Tag: Psn

  • News Seems Sony Will Pay You to Hack PS4, PSN and Report Security Flaws

    Seriously

    Fans are going to try to hack the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Network regardless, and Sony appears to be embracing that idea with the PlayStation Bug Bounty program. This is a little mind blowing, so let us give it to you straight: the manufacturer is willing to pay $50,000 or more to anyone who can uncover critical security flaws in its...

  • News Sony Believes PSN's Resilience Should Not Be Questioned Anymore

    Network navigates lockdown surge

    The days of fans poking fun at the PlayStation Network for its reliability should be “consigned to history”, according to boss Jim Ryan. Speaking with Games Industry, the gaffer explained that since the world went into lockdown, the “levels of engagement are just off the radar screen, both in terms of the...

  • Random The Best (And Stupidest) Recommended PSN Names We Could Find

    Updated with even more nonsense

    Around one year ago, Sony introduced the option to change your PlayStation Network username, and with that option came the potential for hilarity. Well, maybe not hilarity, but some of the names we found were at least mildly amusing. You see, changing your PSN ID lets you click through a bunch of recommended...

  • News Did You Know There's a Website That Tracks PSN Prices Over Time?

    Always get the best deal on PS Store

    Update: As mentioned in the comments, another site named PSPrices.com tracks the price of games both on the PlayStation Store and at retail over time, so you can check whether it's more cost effective to go physical or digital. Despite the name, it also covers Microsoft and Nintendo platforms. Well worth checking...

  • News PSN Download Speeds Are Starting to Slow for Some PS4 Users

    Sony's coronavirus plan kicking in?

    The PlayStation Network appears to be dealing with the coronavirus situation quite well. Sony's online infrastructure seems to be holding up despite what must be a significant increase in usage as people are forced to stay at home. However, back at the end of March, PlayStation did state that PSN download speeds...

  • News PSN Continues to Cope Admirably with Coronavirus Crisis

    Stayin' online

    PlayStation Network may have earned a reputation for being unreliable in its earlier days, but Sony’s really shored up the service in the past five or so years. We’ve got to give the company kudos for keeping the console online these past couple of months, then, as the ongoing coronavirus crisis means there’s more people playing...

  • News Sony Hyping PS Store's Spring Sale, Will Get Underway 1st April

    No joke

    We could all do with a bit of spring cheer at the moment, couldn’t we? Between the weather and the current global climate, it’s all rather depressing right now. Fortunately, that’s where the PlayStation Store’s big upcoming Spring Sale is scheduled to step in. Sony’s been boasting about the big upcoming event in emails to...

  • News PSN Download Speeds Slowed in USA and Europe to Preserve Internet Bandwidth

    Coronavirus restricts PlayStation Network speeds

    Earlier this week, Sony announced that it will be restricting the PlayStation Network's download speeds in an attempt to preserve Internet access for as many people as possible, and lessen the impact on service providers during the coronavirus outbreak. Initially, this incentive was limited to...

  • News PSN Download Speeds Restricted as Sony Works with Internet Providers in Europe

    Coronavirus situation continues

    With so many people stuck at home due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, the internet is taking a beating. Services, such as Netflix, have already confirmed that they're limiting things like streaming quality in order to lessen the impact on internet providers. And now, Sony is also having to take action. In an...

  • News Will PSN Be Restricted to Save on Internet Bandwidth?

    What about PlayStation Now?

    Netflix has lowered its streaming quality across Europe for the next 30 days, as coronavirus quarantine has prompted those in isolation to guzzle up more bandwidth than usual. While ISPs have been eager to stress that they can cope with the increased demand, the streaming giant has reduced picture quality across the...

  • News PSN Steady Despite Increased Demand Worldwide

    Coronavirus causing more to login

    While it endured a somewhat shaky start to the generation, the PlayStation Network has generally been reliable for the past few years. That proved true over the weekend, when millions of people opted to stay home and play games rather than go out and further the spread of coronavirus through their communities...

  • News PSN Earned $12.48 Billion for Sony in 2019

    That's a lot of money

    How big is the PlayStation Network? Well, it’s $12.48 billion big, according to data crunched by ResetEra via Sony’s latest sales report. The Japanese giant raked in an eye-watering $9.28 billion in 2019 through the PlayStation Store, with the sale of full games, add-ons, and microtransactions. It then made a further

  • News PSN Surpasses 100 Million Monthly Users, More Than a Third Subscribed to PS Plus

    Just think of the moolah

    We weren't expecting too much to come out of Sony's CES 2020 press conference, but as it turns out, Jim Ryan took to the stage to share some juicy details on PlayStation and what the future holds. The PlayStation Network is going to play a large part in all of that, and the SIE president shared on stage that the...

