PS Vita Pre-Sale in Hong Kong

26 Nov, 2011 10:58

Next generation handheld entertainment device, successor of PlayStation Portable, PS Vita will start pre-sale at 11am on 26 Nov 2011. Official price of PS Vita is $2,280 ( Wi-Fi ) / $2,780 ( 3G ) . However, pre-sale requires gamers to buy a bundled game as well as the accessory pack. The final price for 3G model is around $3,380 to $3,480 ( Wi-Fi model is around $2,880 to $2,980 ), depends on the bundled game chosen.

There are 3 games to choose from bundle list :

  • Uncharted : Golden Abyss
  • Shin Sangoku Musou NEXT ( a.k.a. Dynasty Warriors NEXT )
  • Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3
Are you prepared ?
UPDATE : Till 11:50am, Sony website & HMV website are down due to HEAVY traffic .

Sony PSN will recover in phases from this week

2 May, 2011 10:31

Sony promised PlayStation Network (PSN), which previously hacked by external intrusion and shut down, will go online again in phases from this week. In Sony’s press release, Sony promised to improve security measures, give out free PlayStation Plus & Qriocity subscription and free software. Here is the press release:

SOME PLAYSTATION®NETWORK AND QRIOCITY™ SERVICES TO BE AVAILABLE THIS WEEK
Phased Global Rollout of Services to Begin Regionally; System Security Enhanced to Provide Greater Protection of Personal Information

Tokyo, May 1, 2011 – Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) and Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI, the company) announced they will shortly begin a phased restoration by region of PlayStation®Network and Qriocity™ services, beginning with gaming, music and video services to be turned on. The company also announced both a series of immediate steps to enhance security across the network and a new customer appreciation program to thank its customers for their patience and loyalty.

Following a criminal cyber-attack on the company’s data-center located in San Diego, California, U.S.A., SNEI quickly turned off the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, engaged multiple expert information security firms over the course of several days and conducted an extensive audit of the system. Since then, the company has implemented a variety of new security measures to provide greater protection of personal information. SNEI and its third-party experts have conducted extensive tests to verify the security strength of the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. With these measures in place, SCE and SNEI plan to start a phased rollout by region of the services shortly. The initial phase of the rollout will include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Restoration of Online game-play across the PlayStation®3 (PS3) and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) systems
  • -This includes titles requiring online verification and downloaded games
  • Access to Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3/PSP for existing subscribers
  • Access to account management and password reset
  • Access to download un-expired Movie Rentals on PS3, PSP and MediaGo
  • PlayStation®Home
  • Friends List
  • Chat Functionality

    Working closely with several outside security firms, the company has implemented significant security measures to further detect unauthorized activity and provide consumers with greater protection of their personal information. The company is also creating the position of Chief Information Security Officer, directly reporting to Shinji Hasejima, Chief Information Officer of Sony Corporation, to add a new position of expertise in and accountability for customer data protection and supplement existing information security personnel. The new security measures implemented include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Added automated software monitoring and configuration management to help defend against new attacks
  • Enhanced levels of data protection and encryption
  • Enhanced ability to detect software intrusions within the network, unauthorized access and unusual activity patterns
  • Implementation of additional firewalls

The company also expedited an already planned move of the system to a new data center in a different location that has been under construction and development for several months. In addition, PS3 will have a forced system software update that will require all registered PlayStation Network users to change their account passwords before being able to sign into the service. As an added layer of security, that password can only be changed on the same PS3 in which that account was activated, or through validated email confirmation, a critical step to help further protect customer data.

The company is conducting a thorough and on-going investigation and working with law enforcement to track down and prosecute those responsible for the illegal intrusion.

“This criminal act against our network had a significant impact not only on our consumers, but our entire industry. These illegal attacks obviously highlight the widespread problem with cyber-security. We take the security of our consumers’ information very seriously and are committed to helping our consumers protect their personal data. In addition, the organization has worked around the clock to bring these services back online, and are doing so only after we had verified increased levels of security across our networks,” said Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation. “Our global audience of PlayStation Network and Qriocity consumers was disrupted. We have learned lessons along the way about the valued relationship with our consumers, and to that end, we will be launching a customer appreciation program for registered consumers as a way of expressing our gratitude for their loyalty during this network downtime, as we work even harder to restore and regain their trust in us and our services.”

Complimentary Offering and “Welcome Back” Appreciation Program

While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, the company is committed to helping its customers protect their personal data and will provide a complimentary offering to assist users in enrolling in identity theft protection services and/or similar programs. The implementation will be at a local level and further details will be made available shortly in each region.

The company will also rollout the PlayStation Network and Qriocity “Welcome Back” program, to be offered worldwide, which will be tailored to specific markets to provide our consumers with a selection of service options and premium content as an expression of the company’s appreciation for their patience, support and continued loyalty.

Central components of the “Welcome Back” program will include:

Each territory will be offering selected PlayStation entertainment content for free download.Specific details of this content will be announced in each region soon.

All existing PlayStation Network customers will be provided with 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium service. Current members of PlayStation Plus will receive 30 days free service.

Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity subscribers (in countries where the service is available) will receive 30 days free service.

Additional “Welcome Back” entertainment and service offerings will be rolled out over the coming weeks as the company returns the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services to the quality standard users have grown to enjoy and strive to exceed those exceptions.

SNEI will continue to reinforce and verify security for transactions before resuming the PlayStation®Store and other Qriocity operations, scheduled for this month.

