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PlayStation Network accounts to be renamed as Sony Entertainment Network accounts

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In their effort to make a single ID for each Sony services, the company has today announced to users, via email, that the PlayStation Network will be renamed the Sony Entertainment Network. The change is purely cosmetic, with your account details remaining the same, and the new name will come to PS3 and PS Vita via firmware update, but not PSP. The reasoning is that Sony wants you to use [...]

E3 2011: The Next Generation Portable is now the PlayStation Vita

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Sony has finally decided what to call it’s PSP successor, the NGP (or as many call it, the PSP2) and that name is PlayStation Vita. The name of the console comes from the Latin word “Vita” which means “Life”. Yes, we don’t get it either. The new portable console is available in WiFi and WiFi+3G models and Australian prices and details are yet to be disclosed. An Australian Sony representative [...]

PlayStation Network is back online in Australia

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It’s been almost 4 weeks since we’ve been able to connect to the PlayStation Network. In that time Will and Kate have gotten married, Osama Bin Laden was killed, Karl Stephanovic won a Logie (how, we don’t know) and Terence enjoyed Eurovision. But now, or at least in Wollongong, the PlayStation Network is back online. Well, most of it. When you turn on your dusty PlayStation 3, a System Software [...]

Sony PSN still down, may be down indefinitely

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Sony’s PlayStation Network remains down for a fifth day, and there are now reports that Sony is keeping the network offline indefinitely until as it plans to rebuild the entire system to ensure the integrity of the network. Unfortunately for fans, who already were deprived on playing online during the Easter holidays, Sony has no update on a timeframe. “Unfortunately, I don’t have an update or timeframe to share at [...]

PlayStation Network still down for “maintenance” [updated 9:30am]

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[This story will continue to be updated as news comes to hand.] On Thursday we reported that the PlayStation Network had been down for the entire afternoon. 12 hours later, the PSN was still down and a post on the EU PlayStation.Blog revealed that it may be “a full day or two before we’re able to get the service completely back up and running.” Sony is still trying to blame [...]

PlayStation Network is down in Australia, Worldwide

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The PlayStation Network is currently down worldwide, with many users (including myself) unable to sign in or having a flaky connection. The PlayStation.Blog US has simply posted: We’re aware certain functions of PlayStation Network are down. We will report back here as soon as we can with more information. Thank you for your patience. Here’s hoping it get’s fixed before Egg Day, more commonly known as Easter. Oh, and damn you Anonymous…we [...]

RIP: PSP Go!

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Sony’s digital-only PSP, the PSP Go!, has today “completed” it’s production and shipment in Japan. Sony will still offer repairs, support and firmware updates for the PSP Go, but the console will soon be unavailable to buy. The PSP Go! had no UMD drive, instead offering inbuilt storage for downloadable games. And for that reason some retailers, including EB Games, didn’t stock the device. It was more expensive and wasn’t backwards compatible with [...]

The Making of Crash Bandicoot

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The original Crash Bandicoot series (1, 2, 3 and Team Racing) were some my favourite PlayStation games. And whether or not you feel the same way about the colourful marsupial, Andy Gavin, co-founder of Naughty Dog, has written an in-depth look at how the popular 3D platformer came to be. And trust me, it’s a great read. You can check out the first part here on his blog.

TECHGEEK Weekly 30: Death by SMS

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Wow. We’ve reached 30 episodes – who knew from the beginning we would actually have reached this far. Anyway, we discuss the IPv4 running out of addresses, the new PSP2 by Sony and the Egypt Internet Blackout. We also find out that we are really good at debating points of view, so you may find this episode to be longer than what we usually have our podcasts Sorry if we [...]

Upcoming Games for the new Playstation portable console + Android phones

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At Sony’s Playstation conference, Sony has revealed new games coming for their new console, the codename ‘Next Generation Portable’ or NGP for short.  The games revealed at the conference range from action to shooters genres. The games that were shown were Cool Boarders 2, Killzone, Reality Fighters, Uncharted, Little Deviants, LittleBigPlanet, Hot Shots Golf, Monster Hunter Third, Lost Planet 2, Yakuza, Dynasty Warriors, Metal Gear Solid, Dungeon Defenders, and Call [...]

Introducing the PSP 2 [update]

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It’s finally happened. At a PlayStation conference in Tokyo, Sony announced a new portable system that will succeed the PlayStation Portable. The PSP2, codenamed by Sony as the “New Generation Portable” or the NGP, features some exciting new upgrades from the PSP. Some of these new upgrades include dual analogue control sticks (not nubs from the original PSP),  a five-inch touchscreen OLED display with a huge resolution of 960 x 544.  [...]

PlayStation Suite announced

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Gaming on the Android OS just became a whole lot more exciting, with Sony announcing the PlayStation Suite. The new framework will bring the PlayStation Store to Android 2.3 devices, and will launch with a PSone emulator in-built. There is also a promise for Android-native games soon. Sony is going to sponsor a new quality-control scheme called ‘PlayStation Certified’, as well as introduce first-party licencing, which will hopefully encourage major developers. It [...]

PSP2 Rumour: 3G, OLED screen [Update]

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The new PSP, expected to be announced this week, has had some big rumours flying around. Today’s is from Nihon Keizai Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper, which is saying that the new gaming system will have 3G connectivity, provided by NTT DoCoMo in Japan. They say that the 3G will be used for multiplayer games, downloading games and movies but the device will not be able to make phone calls. The [...]

Bloomberg: PSP2 announcement next week, PlayStation Phone at MWC

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Bloomberg has reported that sources close to the matter are saying that a PSP2 launch will be happening next week. Now, this is no surprise, seeing as details on the device have been floating around the tech world for, literally, years and Sony Computer Entertainment Japan is hosting an event next week in Tokyo. In my opinion, it’s very likely. Bloomberg also says that the event will, “outline a strategy [...]

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy gets demo and new characters

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Square Enix announced at their conference that their upcoming game Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy will have a demo released on the Playstation Store on the PSP available today in Japan.  Aside from the announce of the demo, Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy will include many beloved characters from the first thirteen Final Fantasy games. The demo of the game, Dissidia [duodecim] 012 prologus Final Fantasy, will include the game an arcade [...]