Shenanigans Are Over as George Hotz Settles With Sony

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 11, 2011

Well, that didn’t exactly resemble a grand finale at a fireworks show, but it provided some good water cooler discussion during its peak.

The George Hotz aka GeoHot Versus Sony litigation is done. It’s over folks, it’s time to take your ball and go home.

This afternoon, Sony — no doubt grinning ear to ear from their “win” — posted an update on their blog that outlined some of the settlement terms… Read More


Geohot Flees the Country in the Heat of Sony’s Lawsuit [Update: No, He Didn’t Flee]

By Sébastien Page on Mar 23, 2011

I know this is not directly related to anything iPhone but I thought the news was important enough to report here on iDB. According to The Escapist, Geohot fled the country and is currently in South America.

In case you didn’t know, Geohot is currently being sued by Sony for jailbreaking the PlayStation 3, and even though he pretends to be confident about the situation, he is clearly feeling the heat coming from the Japanese electronics giant… Read More


The iPhone: It Only Does PS3 Games

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 27, 2011

Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve got good news, and I’ve got bad news.

The good news is that playing PlayStation 3 games on your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad is a certain possibility.

The bad news is that you’re going to have to wait a little bit longer for the developer of everyAir to release a version of its software with PS3 support…

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Microsoft Donates to Geohot’s Cause Against Sony

By Alex Heath on Feb 27, 2011

Take that Apple! Microsoft has allegedly donated money to the famous iPhone hacker Geohot for his legal battle against Sony. In case you didn’t know by now, George “Geohot” Hotz is in a legal skirmish with Sony because he jailbroke the PS3.

Since Geohot represents the jailbreak community, he obviously isn’t on Apple’s good list. Perhaps Microsoft wanted to take a little jab at Apple by supporting one of the most famous iPhone hackers…

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Geohot Interviewed Again Over Sony Lawsuit

By Alex Heath on Feb 25, 2011

In case you’ve been too busy playing on your PS3, renowned iPhone hacker George “Geohot” Hotz is in the middle of a heated lawsuit with Sony. Geohot “jailbroke” the Sony PS3 and circumvented Sony’s DRM. The ramification of his exploit is that Sony is now suing Geohot for “encouraging piracy” on their platform.

Geohot has done another interview on The Alyona Show in which he addresses the issues with the Sony debate and clarifies his stance on the subject. Check out the video after the break.

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