• U.K. Police Arrest Alleged Lizard Squad Hacker

    U.K. Police Arrest Alleged Lizard Squad Hacker

    Vinnie Omari, alleged member of the Lizard Squad, the hacking crew that took down both Xbox Live and the Playstation Network on Christmas, was arrested in Twickenham on December 31. Omari provided details to the Daily Dot regarding the arrest and the police issued a press release announcing the raid. From the release: The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) has arrested a… Read More

  • PlayStation Network Suffers DDOS Attack, Hackers Claim To Have Grounded SOE President’s Plane

    PlayStation Network Suffers DDOS Attack, Hackers Claim To Have Grounded SOE President’s Plane

    PlayStation Network is currently experiencing mass outages for North American users, and the reason behind the downtime is a DDOS attack for which hacker group Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility. Sony says there haven’t been any personal details leaked in the attack, but the rolling outage persists in various locales, some ten hours or more after the attack began. What’s… Read More

  • Gritty Superhero Detective Comic ‘Powers’ Is PlayStation Network’s First Original TV Show

    Gritty Superhero Detective Comic ‘Powers’ Is PlayStation Network’s First Original TV Show

    What happens when superheroes either commit or are the victims of violent crime? That’s the question Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming set out to answer with Powers, their original comic book series when it debuted in 2000. Now, 14 years later, the series is still going strong and will also provide the material for a new series from Sony’s PlayStation Network –… Read More

  • SCEA's Jack Tretton Talks About PSN Outage: "I Apologize"

    SCEA’s CEO Jack Tretton took to the stage today to talk about the PSN outage that has effected the gaming platform’s online play for the past weeks. Tretton thanked the PS3 supporters and reported that network activity was at 90% and that the company is “committed” to the PSN experience. He described the PS3 and new NGP platforms as dedicated to network play. He gave… Read More

  • The PSN Network Is Back

    Sony just announced that the Playstation Network is back up for almost everyone. People in Japan, Hong Kong, and Korea are, sadly, still SOL. Read More

  • PSN Hacked Again, Albeit Mildly

    Another day, another PSN hack. This time we face a problem with the password reset page that users must face in order to log back in. However, given that the hackers stole everyone’s user accounts in the first place, the security measures put in place to ensure that no one can assign you a new password – namely entering your email address and birthdate – are nullified. 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

  • The Playstation Network Is Back

    According to Sony, the Playstation Network is back online in North America and the US. You will need to upgrade your firmware to 3.6.1 and change your password to play. Our long national nightmare is over. 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

  • Capcom: PSN Outage "Costing Us Hundreds Of Thousands, If Not Millions"

    While gamers around the world are pining for their online play and PSN store access, the companies that rely on the service to sell games are really feeling it. Capcom is one of many PSN-reliant companies that’s losing a ton of money in lost sales. VP Christian Svensson posts on their forums: “as an executive responsible for running a business, the resulting outage obviously costing… 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • New Bionic Commando On PSN Won’t Let You Play Offline

    This is really too bad; I was looking forward to this game, despite the unpardonable offense of getting jumping in my Bionic Commando. It turns out that Rearmed 2 has DRM that, like a few other games we’ve seen, prevents you from playing when you’re offline. Like, for instance, if there was a blizzard and your internet was down. Or you have metered internet and turn it off. Or… Read More

  • NEO-GEO Games Coming To PS3 On December 21st

    December 21st is looking to be a big day for the PS3. Well, also a short day if you’re talking about duration. Unless you’re in Australia. But I digress (from my digression). Not only is Echochrome II coming out then, but a bundle of retro gaming love from SNK will be hitting the ground in the form of a gaggle of NEO-GEO games for PSN. Oh hell yes. Read More

  • Don't Use That Jailbroken PS3 Online

    You might want to hold off on jailbreaking your PS3, particularly if you spend much time online. Turns out that Sony can detect the software ID used by the program used for jailbreaking, and then ban your PS3 remotely. What’s the solution? Either don’t use your hacked PS3 on the Playstation network, or don’t use the hack on it in the first place. TGDaily reported that some of… Read More

  • "Playstation Plus" – in which you pay Sony so you can borrow demos and PS3 themes

    There’s always a hardcore market. But $50/year may be too steep for what they’re offering. Early access to demos, special themes, and a handful of mini games? I don’t know. And it all disappears when your subscription ends. Sketchy! It’s like a Zune Pass except you don’t get access to like six million tracks, just the same stuff as everyone else a few days… Read More

  • PSN Premium rumor has the Internets shaking in its boots

    In my lower moments I can be found browsing various message boards, watching mere children argue over what video game console is superior, the Xbox 360 or the PS3. No, I’m not lying, sad as that may be. Eventually the PS3 supporters whip out this gem: “Yeah, well at least we don’t have to pay to play online,” which is a clever dig at Xbox Live’s $50 price tag. Read More

  • Anime as far as the eye can see on newly launched PSP/PSN store in Japan

    This machine translation is a little rough, but I think a PSP/PSN Store just launched (or re-launched, depending on your point of view) in Japan. Gamers there can buy, with actual yen (and not “Space Bucks” that you need on Xbox Live), all sorts of videos. I spy music videos and anime. Read More

  • Namco releases Museum Essentials for the PlayStation Network

    Namco, creators of such classics like Pac-Man, Galaga and Dig Dug, have announced Museum Essentials for the PlayStation Network. Now you can play the aforementioned games along with Dragon Spirit and Xevious on your PlayStation 3. There’s even Xevious Resurrection with co-op gameplay. This can be all yours for only $10. I know what I’m doing this weekend. Read More