• NINOKUNI: Sony Japan Announces Limited Edition (And Pretty) PS3

    NINOKUNI: Sony Japan Announces Limited Edition (And Pretty) PS3

    Japan is getting yet another special edition PS3: Sony announced [press release in English] the so-called “PlayStation3 NINOKUNI magical edition” bundle pack for the local market today. In the package, buyers will find a PS3 in “magical gold” color with a pearly touch, in addition to Ni No Kuni, a fantasy RPG currently in development at Level-5. The PS3 comes with a… Read More

  • Is Sony Ditching Component Video On Future PS3 Models?

    Is Sony Ditching Component Video On Future PS3 Models?

    Component video’s glory days are behind it. Sony might even be getting rid of it on future PS3 models. But, if this is true, it’s likely more to do with the Blu-ray’s restrictions than Sony’s hatred of the average consumer. Kotaku posted a screenshot of what is supposed to be info on a new PS3 release. The important thing to note is the statement that indicates the PS3… Read More

  • China Close To Allowing Freer Access To Console Games

    China has always, as Kotaku writes, “cockblocked” consoles. The reasons are manifold, but the official party line is that a ban on consoles will prevent kids from poisoning their minds with video games and gaming. Considering the market is huge in China, fat lot of good the ban did but that’s how things break down. Now, however, Lenovo is skirting the ban by selling a… Read More

  • Supply Line Sources Say PS4 Coming In 2012

    Taiwanese daily Digitimes is reporting that Sony is planning a PS4 launch for 2012, based on manufacturers’ claims. Foxconn and Pegatron are supposedly to assemble the systems in late 2011. Digitimes usually has its finger on the pulse when it comes to this sort of thing, but I can’t help feeling there may be some misinterpretation here. Read More

  • Via PlayView: PS3 Gets "World's First Visual Magazine" In 4K×2K Resolution And 3D

    Last year, Sony unveiled PlayView, a service for the PS3 that makes it possible to view high-resolution images on your display, for example in manuals or guides for games. And yesterday, big S announced in Tokyo that PlayView will be able to produce pictures in 4K×2K (4,096×2,160) resolution, or, in other words, four times the resolution of full HD. Read More

  • Shake-up At Sony: PlayStation Inventor Retires, Kaz Hirai Becomes Chairman Of Sony Computer Entertainment

    Following the security breach in the PlayStation network in April (77 million PlayStation Network user accounts were compromised), Sony saw a radical management reshuffle in its gaming division, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEI), today. As you could expect, big S denies a connection between both incidents, but today’s decision probably doesn’t surprise anyone. Read More

  • Sony To Drop PS3 Price In August?

    While Sony hasn’t given a yea or nay on this rumor, industry people are making noise about a possible price cut coming this fall to the PS3. Developers and merchants say software sales are down and it’s up to one of the big guys to start the price wars up again. Will it be Sony? Read More

  • CECH-3000B: Sony Announces Lighter, More Power-Efficient PS3 Model

    Sony Computer Entertainment announced [JP] the CECH-3000B for the Japanese market, a new/modified version of the PS3. When compared with the previous model (the 2500B), the new PS3 is 400g lighter (it now weighs 2.6kg) and consumes 30W less power (200W now). Sony also said they will stop producing the 2500B series. Read More

  • Phaser Attachment For Playstation Move: It Doesn't Get Much Nerdier

    There’s really not much to add, here. The game they showed was “pre-alpha” so don’t expect this thing for like a year. Or rather, expect it breathlessly. But really, whether the game’s good or bad, you’re going to want to buy this to go along with it. Read More

  • Sony Announces New 3D Monitor And Glasses In $500 PS3 Gaming Bundle

    Sony has just announced a brand new 24-inch 3D HD display designed by them specifically for gaming. It uses active shutter glasses to produce 3D, and I’m guessing from the size and terminology that it’s 720p. It comes with one pair of glasses, a 6-foot HDMI cable, and one of the major 3D games that’s launching this year (Resistance 3 is pictured). The whole package is… Read More

