Items tagged with PlayStation

Wouldn't it be nice if that free data that Verizon includes with Samsung's Chromebooks were something that other carriers would utilize? Maybe it's a trend that's taking off. Sony's PlayStation Vita is nearly ready to launch in America, and as you may have heard, there's a 3G version on tap. There's under 30 days left for it to launch, and now that 3G model just got a lot more appealing. Sony just announced two PS Vita 3G / Wi-Fi bundles. Early adopters will be treated to a limited edition case, a 4GB memory card, and a copy of Little Deviants. Furthermore, Sony's tossing in a 250MB session for AT&T 3G data, as well as a PlayStation Network game, which will be provided upon activation. Looking... Read more...
You could almost hear the collective groans from gamers who discovered that Sony's PlayStation Network is offline today. Could it be that Sony is once again the victim of a hacker attack, one in which the real victims are online players who just want to get their gaming groove on? And worse yet, does this mean everyone's accounts have been compromised? Luckily, the answer is 'no'. "PlayStation Network will be offline for routine scheduled maintenance on Thursday, January 19th from approximately 8AM until 9PM PST," Sony announced in a blog post. Phew! During that time, you'll be unable to access the PlayStation Store on PS3, PSP, and Media Go; PlayStation Network Account Management; PlayStation... Read more...
Sony's PlayStation Vita went on sale today in Japan to strong demand; there are reports that Sony sold-out all 700,000 units it set aside for the Japanese launch. ""I'm so happy to see so many people lining up for PS Vita so early in the morning," Sony Computer Entertainment Japan President Hiroshi Kono wrote in his official blog after touring several Tokyo stores. "I can tell they had anxiously waited for today's launch." The handheld shipped out with an impressive 24 launch titles (the 3DS debuted with just eight), and is backwards compatible with PSP-downloadable games, PlayStation minis, the PlayStation Suite (aka PlayStation Certified titles) and PSOne Classics. It's not compatible with... Read more...
PlayStation Home is getting a lot friendlier these days. Sony's DADC LOOT group has partnered with a slew of companies to bring feature films, television, radio, and live events to Sony Computer Entertainment America's PlayStation Home social game platform. With the addition of Crackle, Ustream, and RadioIO social experiences to PlayStation Home, users can invite friends to share traditional entertainment experiences in a virtual environment, communicating with each other in real time-whether across town or on the other side of the world. Created by LOOT, Sony DADC New Media Solutions' internal development team, the PlayStation®Home real-time social game platform is available on PlayStation®Network... Read more...
Sony has confirmed the specs on the company's upcoming PlayStation Vita handheld. The new device will use an OLED screen at a resolution of 960x544. The system will use a quad-core variant of the same dual-core PowerVR SGX543MP2 that powers Apple's iPad 2 with 128MB of dedicated VRAM and 512MB of main system memory. It's a significant step forward compared to the PSP.  Sony is holding firm on the $249 entry price, despite the Xperia Play's failure to catch on at market and the 3DS' own price cut. Sony's marketing indicates that this is somehow a desirable outcome. We don't get it either The $249 price point for Vita is a bit stranger given that Sony has just cut the price on the PS3 to $250.... Read more...
There's news from the 3D sphere of both Sony and Nintendo today and neither company sounds particularly cheery. On the Sony front, 3D development chief Mick Hocking has advocated that developers only use 3D when it actually improves the title as opposed to tacking it on as a bullet point feature. "It's been a good first year," Sony's 3D chief Mick Hocking told Eurogamer in an interview this afternoon. "We've got 50 million PlayStation 3s that support 3D playback. 3DTVs are selling well. We've had great response from our fans out there at game shows and forums about the 3D games we've produced. But the most important thing is 3D quality." "We need to, and we're trying to encourage everyone to... Read more...
Here's one you should definitely take with a grain of salt, but then again, a grain of "well, duh" wouldn't hurt either. Sony has built three PlayStation consoles to date. History would tell us that a fourth is on the way, the only question being "When?" Now, leaks and rumors are starting build surrounding the next generation PS console, with DigiTimes suggesting that PlayStation 4 development / production could start at the end of this year. Given that Nintendo's already hard at work on the Wii U, Sony shouldn't be too far behind with their next-generation console. The PS4, according to unnamed Taiwanese production companies, will first hit the lines in late-2011 and then ship to consumers in... Read more...
