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Sony adds ‘Monster Hunter’ and white PS4 Pro options this month

Sony has released two new versions of the PS4 Pro that will be available exclusively at GameStop this month. The consoles are the Limited Edition Monster Hunter PS4 Pro Bundle for $450, available starting January 26th (when the game launches), and the Glacier White PS4 Pro for $400, sometime around the end of the month. If you're in Canada, look for the Glacier White edition at EB Games for $500 CAD.

The bundle features a Monster Hunter: World PS4 Pro console, a red matching DualShock 4 wireless controller, and the Blu-ray disc of the game plus digital content. The Glacier White PS4 Pro includes just the console and matching controller. The white console was previously available as part of the Destiny 2 bundle. Sony has made it clear that both of these consoles will have very limited availability, so if you're interested in snagging one, it's best to move fast.

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Retro tech, accessibility and the latest in the TV wars

There's so much news at CES, it can be hard to filter out the noise and find what matters. Thankfully, Engadget is here to help. A collection of your favorite editors got together toward the end of the show to have a conversation about the big trends and the announcements that excited them most. And, of course, Richard Lawler talked about TVs.

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Sony’s plan for Xperia phones in 2018 includes dual cameras

It took Sony until 2018 to finally add fingerprint sensors to its Xperia phones, which is beyond fashionably late to the party. Now that that overdue feature is (thankfully) out of the way, the company needs to focus on how else it needs to catch up to its competitors. We chatted with Don Mesa, Sony Mobile's vice president of marketing for North America, to see what's coming next and why it took the company so long to get here. Oh, and we got a closer look at the latest version of the quirky Xperia Ear Open Style concept wireless earbuds too. Check out the video to see it all.

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Dolby’s plan for 2018 includes Atmos and Vision in more places

It's no surprise that many companies are touting Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos in products announced at CES. You're making a safe bet if you assume that's an annual occurrence. However, there's always something unique about the devices that carry Dolby's visual and audio tech, and this year is no different. Here's a quick rundown of what was announced in Vegas and what Dolby has in store for 2018.

For the first time, Dolby Vision is available in a PC -- thanks to Lenovo's Thinkpad X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga. Windows 10 already includes support for Dolby Atmos, so the new Thinkpad now completes the pair. Speaking of Atmos, a number of companies rolled out audio gear that featured the tech, including Sony. Sony typically announces new Atmos home theater gear at CES and this year one of those was the HT‑Z9F soundbar.

During our time at the Dolby Showroom, we listened watched sports, movies and a TV show with Atmos simulated surround sound just from the soundbar. You definitely still get the same effect of spacial audio, but with only one speaker. What's more, those devices that offer Dolby Atmos are now way more affordable. In fact, one of Sony's new models will retail for $600. You used to have to spend $1,000 or more to get your hands on Atmos gear in the not-too-distant past.

Then there are the TVs. Dolby Vision has been available on pricey sets for a while, but it's begun popping up on more affordable displays as well. New TVs from TCL and Hisense are a couple options that shouldn't completely break the bank when they're available later this year. The models we saw during our time with Dolby look quite impressive, even positioned close to an LG OLED TV.

Dolby also touted more supported content for 2018. From live sports to movies and streaming, expect the Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos stamp to appear more places you watch stuff. And while Atmos has already popped up on Xbox with a few supported titles (like Gears of War 4 and Assassin's Creed), the company says that it expects most big-name games to be supported in 2018. It's always good news when you're moving through battle zones and the audio realistically reacts to your position.

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A first look at Panasonic’s GH5s mirrorless camera

When Panasonic announced the GH5s earlier this week, it was clear that the company created it with one simple goal in mind: to be the best 4K prosumer video camera on the market. The GH5s is being billed as the ultimate low-light shooter and a direct competitor to the king of the category, Sony's A7S II. One of the most notable features of the new camera is its 10.2-megapixel dual ISO, multi-aspect sensor, which is half the resolution of Panasonic's 20.2-megapixel GH5. But while the GH5s may shoot at a lower res than its flagship sibling, Panasonic says that actually helps the chip handle low-light sensitivity much better.

The GH5s can handle up to 51,200 native ISO and 204,800 extended, though you should probably stay around the 25,600 mark if you want to get the crispiest night shots. And since this is designed to be a video camera first and foremost, there's support for Cinema 4K (4,096 x 2,160) at up to 60fps (with a full sensor readout), 10-bit HDR and up to 240fps slow-motion capture. Most importantly, there's no time limit as to how much 4K footage you can record at a time, so you're only bound by the limits of your battery or SD card.

If you bought a GH5 last year, fret not, as Panasonic says the GH5s isn't meant to replace that camera. Instead, the company wanted to expand its Micro Four Thirds ecosystem in hopes of reaching audiences like professional cinematographers -- a lot of whom have made the Sony A7S II their preferred low-light shooter. We'll have more on the GH5s before it launches in February for $2,499 (body-only). Until then, enjoy these close-ups while you think about whether or not you want to spend your money on it.

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Sony’s $30,000 4K short-throw projector hides powerful sound

We've been eying Sony's short-throw projectors for the past few years, but they've always been too obscenely expensive to really take seriously. Well, that's not changing this year. In fact, the new LSPX-A1 is actually more expensive than last year's $25,000 model at $30,000. But, with that extra cost comes a major new feature: six speakers that simulate 360-degree atmospheric sound.

