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.
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.
Sony's restoration of the PlayStation Network continues, with Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand all set to get their online gaming and Qriocity streaming media back from tomorrow, Friday May 28. The functionality will include online play for the PS3 and PSP, PlayStation Home, Friend List services and the network functionality for the Torne digital TV tuner.
You love charts, we love charts, and Sony sure loves charts when they confirm PS3 sales were headed skyward in 2010. The company has released its full-year 2010 financial results (up to March 31 2011) and revealed that 14.3m PlayStation 3 consoles were sold in the twelve month period. Interestingly, though, 2010 holiday season sales (Q3 on Sony's calendar) were down in comparison to 2009, from 6.5m to 6.3m, while the three month period at the start of this calendar 2011 also dipped year-on-year.
If you are a PlayStation 3 fan that likes to play online games and peruse the PlayStation Store online, you have been waiting for a while now for Sony to get back to business as usual. The PSN is finally back up but so far the Store has remained down. Part of the "sorry we let you info get stolen, don’t leave us for Xbox" swag that Sony is offering up are a couple free games for PS3 users and lots of folks have virtual money burning a hole in their pocket and are wanting to spend that loot as fast as possible.
Sony has announced plans to launch the "PSP Remaster" series, titles originally intended for the PSP but reworked to play on the PS3. As well as boosting the graphics quality to better suit a big-screen gaming experience, Sony will enable cross-platform PSP and PS3 multi-player titles using a new "adhoc party for PlayStation Portable" application on the home console.
The PlayStation Network is now back up in North America, parts of Europe and the MIddle East, starting this past Saturday when Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai sent out a video message announcing the good news. Now, Sony has gone further to detail their 'Welcome Back' package or 'make good' offer for their PSN members that includes free games, movies, and access to PlayStation Plus.
Sony has confirmed that it will begin a phased restoration of PlayStation Network and Qriocity streaming services this week, rolling out region by region, and bringing back newly-strengthened online gaming, music downloads, PlayStation Home access and more. Meanwhile Sony has also detailed its "complimentary offering and "welcome back" appreciation program" with which it hopes to sooth frustrated PSN users.
When Sony launched the PSP Go in 2009, it was expected to be the next big thing by some fans. They said that it would capitalize on the growing downloadable-content trend, and gamers wouldn’t even miss the UMD drive. More importantly, they said, with such future-focused features, it could justify its $250 price tag.
Smartphone gaming continues to ratchet up the pressure on traditional mobile platforms like the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP, with market analysts Flurry releasing stats that show iOS and Android gaming almost doubled their market share against the old-school consoles. The Nintendo DS dived from 70-percent in 2009 to 57-percent in 2010, while the PSP share slipped from 11-percent to 9-percent, judged by revenue.