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Sony PSN Japan Update, Publishing Partners Letter Detailed

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172w ago - Update: PSN is now back online in Japan, and Kaz Harai has made available a [Register or Login to view links] statement with all the related details.

Following news that PSN internal testing is currently underway, today the official [Register or Login to view links] site has issued an update regarding the PlayStation Network outage alongside details from the official letter Sony sent out to their publishing partners.

To quote, roughly translated: "PlayStation Network” and “Qriocity” and continued failure, I am sorry indeed. As we told the other day with the latest information in regard to future service restart, will be conducted in stages on a regional basis to ensure the safety of our customers.

We are preparing to be able to resume service as soon as possible in Japan, and is now doing the verification stage for ensuring the safety and security, providing more advanced. Server to complete the relocation of more secure facilities, further strengthening the encryption, firewalls and expansion of new customers with peace of mind again on “PlayStation Network” and “Qriocity”...
 

SOCOM 4 PlayStation Plus PS3 Beta is Live, Play Schedule Detailed

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179w ago - Zipper Interactive Sr Community Manager Jeremy Dunham has outlined the SOCOM 4 PlayStation Plus PS3 Beta game types and play schedule today for fans, as follows:

Our first week of private beta testing for SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs has been incredibly helpful.

Though the participants were limited to the "invite only" crowd, their feedback has been phenomenal – with tens of thousands of posts filled with opinions, suggestions, comments and more pouring into our [Register or Login to view links].

Starting today, it's time for PlayStation Plus members to get their turn as they join the existing testers for the next phase of our pre-release examination. Though similar to [Register or Login to view links], this week's agenda is a bit different.

Here's what game types you can expect to see starting today:

• Tuesday (3/22) - Suppression, Classic Suppression, Scrum (Custom), Community Day Classic (Custom)

• Wednesday (3/23) - Uplink, Classic Uplink, Suppression, Classic Suppression

• Thursday (3/24) - Last Defense, Classic Last Defense, Uplink, Classic Uplink

• Friday (3/25)...
 

Gran Turismo 5 PS3 Update 1.06 Now Live, GT5 Changes Detailed

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184w ago - Following up on our earlier GT5 article spotlighting remote racing, the Gran Turismo 5 PS3 update version 1.06 is now live and the complete changes are detailed below from the official site.

To quote: GT5 PlayStation 3 Update Notice (1.06)

An update to Gran Turismo 5 has been released. The contents are as follows:

[Major Changes and New Features]

・Remote Racing

[Remote Races] have been added to the bottom left of the [GT Mode] - [Community] screen.

Here you can start a fully automated B-Spec race using yours and your friends' "My Drivers", and gain rewards and experience from it.
For details please see section 8-4 [Remote Races] in the [Manual] accessible from the main menu, and also the new "Remote Race" page on gran-tursimo.com, under the GT5 product information section.

・Remote Racing from a Web Browser

In [Remote Races], you can visit the official "gran-turismo.com" website using a web browser, and remotely control your PS3® at home. You can start races, monitor its progress and check results from the website. This is a new playing style allowing you to play Gran Turismo anywhere.
 

Video: Hoard: Upcoming PSN Patch Detailed, Free New Level

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196w ago - Big Sandwich Games Design Director Tyler Sigman has announced news of a new Hoard patch coming to PSN alongside a video trailer and free new level details today, as follows:

It's been just over two weeks since HOARD released, and thousands of gamers have been getting their flame on while toasting villages, incinerating knights, crisping thieves, and kidnapping the occasional princess!

Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, with many surprised at just how addictive and deep the dragon "stratecade" (strategy arcade) experience is.

However, the game was not entirely without its rough edges, and there are a few issues we've been monitoring which need a little tweaking.

Your feedback at [Register or Login to view links] has been very important to us, and we're happy to confirm that we'll be addressing most of those issues in an upcoming patch!





The patch will include:

• Eye Strain Begone – We'll be increasing tutorial and badge text size for less squintyness. 20/10 vision no longer required!
• Lasting Friendship – The multiplayer lobby will now be persistent. After finishing a game, you'll return to the game setup lobby so you can easily play again with...
 

Killzone 3 Helghast Edition and PS3 Pre-order Bonuses Detailed

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200w ago - Today Sony Product Marketing Manager TJ Consunji has shared details on the Killzone 3 Helghast Edition and PS3 pre-order bonuses.

To quote: On February 22, 2011, [Register or Login to view links] will storm store shelves in more ways than one. Killzone 3 will be available in a limited Helghast Edition as well as the standard edition.

The Killzone 3 Helghast Edition ($129.99) is a must-have for the fans. This one-of-a-kind set features a collectible replica of a Helghast Helmet containing an art book, Super Voucher (see below for contents) and the Killzone 3 game with bonus content. Also included is an exclusive Cloaking Helghast Marksman action figure created by DC Unlimited, that will not be sold anywhere else.

Features

• Authentic Helghast Helmet replica opens to reveal art book, Super Voucher and Killzone 3 game.
• Exclusive Cloaking Helghast Marksman action figure is 6.5" tall with multiple articulation points and will not be sold at retail
• Includes bonus video content giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the game.
• Exclusive art book featuring imagery from the Killzone universe

Super Voucher includes:

• Killzone 3 soundtrack and PS3 Dynamic Theme
• Retro...
 
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