Sony Corporation originated with an electronics shop set up in 1946 in Tokyo, and was officially christened Sony in 1958. Sony gained a reputation for innovation with the launch of the Betamax videocassette recording format and the introduction of the Walkman in 1979. Although its market share has been eroded by products from Samsung Electronics and Apple. 

Sony unveils new Xperia Z4 smartphone even as it retrenches in mobile

An employee poses with Sony's new Xperia Z4 smartphone after a news conference in Tokyo April 20, 2015. Photo: Reuters

Sony Corp on Monday unveiled a new high-end Xperia handset featuring an aluminium frame and a 5.2-inch screen, showing it is still in the smartphone race even as it scales down its struggling mobile operations.

Tuesday, 21 April, 2015, 1:22pm

Long queues as Sony's Playstation 4 finally released in China... 16 months after the US

People wait for the launch of Sony's PlayStation 4 console in front of a Sony store in Shanghai on March 20, 2015. Photo: Kyodo

Japan’s Sony Corp is set to heat up a belated “console war” in China, the world’s second-biggest games market by revenue, as its PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita officially go on sale today on the mainland.

The PS4, which made its global debut in November 2013, has been priced at 2,899 yuan and the handheld PS Vita at 1,299 yuan.

20 Mar 2015 - 12:22pm

Sony shares finish at loftiest in 5 years on improved outlook

The Sony logo is seen at company headquarters in Tokyo after its shares ended at its highest in 5 years on an improved outlook. Photo: Reuters

Sony shares surged on Thursday to their highest close in nearly five years as an improved earnings outlook offered a glimmer of hope for the struggling electronics firm.

The Tokyo-listed stock, which was up 18 per cent earlier in the day, finished at 3,101.5 yen (US$26) in heavy trading, 12 per cent above the previous day and at its highest level since April 2010.

5 Feb 2015 - 4:14pm

Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai says company was victim of 'vicious' cyberattack

Sony president and CEO Kazuo Hirai appears on screen in front of bloggers at the CES event in Las Vegas. He thanked cinema-goers who had been to see The Interview. Photo: AFP

South Korea said that rival North Korea had a 6,000-member cyberarmy. The revelation came as Sony chief executive officer Kazuo Hirai called the devastating recent hack on the company "vicious and malicious".

7 Jan 2015 - 2:15am

Sony restores PS4 service on PlayStation network

Sony's PS4 game console is back in action. Photo: SCMP

Sony has restored service for the PS4 game console on its PlayStation Network, three days after the online gaming operation and Microsoft's Xbox Live has been hit by connection failures on Christmas Day.

29 Dec 2014 - 6:19am

Comedians tread carefully when joking about Sony's The Interview and N Korea

Mike Myers appearing as Dr Evil.

How do you joke about the Sony hacking story? After all, it was an attempt at comedy that launched this whole sobering mess. If you're Chris Rock, you joke about it cleverly but carefully.

23 Dec 2014 - 6:08am 2 comments

Sony attack opens new front in cyber warfare, say North Korean defectors

Sony salvo opens new front

The hacking attack on Sony Pictures might have been a practice run for North Korea's elite cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations.

22 Dec 2014 - 3:55am

Sony CEO ordered Seth Rogen to tone down Kim Jong-un exploding head death scene

Sony chief Kazuo Hirai (left) personally demanded a key scene be changed in The Interview, in which journalists Seth Rogen (right) and James Franco are hired by the CIA to kill the North Korean leader. Photos: AFP

Hollywood funnyman Seth Rogen was ordered to tone down a movie showing the assassination of Kim Jong-un after it was denounced by Pyongyang, leaked emails reveal.

12 Dec 2014 - 8:02pm 3 comments

Hackers use email to threaten Sony Pictures staff and their families

Hackers use email to threaten Sony Pictures staff and their families

Sony Pictures staff received a threatening email claiming to be from the hackers who breached the entertainment giant's computer network, reportedly with warnings that they and their families were "in danger".

7 Dec 2014 - 6:14am

Sony investigating whether N Korea behind cyberattack on firm's film and TV studio

Scene from The Interview. Photo: The Washington Post

Sony is investigating the possibility that a hacking attack on its film and TV studio may have involved North Korea, which has previously reacted with outrage to an upcoming Sony comedy about a CIA plot to kill leader Kim Jong-un, a source said.

3 Dec 2014 - 2:06am 1 comment

Sony Pictures Entertainment looks to North Korea for cyber attack source

Sony Pictures' computer system went down on Monday.

Sony is looking into whether hackers working on behalf of North Korea might be responsible for a cyber attack that knocked out the studio's computer network last week, the technology news site Re/code reported.

30 Nov 2014 - 5:36am

Sony's salvation may be following Samsung's lead

Samsung responded quickly to a 49 per cent profit slide.

Fierce rivals, Samsung Electronics and Sony Corp also face many of the same problems: overstretched businesses, a dearth of game-changing products, hierarchical corporate structures and proud places in their national psyches.

29 Nov 2014 - 4:14am

Japan's Sony targets 70pc jump in electronic devices revenue

Japanese electronics firm Sony is planning to cut its smartphone product portfolio and revise its sales and marketing strategy. Photo: AFP

Japan's loss-making Sony Corp is targeting a near 70 per cent jump in revenue for its electronic devices division over the next three years, even as it warned further restructuring was in store for its television and smartphone units.

26 Nov 2014 - 5:09am

Sony looks to new movie hits to lift revenues

Sony is banking on new movies like Spider-Man to lift revenues. Photo: EPA

Sony says it is aiming to lift its movie and television revenue by more than a third in the next three years as it cuts costs and invests in potential hit films, including a new Spider-Man movie.

19 Nov 2014 - 4:05am

Investors told to buy Sony bonds after ratings downgrade

Sony chief executive Kazuo Hirai says the company would post a net loss of 230 billion yen (HK$16.4 billion) this financial year. Photo: AP

Sony Corp may reward investors if they wait to buy its bonds after an expected ratings downgrade, BNP Paribas said. The Japanese consumer electronics maker widened its net loss forecast on Wednesday.

20 Sep 2014 - 5:10am