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  • Posted by hellsing9 , on 02/10/2013 , @ 09:11am

     

    Xbox ONE kinect actually can understand two people speaking at once. Creepy as hell, if you ask me. Reminds me to HAL 9000 from Space Odyssey, movie.
    Also has a built-in microphone array, so it will be able to detect where sounds are coming from. So in case you fart or something like that, you can’t longer blame the dog for that. ;)
    This being said this *New* Kinect has a lot of potential but Sony has another ACE under their sleeve.

    Sony confirmed to Eurogamer that a new PS4 bundle will ship in Europe to compete head-to-head with the base-line €500 Xbox One. For the same price as Microsoft’s core offering.
    So they DO NOT want to lose this price battle and lose costumers.
    We can’t say much about how PS4 camera will perform nor if has the same specifications of Kinect.
    M$ is going at full speed with Kinect meanwhile Sony label their Camera as PS4 Camera, nothing else.

    With this bundle Sony expects to get more sales and lure more future costumers to get that bundle instead of MS one with Kinect fully equipped and ready to go.
    Bare in mind this prices are for Europe.

    To quote:

    The original Kinect sold extremely well for a mid-generation add-on, but it just wasn’t able to deliver a useful experience in many real-world situations. With the impending launch of the Xbox One, it seems that Microsoft is gearing up to make the new version of the Kinect actually work as advertised this time around. According to Microsoft, the next-gen Kinect is capable of understanding two people at the same time. It sounds very impressive, but it remains to be seen if this will lead towards exciting new kinds of games, or if it’s all just double-talk.

    At the Eurogamer Expo in the UK, Microsoft’s Phil Harrison laid out some details about what the new Kinect is actually capable of doing. The Kinect has a built-in microphone array, so it will be able to detect where sounds are coming from, and actively pair the voice commands with the individual who issued them. It’s not exactly clear how Microsoft intends on processing the audio input, but this could be incredibly interesting if it actually works. Imagine playing a quiz game where you could simply blurt out the answer, and the Xbox One could determine who answered first. It has a lot of potential, but the burden falls on Microsoft to properly incentivize developers to take advantage of this tech going forward.

    PS4 Bundle Not to be outdone, Sony is flexing its accessory muscles as well. Sony confirmed to Eurogamer that a new PS4 bundle will ship in Europe to compete head-to-head with the base-line €500 Xbox One. For the same price as Microsoft’s core offering, Europeans can snag a PS4, a copy of Killzone: Shadowfall, the PS4 camera, and two DualShock 4 remotes. As with the PS3, this region is extremely important for Sony’s continued success, so it’s no surprise that the Tokyo-based company isn’t pulling any punches in the European market.

    Earlier this month at the Tokyo Game Show, Sony went out of its way to promise that the PS4 camera is on-par with the Kinect. Voice and gesture control are baked in at the OS level, so we should see very similar concepts being implemented on both consoles. Even though the camera doesn’t ship alongside all PS4s, the reasonable $60 price and impressive bundles might just be enough to convince consumers to buy into the promise of a Minority Report-like UI. When November rolls around, we’ll get to actually compare the two peripherals against each other, and see which hardware comes out on top. If the $60 PS4 camera delivers what Sony promises, Microsoft’s $500 pricing gambit might have to go right out the window.

    Source
     


  • Posted by hellsing9 , on 03/09/2013 , @ 07:25pm

     

    During the Tokyo Game Show SCEJA announced “more than ten” PS4 games avilable to visitors. Check the list below, though no official rep about which games are the “other then”.

    To quote:

    Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia announced today with a press release that during Tokyo Game Show it will have “more than ten” PS4 games available to visitors at its booth.

    The titles publicly announced so far are Knack, Deep DownDriveclub, Killzone: Shadow Fall,Wolfenstein: The New Order, PlayRoom and Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, meaning that there should be at least four titles that haven’t been announced yet.

    Of course we don’t know if those four or more titles are actually games that we actually never heard about before, or just titles we already know about and that Sony just didn’t confirm for the show yet.

    Including PS3, PS Vita and PS Mobile, the publisher will show over fifty titles.

    The PS Vita area will include Musou Orochi 2 Ultimate, God Eater 2, The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki, New Atelier Rorona the Origin Story: The Alchemist of Arland, Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends, Jikkyu Powerful Baseball 2013, Dangan Ronpa 1.2 Reload, Gundam Breaker and Tearaway.

    The PS3 area will showcase Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Gran Turismo 6, Ace Combat Infinity, Beyond: Two Souls, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki, Sengoku Basara 4, Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends, Musou Orochi 2 Ultimate, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Jikkyu Powerful Baseball 2013, Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster, Rain, Puppeteer, WonderBook, Jstars Victory Vs, Armored Core: Verdict Day, Dark Souls II, Batman: Arkham Origins, RockSmith 2014 Edition and Pro Evolution Soccer 2014.

