Pack it up
Square Enix seems intent on scuppering Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII’s chances. Despite early indications suggesting that the game is actually, y’know, quite good, the Japanese publisher has announced that Vanille – otherwise known as the worst character ever – will be making a comeback. The disastrous revelation was made...
More storage required than a Helghast's holdall, too
The digital future is reportedly right around the corner, but you’re going to need a connection faster than a supercharged Concorde to take advantage of it. Chatting with Eurogamer.net, SCEUK’s managing director Fergal Gara has hinted that Killzone: Shadow Fall will consume around 50GBs of...
Platform holder pulls borked stability upgrade
While new firmware updates for the PlayStation 3 are occassionally a source of excitement, v4.45 is proving to be nothing but a headache. The stability refresh which launched overnight – and has since been pulled – has caused a gaggle of console owners some serious problems, resulting in their...
In this post-PlayStation Network outage world, we're not really surprised when any company announces its database has been compromised
It turns out we're not alone — as evidenced by the furore that erupted on the Internet this afternoon when someone claimed UK retailer GAME's website had been hacked. Thankfully there's no reason to change all of your passwords just yet, as GAME has said the..
Things aren't going smoothly at Team ICO it seems
Just days after creative lead Fumito Ueda reassured fans regarding the development of The Last Guardian, news of another departure has surfaced. This time it's the game's executive producer, who's left Sony for London based casual games studio, Bossa. Yoshifusa Hayama worked as the executive producer on The Last Guardian, as well as ICO and Final..
Goodwill peaks early during a new platform announcement
It's the aftermath that a platform holder must weather. Nintendo just went through this very thing, with the 3DS appearing almost infallible at last year's E3 only for consumer positivity to be practically diminished by launch. Now it's Sony's turn to weather the storm, and we feel caught in...
We're starting to wonder whether Sony would have been better off not announcing any backwards compatability plans for PlayStation Vita at all
The fact that it's offering anything — albeit in the form of the clunky UMD Passport initiative — is just bringing out malice and moaning from online forum users. The latest brouhaha pertains to a list of compatible games published by the platform holder..
A duo of masked French hoodlums have reportedly hijacked a delivery truck in Créteil, France containing 6,000 copies of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Local source TFI reports that the truck collided with a car, and when its drivers exited the vehicle, they were teargassed by masked figures before the vehicle was stolen — thousands of copies of Activision's latest first-person shooter with it..
Don your tin-foil hat, there's a backlash incoming
Sony's just announced that it is cutting down on the number of active devices PlayStation Network content can be shared on. In a new PlayStation Blog post, Sony has explained that any content purchased after November 18th will only be compatible with up to two activated PlayStation 3s or PlayStation...
We love a good PR disaster
New Sony Computer Entertainment Taiwan spokeswoman, Rainie Yang, has caused something of a furore when she mistakenly described Super Mario Bros as her favourite PlayStation series. Apparently, in order to divert attention away from her mistake, Rainie opted to pose with Sony's new PlayStation Vita handheld, only to hold the system the wrong way up, prompting further..
Sony's now infamous weekly maintenance is slotted in once again for this Thursday
This time you'll be unable to access key online features betweeen 16:00 and 18:00PM UK time. No reason was given for the maintenance. Feel free to vent your frustration in the comments.
Right, first of all, let's not all lose our head
Sony hasn't been "hacked" again. Quite the contrary. It seems someone else got hacked, and that resulted in a massive spike of log-in attempts across the PlayStation Network. The good news is that Sony's new security team seems much better prepared for potential rogue activity. Perhaps too...
Let's not panic
At the time of writing the PlayStation Network is offline. Sony's revealed that it doesn't have any maintenance planned, and is working hard to resolve the issue. Apparently the outage is not affecting everyone, with some users able to log-in and even access the PlayStation Store. We're hoping that by the time you read this,...
Sony, as a company, can't seem to catch a break it seems
The latest disaster to strike the company has left its British distribution warehouse ablaze, as rioters in London once again took to the streets overnight. According to Reuters, the three-storey centre was set-alight late on Monday night. "There will likely be some impact on deliveries," said the company's spokeswoman Yoko..
Just a quick heads-up: Sony's bringing down the PlayStation Store today for a couple of hours maintenance
We're posting this because we know how frightening outages can be in the post-PSNgate climate. We just wanted to let you know that, hey, if you try to log on to the PlayStation Store this afternoon and it flips out — everything is fine. Don't cancel your credit card, don't write an angry..
Now we're over the hurdle of the PlayStation Network hack and are well on the way towards getting back to normal, it's strange timing for a Sony employee to describe the downtime as a "really good time"
But that's exactly what Tim Schaaff has said in an interview with GamesBeat. "Great experience, really good time," Schaaff said of the...
