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PlayStation Network Temporary Unscheduled Maintenance

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310w ago - Update: The PSN is now back online.

According to Patrick Seybold, the Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media at PS Blog today:

As some of you may have noticed, we've temporarily taken down some functions of PlayStation Network - specifically access to the PlayStation Store, account management and registration.

Online gameplay will remain uninterrupted.

We thank you for your patience and will report back here as soon as the Store and registration functions are back online.

So at least it's confirmed, eh? Still meh though!
 

PSP Firmware 5.0 Hands-On: PlayStation Network on the PSP

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310w ago - Ever since the introduction of the PlayStation Network, I have been complaining about the PSP's inability to support its use. Well it looks like Sony is finally going to make me eat crow, as they announced full PSN integration into the newest PSP firmware update.

Details on PSP firmware 5.0 had been lacking, but Joystiq was able to get hands-on time with the newest update while attending the Tokyo Game Show:

"PSP firmware 5.0 ushers in the PS Store for PSP. With the exception of a separate video storefront, it is functionally identical to the PS3's PS store, including the option to enter PSN Card numbers and voucher codes from within. The final content categories are still being finalized, but the build we tried featured sections for downloadable games, UMD Legacy games, themes, video, and music. SCEA isn't saying whether it plans to offer digital releases all future UMD-based games day-and-date via the service like SCE Japan is.

The rest of the PSP updates are fairly low-key. PlayStation Network now has its own spot on the PSP XMB, just as it does on PS3. (This is where the PS Store lives.) There's now a sleep timer function for music playback and a new XMB background theme - basically a...
 

PlayStation Network down for Scheduled Maintenance Tomorrow

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310w ago - According to Community Team Leader Elixor's announcement on the French Official PlayStation Community (linked above), the Playstation Network has maintenance scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday 14 October 2008).

It will be down from Tuesday October 14 at 21:00 to Wednesday October 15 at 02:00.

To quote: Hello all,

A maintenance PLAYSTATION Network is scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday 14 October 2008).

Start: Tuesday October 14 at 21:00
End: Wednesday October 15 at 02:00

During this maintenance you can not connect to PLAYSTATION Network.

If you are connected before you should be able to play online without problem.

Thank you for your understanding.
 

Age of Booty to Plunder PlayStation Network Soon

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311w ago - Per John Diamonon (Capcom) via PS Blog:

I'm glad to be back here with the PlayStation Posse and talk about a game that I'm looking forward to - Age of Booty. No, it's not an online dating game.

It's a casual, pirate-themed, online strategy game from some of the makers of Halo.

Actually, I consider this more of a multiplayer party game because it's really easy to play and allows for a lot of smack talk. Yarrr!





Here are more details:

• Release date: Soon (I'll confirm when I get a solid date)
• Price: Only $9.99!
• Trophies: No comment at this time.
• Add on content: Lots of free map packs in the future plus some cool expansions.
• Players: Up to 8 players online - You can play a 4 player local match then take the team online!
• Demo:Available a couple weeks after launch with online multiplayer matches!

Max Hoberman, one of the founders of the company that developed the game, has been kind enough to write this message to you, the PlayStation fans, and answer some of your questions (This is his time, so I probably won't answer your Capcom related questions for a couple days). Anyway, heeeeeeere's Max!

Hi everyone. My name...
 

Prince of Persia Classic Jumping onto the PlayStation Network

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311w ago - According to an article published on the PlayStation Games & Media News site last week, a PlayStation Network version of Prince of Persia Classic is on its way.

The PSN version appears to be the same as the XBLA release from last year, which saw a graphical and control upgrade to the original (and retro frustrating) Prince of Persia from 1989.

There's currently no price announced for the title, but if we had to guess, it would be $10 like the XBLA version.

Finally, Ubisoft has been contacted and asked about a release date, more details to come as they are available.
 
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