Sony Hands Out Free Game Codes To Compensate For 2011 Hack

A few years ago Sony had a rather bad hack, which affected around 70 million of their customers. In the wake of the hack, Sony offered to renew its efforts to increase security alongside some gifts to appease players who suffered during the 23-day outage. As of March 2nd, you may find that the promised free game codes have finally arrived.

Depending on the services you were signed up to when the hack happened (PlayStation Network, Qriocity and Sony Online Entertainment), you can claim a variety of rewards. As part of Sony’s initial scheme people were offered to grab a game, but don’t worry if you didn’t manage to grab one all the time back then, you can grab two now.

The games available vary based on which of the available platforms you wish to collect your reward for, with the Playstation 3, Vita and PSP all being offered free rewards as a sorry. If you want to grab a game you can now get inFamous, LittleBigPlanet and even the God Of War HD Collection for free but they will be limited to the aforementioned consoles.

With the lawsuit spawning this reward scheme valued at $2.75 million, Sony must be happy that they can get away with a few free games or even a little account credit or PSN time almost five years since the hack began the security awareness that so many companies are still suffering from.

Phantom Squad Threatens Week-Long Xbox Live and PSN Attack over Christmas

Following its attack on Xbox Live earlier this week, hacker group Phantom Squad has threatened to take down both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network for a week over Christmas, calling its first successful attempt a demonstration, The Independent reports. The Twitter account that Phantom Squad used to make these threats has now been suspended, but the group has returned with a new account, @PhantomLair.

“Why do we take down PSN and Xbox Live? Because cyber security does not exist,” the old Phantom Squad account tweeted, followed by, “Some men just want to watch PSN and Xbox Live burn.”

Phantom Squad is claiming that it temporarily took down PSN earlier today, but this has not yet been confirmed:

https://twitter.com/PhantomLair/status/677705163067555840

The hackers are also threatening to DDoS reddit, asking follower to vote for their preferred target:

https://twitter.com/PhantomLair/status/677716229147271168

The threatened attacks mirror those committed by Lizard Squad last Christmas, whose attacks on Xbox Live and PSN were used to advertise their new Lizard Stresser DDoS tool, which offered bespoke attacks on websites for a fee.

“The only reason we are doing this its @Xbox & @PlayStation Fault [sic],” Phantom Squad tweeted earlier today. “Because we are proving there is no cyber security PSN Fix it b4 it happens.”

Xbox Live Hit by Phantom Squad DDoS Attack

Only a few days ago, the “hacking group” known as Phantom Squad threatened to shut down Xbox Live and PlayStation Network during the Christmas period. Before I move onto today’s development, please note that the press shouldn’t really be referring to groups like Lizard Squad and Phantom Squad as hacking groups. I’ve fallen into that trap myself without thinking about it, and it’s not actually an accurate term. Using a DDoS to disrupt networking services is not hacking, and we shouldn’t give these groups a title which overemphasize their abilities. Putting that aside, it seems Phantom Squad have lived up to their promise and conducted a DDoS attack on Xbox Live. Here we can see them taking responsibility for the service outage and also tweeted about the lack of security on these networks:

This might indicate they have a motive to expose Xbox Live and PlayStation Network’s security loopholes. However, this isn’t the way to go about it, and only impacts on the enjoyment factor for new console owners during Christmas. Rather surprisingly, Twitter has suspended the groups account but luckily Ars Technica UK captured some of their Tweets. In lieu of recent events, Microsoft issued a status update on its support site which reads:

“Hey Xbox members, are you having trouble purchasing or managing your subscriptions for Xbox Live? Are you also having an issue with signing into Xbox Live? We are aware of these issues and are working to get it fixed ASAP! Thank you for being patient while we work. We’ll post another update when more information becomes available.”

Phantom Squad’s egotistical and attention seeking traits reached fever pitch as they asked for retweets to prevent PSN from being the next target:

Any hope of Phantom Squad caring about security of having some sort of moral purpose is discredited by this tweet. Clearly, they just want to cause havoc and feel better about themselves by spoiling other people’s Christmas. As a result, they need to reassess their behaviour and comprehend how they would feel if their Christmas was spoilt by an unknown group on the internet.

Off-Road Action Coming to Rocket League in New Chaos Run DLC

Great news for all you Rocket League fans out there, as developer Psyonix reveal the latest action-packed DLC to be released for their fast-paced multiplayer sports game.