1080p is "high-def enough" for most people. What's the rush to find the next best thing? In the technology world, that race never ends, and Sony's already doing everything they can to push 4K. "4K" is short for 4K x 2K, which is the next major step-up in resolution. RED camcorders already film natively in 4K, and many high-end / cinema projectors already project 4K. But largely, 4K isn't available for regular consumers. That said, Sony knows that at least a small percentage of their PlayStation 3 consoles are linked to 4K displays of some sort, and in order to push the envelope, they're doing something rather unique. Lucent Pictures Entertainment plans to tap into the small 4K market by issuing... Read more...
Stellar news for Sony gamers. For loyal PlayStation users who stuck with Sony throughout their massive PSN outage period, the Welcome Back Program is now available, but you may want to go ahead and grab it soon. Sony first announced their "Welcome Back" program a month ago, but if you happened to be totally preoccupied, you may have forgotten to actually log on and claim whatever is now rightfully yours. If that's you, take heart; you still have a few hours to log on and snag it. You'll be able to download a pair of free PlayStation 3 or PSP games, no to mention 100 virtual games from PlayStation Home. If you need to take care of business, you can login to the PlayStation Store, look for the... Read more...
Is there's one company that has championed 3D technology more than any other, it's Sony. The company has pushed 3D like no other: 3DTVs, 3D support in PlayStation, and now, a 3D television display of their own, with PS-branding. That's right, a PlayStation TV! At E3 this week Sony has announced a 24" 3D display that will be available this fall in Japan, North America, Europe/PAL territories, and Asian countries/regions. For North America, the 3D Display comes bundled with 3D Glasses, an HDMI cable and the Resistance 3 title from Insomniac Games for PlayStation 3. It'll sell for $499.99, while extra 3D glasses can be purchased for $69.99. It's the perfect bedroom or office TV, but we have to wonder... Read more...
Nintendo unveiled its second-generation Wii console today, dubbed the Wii U, but said very little about the console's specifications. The company confirmed that the new system will support HD video, but devoted its press conference to discussing the Wii U's controller. Rumors that Nintendo would incorporate a touchscreen proved accurate, but the controller is more tablet-based than we expected it to be. The display is 6.2" wide and features dual analog controllers, two shoulder buttons, and a standard four-button layout to the right. One of the intriguing features of the Wii U is that titles can be transferred from the TV to the controller's display without needing to restart the game. This frees... Read more...
Nintendo's next-generation Wii console is expected to be one of the biggest unveils at E3 this year, but data from Nielsen suggests gamers aren't especially eager for the new system. The organization's poll data shows that while 27 percent of those polled are interested in a new Nintendo, 25 percent and 24 percent would also be interested in new systems from Microsoft and Sony. "Gamers interested in next-generation consoles" isn't the sort of headline that wins Pulitzer prizes, but Nielsen doesn't stop there. The organization's data suggest that the Wii's user base continues to resist attempts to analyze it strictly in terms of traditional console demographics, writing: "The sheer size... Read more...
The end is nigh for the PlayStation Network / Qriocity outage. In a press release issued late Monday, Sony said that full restoration of PSN services will be completed by the end of this week. The areas with full restoration will include the Americas, Europe/PAL territories and Asia, excluding Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Details for Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea will be announced later. Meanwhile, Sony will also resume Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3, PSP, VAIO and other PCs. Restoration information for the remaining Qriocity services on Qriocity will be announced as it becomes available. In a statement, Sony Executive Deputy Vice President Kazuo Hirai said, "We have been... Read more...
Nintendo has taken a page from Sony's playbook, even as the video game giant struggles to recover from the impact of its decision to remove Other OS support. The Free Software Foundation recently examined* the EULA and privacy policy Nintendo attaches to the 3DS; both are far more draconian than corresponding agreements for the DSi, DSi XL, DS Lite, or original DS. Let's start with the privacy policy. The two documents are organized differently; a careful comparison indicates that the DSi policy matches the 3DS policy on nine of the latter's ten points. The missing point (ix in the 3DS agreement) is the importance differentiator. It states that Nintendo may collect Personally Identifiable Information... Read more...