    The PlayStation booth will also have a massive LED screen installed to broadcast events and gameplay, and developers will be in attendance.

    We also already knew that SCEJA will host a keynote on the first day of the trade show, titled “The Creative World of PlayStation 4”.

    A dedicated website (in Japanese) has been opened, and we can probably expect it to be updated with other titles between now and the opening of the event on September the 19th.

    [Source]
    Sony Japan dedicated Website.

    Japanese website.

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 09/12/2011 , @ 09:00pm

     

    I had just posted here a few days ago about the OtherOS case, well unfortunately, Sony’s request for dismissal has been granted, here is a quote of some of the court case.

    The flaw in plaintiffs’ analogy is that they are claiming rights not only with respect to the
    features of the PS3 product, but also to have ongoing access to an internet service offered by Sony,
    the PSN. A somewhat fanciful, but more apt, analogy would be if Toyota sold hybrid vehicles with
    an advertisement campaign touting that Toyota owners would have access to a recreational driving
    facility, a no-speed limit amusement park for cars. Then, at some time thereafter, Toyota instituted
    a rule that its hybrids would not be permitted in the park unless the owners allowed the battery
    feature to be disabled. In those circumstances, Toyota hybrid owners who declined to authorize
    disabling of the battery feature would still have fully-functional hybrid vehicles, capable of running
    on an electric motor or a gasoline engine, as appropriate under the conditions. Similarly, PS3
    owners who declined to install Firmware Update 3.21 still have fully-functioning devices, capable
    of either being used as game consoles to play games on optical disks, or as computers, with the
    Other OS feature.
    While plaintiffs would characterize the ability to access the PSN as a “fundamental feature”
    of the PS3 itself, it cannot be disputed that the “feature” is dependent on something outside the
    actual device—i.e., the continued existence of the PSN. Additionally, plaintiffs acknowledge that
    installation of Firmware Update 3.21 was entirely at the discretion of the user; indeed they have
    proposed separate subclasses for those who did chose to download it and those who did not. The
    choice may have been a difficult one for those who valued both the Other OS feature and access to
    the PSN, but it was still a choice.
    Under these circumstances, it cannot be said that Sony “unilaterally took away a
    fundamental feature of a product after that product [was] sold to a consumer.” Rather, Sony
    unilaterally imposed a requirement that PS3 owners who wanted continued access to the PSN
    service would have to allow the Other OS feature in their machines to be disabled. As a
    consequence, for Sony’s conduct to have been in any manner wrongful, it is not enough for
    plaintiffs to show that they have a right to expect continued availability of the Other OS feature
    beyond the warranty period, but also a right to continued access to the PSN.
    Nothing in plaintiffs’ factual allegations or their arguments is sufficient to support a
    conclusion that Sony has any obligation to maintain the PSN in operation indefinitely. Had Sony
    elected to shut down the PSN entirely, and for some unknown reason then offered PS3 owners the
    option to disable the Other OS feature on their machines, users who elected to do so would plainly
    have no claim for loss of the OS Feature.1 Nor would it be sufficient for plaintiffs merely to say
    that, having elected not to shut down the PSN entirely, Sony had no right to limit access to the
    service to those who agreed to disable the Other OS feature. This is not a discrimination case, and
    nothing in plaintiffs’ factual allegations supports the existence of a legally enforceable duty on
    Sony’s part to refrain from altering the conditions under which users are permitted access to the
    PSN.

    It ends by saying:

    The dismay and frustration at least some PS3 owners likely experienced when Sony made
    the decision to limit access to the PSN service to those who were willing to disable the Other OS
    feature on their machines was no doubt genuine and understandable. As a matter of providing
    customer satisfaction and building loyalty, it may have been questionable. As a legal matter,
    however, plaintiffs have failed to allege facts or to articulate a theory on which Sony may be held
    liable. The motion to dismiss is granted, without leave to amend. The motion to strike is denied as
    moot. A separate judgment will issue.
    IT IS SO ORDERED.
    Dated: 12/8/11
    RICHARD SEEBORG
    UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

    Source

    You can read the full PDF, which contains the back story and reasons for dismissal:
    Download

    To end this story, is it really a surprise that Sony won ? :(

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 05/12/2011 , @ 09:29am

     

    It has been quite a while since we spoke of the OtherOS lawsuit, i wrote here of how Sony were planing to dismiss the case, then in July 2011 the court case continued, with that hearing just recently being brought to light by the awesome Groklaw,here is a part of that hearing:

    THE COURT:
    - the big difference between the last complaint and this one, in terms of an item that is being
    presented as a basis for these claims, particularly the express warranty claim, is the statements by Mr. — I think his name is
    “Harai” — about the life cycle, if you will, of the PS3. And I suppose my question is: Aren’t you expecting
    that statement to carry an awful lot of water here, in terms of providing any kind of warranty that the Other OS function is
    going to be maintained in seeming perpetuity, and in no way will be affected going forward; at least, with respect to this ten-year period that you’re identifying? It’s a very general statement about the market cycle of a product. And to transform that into the flagship of your warranty claim seems
    to be expecting a lot out of that statement.