“Thematically inspired by films and literature set in grim, post-apocalyptic futures, Chaos Run brings those happy-go-lucky scenarios to Rocket League‘s universe with two brand new Battle-Cars (Ripper and Grog), 12 new Decals (six for each new vehicle), and several new Paint Types, Wheels, Rocket Trails, Toppers, and Antennas.”

As you can see in the DLC trailer below, the new content certainly takes inspiration from futuristic wasteland movies such as Mad Max. The cars are covered in brutal armour, the terrain is rough and worn and the action is still as crazy as ever.

“Welcome back to the Wasteland! Our new “Chaos Run” DLC Pack brings the post-apocalypse to Rocket League with two all-new vehicles, six unique Decals for each new Battle-Car (12 total), two new Paint Types, two new Wheels, two new Rocket Trails, three new Toppers, and three new Antennas!”

The New Rocket League Chaos Run DLC Includes

  • 2 New Battle-Cars, Ripper and Grog
  • 12 New Decals (six for each new Battle-Car)
  • 2 New Paint Types (Camo and Sun-Damaged)
  • 2 New Wheels (Ripper and Grog)
  • 2 New Rocket Trails (Sandstorm, Nuts and Bolts)
  • 3 New Toppers (Boombox, Cow Skull, Mohawk)
  • 3 New Antennas (Bomb Pole, Radioactive, Retro Ball – Wasteland)
  • 5 New Trophies (PS4) and Achievements (Steam)

Chaos Run will be available this December on both the PlayStation Network and Steam PC for $3.99 USD or its regional equivalent. To celebrate the launch, Psyonix will also be releasing a new free arena dubbed “Wasteland” which you can see in the trailer above.

Paris Attackers Allegedly Used PS4s and PSN to Communicate

In a development that is likely to place more pressure on the technology sector, reports are coming out that the perpetrators of the recent Paris attacks used Sony PS4s to communicate and coordinate their attack. This comes after authorities have taken away the PS4s from the attackers homes and Belgian home affairs minister has said that the PS4 was chosen due to its difficulty to track.

Games and consoles have always been on the radar for authorities in monitoring suspects. After all, Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA and GCHQ had agents embedded into MMORPG World of Warcraft and Second Life in order to monitor suspects. XBox Live was monitored and part of the reason many were hesitant about the always on functions of the new consoles and the once mandatory Kinect.

At that time, PSN, the Sony’s Playstation Network was not mentioned as a target for monitoring. If it turns out the PS4 was used, authorities will likely start looking into PSN communications as well. Given the myriad number of ways players can communicate with each other in game, the large volume of communications and the importance of context, whether or not extra monitoring would help remains to be seen.

Sony Announced That PSN Europe Is Going to Get Its Service Status Indicator Soon

Up until now, Sony had no feature that would allow users to check if the PSN network is up and running in Europe. Whether you had trouble connecting to the store or accessing online functions, you wouldn’t have known if your Internet connection was at fault or Sony’s PSN was down.

However, this is about to change very soon. Sony has just announced that it would add a service status indicator for PSN in Europe, giving users the option to check whether the servers for PSN are up or down. The company has also launched a similar service indicator in America recently, so it would have made sense to launch a similar service in Europe as well.

Sony seems to have been moving slow in terms of providing users with a service indicator, having Nintendo already providing a similar service to its users long before Sony even added its feature in America. Also, Sony’s PSN is known to go down often either by DDoS attacks, hacking, maintenance or even unexpected outages. Therefore, the service indicator seems to be quite useful for the majority of players using PSN.

Thank you Gamingbolt for providing us with this information

Bloodborne Day One and Second Update Detailed

It looks like Bloodborne players will have to ready their internet connections for a day one patch on its launch date, on March 24th. The patch is set to weigh in at 2.7GB and is required for players who pre-ordered the title on PSN or for those buying the title digitally or physically in-stores; the patch is said to already be available for players who pre-ordered the game.

The 1.01 patch is said to bring some big features like the Chalice Dragon, as well as enable online play and add an option to either display the PSN name or character name in matches. Another thing to point out is that players will have their gaming performance improved with the update.

“The development team is currently exploring another patch for Bloodborne, seeking ways to improve load time duration, in addition to other performance optimizations and miscellaneous bug fixes.”

