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Here’s how Sony will apologize for PlayStation downtime

Here’s how Sony will apologize for PlayStation downtime

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.

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PlayStation Plus games for January 2015 revealed in full

PlayStation Plus games for January 2015 revealed in full

This week the folks at Sony have revealed the first several games that'll be pushed to the public in their PlayStation Plus users for free. This includes The Swapper and Infamous: First Light for PlayStation 4. It also includes Prototype 2 and Duck Tales Remastered for PlayStation 3. PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) users will be treated to Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition as well as the game "Whoa Dave!" This should be a smooth first at-bat for the PlayStation Plus program for the start of the year 2015.

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Xbox One price heads back to $400

Xbox One price heads back to $400

While it'd been rumored that the Xbox One's $349 price point this holiday season would be permanent, Microsoft will indeed be bringing back an extra $50 this January. Starting on the 3rd of January, 2015, the Xbox One will no longer be available for its holiday bundle price point. This includes the Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle primarily - while bundles with Forza, Titanfall, and Sunset Overdrive will also be brought back to their original pricing, this allowing Sony a bit more wiggle-room in their console competition through early 2015.

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PSN back online but some PS4 gamers still can’t connect

PSN back online but some PS4 gamers still can’t connect

Sony may have brought the PlayStation Network back to life after its three days of downtime, but that hasn't stopped some PS4 and PS3 owners from still experiencing problems getting online. The resurrection of the gaming network after it came under attack on Christmas Day cost Sony no small amount of lost reputation, but even with the fix that was finalized yesterday in place, not everyone is happy. Ongoing reports of an inability to connect mean the headache isn't over for some gamers simply wanting to get their online gaming going.

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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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GTA: Chinatown Wars released for Android, Online gets a Snow Day

GTA: Chinatown Wars released for Android, Online gets a Snow Day

The Grand Theft Auto universe is getting a couple of big additions this week, one in the form of a Holiday Fun update to Grand Theft Auto V, the other a platform-first. The platform-first is Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars, which will be coming to Android devices of all kinds. This game was previously released for Xbox and PlayStation consoles as well as iOS for iPhone and iPad. Now it comes to Android smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV, and Google Nexus Player.

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Minecraft Story Mode revealed with Telltale Games team-up

Minecraft Story Mode revealed with Telltale Games team-up

Beyond a mini-game of a press release called INFO QUEST II - which we'll also include here if possible - is the next generation in Minecraft gameplay. This is Minecraft Story Mode, a Telltale Games Series. This is the same group that brings you Takes from the Borderlands, The Walking Dead, and most recently Game of Thrones - they're the kings of storytelling games in episodic releases, that is to say - since all the way back in 2006 when they released their first episodic series of games. It's time to get pixely.

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Square Enix teases English dubbed Final Fantasy XV clip

Square Enix teases English dubbed Final Fantasy XV clip

English speaking fans of Final Fantasy, consider yourselves teased. Square Enix has just released, or in this case, re-released the trailer for Final Fantasy XV, but this time without the subtitles. Instead, what fans and viewers will get are the first ever sighting, or rather hearing, of English voices for the upcoming installment of the beloved Japanese RPG franchise. Some more hardcore JRPG fans, however, might prefer the game in its original Japanese voices, given how dubs are sometimes a case of hit or miss.

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GTA Online Heists trailer and details for “early 2015″

GTA Online Heists trailer and details for “early 2015″

"It's simple," says the trailer, "this will be the easiest money you ever make." Grand Theft Auto 5, aka GTA:V, works with a system called Grand Theft Auto Online, and in it, an expansion will reveal a system called "Heists". This system will be released inside of the year 2015, and it'll be released on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, all at once. UPDATE: Rockstar suggests this system will be released in "Early 2015" - and again, we're still assuming all systems at once.

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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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