    MR. QUADRA:
    Well, your Honor, let me at least clarify one point. Our allegation is not that it is a market-cycle statement; that, in fact, it refers to the life of
    the product, itself. When it was first made, that specific statement in its entirety, which I believe — the defense counsel sort of cut part of the quote — goes on to say that they’re not envisioning putting out a new product, because they purposely make their products to last this period of time.

    You can read the full article at the source here.

    Or you can download the PDF here at PS3HaX.

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 10/11/2011 , @ 10:16am

     

    We have some developers on this forum and im sure we have some aspiring developers and if C# is your language, then perhaps the closed Beta Developer Program for PlayStation Suite is for you, PS Suite will work on various devices, such as PS Vita, PS Certified devices, Sony Tablet and other Android tablets, here is a quote from the source:

    Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) will offer software development kits (SDK) for PlayStation®Suite (PS Suite), called “PlayStation®Suite SDK”, for content developers. PS Suite is an initiative designed to deliver the world of PlayStation® to open operating system based portable devices. Prior to its release, we plan to offer a developer program (closed beta test) for the PlayStation®Suite SDK for limited participants.
    Through PS Suite SDK, content developers can create content for PlayStation™Certified (PS Certified) devices, which is hardware certified through the PS Suite license program, as well as for PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita).

    Using C# as the programming language, PS Suite SDK will run programs developed in C# on virtual machine equipped in both PS Certified devices and PS Vita.

    By supporting development for multiple devices and by adopting libraries designed to create a variety of gaming and non-gaming content , PS Suite SDK will not only help developers reduce costs for creating new content, but also allow them to efficiently create their content on one SDK and use it for multiple devices.

    Purpose
    Prior to the official release of PlayStation®Suite SDK, we will provide the developer program (closed beta test) with PlayStation®Suite SDK to limited participants. The intention of the closed beta test is to improve the SDK quality with feedbacks from those participants.

    Application Guideline
    We are now accepting applications for participants in this program (closed beta test). Both corporation and individual applicants are welcome to participate, but the numbers of the participants are limited and we need your understanding that not all applicants are guaranteed to join this program. The program will be available in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan in English, and it will support “Windows XP (32bit)” and “Windows 7 (32/64bit)”. Since the SDK comes with a PC simulator, purchase of PS Certified devices or PS Vita is not required.

    The participants of this program will be selected equally based on the information provided in the “Application Form” link below and will allow for a variety of types of developers to join. Those selected will receive an e-mail to the address specified in the “Application Form”.

    Personal information provided in the “Application Form”, etc. will be used to select the participants of this program, to communicate with those regarding the application development and to create statistical data by Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC, and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited.

    How to apply to this program and license terms
    Please read the application guideline carefully, and if you agree to the guideline and agree to participate, click “Agree to the application guideline and go to the application form” button to proceed to the “Application Form” screen. By submitting the application form, you are considered to have agreed to the application guideline. Please note that your use of the PlayStation®Suite SDK and participation in this program (closed beta test) is conditioned upon your agreeing to be bound by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.’s license terms for the PlayStation®Suite SDK.

    Contact
    Please email to [email protected] for inquiries regarding this developer program (closed beta test). We will not be able to answer all inquiries. Please refer to the FAQ. We cannot provide the result of your application.

    Application Form

    Not exactly “hacking” news, but still interesting for those willing to develop on a much larger level.

    Source of information.

  • Posted by PS3Hax Member News , on 04/11/2011 , @ 06:57am

     

    It’s been confirmed that game sharing on PS3 is going to be scaled down this month. At the moment, you can purchase nearly any game on the Store, and up to four other people will be able to play it as long as your account is activated on their PS3. However, from November 18th, this will be scaled down to two. That’ll include the machine the content was originally downloaded on, and one other.

    You’ll get four activations in all though, 2 on PS3 and 2 on PSP. If you’re picking up a Vita, you’ll hopefully get 2 more as well. The good news is that you’ll now be able to handle activations online, and select which consoles you want to remain active. It’ll save the headache of contacting Sony’s customer service, at least.

