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If you were having trouble connecting to the PlayStation Network yesterday, you might have the hacking group Lizard Squad to thank. An hour after the group's founder posted to Twitter that "itz bouta rain packets", Sony's "Ask PlayStation" account tweeted that it was investigating connectivity issues. Lizard Squad either delivered on its promise, or is trying to reap the benefits of a major coincidence. Video games are always a hot item on big shopping days like Black Friday, so it can be expected that networks like PSN are going to get hammered simply due to the fact that so many people are trying... Read more...
Well, we’re guessing that this isn’t the response that indie developer Twisted was expecting. Earlier this week, Twisted announced that it was releasing its own native app for Windows that provides remote play capabilities for PlayStation 4 games. Twisted confirmed that the app would cost $10 as it “sadly [is] the only way to support my living costs.” Unfortunately for Twisted, it appears that Sony isn’t about to let a third-party developer profit from an app that it could easily offer for free. Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, took to Twitter to let PlayStation... Read more...
Thanks to the New Xbox One Experience update, Xbox One users not only get a Windows 10-esque user interface, but they also get Xbox 360 backwards compatibility along with Xbox One to Windows 10 game streaming. Given all of these fresh goodies that Microsoft is providing to gamers, it’s understandable that some PlayStation 4 fans might feel a bit neglected by Sony. However, it appears that at least one developer is looking to give PlayStation 4 gamers some functionality that Sony has yet to provide: PlayStation 4 to PC game streaming. Developer Twister has announced its plans to release its Remote... Read more...
It's not often that we get to talk about Sony's microconsole, the PlayStation TV. In fact, you shouldn't feel bad if you forgot it even existed; since its release outside of Japan last summer, it really hasn't garnered much follow-up coverage. It's too bad, too, because technically, it's a very cool device, especially with its unique ability to play PS Vita titles. Well, if you do happen to own a PlayStation TV and want to have a bit of hacking fun, we have a project for you. Because some PS Vita titles require touch support in certain areas (or entirely), Sony has a blacklist to prevent such games... Read more...
Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of Sony's original PlayStation console launch in North America. To celebrate the occasion the company has discounted more than 100 titles for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, PSP, and PS Classics. These aren't small time savings, either. Markdowns are as high as 70 percent on some titles, while PlayStation Plus members can save up to 80 percent -- not too shabby! Included among the discounted games are Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Edition (PS4) for $34.79, down from $59.99, Call of Dudy: Advanced Warfare - Digital Pro Edition (PS4) for $68.99,... Read more...
Pictures of a hybrid game console consisting of a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) outfitted with a CD-ROM peripheral built by Sony are making the rounds on the web, but before we get into that, let's backtrack a few decades and discuss the system that everyone assumed didn't exist. Grab the plutonium and set the DeLorean for 1988.That's when Sony and Nintendo collaborated on a CD-ROM drive for the SNES. Their goal was to release a combined game console called the PlayStation that could play both SNES cartridges and SNES CD-ROMs. Three years later, Sony announced the system at the Consumer... Read more...
Microsoft reduced the price of its Xbox One console (and its bundles) by $50 during the holiday shopping season and saw a huge uptick in sales. The fun faded on Saturday, January 3 when Microsoft’s special pricing ended. However, the price cut was even to allow the Xbox One to surpass the PlayStation 4 in sales for the months of November and December (November was the first time that the Xbox One outpaced the PlayStation 4 in 2014). Microsoft smells blood in the water, so it’s going for another round of price cuts. Starting tomorrow, January 16, the price of the Xbox One will once again fall to... 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...
There’s something about limited editions that triggers the win-at-any-cost instinct in some people. Sony recently put just more than 12,000 20th Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4s up for sale, prompting a mad rush to the PlayStation site by would-be customers. That was immediately followed by mind-boggling bids on eBay as early buyers auctioned off their newly-purchased consoles. Bidding on the few available consoles has been fierce, but hit the roof in one auction, which is sitting at $15,100 after 32 bids.Image Credit: SonyWhether the buyer really ponies up $15k for the anniversary PS4 remains... Read more...
Sony is looking to make some changes in its business structure in order to start making a profit. Back in October the company reported a $1.25 billion net loss for the second quarter and revealed that it expects a $2.1 billion loss for the fiscal year. At an investors meeting, Sony revealed that its goals for TV and smartphones would be to turn a profit, even if that meant that sales would slide as much as 30 percent, but plans to focus more on its gaming division."We're not aiming for size or market share but better profits," said Sony Mobile Communications president Hiroki Totoki at the conference,... Read more...
Technological change is rarely smooth. It's often riddled with hurdles, and plenty of trial-and-error. When it comes to shifting the way we watch television, from the conventional pay-TV package to online-based IPTV offerings, it's an ongoing challenge. That said, Sony has become something of a pioneer in trying to forge ahead in the space, suggesting many months ago that it was working on an Internet-delivered television offering that would eventually compete with the cable and satellite packages available now. That service will be called PlayStation Vue, and more details are seeping out concerning... Read more...
If you haven’t noticed by now, all of the Destiny trailers have been focused on PlayStation and, more recently, showcasing all of the exclusive content that will be available on Sony’s PlayStation consoles. However, Microsoft UK isn’t going to sit back and let people think that Destiny is only coming to the PS3 and PS4. To generate awareness that Destiny is also available on the Xbox One and Xbox 360, Microsoft UK has begun its own unofficial advertising campaign with Destiny Fragrance. Heading over to DestinyFragrance.com brings up a cheeky little picture of a perfume bottle... Read more...
While the Xbox 360 saw solid gains against the PlayStation 3, roles have switched in the next-gen era. Sony's PlayStation 4 has found its way into nearly 9 million homes to date, while the Xbox One has only sold around 5 million units. This describes Sony's opportunity, and according to a new report, it's betting hard on the gaming sector to fuel a turnaround. While Sony is still quite healthy in the overall scheme of things, it is not the technology giant that it once was. It has shuttered the Vaio personal computer brand and sat the TV unit in a corner by itself. The world of tech has changed,... Read more...
As someone who doesn't own any of the current-gen consoles, there hasn't been too much coming out of the ongoing E3 to truly grab me. A major exception, though, is Sony's PlayStation TV, a "microconsole" device that's set to compete with the likes of Amazon's Fire TV. Released in Japan this past winter as "PlayStation Vita TV", the device ties into Sony's PlayStation Network to deliver all of its content. That content can include movies, TV shows, and of course, games. It's the latter that helps this device scream potential: Sony is experienced at making game consoles, and great games, too. The... Read more...
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