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Japanese PSN Still Down

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on June 26th, 2011

Sony’s troubles still continue. The Japanese government is giving Sony a hard time over the PSN outage still, two months after. They still have not allowed Sony to bring PSN back online until they have certain assurances. These are assurances that the Japanese government has been requesting since May and Sony isn’t giving them a time frame for their implementation.

They simply want preventative measures and Sony isn’t cooperating or communicating. Sony needs to be bending over backwards to win people over once again, so this is pretty stupid on their part.

Details of upcoming PlayStation 3 model surface

Posted in PS3 by Reuben Drake on June 20th, 2011

Word of the new “CECH-3000″ model PlayStation 3 surfaced earlier in the month and now a retailer is claiming to have received a briefing on the new model. The CECH-3000B is an updated 320 gigabyte system. Power consumption goes from 230W to 200W, and the weight from 3.0kg to 2.6kg.

The power and eject buttons are changed and the LED lights removed, but we don’t have specifics on that. Pricing will be the same as the current model. You can expect the new version to ship to retailers when the current stock runs out.

Sony PS3 combo with Recorder relaunched in Japan with Bluetooth keyboard

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on June 7th, 2011

Sony Japan has unveiled the updated PS3 HDD 320GB Recorder Pack which consists of a 320GB Sony PS3 console and a TORNE digital terrestrial tuner and application. This bundle pack will hit retail shelves again on June 30th for US$480.

You also get one wireless controller, Power cord, AV cable and USB cable. The company has also unveiled the PS3-compatible Bluetooth keyboard with a dedicated PS3 button for all the syncing functions. It also features HID Bluetooth profile support and can be used for surfing the web. It will be available starting June 30th for 5000 yen or about US$63.

The PlayStation Store is back

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2011

It’s been a long time coming, but the Playstation store is finally back. Awaiting you is a huge lineup of new downloadable games, demos, add-on content, themes, avatars and videos. Also, PlayStation Plus has been updated with new full game trials, free games and DLC, free avatars and more discounts.

I know. You want to know about your free games from the Welcome Back program. Well, they aren’t ready yet. But I, like you, am waiting. Can’t be long now.

PSN going down ahead of PlayStation Store’s return

Posted in PS3 by Reuben Drake on June 1st, 2011

Sony said today that it will be taking down the PlayStation Network for several hours to finish the restoration process. they said that starting “soon,” it will go down for multiple hours and this is key to bringing back the PlayStation Store. They are on schedule to get everything back to normal worldwide.

Users who are still online during the downtime will stay signed into PSN, but you won’t be able to login until the maintenance is over. Sony needs to get PSN back up and running in all capacities since it’s about to head into E3. Developers have already been very vocal about the fact that the PlayStation Store’s outage has cost them money.

Duracell Extender adds memory card slots and more USB ports to your PS3 Slim

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2011

Were you feeling sad when the PS3 got slimmed down? It did lose a few USB ports and support for memory cards. Well, now Duracell is correcting this problem with the Duracell Extender. Just put it to the right of your PS3 and it will extend the console’s body, making it wider and giving you three additional USB ports, an SD and memory stick card slot, and a place to store two controllers.

Pretty cool. However, keep in mind that this unit requires it’s own power supply, which it draws from one of the PS3′s USB ports, so it is using up one port and gives you two additional USB ports. You can get it right now for about $80.

Special edition Tales of Xillia PS3 bundle coming to Japan

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2011

Japanese PS3 buyers have another special-edition console to buy. The “Tales of Xillia X Edition” PS3 system is a Charcoal Black PS3 color with metallic red and gold artwork that shows the characters Jude and Milla, along with the PS3 logo of course. It looks pretty awesome.

The 160GB system will hit Japan on September 8, bundled with a copy of Tales of Xillia for ¥37,980 (or $470). Don’t expect to find this one in American though. However you could always import it if you want one.

