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PlayStation Network outage hits games and social: What we know

PlayStation Network outage hits games and social: What we know

Only a day after Microsoft fixed its Xbox outage issue, Sony is experiencing similar things with its PlayStation Network (PSN). The company's current outage, which has been happening for the past several hours, impacts game and social features across the PlayStation product family, including the PS4 and PS5, as well as older devices like the PS3 and PS Vita.

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PlayStation Network sudden outage causes brief panic

PlayStation Network sudden outage causes brief panic

The Internet has definitely made the world a smaller place but that does have its price. Being an Internet-dependent culture means that when Internet services go down, many have no recourse but to sit it out and wait for things to go green again, hopefully, sooner rather than later. That's especially true for critical services like email and search but even games these days can be blocked by a remote server outage. That's apparently the case with Sony's PlayStation Network that suffered a sudden and unexplained outage across many of its services.

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PlayStation now has a bug bounty program for the PS4 and PSN

PlayStation now has a bug bounty program for the PS4 and PSN

Better late than never, as they say, and that applies especially for squashing software bugs. All non-trivial software have bugs and that's true both for games as well as the platforms that run these games. Although the PlayStation 5 is just around the corner, Sony is still giving its current PS4 console some much-needed attention by opening up its bug-hunting program to the public at large.

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PlayStation Network warns about slow downloads in Europe

PlayStation Network warns about slow downloads in Europe

It seems that Internet services promoting this period of forced or voluntary quarantine as a perfect opportunity to catch up on videos and games may have been a tad premature. In Europe, the Internet is groaning under the sudden strain coming from significantly increased use both for work and especially for play. That has prompted many streaming services to throttle their quality to give way to more important uses and Sony's PlayStation Network is no exception.

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PS4 messaging bug fixed, consoles are saved

PS4 messaging bug fixed, consoles are saved

Almost everything is connected to the Internet these days. One benefit of that is the availability of data and services almost everywhere. One disadvantage is that it can take little to bring connected devices down. That was the hard truth that PlayStation 4 owners learned over the weekend when a simple message sent through Sony's PlayStation Network or PSN would cause the console to crash repeatedly. That exploit has reportedly now been fixed but, for some PS4 owners, the damage has already been done.

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Sony tipped in plan to add PSN name change option for users

Sony tipped in plan to add PSN name change option for users

PlayStation users have been asking Sony for the ability to change their PSN names for years, and so far the company has resisted. Past months have seen multiple rumors of a change, though, in which sources have claimed that Sony will soon enable such a feature. The latest among them reports appeared today, with sources claiming that game studios are preparing for the new name change option.

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PlayStation Network social, gaming issues continue to plague gamers

PlayStation Network social, gaming issues continue to plague gamers

PlayStation 4 owners have been complaining about issues with the PSN service most of today (Thursday), primarily about trouble getting into in-game parties and joining voice chats. Sony updated the PSN status page with a warning about Gaming and Social issues earlier today, saying about 4PM EST that it was investigating the issue. No update has been given and the issues persist.

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My PlayStation lets you browse PSN profiles online

My PlayStation lets you browse PSN profiles online

Sony has taken PSN in a direction few of us were probably expecting today. The company has launched a new service called "My PlayStation," which allows you to access some parts of the PlayStation Network through a broswer on a PC, Mac, or on mobile devices. At the moment, there isn't a whole lot you can do using My PlayStation, but it still has some basic features in place.

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PS Store flash sale brings insane PlayStation game discounts

PS Store flash sale brings insane PlayStation game discounts

Sony has just launched a new PlayStation Network flash sale, giving its console owners the chance to get their favorite game (or four) at big discounts over their regular costs. Some of the discounts are very big, bringing fifty-dollar games down to sub-$20 price points, for example. The company has also tossed some game passes and similar content into the mix.

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PSN flash sale discounts a bunch of PS4 indie games

PSN flash sale discounts a bunch of PS4 indie games

As it's been known to do every once in a while, Sony has kicked off a flash sale on the PlayStation Store. This sale comprises deals for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita, though those buying for PlayStation 4 are unsurprisingly going to have the most offers to take advantage of. If you're going to buy something, you'll need to act quick, because this sale isn't going to last very long (though that should have been a obvious given its designation of "flash sale").

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PSN issues are causing some PlayStation 4 owners grief

PSN issues are causing some PlayStation 4 owners grief

Sony's PlayStation Network is experiencing some issues, making it difficult for PlayStation 4 owners to launch their games and some other online features. The company says it is aware of the problem and has tasked its engineers with finding a solution. When that solution may arrive isn't clear. The disruption isn't affecting all aspects of the online PlayStation experience, though.

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PS4 system update 5.0 rolling out now – here’s what it adds

PS4 system update 5.0 rolling out now – here’s what it adds

After spending more than a month in beta, PlayStation 4 system software update 5.0 is now available in full release. The update adds a ton of new features, with Sony even detailing a few new ones as its opening the floodgates today. As the version number suggests, it seems that this is indeed a big release for the PlayStation 4 faithful.

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