If you've ever gone in search of an Xbox Live points card, you probably haven't had much difficulty finding one, as they are in stores everywhere. Now alternatively if you go to look for a PSN card, you're going to be searching for some time. However, it seems that one chain has finally gotten the goods.
In another setback for Sony's upcoming PlayStation 3 launch, it's been revealed that one of the console's high-profile launch titles, Tony Hawk's Project 8, won't feature an online component for Sony's new PlayStation Network Platform. According to developer Neversoft, the highly-anticipated service has yet to be completed, as Neversoft (among other developers) "still hasn't received all of the software libraries and has no indication of how the online components will work on PS3."
PlayStation Now is US-only, and that’s pretty lame. We’re not fans of region-locked services like that, so when we hear they’ll be opening up to new markets, it’s exciting. Such is the news today, where we’ve learned Sony is opening up PlayStation Now to the UK. Via a private beta program, those in the UK with a PlayStation 4 — and who are members of PlayStation Plus — can be among the first to sign up for the PlayStation Now network in the UK.
Xbox One owners just got their happy dose of monthly updates, finally bringing in a most requested feature: screenshots! Soon, it will the PlayStation 4 camp's turn to rejoice when system firmware version 2.50 rolls around. Codenamed "Yukmura", the massive update will also deliver some of the functionality that have been most requested by users, which including being able to easily suspend and then resume their PS4 gaming session. Of course, that's not the only goodies that firmware 2.50 will bring to the gaming table.
From time to time, Microsoft is able to come up with video ads that don't manage to embarrass itself while waging its marketing war against Apple. Remember the Cortana versus Siri ad about speakers? Now that one was done in good taste and has a pretty amusing punchline. Sadly, there are times when Redmond comes out with a video that makes you wonder what the marketing team has been smoking, like this new Cortana vid that is sure to strike a nerve with some members of the female gender.
Friday saw the arrest of an 18-year-old man in the UK for his involvement in the hackings that took down both the PlayStation and Xbox online gaming networks for several days last month starting on Christmas. The incident saw a number of headlines after the holiday, as gamers were unable to get online for an increasingly frustrating period of time, and hacking group Lizard Squad claimed responsibility. The unnamed teen was arrested by police near the city of Liverpool on suspicion of not only hacking, but also "swatting."
We got a look at Ford's beastly GT earlier today at the Detroit Auto Show, and coming alongside it was an announcement hand-in-hand with Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios: that new GT will be adorning the cover for Forza Motorsport 6, and select Ford vehicles including the Shelby GT350 will be available in-game. Those hoping to score additional details about the game will be disappointed, however, as you will have to wait until later on this year to get more info.
Sony is hoping to pacify PlayStation gamers frustrated by the PSN downtime over the holidays, apologizing for the gaming network being offline, and offering free service and cheaper games as a mea culpa. Having seen the PlayStation Network brought down by hacking group Lizard Squad on Christmas Day, and then taken several days to bring it back to life afterwards, Sony is automatically adding five days of PlayStation Plus service to all subscribers or trial users impacted on December 25th. Meanwhile, there'll be a discount on games sometime this month, though it's unclear whether PS3 and PS4 owners will be suitably placated by it.
This week Gmail is out in China. Most Google services have been disrupted in China since June. Google's own traffic listing for Gmail in China shows the service dropping down to zero near the end of the 25th of December - it's been at around a zero signal since then. Imagine if this happened in the United States. Even a disruption of an hour in the USA results in a news blast and a Twitter explosion - imagine if not only Gmail was out, but all Google services at once.