    It’s clearly been put in place to protect the developers, who haven’t been too happy about the game sharing rules in the past. However, it’s worth noting that anything bought before the 18th doesn’t fall under the new rule, and you’ll be able to play as normal even if it wasn’t your account the content was purchased on.

    Most PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable download titles can currently be activated and played on five systems. That’s about to change.

    We’d like to inform you of some upcoming changes to the usage policies for PlayStation Network game content. As of November 18, 2011, the number of devices that can be activated on one PlayStation Network account for game content purchased from the PlayStation Store will be updated.
    For game content purchased after November 18, 2011, a new policy will apply and the number of devices that can be activated will be as follows:

    • PS3: Users will be able to play the game on up to 2 activated PS3 systems.
    • PSP: Users will be able to play the game on up to 2 activated PSP systems.

    Please note that this update will not affect game content purchased before November 18. The PSP rights include PSP-1000/2000/3000 series as well as the PSPgo system.
    PlayStation Network users are able to change the activation setting through each device, and Sony Computer Entertainment plans to provide a new PlayStation Network account management website where users will be able to deactivate particular devices attached to their PlayStation Network account via their PC.

    Source Official EU PS Blog

    Via ThePlaystationClub

  • Posted by PS3Hax Member News , on 07/10/2011 , @ 11:24am

     

    A group of gamers have set up a website, and are offering to send Opt-Out letters to either Sony Or EA, which will break the mandatory binding arbitration, imposed on you by these two companies, here is a quote from the source:

    Gamers Opt Out is a collective of gamers who are sick of absurd EULAs from game companies. These EULAs have clauses preventing class-action lawsuits, though you can opt out of the clauses by sending a letter. We want to make it easier for everyone to opt out because Sony, EA, et al, believe most people won’t bother to. Let’s show them they’re wrong.

    We will make it easy for you to create the letter needed to send to these companies and can even send the letter on your behalf at no cost. All we ask is that if you like what we are doing, spread the word or donate to help with the cost of paper and postage.

    Source

    Whilst we do think that this is a good idea, we have to warn you, that you will have to fill in your personal details, such as PSN username and home address, if you are not comfortable with this DO NOT use the service, also we are no way affiliated with them.

    Thanks to both Alycan and Mr.Goodfrag for the news.


  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 15/09/2011 , @ 11:27am

     

    Recently Sony went through some changes, regarding the naming of some of it services, it has renamed its Qriocity service to S.E.N(Sony Entertainment Network), with that name change and its restructuring of the S.N.E.A/S.N.E.I services, came a some what Controversial New T.O.S, i wont use shocking as nothing that Sony does in regards to its loyal customers is a shock anymore, not that i will be getting into the root kits and removal of OtherOS, i will stay with the subject at hand, the new T.O.S:

    Throughout most of the T.O.S, you will see loads of red text and red lines running through text, one thing that caught my eye was the striking out of key words like purchasing and owning, that were replaced with “licensing”, so what that basically means, that any product you “buy”, is no longer yours as you are only licensing it, or in other words renting it, until such times Sony removes that service/feature, a quote from article #4:

    Your existing PSN wallet will be used forto purchase of content licenses or services offered on QriocitySEN. You must transition your QriocitySEN account to a PSN account for purchase ofto license content or purchase services available on PSN.

    Now whilst that is quite bad in itself, the main reason for this article, which was brought to my attention, by PS3/aMSN Developer KaKaRoTo via Twitter, is chapter 15 of the T.O.S, which is an Individual Binding Arbitration, which with it being a PSN T.O.S, means it is an mandatory binding arbitration, as you HAVE to agree to it in order to use the service, here is a quote of what a binding arbitration means, pay close attention to the part i have highlighted in red and underlined:

    What is arbitration?
    Arbitration is an alternative method of resolving disputes in which two parties present their individual sides of a complaint to a arbitrator or panel of arbitrators. The arbitrator, who is supposed to be neutral, then weighs the facts and arguments of both parties and decides the dispute. Arbitration may be voluntary or mandatory.

    What is mandatory binding arbitration?
    In mandatory binding arbitration, a company requires a consumer to agree to submit any dispute that may arise to binding arbitration prior to completing a transaction with the company. The consumer is required to waive their right to sue, to participate in a class action lawsuit, or to appeal.

    Why are so many consumer groups opposing mandatory arbitration in automotive transactions?
    Many mandatory binding arbitration agreements are written to protect the dealer.

    Read more about arbitration here.
    (more…)

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 16/08/2011 , @ 10:26am

     

    Most people know of the Electronic Entertainment Expo(E3) which is held in America every year, well Europe has its very own event, held in Germany, known as Gamescom, here is a little information from Wikipedia:

    Gamescom is a trade fair for video games held annually at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. It is organised by the Bundesverband Interaktive Unterhaltungssoftware (German Federal Association of Interactive Entertainment Software). It is used by many video game developers to show off their upcoming games and game-related hardware.

