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PSN back online as Sony rights Christmas attack

PSN back online as Sony rights Christmas attack

After three days of downtime, millions of frustrated PlayStation owners, and quite probably a fair few tantrums on Christmas morning, Sony's PlayStation Network has finally been restored. The online gaming service had been offline since December 25th, the victim of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), as servers were hammered by web traffic and legitimate gamers were unable to connect for multiplayer titles and more. However, while Microsoft moved relatively quickly to bring Xbox Live back to life, restoring the majority of its services by the following day, Sony's fix was nowhere in sight.

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition was Christmas Day’s top grossing iOS app

Minecraft: Pocket Edition was Christmas Day’s top grossing iOS app

It's expected for some of the most popular apps for Apple's iPhone and iPad to get a boost in sales around Christmas. Whether it's people taking advantage of holiday discounts or redeeming gift cards, Christmas is a good time to have a popular app listed high on the download charts. But this year, one paid app in particular made the most money across the entire iOS platform on Christmas Day: Minecraft: Pocket Edition. That the $7 game did so well is no doubt a success for developer Mojang and new franchise owners Microsoft.

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Sony PSN still down as gaming attack continues

Sony PSN still down as gaming attack continues

The aftermath of the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live hacks continues, with PlayStation gamers in particular finding the PSN remains offline with no end in sight. The result of two DDoS attacks over Christmas by a group calling itself Lizard Squad, the downtime put a dampener on those who received new consoles or games for their existing Xbox One or PS4 over the holidays, with the multiplayer support - among other things - offline. Microsoft has managed to bring much of its services back to life, but Sony is still struggling to return the PSN to normal.

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Hackers ruin Christmas for PSN, Xbox Live users

Hackers ruin Christmas for PSN, Xbox Live users

The holidays are usually a time for family, fun, and relaxation, and some use the opportunity to plop down on their couches or most comfy chairs to get a decent amount of gaming done. Sadly, many of those very eager gamers have been met only with heartbreak as both PlayStation Network and Xbox Live services went down for the count on Christmas day. And while Sony and Microsoft have yet to formally acknowledge the causes, a group of hackers was only too happy to take credit for it.

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Temple Run VR makes a run for Samsung’s Gear VR headset

Temple Run VR makes a run for Samsung’s Gear VR headset

There's a saying that goes "build it and they will come", or something like that. Samsung has indeed built it, with "it" referring to one of the very few, if not the first, commercial virtual reality headset. And now they are coming, and by "they" we mean the apps and games that should make VR actually useful. Almost appropriately, one of the first to the race is Temple Run. Now you can, as the game describes it, "run for your life" in full view.

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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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Xbox lights up with free games for post-Christmas

Xbox lights up with free games for post-Christmas

This week we'll hit the holiday season right on the nose - Microsoft knows this, and they're ready to roll with a number of games that'll be released now or in the immediate future. Of course Microsoft doesn't decide when the games that'll be released for cash will be sent out, but the "Xbox Live Games with Gold" games - that's a different subject entirely. The first bit you're going to want to look at if you have a shiny new Xbox One is "Dark Dreams Don't Die" - also known as D4.

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Sims 4 to get “Game Pack” in January

Sims 4 to get “Game Pack” in January

The folks behind The Sims 4 have a treat for gamers, and it has been dubbed a "Game Pack". There will be more than one Game Pack in the future, and the first one -- called Outdoor Retreat -- will arrive some time next month. Sound fun? Likely. Details on what exactly the Game Pack is are less clear, however, with it behind said the content will follow in the tradition set by Stuff Packs, which long-standing Sims fans should be familiar with.

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Miyamoto: Nintendo already conceptualizing new hardware

Miyamoto: Nintendo already conceptualizing new hardware

When will you see the next Nintendo console? That’s anyone’s guess, but Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed Nintendo is in the early stages of planning for their next hardware offerings. Speaking to the Associated Press, Miyamoto said Nintendo is working on “new ideas” for their next hardware offering, but are remaining committed to the Wii U. Miyamoto also suggested the next time we see Mario could be on new hardware, a move he likened to Mickey Mouse and new animation techniques.

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