Remember all the doom and gloom during the PlayStation Network outage? Many wondered if the PlayStation business was finished for good
Sony desperately tried to claw back goodwill by announcing the PlayStation Network "Welcome Back" package, a plan involving a number of free games as way of apology for the inconvenience caused by the outage. According to a report published by EEDAR's..
Sony has extended its Welcome Back package after a barrage of complaints from people seemingly incapable of utitlising 30 full days to download their "compensation" for the recent PSN outage
The offer — which was pulled at Midnight on July 3rd — will now run until 09:00AM PST (17:00PM BST) on Tuesday July 5th. If you were one of those people...
Sony's revealed that the PlayStation Store will finally return in Japan on July 6th. That's this Wednesday if you haven't got a calendar nearby. There's very little else to say other than, yes, the PlayStation Store really has been down this long in Japan. The government demanded Sony provide evidence that the service was sufficiently...
It's the report we've all been dreading, but it's finally here
Both VG247 and CVG are reporting that the PlayStation Vita will not launch in Europe until 2012. Apparently Sony is weighing up a January or February launch, while a US and Japan release still looks likely for Christmas 2011. Shafted once again. Fantastic. "Sony know it's effectively gifting the festive handheld market to 3DS -..
While we've been happily been getting back to normal after the PSN hack here in the West, the Japanese PlayStation Store has remained offline
In a short update , the company apologised for the on-going downtime, stating that it was still making adjustments with multiple organisations. The PlayStation Store is back online in practically every other...
Sony's just announced that its PlayStation Network "Welcome Back" compensation package has gone live in Europe and North America
The package allows PlayStation Network subscribers to claim two free PlayStation 3 and two free PlayStation Portable titles from a selection of five. The "Welcome Back" package is part of Sony's goodwill gesture...
SEGA has come out with a glowing statement of support towards Sony over the recent PlayStation Network data breach
The publisher, which admitted to suffering from similar small-scale hack attacks itself, said that the platform holder "couldn't have done anymore" to support developers during the outage. "It's a practice that we...
The PlayStation Network was supposed to go down for maintenance last night
It was postponed. Instead it will go down for maintenance this afternoon, from 16:30 GMT. Insanely the service will remain offline until 07:00 GMT tomorrow morning. That's a lot of downtime. We can only suspect it has something to do with the PlayStation Store. Sony
So the PlayStation Store is not coming back before the end of the month, but it is returning before the end of the week according to Sony
Let's not get too moany about the slight delay, seeing as its only a couple of days at max. Furthermore, when you have things like this going viral all over Twitter, it's probably better to be safe than sorry. The...
Could you imagine if the PSN had been down worldwide as long as it's been down in Japan and parts of Asia? It's pretty unthinkable, right? Sony was required to prove to the Japanese government that it had strengthened its system security before bringing the PSN back online in the region
Presumably that's all done and dusted now as the service is set...
Sony has finally rolled out details for its ID protection plan in Europe after the PlayStation Network was hacked last month
The plan is available to users in the UK, France, Span and Germany at the moment, with details of other countries to follow. Sony reiterated that the convoluted nature of the region was causing some headaches, but the company...
Since the PlayStation Network went down, Sony's missed three PlayStation Store updates
With no estimated date for the Store's restoration, that number might end up increasing by two or three weeks. As such, Sony's got a lot of content to catch up on. In order to clear the backlog, Sony's confirmed in a FAQ on the PlayStation.Blog that it will update...
This is why Kaz Hirai is going to be the future CEO of Sony Corp
As part of the PlayStation Network restoration process, the Sony Computer Entertainment president has released a video explaining the measures that the platform holder has taken to increase its network security, and also apologise for the length of time the service has been offline. Sure, the video is a touch awkward, but then these..
Sony has released a mandatory firmware update (3
61) for the PlayStation 3 overnight, paving the way for a phased roll-out of the PlayStation Network. At the time of writing, North America is back online, with services set to return in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East throughout the day. The firmware update requires you to change...
Citing an anonymous source, Bloomberg is reporting that Amazon's cloud servers were used to hack the PlayStation Network at the end of April
According to the report, the hackers disguised themselves as a legitimate organisation, using fake information to sign up to Amazon's service. Once the account with Amazon was authorised, the hackers used it to...
Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford has hit out against the "cyber-terrorists" that have brought the PlayStation Network to its knees, pleading with gamers to support Sony in its endeavours to restore online services to the PlayStation 3
Speaking with Eurogamer as part of a promotional tour for Duke Nukem Forever, Pitchford said we are all victims of cyber-terrorism. "Every one of us who plays games..
The PlayStation Network has been offline for about three weeks, and there's no sign of a restoration in sight
That's causing a lot of PS3 owners to lose patience and trade-in their systems, according to a report published by EDGE. The report cites a number of UK retail clerks, and paints a disturbing picture of the current PS3 climate: trade-ins have essentially doubled over the past few weeks, as..
