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As part of the Sony’s ongoing effort to streamline its portfolio and operations, the company is planning to sell all of its shares in Square Enix Holdings, the companyannounced this morning.

Sony is looking to sell its 9.52 million common shares in Square Enix to global financial company SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. Through Sony’s own video game division Sony Computer Entertainment, the company holds the equity of 8.2 percent of Square’s issued shares — making Sony one of the global publisher and developer’s largest shareholders.

http://www.polygon.com/2014/4/16/5620244/sony-selling-square-enix-shares

So for the first time in who knows how long, Sony will own no shares in Square-Enix.  I could be wrong about this, but Sony has owned Square-Enix/Squaresoft shares for a loooooong time.

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Though the PlayStation 4 comes out in Japan next February and the Xbox One doesn’t have a specific release date here, this Tokyo Game Show is all aboutthe showdownbetween thesetwo consoles. So, on the first day TGS was open to the public, we asked folks which one they plan to buy.

Thirty-two responses later, we had one very clear answer.

Now keep in mind this is a completely unscientific poll and should be taken with a large grain of salt. We just walked up to people at random as asked if we could get them to weigh-in. (In fact, we approached nearly 70 people in total—and the majority of them were so camera shy that they waved us away before we could even ask the question.)

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Fourteen years and three consoles and Microsoft has made exactly ZERO progress in penetrating the Japanese market.

The PlayStation 4 will launch in Japan on Feb. 22, 2014 for ¥39,980 and ¥43,980 bundled with its Eye camera peripheral, it was announced at Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia’s Press Conference 2013 today.

Consumers in the region who purchase the PlayStation 4 at launch will receive Knack for free and The PlayRoom will come pre-installed on Japanese consoles.

Sony revealed during its E3 press conference in June that its next-generation console will launch at $399 in the US, €399 in Europe and £349 in the U.K., releasing this holiday.

First announced in February of this year, the PlayStation 4 ships with the touch-sensitive DualShock 4. It will feature will feature voice command capabilities through its Eye camera peripheral, will support free party chat and allow players to have up to 2,000 players on their friends lists.

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Sony intends to showcase over 50 PlayStation titles at Tokyo Game Show 2013 later this month.

The figure includes more than ten PS4 games such as Knack and Capcom’s Deep Down, which was recently revealed to be an online title.

Vita and PS3 titles being exhibited will include Tearaway, Gran Turismo 6, PES 2014 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan said today in a press release.

A trio of Sony executives are reportedly set to deliver an opening day keynote at TGS, which runs from September 19 to 22.

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I think I’ve said it before here, but I think I’m one of the few gamers out there not that impressed by the Oculus Rift, which is what Sony’s new device is going to be competing against.  What would I want a giant, glorified ViewMaster tethered to my face when I can play a game on a nice, giant HD television?  Maybe it’s one of those things you have to try first.
Sony plans to enter the virtual reality gaming space in a big way with PlayStation 4, Eurogamer can reveal.

Amid the growing popularity of the Oculus Rift VR headset among the development community and a small number of gamers, Sony has been working on a rival device for its next-gen console, and it is on track to be revealed in 2014.

Multiple sources have indicated to Eurogamer that Sony’s VR headset will work similarly to Oculus’. Internally, the device has been demonstrated with Evolution Studios’ PS4 racer DriveClub, with players able to look around the cockpit of a car.

Evolution’s involvement comes as no surprise – the Liverpool studio is home to the Worldwide Studios Stereoscopic 3D team, which has worked on 3D game development since 2008. The team, and 3D chief Mick Hocking, have been relatively quiet since PlayStation’s ill-fated 3D push in 2011.

Sony also has form with headmounted displays. The £1000 HMZ-T2 is a personal 3D viewer that can be used with 3D games and HD movies. It includes an OLED 720p panel for each eye that renders 3D pictures in high-contrast detail. Eurogamer reviewed its predecessor, the HMZ-T1, in late 2011. The Oculus Rift performs much better than the HMZ-T2 for games, and Sony hopes to one-up the rival device with its own offering.

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