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Sony has been sued for adding a clause to the PlayStation Network’s terms-of-service that prohibits gamers from suing Sony whenever something goes wrong with the network.
The potentially risky move of taking DC Universe Online , the massively multiplayer online (MMO) game from Sony Online Entertainment, to a free-to-play model, seems to have paid off, with large increases in revenue being reported .
With Apple and Android now dominating the mobile gaming market with their low price model, it is worth noting that there are also some budget priced bargains to be found on the Playstation Network Store. I have been trawling through the store for the past few days, and below you can find my pick of the games that can be grabbed for less than $5. All of these games can be played on PS3 consoles, and some can also be downloaded and played on a Sony PlayStation Portable or a PSPGo, all for the stated price. As you can see, there are some real gems on the list that are definitely worth checking out.
Sony’s game division announced today that the PlayStation Network will undergo scheduled maintenance tomorrow for a full day.
Sony said tonight that hackers have once attacked the company’s online gaming networks, and this time they have broken into 93,000 accounts. The new hack will bring back bad memories from April, when the PlayStation Network and its sister network Sony Online Entertainment went down for weeks because of a hacker attack.
Sony is announcing today an “Only On PlayStation Network” campaign aimed at drawing attention to its slate of exclusive new online-distributed games for the PlayStation 3 and Sony’s portable game platforms.
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Update: Sony said around 1:45 pm PST that the service was back up.
PlayStation manufacturer Sony has added a clause to its terms of service for its online gaming network, the PlayStation Network (PSN), that waives users’ rights to collectively sue the company.
Sony said today that is has hired a former official at the Department of Homeland Security to its new post of chief information security officer. The new hire takes place months after a massive hacker attack leaked data on 100 million accounts on Sony’s game networks.
Sony reported a $199 million loss in the first fiscal quarter ended June 30 because of problems including the Japan earthquake and the hacking of the PlayStation Network.
Most companies would call a hacking attack that brings a critical service offline a disaster. Sony’s president of network entertainment Tim Schaaff thinks it’s a blast.
PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable manufacturer Sony has started a $20 million program to fund independent developers making exclusive downloadable games for its consoles, the company announced on Wednesday.
Sony’s “welcome back” package to users following the take-down of its PlayStation Network (PSN) might have increased PlayStation 3 console and game sales, according to a report by EEDAR. The package included free games and services to entice users to return to the PSN online gaming network that was brought down for several weeks due to a hacker attack in April.
An unknown group of hackers targeted the Washington Post’s jobs section last week and made off with 1.3 million user e-mail addresses. An FAQ released by the Post on Thursday addresses what happened and how users will likely be affected.
Sony is planning a redesign of its online gaming network, the PlayStation Network (PSN), following a hacking attack that brought the network down for nearly a month, according to reports.
Sony has finally brought its online gaming network, the PlayStation Network (PSN), and its associated services online in Japan — the last region where the network was still partially offline after being taken down in the wake of a hacker attack.
Sony on Wednesday said it planned to rearrange the senior management of its video game unit just months after hackers shut down the PlayStation Network for nearly a month.
[Update: Sony has responded to queries from VentureBeat]
Sony’s troubles just keep mounting. Now it’s the target of a class-action lawsuit claiming that the company’s negligence led to the theft of personal data on more than 100 million of its customers.
BioWare, the game development studio behind triple-A titles like Mass Effect and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, said hackers were able to crack into the forums for one of its old video games and might have stolen sensitive information about the site’s users on Friday.
Activision Blizzard announced Thursday that it will publish the third map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops on Xbox Live at the end of this month.
The only thing bad about an E3 photo gallery is that you can’t hear the sounds. E3, the video game industry’s trade show, is an extremely loud trade show, with game exhibitors blasting sounds as much as they can to draw attention to their games. The convention drew an estimated 45,000 people to Los Angeles this week. We were there from the first parties to the last. We saw many of the 35,000 screens showing off new games. Here’s the show in pictures.
Sony’s U.S. game chief Jack Tretton apologized to the 77 million gamers who couldn’t play online games on the PlayStation Network for a nearly a month during an outage caused by a hacker attack.
Hideo Kojima, who created the Metal Gear Solid game series, demonstrated the newest gaming feature from game maker Konami today: the ability to transfer save games between consoles and handheld gaming devices so you can continue your gaming experience on the fly. Kojima gave the demo at a pre-E3 event in San Francisco.
Hacker group LulzSec, which claimed responsibility for breaking into PBS’ news website NewsHour, said it has broken into Sony’s movie site SonyPictures.com and compromised information about 1 million users.
Sony has begun to fully restore the PlayStation Network, bringing back all services for U.S. and European game users after a long nightmare that began with a hacker attack in late April.
LulzSec, the group of hackers that broke into PBS’ NewsHour website, has said it is attacking Sony — although the PlayStation Network (PSN), the company’s primary gaming network, will apparently not be involved.
Sony announced tonight that the full PlayStation Network service and the PlayStation Store are returning this week in the West.
An unknown cyber incident hit Lockheed Martin — the world’s largest aerospace manufacturer and the top supplier to the Pentagon — sometime last week but was successfully neutralized by the company, the defense contractor said.
Microsoft has chosen to “nurture” the talents of a 14-year-old boy who attempted to hack into the company’s online gaming network, Xbox Live, rather than slap the kid with lawsuits. The lawsuit approach to hackers is presumed to have led to Sony’s online game network being crippled for nearly a month.
Here’s our roundup of the week’s tech business news. First, the most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
After a staggeringly long down time, gamers in Asia will finally be able to access Sony’s PlayStation Network again, according to CNET. Starting tomorrow, users in Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand, along with other countries, will be able to use the PSN and Sony’s Qriocity services again.
Sony has made good on its promise to offer free identity theft protection, including a $1 million insurance policy, to PlayStation Network and Qriocity users, the company announced on the PlayStation blog today.
Sony brought its online gaming network, the PlayStation Network (PSN), offline today — though this time it was just for some scheduled maintenance. But the downtime was a frustrating reminder for many PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable owners, as well as developers, over how the company handled the PSN’s downtime.
After previously predicting a profit of $857 million, Sony said it now expects to lose $3.2 billion (260 billion yen) for its fiscal year ended March 31, due to the Japanese earthquake.
Sony said that the cost of the PlayStation Network’s almost month-long outage after being attacked by hackers will be around 14 billion yen, or $171 million.