The Ratchet and Clank series has been around for over a decade now, spawning one hit platformer after another. Stars Ratchet and Clank have appeared in multiple racing games and thrown a few punches in the fighting game, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, but there’s one genre that they have yet to appear in, one that’s nearly a requisite these days – an infinite runner. Sony’s latest mobile release, Ratchet and Clank: Before the Nexus, addresses this issue head-on.
Before the Nexus features characters from the latest PlayStation 3 entry in the series, Into the Nexus, including enemies Vendra, Neftin Prog, and Thugs 4 Less. Ratchet will hop along grindrails, dodging threats and collecting bolts that can upgrade his weapons and armor. He will also collect Raritanium, which players can sync via a PSN account and use in the console title directly.
You can use real money to buy bolts if collecting them the old fashioned way proves too time-consuming, but aside from that, the game is free to play. Get it below.
Right on schedule, Sony’s new flagship smartphone, the Xperia GX, has today launched on NTT Docomo in Japan. The slim-line device is the spiritual successor to last year’s Xperia Arc, and it comes with a spec list that should tantalize Android fans after a relatively tepid early 2012 showing from Sony.
The GX boasts a 4.6-inch 720p Sony HD Reality Display, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera (based on Sony’s new CMOS sensor for smartphones). On the software side, there’s Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, backed up by Sony’s UXP NXT software, and all the proprietary Sony Entertainment Network and PlayStation functionality you’d expect. Android purists will be pleased to hear that the GX sports on-screen buttons, including a dedicated multitasking key.
If you’re in Japan, you can view pricing details and other info at the source link below. If not, you’ll have to wait until later this month, where Sony’s expected to unveil an international version of the GX at its IFA press conference in Berlin.
Source: NTT Docomo
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Since Sony’s social-focused Xperia Miro was announced almost two months ago it’s remained pretty elusive. However, today it looks like a UK release may be close at hand, with the emergence of a holding page for the phone over at independent retailer the Carphone Warehouse.
Alongside the usual specs and pre-registration stuff, the page points to a tentative release date later this month — that’d give the phone some time to gain traction before Sony shows off its new hotness at IFA in a few weeks. There’s no pricing or network info just yet, but pre-order pages at other retailers suggest it’ll go for between £180 and £210 off-contract.
Announced after a Facebook promotion earlier this year, the Xperia Miro sports Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a 3.5-inch screen with a 5MP camera and an 800MHz CPU running the show. Design-wise, it’s as if someone took a rolling pin to the Xperia Tipo — the Miro sports the same design in a thinner chassis, spread over a larger surface area.
With phones like the Xperia Tipo and Miro, Sony certainly has all its bases covered at the low end. We’ll be hoping for more bleeding-edge high-end stuff at the company’s Aug. 29 IFA press conference.
Source: Carphone Warehouse
UK network Three looks set to bolster its entry level line-up by selling Sony’s Xperia U on both contract and Pay as You Go. The Xperia U was introduced to the world during the Mobile World Congress however it was quickly overshadowed by the more glamorous high-end phones on display.
In case you’re wondering, the Xperia U is an Android 2.3 device sporting a 3.5″ FWVGA reality display, a 1GHz dualcore processor and a 5MP camera capable of 720 HD video capture. Whilst these are modest specs, the phone will be available for a wallet-friendly £169.99 SIM-free or for £20 per month with no up front charge on a 2 year contract.
This solid, stylish handset is also expected to hit the shelves of O2, Orange and T-Mobile in the coming weeks. If Three’s deals float your boat then hit the source link to get your order in.
Source: Three UK
Sony’s rumored next flagship, the LT29i Hayabusa, was outed in a blurrycam photo yesterday, followed by the official announcement for the Xperia GX and SX. Now another leaked image has made its way stateside from China, but this time it’s for the Sony ST26i, a rumored 4″ qHD, 1GHz device. Unlike the GX or SX, this handset keeps the capacitive buttons. Also, this will be the first Sony device to not have the green globe logo on it since Sony bought out Ericsson.
Other rumored specs include an ST-Ericsson U8500 chipset, 512MB RAM, 8GB internal storage, and HD video. Now we wait for an announcement.
Source: it168 (Chinese)
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Our review of the Sony SmartWatch was luke-warm, but the device does show some promise with its extensibility and SDK. Most of the issues I have with the watch can be fixed with software, and anything Sony can do to get developers to take to their platform helps add value to this $150 toy.
Sony seems to understand this and today open-sourced two of its extensions to the developer community. The first is the music player extension, which will allow devs to build on Sony’s music controller app. The second is called 8 Game, a tile-sliding puzzle, which can serve as the basis for further game development.
This is a good start, Sony, but don’t let it end here. Nothing kills a platform faster than too few apps, and us SmartWatch owners want more… more apps, more games, more functionality. Nothing would make me happier than to write an update to my review in a few months time saying how much better the SmartWatch has become due to a thriving ecosystem.
Devs, hit the source link to get started… and whip me up something awesome, please.
Source: sony developer world