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PlayStation Network down again, restore coming soon

PlayStation Network down again, restore coming soon

The PlayStation Network has experienced another outage today that began early this morning and is still ongoing at the moment. This certainly brings back bad memories of the last time the PSN went down, which lasted for over a month and involved plenty of compromised data. Luckily, this time it seems Sony has got it more under control.

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Sony hires Homeland Security official to protect PSN

Sony hires Homeland Security official to protect PSN

Sony has announced today the hiring of a former official at the Department of Homeland Security to head its efforts to protect Sony's game networks from future hacker attacks. This move comes just a few months after the high-profile attack on the PlayStation Network (PSN) that brought the platform down for over a month and saw the data of 100 million users compromised.

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Sony Must Announce the PlayStation 4 ASAP

Sony Must Announce the PlayStation 4 ASAP

Earlier this week, reports surfaced suggesting Sony would be launching the PlayStation 4 next year. Almost immediately, Sony fans jumped for joy at the news, while Microsoft fans scoffed at the idea. And along the way, Sony hasn’t said for sure what might happen.

Even so, I’m here to tell you (and Sony) that the PlayStation 4 should launch as early as possible next year.

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Sony PSN Pass targets second-hand game buyers

Sony PSN Pass targets second-hand game buyers

Sony has confirmed it will be using a new system called PSN Pass to authenticate online access to certain new games, a move that is being seen as the company's latest attempt to undermine the second-hand games market. Resistance 3, set to be released in September, will be the first title to use PSN Pass Gamasutra reports, with further implementation being decided on a game-by-game basis.

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Thinnest PlayStation Yet in PS3 Model Revealed Today in Japan

Thinnest PlayStation Yet in PS3 Model Revealed Today in Japan

So you think you've got the tiniest PS3 on the market, yes? Perhaps you've got the one that's sucking up the smallest amount of your power and you're quite happy with the minuscule amount of energy it taps into your bills with, yes? Sony does not agree with you. They've got a brand new model that's even thinner, even greener I daresay than the previous champion. This device goes by the code CECH-3000B, a Japanese version of the previously revealed CECH-3001B, this newest model featuring a tiny 200W power draw instead of 230W on the current smallest model PlayStation 3 gaming console. Time to add a few books to the shelf!

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Sony knew PSN hack scale earlier than admitted tips government report

Sony knew PSN hack scale earlier than admitted tips government report

Sony has been accused of purposefully delaying its public announcements regarding the extent of the PlayStation Network hack, with official Japanese government documentation suggesting that gaming chief Kaz Hirai gave incorrect information in his May 1 public statement. According to the report, which Kyodo news acquired under a freedom of information request, Sony internally confirmed on April 25 (US time) that a "fairly large amount of data" had been stolen by hackers; however, Sony's press release the following day suggested only that the company could not "rule out the possibility" that personal data had been leaked.

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Sony details UK PlayStation Network “Welcome Back” deal plus fraud protection

Sony details UK PlayStation Network “Welcome Back” deal plus fraud protection

Sony has detailed its Welcome Back program to UK users of the PlayStation Network, sending out emails to subscribers explaining what fraud protection and other aspects they'll receive. The European scheme follows the US offering, consisting of both free access to services, some downloadable games and a year's subscription to an anti-fraud service.

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PlayStation Network “Welcome Back” Program Available Now!

PlayStation Network “Welcome Back” Program Available Now!

If you've been wondering about what happened to the whole PlayStation Network "Welcome Back" package, well, wonder no more. The program has officially kicked off today. It's been about two weeks since we last revealed the details, which include free games and free subscription trials. But to answer all the questions you might have about how to claim your free stuff, Sony has provided a long questions and answers list, which we've included after the cut.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation Pack Coming To PSN Soon

Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation Pack Coming To PSN Soon

Although Sony isn't completely out of the murky waters yet, considering the most recent Sony Pictures hack, the PlayStation Store has at least come back online yesterday. And with that good news, comes some more. Activision has just announced that the Black Ops Escalation pack will be arriving at the PlayStation Store next week.

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PlayStation Store back online with lashings of new content

PlayStation Store back online with lashings of new content

It's taken Sony over a month, but the PlayStation Network is finally back online. After a last-minute tweak yesterday, the PlayStation Store is open for business and rammed to the rafters with new content for PS3, PSP and PlayStation Plus members, which you can see after the cut.

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PlayStation Network offline today as PS Store prepped for restore

PlayStation Network offline today as PS Store prepped for restore

Sony has warned gamers that the PlayStation Network will go offline today for several hours of maintenance, in preparation for the full service restore later on this week. During that time, gamers will not be able to sign in, though those already online should, Sony claims, be able to continue using the system.

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Sony: PSN back online on Friday (but Japan & others miss out)

Sony: PSN back online on Friday (but Japan & others miss out)

Sony will miss its May 31 self-imposed deadline for full restoration of the PlayStation Network, instead promising to have all services in the Americas, Europe/PAL territories and Asia - excluding Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea - active once more by the end of the week. The embarrassing, ongoing delay in Sony's home country is apparently due to more stringent information security mandates from the Japanese government; Sony has declined to comment on delays in other parts of Asia.

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