Join CNET on Tuesday for Sony's PlayStation GDC event

Starting at 5:45 p.m. PT today, we'll find out exactly what Sony has up its R&D sleeve.

Hosted by Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida with Sony Computer Entertainment of America R&D members Richard Marks and Anton Mikhailov co-hosting, the event will focus on "Driving the future of innovation at Sony Computer Entertainment", at least according to the invite Sony sent to the media for the event.

The inclusion of Marks and Mikhailov have led many to speculate that Sony will be announcing some type of virtual-reality solution for … Read more

HBO Go lands on PS3

HBO Go, the network's streaming service, will be available on PlayStation 3 later today through a free app, Sony has announced on the PlayStation Blog. Sony is working "diligently" with HBO to get the PlayStation 4 version ready, PlayStation executive Phil Rosenberg said, but there's no release date yet for it.

The HBO Go app, about which CNET earlier reported, will be free to download on PS3 and PS4, but you'll need an HBO subscription from your cable or satellite provider to access on-demand content like episodes of Game of Thrones or True Detective.

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Sony PlayStation 4 racks up 6 million sales

Sales of Sony's PlayStation 4 have surpassed the 6 million mark after less than four months, according to Sony.

Revealing the latest stats on Tuesday, Sony said that customers have purchased more than 6 million PS4 units globally as of Sunday. That number includes the 370,000 units sold in Japan since the console launched there on February 22.

The latest sales figure shows a steady rise from the 5.3 million units sold as of February 8 and the 2.1 million sold in the first two weeks following the PS4's initial launch in November. The console … Read more

Samsung hints at Galaxy S5 features

CNET Update reads the signs:

In this episode of Update:

- Get a clue of what Samsung has in store for the Galaxy S5 smartphone.

- Expect to hear news of Nokia's low-end Android phone later this month.

- Learn more about the redesigned PlayStation Vita that's arriving in North America this spring.

- Have an easier time chatting and playing with friends when the Xbox One update arrives in March.

- Look forward to a future of wireless charging where more devices are compatible.

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New PlayStation Vita coming to US with Borderlands 2 bundle

PlayStation users in the US are about to have the option of buying a slimmer, lighter handheld console. Sony announced Monday that its redesigned PlayStation Vita is coming to North America this spring.

The Wi-Fi PCH-2000 series console will come bundled with the first-person role-playing Borderlands 2 game, six downloadable content packs, and an 8GB memory card. The whole shebang will cost $199.99. For now, the console will only come in the color black in the US.

"The new PS Vita Wi-Fi model is approximately 20 percent slimmer and 15 percent lighter than the original version, with rounded … Read more

PlayStation Vita Slim hits UK on February 7; US release unknown

Sony is trying to give its PlayStation Vita handheld a shot in the arm with a new Slim version. The fresh, slender games machine is already out in Japan, but is making its way to the UK on February 7.

Available to preorder now, the PS Vita Slim is, as the name suggests, smaller than its forebear. That's not where the changes stop, however, as Sony has swapped out the Vita's OLED screen for an LCD panel. It will be interesting to see how that changes image quality, so stay tuned for a side-by-side comparison in our full … Read more

Google Glass adds prescription lenses, frames

CNET Update is wary of leaky apps:

In this episode of Update:

- Check out the new frames available for those that want to use prescription lenses with Google Glass. However, it's not available for those needing prescription lenses beyond +4 or -4. (I wear contacts with a -6 prescription. So that excludes me and many of my other bespectacled friends.)

- Get the latest report on the NSA, revealing how it collects personal user information from popular smartphone apps. (But one app maker denies it shares data with spy agencies.)

- Learn the new tricks on Twitter's Android app. (… Read more

PlayStation 3 and 4 to get tricked out with HBO Go app

Sony confirmed on Thursday that HBO Go is making its way to PlayStation gaming consoles. The app will first appear on PlayStation 3 and then will come to PlayStation 4, according to the entertainment giant.

"With the HBO Go app on your PlayStation system and an HBO subscription via your cable or satellite provider, you'll have unlimited, on-demand access to your favorite HBO shows, like 'Game of Thrones,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' and 'True Detective'," Sony Computer Entertainment America's senior vice president of business development Phil Rosenberg wrote in a blog post. "HBO Go offers every episode … Read more

The 404 at CES 2014: Where we steamed up with Peter Brown (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Peter Brown checks out the Razer Project Christine.

- Sony at CES: PlayStation Now, "Breaking Bad" and the "wow" factor.

- Gaming exoskeleton to pair with Oculus Rift headset at CES 2014.

- Oculus Rift Crystal Cove prototype: Head-on.

- Valve's Steam Machine lineup poses massive threat to gaming status quo.… Read more

4 things you can do with your old game consoles

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have been available for almost two months and have already sold more than 7 million units. From playing hit games like Killzone and Dead Rising 3 to streaming live game feeds on Twitch or watching movies on Netflix, both consoles promise to deliver hours of entertainment.

But what if you're upgrading from an older console? Should you hang on to your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3? For most people the short answer is yes, and here's why:

DVD and Blu-ray player

Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 can play DVDs, with … Read more