According to their statement above, From Software is looking into a second patch which will address some loading time issues. A release date for the second patch has not been revealed, but the developers state it will “roll out soon”.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information

PlayStation Network Down Again

According to the official PlayStation Twitter account, PlayStation Network has suffered another outage. There is no news as to why, or whether it is down to another malicious attack, à la the Christmas DDoS attack on PSN by Lizard Squad.

As of this morning, PlayStation were reported to be slowly restoring the online gaming service:

Source: TweakTown

Lizard Squad PS4 Jailbreak Rumoured for 2015 Release

There are strong rumours abound that hacker collective Lizard Squad has developed a PlayStation 4 jailbreak and that it plans to release it at some point this year.

Reports suggest that Lizard Squad found a security flaw in the PS4’s 2.03 firmware, allowing them to modify the root files to run their rewritten code. The code lets users run ISO copies of PS4 games. A further alleged benefit is the ability to update games via PSN to access cracked DLC content.

The jailbreak is said to be inspired by Reckz0r, who was reported to have hacked the PlayStation 4 as early as October 2013. Reckz0r’s method, using Orbis OS, has been written up as a tutorial, according to GrahamCluley.com. The report says that Sony have threatened Reckz0r with legal action over the hack.

Reckz0r’s tutorial was said to be removed after he received the following direct message from the official PlayStation Twitter account:

“No? We’re giving you one day, to delete that Pastebin link you have recently posted, alongside with the files if you have uploaded them somewhere. It won’t take us long to get you arrested if you’re still going to proceed spreading the jailbreak. 🙂 Take the Geohotz scenario as an example.”

Source: KDrama Stars

Lizard Squad’s DDoS Service Hacked

How deliciously apt: Lizard Squad’s for-hire DDoS service, Lizard Stresser, has been hacked by unknown persons.

Lizard Squad are the hacker group responsible for the attacks on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network that brought the services down over Christmas last year. The group later claimed that these DDoS attacks were meant as a form of advertisement for its Lizard Stresser service.

News of the Lizard Stresser hack was broken by Brian Krebs of online security site Krebs on Security, revealing that the culprit had sent him a copy of Lizard Stesser’s customer database, including their passwords, obtained directly from the site, stored as a plain text file.

The document reveals that although 14,241 people have registered with the site, only a couple of hundred people have paid for the service, raising over $11,000-worth of Bitcoins in sales.

Source: Krebs on Security

Another Arrested Over Lizard Squad Attacks

Police have arrested another person believed to be connected to the DDoS attacks upon Xbox Live and PlayStation Network over Christmas. The UK South East Regional Organised Crime Unit arrested an 18-year-old on Boundary Street in Southport this morning (Friday).

Gizmodo says that the individual was arrested under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 in connection with “unauthorised access to computer material, unauthorised access with intent to commit further offences and threats to kill”. The individual has also been linked to “swatting” – the practice of falsely informing the police about a supposed suspect or incident, leading to the deployment of oftentimes armed police officers to the victim’s property.

This news follows the late December arrest of Vinnie Omari – another Lizard Squad suspect liked to similar charges. Omari was however later released with no charges placed against him.

Lizard Squad hit the headlines over Christmas after a series of debilitating DDoS attacks upon Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. Both networks were down for most of Christmas Day, with PSN down for a couple of days following that.

Source: Gizmodo

Can’t Connect to PSN? Try this Little Trick

Sony has assured its customers that the PlayStation Network is back online, following the recent DDoS attack by Lizard Squad, but some users are still struggling to connect. Luckily, a new fix has emerged for those who can’t get online.

Enter your PlayStation’s Internet Settings, select Manual Settings, and then change the MTU to either 1473 or 1476. Hopefully, the problem will now be fixed.

A redditor called disambiguated explains why MTU is a factor:

“The GRE tunnel overhead is 24 bytes – hence, changing your MTU from 1500 to 1476 ensures that large packets make it through to the servers.”

If that doesn’t work, another thing to try is to change the console’s DNS to 8.8.8.8, Google’s public DNS.

Source: PS4 Daily

GTA V Christmas Gifts Extended Due to PSN, XBL Outages

Rockstar Games has announced that its “Christmas gifts” will be available for a longer period due to the PSN and Xbox Live outages.

The new cars, outfits, weapons and snowball fights were meant to be available only up until January 5th, but will now be available for longer. The developer has not yet declared when they will actually stop allowing users to get their GTA Christmas fix, but the news will be welcome for players.

