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PlayStation Network and Qriocity back online from this week; Compensation detailed

PlayStation Network and Qriocity back online from this week; Compensation detailed

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.

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Smartphones eat portable gaming market as revenues slide

Smartphones eat portable gaming market as revenues slide

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.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: April 8, 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: April 8, 2011

Let's begin today with some awesome news from Google - you know that big fat developers conference they have every year, the one where you get to talk to all your developer friends, the one that sold out this year in 8 hours? Well you're in luck, even if you didn't get a ticket, because they're totally streaming the whole thing. Then let's get into some FCC business, a column or two, and some very exciting launch news from a couple of fabulous Android-toting businesses.

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Sony’s Kaz Hirai talks NGP with Official PlayStation Blog

Sony’s Kaz Hirai talks NGP with Official PlayStation Blog

I was never that impressed by the original PSP, the games on the system weren't that great and the portable device itself was just not as fun as the Nintendo DS to me. When Sony unveiled the NGP last month the new portable looks great and I am excited about it. The unveiling of the NGP early in the year for a launch near the holiday season of 2011 left a lot of us wondering why the console was announced so early.

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