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Some PSN Services Available This Week, Free Month of PS Plus

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177w ago - From their [Register or Login to view links] today, Kazuo Hirai has briefed the media on Sony's investigation into the PlayStation Network security breach, PSN security measures and service restoration plans.

Sony stated they plan restore some PSN and Qriocity services this week with the rest during the new month, and confirmed that all existing PlayStation Network customers will be provided with 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium service while current members of PlayStation Plus will receive 30 days free service.

To quote from Sony's Sr. Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media Patrick Seybold via the official Press Release:

SOME PLAYSTATION NETWORK AND QRIOCITY SERVICES TO BE AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Phased Global Rollout of Services to Begin Regionally; System Security Enhanced to Provide Greater Protection of Personal Information

Tokyo, May 1, 2011 - Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) and Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI, the company) announced they will shortly begin a phased restoration by region of PlayStationNetwork and Qriocity™ services, beginning with gaming, music and video services to be turned on.

The company also announced both...
 

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

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182w 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)...
 

Killzone 3 PS3 Patch v1.04 Goes Live with Bug Fixes and Features

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184w ago - Today the Killzone 3 PS3 patch v1.04 update has gone live via PSN, which includes several bug fixes detailed below courtesy of Guerrilla Games alongside some new features for PlayStation 3 gamers to take advantage of.

To quote: CHANGES & NEW FUNCTIONALITY

• Network - Lag fixes and fixes for network errors 10002, 8001 and 8013
• Gameplay - Players now have more stamina by default. Sprint length is increased but the recharge timer has been adjusted to compensate
• Gameplay - Mortally wounded players no longer have collision. Alive players should now be able to traverse the levels without getting stuck on mortally wounded players
• Gameplay - Medic's revive cool-down reduced from 25 to 10 seconds
• Gameplay - Increased range from where friendly players can be revived - player can be revived from 20 meters now
• Gameplay - Guerrilla Warfare games now last 15 minutes and it takes 100 kills instead of 50 to win
• Performance - Improvements to party creation server load
• Menu - Show envelope icon to indicate that player has received message
• Menu - Rewards panel in post game screen now auto-scrolls
• Menu - Botzone is now paused when player goes to start menu
• Menu - Single click squad...
 

Official PlayStation App v1.05 is Live Today in Multiple Languages

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184w ago - Sony Portal Manager Emmanuel Orssaud has announced today that the official PlayStation App version 1.05 goes live today in multiple languages.

To quote: The latest version of the official PlayStation App version 1.05 will be available for download from the iTunes App Store and Android Marketplace from this afternoon.

The App is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch (OS 4 and above), or most Android compatible handsets (OS 1.6 and above).

In the latest version (1.05) we've added support for most SCEE countries which means you'll be able to use the app in your language and also read news and find out about products that are available in your country.

The full list of supported countries/languages:

• Arab Emirates - English
• Ireland - English
• Belgium - French
• Belgium - Dutch
• Luxembourg - French
• Luxembourg - German
• Switzerland - French
• Switzerland - Italian
• Switzerland - German
• Austria - German
• Portugal - Portuguese
• Denmark - Danish
• Norway - Norwegian
• Finland - Finnish
• Sweden - Swedish
 

Video: Yakuza 4 PS3 Demo is Live on PlayStation Network Today

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186w ago - Sega of America's Assistant Community Manager Aaron Webber has shared a video announcing the Yakuza 4 PS3 demo is going live on PlayStation Network today.

To quote: That one guy from SEGA is back again, here to talk all things Yakuza 4, answer your questions in the comments, and remind you of one very important thing: The free Yakuza 4 demo is going live on PSN today!

If you've never played the Yakuza series before, I highly recommend you download the demo and give it a whirl. Today's demo is built around brawling, and in it you'll get to play as all four unique characters in the game.

Oh, and if you're glowing blue and you see the triangle button appear, make sure to press it - those are called HEAT actions, and they're both brutal and pretty amazing.





Also, hidden tip - we've equipped each character with a special weapon to use! Tap down on the d-pad to equip a weapon, and you'll find yourself armed with everything from nunchucks to spears to katanas. Kazuma Kiryu, the final character in the demo, also comes equipped with all three for you to try out.

If you own a PS3, you owe it to yourself to see why this series is exclusive to the console. And there's even more good news: following the great...
 
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