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PSN is down and Sony isn’t handling it very well

PSN is down and Sony isn’t handling it very well

This morning it was made clear that Sony was having trouble with their PlayStation Network. Meanwhile Microsoft was having trouble keeping Xbox Live online - and the hacker group Lizard Squad claimed responsibility. According to reports throughout the day, it would appear that the Xbox Live system had largely repaired problems by around 10AM Central Time - with another spike near 2PM Central Time - with uptime returning again here closer to 5PM Central Time. Sony's PlayStation Network saw problems from around midnight until 10AM Central Time, and again over the past several hours leading up to 5PM Central Time.

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PlayStation Now to feature in Samsung Smart TV 2015 lineup

PlayStation Now to feature in Samsung Smart TV 2015 lineup

In a rather surprising move, Sony has teamed up with Samsung to make the PlayStation Now game streaming/rental service available to Samsung's upcoming roster of Smart TVs next year. This will indeed spread Sony's gaming ecosystem beyond its consoles and into the realm of Smart TVs, giving those without a PS4 or PS3 in their homes access to Sony's wide range of games, mostly from the PS3 generation. On the other hand, it could also give buyers less incentive to buy a Sony Smart TV.

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20th Anniversary Retro PS4 sale fraught with frustration

20th Anniversary Retro PS4 sale fraught with frustration

This week the folks at PlayStation UK have decided to bring the heat to their Retro PlayStation 4 release with a system called #20YearsofCharacters. With this system they've set clues in their website that ultimately lead to a sales portal for the 20th Anniversary Sony PlayStation 4. The problem is - too many people want it all at once. The website portal is down for some, and loading with extreme slowness for most. Once in, there's no guarantee you'll find what you're looking for, anyway.

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Xbox One’s November sales outpace PS4 for the first time

Xbox One’s November sales outpace PS4 for the first time

It seems Chrstimas came a month early for Microsoft. We saw it last week and now another independent research confirms it. Microsoft's Xbox One has indeed, for the first time, outsold the PlayStation 4 in the US, though only considering the month of November. The recent holiday shopping spree was a big break for Microsoft's console, beleaguered by its rivalry with Sony's counterpart. That victory was not without its price, however, as the repeated price cuts implemented over the past months are believed to have been Microsoft's ace.

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PlayStation 4, PS Vita launching in China January 2015

PlayStation 4, PS Vita launching in China January 2015

The Xbox One might have had the crown this recent holiday season, but Sony's consoles are getting ready to take on a completely fresh and potentially huge market next month. Going behind schedule by a month, Sony has just announced that it will start selling the PlayStation 4 (CUH-1000 series) and the PlayStation Vita (PCH-2000) in China starting January 11 next year. Given than Microsoft isn't far behind, this will mark a new arena in the battle for console supremacy between the two giants.

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Sony PlayStation store was down last night; hackers to blame?

Sony PlayStation store was down last night; hackers to blame?

Overnight, Sony’s PlayStation store went down. For roughly two hours, the online portal for PlayStation users was unavailable, and a hacker conglomerate is taking responsibility. The Lizard Squad, which cryptically refer to themselves as “lizards” who “want to watch the world burn”, seem to be claiming responsibility for the disruption in service. In a Twitter post right around the same time as the PlayStation store went down, The Lizard Squad said “PSN Login #offline #LizardSquad”. Sony said they were aware of the service disruption, and are looking into it.

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Sony’s PlayStation Experience: here’s what you missed

Sony’s PlayStation Experience: here’s what you missed

Sony just finished its standalone PlayStation Experience media event in Las Vegas this weekend, and it unloaded a ton of teasers on gamers. Not all of them good, unfortunately. But if you weren't keeping tabs on the press conference, you need not fret as there is plenty of time to catch up before the games hit stores next year. As to what those games are, it's a wide collection of sequels to iconic titles like Street Fighter and Yakuza, as well as a bunch of new inventions from indie developers.

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King’s Quest trailer goes live, game arrives 2015

King’s Quest trailer goes live, game arrives 2015

It was revealed back in August that Sierra Entertainment will be launching a new King's Quest game, and yesterday marked the debut of its first trailer. The new game is courtesy of The Odd Gentleman, an indie studio that has been working on the title for about a year, and it ushers in Sierra's new focus on serving more or less as a publisher with a focus on indie studios. In addition to King's Quest, it was previously revealed Sierra is also working on Geometry Wars 3.

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Street Fighter 5 trailer taps PS4/PC release

Street Fighter 5 trailer taps PS4/PC release

This morning a trailer was leaked for Street Fighter 5. This trailer was almost certainly set to be released in full this weekend, during the PlayStation Experience event series in Las Vegas, Nevada. Instead, we're seeing the bits and pieces of this next-generation release appear here, in super-short mode. Capcom continues to helm, and the game appears to mix some futuristic backing effects with previous-yen fighting animatics. This is also very likely an early look at the game, with final graphics not yet shown.

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North Korea denies Sony attack, remains a suspect

North Korea denies Sony attack, remains a suspect

This week a North Korean diplomat denied the hacker attack suspected of being launched by Pyongyang late last month. North Korea has been a primary suspect for the attack since it was launched. Before the attack, North Korean government officials denounced the Sony-made film "The Interview" on grounds that it made light of a proposed assassination of their leader, Kim Jong-Un. An anonymous source has come forth to suggest that United States National Security still considers North Korea a primary suspect in this matter.

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