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Sony Begins New PlayStation Home Closed PS3 Beta Testing

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239w ago - Today several European users have reported receiving an invitation to participate in the latest PlayStation Home closed PS3 Beta testing.

Participants receive an access code coupled with the standard NDA agreement in the e-mail, as follows:

Dear Beta Tester,

You have been invited to take part in the Private Beta for PlayStation®Home.

This Beta is to test and obtain your feedback on changes that have been made based on suggestions by yourselves and members of the PS Home Community.

User Hells Vacancy of N4G provided the following additional details, to quote:

"For this Beta, Event Nights are taking place on select dates.

Each Event Night will concentrate on specific features in PS Home. The dates for the Event Nights are:

• Wednesday, 24th of February
• Tuesday, 2nd of March

The Event Nights will start at 8pm UK time and finish at 10pm UK time.

The PS Home Beta Servers will only be open during the above mentioned dates and times."
 

Sony Announces Today Officially Begins Heavy Rain PS3 Week

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239w ago - With Heavy Rain for PS3 launching globally this week, Sony's European Product Manager Alex Pavey has announced that today officially begins Heavy Rain week on the PlayStation 3 entertainment system.

To quote: It's been great to see so many of your excited comments over the last few months as we've got closer to launch, and now the time has come at last - this week, [Register or Login to view links] will be released in stores across Europe!

We've seen some fantastic review scores - here's just a selection in case you missed them...

• 9/10 - [Register or Login to view links]
• 9/10 - [Register or Login to view links]
• 10/10 - [Register or Login to view links]
• 94% - [Register or Login to view links]
• 94% - [Register or Login to view links]
• 91% - [Register or Login to view links]
 

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 50% Off on PSN and a PS3 Contest Begins

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240w ago - Today Capcom's John Diamonon has revealed that Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is now 50% off on PSN, and announced news of a PS3 comment contest on the PlayStation Blog.

To quote: I'm glad to finally make my return to the PS.Blog, bearing [Register or Login to view links] gifts and good news. It's been too long my friends.

But before we get to another infamous comment contest, I have something cool to announce. Starting tomorrow (2/18), we will be discounting some of our popular PSN downloadable games by 50%. That's right. Five weeks. One game a week. Fifty percent off!

Here's the sale schedule:

• February 18, 2010 - Marvel vs. Capcom 2 for only $7.49!
• February 25, 2010 - Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix for only $7.49!
• March 4, 2010 - Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix for only $4.99!
• March 11, 2010 - Age of Booty for only $4.99!
• March 18, 2010 - [Register or Login to view links] for only $4.99!

What a deal huh? You better jump on this because who knows when we'll be able to do this again.

Now back to the contest! Here's the drill: Jeff and Chris assure me that the Blog is now "John D-proof," so that means I can get back to rewarding our most...
 

Sony Begins Investigating GeoHot PS3 Hack Allegations

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243w ago - Just before the weekend iPhone 2G hacker GeoHot announced that he has hacked the PS3 entertainment system, and today IncGamers.com (linked above) has confirmed from their Rep that Sony is launching an investigation into it.

This comes as no surprise, considering a public PlayStation 3 hack would cost Sony Corporation and developers millions in lost revenue due to piracy as a result of reverse-engineering their intellectual property.

GeoHot has also told the [Register or Login to view links] that, "I can now do whatever I want with the system. It's like I've got an awesome new power - I'm just not sure how to wield it."

To quote: "We contacted Sony and a spokesperson confirmed that the company is looking into the issue.

"We are investigating the report and will clarify the situation once we have more information," said the statement."

Time will tell if Sony gets tough or goes in the direction as Apple did, simply sending out DMCA notices and not attempting to hold George Hotz personally accountable for his actions.

Unfortunately, unless Sony makes an example of Hotz it may encourage other hackers to continue defeating...
 

Microsoft Begins Banning Homebrew XBox 360s from LIVE

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247w ago - The inevitable has happened according to a multi-page thread on XBox-Scene (linked above), it appears Microsoft is now beginning to ban homebrew XBox 360 consoles running freeBOOT or XBReboot from XBox LIVE.

This move comes just under two months from their last XBL ban wave, and while there are guides to unban your XBox 360 from LIVE and to prevent XBox 360 HDD crippling, it appears the safest route if you use XBox 360 homebrew is to simply keep the console off XBL.

To quote from -DeToX-: "Well.. it seems new bans have been handed out, just now.

I just have over 7 people with XBR/FreeBOOT consoles report to me that they have been banned, and I as well have. However, anyone who played hacked games with these people remain untouched.

I was playing MW2, when I was disconnected...
 
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