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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 Expands its Audio Range in India with its Smart Speakers

With Spotify Connect, users can stream their playlists, favourite artists or podcasts through the XB402M in few steps

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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 India on Monday expanded its audio range in the country with its smart speakers — SRS-XB402M that features Amazon’s smart assistant Alexa built-in and promises a battery life of 12 hours for Rs 24,990.

According to the company, on pre-booking the device from August 12-August 18, the SRS-XB402M would be available at a special price of Rs 19,990 and buyers would also get a pair of MDR-XB450AP headphones worth Rs 2,490 free.

The device is available across Sony brand shops, major stores and e-commerce portals including Amazon and Flipkart.

The Sony XB402M comes with IP67 rating and is shock proof and rust proof as well.

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Amazon Alexa. (Representational image). Flickr

“Users can enjoy powerful, bass-filled sound with the XB402M ‘EXTRA BASS’ speaker which enhances lower frequencies, making it perfect for listening to your favourite tunes,” the company said in a statement.

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“It’s now easier to get the party started with just the sound of your voice with Amazon Alexa built-in on the XB402M,” the company added.

With Spotify Connect, users can stream their playlists, favourite artists or podcasts through the XB402M in few steps. (IANS)