New Wireless Stereo Headset Coming for PS3

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2011

Sonys new wireless headset looks good. This new official PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset features 7.1 virtual surround sound, a retractable, mutable microphone, and standard embedded volume controls. You’ll be coordinating your attacks and talking smack to your enemies in style.

These headset connects via a USB dongle, and will push headset status updates like your battery life, directly to your TV screen. This Sony-approved headset will cost you $100 when they arrive in September.

Sony 160GB PlayStation 3 bundle with Call of Duty: Black Ops

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2011

Let’s face it, Sony needs all the help it can get right now, with all of the hacks it has been suffering. That’s probably why Sony is teasing this limited edition PS3 bundle that gets you Call of Duty: Black Ops with a 160GB console.

The price is $299 and Sony’s also throwing in the First Strike content pack. It will be available next week, starting on May 31. If you are just getting a PS3 this is the one to get. This game will have you playing for months.

Hyperkin’s PS3 Remotext does it all

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2011

The PSN is finally back up and we’ve been playing our butts off, messaging and just celebrating in general. And now Hyperkin has unveiled their Remotext for PS3 which is a remote, a controller and a keypad. There’s a slide-out Blu-ray remote panel, QWERTY keypad and two analog nubs with and gaming controls.

It doesn’t look like there are rear triggers though, and no Bluetooth connectivity, but it does come with a wireless USB receiver and rechargeable battery. Maybe not great for serious gaming, but it will do for those who watch a bunch of movies. The Remotext will be shown off at E3. Nothing on pricing or availability yet.

PlayStation Network slowly coming back online

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

There is a great disturbance in the force. As if a million geeks suddenly sighed in relief. After about 26 days, Sony has finally announced that the PlayStation Network is slowing being restored in the U.S., starting in certain regions. A new PS3 system software update is required to change your password once the PlayStation Network is restored. The update (v3.61) is mandatory and is available now.

After the U.S. they will still have to get the service going worldwide. Find a map here to see if it has been restored in your area.

PSN back online for developers

Posted in PS3 by Reuben Drake on May 13th, 2011

Looks like PSN has begun to come back online, but access is currently restricted to developers, and it’s still very sporadic. It has been confirmed with several developers that access is now available.

We hope that this means it will be only days until the rest of us are online, but the only date we have heard is the end of this month when Sony says things should be working again. Now it looks like it could be as soon as next week if this information is correct.

PS3 trade-ins up 200%

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 12th, 2011

This is not good news for Sony. Retail sources have indicated that PS3 console trade-ins have dramatically risen as the controversial PSN outage drags on. Apparently during the first week of downtime there was not any major change in sales or trades according to one store manager ‘at a major UK retailer’.

However, starting on the second week onwards, there has been an increase of over 200 per cent on PS3 consoles being traded in, split almost 50/50 down the middle between those trading for cash and those taking a 360 in it’s place. Ouch! Sony had better get it’s act together before things get ugly.

PSN To Be Fully Online By May 31

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 9th, 2011

Sony has now come out and declared that the PlayStation Network will be fully operational by May 31. Talking to financial website Bloomberg, Sony spokesman Shigenori Yoshida said that the company is uncertain as to when individual services will be restored for the PlayStation 3 and PSP.

The plan is for all services to be fully restored by May 31. This is nearly six weeks after the network was taken down, for those keeping score at home. Sony had originally planned to start relaunching individual network services last weekend. One thing is for sure, it will be nice to play our online games again.

New Sony PlayStation 3 CECH-3001A hits the FCC

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2011

We’ve had the same PS3 consoles on the market for a while now. The only significant change came with the new slim format. But now a pair of new PS3 consoles has hit the FCC recently. All we really know is that they have Bluetooth and WiFi and that we could have guessed ourselves.

The new consoles go by model numbers CECH-3001A and CECH-3001B. The letter seems to denote different HDD sizes. So what are the changes? Maybe a new update to the chipset? Maybe some updates to keep them safe from hackers too. Then again, maybe this is just adding a new HDD capacity option. Thoughts?