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PSP Price Drops to $129.99 To Keep You Busy Until NGP

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Today Sony announced a price drop to $129.99 for the PlayStation Portable (PSP). Sony is also adding 13 new games to its “Greatest Hits” collection and $9.99 “Favorites” selection. Some of the hits included are Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines, DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY , LittleBigPlanet PSP, METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER and Toy Story 3: The Video Game, while Daxter, Tomb Raider Anniversary and more are now priced at $9.99 as part of the PSP Favorites library. It looks like Sony is trying to clear up some warehouse space for all of the NGP systems and titles coming soon. Check out the full press release inside and the teaser video from Sony. Are you going to buy a PSP now?

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Sony releases official statement regarding PS3 hackers

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Sony has stepped up it’s stance on anyone circumventing protection of any kind on the PlayStation 3 and released a statement today. Most recently Sony had barred George Hotz (Geohot) from releasing any more information about the console what soever. Now, Sony has their eyes set on other users that may be trying to use pirated software or modded PlayStation consoles on their network. The statement reads:

Notice: Unauthorized circumvention devices for the PlayStation 3 system have been recently released by hackers. These devices permit the use of unauthorized or pirated software. Use of such devices or software violates the terms of the “System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System” and the “Terms of Services and User Agreement” for the PlayStation Network/Qriocity and its Community Code of Conduct provisions. Violation of the System Software Licence Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System invalidates the consumer guarantee for that system. In addition, copying or playing pirated software is a violation of International Copyright Laws. Consumers using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.

To avoid this, consumers must immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.

Sony says that circumvention on their devices and game piracy causes damage to their industry and can injure the online experience. If Sony does find you or someone circumventing their security on their consoles you could face legal action and a PlayStation Network ban.

Now this action will not affect any of the “Normal” users out there who legally purchase their games to play online it is only aimed at illegal activity which is deemed so by Sony.

Now, I do not agree with Sony here 100% if you purchase the console yourself and wish to modify it to your liking you should be free to do so. However I do understand that a modified console should not be taken online on the PlayStation Network or release proprietary information online without consequence. We will have to see how many lawsuits come of this new stance Sony has taken.

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First video of Sony Xperia Play leaked [Video]

Just in time for the Superbowl, a video has leaked of the new PlayStation phone now called the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. There is no more information in the video, pricing or whatever but at least we got a name. The fact that this video has surfaced, may be a preview that there is more to come in the next couple of weeks from Sony.

Specifications (translated by Google) have also leaked by the site that has found the video which are unconfirmed and are as follows:

  • 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Dedicated gaming keys of the famous PlayStation style Trackpad
  • 5 megapixel camera with recording in HD quality (720p)
  • 4 inch touch screen with Bravia image processing
  • Can play PSP games and games designed for Android.

Remember these specifications are uncomfirmed so until Sony announces anything this is still a rumor. But hey we can dream can’t we?

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Sony to allow PS3 game saves in the cloud

Sony has just announced that in the next firmware update users will have the ability to save game data to the cloud. The feature will be called Online Saving and will be available in Firmware update 3.6.0. Online Saving will be available to PlayStation Plus subscribers only.

So rather than saving all of your game data to your hard drive or memory card you can opt to save it to Sony’s cloud. This way if you accidentally delete files off your hard drive or switch PlayStation’s you will still have them in the cloud.

Developers can opt out of Online Saving to be included in their games if they have concern with it being copied to the cloud.

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Sony updates PS3 firmware to 3.56 to stop jailbreaking

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Today Sony has released a firmware update for the PS3 console that will update it to version 3.56. This comes on the same day news broke on the restraining order against George Hotz (Geohot). Sony did not state that it would stop jailbreaking the console but we can only assume that it does. With this restraining order against Geohot we see the Streisand Effect taking hold again as they key spreads all over the net. This decision by the courts may also prompt more hackers to focus their time on the PS3 from other projects.

Be aware if you update your system and you like to jailbreak or hack you will probably be unable to after the update.

Update: Already Hacked

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