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Sony Updates PlayStation 4 / PS4 Software Usage Terms (ToS), Details

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58w ago - Today Sony updated their PlayStation 4 / PS4 Software Usage Terms (ToS - Terms of Service) in preparation for the arrival of their next-generation video gaming console later this month.

Sony has added the Software Usage Terms for the new upcoming PlayStation 4 console, but they also apply to all the PlayStation systems with the following changes:

7. Resale

7.1. You must not resell either Disc-based Software or Software Downloads, unless expressly authorized by us and, if the publisher is another company, additionally by the publisher. Sony also reminds you that all the Software is "Licensed", and that you "do not acquire ownership" of it:

4. Software is Licensed

4.1. All Software is licensed, not sold, which means you acquire rights to use the Software, as described in these Terms, but you do not acquire ownership of the Software. If you do not comply with these Terms, we can terminate your Software License which means you will no longer have the right to use the Software.

14. Are we monitoring PSN?

14.1. Yes but we can't monitor all PSN activity and we make no commitment to do so. However, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to monitor and record any or all of your PSN activity and to remove any of your UGM at our sole discretion,...
 

PSEN-CAP BETA Open, Now Seeking Free Usage Tester Applicants

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147w ago - Following up on my PSEN-CAP initial announcement, today we are rolling out the PlayStation Sony Entertainment Network Cloud Acceleration Platform BETA for those interested in testing it out!

Below is the official Press Release, as follows: Hello Members of the Community,

Today marks a revolution into next generation performance of your home broadband connection, no longer will you need to suffer intolerable slow speeds from the PlayStation Network, Matchmaking issues and NAT related problems.

What is PSEN-CAP? PlayStation | Sony Entertainment Network - Cloud Acceleration Platform.

It's a service which provides a multitude of additional features including the following:

  • Turbo Charged Downloads with a speeds up to 300 Mbps.
  • Dedicated DNS for gaming / with improved matchmaking.
  • Free remote desktop to assist with NAT, Port Forwarding and Internet Optimisation.

What are the usage restrictions?

  • 20GB Monthly Bandwidth
  • Only works for PlayStation Products (2007+)

How much will this cost?

We're aiming to keep...
 

Sony Updates PlayStation Plus FAQ, Usage and Availability

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223w ago - Sony's PSN Marketing Manager Lex Scheuble has updated the PlayStation Plus FAQ today, covering usage, available content and more as follows:

Today we'd like to present some answers to some of the common questions we've heard.

Q: What is PlayStation Plus?

A: PlayStation Plus is a subscription service offered to enhance your experience on the already free PlayStation Network. It offers you, the user, exclusive services for added convenience:

• Automatic downloads where select game demos and other content get delivered straight to your PS3 system, so you don't have to think about it.
• Full game trials which allow you to play up to 60 consecutive minutes of a game. When you purchase the full game (or when you insert the Blu-ray disc of that game), you will get the PSN trophies that you earned during the trial.
• Special discounts on the PlayStation Store and exclusive opportunities like select betas and select early demos.

Our goal is to deliver a valuable enhancement to your gaming experience.

Currently, you can purchase a three-month subscription at $17.99 or an annual subscription at $49.99 with an additional three months free. Subscriptions can be downloaded from the PlayStation Store, or you can purchase PlayStation Network...
 

PlayStation Move Safe Usage Instructions & Humorous Warnings

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227w ago - Taking off on the PlayStation Move safe usage instructions, [Register or Login to view links] has expanded on them with some humorous warnings of his own about Sony's PS3 Motion Controller.

Check them out below, as always, simply click to enlarge the pics!

To quote from PlayStationLifeStyle.net (linked above): "In this satirical advisory banner by [Register or Login to view links], the editors are illustrating in a humorous manner of incorrect and correct techniques and methods to use the PS3 motion control device.

Going as far as even adding fine print advising gamers to "please use the wooden stake or silver dagger accessory sleeves for the PlayStation Move controller when confronted by a dracula during game play".

While the instructional banner is not exactly instruction, or even informative for that matter, it is sure to provide a good laugh for anyone regardless of whether or not they are planning to invest in the controller.
 

Blu-ray usage on the rise among PS3 owners, study concludes

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346w ago - Are you using your PS3 for Blu-ray movies? A new study shows that yes, in fact, you are. Blu-ray usage is on the rise amongst PS3 owners, according to Warner Home Video's research.

It seems that between the last quarter of 2007 and the end of February saw a usage increase of the PS3 as a Blu-ray player from 53% to 80%. In addition to this, after Sony's ad campaign pushing Blu-ray, disc sales rose from 10% to 15% between October and December of 2007.

Take it as you will, but the PS3 is definitely paving the road for Blu-ray and we hope you get more out of your system than merely playing games!
 
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