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Sony Announces PSN and PlayStation Store Are Returning Today

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163w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment has officially [Register or Login to view links] that PSN and the PlayStation Store are returning today- June 2, 2011!

From the Press Release, to quote: Tokyo, June 2, 2011 - Sony Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) announced today that Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI, the company) will fully restore all PlayStation Network services today June 2, 2011, in the Americas, Europe/PAL territories and Asia, excluding Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea.

The company will also resume Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PlayStation 3 (PS3), PSP (PlayStation Portable), VAIO and other PCs.

Details of "Welcome Back" package program offered to all registered PlayStation Network* and Qriocity account services will be announced from each region.

Announcement for restoration in Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea as well as for the remaining services on Qriocity will be made as they become available.

* Only available for those countries and regions with access to PlayStation Store.
 

PS3Index Now Includes PS3, PSP and PSN Games in Database

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164w ago - Huge update today making [Register or Login to view links] imho look less crappy. You can now view a large database of PS3, PSP and PSN games, including these fields:

  • Title ID
  • Title
  • PSP System Version
  • Release Name
  • Release Number
  • ISO Size
  • ISO CRC

Still looking for people to submit PS3 games (I was having a problem with it recently). You can use the online submission [Register or Login to view links] ([Register or Login to view links]) or use the windows application [Register or Login to view links] to do so.

A dedicated page lists every update published for PS3 games ([Register or Login to view links]) and you can search for the games title id that you need updates for.

Game updates are also available directly from the PS3 database viewer itself.

I'm looking at getting a devkit soon so that I can start making PS3 based applications. One that I would be looking forward to is the dumping of verification data from retail disks. The idea would be that the verification data could be retrieved from online, and used to ensure backups are 100% the same as the original - kind of like abgx does for certain parts...
 

Video: MotorStorm Apocalypse for PS3 is Now Racing Online

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165w ago - Sony's Associate Product Marketing Manager Brian Dunn has posted up some videos today announcing that MotorStorm Apocalypse for PS3 is now racing online.

To quote: We are definitely glad things are starting to get back to normal, and as part of that I wanted to remind you about little game called MotorStorm Apocalypse that hit stores this past May 3rd.

It's got 40 chaotic levels to race through, 13 vehicle classes to customize and upgrade, split-screen play for up to four players locally, and a deep online matchmaking mode.

Matt Southern, Game Director at [Register or Login to view links], talks about what you can expect in the online multiplayer mode they've cooked up. But first, here's a new trailer featuring some of the praise the game has received from the gaming press so far.

And here's Matt Southern, the Game Director for MotorStorm Apocalypse, to tell you more about the amazing online gameplay waiting for you in MSA.

Hi again everyone! It has been a difficult few weeks for both PlayStation and our dedicated users and followers. As fate would have it, the release of [Register or Login to view links] fell during the outage, and so some of you may have missed it.

So if you were one of...
 

PS3 Firmware (System Software) Update 3.61 is Released!

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165w ago - Today VP of Sony Network Entertainment Eric Lempel has announced that PS3 Firmware (System Software) update 3.61 is now released!

The PS3 3.61 update uses the same keys as 3.60, which can be [Register or Login to view links] by dumping the PlayStation 3 RAM when lv0 puts them into lv1 space.

Download: [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / Guide on How to Change Your PSN Password

Additionally, [Register or Login to view links] has confirmed that PSN is scheduled to go live at 1AM (GMT) and Kazuo Hirai has [Register or Login to view links] an official PlayStation Network restoration announcement video (below).

To quote: We have been working on a new PS3 system software update...
 

DC Universe Online Free Update Brings Two-Face, Bat Cave Raids

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171w ago - Sony Online Entertainment Senior Producer Wes Yanagi has posted details on the free DC Universe Online PS3 update today, which brings Two-Face and Bat Cave Raids.

To quote: To combat those lingering post-time-change blues, DC Universe Online is adding another free batch of new downloadable content that will introduce you to former Gotham City District Attorney-turned crime boss Harvey Dent (aka "Two-Face") in the sinister new installment.

Follow Dent into The Penguin's hideout to take out his smuggling operation... but you will never know if he is going to help or hinder your gameplay.

Also included in this update is the final part to the Batcave raid where you level 30 players (if you aren't at level 30 yet, hurry up and get there already) will be face-to-face with the caped crusader.

You'll even catch a guest appearance from sneaky trickster Mister Mxyzptlk! We're bringing content for players of all types, so if you're a solo player, duo champion, or veteran raider get ready to jump online!

The free "Heads or Tales" content update for DCUO includes:

Two-Face

• Two-Face Instance: Following Harvey Dent/Two-Face on a mission into The Penguin's hideout, players will aim to take out his latest smuggling operation....
 
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