Both console networks have experienced long periods of downtime over the Christmas period thanks to suspected denial of service attacks by ‘Lizard Squad’. Both services have come back online, although PSN is still experiencing some issues.

Source: Polygon

Lizard Squad Identities Supposedly Revealed by Anonymous

Another day, another Lizard Squad story. Anonymous have apparently had their revenge and unmasked those behind the ‘hacking’ group.

A list of names, addresses and other contact details have been dumped onto pastebin. The details are quite specific, listing their MAC addresses, IP addresses and even details of their family members.

Those listed are all fairly young, meaning Lizard Squad most probably is just a bunch of teenagers in their bedrooms doing it for the “lulz”.

Source: Pastebin 

Lizard Squad Claims Xbox and PSN Hack Was For Our Own Good, Anonymous Declares War

Lizard Squad, the hacker group responsible for taking down Xbox Live and PlayStation Network over Christmas, has claimed it committed the act for the good of gamers. Whatever the motivation, Anonymous has declared war on Lizard Squad, telling the collective that they’ve “made an enemy”.

According to Lizard Squad, a company as large as Microsoft and Sony should have the money and infrastructure to prevent DDoS attacks, and that’s exactly the point, the implication being that users are being short-changed by the two companies not investing in their networks enough.

https://twitter.com/LizardMafia/status/548621930606370816

“If I was working [at Microsoft or Sony] and had a big enough budget I could totally stop these attacks,” a member of Lizard Squad, ‘Ryan Cleary’, told The Daily Dot. “I’d buy more bandwidth, some specific equipment, and configure it correctly. It’s just about programming skill. With an attack of this scale it could go up to the millions. But that’s really no problem for Sony and Microsoft.”

Lizard Squad’s altruistic reasoning hasn’t touched Anonymous, though, as the group has warned Lizard Squad “now you are all going down.” But there seems to be another motive behind Anonymous’ move against the hacker group, as revealed in a YouTube video released on Friday.

“Greetings Gaming Community & Lizard Squad aka Finest, It has come to our attention that despite our continued warnings you have decided to disregard our requests to stop promoting propaganda such as “Anonymous has joined up with the FBI”. The only Anon that ever worked with the FBI is Sabu, the former Lulzsec’s leader and now he’s know as the biggest traitor and scumbag that shopped hes friends to the police in order to save himself among all Anonymous parties. The Leader of Lizard Squad Jord is also the leader of Finest Squad which is in the same position as Sabu (shopped two of hes friends to the police after hacked by Anonymous and, now is struggling to escape from us). Everything that’s happening right now such as “Interview” is a typical brainwashing method of drama in order to save himself. You have made an enemy of Anonymous by saying that we are supporting FBI and now you are all going down!”

http://youtu.be/IwQIhITNTEg

Source: Inquisitr

The Lizard Squad Takes Down Xbox Live in the UK

It looks like The Lizard Squad would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, as the hacking group has taken down Xbox Live in the UK, and in many other parts of the world.

The group said they wanted to keep their promise of giving out “presents” to gamers, in the form of taking down Xbox Live. Xbox Live has reportedly been down for many throughout the world, with the official Xbox Live status page stating that it’s hard for people to sign into Xbox Live on the Xbox 360, but not the Xbox One.

Sony’s PSN has reportedly also been hit by The Lizard Squad… so the “giving” continues, I guess. #pcmasterrace unaffecte.d

Source: Attack of the Fanboy.

Passwords from Sony, Microsoft, 2K Reportedly Leaked

A hacker group has reportedly released thousands of passwords from Sony, Microsoft and 2K Games.

They released the supposed passwords and other information yesterday (Friday), on Pastebin. They claim that they have leaked usernames and passwords for 2,131 PlayStation Network users, 1,473 Windows Live users, and 2,000 2k Games users.

The group calls itself DERP, or DerpTrolling and claims that it is doing this to highlight inadequacies in the security measures taken out by those companies. They say that they mean no harm and only wish to motivate the companies to improve the way they handle customer data.

They had previously said that they had access to the data, but was not going to publish it. Obviously they’ve since changed their minds, as they believe their earlier claims did not get the attention of the companies involved. It’s also believed that the supposed leak resembles only a small proportion of the data they claim to have access to:

“We have 800,000 from 2K and 500,000 credit card data. In all of our raids we have a total of around 7 million usernames and passwords,” he said. “We have around 2 million Comcast accounts, 620,000 Twitter accounts, 1.2 million credentials belonging to the CIA domain, 200,000 Windows Live accounts, 3 million Facebook, 1.7 million EA origins accounts, etc.”

