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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 to Slash Mobile Division Workforce by Half by 2020 due to Poor Sales

The Tokyo-headquartered company would cut smartphone sales in Southeast Asia and other areas to focus on markets like Europe and East Asia

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"Sony's share of the smartphone market has fallen sharply in recent years - from more than three per cent in 2010, according to the research portal Statistica, to less than one per cent currently. Wikimedia

Once an iconic brand, Sony is now going to slash its mobile division workforce by half by 2020 in the wake of stiff competition and poor sales.

The move could result in roughly 2,000 staffers either losing their jobs or getting shifted to a new department at Sony.

“Sony’s share of the smartphone market has fallen sharply in recent years – from more than three per cent in 2010, according to the research portal Statistica, to less than one per cent currently.

“It has struggled to compete against leaders Apple, Samsung Electronics and Huawei Technologies, all of which are racing to develop new 5G devices,” the Nikkei Asian Review reported late on Friday.

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“Sony’s share of the smartphone market has fallen sharply in recent years – from more than three per cent in 2010, according to the research portal Statistica, to less than one per cent currently. Pixabay

The Tokyo-headquartered company would cut smartphone sales in Southeast Asia and other areas to focus on markets like Europe and East Asia.

“The company’s smartphone sales for fiscal 2018 are projected to come in at a dismal 6.5 million units, half the previous year’s figure and just one-sixth that of five years ago.

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“In fiscal 2014, Sony pulled 1,000 employees from its smartphone operations but sales have plunged faster than expected, necessitating a further round of cuts,” the report added.

Some of the Japanese employees hit by the decision would be transferred to other divisions in the company, but the firm would offer voluntary retirement in its Europe and China operations. (IANS)