How the PSN outage affects the game developer

Its all very well that PS3 gamers have been left to fend for themselves since the PSN was orignally downed 6 days ago. Granted, Sony have to be losing out too as gamers are unable to download new content including movies and the hugely popular PSX classic titles. But what about the humble, independent games developers?

Indie games are certainly a niche market but that said, they’re still very popular amongst many different PS3 gamers, from the casual to the hardcore. Developers including Q-games have spoken out of the impact that the continued and seemingly unending PSN downtime has had on them. [Read more…]

Latest PSN update: Credit card details not entirely vulnerable according to Sony

It’s been almost a week now and there still seems to be no sign as yet as to when we can expect to see PSN back to it’s best.

Just having a quick peek on the Sony PlayStation Facebook page, there were at the time of writing, over 24,000 comments on Sony’s previous PSN update. It’s safe to say that Sony have so far received a pretty mixed and varied reception as well as many threatening to switch over to Xbox LIVE (I wonder if they’ll come back though once the network’s up and running again??? We’ll see).

Thankfully though, a little comfort (depending how you take the news) can be found in an update published earlier today over at uk.playstation.com[Read more…]

Latest update on PSN service: Bad news

We published a post yesterday concerning the diminishing service that is PSN. Go to any PS3/Xbox forum and you’ll find ample numbers of fans biting their finger nails and almost tearing out the buttons on their controllers.

Now, rather than Error 80710A06 dominating our television screens, we’re welcomed by a short message simply stating that the network is undergoing maintenance. With Sony having already given a 24-48 hours penciled deadline for normal service returning, we have since received further news that may see the Playstation Network being down even longer than originally specified. [Read more…]

PSN still down – just maintenance or something else?

Since a couple of days ago now, many PS3 gamers including myself have been met with the same error message when trying to sign into their PSN account. The error message with Error 80710A06 has graced to screen of many a PSN subscriber.

Originally, this was due to maintenance though conspiracy theorists have now been found correct in the assumption that someone on the outside has taken a liking to hacking the PlayStation Network. [Read more…]

Sony’s Playstation Home updated to 1.5

It must be said that so far there is somewhat of a love-hate relationship between gamers and the PlayStation Home (a bit like mustard, marmite or rootbeer). Many have touted it as nothing more than teenagers pretending to perform certain types of acts not conducive to the Home environment, where others see is it as a great place to ‘virtually’ hang out with your buds and enjoy a few games while you’re at it.

Hopefully, Sony’s Home update – v1.5 should better the relationship and provide a greater reason why Home is so… Great. [Read more…]

Geohot donates $10,000 of surplus legal funds to EFF

When I was a kid and didn’t get my own way, I would usually slam a door with all the strength I could muster or walk slowly but very heavy-footed up the stairs to make as much noise as I could in retaliation to the authority of my parents.

Now in the 21st century however, it seems Mr George Hotz has been walking away from the Hotz – Sony court case with a final 2 fingers up at the PS3 developers in giving away the left over legal funds he garnered (in raising support for his case) to the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) in the amount of $10,000. [Read more…]

Call of Duty: Black Ops – Escalation preview trailer

We spoke of Black Ops’ latest piece of downloadable content that was mistakenly outed by a retailer in Australia towards the beginning of the month. However, we are now able to divulge a little more information as well as a preview trailer of Escalation.

Unfortunately for PS3 and PC gamers, the DLC will be heading, once again, straight for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console. Though other computer and console owners will be receiving theirs a few weeks later. [Read more…]

Sony PlayStation Move Starter Pack to ditch the disc

There’s has been the long-standing argument over digital media versus physical media and with Sony’s PlayStation Network becoming all the more prevalent, the PS3 manufacturer has opted to drop the disc found in current PlayStation Move starter packs in favour of freely downloadable content.

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PS3 hits 50 million in sales – 8 Million Move units sold too

It’s been a little while but Sony’s PlayStation 3 console has finally hit the 50 million mark for units sold. We say ‘finally’ because it’s been almost 5 months since Microsoft’s Xbox 360 did just that. But considering the PS3 was originally launched an entire year later than the Xbox 360, we’d say that’s pretty good. [Read more…]

Number VI in the Final Fantasy series coming to PSN

Yep, if you can’t tell by the foreign tweet or the title for that matter then just to make it crystal clear… Final Fantasy VI will be coming to Sony’s PlayStation Network.

Square-Enix have already made a lot more friends since recently announcing the release of Final Fantasy V and now seem to be set to make a whole bunch more with this latest news. [Read more…]

Mr Hotz retaliates – “I will never purchase another SONY product”

Since the case between the hacker and the corporation was settled at the end of last month, new details concerning the settlement between George Hotz and Sony have now recently come to light.

It’s emerged that if Mr Hotz ignores the injunction placed upon him, which limits him quite considerably in the diseminating of information with regards to Sony’s PlayStation 3 console’s architecture, a hefty fine upto a maximum of $250,000 could be issued depending on the number of violations comitted. No doubt George could ever hope to afford this. [Read more…]

Move vs Kinect: Move winning

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Kinect and Sony’s PlayStation Move have been doing the rounds for a few months or so now and the competition has been a pretty close one at that. Now however, it seems that Move is slowly but surely edging it’s way up the ladder in terms of sales if figures in Japan are anything to go by. [Read more…]