People demanded an update on the PlayStation Network, and Sony has answered their pleas for information, but evidently there's not a lot new to say
In an update on the PlayStation Blog, Sony communications director Patrick Seybold settled for the vague statement of "at least a few more days". We suppose there's some positivity in that...
Undeniably the worst thing to come out of the PlayStation Network outage is the amount of money third-parties are currently losing from the inability to sell their games on the PlayStation Store
Publishers and developers alike depend on the distribution clout of the PlayStation Network to sell their goods, and with that ripped away it causes a big...
The latest headline to join the population of Silly-Town: "PlayStation Network Offline For Six Weeks, Says Sony". Just like the stories on plain-text passwords, unencrypted credit cards and unpatched servers,
Last week it was common knowledge that Sony stored passwords in plain-text
That rumour was, of course, debunked publicly by Sony, when the platform holder was forced to come out and clarify that it in fact hashed its passwords — as is a common practice across many web environments. Prior to that, it was rumoured that Sony did not encrypt credit...
Despite the optimism of Sony's previous PlayStation Network status update -- when Sony said it was in the "final stages of testing" the service -- it sounds like we won't be playing online anytime soon
Sony's communications director Patrick Seybold has posted an update on the PlayStation Blog stating that the platform holder is still "working...
Sony's top gaffer, Sir Howard Stringer, has written a letter of apology to PlayStation Network users for the recent PSN data breach and downtime
In an open apology, Stringer said he was aware this "has been a frustrating time" for PSN users and that he was sorry "for the inconvenience and concern caused by this attack". Stringer...
Sony has announced overnight that it is partnering with Debix to provide all US PlayStation Network users with 12 months identity theft protection for free
Sony has confirmed a similar plan will take place in Europe, with details to follow shortly. North Americans will receive offer emails "over the next few days" including a promotional...
Sony's updated the PlayStation Blog with an optimistic post regarding the status of the PlayStation Network
The company announced that it had finished rebuilding the PlayStation Network, and was now in the final stages of "internal testing". The company didn't include a time-frame, but assuming the tests go swimmingly, we can't imagine...
Hope is dwindling around the Internet as the days pass with very little information from Sony regarding the status of the PlayStation Network
Sony had previously stated that they were aiming to get the service back online "this week" (ending Sunday, May 8th). But as another day draws to a close, we're still without any precise confirmation...
Despite multiple statements of innocence by the unnamed hacking group, Sony has told the US House Of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce that it has found clues of Anonymous' involvement in the PlayStation Network data breach
In a written letter to congress, SCE president Kazuo Hirai revealed that the platform holder had fallen subject to a...
21-year old Canadian, Natasha Maksimovic, is currently enjoying her moment in the spotlight
She has filed a $1 billion (Canadian) lawsuit against Sony for the recent PlayStation Network data breach. That's about $1.04 billion USD . The suit was announced earlier this week by a Toronto law firm, with Sony Canada, Sony America and "other Sony...
It's on like Donkey Kong, and you can't really blame Sony for wanting to get to the bottom of the data breach that will probably end up costing the company millions of dollars
A Reuters report published this morning suggests Sony has thrown a third security team at the PlayStation Network investigation. They will join the FBI and Homeland Security. This is some CSI-style action right here. Data..
Just when the dust was starting to settle after Kaz Hirai's public apology for the PSN data breach, news of actual credit card theft reverberated out of Sony Online Entertainment over night
The division admitted to finding evidence of 12,700 stolen credit cards from a circa-2007 database. Sony has tried to play-down concerns, noting in a statement to GameIndustry.biz that only 900 of those credit..
Just when you thought it was going to be blue skies and golden sunshine going forward, Sony Online Entertainment has confirmed that it has lost roughly 12,700 credit cards to the original PlayStation Network breach that struck SCE mid-last month
SOE stresses that this was not a second attack, and is a repercussion of the original PSN attack. Thankfully, while serious, there's a silver lining to..
If the PlayStation Network data breach taught us anything other than to be more vigilant, it taught us the meaning of the acronym FUD
"FUD. Fear, uncertainty and doubt, usually evoked intentionally in order to put a competitor at a disadvantage." The amount of scare mongering capitalising on Sony's limited communication was rife during the...
Just when you thought things were getting back to normal after Sony Computer Entertainment's public apology yesterday morning, Sony Online Entertainment -- the division responsible for Free Realms and DC Universe Online -- has pulled its services offline, including its websites and Facebook titles
The company said: "We have had to take the SOE...
Sony Computer Entertainment president Kazuo Hirai has apologised to PlayStation Network users regarding the data breach which compromised approximately 75 million accounts
At a refreshingly personal press briefing in Tokyo this morning, Hirai said that Sony had "learned" its lesson, before detailing a number of plans aimed at trying to win...