  • Japan Gets Exclusive Tales of Xillia PS3 Bundle

    It’s been a while since the last one, but Sony announced a new PS3 package for the Japanese market over the weekend. Buyers will get a special 160GB HDD model bundled with Tales Of Xillia, an RPG made by Namco Bandai (and the newest addition to their hit “Tales Of” RPG series that kicked off in 1995). Read More

  • Sony CEO Goes On The Defensive In Face Of PSN Outage Criticisms

    Howard Stringer, Sony’s CEO and the most visible target for criticism regarding the recent PSN data breach, has gone on an interview rampage, speaking with major news outlets to get word out that no network is fully secure and Sony went above and beyond the call of duty in its response. I don’t think users will agree, and though it may not be fair… well, tough. Read More

  • PSN Debacle Starts To Show At Retail As PS3 Trade-Ins Skyrocket

    If anyone was on the fence about whether or not to trade in their PS3, the last few weeks seem to have caused them to make up their minds. The continuing PSN outage and security breaches are causing trade-ins of Sony’s console to blow up, say a number of retailers interviewed by Edge. PS3 trade-ins have doubled, and more people are going straight to a 360 instead of getting cash. Read More

  • The PSN Outage Should Last Until May 31st

    Sony is performing the old salt-in-the-wound trick by informing Bloomberg that the PSN/Quoricity outage should last another 22 days with an expected return date of May 31. This came from an interview with a Sony spokesman in a Bloomberg interview. Security is the key here. Sony is adopting new techniques and practices to beef up its online services and apparently that takes some time. Read More

  • Reminder From Sony: Don't Give Your Credit Card Number To Strangers

    Sony has released a brief update on its security situation, assuring people that their passwords were indeed hashed and are likely inaccessible. They also note, and this is important, they will not be contacting anyone and asking for card number, social security number, or other such information. If anyone calls or emails you (and they might), it’s not Sony. Stay safe out there, kids! Read More

  • Sony Says PSN Services Will Resume Shortly, Offers Apology

    As the initial hysteria (mostly justified) surrounding the Sony PSN breach subsides, more measured estimates of the damage are appearing, but more serious questions are becoming relevant. It’s still too early to be sure what the extent of the damage is, but the early and sensational estimates (propagated before Sony announced relevant numbers) seem to be giving way to a more complex… Read More

  • The Cloud Has Us All In A Fog

    The Cloud Has Us All In A Fog

    Ever heard of Dropship? It’s an open-source project that “enables arbitrary, anonymous transfers of files between Dropbox accounts.” Dropbox hopes you haven’t; they tried to squelch it this week, and even accidentally reported that it was subject to a DMCA takedown notice, with predictably futile results. I’m mostly sympathetic: I’m a huge fan of their… Read More

  • More PSN Developments: FBI, Credit Card Databases, And Hard Questions For Sony

    The PSN debacle is continually evolving as the extent of the damage is made clear, though it should be noted that we’re still in the early stages and a lot of what’s out there is guesswork and hearsay. The good news is that the FBI is on the case, and a number of more local authorities are taking action as well. The bad news is that the hackers may in fact have the credit card… Read More

  • PSN Breach: Credit Cards Encrypted, Other Things Not So Much

    This information was in the link I put earlier, but just so it’s clear: Sony states that all credit card information in their breached database was indeed encrypted, though the “personal data” wasn’t. What does that mean? Read More

  • First Lawsuit Filed Against Sony For PSN Breach

    There’s just no way around it. Sony really screwed up. And not just in the way they consistently have in the past. I mean big time. The outage that started last week and was finally addressed yesterday is worse than anyone expected, and naturally, someone has already sued. The lawsuit alleges that Sony was both remiss in its security responsibilities and its duty to inform its customers… Read More