  • News PSN Survives Christmas Day Relatively Unscathed

    Stayin' online

    Did you have a good Christmas Day? Spare a thought for the Sony engineers who’ve spent the majority of their Xmas keeping the PlayStation Network’s servers online. Historically unstable, it’s fair to say that PSN is much more reliable these days, and while it’s not without its hiccups – well, it’s been a fairly flawless...

  • News PSN Appears to Be Coming Back Online Following Short Downtime

    Is PSN under maintenance?

    Update: Blimey, that was quick. The PlayStation Network seems to be coming back online after a short period of downtime. We're able to reconnect on our own PlayStation 4 systems, so it might be worth trying to do so yourselves again. Let's all breath a sigh of relief. Original story: At the time of writing, the...

  • Guide How to Change Your Facebook Publish Settings on PS4

    Subduing spam

    Once you’ve connected your Facebook account to the PlayStation 4, you can choose to share as much or as little information with your friends as you like. If you decide that you’d like to publish more or less posts, you can change this in the console’s settings. Here's how to do it. Go to Settings Once you’ve logged into your...

  • News PSN Appears to Be Working Again After 3 Hours of Downtime

    Errors galore

    Update: The PlayStation Network appears to be back up and running again. It was down for around three hours or so. Original story: Over the past hour or so, we've been seeing numerous reports of PSN going down for users - with many unable to access the PlayStation Store, see Friends lists, or play games online. The Network Service...

  • News PSN Reaches 94 Million Active Users, with Over One Third Subscribed to PlayStation Plus

    Holy moly

    That's an insane number, isn't it? Sony revealed in its recent investor meeting that the PlayStation Network now has a whopping 94 million active users, with 90% having connected to the internet at some point in the past 12 months. PlayStation Plus can boast of impressive numbers too, with over 36 million subscribes at the end of March...

  • News Verified PSN Accounts Are Having Trouble Changing Their Usernames

    Jeff Gerstmann explains

    We're sure you follow a couple of verified PSN accounts on your PS4 - it's always nice to see the likes of Shuhei Yoshida pop up in your What's New feed. Greg Miller anyone? Or maybe even Neil Druckmann? There's a whole list of people that are probably worth a follow, but did you know that they're having trouble changing...

  • Poll Have You Changed Your PSN Name?

    Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

    After years of waiting, you can now change your PlayStation Network ID whenever you like. What a crazy world we live in. Sony introduced the functionality earlier this week, and we know a few people who have already taken advantage of it. Well, aside from our own Ant Dickens, whose very name is deemed inappropriate. Ant's a lost...

  • News If Your PSN Name Breaks the Rules, You No Longer Get Banned Right Away

    A step forward

    If you haven't already heard, you can now change your PlayStation Network ID, which is great, but the good news doesn't end there. Indeed, the new functionality has allowed Sony make changes to its policy on usernames that are flagged as offensive or inappropriate. Previously, if your PSN ID was found to be breaking the rules, your...

  • Guide How to Change Your PSN Username

    How to get a new PlayStation Network ID

    How do you change your PSN username? Sony’s rolling out PlayStation Network online ID changes from 10th April in North America and 11th April in Europe, but you may be wondering how you can claim your new name. Fortunately, the platform holder’s made things pretty straightforward, allowing you to swap out...

  • News How LittleBigPlanet Specifically Is Dealing with PSN Name Changes

    Messy but acceptable

    LittleBigPlanet, and LittleBigPlanet 3 in particular, has ‘Critical Issues’ according to Sony’s rather scary PlayStation Network name change list. The reality, however, is a lot less frightening, as Media Molecule has published an FAQ explaining how exactly the developer is dealing with players who decide

  • News Major PS4 Exclusives on PSN Name Change Critical Issues List

    Everybody's Golf and LittleBigPlanet 3 among the affected

    Beginning from today in some territories, you’ll be able to change your PlayStation Network name. However, the procedure does not come without caveats – as expected. Due to last year’s beta test, the platform holder has identified a list of titles with ‘Critical Issues’ – and,...

