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PSN is down and Sony isn’t handling it very well

PSN is down and Sony isn’t handling it very well

This morning it was made clear that Sony was having trouble with their PlayStation Network. Meanwhile Microsoft was having trouble keeping Xbox Live online - and the hacker group Lizard Squad claimed responsibility. According to reports throughout the day, it would appear that the Xbox Live system had largely repaired problems by around 10AM Central Time - with another spike near 2PM Central Time - with uptime returning again here closer to 5PM Central Time. Sony's PlayStation Network saw problems from around midnight until 10AM Central Time, and again over the past several hours leading up to 5PM Central Time.

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Sony PSN still down as gaming attack continues

Sony PSN still down as gaming attack continues

The aftermath of the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live hacks continues, with PlayStation gamers in particular finding the PSN remains offline with no end in sight. The result of two DDoS attacks over Christmas by a group calling itself Lizard Squad, the downtime put a dampener on those who received new consoles or games for their existing Xbox One or PS4 over the holidays, with the multiplayer support - among other things - offline. Microsoft has managed to bring much of its services back to life, but Sony is still struggling to return the PSN to normal.

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Hackers ruin Christmas for PSN, Xbox Live users

Hackers ruin Christmas for PSN, Xbox Live users

The holidays are usually a time for family, fun, and relaxation, and some use the opportunity to plop down on their couches or most comfy chairs to get a decent amount of gaming done. Sadly, many of those very eager gamers have been met only with heartbreak as both PlayStation Network and Xbox Live services went down for the count on Christmas day. And while Sony and Microsoft have yet to formally acknowledge the causes, a group of hackers was only too happy to take credit for it.

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Star Wars teaser trailer tips into #IDARB

Star Wars teaser trailer tips into #IDARB

There's one Star Wars-themed teaser out today that you might not have seen. It wasn't part of our parody collection from earlier this month. It wasn't released by Lucasfilm. Instead, it's a teaser for a game that has little to nothing to do with Star Wars at all, one called #IDARB. So what's the big deal here? It should be clear that this is the tipping point - the point at which a trailer becomes so popular in and of itself that other completely non-related companies are using it as a cultural reference.

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Xbox Live down: Call of Duty in effect

Xbox Live down: Call of Duty in effect

Now that Call of Duty Advanced Warfare is out, the same outage that seems to happen after every major release is in full effect. Remember when the Alpha for Destiny was released? Same sort of situation. Or so it seems. There appears to be a relatively minor problem going on with some Call of Duty players attempting to play the offline campaign while Xbox Live is down. While it certainly should work just fine, it's appearing that even offline is offline, so to speak.

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State of Decay: Xbox One just got permanent death mode

State of Decay: Xbox One just got permanent death mode

The game State of Decay brought Zombie Survival to the Xbox Live universe last June. Today, this online constantly-changing universe has been announced to be headed for Xbox One. In a whole new edition, to boot.

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PSN and Xbox Live hit by cyberattacks amid fake bomb threats

PSN and Xbox Live hit by cyberattacks amid fake bomb threats

Both Sony's PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live gaming networks were brought down over the weekend by cyberattackers that also reportedly had a Sony executive's flights diverted after a fake bomb threat. What appeared to be a DDoS attack targeting the PSN on Sunday evolved into something significantly more serious, across both main online gaming services.

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ReddX lets you dig around Reddit from your Xbox One

ReddX lets you dig around Reddit from your Xbox One

When you have a spanking entertainment contraption that is the Xbox One, what else do you need? Why a way to participate in all the lively discussions happening on Reddit, of course! That will soon not only be possible but maybe even fun once the ReddX app gets formally launched on the console later.

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Xbox One update today: all the little details

Xbox One update today: all the little details

Today the Xbox One update for August comes your way be you a normal citizen or someone special. This update includes the allowance of mobile purchases, a new low battery notification, "last seen" time in your friends list, and a few other oddities. Watch out for 3D Blu-ray integration as well - now all you’ll need is a 3D TV and a 3D Blu-ray to make it work!

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Xbox Live is down too: probably not Destiny Beta’s fault

Xbox Live is down too: probably not Destiny Beta’s fault

This early afternoon the PlayStation Network was knocked out by Destiny Beta traffic. Now in the later afternoon, Microsoft has notified the world that Xbox Live is down as well. As of 12:23:39 PM CST, Purchase and Content Usage was down for the count. As of 3:39:42 PM CST, Xbox Live Core Services were Limited.

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Xbox One finally gets try now unlock later feature

Xbox One finally gets try now unlock later feature

Gamers transitioning from the Xbox 360 to Microsoft's current gen console might have been feeling the painful loss of one of the Xbox 360 store's killer features, but now they need not pine any longer. Microsoft has flipped the switch and now gamers will be able to try a demo of a game and then just pay later for access to the full game. Now if only there were Xbox One games that took advantage of that.

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Double Review: 2 Radical Free Games for Xbox One

Double Review: 2 Radical Free Games for Xbox One

This month two games are popping up free for Xbox Live Gold members: "Max: the Curse of Brotherhood" and "Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition." Both games are generally considered to be "indy", and they certainly play that way - but they’re bringing a fine mix of nostalgia and high-end graphics (flat as they may be) that give us pause.

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