Google said that it will not be exhibiting Mobile World Congress 2021, the world’s largest mobile phone show. Earlier, Nokia, Sony, Ericsson and Oracle also pulled out from the show. “Following our current COVID-19 travel restrictions and protocols, Google has made the decision to not exhibit at Mobile World Congress this year,” Google said in a statement. GSMA, the organisers of MWC, in Feb laid out a proper plan for the physical event.
A ‘leak’ reported in a Spanish portal ‘Microsofters’ and later translated into English said Microsoft had acquired Sony in a $130 bn deal. The said deal entailed Microsoft acquiring various divisions — Sony Pictures, Sony Music, PlayStation, mobile phone, patents, and camera and TV. Mention of Microsoft’s VP of Gaming, Phil Spencer made the report sounding convincing. But it turns out, the report is fake. Simply said, Microsoft has NOT acquired Sony.
Sony refuted a Bloomberg report that the company had slashed PlayStation 5 production by 4M units over chip issues. “We have not changed the production number for PS5 since the start of mass production”, Sony said in a statement. Sony’s clarification comes at a time when Microsoft is aggressively pushing its Xbox line up and has already revealed prices of the next-gen gaming consoles. Sony will announce the price and other key details of PS5 later today.
Sony Corp. has cut its estimated PlayStation 5 production for this fiscal year by 4M units, down to around 11M. This is the consequence of production issues with its custom-designed system-on-chips for the new console. Close rival Microsoft Corp. last week revealed aggressive pricing for its two next-gen consoles, the $299 Xbox Series S and $499 Xbox Series X, putting additional pressure on Sony.