Playstation Network

May 1, 2013

Diablo III for PS3 now available for pre-order

“We’ve poured blood, sweat, and hellfire into creating an epic Diablo III experience for PlayStation gamers” Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment

Select retailers worldwide have now begun taking pre-orders for the upcoming PlayStation 3 system version of Diablo III — see the official website for a list of participating retailers.

Diablo III was originally released for PC and Mac on 15th May 2012 and within 24 hours became the fastest-selling PC game of all time. Now console gamers can pre-order the PS3 version which has been tailored especially for the console, with updates to the game’s thrilling boss battles, an all-new user interface featuring an intuitive control system, and a dynamic camera perspective that will make vanquishing evil feel like second nature on the PlayStation. Players can take on the vile denizens of the Burning Hells alone or in a party of up to four via same-screen local cooperative play, online play over the PlayStation Network, or any combination of online or local players.

Players who pre-order the PS3 version of Diablo III will receive an exclusive in-game item: the Infernal Helm, which grants an experience point boost to any character who wears it, accelerating their progression as they rise in power. Certain retailers will also offer limited-edition pre-order bonuses.

Diablo III continues the epic Diablo storyline, with players taking on the role of one of five heroic characters: barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, or demon hunter, embarking on a perilous quest to save the world of Sanctuary from the corrupting forces of the Burning Hells.

The game will go on sale later this year for a suggested retail price of $59.99/£39.99, more information about the release will be announced closer to the time.

July 16, 2011

Uncharted 3 Beta Stats

It came, it saw, it blew our minds. The Uncharted 3 beta has wrapped up and now we have to wait until November to get to the fun again. Playstation posted some numbers on the beta saying it was the largest beta on the Playstation network to date. Here’s some food for thought:

-Total unique Beta players: 1.53 million people

-Total kills: 1.9 billion

-Total Cash collected: 1.4 TRILLION dollars (that’s greater than the gross domestic product of Spain, the eleventh highest GDP in the world!)

-Total shots fired: 48 billion

-Total matches completed: 22 million

-Total time played: More than 362 years worth of matches

Yea pretty insane it what I thought too.

May 4, 2011

When It Rains, It Pours

Boy oh boy….I guess it will get worse before it gets better. Where to start? Well everyone knows about the hack and loss of data. Time for the legal stuff.  About a week ago a law firm filed a class action lawsuit on Sony… that was only the beginning. Today a Toronto law firm  McPhadden Samac Tuovi LLP, filed against Sony Japan, Sony USA, Sony Canada, and “other Sony entities”, saying  Sony must pay their client for the “costs of credit monitoring services and fraud insurance coverage for two years”. Oh and here’s the kicker they are suing for the low, low price of one billion dollars. Sounds like the kind of number a comic book villian would ask for ransom of a city. If two lawsuits weren’t enough, Sony had to answer to the U.S. House of Representatives. Sony’s CEO, Kazuo Hirai, submitted six pages worth of answers to the House of Representatives. Here is a little of what was in the letter:

-Sony has been the victim of a very carefully planned, professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack.

-They discovered that the intruders had planted a file on one of our Sony Online Entertainment servers named “Anonymous” with the words “We are Legion.”

-By April 25, forensic teams were able to confirm the scope of the personal data they believed had been taken, and could not rule out whether credit card information had been accessed. On April 26, they notified customers of those facts.

-As of today, the major credit card companies have not reported any fraudulent transactions that they believe are the direct result of this cyber attack.

-Protecting individuals’ personal data is the highest priority and ensuring that the Internet can be made secure for commerce is also essential. Worldwide, countries and businesses will have to come together to ensure the safety of commerce over the Internet and find ways to combat cyber crime and cyber terrorism.

-Sony is taking a number of steps to prevent future breaches, including enhanced levels of data protection and encryption; enhanced ability to detect software intrusions, unauthorized access and unusual activity patterns; additional firewalls; establishment of a new data center in an undisclosed location with increased security; and the naming of a new Chief Information Security Officer.

Most of this was already stated in Sony’s press conference earlier this week. Sony is getting put through the ringer for its failure to keep their data secure. Who knows what else is to come. Probably more lawsuits and legal action. With this snowballing like it is, I can’t wait to tune into Sony’s conference at E3. Can we say giveaways?

April 26, 2011

Sony Gives Us the Bad News

Well after almost a week with out our beloved Playstation Network, Sony gives us the news. Apparentley it wasn’t Skynet taking over…..my bad. Sony said it was hacked and the hacker or hackers were able to get access to 70 million user profiles. Sony released this statement:

“Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID,” wrote Patrick Seybold, senior director of corporate communications for Sony Computer Entertainment America. “It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address … and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained. … While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility.”

Sony also said they are rebuilding and we should start seeing services back online within the week. Nobody has taken credit for the hack, but do you really expect them to? Should be interesting to see where Sony goes from here though. With E3 coming up soon it makes you wonder what kind of impact this will have.

April 23, 2011

The End Has Come

 

Well as most have heard or encountered the Playstaion Network is down. It has been down for about three days now. Now breath as you read I know its hard. This problem couldn’t have come at a worse time for Playstation either with the releases of Socom 4, Portal 2, and Mortal Kombat this week. I too am victim for I cannot play Socom 4…..it still hurts. Now Sony has come out and said oh we have a server hiccup it should be fixed in two days time. Only it hasn’t been fixed. Several excuses and reasons for the outage have made their way to the web including too much server traffic with the new realses, downloadable games crashing the server, or even a hacker attack. Basically what it boils down too is my games don’t work and I don’t know why….QQ. However there is another theory that needs to be explored. Skynet became self aware on April 19th….coincidence? Hopefully Kevin Butler can fight back the machine invasion and get our servers back online soon because I’m not sure how long people can last.

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