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Sony to Curb Explicit Content in PlayStation Games

Sony's home turf of Japan has a reputation for having a higher tolerance for erotic games -- games that might be considered risque, or outright offensive, in the US

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Pedestrians walk past an exterior wall of Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, California, Dec. 4, 2014. That year, Sony became the victim of a cyber hack by North Korean operatives from the Lazarus Group. VOA

Sony is putting in place stricter rules on sexual content in its PlayStation video games, based on the rise of the #MeToo movement that took industries like tech and entertainment by storm.

“Sony Corp is cracking down on sexual content in PlayStation 4 videogames globally, reflecting concerns in the US about the depiction of women in games, but also irritating some software developers.

“New in-house standards that limit sexually explicit content distinguish Sony from other game-hardware makers that allow more leeway as long as the software carries a rating from a national industry body,” The Wall Street Journal reported late on Tuesday.

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People look through Sony PlayStation VR headsets after a Sony news conference at CES International in Las Vegas, Jan. 8, 2018. VOA

The move is reportedly aimed at helping developers “offer well-balanced” content that does not “inhibit the sound growth and development” of young people.

“Sony is concerned the company could become a target of legal and social action,” a spokesperson for Sony in the US was quoted as saying by The WSJ.

The rule appears to have hit a number of titles already, including the “Devil May Cry 5”.

Sony’s home turf of Japan has a reputation for having a higher tolerance for erotic games — games that might be considered risque, or outright offensive, in the US.

Whatever the exact rules, some developers aren’t happy. There have been instances where developers had to cover up characters using light rays, smoke or similar effects, and there’s a fear this will curb creativity among developers. (IANS)

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Sony Unveils Alpha 9 II Camera in India for Rs 3,99,990

The new camera has been improved to shoot at up to 10 fps with mechanical shutter, about 2x the speed of the Alpha 9

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Sony to restructure its mobile division as well. Pixabay

Sony India Pvt. Ltd. on Thursday announced Alpha 9 II a full-frame interchangeable lens camera for Rs 3,99,990 in India.

The Alpha 9 II will be available across all key retail counters Sony Center and major electronic stores across the country from this Thursday onwards.

The company said in a statement that the new Alpha 9 II builds on the impressive legacy of the original Alpha 9, maintaining ground breaking speed performance including blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20 frames per second with Auto Focus and Auto Exposure tracking, 60 times per second AF/AE calculations while incorporating even more functionality driven directly from the voice of professionals.

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It would be available across all Sony Centers, Alpha Flagship stores, Sony authorized dealers and major electronic stores across India. (Representational image). Pixabay

Updates include enhanced connectivity and file delivery, continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with mechanical shutter, evolved AF performance with newly optimised algorithms, a re-designed build to enhance durability and operability and more.

The advanced focusing system in the new Alpha 9 II is comprised of 693 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering approximately 93 per cent of the image area, as well as 425 contrast AF points.

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The new camera has been improved to shoot at up to 10 fps with mechanical shutter, about 2x the speed of the Alpha 9.

Additionally, the new model can shoot continuously and completely silently at 20 fps for up to 361 JPEG images or 239 compressed RAW images, with no viewfinder blackout, allowing the photographer to follow the subject and action with no interruption to the EVF (electronic viewfinder) during picture taking. (IANS)