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A report by Nikkei Asia says that Sony is close acquiring the anime streaming service Crunchyroll for nearly $1 Billion. While this has almost nothing to do with games, it may indeed open up the possibility to integrate Crunchyroll as a value add on top of current subscriptions like PS Plus. Maybe, who knows. Due to the recent acquisition of Bethesda by Microsoft, fans have been calling on Sony to purchase studios as well to boost their highly acclaimed first party roster but it seems Sony has other plans in mind, investing in another form of entertainment instead. Crunchyroll is owned by Otter Media Holdings, who is consequently owned by AT&T’s WarnerMedia. With over 70 million subscribers, 3 million of which are paid, this would definitely be another solid revenue stream for the Japanese company should the acquisition push through. In the time of the pandemic, streaming content has been…

We’re inching closer to the next information drop for the PlayStation 5 but in related news, Sony has announced its new “Ready For PlayStation 5” Bravia TV’s, designed to give the best experience for the upcoming console. First is the Sony Bravia X90H, a 4K TV with 55 / 65 / 75 / 85-inch variants and has a starting price of $999 or around PHP50,000, is a TV that will feature Sony’s full array LED and Acoustic Multi-Audio technology and will also support a 120Hz refresh rate option and input lag as low as 7.2 milliseconds. The second, and more expensive of the two sets, is the Bravia Z8H, this time boasting of an 8K capable screen available in 75 and 85-inch variants and with a starting retail price of a whopping $6,999 or around PHP350,000. Both sets will feature what’s called the “BRAVIA Game Mode”, which will allow players…

In a report from Bloomberg, Sony is apparently considering bidding to acquire Leyou Technologies, who owns Digital Extremes and Splash Damage, devs for Warframe and Gears Tactics respectively. Sony is currently working with a financial advisor to study the acquisition and how it would prove useful to the tech giant. Sony is not the only suitor for Leyou, as there are two other bidders in the race, but Sony is ‘hoping that it can edge out other bidders with greater certainty of financing’. Charles Yuk, the controlling shareholder for Leyou, is aiming to choose a buyer by this month. Of course, until that happens, nothing is certain and other bidders could still join in on the party. Both Sony and Leyou have declined to comment when asked by Bloomberg. Warframe has turned itself around into one of the hottest free to play games out there and with that amount of…

Business has been good for Sony and the PlayStation 4. As evidenced by their latest financial report for the fiscal year that ended last March 31, 2020, the PS4 has sold a whopping 110.4 million units, putting it in a comfortable 4th position in the list of best selling game consoles, now a mere 8 million units behind 3rd placers Game Boy / Game Boy Color from Nintendo. Equally impressive is the number of PS Plus subscribers, totalling 41.5 million, as digital services and subscriptions may continue to trend upwards due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Speaking of COVID-19, it is noteworthy that the PS5, despite all of the news about possible manufacturing delays, is still scheduled for the Holidays of 2020, as can be seen through the above report on page 20: Regarding the launch of PlayStation®5, although factors such as employees working from home and restrictions on international…

This week was a particularly bad one for Naughty Dog as it was faced with the issue of having spoiler heavy scenes from The Last of Us 2 leaked to the public. Naughty Dog have since released a statement about it as of today, Sony has confirmed with GamesIndustry.biz that “it has identified the primary individuals responsible for the leaks earlier this week, saying they were not affiliated with Sony Interactive Entertainment or Naughty Dog, as was rumored.” Initial rumors have placed the leaker as a disgruntled employee from Naughty Dog who used the incident as leverage to improved the working conditions in the studio, citing unfair treatment of employees. This has now been put to rest following the statement from Sony. Sony has also confirmed the new date of release for The Last of Us 2, confirming it for June 19, just a few weeks after its initial May…

Sony has great plans for Horizon Zero Dawn, the critically acclaimed title from Guerrilla Games. Rumor has it that development for the sequel, which was initially planned for the PS4, is now fully shifting to PS5 and is said to be “gigantic” in scope and will feature coop play. This, coming from a report by VGC which has been corroborated by multiple sources with information on the situation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzx96gYA8ek With the technological advancements that the next generation consoles will bring, it won’t be a surprise to see bigger worlds with tons of things to do and VGC has pointed out that the next game in the planned trilogy will give players much more freedom to explore the world. In what capacity, we don’t know yet, but it would be safe to expect a much larger map at the very least. As for the coop feature, it was not quite sure…

A report recently published by Bloomberg highlights that Sony will produce limited quantities of the PlayStation 5 in its first year of release, among other quite interesting things. If any of what Bloomberg said is to believed, then we’ve got quite a number of things to unpack in the report – Limited quantities at launch, possible price point, and reveal strategy which includes the DualSense. Citing sources who refuse “to be identified because the subject is private”, Sony is set to produce 5-6 million PS5 units within its first fiscal year, which ends in March 2021. While that number may seem like a lot, the PS4 sold 7.5 million units within its first 6 months, putting the PS5 at a huge supply deficit leading into the next generation. Sony does NOT want to be in that place, especially when the hype for the upcoming consoles is at an all time…

The next generation of consoles is nearly upon us. Towards the end of the year, we will finally get to see the PS5 and the Xbox Series X, with both packing monstrous power that will surely put the current generation to shame. We keep mentioning the PS5 and the Xbox Series X side by side since they have been in direct competition with each other ever since a few generations back. Phil Spencer thinks this may not be the case anymore. In a recent interview with Protocol, Spencer shared his views on the upcoming generation and how the Xbox is positioned in such a way that the PS5 is no longer it’s main competitor in the space: “When you talk about Nintendo and Sony, we have a ton of respect for them, but we see Amazon and Google as the main competitors going forward,” Spencer said. “That’s not to disrespect…

For the second year in a row, Sony is skipping E3, much to the dismay of its fans. A company representative has confirmed to GamesIndustry.biz as “it does not feel the vision for the event is right for what it has planned for 2020.” “After thorough evaluation Sony Interactive Entertainment has decided not to participate in E3 2020,” a Sony Interactive Entertainment representative said. “We have great respect for the ESA as an organization, but we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year.” “We will build upon our global events strategy in 2020 by participating in hundreds of consumer events across the globe. Our focus is on making sure fans feel part of the PlayStation family and have access to play their favorite content. We have a fantastic line up of titles coming to PlayStation 4, and…