Microsoft, Sony and 2K have yet to publicly comment on the claims, although CNET is now reporting that the breach could have been faked.

Source: CNET

Lizard Squad Take Down Twitch and League of Legends

Game streaming service Twitch.tv and online game League of Legends have been hit by notorious hacking group “Lizard Squad”, leaving both services offline for gamers and spectators alike.

The hacking group, or what ever we should be calling them, launch a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in the early hours of the morning. The first attach hit Twitch and shortly after the team took down Riot Games League of Legends services.

https://twitter.com/LizardSquad/status/504416785194434562

I’m not sure what’s with this idiots ruining gaming services for people, but it was only last weekend that the same team took down the Sony PlayStation Network. PSN has since been restored, but is still suffering some minor network issues.

https://twitter.com/LizardSquad/status/504454145584427008

What ever will come next? Seems it is pretty common these days for online games and services to be bumped offline and there is little to nothing we can do about it.

Thank you Gamezone for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Gamezone.

PSN Network Hit By DDOS Attack, Back Online But Sony Postpones Maintenance

Sony’s PlayStation Network was hit by a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack this weekend which affected service. As of today the service has resumed normal operation but Sony have had to cancel their planned August 25th maintenance as a result. The DDoS attack has hit Sony hard because PSN is the backbone of all Sony Services for the PS Vita, PS3, PS4 and Sony Online Entertainment MMOs. Sony has already publicly confirmed that these are just DDoS flood attacks: no personal data has been compromised like back in 2011 when 93,000 accounts were hacked and their data compromised. Clearly Sony have learnt some lessons.

So what have Sony been up against? Well the hacker has already come forward: “FamedGod” claims that they managed to pump a staggering 263.35 Gbps of traffic at Sony’s server during the DDoS attack so it’s hardly surprising the PlayStation Network went down. The DDoS was carried out by abusing NTP (network time protocol) servers. The hacker even went as far as making a video to explain how the attack was possible – making it explicitly obvious to Sony what they need to fix to protect themselves against such an attack in future. Let’s hope Sony learn from their mistakes, they should count themselves lucky that the hacker was not interested in stealing personal data.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC0_DV2fJTc[/youtube]

Source: Sony, Via: Softpedia

Image courtesy of Sony

Now TV Lands on the PlayStation Store in UK

Sky’s media application, Now TV, has landed on PS4 consoles in the UK according to a tweet by Chris Owen, the English community manager for PlayStation Europe.

Now TV has been available on the PlayStation 3 since last year and it allows people to pay for daily and monthly access to different content such as Sport, Movies and regular TV shows, which in my opinion is a really lame idea and some of the prices are even more ridiculous. For a Sky Sports DAY pass, yes DAY pass, it’s £9.99. £9.99 to watch mainly football for a day, yes you can get formula 1 and golf and cricket but the vast majority is football, why people can’t watch the highlights for free i’ll never know but seriously, £9.99 for a day!? There are two monthly passes that are way more reasonably priced, you can get a Sky Movies monthly pass for £8.99 and the Entertainment pass for £4.99 a month. Much better than £9.99 a day!

Anyway, enough about awful pricing, the Now TV app is said to come to Xbox One later this summer but no official date has been given by Sky. So sorry Xbox One users, guess you have to watch free TV on your TV through your Xbox which is on your TV! (Insert yo dawg meme here)

Thanks to Eurogamer for supplying us with this information.

Image courtesy of Eurogamer.

Final DLC For The Last Of Us Will Be Called Left Behind

Naughty Dog’s hit PS3 game The Last Of Us will be getting the last DLC piece of story based content called Left Behind. While multiplayer DLC will still be released this is the last piece of the story based single player DLC planned to be released. Naughty Dog’s community strategist Eric Monacelli wrote this on the European PlayStation Blog explaining the latest DLC;

There’s mutilplayer DLC up next. We don’t have an y more single player DLC planned. The new single player DLC will be of a sizable length, depending of on difficulty and new music is being recorded for the DLC as well.”