    Gamescom is the world’s largest games event with 254,000 visitors, more than 4,400 journalists and 505 exhibitors from 33 countries attending the show in its second year.

    Now for the time and where you can watch the live stream:

    • Facebook Live Stream Here(click for link)
    • On PS Home
    • The PS Blog
    • Or the official PS3 App for Android and iPhone(Click link to download either version)

    Now the times are a bit confusing, the official PS Blog states this:

    Tuesday 16 August 2011 at 19:00 CET / 18:00 BST / 03:00 Sydney (Wed)

    When the official Facebook page states 18:40 CET(Germany), which would be 17:40 BST(UK)

    EDIT:
    A quote from the US PS Blog:

    Guten tag from Cologne, Germany, home of gamescom! The motto for 2011′s gamescom is “Celebrate the Games,” and we’re about to do that beginning with the Sony Computer Entertainment Europe press conference. The presser kicks off at 7pm local time, which is 1pm Eastern and 10am Pacific.

    A note while you’re watching* today: much like E3 is targeted to the US audience and Tokyo Game Show is targeted at Japan, the gamescom press conference is primarily aimed at European gamers, so please keep that in mind as you watch. Not everything mentioned or shown today will necessarily apply to those of us in North America. We’ll post on all appropriate things for the North American market, however, just as we always do.

    So with that in mind, press Play in the video screen below, sit back and see the future of PlayStation as laid out by SCEE CEO and President Andrew House.

    UPDATE 1:

    Sony conference is over, the biggest PS3 related news was a price drop on PS3s to $249/249 euros.

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 11/08/2011 , @ 09:59am

     

    During February and March of this year, we reported on Sony and LG going through a court case, it got serious when LG had manged through the courts to get an injunction against the sale of PS3′s, many consoles were seized by customs officers in the Netherlands, after almost two weeks, Sony managed to get this injunction lifted and PS3′s were allowed to cary on their normal journey, but the dispute between the two companies was far from over, until today, where the have signed an agreement, here is a quote from the source:

    (Reuters) - LG Electronics and Sony said on Thursday that they have resolved patent disputes between the two firms spanning smartphones, TVs and Blu-ray technology, with LG adding that they have signed a cross-licensing deal.

    “LG and Sony recently agreed to drop patent infringement lawsuits against each other,” a spokeswoman at South Korea’s LG Electronics said. Sony confirmed this, but declined to comment further.

    LG shares were up 1.3 percent, outperforming the Korea Composite Stock Price Index’s (KOSPI) 1.7 percent fall, while Sony shares were down 2.7 percent, hitting a 2-1/2 year low, against a 1.5 percent drop in the benchmark Nikkei average.

    Sony and LG have been embroiled in a string of bitter lawsuits on a wide range of products in Europe and the United States since the two technology giants failed to renew a technology sharing agreement that expired three years ago, a person familiar with the matter said.

    Sony had filed a complaint against LG with the U.S. International Trade Commission, seeking to block LG from shipping its Rumor Touch and several other smartphones to the United States.

    LG also told the commission that Sony’s PlayStation 3 infringed its Blu-ray video technology.

    The patent spat culminated in the seizure of PlayStation 3 game consoles by customs officers in the Netherlands following a court injunction by LG in March.

    Source Reuters

    So those of you looking to buy PS3′s in the future, need worry no more about them being seized.

  • Posted by PS3Hax Member News , on 10/08/2011 , @ 02:38am

     

    So after a useless firmware update, Sony has decided to update their Terms of Service (ToS)…again. What fabulous changes has Sony made? Well they now have the right to spam us with select advertisements and the right to screw those on OFW by revoking the right of a second ‘Welcome Back’ package if the PlayStation Network was ever under attack for a second time.

    In case you don’t feel like checking your email, here it is:

    ==================================================================

    PlayStation(R)Network and Qriocity(TM)

    ==================================================================

    We are writing to provide you with notice of changes to the Sony
    Network Entertainment America Inc. (“SNEA”) Terms of Service and
    User Agreement, which will be effective August 9, 2011, and Privacy
    Policy, which will be effective August 11, 2011.

    Please click here to review the changes to the Terms of Service and
    User Agreement >>
    http://playstation-email.com/r?xnlcq…JEHWclWqWlTWPn

    Please click here to review the changes to the new Privacy Policy. >>
    http://playstation-email.com/r?xnlcq…lEHWclWqWlTWPT

    The revised Terms of Service and User Agreement and Privacy Policy
    apply to PlayStation(R)Network and Qriocity(TM) account holders, their
    sub-accounts, if any, and any visitors to SNEA web sites.

