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PlayStation Network ‘Welcome Back’ Compensation Detailed

PlayStation Network ‘Welcome Back’ Compensation Detailed

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.

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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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Is Anyone Really Surprised the PSP Go Was A Failure?

Is Anyone Really Surprised the PSP Go Was A Failure?

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.

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Sony PSP Go production axed as focus shifts to NGP

Sony PSP Go production axed as focus shifts to NGP

Farewell, sweet PSP Go, there's obviously only room for one gaming slider with PlayStation pretensions. Sony has apparently confirmed that production of the PSP Go has been stopped, telling AV Watch that its current stock will be the final units available.

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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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PSP sells more units than 3DS in Japan

PSP sells more units than 3DS in Japan

I am very surprised to hear this bit of news. We have mentioned already that the 3DS set a one-day sales record for sales with the launch of the 3DS. Naturally, I assumed that the 3DS was selling in droves still and I bet a lot of other geeks did too. Apparently, the 3DS isn't selling as well as I thought.

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Sony PSP gets Music Unlimited Qriocity streaming from April 14

Sony PSP gets Music Unlimited Qriocity streaming from April 14

Sony has announced that its Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity streaming audio service will land on the PSP as of April 14. The update will mean that PSP owners will be able to stream any of Sony's 7m+ tracks direct to their handheld console over WiFi; the service is already available on Sony computers and the PS3, and will soon be coming to the company's Android handsets.

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Sony PSP price slashed to $129.99; new bargain games announced

Sony PSP price slashed to $129.99; new bargain games announced

Sony has slashed the price of the PSP, with the handheld console going for $129.99 as of Sunday, February 27. Confirmed on the official PlayStation blog, the price cut will also see PSP Entertainment Packs - which bundle the PSP and one or more games - brought down to $159.99.

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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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Sony’s Next Generation Portable pricing reasonable but no 3D

Sony’s Next Generation Portable pricing reasonable but no 3D

Sony's PSP refresh, code named Next Generation Portable (NGP), is a major overhaul two years in the making. But Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai promises that this time around they designed the device with the price in mind.

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Sony NGP is “next generation portable” PSP2

Sony NGP is “next generation portable” PSP2

As expected, Sony has outed its "PSP2", currently codenamed the Sony next generation portable entertainment system or NGP, and expected to go on sale at the end of 2011. Based on a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor and Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX543MP4+ GPU, the NGP has a 5-inch OLED 960 x 544 multitouch-capable touchscreen on the front and a multitouch pad on the back, for what Sony describes as "touch, grab, trace, push and pull" gestures in gameplay.

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