Headsets latest buzz in gaming

Jun 13, 2014

Headsets latest buzz in gaming

by Glenn Chapman

A street luge rider races down a winding mountain road, zips under a truck and through a curve and into the path of an oncoming car. The vulnerable rider whips his upper body to one side in a futile bid to evade impact. The ...

Sony pins hopes on gaming unit to shore up profits

Jun 11, 2014

Sony pins hopes on gaming unit to shore up profits

by Keiichiro Otsuka

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.’s release of a plethora of software titles in the coming month for the PlayStation 4 will be followed closely by its financially struggling parent company. As the 2014 Electronics Entertainment Expo, or E3, opened Tuesday, Sony Corp. is betting that ...

Sony urges vigorous FIFA probe of Qatar World Cup 'bribes'

Jun 8, 2014

Sony urges vigorous FIFA probe of Qatar World Cup 'bribes'

Sony Corp. became the first World Cup sponsor to call for a thorough investigation into accusations bribes were paid to secure the 2022 tournament for Qatar, raising pressure on soccer chiefs who have threatened to move the event if the allegations are proved true. ...

Media eyes trend-setting Sony's loss of momentum

| May 31, 2014

Media eyes trend-setting Sony's loss of momentum

by Mark Schreiber

Let’s travel back 62 years. On the evening of Dec. 4, 1952, after NHK radio signed off its regular AM programming, an announcer proclaimed: “Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo and NHK now commence a joint experimental stereo broadcast.” In principle, stereophonic sound reproduction requires separation of ...

Game on as Sony faces Microsoft in China

May 26, 2014

Game on as Sony faces Microsoft in China

Sony Corp. plans to launch its PlayStation 4 video game console in China, according to its Chinese partner for the project and other sources. Following Microsoft Corp.’s lead, Sony will become the second major foreign company to launch a video game console in China, ...

May 25, 2014

Sony still a Walkman in an iPad age, skeptical analysts say

Sony’s latest bid to halt years of losses and resuscitate its brand has provoked snorts of derision among analysts who say it falls way short. The criticism came after Sony Corp. President Kazuo Hirai on Thursday pledged to drag the electronics giant out of ...

Hirai refuses to pull plug on Sony TV business

May 22, 2014

Hirai refuses to pull plug on Sony TV business

by Kazuaki Nagata

Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai said Thursday the company still expects to turn around its loss-making home electronics business, which includes TV sets, this fiscal year after completing restructuring. “When I became president, (Sony) decided rebuilding the electronics business was the most important issue, and ...

Panasonic, Sharp pull up as Sony lags

May 15, 2014

Panasonic, Sharp pull up as Sony lags

by Kazuaki Nagata

Vigorous streamlining efforts paid off for Panasonic Corp. and Sharp Corp., two of Japan’s three major electronics firms, in fiscal 2013, but Sony Corp. struggled to rebuild as its mainstay businesses continued to lose money. Thanks to drastic cost-cutting efforts and a restructuring of ...

Sony posts massive annual net loss

May 14, 2014

Sony posts massive annual net loss

by Kazuaki Nagata

Sony Corp. continues to struggle to rebuild its electronics businesses, reporting on Wednesday a ¥128.4 billion net loss for the business year that ended March 31. Its sales for fiscal 2013 increased to ¥7.7 trillion, up 14.3 percent, thanks to a weaker yen, steady ...

May 13, 2014

Sony to hire ex-U.S. Ambassador Roos as outside director

Electronics giant Sony Corp. said Tuesday it will appoint former U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos and Kazuo Matsunaga, former vice minister of economy, trade and industry, as outside board directors. It will be the first time the company has appointed outside board members ...