Archive for: playstation

Game On Your Android Device With A PlayStation Sixaxis Controller!

  • August 5, 2011 10:38 pm

Trying to get deep into the Android gaming scene but just can’t get over the onscreen/keyboard controls? There is hope dear Android gamer, there is hope. It’s called “Sixaxis Controller”, and as the incredibly cryptic name suggests — /sarcasm — allows you to pair a PlayStation Sixaxis controller to your Android device via Bluetooth.

The process while relatively straight forward is far from what we’d call “seamless”. Nonetheless, the full rundown can be found just after the break…

Blurb — PlayStation Suite To Turn Non-Sony Phones Into “PlayStation Phones”.

  • June 6, 2011 10:16 pm

Details are still scant, but Sony just announced (again) their PlayStation Suite package for Android. The gist is simple: Xperia-like games and environment on non-Xperia “certified” hardware. Simple enough, right? Unfortunately Sony was entirely too light on details at their E3 keynote tonight. Here’s to hoping more is revealed sooner rather than later…

More Evidence Points To “PS Vita” Coming To E3.

  • June 1, 2011 8:24 pm

Previous reports that Sony was killing the PSP branding with the upcoming NGP -> “PS Vita” got another shot of credibility tonight. Besides the fact that Sony owns the trademark for “Vita”, we have the discovery of one determined NeoGAF user by the name of “gofreak”. Gofreak found some rather interesting code stuffed inside Sony’s E3 teaser page specifically mentioning the PS Vita. Of course, NGP could just be another interchangeable code name similar to “PS Vita”. Guess, we’ll have to wait a few more days until the “official” announcement by Sony. What will you do in the meantime…?

Sony To Voluntarily Take Down PSN For Maintenance Beginning Later Today.

  • June 1, 2011 6:59 am

Even with a month-long downtime and non-stop work by Sony’s PSN employees over the last many weeks, something still needs fixed which requires taking the entire PSN down…again. Between the hours of 4:30pm and 7am (UK time) users will be unable to login into the online gaming network. With that said, Sony maintains that you still will be able to play games and collect trophies — you’ll need to log in before the maintenance begins if you wish to play during said maintenance, and any trophies collected will be synced back up with Sony’s servers once they come back online.

While the official reasoning isn’t mentioned, we can only look at the events that have transpired since late April as a likely cause.

Lulz Hacker Group Turns Attention To Sony.

  • May 31, 2011 2:37 pm

The same “Lulz” hacker group who hacked into PBS servers over the weekend apparently have a new target — Sony. A recent tweet posted to the groups Twitter page sounds rather baiting in nature:

Hey @Sony, you know we’re making off with a bunch of your internal stuff right now and you haven’t even noticed? Slow and steady, guys.

While the group could be all talk at this point, their previous hack was at least large enough to warrant PBS spending most of their holiday time off expunging their website of “Tupac Lives in New Zealand” verbiage. Before hte PBS hack, Lulz hacked into Sony BMG’s Japanese website a couple weeks back. To say Sony should be alarmed is an understatement.

The group is continuously updating Twitter with subtle yet cryptic hints such as “This is the beginning of the end of Sony” and using the Twitter hastag of “sownage”. Still, we haven’t the slightest exactly how hard Sony is going to be hit in this latest round of cyber warefare — if these new threats are even real at all.

We’ll keep following Lulz and the apparent ongoing Sony hack and update you as it unfolds.

Sony To Finally Restore (Almost) All PSN Services By June 2nd.

  • May 31, 2011 8:08 am

The ongoing PSN Hack saga nears the end today with a new announcement by Sony that (almost) all PSN services will be active by “end of week” (June 2nd) in the Americas, Europe, and most of their Asian markets:

Fully Restored

  • Full functionality on the PlayStation Store
  • In-game commerce
  • The ability to redeem vouchers and codes
  • Full functionality on Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3, PSP, VAIO and other PCs
  • Full functionality on Media Go

Excluded from this list include parts of Sony’s Qriocity and video services which according to a new blog post on the PlayStation Blog by Jeff Rubenstein, Sony’s social media manager, will be revealed at a future undisclosed date.

Still in progress

  • Video on Demand powered by Qriocity
  • Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity (for devices not specifically mentioned above)

Also going live this week will be the “Welcome Back” packages that include numerous free movies, games, and music downloads for customers to choose from.

Meanwhile specific Asian markets Japan, Hong, Kong, and South Korea will have to wait a bit longer for PSN services to relaunch in their own territories. The added delay for areas closer to home are likely due to increased concerns about Sony’s security and the various governments wanting more proof of Sony’s efforts before said networks resume services.

Official Sony press release after the jump…

PS3 Laptop Features 720p Display, Fully Water-Cooled Internals FTW!

  • May 30, 2011 8:40 am

Have $1,000 burning a hole in your pocket and the urge to game on your PS3 just about anywhere? You’re in luck because the latest PS3 laptop mod is now up on eBay, with the seller claiming portions of the sale will go back towards earthquake relief in Japan and tornado relief in Joplin, Missouri.

The good ‘ol 40 GB fat has been dissected and squeezed into a custom case measuring a scant 13-inch-long by 16.5-inch-wide by 2.5-inch-thick. Add to that built-in controls (keyboard) as well as 4-USB ports, speakers with volume controls, 2.5mm headphone jack, slot-loading Blu-ray drive, and 720p display and you’ve got quite the portable gaming machine. With that said, this particular PS3 mod lacks a built-in battery meaning you’ll ultimately need a friendly outlet or beefy battery back to game on the go. Finally, a new 500 GB hard drive and fully water-cooled internals add to the already impressive spec list. Pretty awesome if you ask us.

Jump inside for the video…

Sony Relents, Commits To June 2nd U.S. Court Date Over PSN Hack.

  • May 29, 2011 12:48 am

Nearly a month into the PSN hack saga, Sony infamously snubbed a request by U.S. senators and congress to testify on behalf of millions of Americans affected by Sony’s data breach. “They were too busy investigating the hack”, Sony said. But things are finally winding down, the holes being patched (in theory), and Sony is now finding unused time on their hands; the company released a new statement confirming their attendance at a U.S. hearing on June 2nd.

The hearing is being spearheaded by the chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, Representative Mary Bono Mack. Sony will go over the ongoing efforts they’re employing across their digital landscape, focusing chiefly on new security measures to ensure a breach the magnitude of the great PSN hack of 2011 never happens again. Though we’re hoping to also get a name of the individual or group behind the PSN hack.

While we’re expecting a lot of rehashing of previous statements, we’ll pick through Sony’s responses in an effort to find anything new and newsworthy. Check back soon…

PSN Update: Asian Market Re-Launching May 28th. “Welcome Back” Package Detailed.

  • May 27, 2011 6:15 am

Fans residing under the PlayStatin Asia umbrella have had to wait long than most to get back at their PSN goodies and Qriocity accounts. The reasoning was that the local governments, especially, Japan, wanted solid evidence of Sony’s progress in shoring up security protocols before reopening customers to more potential security issues based on “empty talk”. While we can certainly understand the added aggravation it may have caused customers in said locations, we can also understand the various governments wanting reassurance a data breach of this magnitude never happens again.

With that said, Sony issued a new update today detailing the phased re-launch (starting May 28th) of PSN and Qriocity services in their Asian markets such as Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand — Honk Kong and Korea will be announced at a later date — while also detailing the regions own “Welcome Back” package. Hop inside for the full rundown…