Mark DeLoura, formerly of SCEA, has been named as Google's 'developer advocate' for video games, the first time Google has appointed an exec in charge of gaming.
Sony Computer Entertainment chief Kaz Hirai has confirmed that PlayStation's "magic wand" motion controller is set to be released spring 2010 and that Sony is also set to make an initial loss on each new PS3 Slim sold this Christmas.
AnalysisSo what do we make of the latest swirl of PlayStation rumours – namely, that Sony is said (buy various 'unnamed' or anonymous sources) to be preparing a slimmed down PlayStation 3 for release at some point later this year?
Sony Computer Entertainment introduced new Reference Tool models today, the DECR-1400A for North America and Europe/PAL territories at US $2,000 and euro 1,700 respectively, and DECR-1400J for Japan at JPY 200,000. Having the same form factor as the commercially available PS3, the new Reference Tool models allow advanced game programming and more efficient computer graphics rendering.
Sony expects to make a huge operating income loss of $2.9 billion for for the financial year ending March 2009. It's the first annual loss for the company since 1995 and considerably greater than forecasted.
Sony Japan is set to make fundamental changes to its business, closing factories and 'major divisions' according to latest reports.
Sony has revealed its financial report for the first financial quarter 2008-2009 today (April through to June this year) and it’s not looking good for the Japanese consumer electronics firm, with the quarter’s profit down to a mere $326.9 million, nearly half of the $620 million Sony reported at the end of the same quarter last year.