Batman: Arkham City Collector’s Edition

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2011

We’re all eagerly awaiting the release of the new Batman game Arkham City on October 21st. Hardcore fans will want this collectors edition which includes a whole bunch of special extras, like a custom Batman statue, collectible art book, early DLC access, the Batman: Arkham City soundtrack, the DC Universe animated original movie Batman: Gotham Knight and four collectible cards.

There’s also the game of course, which looks awesome and is sure to provide many hours of play. It will be available for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in October 2011.

Sony PSN ‘Welcome Back’ promotion extended for one more day

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on July 4th, 2011

Most of us have already collected those PSN freebies when the promotion launched last month, but if you have not, you have another day to download your pair of free PS3 and PSP games, 100 virtual items from PlayStation Home, and 30 days of PlayStation Plus.

After that, you will have to pay up for your copy of Dead Nation or LittleBigPlanet and the other extras vanish as well. It all goes offline at 9AM Pacific Time tomorrow. Better hurry.

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.

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.

Batarang controllers to be shown at E3

Posted in gaming accessories by Conner Flynn on June 5th, 2011

Looking for some Batman inspired controllers to accompany your Batman Arkham Asylum game? These Batman: Arkham City batarang controllers are for the Xbox 360 and PS3 controllers and feature bat-start and select / back buttons, dual rumble motors, comfort-soft grips, and seven switchable versions of LED color.

The PlayStation 3 version has an internal battery, detachable charging cable, and batman-themed USB RF receiver. The Xbox version is wired and not as cool. They will be on display next week at E3 and will hit store shelves when Batman: Arkham City ships in October.

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.

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.

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.

Japan won’t let Sony turn PSN back on until they are sure it’s safe

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2011

As Sony is busy getting PSN back in place in America, they still have all kinds of other problems thanks to the outage. Their latest problem comes from Japan. Apparently the Japanese government refuses to allow Sony to reactivate its network until they are satisfied it is safe.

Japan has two issues. The first is that the company’s promised counter-hacking measures, which were announced on May 1st, have not yet been fully enacted. The second is that Japan wants to see even more preventive measures taken to ensure that users’ credit card numbers and other private data will be safe.

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.

Sony: PSN will take ‘at least a few more days’

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on May 10th, 2011

Sony’s latest update on its PlayStation blog regarding the nearly three-week long PSN outage gives us some hope that we will be playing games very soon. Understandably, they can’t give an exact date for when access to the network will be returned, but Sony says that it will “likely be at least a few more days.”

You might remember that the security breach potentially exposed the private information on over 100 million user accounts. So when the network goes back online, Sony’s work will be far from over as they will have to deal with some consequences, including a class-action lawsuit. The company may even reward users by giving them a free month of access to the PlayStation Plus paid subscription service, free ID theft monitoring and free extra content.

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.

PSN ‘Welcome Back’ Program Gives You Free Content

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on May 1st, 2011

Sony wants to apologize for the recent outage of the PSN network, and so during a press conference in Tokyo, Sony said that it will reward PlayStation Network users when the service is turned back on next week.

The “Welcome Back” program gives all existing PlayStation Network users 30 days of PlayStation Plus for free. Current PlayStation Plus members will receive 30 days of additional service at no extra cost. Sony will also provide “selected PlayStation entertainment content” for free to download. Details for each region will be announced later. Music Unlimited subscribers will also receive 30 days of free service. Not bad. At least they are trying to soothe gamers who have been affected by this.