    Continued use of your PlayStation Network or Qriocity account or any
    SNEA web site means you agree to the new Terms of Service and User
    Agreement and Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with the new Terms of
    Service and User Agreement or Privacy Policy, please contact Customer
    Service to terminate your PlayStation Network or Qriocity account.

    If you have any questions about your account, please contact
    Customer Service by clicking here if you are a PlayStation Network
    account holder, >>
    http://playstation-email.com/r?xnlcq…ber=0813898368

    And by clicking here if you are a Qriocity account holder. >>
    http://playstation-email.com/r?xnlcq…PEHWclWqWlTWPv

    If you are in the United States or Canada, effective August 11, 2011,
    we will change the marketing options to allow Sony Computer
    Entertainment America (“SCEA”) and SNEA to market to you about Sony
    Group of Companies’ products and services. Click here to see how these
    options have been changed. >>
    http://playstation-email.com/r?xnlcq…nEHWclWqWlTWPW

    The marketing options available on the PlayStation Network via
    PlayStation 3 and PSP (PlayStation(R) Portable) systems will be updated
    prior to August 11, but any changes you make in your marketing options
    there will not be effective until August 11, 2011.

    Please note that all account holders may update their marketing options
    in the Notification Preferences within the Account Management section
    of their PlayStation Network or Qriocity account accessed through the
    PlayStation 3 and PSP (PlayStation(R) Portable) systems starting
    August 9, 2011. Account holders may update their marketing options in
    the Notification Preferences within the Account Management section of
    their PlayStation Network or Qriocity account via the Qriocity.com
    website starting August 11, 2011.

    Thank you very much for being a customer!

    ==================================================================

    Qriocity(TM)
    http://playstation-email.com/r?xnlcq…TEHWclWqWlTWPq

    PlayStation(R)
    http://playstation-email.com/r?xnlcq…ber=0813898368

    PlayStation(R)3
    http://playstation-email.com/r?xnlcq…ber=0813898368

    PlayStation(R)Network
    http://playstation-email.com/r?xnlcq…ber=0813898368

    ==================================================================

    LEGAL
    “PlayStation” and the “PS” Family logo are registered trademarks and
    “PS3″ and “PlayStation Network” are trademarks of Sony Computer
    Entertainment Inc. (C) 2011 Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC.

    Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC, 919 E. Hillsdale Blvd.,
    Foster City, CA 94404

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 06/06/2011 , @ 09:35am

     

    Well i have been going on about E3 for a while now and according to the official E3 website, the dates were 7th to 9th of June, but it so happens to start today, below i will list the times of the Live feeds regarding the conference:

    Today:
    9:00AM PDT
    Microsoft: 9:30AM to 11AM PST - 5:30PM - 7PM GMT
    http://www.xbox.com/en-GB/e3
    http://www.youtube.com/user/E3
    http://e3.gamespot.com/press-conference/microsoft-e3/
    http://www.ustream.tv/gamespot

    Sony: 5PM to 6:30PM PST -1AM - 2:30AM GMT(Tuesday Morning >.<)
    http://www.youtube.com/user/E3
    http://e3.gamespot.com/press-conference/sony-e3/?tag=content_nav%3Bvideo%3Bsony
    Playstation Home

    Tomorrow:
    Nintendo: 9AM - 10AM PST - 5PM GMT
    http://e3.nintendo.com/
    http://www.youtube.com/user/E3
    http://e3.gamespot.com/press-conference/nintendo-e3/?tag=content_nav%3Bvideo%3Bnintendo

    EDIT:

    Here is an image courtesy of Kotaku.

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 05/06/2011 , @ 04:19pm

     

    Well its almost here, the most exciting time in a gamers year and what make it all the more exciting, is when a new piece of hardware is showcased.

    During E3 this year, Sony will be showcasing their recently announced Next Generation Portable(NGP), which has recently been rumoured to be called PS Vita, if you wish you can vote on weather you like the name or not here NGP > PS Vita ?.

    Here are the specifications of the NGP, note that some of these on the final E3 product, may have changed since the console first revealed:

    CPU:
    ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)

    GPU:
    200 MHz SGX543MP4+
    133 MPolygon/s
    4 GPixel/s fill rate

    Memory:
    512MB, rumoured to have been halved already.

    Storage:
    16GB internal storage, rumoured to have been removed.

    Media:
    NVG Card - a small flash memory based card, dedicated for NGP software titles. Taking advantage of the flash memory feature, this innovative card can store the full software titles plus add-on game content or the game save data directly on to the card. By adopting flash memory based card, SCE will be able to provide game cards with higher capacity in the future, allowing developers to store more game data to deliver rich and immersive games.
    NVG game cards will be available in 2 GB and 4 GB sizes.

