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It took a bit of time to weave through all the red tape and get the various paperwork in order, but you can finally take Sony up on its cash back or merchandise settlement offer if you purchased a PlayStation Via handheld console before June 1, 2012, and have not returned the product for a full refund. If so, it's your turn to fill out some paperwork.The settlement agreement is the same that was reached with the FTC back in November. It's in relation to the Vita's "cross-save" functionality and how it was advertised. At the time of the complaint, the cross-save feature only worked with a few PlayStation... Read more...
Not all of us are born with an abundance of patience, though sometimes you have no choice but to wait. That applies to the scores of PlayStation Network users who had their data compromised and sat through an extended service outage when hackers infiltrated the service back in 2011. Fast forward to today and you may be able to claim some restitution via a class action lawsuit. As part of the proposed settlement, anyone who had a PSN account, Qriocity account, or an SOE account at any time before May 15, 2011, is eligible to participate. "The proposed settlement offers payments equal to credit balances... Read more...
An 18-year-old man living in the U.K. was picked up and arrested in Southport as part of an investigation into distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that brought down Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) and Microsoft's Xbox Live service on Christmas Day. The investigation is part of a joint effort between U.K. cybercrime authorities and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).The DDoS attacks carried out by members of the hacking group Lizard Squad caused both services to be overwhelmed with online traffic, which disrupted access. Both Sony and Microsoft were forced to shut down their... Read more...
Sony just hasn’t been able to catch a break for the past few months. The company was first the subject of a hack attack by Guardians of Peace (with perhaps an assist by Lizard Squad) and more recently fell victim to Lizard Squad’s Christmas Day attack on the PlayStation Network (and Microsoft’s competing Xbox Live). While it took Microsoft roughly a day to get its Xbox Live services restored, the PlayStation Network didn’t become fully operational again until late Saturday, December 27. “PlayStation Network is back online. As you probably know, PlayStation Network and some other gaming services... Read more...
Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network were both the targets of DDoS attacks by Lizard Squad during the Christmas holiday. The acts were particularly heinous as Lizard Squad — the group that claimed responsibility for the attacks — picked perhaps the worst time to attack the networks. First of all, it took place during a time when most Microsoft and Sony employees were at home with their families for the holidays instead of working on mission-critical projects in the office. Secondly, people that received shiny new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles for Christmas were unable to get... Read more...
Both Sony and Microsoft have been reportedly hacked today, with numerous disruptions to both Xbox Live and Sony's PlayStation Network. both services have been partially or totally offline all day, with Microsoft's official Twitter campaign chiming in to note that the service had been disrupted and that the company was working to bring it back online -- but didn't have an ETA on when that would happen. A group called Lizard Squad is currently claiming responsibility for the attack on Twitter, which likely involves spamming both networks with huge amounts of data to jam servers and make it impossible... Read more...
Sony had a huge weekend celebrating the PlayStation’s 20th anniversary with the release of a special edition 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 and hosting the PlayStation Experience at which the company revealed a plethora of new titles coming to its gaming platforms. However, Sony’s PlayStation Network suffered outages due to denial-of-service attacks over the weekend courtesy of a group claiming to be Lizard Squad. Sony confirmed that the network with a message that stated, “We are aware that users are having issues connecting to PSN. Thanks for your patience as we investigate.” While... Read more...
Good news for PlayStation 4 owners who have yet to subscribe to Sony’s PlayStation Plus subscription which gives access to the PlayStation Network. The company announced today that this weekend, PS4 users will have access to the console's online multiplayer for free. Starting on September 26 at 12:00 AM Pacific, and lasting until September 29 at 12:00 AM Pacific, PS4 users will be able to play online with their friends for any game that has a multiplayer campaign or is a multiplayer-only title. This means that games, which have multiplayer campaigns, such as Diablo III, Madden NFL 15, The... Read more...
During the weekend the gaming industry has been suffering from a barrage of DDoS attacks. Blizzard’s Battle.net, League of Legends, and Sony’s PlayStation Network are just some of the games and services that have experienced unexpected downtime. However, it appears one hacker group is claiming responsibility for all of these attacks and more. A group called Lizard Squad has been claiming responsibility for bringing down Battle.net, League of Legends, NCSoft, and Sony’s PlayStation Network over the past week on its Twitter account. As of the posting of this article, the organization... Read more...
Have you ever found yourself yelling at Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN), "Hey, just take my money!"? Neither have we, but in case you've been frustrated with the available payment options, you'll be happy to know that you can use PayPal to make purchases through PSN (by funding your Wallet). It's a thoughtful addition, especially if you're an active eBay seller that keeps a steady flow of funds in your PayPal account. You'll find the option to use PayPal in the PS Store on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles. It also appears on the Sony Entertainment Network website, though the option all... Read more...
Sony's been the target of more than one high profile hacker attack in the past few years, so it's understandable if the company is a bit on edge. To underscore that point, Sony Europe recently took the "precautionary measure" of resetting passwords for some PlayStation Network users in which irregularly activity was detected. That's fine and dandy, except that Sony didn't tell its members what it did. "So I've been trying for a good hour or so to try and login on my devices (PS3, Vita, phone app), and they're all saying my login is incorrect," a user posted in Sony Europe's support forum. "My initial... Read more...
Hey U.S. gamers, would you like a side of PayPal with your PlayStation Network (PSN)? You can have it, now that Sony is extending the same courtesy to PSN subscribers living in North America as was already available to those who reside in Europe. It's more of an end-around process to use PayPal, as the option to add funds to your Wallet using the eBay-owned payment service is only available online and not accessible from within the PlayStation 3 console. Here's how to do it: Sign into your account at SonyEntertainmentNetwork.com Click "Add Funds to Wallet" Click "Add Funds to Wallet" a second time... Read more...
Sony may be reeling, but it still has quite a bit of cash stored up from prior years of success. And spend it will. The company has just forked out $380 million in order to acquire Gaikai Inc., a cloud gaming company that was just getting ready to blow up here in the U.S. Now, Sony is snapping up world's largest interactive cloud gaming company for its own uses, with the price tag to match. According to Sony, it'll use this to "establish a new cloud service, ensuring that it continues to provide users with truly innovative and immersive interactive entertainment experiences." It's tough to say... Read more...
Surprise, surprise (not really), Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) is down again for more routine maintenance. This has become a regular occurrence that PlayStation 3 gamers have learned (or are learning) to put up with, and this latest bit of downtime is scheduled to last pretty much all day, according to an official blog post by Matthew Harper, Senior Manager for Sony's PlayStation Digital Platforms. "My name is Matthew Harper, and I’m part of the recently-formed PlayStation Digital Platforms Community Management team. Our mission is to keep you better informed about everything that is going... Read more...
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