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Sony: Euro PlayStation 4 to miss PSN features at launch

Sony: Euro PlayStation 4 to miss PSN features at launch

Sony will disable several PlayStation Network features for the European launch of the PS4 on Friday, the company has confirmed, temporarily blocking access to the functionality in the hope of avoiding a crash as gamers rush to use their new consoles. "What's New", which is the PSN's discovery stream showing recent activity on the console by the gamer's friends, and the "Content Information Screen", which pulls friends' activity related to the current title being looked at will each be deactivated at launch.

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PlayStation Network passwords resetting now as precautionary measure

PlayStation Network passwords resetting now as precautionary measure

As early as last week on the 20th of November, users of the PlayStation Network (aka PSN) have seen their passwords reset without prompt. According to Sony support forum admins, this reset was done "purely as a precautionary measure" without specific evidence of any accounts being compromised. Users who find their passwords not working are being told to do a simple reset using the normal "Forgotten Password" button tap.

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Sony PS3 PlayStation Store update adds PayPal support

Sony PS3 PlayStation Store update adds PayPal support

Sony has announced a funding related update for those using the PlayStation Store on a PS3. Moving forward users will be able to add funds to their Sony Entertainment Network wallet using PayPal. Or more specifically, from PayPal and directly through the PlayStation Store. You see, in the past you have been able to use funds using PayPal, however prior to this update -- that was done via the web interface.

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Steam users eclipse Xbox Live, PSN still far and away tops

Steam users eclipse Xbox Live, PSN still far and away tops

This afternoon the folks at Valve have let it be known that they're rolling in with a cool 65 million users total for the Steam gaming network. This number can be compared to the most recent report from Sony on the PlayStation Network working with 110 million users and Microsoft reporting that they're in at 48 million users in Xbox Live. These numbers are not the same as "active users", a number which is much more difficult to grasp.

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PlayStation Network is down today for scheduled maintenance

PlayStation Network is down today for scheduled maintenance

Supposing you didn't see the news yesterday, there's word from Sony today that the PSN (PlayStation Network) will be down today starting at 9:15 AM PST until 3:15 PM PST. This is a standard amount of down-time and will affect the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Home community, or any of the account-management settings. This 6-hour period will be spent tuning up and maintaining the PlayStation Network and Sony has assured us the world will continue spinning while the downtime commences.

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PlayStation 4 gamers will be able to use real names in addition to PSN IDs

PlayStation 4 gamers will be able to use real names in addition to PSN IDs

As part of its keynote at the Tokyo Game Show, Sony has detailed the PSN aspect that will come with the PlayStation 4, saying that in addition to PSN IDs, gamers will also be able to use their real names. Such a change will facilitate the ability to form more traditional friendship-esque bonds over the PS4 gaming experience, rather than the impersonal nature of random IDs.

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Jetpack Joyride becoming a free download on PSN

Jetpack Joyride becoming a free download on PSN

Jetpack Joyride is already on a number of different platforms - most notably iOS and Android - but just in case the mobile version isn't enough to satisfy your coin collecting cravings, you might like to know that it's going free-to-play on PSN. The switch is happening today in Europe, while North American PSN users will have to wait until Monday, December 31 to snatch the game up at no cost. Interestingly, Halfbrick announced the "launch" the game today, even though it was previously available as a PlayStation Mini for $3.99.

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