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PlayStation Network down for a “day or two” after outside attack

Playstation network down

Sony said Thursday that its PlayStation Network, the online service that connects Sony's game consoles like the PlayStation 3, may be out for a "full day or two" due to an unexpected and unexplained outage.

Sony first confirmed the outage at 5:50 PM Wednesday night, when Patrick Seybold, the senior director of corporate communications and social media, reported that "We're aware certain functions of PlayStation Network are down," Seybold said. "We will report back here as soon as we can with more information."

At 9:34 AM on Thursday, Seybold added the latest information, which will be grim news for PlayStation players.

"While we are investigating the cause of the Network outage, we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we're able to get the service completely back up and running," Seybold added. "Thank you very much for your patience while we work to resolve this matter. Please stay tuned to this space for more details, and we'll update you again as soon as we can."


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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to get Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Google, Software

Xperia X10 gingerbread

Sony Ericsson announced Friday that its Xperia X10 smartphone will be upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread by the third quarter, though it might not be available to all users.

Sony Ericsson upgraded the X10 to Android 2.1 in November, and had planned to stop there, but customer demand and technology advances prompted the company to consider another upgrade.

"We have listened to our consumers," Sony wrote in a blog post. "In addition, the development of the software for our new 2011 range of Xperia phones gave us a solution that made it possible to deliver Gingerbread on Xperia X10."

Sony Ericsson decided to bypass the Android 2.2 update because it has been focused on Gingerbread for its upcoming line of Xperia phones, including the Xperia Play "PlayStation phone."

The rollout, which will technically be Android 2.3.3, is planned for the end of the second quarter into the third via the company's PC-based upgrade client. At this point, the Xperia X10 is available from carriers and in a version not tied to a specific wireless company, and the Gingerbread update will initially be provided to X10s not tied to a carrier.

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Sony temporarily shuts down Final Fantasy MMO after earthquake

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: MMORPG, Sony

Sony Online Entertainment is officially flipping off the servers for its Final Fantasy XIV, Final Fantasy XI, and PlayOnline games and services. Don't worry, they'll be back online in short order. The move comes as a result of Japan's Friday earthquake—and the temporary loss of massively multiplayer online gaming is just one of the fallouts.

"Due to the continuous earthquakes occurring in the eastern regions of Japan since Mar. 11, 2011, the power companies in Japan have encouraged everyone to cooperate by conserving as much energy as possible as it is feared there will not be enough power supply," reads a Sony blog post, published today.

Accordingly, Sony is suspending service for its two Final Fantasy MMOs and PlayOnline starting at 3 p.m. PST today. There's been no indication as to how long the servers will remain offline, though Sony promises that it will update players with additional information as soon as it comes in. Sony plans to leave the servers offline for at least a week, possibly more—the company indicates that it will not be billing players for any time the servers are offline.


Tech Deals of the Day: Cheap MacBooks and HDTV

macbook sale

Here's today’s  list, where we bring the the top discounts on gadgets and consumer electronics for the day. The highlights for today are $570 MacBooks and an iPad case with integrated Bluetooth keyboard:

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.


Sony slashes price of PSP to $129.99

Sony announced today that it will drop the price of its PlayStation Portable device by $40 to $129.99.

The price drop is effective February 27. PSP Entertainment Packs, meanwhile, will be sold for $159.99.

The company is also adding new games to its Greatest Hits and Favorites Collections. New additions to Greatest Hits, which sell for $19.99, include "Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines," "Dissidia Final Fantasy," "LittleBigPlanet PSP," "Metal Solid Gear: Peace Walker," "Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters," "Resistance: Retribution," and "Toy Story 3: The Video Game."


Tech Deals of the Day: Cheap B&N Nook and Sony 3D Blu-ray players

nook refurbished

Here's today’s  list, where we bring the the top discounts on gadgets and consumer electronics for the day. The highlight for today is a nice discount on the Barnes & Noble Nook, as well as a huge Walmart clearance sale:

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.


Tech Deals of the Day: Walmart clearance, tons of rechargeable batteries

Walmart clearance sale

Here's today’s  list, where we bring the the top discounts on gadgets and consumer electronics for the day. The highlight for today is a huge Walmart clearance sale and  a Sony VAIO Core i3 laptop for $550 with free shipping:

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.


Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Android PlayStation phone Super Bowl commercial

Xperia PLAY

The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY becamse very real last night, as it was highlighted in a very cool Super Bowl XLV commercial that featured the Google Android robot getting a back-alley body modification to add thumbs to his arms so that he could get his game on. This Xperia PLAY is the world's first PlayStation certified smartphone, and we're looking forward to February 13th, when all the details will be revealed. Check out the commercial after the jump.

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PSP2 to sport OLED display, 3G connectivity

Japanese newspaper Nikkei revealed some major details concerning the PSP2, reporting that the portable system will include 3G connectivity to the NTT DoCoMo network. While this particular network is exclusive to the Far East, the included 3G connectivity means we can expect the same thing for the American launch of the PSP2. With 3G connection speeds, the PSP2 would be capable of downloading data over a phone network, instead of being limited to wi-fi connections.

Also, Nikkei broke news that the PSP2 sports an OLED touch-screen, and an all-new processor for delivering cutting edge handheld performance. All will be confirmed January 27th, when Sony officially unveils the PSP2 to the world.

Read More | Kotaku via Nikkei


Gran Turismo 5 looks almost like real life

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Driving, PlayStation 3

gran turismo 5 cars

Video games have pushed the boundaries between fantasy and reality since their creation. Each year a game comes along that suceeds in blurring these lines even further - Grand Turismo 5 is one such game. The creators of GT5 even put together a side by side comparison of the actual Nürburgring track and the video game version, and the results are stunning. Check out the comparison video after the jump.

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