The DLC will be released February 14th and will feature Ellie and her best friend Riley, this will take place before the apocalyptic events of the main story, also added into this DLC will be multi-faction combat. Will this piece of DLC keep fans of The Last Of Us happy? Only time will tell, but we can still look forward to more multiplayer DLC as well.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYihw0fuOek[/youtube]

The Last of Us: Left Behind full opening trailer

Thank you The Escapist for the information provided

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Green Man Gaming’s Playfire Service Now Available For PS4 and PSN.

Delivering earlier than Santa, Green Man Gaming has announced that it has launched the PS4 tracking BETA on its Playfire service; an innovative social network where gamers can track their in-game achievements. Following the most successful launch in PlayStation’s history, 2.4 million PS4 console owners can now track their game play and trophies, check out what the most popular PS4 titles are, and discover what their friends and the community are getting into on Playfire.

Specifically designed so that users can share their gaming experiences at the touch of a button on the Dualshock 4 wireless controller, the PS4 “SHARE” menu has been accessed more than 10.9 million times. As it’s the season for exchanging and spreading good news, Playfire users can share all their game play and opinions as the PS4 BETA also complements a freshly updated Vita and PS3 tracking system.

“We were one of the first services to support Xbox One game tracking, and are thrilled to present PS4 tracking in time for Christmas” said Paul Sulyok, CEO of Green Man Gaming and Playfire. “Thanks to the generous feedback from our community, combined with the quick work and skill of our talented development team, there will be many more exciting Playfire projects coming soon in 2014.”

The Playfire community has already logged 1.5 billion achievements and trophies which is sure to rapidly swell as next-gen gamers are welcomed to the service.

Thank you Playfire for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Playfire.

Nightmare, Pyrrha & Astaroth To Be Playable In Free-To-Play Soul Calibur: Lost Swords

Namco Bandai has confirmed that fan favorite characters from their Soul series will be playable in the upcoming Soul Calibur: Lost Swords. The latest chapter in the hit Soul Calibur franchise will be a free-to-play single player experience and will feature numerous famous fighters including Siegfried, Mitsurugi and Sophitia. As Nightmare, Pyrrha and Astaroth will also be playable in the game, watch the new gameplay videos featuring these beloved characters!

Nightmare – is the main antagonist of the Soul series. He is the living incarnation of the cursed sword, Soul Edge, the objective of most other characters in the story. Under the sword’s control, he perpetually hunts souls in an attempt to satisfy its evil hunger. He possesses an intense power and performs tough and instantaneous attacks.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/85_6qz-zk74[/youtube]

Pyrrha – is a young nomadic girl who was abducted as a child by minions of Soul Edge. Though she dislikes fighting, she exhibits surprising strength and defense when the odds are against her. Unbeknownst to her, she holds the innate ability to be the next vessel for the evil sword. Her excellent skills with a shield provide her with standout defense and her counter-attack stance proves useful while dodging an opponent’s attacks.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/FpAuSz1KhQU[/youtube]

Astaroth – is a golem warrior created by the High Priest Kunpaetku of the cult Fygul Cestemus for the purpose of seizing the evil sword, Soul Edge. His existence comprises solely of instinctual destruction and slaughter. He is specialized in long-range attacks with his broad axe. He also possesses a tremendous ramming attack, as well as throws that maintain his superiority in battle.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/8rVBJG8dgVk[/youtube]

Soul Calibur: Lost Swords will be coming to Europe in 2014 exclusively on the PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3. I can’t wait to find out how this game plays given that it’s a fighting game franchise that has spawned a single player experience, it also remains to be seen what level of microtransactions the game implements.

Thank you Namco Bandai for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Namco Bandai.

Sony Resets User Passwords Following Irregular Network Activity

A number of times in the news we have seen reports that Sony’s Playstation Network (PSN) security has been compromised and as a result the user names and passwords of many users, along with their personal information has been illegally accessed. Sadly it looks like the same thing may have happened yet again, but it seems that Sony may have shut the door on anything happening this time round.

Following Sony Europe’s move earlier this week to reset a large number of passwords as part of a ‘precautionary measure’, Sony’s America team has followed suit as they pick up activity on their network that doesn’t follow the usual pattern. Thankfully for the small number of users that have been affected, Sony may have got there just in time, but as always we will recommend that you keep your password safe, making sure that it is changed on a regular basis, but most of all – don’t make it easy to guess. Capitals and numbers mixed in will help to keep your account that bit more secure.

