Earlier today, Sony launched a new service that allows users to buy cross-platform games for their phone and Vita. This service is called PlayStation Mobile, and it was promised a while back when the Xperia Play was first hitting store shelves. The PlayStation Mobile Store will contain affordable titles that only need to be purchased once, and can be played on both Android phones and your PlayStation Vita. As for compatible phones, the PlayStation Mobile Store is currently compatible with HTC and Sony models. Hopefully, more phones will be added in the future.
Earlier this week, Sega re-released Jet Set Radio, a beloved Dreamcast era gem, on the PSN and XBLA in full HD. On the heels of that release, they have announced that they are also releasing HD remakes of fan favorites Sonic Adventure 2 and NiGHTS Into Dreams. Both games will be released on October 2nd for PSN and October 5th for XBLA for $9.99 each. In addition, Sonic Adventure 2 will be getting DLC that adds the extra battle content from the Gamecube version. The DLC will be available for $3.00 on both platforms. Finally, there's a rumor going around that both games will be released for PC on Steam. This rumor is likely, since Jet Set Radio is confirmed for a Steam release in October.
Stick with us! We'll have more details as they emerge.
Earlier this week at San Diego Comic Con, Capcom announced that, much like Marvel vs. Capcom and Street Fighter 3 Third Strike, their classic fighting game Jojo's Bizarre Adventure will be re-released in HD. In addition to the higher resolution, the new version of the game will also include online multiplayer, leaderboards, 8-player lobbies, the ability to spectate, and replays, which are to be expected in Capcom's series of remakes. Look for the game on PSN and Xbox Live Arcade on August 21st, 2012 and August 22nd, 2012 respectively.
Over the past year, Sega has been re-releasing some popular Dreamcast games on downloadable platforms. Following the latest announcement of Jet Set Radio HD for XBLA, PSN, and Steam, Sega has been asked about their future plans for this new trend. Sega responded by saying the two most asked-for games are Skies of Arcadia, and Shenmue. According to an interview with Gamereactor UK, they may or may not be working on them. Sounds like they're teasing us. If you're a Sega fan, this year might turn out to have some amazing releases.
Alas, the Playstation store has returned! After a long bout with a hacking group (that still actively threatens Sony, long after they settled their issues with Geohotz.) At 1:00 AM EST, Sony announced on the Playstation Facebook page that the store has been put back up. A few users are complaining about an error code, which I encountered immediately after the post, but I am now able to connect to the store and download content. This is weeks after the PSN service was partially restored, and about a month since the fiasco began. Sony is welcoming their loyal (?) fans back with some free games and 30 days of Playstation Plus service, coupled with a year of identity theft protection. But of course, with E3 on the horizon, Sony is probably hoping that their conference will be the true aspect that will win their most paranoid fans back.
UPDATE: THe PSN store is up and running everywhere except Japan, Korea & China at the time of writing this.
Earlier today, Sony Computer Entertainment's president, Kazuo Hirai, announced the release of a new firmware update for the PS3, version 3.61. Along with this, the Playstation Network will begin to return. As of now, all 50 states are able to connect to play games online using the PS3 or PSP. Sony urges that users change their passwords immediately after signing in. Other features that have returned include the Playstation Network Video Delivery service, Qriosity, the friends list, Playstation Home, and 3rd party services such as Netflix. The store and everything else will return by the end of May, and Sony will be compensating its users with various gifts.
You can all go play Mortal Kombat and Portal 2 online now. You've earned it.
Day 17 and PSN is still down. So what has happened since then? A lot. And almost none of it is good...
In my last article, Sony had just announced all of the information that was at risk of being stolen. Since then, they have been working non-stop to put out the flames of hatred. Most of it stemming from the six day gap between the attack and finally telling people about the information leak. However, the problems keep piling on.
As you may already know, PlayStation Network has been down for almost a week for its 70+ million users. However, what you may not know is that PSN user information has been exposed. Your own personal data may very well be in the hands of hackers. Read on to find out more.