For what feels like years, people have been trying to figure out why Sony's elected to take PSN offline for nearly a week. The good news: You can stop wondering. The bad news: Do you value, say, your credit card info, address, birthdate, and PSN login? Well, Sony now “believes” that some sticky fingered ne'erdowell has made off with all that and more.
Sony says that worldwide sales of its PlayStation 3 consoles reached a milestone of 50 million units as of March 29, 2011. In addition, sales of Sony's PlayStation Move surpassed 8 million units worldwide as of April 3, 2011, the console maker announced. Both are impressive numbers, though it's worth noting that even though Sony calls them "sales," these are really shipment numbers to retailers, not necessarily to end-consumers.
Sony CEO Jack Tretton didn't mince any words when discussing Nintendo's Wii and DS gaming consoles. He isn't concerned about the recently released 3DS, nor is he losing any sleep over third party numbers, which has the PlayStation 3 sitting in third place with 49.2 million PS3's sold globally, compared to 86.3 million Wiis. If you ask Tretton, and CNN did, Nintendo builds 'babysitting tools.'
Anonymous doesn't support things like normal people do. No bake sales, charity walks, or long-winded, short-tempered message board flame wars. Anonymous has only one speed, and it's a picture of someone's exposed throat. That much was obvious in the shadowy conglomerate's recent defense of PS3 hacker George “Geohot” Hotz, which resulted in PlayStation Network outages almost instantaneously. Now, though, Anonymous has decided to back off. Sony, it seems, has survived the battle, but Anonymous was quick to add that the war's far from over.
It looks as though GameStop wants to get in the business of modding and selling upgraded game consoles. The used game retailer is said to soon be offering a 500GB refurbished PlayStation 3 "Supercharged" bundle that consists of taking a used PlayStation 3 slim console and installing a Western Digital Scorpio 500GB Blue hard drive.
We have some major news from the Dutch theatre of Sony’s patent battle with LG. The temporary ban that was imposed on the import of PS3s into Netherlands last month has now been lifted. Sony has plenty to cheer about as a bulk of its PS3 shipments designated for continental Europe and UK come through Rotterdam and Schiphol. But this isn’t the proverbial last laugh for Sony. Read on to find out what’s next for the two companies.
If you were to march into your local Best Buy to purchase a non-refurbished modern gaming console for the least amount of skrilla, you'd have to decide between a $299 PlayStation 3, $299 Xbox 360, and $199 Wii. That doesn't include gimped systems, like the $199 Xbox 360 with the hard drive stripped out, but the core models from each of the big three. What's interesting about this is that the price is the same now as it was 18 months ago, and at least one analyst thinks something has to give.
Sony has been dealt a severe blow by a European court in its ongoing patent battle with LG. According to the Guardian, the latter has been granted a preliminary injunction on the import of PS3 consoles into Europe by the civil court of justice in the Hague, thus requiring European custom officials to seize all PS3 shipments for at least 10 days. Hit the jump for more.
That didn’t take too long, did it? Embattled hacker George Francis Hotz, aka Geohot, who is being sued by Sony for jailbreaking the PS3, has announced that the legal defense fund he launched on Saturday, February 19 is now closed for fresh donations, having met its initial funding goal within a couple of days.
Oh Sony, how silly can you be? The PlayStation 3 maker has been stirring up quite the stink over the online publishing of PS3 jailbreak code that allows unsigned software to run. In its attempt to put the genie back in the bottle, Sony's been threatening to sue anyone who posts links to the code, but that's only the beginning. Did you watch the YouTube video made by PS3 hacker George Hotz, or even just comment on it? If so, Sony wants to know. In an ironic twist, Sony should consider suing itself.