George Hotz, or GeoHot if we're to use one of his more familiar aliases, made a name for himself in the hacking world by creating jailbreak software for Apple's iPhone. But when spotted by BusinessInsider at Backplane, a startup funded by Lady Gaga, he introduced himself as the hacker who was sued by Sony, a distinction he earned after cracking the PlayStation 3's security key. He did not introduce himself as a Facebook employee.
Capcom on Thursday said that Resident Evil 6 is in full development and scheduled for release on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation game consoles on November 20, 2012, "with a PC version to follow." The newest installment in the popular zombie franchise takes place ten years since the Raccoon City incident and will see Leon and Chris come together for the first time. They will also be joined by new characters, Capcom says.
A barely belated 'Happy birthday' goes out to Sony's PlayStation 3 game console, which turned 5 years old yesterday (or a week ago today if you prefer to celebrate its Japan launch rather than its release in the U.S.). The PS3 has been through a few changes since it debuted half a decade ago and shed much of its baby fat, but is mostly the same console overall.
Man, Sony just can’t catch a break. Remember that whole “Hackers shut down the PlayStation Network for an extraordinarily long time” thing from a few months ago? Sure you do. Well, the bad news for PlayStation fans continues. Sony’s temporarily suspended 93,000 Sony Entertainment Network, PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment accounts after hackers managed to gain access to the log in information for the accounts.
Game makers love stores like GameStop because – duh! – the stores sell their games. There's one thing game makers don't like so much about Gamestop, though; the stores often sell the games used. Second-hand sales are great for cash-deficient everyman gamers who can't afford a $60 diversion, but buying a used game denies the original manufacturer a slice of the profit pie. Sony's new "PSN Pass" program is geared towards milking more moolah out of used and rental games, placing the company alongside EA and THQ at the forefront of the used-games war.
Perhaps Sony took the biggest sigh of relief after LulzSec posted an announcement declaring an end to its 50-day hackathon, but there's still plenty of work to be done. The next step for Sony is to defend itself from (or settle) a class action lawsuit accusing the firm of being negligent with online security, negligence that ultimately led to numerous attacks and the loss of private data, including credit card information.
George "Geohot" Hotz received a mountain of criticism for backing down on his scuffle with Sony and settling out of court, in part because so many donated money to his legal battle. Hotz has since made amends by donating leftover legal defense money to the EFF, but many are still furious he didn't fight this thing to the end. Given what might go down with another PS3 modder -- Alexander "graf_chokolo" Egorenkov -- Hotz might have made the right move after all.
Beleaguered Japanese electronic giant Sony has contributed vociferously to all the buzz surrounding 3D technologies over the past few years. But if you thought Sony’s interest in 3D would decline with time, think again. The company has once again - second time this week - reaffirmed its faith in stereoscopy by launching a Vaio L-Series all-in-one PC that features a 24-inch 3D multitouch display. As always, details await you after the jump.
Sony held a press conference in Tokyo this morning to discuss the future of its Playstation Network, and amazingly it could be another 4 weeks until everything is back to normal. Company officials described the restoration process as a “rolling” effort, with some services coming back online this week, but others such as the Playstation Store being pushed towards the end of the month. The company wasn’t specific as to which services are being assigned top priority, however, I’m sure most users are pleased to see Sony giving the free aspects of the service preferential treatment over clear money makers such as the store.
They say things have to get worse before they can get better. For Sony, that's apparently a threat – not a promise. First PSN went poof, then Sony announced that some hacker got their keyboard-calloused mitts on everyone's personal info, and now, well, you can probably see where this is headed. Yep: straight to court.