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Sony decides against renewing FIFA sponsorship

Sony has been a FIFA sponsor for eight years. Credit: Reuters

Sony does not plan to renew its sponsorship contract with FIFA, as the Japanese electronics maker needs to prioritise its restructuring efforts, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Such a move would follow Emirates Airline's announcement this month that it was ending its sponsorship of FIFA, a blow to the governing body as it investigates whether there was corruption in the bidding process for the next two World Cup competitions.

Sony has been a FIFA sponsor for the eight years to 2014 in a contract worth £180m.

Sony on Tuesday said it was aiming to restructure its television and mobile divisions further, while targeting robust growth for its electronics devices division, which houses its growing image sensors business.


Sony's Playstation 4 games console goes on sale in US

Sony's highly anticipated next generation Playstation 4 (PS4) games console has gone on sale in the United States.

Thousands of gamers braved the cold to queue overnight at outlets across the country to get their hands on the coveted console from 5am local time.

A gamer holds up his Playstation 4 console after purchasing it at a special Sony sale event Credit: Reuters

On Thursday, the famous symbols of the console's controller -a circle, cross, square and triangle - replaced the lettering on London's OXO tower.

The PS4 will launch in the UK on November 29, priced at £349.

The PlayStation symbols on the OXO Tower in London Credit: Twitter/Playstation Europe

Sony's bid to compete with rival Apple TV

Sony has unveiled its latest product that is thought will rival Apple TV - Playstation Vita TV - at its annual conference in Japan.

The small device that attaches to a TV set allows users to play Vita and PSP games with music and video streaming.

The device, which costs around £60, will be launched in Japan in November but there is no confirmation yet as to whether it will be released globally.


Pre-orders alone shoot new Sony phone up the charts

The Xperia Z is seen as a serious challenge to Samsung's Galaxy S3, which has dominated UK sales. Credit: Sony

The new Sony smartphone has become the UK's second best-selling handset from pre-orders alone.

The Sony Xperia Z is beaten only by the Samsung Galaxy S3, which remains in the top spot for the 10th consecutive month, price comparison website said.

The Samsung Galaxy range dominates February's top 10, taking four places, with Apple's iPhone 5 only in third position due to the success of Sony's new handset.

The Sony Xperia Z, which only became available to buy yesterday, is seen as a serious challenger to Samsung's Galaxy S3.

The waterproof, dust-resistant Sony PlayStation-certified handset boasts a 13-megapixel camera, HD recording and 5in HD display.

Mixed reviews for Sony's PlayStation 4

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