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Sony Cuts PlayStation 3 Price Globally By $50, Unveils WiFi-less PSP For €99 .

Been dying for a PS3 but just can’t quite come to terms with the $300 price tag? Lucky for you Sony’s dropping prices across the globe. Announced by Sony Europe CEO Andrew House just before he walked off the stage at Gamerscom press conference, consumers around the world will very soon be able to pick up a PS3 $50 cheaper ($249, €249, ¥24,980) almost immediately. The U.S. and Europe will see the new pricing in the coming hours/days while Japan will have to wait until August 18th.

In other news: Sony also unveiled a new WiFi-less PSP that will come in at just under €100 — €99 (~ $140 USD). Besides the lower price, the more affordable portable gaming device carriers a tweaked design.

If you were a PS3 holdout, is the new lower pricing enough to move you towards the checkout line PS3 in tow?
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iOS Jailbreaker Geohot Now Working At Facebook.

Since the whole thing with Sony, Geohot has remained pretty low. In fact, we have heard anything from the once prolific hacker for several weeks. But that changed in mid-May when he began working for Facebook. Yes — Facebook.

While Geohot started at Facebook in May, he only announced it this past Wednesday, June 17th (which interestingly enough doesn’t feature a “Friend” button anywhere on the page). With that said, it’s not exactly clear what he’s doing there. The “coming out” post on his Facebook profile page simple says:

is Facebook is really an amazing place to work…first hackathon over.

Cyber security perhaps? If only Sony would have hired him (or other hackers) instead of suing them…

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PS3 Hacker graf_chokolo Likely Headed To Prison.

It’s pretty much a given that nobody likes Sony. They’re assholes plain and simple. And while the world was transfixed on infamous iOS and PS3 hacker, George Hotz (Geohot), another talented PS3 hacker by the name of graf_chokolo was waging his own war with the media giant. But where Geohot was able to settle and move on, graf_chokolo will have to give in to financial woes and take up residency in prison instead.

In a comment posted on his website, graf_chokolo says:

Hi guys, no money left anymore. Going to jail soon probably because i cannot pay court costs.
But i’m ready to stand up for everything i said and go to jail for that too. It’s not important to win, more important is to show them that we are ready to fight, that they cannot scare me off easily. Yeah, i’m ready to go to jail for my believes and my principles.

Most of people probably think that all computer and kernel hackers are weak kids, hiding in a cellar, eating pizza whole day, writing software and looking for attention Maybe, but that’s NOT me. And i will get out eventually and continue my work. My work means very much to me.

It really is quite a shame that Sony can take people to court and ruin their lives when they’re merely trying to return a much requested feature to the community. Maybe if Sony actually cared about their users and environment as a whole they’d support the hacker community and/or hire them to better the platform. In reality, however, Sony hates you. End of story.

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Redbox Game Rentals Goes Nationwide Starting Today.

As promised several months back, Redbox is rolling out their trial game rental service nationwide. For $1.99/day, you can pick up the latest games for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 from Redbox kiosks across the country — now totaling over 27,000.

It remains to be seen if the market will accept and maintain multiple game-rental services such as GameFly and now Redbox. GameFly, for comparison’s sake, costs $15.95 and $22.95 per month and allows users to only rent 1 or 2 games respectively.

Any gamers going to start taking Redbox up on their new offer?

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3 Suspected Anonymous Hackers Tied To PSN Hacks Arrested In Spain.

If authorities in Spain are to be believed, part of the hacker group Anonymous has been cracked. Three unnamed hackers believed to be members of Anonymous and tied to recent PSN Hacks were taken into custody Friday. In their efforts, Spanish police also found a server in one of the members’ apartments in Gijon that was supposedly used to not only hack Sony’s PSN but several Spanish banks and a slew of government websites across the world.

For now, the police aren’t naming anyone publicly or sharing many details outside of the general facts above. Also absent from the list of known information is just how involved these hackers were in the Sony hacks and Anonymous overall. At any rate, it appears Anonymous is coming under increasing fire as they hack their way around the world.

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Sony Announces PS3 Specific 3D Monitor And Glasses.

Wanted to jump in on the 3D gaming bandwagon but been put off by the high cost of entry which thus far has generally been relegated to the high-end (read: multi-thousand dollar) PC gaming market? You’re in luck. At tonight’s E3 keynote, Sony unveiled a new PS3-branded 24″ 3D monitor (looks like 720p) complete with active shutter spectacles, 6-foot HDMI cable, and one copy of the new games shown off today for a cool $499. Additional 3D glasses will set you back $70.

Considering what you’ll pay on the PC side of things (and with all the hardware and included game), Sony’s bundle isn’t actually half bad.
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Sony To Voluntarily Take Down PSN For Maintenance Beginning Later Today.

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.

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

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

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…

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