[Update] Rockstar Support Claims PS3 3.61 Update Causing Overheating.

Unconfirmed reports via Rockstar support points to yet another problem for Sony. The recent 3.61 fimrware update that allowed consoles to get back online after nearly a month of downtime appears to be causing some issues for older hardware. Specifically, older “fat” models (60 GB and 80 GB) PS3s are shutting off in Noir as well as a growing number of other titles, with the machine ultimately “red lighting” and turning off. While the original…

Sony Sets Sights On May 24th Re-Launch For PlayStation Store.

Sony Sets Sights On May 24th Re-Launch For PlayStation Store.

Gamasutra has reportedly gotten their hands on an email sent from Sony to publishing partners foretelling an official PlayStation Store re-launch on May 24th. After said date, Sony will begin pushing out backlogs of new content which have had releases come and go while the PSN has been down. On that same note, Sony won’t be releasing all of the backlogged content at once, instead taking a staggered approach — likely to keep servers from melting and/or…

Students: Get A Free Xbox 360 With PC Purchase Of $699 Or Higher.

For the next several months it pays to be a student and a gamer. Microsoft has announced a new promo aimed at students. Specifically, any student with a .edu address will score a free 4 GB Xbox 360 Arcade bundle without the need for pesky mail-in rebates through online retailers and local PC shops. Microsoft and BestBuy will also take valid student IDs in addition to .edu email addresses. The promo is running from May 22nd through September 3rd. While the offer is…

[Update] Microsoft: “We’ll Replace Xbox Units Bricked By Upcoming Update”

Previous reports that Microsoft “unlocked” an extra hidden GB of disc space for game developers. This new space was previously reserved for anti-piracy measures and DVD-Audio. Though seeing as how Microsoft doesn’t use such features, said space was reclaimed and re-purposed for what matters most. The good news was briefly overshadowed by a rather ominous problem — some Xbox hardware wouldn’t accept the update, and in turn cease working. But…

Sony’s PSN Down…Again. Flaw In Password Resets Opens Another Massive Security Hole.

Looks like all of the great strides CEO Howard Stringer so rigorously defended overlooked one very small, mundane feature — password resets. The PSN was taken down again within the last few hours because reseting your password left open a huge security breach. Anyone could steal a password by simply clicking on “forgot password”, typing in an email address, and birth date, and having their way with your data. Remember: the hackers of the PSN breach from…

Sony CEO Howard Stringer Criticizes Critics, Pats Own Back.

Earlier today, Sony CEO Howard Stringer went on a media frenzy with interviews to numerous sites and papers calling out critics of Sony’s (mis)handling of the PSN breach as well as patting the company’s back in the process. In one particular interview with Reuters, Stringer makes a couple statements worth glancing over more closely: This was an unprecedented situation. Most of these breaches go unreported by companies. Forty-three percent (of companies) notify…

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