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Sony closing servers for some PS2 and PSP games

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333w ago - Sony has announced today that as from June 30th, 2008 a variety of PS2 and PSP games will no longer be online compliant.

Here is the list in full:

PlayStation 2:

Amplitude
Destruction Derby Arenas
Everybody's Golf
EyeToy Chat
F1 '04
Jak X
Lemmings PS2
My Street
Syphon Filter Omega Strain
This is Football 2004
This is Football 2005
Twisted Metal: Black Online

PSP:

Lemmings
World Tour Soccer 2

After this date, you will still be able to play them offline, with the exception of EyeToy Chat and Twisted Metal: Black Online, which do not have offline modes.
 

Sony: PS3 Home BETA for public opening very soon

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333w ago - Susan Panico, Senior Director of the PlayStation Network has stated in the latest edition of the Official PlayStation Magazine that "we'll be opening up the Home BETA to the public very soon and hope to see you there."

Hopefully April will be the month where all will be available.

To quote user patches 4 socom 3: I just got the may issue and the last page has an article from Susan Panico Senior Director of the PlayStation Network.

At the end of it she says "we'll be opening up the Home BETA to the public very soon and hope to see you there." I hope April is the month for it! but then again Metal Gear Online BETA, GTA 4... I could fit in the Home BETA... lol :P
 

Sony BMG get busted for piracy by PointDev

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333w ago - A French software company known as PointDev is claiming €300,000 (over $475,000) in damages in its suit against Sony BMG.

The suit comes following a call from a Sony BMG employee to PointDev for support who gave them a pirated license code for one of their products. A raid followed which revealed that pirated software was installed on four of Sony BMG's servers and it is believed that up to 47 percent of the software on Sony BMG's computers could be pirated.

To quote: PointDev, a French software company that makes Windows administration tools, received a call from a Sony BMG IT employee for support. After Sony BMG supplied a pirated license code for Ideal Migration, one of PointDev's products, the software maker was able to mandate a seizure of Sony BMG's assets.

The subsequent raid revealed that software was illegally installed on four of Sony BMG's servers. The Business Software Alliance, however, believes that up to 47 percent of the software installed on Sony BMG's computers could be pirated.

These are some pretty serious –not to mention ironic- allegations against a company that's gone so far as to install malware on consumers' computers in the name of preventing piracy.
 

Sony confirms new PlayStation Store won't be region locked

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333w ago - SCEA has confirmed that there will be no changes to the PlayStation Store as part of its revamp in relation to region locking.

So just like before, users with a number of accounts relating to different regions will not be locked out of those PlayStation stores.

To quote: With the new PlayStation Store moving to a native XMB application and away from a web-based system, many have questioned if Sony would take the opportunity to region lock the store. So we passed along the question.

The Official answer, thankfully, is no. Our friendly SCEA rep "confirmed that no changes to the store will be made as part of this revamp relating to region locking".

So like before, those users with multiple master accounts corresponding to different regions will indeed not be locked out of those PlayStation Stores.
 

SCEE quiet on 2.30 details, how new PS Store will be deployed

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333w ago - SCEE refused to be drawn on details of Firmware 2.30 this morning, following yesterday's confirmation that the PS3 software update would be needed to use the new version of PlayStation Store, to be released in mid-April in both the US and Europe.

To quote: We have made no official announcement of the details of Firmware 2.30 or exactly how the new Store will be deployed, a rep stated.

If the information released yesterday was correct, there should be a full Firmware release in the next two weeks, straight off the back of 2.20, which added BD-Live functionality only last week. Time will tell for sure...
 
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