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Monthly Archives: April 2011

PSN outage: no “update or timeframe to share at this point in time”

Sony has, once again, given us an update on the PlayStation Network’s situation via a blog post. It seems the PSN service will be down for longer than the five or six days expected as there is no “update or timeframe to share at this point in time.”

I know you are waiting for additional information on when PlayStation Network and Qriocity services will be online. Unfortunately, I don’t have an update or timeframe to share at this point in time.

As we previously noted, this is a time intensive process and we’re working to get them back online quickly. We’ll keep you updated with information as it becomes available. We once again thank you for your patience.


‘External intrusion’ behind PSN outage


An official PlayStation blog post from Patrick Seybold, PlayStation’s top spokesman, has acknowledged that the recent PlayStation Network outage is due to an ‘external intrusion’. The service was taken offline “to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services.” The official statement:

An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. In order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th. Providing quality entertainment services to our customers and partners is our utmost priority.

Unfortunately, no word was given on when the PSN will be available again.


NPG launch will have no impact from quake

Nikkei has reported that Sony Computer Entertainment does not expect a delay for its plan to release the Sony NGP later this year, despite the recent earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan.

“So far we see no impact from the quake on our launch plan,” Sony Computer Entertainment spokesman Satoshi Fukuoka told Nikkei.

In an interview days prior to the report, Sony Computer Entertainment America president , Jack Tretton, told Bloomberg that the system might only make it out in a single region by the end of the year.

Satoshi Fukuoka labeled the Bloomberg report as “wrong”, saying that Sony never said it would simultaneously launch the NGP in all three regions when it unveiled the system in January.


PSPgo going out of production

Sony Computer Entertainment has confirmed recent rumour that its PSPgo, a digital download-only portable system, will be going out of production. The rumour originally came from an employee blog.

Sony told Japanese electronics website AV Watch that the PSPgo would no be manufactured or shipping “in or to concentrate on the NGP”. Remaining units, however, will continue to be sold until stock is gone.

The PSPgo’s predecessor, PSP 3000, released in 2008, “will continue to be sold, and we will keep focusing our attention on it from here on out.” Due to the PSP’s popularity and wide library, Sony will most likely continue to support it even after the NGP’s release later this year.

The PSPgo saw its release in October of 2009 but received mixed reactions from people. No official sales numbers for the system has been revealed but, as of May 2010, it has sold between 20,000-25,000 units in Australia.


Uncharted NGP gameplay video

Uncharted for the NGP is currently being developed by SCE Bend Studio with development being overseen by Naughty Dog, the developers of the original Uncharted on the PS3 and its sequels. SCE Bend Studio is best known for their Syphon Filter titles. The Uncharted series will see its third installment, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, later this year in November.


Gameplay video courtesy of GameSpot.


PS3 sells 50 million units worldwide

Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that, as of March 19, the PlayStation 3 console has sold 50 million units around the world. The system was originally released in November of 2006. For comparison, the PlayStation 2 sold 70 million units in its first four years and has sold 150 million units as of January 31st of this year.

Some other statistics were also shared:

  • Eight million PlayStation Move controllers sold
  • As of March 20, the PlayStation Network has 75 million registered accounts in 59 territories.
  • As of the end of February, PlayStation Store had a library of 105,988 items. 32,840 of which were game content.
  • As of April 1, PlayStation 3 has 89 3D compatible games.
  • As of March 24, PlayStation Move has 155 compatible games.
  • As of December 2010, PlayStation 3 has a total of 2,128 games with software sales crossing the 408 million unit mark.


Monster Hunter Portable 3rd running on NGP

The video comes from GameSpot and shows Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, a PSP title that saw its Japanese release in December, running on the NGP. Aside from the enhanced resolution, the game showed major improvements in camera controls which are now controlled by the NGP’s additional right analog stick.

Capcom has no Monster Hunter game announced for the NGP at this current time.

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