189w ago - Update: If you possess one of these bricked PS3 drives, please see HERE.
Additionally, GameSpot has reported of two gamers (one from Texas, the other Iowa) who also are suing Sony over these very issues.
A man from Florida has filed a law-suit against Sony over their recent PS3 3.0 Firmware update. The suit alleges that the Firmware update caused his PS3, like several others, to malfunction and requires an "expensive fix."
To quote: "A complaint filed by lead plaintiff John Kennedy, and originally unearthed by Courthouse News, claimed that 'thousands of Sony PS3 video game owners who downloaded a system software update required by Sony found that the update caused their PS3 units to malfunction and actually damaged the hardware on many units.'
The suit claimed that Sony is charging $150 to repair PS3s with 'sustained hardware damage' from the update.
199w ago - According to GameSpot, Microsoft is back in court defending its oft-maligned Xbox 360 hardware.
An Oak Forest, Illinois, man filed suit against Microsoft in the Northern District of Illinois - Eastern Division earlier this month, saying the console maker has been unjustly enriching itself by selling Xbox 360 systems that it knows contain a material design defect.
To quote: The alleged defect is presumably not the infamous "red ring of death" issue, as Microsoft admitted that flaw in July of 2007, months before the plaintiff purchased his system.
The plaintiff wants his complaint approved for class-action status and to be awarded actual damages or other restitution determined during a trial. Additionally, he wants a court order preventing Microsoft from continuing to sell the Xbox 360.
221w ago - Codemasters is planning to publish Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust, the latest game in the adult-themed adventure series for Sony's PS3, the XBox 360 and PC.
The title was a previous Vivendi Games release, but the merger of that company with Activision to form Activision Blizzard left that title, like so many others orphened.
To quote: While the publisher has yet to send out a press release, the game is now listed on the company's official Web site as coming out this April for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 with a "M" rating from the ESRB.
Develoed by Team 17, the game as you playing the original Larry's nephew Larry Lovage as he helps his uncle in the movie business. According to the header on the Codemasters game page the new Larry title will be handled by Codemasters' casual game label Funsta.
Game details: The original Larry is now a movie mogul, but he's got a problem... the studio across the road always seem to know what he's making: there must be a mole in the studio! Uncle Larry turns to you, his nephew, Larry Lovage - to solve the mystery, after all, no-one would suspect a guy working in the mail room right?
You must uncover the identity of the mole... the very existence of the studio depends upon...
231w ago - A new unsealed motion complete with sealed declarations from Microsoft employees suggests that Microsoft knew that the XBox 360 had a disc scratching problem.
Moreover, Microsoft allegedly considered three possibilities to actually fix the issue including: increasing the magnetic field of the disc holder, slowing the speed that the disc rotated and installing small bumpers. But all of these solutions were supposedly rejected due to practicality and cost.
To quote: Most of the declarations in the court case are sealed, but a newly unsealed motion (read it here) seeking class status quotes from the sealed declarations of Microsoft employees.
The motion says that Microsoft knew that when the Xbox 360 was reoriented with a disc playing inside, the disc could be damaged.
It quotes Hiroo Umeno, a Microsoft program manager, who said in a declaration, "This is ... information that we as a team, optical disc drive team, knew about. When we first discovered the problem in September or October (2005), when we got a first report of disc movement, we knew this is what's causing the problem."
After the Xbox 360 launch, according to the motion, Microsoft sent a team of engineers to stores across...