For more information about the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services intrusion and restoration, please visit http://blog.us.playstation.com. or http://blog.eu.playstation.com/

PlayStation Network (PSN) got hacked, 3rd day today

24 Apr, 2011 10:57

Believed that PS3 players can’t be happy in Easter holiday. It is the 3rd day PlayStation Network (PSN) was down due to some hackers breached their security . Sony Computer Entertainment’s tech team is actively investigating the issue, but nobody has the clue when will the PSN be re-open again .

“An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. In order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th. Providing quality entertainment services to our customers and partners is our utmost priority. We are doing all we can to resolve this situation quickly, and we once again thank you for your patience. We will continue to update you promptly as we have additional information to share.”

from PlayStation Blog

Luckily , I am a XBOX360 player . Not affected. Still , I wish PSN be recovered as soon as possible , more importantly , personal data and save files are not affected . It would be a disaster if personal data in PSN account be extracted , as it contains payment information such as credit cards and bank accounts . Good luck with PS3 gamers . For a happy Easter holiday , go buy a XBOX360 with Kinect .

Sony’s new measures to deal with PS3 jailbreakers

18 Feb, 2011 00:46

Sony finally responded to PS3 jailbreaking acts. PS3 jailbreakers will be in trouble this time. Sony announced on 16 Feb 2011 that the company will terminate the PlayStation Network (PSN) service of PS3 jailbreakers permanently.

“To avoid this, consumers must immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.”

- Jeff Rubenstein, Sony social-media manager

There is no actual execution plan released by Sony yet. Sony is undergoing a lawsuit against a well-known iPhone jailbreaker George Hotz (geohot), who released PS3 source code hack in January 2010. Geohot is accused of unspecified damages on Digital Millennium Copyright Act violations and other allegations. FYI, he is the author of famous iPhone hacking tool Blackra1n & limera1n .

Last , remember iPhone jailbreak is absolutely legal , while PS3 jailbreak is illegal .

p.s. Microsoft’s XBOX360 has a lot of jailbreakers too .

Sony PSP2 (NGP) price: < US$599

30 Jan, 2011 21:40

President of Sony Computer Entertainment Yoshida mentioned a day before that Sony PSP2 will be sold less than US$599.

He mentioned, “From the very beginning of the project — since 2008 — pricing was one of the considerations that we had. Hopefully when we announce the price, people will see the proper value.”

PSP2 specs told us the hardware cost a lot, but not all gamers can afford such price. Hope Sony can set a reasonable price.

PlayStation Suite : Enable Android 2.3+ to play PlayStation games

28 Jan, 2011 00:25

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) unveiled not only the powerful PSP2 in today’s Tokyo announcement event, the company also announced “PlayStation Suite”, which enables Android™ 2.3+ devices to connect to PlayStation Network (PSN) and PlayStation games.

In order to ensure the Android devices provide good gaming experience to gamers, SCE will launch a “PlayStation® Certified” license program to hardware manufacturers. SCE will provide PS Suite contents within 2011, starting with PS one® games in PlayStation quality. SCE will also provide new game development environment to game developers and publishers to make games for the new PS Suite platform.

PSP2 Tech Specs

27 Jan, 2011 18:08

Here is the spec of the new PSP2. For now not much is revealed, but we believe more detailed specs will be updated soon.

CPU ARM® Cortex™ – A9 core (4-core)
GPU PowerVR SGX543MP4+
RAM Unknown
External
Dimensions
Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm ( W x H x D )
(tentative, excludes largest projection)
Rear Touch Pad Multi touch pad – capacitive type
(same mechanism with Apple iPhone, Sony Ericsson Satio, etc)
Cameras Front camera
Rear camera
Sound Built-in stereo speakers
Built-in microphone
Sensors 6-axis motion sensing system
(3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer)
3-axis electronic compass
Location GPS
Wi-Fi location service support
Keys / Switches PS button
Power button
Directional buttons (Up, Down, Left, Right)
Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
Shoulder buttons (Left, Right)
Analog sticks on both sides
START button, SELECT button
Volume buttons (+/-)
Wireless
Communications
Mobile Network Connectivity (3G)
IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1) (Wi-Fi)
(Infrastructure mode/ Ad-hoc mode)
Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP, AVRCP, HSP)

Here comes the PSP2 , codename NGP

27 Jan, 2011 15:15


Front View

PSP2 is finally announced by Sony this morning. It is clear that the new PSP2 has a bunch of new features:
- 5-inch touchscreen OLED display with 960 x 544 resolution
- dual analog sticks (not nubs as on the current generation)
- 3G
- WiFi
- GPS
- front and rear touchpads
- motion sensors
- an electronic compass
- cameras on both the front and the rear
- an advanced CPU ?!
- no UMD
- Real / Virtual Reality
- no more XMD , LiveArea instead
- built-in social networking


OLED Touch screen


Top View


Bottom View


Back View

Sony’s New PSP2 to Capture Gamers

26 Jan, 2011 00:40


While we aren’t expecting a brand new PSP console at tomorrow’s (27 Jan) Sony announcement in Tokyo, we’re certainly not going to disappoint. From various sources like MCV, VJ247 and Engadget, the PSP2 will be announced with a lot new features.

From the rumors around the web, the new PSP2 has a lot of attractive features,  such as large high-definition screen, front-facing camera, running Android OS 2.3, microphone, motion sensing, twin analog buttons, even OLED touchscreens and support of 3G cellular data. As for gamers, they hope the new gadget will bring more exciting gaming experience to them.

Out of the rumors, there are few things confirmed for the gadget:
1. no more UMD
2. no more MemoryStick
3. PSP2 can’t make phone calls

For the design, instead of putting the buttons below the screens like PSP Go and the fans-art PSP2, buttons are better to be put on the sides of the screens for better handling.

Less than 48 hours to go. Stay tuned for more information.

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