The LSPX-A1 also looks like more of a high-end piece of furniture, with its sleek marble top and wooden shelf. Those two glass feet also act as tweeters, thanks to built-in actuators. And, of course, there's a subwoofer hiding underneath. In a brief demo, the projector did a decent job of spitting out a 120-inch 4K image from just 9.6-inches feet away from a wall. It wasn't astoundingly bright, but that could have been due to the less-than-ideal viewing conditions. One major downside: While it supports HDR10, there's no Dolby Vision.

In terms of sound, the six speakers easily managed to fill a small conference room which was about the size of a typical living room. But while it's nice to have an all-in-one speaker solution, it didn't actually sound like something that cost $30,000. I've heard $500 speakers with a better sense of detail and presence. Honestly, though, this projector isn't meant for a discerning audience -- it's for folks with money to burn.

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Sony’s totally wireless sports earbuds are surprisingly good

During last night's press event, Sony revealed its latest sports earbuds with totally wireless and wireless models -- two of which feature active noise cancellation. Now that CES is officially open, I stopped by the company's booth to try out the in-ears that interest me most: the totally wireless WF-SP700N. After a few minutes of listening, I was quite impressed.

Over the last year or so, the number of true wireless earbuds has increased exponentially. New companies are popping up all the time with the devices and most of the big names in audio have announced models of their own. In fact, Sony debuted its WF-1000X back at IFA, but the WF-SP700N that's here at CES has the sporty treatment. This includes IPX4 rating that protects the tiny audio devices from sweat and moisture at the gym or during a run. In fact, Sony claims it's the first to put active noise cancellation in a pair of water-resistant true wireless sports earbuds.

Like a few of Sony's other audio gadgets, the WF-SP700N features an ambient sound mode, so you can let a bit of outside noise in while you're listening to that Yacht Rock playlist on Spotify. And like most other totally wireless earbuds, the company includes a charging case that can offer two full charges or a 15-minute quick charge. Should you need the latter, Sony says 15 minutes will give you up to 70 minutes of listening time. When fully charged, expect up to three hours of battery life at a time with the WF-SP700N and nine hours total when you factor in the case. That's on the lower end of what I've seen recently with most companies claiming around five hours of playback on a single charge.

After a few minutes listening to the earbuds, I came away quite impressed by the audio quality. The WF-SP700N has punchy highs and a solid amount of bass that's not overpowering. I've found these true wireless devices tend to lack a healthy dose of base a lot of the time, but I'm happy to report that's not the case here. The bass is slightly better on the Bose SoundSport Free I've been using for a while now, but that model is also a bit more expensive. I'll take a bit less low-end tone for the $70 difference.

Like most of what Sony announces at CES, the company says the WF-SP700N will ship this spring. When it does, expect your choice of white, black, yellow and rose gold/gray color options when you're ready to part with $180 to grab a pair. That's not a bad price considering some totally wireless earbuds cost $250 or more.

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Catch up on all of Sony’s CES 2018 news in 5 minutes

The big names at CES had rather tame press conferences this year, but that doesn't mean they didn't make any important announcements. If you missed Sony's event yesterday, don't worry: We've distilled all of the noteworthy news down to a 5-minute clip. Catch up on all the info around TVs, cameras, headphones, autonomous cars and, of course, that cute little robopup.

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Sony Aibo first impressions: old robodog, new tricks

Sony revived its robodog series late last year, offering a limited first run of next-generation Aibos for keen Japanese fans. Despite a killer $1,800 price-tag, the company apparently sold plenty, and those preordered Aibos are finally on their way to their new owners. Finally, the company has brought the new robotic pet out of Japan, and while I could coo in Aibo's general direction, unfortunately no petting was allowed. Regardless, it was disarmingly cute.

However, the dog did understand a handful of English-language directions, including hand-shaking and commands to sit. The revived Aibo has cute, glassy OLED eyes, but it also has a camera inside its nose, which can act as a webcam for your home when away. There's also proximity sensors in front chest of the robo-pup. There's also quad-core CPU, built-in LTE and WiFi, as well as motors and gyroscopes to augment the 22 different articulated parts. There's also a speaker for robotic yips and yaps and four microphones to pick up voice commands -- something it was capable of doing despite the noise of a packed Sony press event.

Multiple touch-sensitive zones on Aibo's back, front and head ensured the robot visibly reacted to the Sony-approved robodog petters, but I'm more interested to see how the robot dog behaves once it learns to differentiate between owners. According to Sony spokesman, your Aibo will begin to learn which humans give the best snuggles, or at least whoever pets it the most.

Dogs may be man's best friend but Aibo won't be yours unless you give it some love -- no matter how much you paid for it.

Intel is making a big bet on autonomous driving in 2018

Now that Intel's MobilEye acquisition is complete, the tech titan is ready to get the ball rolling. In fact, we might see semi-autonomous vehicles powered by MobilEye's Road Experiment Management (REM) system as soon as this year. Intel has signed contracts with 11 carmakers, which will use the Level 2+ autonomous driving tech MobilEye developed, on vehicles slated to be released throughout 2018 and 2019. This particular technology will add semi-autonomous features, such as simple braking, steering and acceleration, to cars. It's worth noting, though, that REM was created to make fully autonomous cars possible, and that's still Intel's ultimate goal.

Intel and MobilEye will also begin gathering data to create near real-time maps for autonomous driving systems. They'll be relying on the software built into MobilEye's EyeQ4 system-on-a-chip that's embedded in 2 million cars -- BMWs, VWs, Nissans and other brands -- already on the road. The chip will use onboard sensors to build HD maps showing roads' current conditions, including incident reports and construction information.

Finally, Intel has forged a partnership with SAIC, China's largest automaker and Volkswagen's business partner in the country. The team-up gives Intel a presence in China, opening up the possibility of more alliances in the future.

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