  • News PSN Name Change Functionality Finally Launches Today and Tomorrow

    All the details are here

    The time has finally come! Following a lengthy beta period, the ability to change your PlayStation Network ID is going to be made available to everyone very soon. And by very soon, we mean today (10th April, 2019) in North America, and tomorrow (11th April, 2019) in Europe. Here's a rundown of the key points you need to...

  • News Sony Renews Patent That Hints at Digital Game Trading for PlayStation Users

    That growing digital maket

    What's all this, then? A US patent that Sony first filed back in 2015 has been renewed, and it's already sparked a load of speculation across the web. The patent's wording is rather technical, but the gist of it is that Sony has been investigating the possibility of digital game trading. Supposedly, this could even work...

  • News PSN Appears to Be Struggling as Players are Kicked Offline and Can't Restore Game Licenses

    Hopefully just a blip

    Over the last hour or so, reports have started flooding in that the PlayStation Network is gradually falling to bits. It started with people saying they couldn't access the PlayStation Store (and at the time of writing, that's the only issue that the official PlayStation website acknowledges), but now players are being booted...

  • News PSN's Monthly Active Users Increase to Eye Watering 90 Million

    The biggest gaming network in the world

    More people than ever are using the PlayStation Network, with monthly active users topping 90 million in November 2018 according to Sony. This means that almost 100 million accounts connected to the PSN at the tail-end of last year, and while the figure is bloated by multiple users from the same console or...

  • News PSN Down for Some as Users Report Various Issues

    Sign in problems and more

    The PlayStation Network appears to be experiencing a few hiccups right now, particularly in the UK and Europe. Reports are varied, with some users saying that they simply can't sign in, while others say that they're just running into lesser network issues. Friends lists not loading properly, the PlayStation Store not...

  • News PSN Survives Christmas Day without Completely Collapsing

    Slow but sturdy

    Remember at the start of the generation when the PlayStation Network felt like it was held together with duct tape and prayers? It’s been pretty stable of late, and Christmas Day appears to have come and (almost) gone without a hitch. The service has been a little slow for those attempting to download and install enormous patches,...

  • Guide How to Create a US PSN Account on PS4

    Buy digital games and content from America

    Creating a US PSN account on the PS4 is important if you're eager to take advantage of localised offers, download demos and betas that may not be available in your region, or simply want to poke around in another country’s PlayStation Store. The good news is that the PlayStation 4 is completely...

  • News PSN Offline Worldwide as Sony Engineers Investigate

    PlayStation Network down in December

    PlayStation Network is offline, and Sony engineers are currently wielding fire extinguishers in an attempt to put out the flames. While the issues don’t appear to be affecting absolutely everyone, this sounds like a fairly widespread outage, with a vast majority of players affected. Remember when this used to...

  • News PSN Account Banned Over Cultural Mistake Reinstated by Sony

    Account reportedly back online

    Yesterday saw an interesting story blow up on Reddit, as a Mexican PS4 owner shared how his PSN account had been banned because of a misunderstanding regarding his username. The moniker includes the word "Kike", a racist term for Jewish people, but as the user explained to Sony, it's also a shortened version of his...

  • News Sony Reportedly Bans PSN Account Over Cultural Misunderstanding

    No solution in sight

    It’s a holiday in the United States, so that means there are no press releases to mull over and games industry drama gets a big fat spotlight shined in its eyes instead. To be fair, this is an unfortunate story that we hope will be resolved promptly. Over on Reddit, a Mexican gamer claims that his PlayStation Network account...

  • News Red Dead Redemption 2 Has the Biggest Launch Sales of Any Full PSN Game Ever

    The most pre-ordered, too

    Red Dead Redemption 2 is a PlayStation Network record breaker. Once again underlining the fact that buying games digitally is fast becoming the norm, Rockstar's outstanding open world game has enjoyed the biggest launch of any "full" title to release on Sony's online store. "Full", we imagine, means full retail price, so...

  • News Be Very Careful if You're Changing Your PSN Username

    There are some worrying warnings

    Sony’s been sending out beta codes for the new PlayStation 4 firmware update which allows you to change your username. There are a few disclaimers before you go ahead, though, and they’re freakin’ terrifying to say the least. The platfo

  • News Sony Sending Out Invites for PSN Name Change Firmware 6.10 Beta

    What's in a name

    It was announced recently that Sony is finally taking steps towards implementing the ability for PSN members to change their username. The oft-requested feature is coming, but before the platform holder rolls out the update to everyone, a select few will be taking part in a beta test to ensure the process runs as smoothly as it can...