    Display:
    5-inch OLED capacitive touch screen.
    24-bit colour.
    960 × 544 pixels @ 220 ppi.

    Input:
    Touch screen.
    Rear touch pad.
    Six-axis motion sensing.
    Three-axis electronic compass.
    D-pad.
    12 × Buttons
    (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square, L, R, Start, Select, Home, Volume ±, Power).
    2 × Analog sticks.

    Camera:
    Front camera.
    Rear camera.
    Both cameras feature face detection, head detection, and head tracking capabilities.

    Connectivity:
    IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
    3G
    Bluetooth 2.1+EDR

    As you will notice from the above specs, the NGP will have a new game medium, which is dubbed an NVG Card, so UMD is gone, which unfortunately means for all of you with UMD’s, wont be able to play them on the NGP, that is not the only thing that is gone, the famed XMB is gone and has been replaced with LiveArea, here is a quote about it from one of the sources:

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  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 29/05/2011 , @ 04:49pm

     

    Its almost that time again, the most exciting time in a gamers year, the Electronic Entertainment Expo(E3), which is being held between the 7th and 9th of June, some of you might be new to gaming and don’t really know what E3 is all about, here is a quote from the official E3 website.

    E3 Expo is the world’s premier trade show for computer and video games and related products. The show is owned by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of the companies, publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet. For more information, please visit www.E3Expo.com or www.theESA.com.

    There will be many companies there, but the three big contenders are Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, below i will cover what each of these three may bring to the Expo going by various rumours, these are in no way official.

    Sony

    Sony has a new handheld games console in the works, its project name is Next Gen Project or NGP, it is reported to have a Quad Core Processor as well as many other amazing features, today a gaming website(Games Pundit) stated that an unknown source, gave them information in regards to the official name of the new handheld machine, they revealed that name would be PS Vita, you can read more about it and vote here.

    This E3 will be a little over six years since the PS3 was first showcased and although the first demo console was amazing, the final model released a year later didnt have all that Sony had originally promised, regardless, it was still an amazing machine.
    Sony vice president and chief financial officer Masaru Kato has already confirmed that there is a PS4 in development, so will this year see a demo machine of the PS4 on display ?
    Read more about that article here, regardless of what is and isn’t released, rumours are going to be wild spread and some of it unfortunately will be misleading, or unfortunately could be true in the case of the NGP, which has been reportedly downgraded spec wise from the original machine mentioned by Sony, this is a massive trait with Sony, promise big, then deliver less:

    Original NGP Specs Reported By Sony:

    Not mentioned in the image above is the RAM, which was reported to be 512MB, according to a French gaming website, that amount has been halved to 256MB, also the on board 16MB of storage space has also been removed, you can read the original article from the French website here or a Google translated version here.

    Microsoft

    My personal opinion on the Xbox 360 is that they should have used HD-DVD’s as a gaming medium, this would have meant games would only have needed one disc instead of four in some cases, HD-DVD as a medium on a whole would also have survived and we would have seen a more exciting battle between HD-DVD and Blu Ray.

    Rumours have it that we may see a new console, other rumours suggest 3D for the 360.

    Nintendo

    Regardless of what a lot of 360 and PS3 fanboys say about the Wii, there is no denying that it was by far the most popular, the most entertaining and most sold console of this current generation, Nintendo has stated that they will release a successor to the Wii, which the no doubt will be showcased at E3, the console which is dubbed Project Cafe, will be far superior to the PS3 and Xbox 360, reports also suggest that it will have a new type of control pad, which will house a touch screen panel, the console is also said to be backward compatible with the Wii, though it seems that the machine wont have 3D.

    Nintendo will also probably speak about the N3DS.

    Amongst all the rumours and what we think and hope will be released, there is no doubt that this years E3 will be very exciting, i myself am looking forward to MS and Nintendo’s show’s and new footage for the new Elder Scrolls game, i think i will leave it there and let you make your own minds up, be sure to mention what you think may appear at this years E3 :)

    You can download the E3 Floor Plan here, i created a PDF and marked the important stalls, so enjoy and you can be sure of plenty of E3 coverage on this forum when it happens.

    Official E3 Website here.

  • Posted by Pirate , on 18/05/2011 , @ 09:38am

     

    You have to be surprised at how such a big corporation can fail so badly at keeping their security up to date. It seems that the PSN online login page with password reset was exploited again by hackers. Though not a big as issue as the first, if you go to reset your PSN password all it asks for is your E-mail and date of birth. Hmm lets see, database stolen…they probably have this information….you see where its going.

    As a result all webpage logins/password reset options are now offline. If you legitimately don’t remember your PSN logins, well seems like your out of luck for a while. Looks like everyone should have followed Japans decision eh?

