Sony’s US PlayStation blog tonight announced that “some PlayStation Network and Qriocity services” will become available this week as the company scrambles to build a new server home in the wake of a security breach earlier this month. Though no specific time or date is named, the post lays out a plan to “begin a phased restoration by region” of services “shortly,” alongside a mandatory system update for all consoles forcing a change in password, before the full return of services “within this month.”
With the return of services will also come a new position at Sony Corporation: chief information security officer, a position that will report to current chief information officer Shinji Hasejima. Additionally, the company says it is expediting an “already planned move” of its data center — a data center the post claims to have been “under construction and development for several months,” despite the attacks having only occurred within the past few weeks. Sony also detailed its “Welcome Back” appreciation program a bit more thoroughly, though it still remains unclear what content the company will be offering in various regions as an apology. The list of known services returning to PSN this week are listed after the break.
Some PSN services to return this week, full services ‘within this month’ originally appeared on Joystiq on Sun, 01 May 2011 01:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
We’re never in short supply of 2D side-scrolling shooting games so what’s the harm in getting another title for XBLA and possibly the PSN? I know my otherwise sarcastic tone is indicative of the sometimes jaded vibe I give off, but I think we may have a title to keep our eye on in the form of Fallen Frontier. Coming to us from Moonshot Games (which consists of former Bungie staffers) Fallen Frontier has all the familiar trappings of a standard side-scrolling action game, but for all we know it could end up being this year’s surprise hit like Shadow Complex was two years ago.
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Finished watching The Tester: Season 2? Used up your free Vudu credit? Well, you can still get some free video content on your PS3 or PSP — so long as you know how to find it. Every week for the next four weeks, you’ll be able to download a free movie rental from the PlayStation Store. How? Just look for the Toyota Highlander ad to appear in the Video section of the Store. Or, click “Featured Collections” to find the promotion. What will you be able to download? Here’s the schedule:
- Now until February 21: The Da Vinci Code
- Week of February 22: Big Daddy
- Week of March 1: Ghost Rider
- Week of March 8: Stranger Than Fiction
Free movies available weekly on PSN via Toyota Highlander promo originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 18 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Activision claims that an angry customer “misinterpreted” a conversation he had with a customer service representative as a threat.
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Ever since last Summer we’ve been teased by Catherine. The game has gotten quite a lot of hype in the past year since the game boasts a rather unique art style and a plot that revolves around relationships and commitment as opposed to slaying a bunch of aliens or rescuing a kingdom from a maniacal warlord. In a way, gamers have been fritting over Catherine just like Vincent, the main character in the game. We’re all enamored by Catherine but we know next to nothing about her and don’t know if she’s truly the perfect package.
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“It can’t possibly be that stupid, can it?”
It’s the thought we’ve had from the moment we first saw the game title (which is still Bulletstorm, by the way) to when we heard an NPC call the player a “butt chugger” and “wiener apprentice,” or whatever it is they actually say. Can the game really be this meatheaded and still, by most accounts, be a joy to play? You’ll be able to judge for yourself when a demo for the game drops on Xbox Live and PSN on Tuesday, January 25. (If there’s a PC demo on the way, EA has made no mention of it.)
The Bulletstorm demo features the score-attack “Echo Mode,” which provides a sliver of the campaign with rigid time and weapon constraints, and then compares your score against friends. Your tolerance for being profanely insulted will not, as far as we know, be tested.
Bulletstorm demo blows up Jan. 25 on Xbox Live, PSN originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 14 Jan 2011 09:36:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Sony announced this week that BBC America programming is heading to PlayStation 3’s across the United States. To kick off the new partnership, BBC America has made the first episode of the American version of “Top Gear” available at no charge (normally $1.99 for SD, $2.99 for HD), at least for the first two weeks. “Doctor Who” and “Being Human” will join “Top Gear” on the network’s launch list at some point in December, and BBC America promises to “rapidly add BBC programming each week, including the best of the BBC’s library as well as currently airing series.”
As you’ve likely already guessed, the BBC’s offerings can be found in the video section of the PlayStation Store starting right now.
Back in July, gamers who were older than 25 got a special treat of sorts with the announcement of the Dragon’s Lair Trilogy for the Wii. For the kiddies out there, Dragon’s Lair was a popular adventure game (essentially a giant QTE game) that was a hit in the 1980s particularly because it featured some beautiful animation and simple gameplay. Featuring both Dragon’s Lair games and the sci-fi based Space Ace, the Dragon’s Lair Trilogy was shaping up to be a cool throwback except it was for the Wii –
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Marvel Pinball is coming, people, so if silverball isn’t heroic enough for you, you’re in luck. Marvel Pinball will be an expansion to Pinball FX 2 on Xbox Live, but a seperate game totally on The PlayStation Network. In the game, you’ll “use your pinball wizardry to help Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine and Blade save the world from the most notorious Super Villains on four beautifully crafted pinball tables.” I’m not sure how playing pinball can possibly save the world, but I’m not going to worry about it too much.
“We are so honored to work with the greatest Super Heroes of all time, and have really focused our efforts into bringing each distinct personality to this one-of-a-kind pinball experience,” said Zsolt Kigyossy, Managing Director for ZEN Studios. “You will find each Marvel Pinball table captures the essence of each Super Hero, creating a game that is an authentic Marvel experience. This is just the beginning of Marvel Pinball; you can count on more of your favorite Marvel heroes and villains to be making appearances in the near future.”
You won’t have to wait long either; you can expect Marvel Pinball to be released before the end of 2010.
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Ignition has revealed that one of the “exclusive” features of the PSN version of Blacklight: Tango Down will be a new map. Dubbed Crossover, the battleground sees the Order — a.k.a. “the bad guys” — hijacking a train and loading it with explosives. Conversely, Blacklight (the good guys) must sabotage the tracks in order to save the train — and, hopefully, avoid derailing it into a massive kablooey!
The PSN version of Blacklight will also include a new, previously announced “Join in Progress” feature.
PSN Blacklight: Tango Down to include exclusive map originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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