Great news this weekend for avid PlayStation gamers. After having the PSN service go down for an unprecedented amount of time following a credit card breach, Sony has finally flipped services back online in the states and internationally. It requires a mandatory System Update, bringing consoles to v3.61, which enables your machine to connect to the revitalized network. It's been weeks since gamers could connect, and Sony has been scrambling night and day to bring things back with a new level of security. On one hand, we feel a bit sorry for Sony. There's no way this has been fun, and it has seriously tarnished their image. But on the other, we're glad that Sony's taking security seriously, and... Read more...
We're actually starting to feel a little sorry for Sony. The gaming console giant is reeling on the ropes from the network hacks that exposed the personal data of some 70 million subscribers, and the hits just keep on coming. Sony had initially planned to begin the process of bringing the PlayStation Network back online today, but those plans have been scrubbed. In a recent blog post, Patrick Seybold (senior director of corporate communications) noted that "we expected to have the services online within a week. We were unaware of the extent of the attack on Sony Online Entertainment servers, and we are taking this opportunity to conduct further testing of the incredibly complex system." Sony... Read more...
Sony Corporation's Executive Deputy President Kazuo Hirai held a press conference on Sunday to address the PlayStation Network (PSN) hacking. During the event, Hirai apologized to gamers worldwide, and detailed a "recovery plan" for both the PSN and Qriocity services, which have been offline since hackers attacked them on April 19. Coming in the same timeframe as the Amazon.com EC2 outage, could make consumers and businesses think twice about putting all their important information in the cloud, where hackers or outages could result in inaccessible or lost data. It comes at a time where consumers are being enticed to store their data in the cloud, with services such as Amazon.com's Cloud Drive... Read more...
Sony over the weekend ensured gamers that it's working frantically to rebuild its PlayStation Network and bring everything back online. PSN was taken offline last week when an "external intrustion" to Sony's system wreaked havoc with both PSN and Qriocity services. "We sincerely regret that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been suspended, and we are working around the clock to bring them both back online," Sony said in a blog post. "Our efforts to resolve this matter involve re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure. Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security." Sony continued... Read more...
If you took a look at the George Hotz (geohot) PlayStation jailbreaking video that was formerly posted to YouTube, Sony wants to know who you are. The company is demanding that a federal judge order Google to release the IP addresses and other identifying information (.PDF) of those individuals who viewed or commented on the video. The company has also asked Twitter for the information related to the “fail0verflow hacking team,” who first unveiled a rudimentary version of the jailbreak last December. Hotz released a refined hack weeks later when he independently found and published the PS3 root key. Sony has asked for the private information of @KaKaRoToKS, @gnihsub, @pytey, @bl4sty,... Read more...
It was once said that loose lips might sink ships, but in today's day and age, loose lips, leaked slides, and a bevy of rumors have drummed up nothing but excitement for the upcoming PlayStation smartphone that's almost destined to be a hit. So what's the latest being heard around the water cooler? For starters, it looks like the phone could be called "Xperia Play." The name was discovered in a European Union trademark filing, filed by a PR agency that represents Sony Ericsson as one of its clients. Another possibility here is that Xperia Play will refer to the mobile PlayStation app store and not the phone itself. Moving on, when can you expect it to arrive? We're still crossing our fingers... Read more...
In a recent blog post, Sony said that it plans to launch the official PlayStation App "very soon." The upcoming app will work with iPhone and iPod touch devices running OS 4 and above, as well as most Android devices with OS 1.6 and above. Sony didn't go into a whole lot of detail, but did say you'd be able to track your PlayStation Network trophies and keep up to date with your friends' games and online status with the upcoming app. You'll also be able to browse new games, news, and hardware for your PS2, PS3, and PSP devices, and there will be a bit of social networking baked in. Sony says you'll be able to share product and news announcements on Facebook and Twitter. "There are tons of features... Read more...
Leaked video of the still-unannounced Sony Ericsson Playstation Phone emerged on Friday. There have been images of the Playstation Phone leaked as well, but this is the clearest footage we've seen. According to Engadget, the codename for the phone is the Zeus Z1. We already know the phone is expected to run Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Take a look. Let's hope Sony Ericsson dishes specs and a date soon, as the leaks have come so fast, why hide it?... Read more...
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