    Whats interesting about the whole situation that a website Nyleveia discovered this exploit and posted about it online (via Twitter), and contacted Sony to take a look at it. Sony took the tip, had the tweets removed and now have the reason for downtime as:

    “Clarification: this maintenance doesn’t affect PSN on consoles, only the website you click through to from the password change email.”
    “Fortunately we have got ISPs to release outstanding emails; unfortunately, a small amount of maintenance is required to improve this process”

    This exploit was confirmed by a user over at Neogaf, you can see the details about it HERE.

    [VIA Nyleveia]

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 18/05/2011 , @ 08:57am

     

    President and CEO of Sony Sir Howard Stringer, has hit back at claims that they were to slow in informing users of the breech, stating

    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?

    he also said that Kazuo Hirai’s position as CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment is safe, here is a short quote from the source:

    “This was an unprecedented situation,” Stringer told reporters on Tuesday, speaking publicly for the first time since the April breach.

    “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?”

    The attack, considered the biggest in Internet history, prompted the Japanese electronics giant to shut down its PlayStation Network and other services for close to a month.

    Critics slammed the company for waiting up to a week before telling its customers of the attack and the possible theft of credit card information, prompting lawmakers and state attorneys general to launch investigations.

    Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Sony on Tuesday, urging it to respond to questions about its security strategy and reveal more details about the data breach.

    In the letter, Representatives Mary Bono Mack of California and G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina said they had contacted Sony on April 29 but all of their questions had not been answered by the company. The lawmakers asked Sony to respond to questions by May 25.

    Sony said it expected to face monetary charges from the break-in but was still assessing the damage.

    “There’s a charge for the system being down … a charge for identity theft insurance,” Stringer said. “The charges mount up, but they don’t add up to a number we can quantify just yet.”

    One expert estimated that costs from the break-in could reach as high as $2 billion.

    To read the full article, visit the source here.

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 11/05/2011 , @ 02:33pm

     

    Sony and the PS3 have been quite popular in the media and the courts lately and it seems there is no let up on that situation either, as a former U.S. Navy F-18 Fighter Pilot named John Ryan McLaughlin, has decided to sue Sony, Bethesda and Zenimax, claiming their game Elder Scrolls Oblivion caused him to have a seizure, which resulted in him breaking a bone and losing his job, here is a quote from the source:

    SAN DIEGO (CN) - A former Navy pilot claims the video game “Oblivion: The Elder Scrolls IV” gave him a grand mal seizure that caused him to lose his flight status. John Ryan McLaughlin says he was playing the game when its strobe lights gave him “a grand mal seizure for the first time in his life,” causing excruciating pain and breaking a bone.
    McLaughlin, a former F-18 pilot, says the seizures caused him to permanently lose his flying status.
    The game is made by lead defendant Bethesda Softworks, of Rockville Md. McLaughlin also sued its corporate parent, Zenimax Media, and Sony Computer Entertainment, which makes the Playstation 3 system on which he was playing the game when he was affected, on March 28, 2010.
    McLaughlin says the seizures were caused by the defective product: “The product was so designed that it exceeded the upper acceptable limit of more than 3 flashes over a 1 second period, as well as acceptable spatial pattern and luminance flash limits. These risks were not made known to the plaintiff and/or an ordinary consumer prior to the time of purchase.”
    He says, “The defective and dangerous condition of the product, and that it was unsafe for the use and purpose for which it was intended when used by certain consumers as recommended, was expected and reasonably anticipated by the defendants, and each of them, or in the exercise of ordinary and reasonable care should have been known and discovered by defendants, and each of them.”
    He seeks punitive and damages for negligence, breach of warranty, and product liability. He is represented by Dennis Minna of Santa Ana.
    Similar problems were reported in Japan in 1997, when fast, repetitive strobelike effects in the “Pokemon” cartoon series were blamed for sending hundreds of children to hospitals with seizures and seizure symptoms.

    Source

    Say what you want about Sony, Hate it all you want, but in my opinion, Sony is not guilty of anything.

  • Posted by Pirate , on 07/05/2011 , @ 10:45am

     

    XBL is starting to real look pretty good right about now, and things are looking more grim for Sony than ever as there has been ANOTHER attack on PSN.

    Personal details of ~2,500 people were posted on a old Playstation website, including names and “some addresses” that were in a 2001 database. While expected PSN to start up this week, “Sony spokeswoman confirmed with Reuters that relaunching within the original expected time frame would not be possible“.

    So now more PSN work is being done, more servers are going offline and PSN looks further away than ever. Gamasutra also reports that Sony may be offering a “reward” for catching these hackers.

    To quote full article:
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