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

  • May 19, 2011 2:13 pm

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 exploding.

This date is of course subject to change should Sony experience any more roadblocks on the road to recovery…

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

  • May 18, 2011 10:29 am

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 back in April already have your email address, birth date, and many more pieces of information.

The password reset process as it was before this most recent takedown didn’t take that into account. Of course, PSN users who are just now getting around to resetting their passwords and logging into after services began going live earlier this week are again unable to do just that. Per Sony:

“Unfortunately this also means that those who are still trying to change their password via or will be unable to do so for the time being.”

“This is due to essential maintenance and at present it is unclear how long this will take.”

“In the meantime you will still be able to sign into PSN via your PlayStation 3 and PSP devices to connect to game services and view Trophy/Friends information.”

Brilliant, Sony. Brilliant.

Sony CEO Howard Stringer Criticizes Critics, Pats Own Back.

  • May 17, 2011 10:15 pm

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 victims within a month. We reported in a week. You’re telling me my week wasn’t fast enough?”

Of course, Sony’s PSN hack was one of the largest data breaches in modern history. Not to mention, Sony didn’t act as they should have in the first hours after the attack was made known — they played it off as less serious than it really was. Not to mention, Stringer’s own actions directly conflict his claims. While Sony eventually began updating customers more frequently and in greater detail, Stringer avoided public spotlight. In fact, Stringer didn’t publicly acknowledge the PSN hack or reach out to customers for almost two weeks after the initial breach. For one of the world’s largest media companies suffering from one of the most sophisticated and brazen data breaches this decade, it’s simply unacceptable.

What’s your opinion? Did Sony handle themselves as they should have? Are the “Welcome Back” packages and freebies enough? Spill your souls inside…

Sony Details “Welcome Back” Schwag.

  • May 16, 2011 11:53 pm

Now that the great PSN Hack of 2011 is nearing it’s end, we can look back and chuckle — alright, maybe not. But we can at least look forward to happier times thanks to some digital schwag compliments of Sony as a “thank you” for sticking around.

First up: free games. In total, PlayStation owners will have 5 different titles to choose 2 free downloads from while PSP owners will have 4 titles to choose from. At this point, it isn’t clear whether or not owners of both devices will be able to receive 4 free titles — though we fully expect to learn rather quickly.

PS3 Titles: Dead Nation, inFAMOUS, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD, and Wipeout HD + Fury

PSP Titles: LittleBigPlanet (PSP), ModNation Racers, Pursuit Force, and Killzone Liberation.

Besides the free games, Sony is also offering up a free months subscription to the PlayStation Plus package. Existing user will see an extra month credited to their bill while new users will receive said month free of charge. On top of that, Sony will be holding an “On Us” weekend in which they will offer a selection of movies to watch for free. Finally, PlayStation home users will receive 100 free virtual items.

Sounds like Sony’s taking the right steps. Now if only they’d offer some game downloads people have actually heard of (or care about)…

Japan Blocks PSN Re-Launch Until Security Can Be Proven.

  • May 16, 2011 8:53 am

Sony’s PlayStation Network may finally be going live around the world once again, but the most obvious of places, Japan, won’t be joining in on the fun just yet. Reports out of Japan cite the government’s uncertainty with Sony’s actions thus far. Specifically, the government says that on May 13th, Sony was still “incomplete in exercising measures that they said they would do on the May 1st press conference”. The government also wants to know how Sony will “regain consumer confidence” and questions whether or not Sony’s actions and countermeasures are good enough in lieu of previous situations such as the PSN hack.

For residents of Japan who assumed Sony’s re-launch of PSN services would be met with little fan fare, the move is certainly surprising. With that said, we can’t fault the Japanese government for wanting to be extra careful. Sony did give hackers tens of millions of users’ private data. Just sayin’…

Playstation Network Coming Back To Life In UK, Ireland, And Middle East.

  • May 15, 2011 3:04 pm

Like clockwork, Sony is making good on their promise with the latest PSN update stating that the United Kingdom and Ireland users as well as unspecified Middle Eastern countries should be seeing the gaming light once again. As always, service may be spotty as the rollout continues.

Be sure to follow @PlayStationEU and @Gadgetsteria for the latest!

Playstation Network Services Back Up In U.S. And Canada!

  • May 15, 2011 12:46 pm

It lives! Sony has just announced that Playstation Network services have been restored to all U.S. and Canadian users. We are finally at the end stages of the 2011 PSN hack. Be sure to let us know if you’re still experiencing any issues.

Game on…

Is Your PSN Account Back Up Yet?

  • May 15, 2011 9:12 am

Late yesterday, Sony announced a new PS3 firmware update, version v3.61, that among other things would force a password change as part of the “first phase” of re-launching the PSN. As of last night, the markets said to have regained some form of limited PSN access include Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland, Vermont, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina. As the week progresses, expect more markets to join the fray.

If you live in any of the above mentioned states (or one not mentioned), how’s the process going for you?

The End Is Near: Sony PSN Begins Relaunching In Select Markets.

  • May 15, 2011 1:41 am

The great PSN Hack of 2011 is finally coming to a close this evening with the official rolling out of select PSN features and services. Over the last 3-4 weeks, we’ve had time to contemplate Sony’s situation and how they could have better handled it. The unanimous decisions was simple — quicker, more transparent dialoge with customers. But what’s done is done.

The PSN re-launch is currently rolling out throughout the world by way of “Phase 1″. A system update asking you to reset your password will the be the most telling indicator as to whether or not your system is being updated, and/or whether it is in fact working correctly.

For now, the most up to date list of re-launched cities include Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland, Vermont, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, California and several other states — Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina. Though as always your mileage may vary.