In order to keep a number of users from panicking that they cannot reset their password, a spokesperson for Sony stated:  “Note that if you have access to the email address and Date of Birth associated with the account, you will be able to reset it yourself. If you are missing one or both of those, then you will need to contact us for further assistance.”

Kotaku pushed Sony for a statement regarding the activity; Sony replied “We routinely monitor for irregular activity, and if such activity is detected, we may sometimes reset passwords of affected SEN accounts as a precautionary measure to protect consumers and their account information.”

Whilst Sony may have caught out any potential intruders, it looks like there are still a few creases within their security measures that need to be ironed out to yet again prevent anything like this happening again.

Source: Kotaku.com

Ubisoft Scraps Uplay Online Pass System, Assassin’s Creed 4 Was The Catalyst

After dissent from Assassin’s Creed 4 fans and players, Ubisoft have decided to officially scrap the Uplay Passport code requirement to access to online aspect of Assassin’s Creed 4, called Edward’s Fleet. Previously gamers would need to enter a Uplay Passport code to unlock the online aspect of the game (the companion app called Edward’s Fleet) and bonus content of Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag. These codes were supposed to ship with all copies of the game but in some instances they didn’t and if you didn’t have a code then you had to pay extra to buy one separately. Now that Ubisoft have scrapped the Uplay passport all gamers will be able to access the online aspect for free via Xbox Live or PSN. Ubisoft encourages anyone who purchased a Uplay passport code for Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag to contact regional support, presumably for a refund or some type of reimbursement.

Ubisoft also notes that all future game titles will not feature Uplay passport again. Ubisoft’s move follows a similar move made by EA earlier this year where it also scrapped its online pass system for all current and future games after very negative feedback from gamers.

“What’s more, Uplay Passport will not be a part of any future Ubisoft games. The Uplay Passport program was initiated as a means of giving customers full access and support for online multiplayer and features, along with exclusive content, bonuses and rewards. However, games today are blurring the line between offline and online, between what is “single player” and what is “multiplayer.” Based on that and on the feedback we received from you, we recognized that Passport is no longer the best approach for ensuring that all our customers have the best possible experience with all facets of our games.” Stated Ubisoft.

Image courtesy of Engadget

Sony To Release PlayStation App On iOS And Android Stores This November

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. announced that it will release PlayStationApp, a new application for mobile devices, on November the 13th, 2013 in North America, and on November the 22nd, 2013 in Europe and will be available free of charge.

The PlayStationApp can be downloaded onto various mobile devices, such as iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android based smartphones and tablets, from the App Store and Google Play. Once installed, these devices can be used as second screens in supported PlayStation4 titles, and users can easily access the PlayStation Network features such as Friend Lists and Trophies. Furthermore, users will be able to exchange messages with members of their Friends List, and browse through news and information on the official PlayStation website. The PlayStationApp comes with a variety of features that allow users to seamlessly access and enjoy the world of PlayStation.

The following features are available on PlayStationApp:

  • Directly access various PSN(SM) features and information
    • Browse the official PlayStation website and access information
    • PS4 Second Screen Feature
    • Spectate other PS4 users’ gameplay
    • Purchase game content on PlayStationStoreUse a mobile device as a simple remote to control the PS4 system
  • Users can access their own profile screen.
  • Users can access/compare their own and friends’ Trophy accomplishments.
  • Exchange messages between PS4 systems, PlayStation3 (PS3) systems, PlayStationVita (PS Vita) systems, and mobile devices installed with PlayStationApp.
  • Access and filter friend profiles.
  • Notify users about their friends’ shared activities on “What’s New”.
  • Notify PS4 users when they receive any new notifications or game invitations. Users can also display their lists of game items.

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Games With Gold Becomes A Permanent Fixture On Xbox Live

Games With Gold has proven a great success for Microsoft, it’s their (someone weak) attempt to compete with PlayStation Plus and while I still think that Sony are giving the better deal (more games for less money), I can’t complain at Microsoft for making the effort and giving out some free content.

When it started back in July, Xbox fans rejoiced that they would be getting some free content, but the quality of that content hasn’t been quite premium and many offerings have been older or less expensive titles, something we hope to see improve as Microsoft build up interest and support for the promotion. This month you can download both Halo 3 and Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes.

There is no word on next-gen games with gold, but with Sony already offerings titles across all their current platforms and next-gen for free via PlayStation Plus, it is clear that Microsoft are going to have to play catch up and Games With Gold becoming a permanent fixture is just the first step in doing so.

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