Sony Removes Cyberpunk 2077 From The Playstation Store

Sony Removes Cyberpunk 2077 From The PlayStation Store

The previous report shared anecdotal reports of Sony issuing refunds for the game, but the company has now posted on its website that they will be officially refunding gamers who request for it. According to Sony, “SIE strives to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction, therefore we will begin to offer a full refund for all gamers who have purchased Cyberpunk 2077 via PlayStation Store and want a refund at this time.  SIE will also be removing Cyberpunk 2077 from PlayStation Store until further notice.”

For those unfamiliar with why the game is being removed, basically it appears that the console version of the game is chock full of bugs and performance issues. Gamers are reporting that they are getting terrible framerates where it can drop to as low as 15 fps. There are also other bugs that affect the game overall, like UI issues and whatnot.

Sony Is Reportedly Refunding Cyberpunk 2077 For Some Ps4, Ps5 Gamers

Sony Is Reportedly Refunding Cyberpunk 2077 For Some PS4, PS5 Gamers

While CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the more highly anticipated games of 2020, it seems that for some gamers, especially those on the PS4 and the PS5, the launch was less than ideal. So much so that gamers are now reporting that Sony is apparently issuing refunds for gamers who request for it.

For those who need a little bit more context, the launch of Cyberpunk 2077 on the PS4 and PS5 consoles have been less than stellar. Sure, it’s a new game, but even so, it seems that due to bugs or poor optimization, PS4 gamers are reporting that the game plays at a low 720p resolution, with framerates dropping to 15 fps.

Sony Confirms Android 11 Xperia Rollout Timeline

Sony confirms Android 11 Xperia rollout timeline

Sony has confirmed that its Android 11 firmware rollout will start from December 2020. The first phone to get the update will be the Xperia 1 II, this year's current flagship. Sony has also confirmed that the Xperia 1 II will be updated at the same time to support slow motion video recordings in 4K HDR at 120 fps (frames per second).

Uber Hw Camera Scores #005: Sony Xperia 1 Ii, Xiaomi Mi 10t, And More!

Uber HW Camera Scores #005: Sony XPERIA 1 II, Xiaomi Mi 10T, and More!

This week, we’re adding 14 new mobile camera hardware scores, from Sony phones that cost $1199 down to $160 for the Oppo A33 (2020) as we need to cover all price points if we are to help as many people as possible navigate the maze of camera options.

But first, a few words about our mobile camera HardWare benchmark called Uber HW Camera, since it is how we estimate how powerful these camera systems are and rank them.

Sony Made A Purple Xperia 5 Ii For Japan Only

Sony made a Purple Xperia 5 II for Japan only

If you were to ask Sony Xperia fans to pick one iconic colour that has adorned their smartphone stable over the last decade, there is a good chance that Purple would be high up on that list. We've not seen the colour used in more recent Xperia phones, but the good news is that it will make a return in its latest Xperia 5 II. The bad news is that the Purple Xperia 5 II is exclusive to NTT docomo in Japan.

Sony Reportedly Wanted To Increase Game Prices Above $70

Sony Reportedly Wanted To Increase Game Prices Above $70

Right now, the current standard of video game prices is set at $60 for triple-A titles, not taking into account deluxe editions or collector editions. This has been the standard for years, but with next-gen consoles, we’re starting to see some publishers move towards pricing games at around the $70 mark which is expected to become the new standard.

However, according to a report from Bloomberg, it seems that even $70 wasn’t enough for Sony, so much so that the report claimed that Sony was in discussions to possibly increase the price of games beyond the $70 mark. The report does not mention when these talks took place or if they’re still in discussion.

Company Cancels All Orders For Third-party Sony Ps5 Faceplates

Company Cancels All Orders For Third-Party Sony PS5 Faceplates

This led to opportunities from third-party companies looking to create accessories for the console, like a company calling themselves CustomizeMyPlates. Unfortunately, it seems that the company has since been forced to cancel all orders that were placed through them for custom PS5 faceplates following a legal letter from Sony that threatened a lawsuit should they proceed.