  • Talking Point What's the Background Behind Your PSN Username?

    My name is what?

    PlayStation Network will finally allow you to change your username soon, and with that in mind we figured it’d be fun to share the history behind our IDs. So before we let you loose in the comments section, we got all of our team into one room and asked some hard hitting questions, like what is the meaning of ‘Quintumply’...

  • News PSN Is Down for Some, Sony Has Acknowledged the Issue

    Down but not quite out

    It appears as though the PlayStation Network is experiencing some turbulence tonight, as reports over the last couple of hours or so suggest that the service is struggling. Social features appear to be down, and some users are saying that they simply can't sign in. We can at least confirm that we can't access the PlayStation...

  • News Sony to Resolve Harmful PS4 Message Issue with Firmware Update

    "We are aware of the situation"

    Over the weekend, many PS4 owners reported receiving a PlayStation Network message that rendered their console useless. Opening one of these messages bricks your PS4, forcing a factory reset in order to get it going again. It seems that the problem is widespread enough that Sony has caught wind of it, as it's...

  • News PS4 Messages Designed to Brick Your Console Reported By Users

    Be warned

    According to multiple threads over on Reddit, there's a potentially devastating issue on PlayStation 4 right now, and it stems from simple messages. Users say that receiving certain messages can 'brick' your console, effectively breaking the system. We're not totally clued up on the technical details yet, but the bottom line is that right...

  • News PSN Name Changes Confirmed by Sony, First Is Free, Then You Have to Pay

    Rolling out in 2019

    Sony has confirmed that name changes are indeed coming to PlayStation, allowing people to change their PlayStation Network usernames. A beta test is set for the near future, concluding at the end of November. To be honest, though, this sounds like it's been a complex feature for Sony to implement. In the official press release,...

  • Poll If PSN Name Changes Are Really Happening, Will You Change Yours?

    Is an upgrade in order?

    One of the big stories in the PlayStation Nation this week was that according to reputable sources, the ability to change your PlayStation Network username is finally heading our way. When? We're not entirely sure yet, but reports say that some developers have been told all about it. If this really is happening, though, will...

  • News PSN Name Changes Coming Soon to PS4, According to Some Developers

    All change

    Chatter about the ability to change your PSN name has been bubbling away for years, but a new report from Kotaku suggests it could finally be on the way. Having received tips from several anonymous sources, the publication reports that these developers are currently making preparations for the oft-requested functionality, and are...

  • News PSN Name Change Rumour Is a Load of Nonsense

    You won't lose everything

    There’s no doubt that the most requested PlayStation Network feature is the ability to change your username, with many lamenting the decisions they made over ten years ago when Sony’s online service was established. PlayStation 4 firmware update v6.00 launched recently with no consumer-facing features to speak,...

  • TGS 2018 Sony's 'PlayStation Network Presentation' Turned Out to Be Nothing

    But you can watch it anyway

    Earlier in the week, we reported on an interesting Tokyo Game Show 2018 schedule listing. Sony had planned an hour-long "PlayStation Network" presentation at the event, sparking speculation that it may be showing off new network functionality or something else worthy of note. Further fuel was added to the fire due to...

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    Review Another World

    Back off, man. I'm a scientist

    Republished on Wednesday 29th August 2018: We're bringing this review back from the archives following the announcement of September's PlayStation Plus lineup. The original text follows. A tiny team of developers with an independent spirit and a vision of creating a game that’s inspired by classic science fiction...

  • News PSN Down as Users Can't Sign In

    Saturday night fever

    Were you planning on getting some late night Saturday gaming sessions on the go? Well tough luck, pal -- the PlayStation Network appears to be down. Waves of reports suggest that users are struggling to sign in, and we can confirm that we're also having trouble here at Push Square Towers. It's been some time since we had a...

  • News Sony Announces My PlayStation, a Browser Based PSN Portal

    Manage your account online

    Sony has today announced My PlayStation, a new service that essentially lets you access various PlayStation Network features away from your console. The Japanese PlayStation Blog states that you'll now be able to search for players, manage your Friends list, and send/receive messages via the new site, which you'll be able...

  • News Sony Surveying Users on Potential PSN Name Changes

    It's happening?

    Sony is sending out a survey on PlayStation Network name changes. An anonymous tipster forwarded us an email from the platform holder regarding the oft-requested functionality, in which the manufacturer ponders whether “gamers are interested in the feature or not”. Surely it only needs to read the comments section of virtually...