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.
LuzSec, the group that preciously took credit for hacking the website for Sony BMG in Japan, has claimed credit for cracking PBS’s website and posting all of its login credentials. According to LuzSec, they were “less than impressed” with the Frontline coverage of the WikiLeaks special entitled WikiSectrets. Is Elmo next? Who knows what Oscar the Grouch has hidden away in that trash can of his. Apparently LuzSec was not the only one critical of the WikiLeaks special. But LuzSec has more attacks in store, read on for the rest of the story.
When Sony’s PlayStation Network service was hacked in April and the company was forced to take it offline until earlier this month, there were many gamers out there that were upset to see it go. Those gamers had been playing online titles for quite some time on their PlayStation 3 devices, and if they didn’t have an Xbox 360, they didn’t have a worthwhile online-gaming experience to turn to.
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.
Users of the Sony PlayStation Network have had a bad month or so now. First, a hack took the system offline. Later we learned that just about all the data users put into their accounts had been stolen, and then when Sony put up a way for users to change passwords to secure their accounts again the method used was flawed and open to hacks. Sony announced as a way to soothe the angry PSN users that it would be offering free games and free identity protection for users.
Last week we reported that an intercepted memo from Sony to game developers suggested that the PlayStation Store would be back online May 24th. It even revealed that backlogged games would start launching on the same day the store reopened. Unfortunately, that's today and it doesn't look like it's going to happen.
Gaming got some extra attention this week with speculation about the next-gen Nintendo Wii, a unique offer on the Xbox 360, and restoration issues for the PlayStation network. Android's WiFi security problem gets a fix, and the latest 3.1 Honeycomb update will be heading to the Asus Eee Pad Transformer and the Acer Iconia Tab A500 in June. Amazon is possibly ramping up a family of Android tablets, with the first two codenamed 'Coyote' and 'Hollywood' to hit the market before end of the year. Apple will be celebrating its 10th retail anniversary with a possible revamp dubbed Apple Store 2.0. The timelines for various smartphones and tablets have been revealed for the major carriers Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Continue after the jump for the roundup video and the full recap list.
When the PlayStation Network went down, I did not notice. I own a PlayStation 3, and I do play it regularly. But I never play games online. I can’t. It’s not my favorite style of gameplay, the fast-paced twitch-gaming. I’ll never practice enough to be competitive among the top gamers I seem to always encounter. But mostly, it sucks out too much of my soul and leaves me feeling intense hatred for the human race.
Just when you think Sony's woes are about over as they've begun restoring the PlayStation Network, and soon the PlayStation store, they hit another embarrassing bump in the road. This time, thankfully, it's not the PSN again. Instead, it's Sony Japan's internet service provider, So-Net.
Despite a cheerful announcement last Saturday from Sony exec Kazuo Hirai that the PlayStation Network was back online, the network had another hiccup when reports found that its password resetting process had a security loophole. Sony has since resolved the issue, but has yet to confirm when the PlayStation Store will be back online. An intercepted memo that Sony sent to game developers and publishing partners now reveals that the PlayStation Store should return by next Tuesday, May 24th.