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Europe Release: 2007-03-23
America Release: 2006-11-17
Japan Release: 2006-11-11

Sony doesn't want you sharing (as much) anymore.

It seems that despite my best efforts to love Sony, they are trying their best to be comparable to EA. Although... that is a little harsh, so let's just say they're getting a little frustrating with some of their content management choices. It has recently been announced that there will be a change in the number of machines you are allowed to have PSN downloadable games (and therefore I assume DLC) active on, reducing the number from 5 consoles to 2. This is quite a significant reduction and will probably actually have an effect on the number of downloadable games a fair few people will get to play due to people's tendancy to get stuff for free if possible.

This will mean that you can't really download a game and give it to your mates anymore - what if you need that second copy for some reason, such as a console at a parents or similar. Technically none of us have any right at all to complain - still allowing two copies to be active at once is generous of Sony, baring in mind that even if these are online games you can have both copies playing at once, so you can still play against friends for half price if you both want to chip in.

I'm sure we all completely understand why they're doing this - they want to make more money and have every right to, but it still seems a little unfair to remove or reduce something that has always been there and is an incredible benefit of owning this system. This is almost similar to the free month of PS+ given for the PSN outage - everyone who got games for free whilst on the free month will need to keep their subscription up to keep access to those games. Despite not being, it does seem unfair. Those who paid anything at all for them thankfully have access to them permanently - many thanks to Jollysepp for clearing this up!

This change will take effect from November 18th, but it won't affect anything you've already bought as that would be illegal and such.
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Sony hackers are at it again

We all know of the great PSN black out of 2011, in fact we will never forget when cyber thugs managed to copy millions of users details, but what for?

The 2 main reasons people hack are a) to showboat and say “look what I can do” or b) grab your details and sell them on.

Well it’s been a few months since the hack and nothing has popped back up until this week. It looks like someone might have purchased the stolen details as Sony has detected “a massive set of sign-in IDs and passwords against our network database".

This means someone is trying to sign in as your username and password that they had at the time, every man and his dog have said to change your password since the attack and most of you have.

Sony think that the hackers have got in to 0.1% of the accounts… nothing much? But that small number actually means 93,000 users.

Sony have now locked all these accounts down and emailed the users forcing them to change their password.

So if you can’t sign in on PSN, check your emails as you could be the 0.1%
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Welcome home

At some point today Sony will be pushing out its 1.55 home update

The next time you log in to PlayStation home you will be asked to update… well .. ok we are all used to updating every time we want to do anything, but this time it’s to see Sony’s new 1.55 home. Below are the details from the Sony Press Release

Sony Computer Entertainment America Announces Redesign of PlayStation®Home, Coming Fall 2011

New Design Opens up a Whole New World of Games and Reinforces PlayStation Home's Evolution into a Social Game Platform

FOSTER CITY, Calif., August 23, 2011 – Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced major changes coming to PlayStation®Home in Fall 2011. This complete redesign includes a new core experience for PlayStation Home, available exclusively on PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) system, featuring an all-new Hub that integrates games, quests, community events and user-generated content, while providing players with additional navigation, shopping, socialization and entertainment options. From the Hub, players can teleport to various genre-based districts, where they will encounter games tailored to their interests and style, while introducing them to a rich and diverse selection of game experiences.

The new core experience reinforces PlayStation Home's evolution from a virtual environment to a world of games, with a focus on rapidly connecting players with game content that pertains to their style and mood. In the Hub, players can head over to the Activity Board, where they will discover the robust questing system that transforms PlayStation Home itself into a game, quickly find games and content, and create their own events to share with their friends.

"PlayStation Home's new core experience is a giant leap in the evolution of the platform, not to mention a major milestone for PlayStation Network, and its new modelquickly deploys our users to many compelling free-to-play games that fit their interests," said Jack Buser, director of PlayStation Home, SCEA. "With this update, coming this fall, PlayStation Home becomes a game itself, making it the most robust gamified social experience available."

PlayStation Home's new core experience provides players with a dynamic and constantly changing pool of activities and challenges throughout the Hub and districts, with thematic content that enables players to find games that are relevant to their interests:
The Hub: The new, futuristic Hub brings games directly to players with a featured game front-and-center upon login, the Activity Board where players can engage in quests and community activities, and a direct path to free games via the teleporter.
Action District: A gathering place for the hardcore demographic, the Action District has a gritty, urban feel reminiscent of a first-person shooter level and provides a direct travel point to action and horror games.
Sportswalk: The Sportswalk has an exciting outside-the-stadium feel with instant major league sports scores, headlines and highlights, ample space for sports-themed games and provides direct travel points to sports-related games.
Adventure District The Adventure District drops you in a lush island jungle with an air of mystery, hidden treasure and discovery, where players will be able to launch directly into adventure-themed games.
Pier Park: A waterfront boardwalk leads players to carnival, puzzle, outdoor and arcade games. Take a ride on the Pier Park Ferris wheel or visit the arcade for some bright entertainment.
Also planned to be released this fall as a separate core client upgrade is a revamp of the underlying user experience in PlayStation Home. This update will deliver a more streamlined experience upon login with customized tracks for new, returning and regular PlayStation Home users, minimizing the time it takes for players to get into games.

PlayStation pioneered new ground in interactive entertainment with the launch of PlayStation Home in December 2008. PlayStation Home has since evolved beyond a social network into a true social game platform:
PlayStation Home has been used by over 23 million users worldwide. (WW)
The average time spent in the Home platform is 70 minutes per session (SCEA)
Over 230 games ready-to-play (SCEA)
Over 9,000 virtual items (SCEA)
Over 65 spaces (SCEA)
Over 600 community events (SCEA)
Over 35 partners (SCEA)
Total Game Integration: Total Game Integration extends the game experience for players of Blu-ray Disc™ or PlayStation Network games to PlayStation Home. The first Total Game Integration was introduced in January 2011, where players in PlayStation Home could complete a series of mini-games to earn unlock points for Killzone 3 multiplayer. Total Game Integration for Deep Silver's Dead Island™ is available now in PlayStation Home's Central Plaza.
For additional information about PlayStation Home's new core experience, please visit:

About Sony Computer Entertainment America

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one® gameconsole, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the ground-breaking PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system and its online and network services the PlayStation®Network and PlayStation®Store. Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one, PlayStation 2, PSP and PS3 systems for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC serves as headquarters for all North American operations.

"PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks and "PS3" and the Home design are trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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