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Sony Says Play On - PSN Restoration Officially Begins Now!

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168w ago - Following the release of PS3 Firmware 3.61 and the PSN restoration announcement from Kazuo Hirai, Sony's Senoir Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media Patrick Seybold tells PSN users to 'play on' confirming that PlayStation Network restoration officially begins now.

To quote: Thank you for your patience and encouragement over the last few weeks. As covered in the post from earlier today, you can now update the firmware on your PS3 and change your password. Kazuo Hirai just announced that we have begun the phased restoration by region of some of the services, starting with online multiplayer functionality.

Please note that these services will take a bit of time to be turned on and rolled out to the whole country. The process has begun and some states are being turned on now, so please be patient as we reach your city and state. Well be updating the map below as service comes online in individual states.

It will take several hours to restore PSN throughout the entire country, so please keep checking back for the latest updates. In the meantime, nows a great time to get your PS3s firmware updated and change your password, both of which are required...
 

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

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170w 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...
 

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

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179w 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...
 

Video: Pulse 12/7 Hits PSN: Kung-Fu Live and TRON: Evolution

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190w ago - PlayStation Network Executive Producer Kevin Furuichi has shared a preview of Pulse 12/7 today, which also has hit PSN and features Kung-Fu Live and TRON: Evolution.

To quote: With the holiday season upon us, this edition of PULSE highlights the latest in games, add-ons and new video releases to enjoy right now.

Step inside a comic book world of martial arts foes in Kung-Fu LIVE, check out a Tier 1 arsenal with the Medal of Honor Multiplayer Shortcut Pack, and fly through the grid of lightcycle action in TRON: Evolution.

We've also got the top PlayStation Move titles for your holiday wish list, and [Register or Login to view links] previews Episode 31 of Qore.

In new video releases, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan tweak perception in Inception as Nicholas Cage whips up another blazing performance in The Sorcerer's Apprentice.





So watch now, or download to your PS3 in full HD after today's PlayStation Store publish.
 

Sony Announces Hulu Plus is Live on PS3 via PSN Today!

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194w ago - Last week Sony confirmed that Hulu Plus was incoming for all PS3 users, and today PlayStation Network Senior Director Susan Panico has announced that Hulu Plus is live on PlayStation 3 via PSN.

To quote: As we promised you last week, Hulu Plus is now available to all PlayStation 3 users in the United States via the PlayStation Network.

Now, in addition to free access to a variety of content already available on the PlayStation Network, we're giving you even more options to the entertainment content you want!

A subscription to Hulu Plus will cost $9.99 per month, giving you access to full seasons of current hit TV shows from more than 100 leading content providers, including ABC, NBC and FOX, and movies from many of the most well-known studios in the U.S.

How does this change from what was already available? Well, you no longer need to have a PlayStation Plus subscription to gain access and you don't have to wait for an invitation from Hulu either. Beginning today, Hulu Plus is open to all PlayStation Network members in the U.S.

To get your subscription to Hulu Plus after downloading the free app through the PlayStation Store, visit [Register or Login to view links],...
 
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