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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Interview with Xbox chief Phil Spencer on gaming trends during the pandemic, releasing two consoles at once, xCloud distribution on Android and iOS, and more   —  The holiday season is always huge for gaming, but this year, it's even bigger: a new console generation has arrived with Microsoft's …
Nov 24, 2020, 7:15 PMIn context
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Stackline, an online retail intelligence and management startup with clients like Sony, Levi's, and Starbucks, raises $50M Series A from Goldman Sachs   —  Stackline raised $50 million from Goldman Sachs Growth Equity to fuel its online retail intelligence platform as the e-commerce industry grows rapidly amid the pandemic.
Nov 20, 2020, 1:30 PMIn context
Takashi Mochizuki / Bloomberg:
Research suggests Sony PS5 and Xbox Series X and S first week sales in Japan were lower than their predecessors, hinting at persistent supply bottlenecks   —  - Sony and Microsoft both sold out limited inventory in Japan  — Companies have acknowledged supply constraints that may endure
Nov 18, 2020, 11:35 AMIn context
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple and Sony each held talks about acquiring podcast network Wondery, which seeks a possible $300M-$400M sale; Spotify has pulled out of the running   —  - Company seeking $300 million to $400 million in potential sale  — A purchase could become the biggest deal yet in podcasting
Nov 6, 2020, 6:35 PMIn context
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
PlayStation 5 review: DualSense controller is amazing, performance is fast and smooth, has a more streamlined UI, but it's big and has no “quick resume” feature   —  The real star of Sony's new console is its controller  —  A new console generation is usually something you can see.
Nov 6, 2020, 8:10 AMIn context
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Sony confirms PS5 won't support SSD storage expansion at launch, despite the presence of a dedicated internal slot, says it “is reserved for a future update”   —  ‘This is reserved for a future update’  —  Sony says its PlayStation 5 can load virtual worlds far faster than ever before …
Nov 5, 2020, 4:10 PMIn context
Brandon Russell / XDA Developers:
Sony updates its PlayStation App for iOS and Android, introducing in-app voice chat support, a revamped UI, PlayStation Store integration, and more   —  Ahead of the PlayStation 5's launch on November 12, Sony has introduced a big update to its PlayStation App for Android and iOS.
Oct 28, 2020, 5:40 PMIn context
Wired:
18% of games announced by major studios this summer had female protagonists, with Sony accounting for over a third; E3 2019 games had 5% female representation   —  The data on female representation in games looked optimistic—but time will tell if these changes endure beyond a wildcard year.
Oct 17, 2020, 10:20 AMIn context
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Sony posts a lengthy walkthrough video of the PS5's UI, showing a significant departure from the sparse PS4 UI   —  Over 11 minutes of next-gen menus  —  Sony just revealed one of the final big questions about the upcoming PlayStation 5: what the user interface looks like.
Oct 15, 2020, 6:15 PMIn context
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Sony says the Apple TV app is rolling out on some of its 2018 and newer smart TV models in the US via software update now, later this year in multiple regions   —  Sony today announced that the Apple TV app is launching on select 2018 and newer smart TV models, starting with the X900H series through …
Oct 14, 2020, 5:10 PMIn context

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