The PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade are the home of hundreds of unique software titles provided by a plethora of hard-working developers and publishers. Because of this, running and maintaining such extravagant network services is essential in not only making your consumers satisfied, but those who provide the content. Jasper Koning, one of seven co-founders and a game designer at Ronimo Games, understands this completely as someone who relies financially on the success of the projects he dedicates his time to. Jasper comments on the recent PSN blackout and provides his view to these situations.
With Microsoft's new firmware update introducing support for Microsoft's all-new XGD3 DVD format, now available to millions of Xbox 360 owners worldwide, there are a select few left with a console unable to play retail games. Microsft has addressed this issue in a rapid manner to ensure that they keep their customers satisfied and have them back up and running in no time. Meanwhile, Sony is currently wrapping up the restoration process of the PlayStation Network, at least let's hope so, and is now facing a crowd that will be hard to please.
After nearly a month of the PlayStation Network being down due to an invasion by a group of hackers, Sony has finally began the restoration process for the updated PSN. Sony has revealed their plans on how they will compensate the millions of PS3 owners affected and are promising a much more secure network than before, but how will this all play out? Are you satisfied with the compensation Sony is offering their consumers? Do you feel the PSN is finally "secure"?
NOTE: At the time of this recording, earlier today, Sony had not officially announced any specifics for their "Welcome Back" Program. For the full details on how Sony is going about compensating their customers, you can visit the Official PlayStation Blog.
When the term "Starhawk" was first trademarked by Sony in April of 2009, the media jumped on the idea of having a sequel to the multiplayer-only title, Warhawk. Here we are more than two years after this trademark was made official and Starhawk has been unveiled. While Sony certainly failed on keeping this project completely under wraps, today they shocked us all with what will be taking place within Starhawk.
On May 10th, Microsoft announced that they had purchased Skype for a whopping $8.5 billion. This action has sparked many questions and discussions on how Microsoft plans to use Skype to further their company and further enrich their customer's experiences. Meanwhile, Sony has their own trick up their sleeve that I was lucky enough to receive some information on.
Last week, Insomniac announced that their upcoming first-person shooter, Resistance 3, would become playable for the public on June 14th, as the single player demo for the highly anticipated PS3 exclusive would be placed on every Blu-ray copy of Battle: Los Angeles. A similar marketing action took place with God of War 3 as the demo for the groundbreaking adventure title made an appearance on District 9. I speak on this marketing technique and why it is one of the most effective methods yet.
During the middle of last month, Sony's PlayStation Network was attacked by a group of hackers resulting in millions of user's information being leaked and all of Sony's online services coming to a strict halt. We are now approaching the final days of PSN's restoration process, at least let's hope so, and Sony has revealed their plans on how they plan to compensate for this fiasco. Has Sony handled this situation in the right manner, or has Sony revealed their mediocre integrity towards their consumers?
Over the past few months, the fight between PlayStation and Sony has grown immensely and has led to many concerns for owners of Sony's gaming platform, the PlayStation 3. Sony came out earlier this week and claimed everything was settled with the infamous Geohot, but there are now questions being raised as Geohot claims Sony is masking the true story.
During a recent conversation with Sony Computer Entertainment America's President and CEO, Jack Tretton, Jack stated the following: "I don't think price makes or kills a platform". While I may be able to agree with this quote to some extent, I have a feeling Jack is preparing us all for the announcement of NGP's official retail price.
On March 29th, Major Nelson revealed Microsoft's upcoming beta to test out an all new "disc format" for the Xbox 360. Ever since the announcement, the internet has gone wild with numerous speculations and rumors. Today, I speak on this topic and explain why this new "disc format" is being overhyped.