Speaking to VGC in an email, the company said, “Before we launched, we did our due diligence and were of the opinion, that because Sony only had pending patents on the faceplates there would be no problem. But after only a day of our website being live, Sony’s lawyers asked us to change our name (at the time PlateStation5), due to trademark infringements. We thought this switch would be enough to keep everyone happy, and honestly were hoping so since we were already underway with our product development.”

Sony Xperia Shipments Stabilise In Q2 Fy20

Sony Xperia shipments stabilise in Q2 FY20

Sony has released its fiscal second quarter results for FY2020, which includes the performance for the three months ending 30 September 2020. Sony shipped 600,000 smartphones during this quarter, and the good news is that this is the same number of phones shipped at this point last year. Whilst in the context of other manufacturers this might be faint praise, it's great to see Sony stem the declines we've seen quarter after quarter for the last three years at least.

Apple Could Be Tapping Sony For Its Smart Glasses Displays

Apple Could Be Tapping Sony For Its Smart Glasses Displays

Word on the street has it that Apple is working on a pair of augmented reality based smart glasses. When exactly this will be released remains to be seen, but it seems that Apple could be working on securing suppliers for their device, and a new report is claiming that Apple is looking at Sony as one of them.

According to Japanese publication Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, they claim that Apple and Sony are in talks in which Apple is hoping that Sony can supply them with their OLED microdisplays for use in their AR smart glasses. This has since been corroborated by display industry analyst Ross Young whose sources have told him the same thing.

Sony Clarifies The Ps5's Voice Chat Recording Function

Sony Clarifies The PS5's Voice Chat Recording Function

Sony has since come forward to clarify the feature in a new post, stating that Sony themselves will not be recording the voice chats of gamers, nor will all voice chats be recorded at all. Instead, gamers who are experiencing harassment or abuse over voice chat while they’re gaming have the option of reporting the other player, in which only the most recent five minutes are being recorded.

According to Sony, “Once the PS5 console launches, if a PS5 player needs to file a harassment report, they will be able to include up to a 40 second-long Voice Chat clip in their report — 20 seconds of the main conversation with the other player, plus an additional 10 seconds before and after the conversation selection. Only the most recent five minutes of a Voice Chat will be available for a player to use for this reporting function.”

Ps5 Owners Will Be Able To Record Voice Chats And Send It To Sony For Moderation

PS5 Owners Will Be Able To Record Voice Chats And Send It To Sony For Moderation

Sony has since updated its blog to clarify what the feature actually does, and it seems to be more about moderation and dealing with harassers and toxic gamers rather than spying on users.

According to Sony, “Voice chat recording for moderation is a feature that will be available on PS5 when it launches, and will enable users to record their voice chats on PS5 and submit them for moderation review. The pop up you’re seeing on PS4 right now is to let you know that when you participate in a chat with a PS5 user (post-launch), they may submit those recordings from their PS5 console to SIE.”

Sony Brings Imaging Edge Webcam Utility To Macos

Sony Brings Imaging Edge Webcam Utility To macOS

Back in August, Sony announced and released the Imaging Edge Webcam tool for Windows. For those unfamiliar, this is a software that lets you plug your Sony digital camera into your computer and use it as a webcam. The good news is that it looks like the software is now available for macOS as well.

The software is essentially the same as the Windows version, where as long as you have a compatible Sony camera, all you need to do is connect a camera to your Mac computer, and you should be able to use it as a webcam with your favorite video conferencing software almost immediately.

Sony Ps5's Name Has Been Trademark In India, Except It Wasn't By Sony

Sony PS5's Name Has Been Trademark In India, Except It Wasn't By Sony

While Sony has been opening up pre-orders for its PS5 around the world, India has oddly been left off the list. Obviously Sony isn’t going to ignore such a massive market such as India, so what’s the deal? As it turns out, it could be a legal issue because it appears that someone in India has trademarked the PS5 name, and it wasn’t Sony.

According to a report from The Mako Reactor, a Delhi resident by the name of Hitesh Awani had actually filed for the trademark for the PS5 name back in October 2019, based on public records. This would have effectively prevented Sony from using the name, which would be problematic if they wanted to launch the console in India.