Posts Tagged "Sony"

Xperia Play: Does it Stand a Chance?

Xperia Play: Does it Stand a Chance?

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone (a.k.a. the PlayStation Phone) began making its presence felt on worldwide cell phone markets recently. The phone puts a special emphasis behind gaming, which is evident from its pop-out d-pad and lineup of classic PSOne games. It even comes pre-loaded with some titles, including Bruce Lee: Dragon Warrior, Crash Bandicoot, and Tetris. It is, frankly, a neat little piece of technology, but it’s having some trouble...

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PR Crisis: Repairing Damanged Public Relations

PR Crisis: Repairing Damanged Public Relations

As Elton John and Bernie Taupin once penned in a ballad, “sorry” is the hardest word. Sony knows it; it has been doing some heavy-duty apologizing since hackers made off with personal information belonging to tens of millions of users of the PlayStation Network. Now that the PSN is back, the company has sought to make things up to its fanbase through free game offers, including LittleBigPlanet, WipeOut HD, inFamous, and others. Some PSN users...

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Should Japan Be Blocking the PSN’s Return?

Should Japan Be Blocking the PSN’s Return?

After nearly a month of downtime, the PlayStation Network has returned. It doesn’t seem real; it’s as if we’ll open our eyes and be whisked out of Narnia, or we’ll go online and the whole network will shatter again. It’s not an illusion, though: The PlayStation Network exists on the fleshly plane once more. You may touch it. Unless you live in Japan. The PlayStation Network remains down in Sony’s homeland until Sony discloses...

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Sony at Risk of a PSN Developer Exodus?

Sony at Risk of a PSN Developer Exodus?

The PlayStation Network is on the mend, and Sony has free games in store for users who have been burned by the month-long downtime and theft of personal info. Players are happy enough to get back to “work,” but studios that depend on the PSN for their daily bread aren’t about to be pacified by a pat on the back and a copy of LittleBigPlanet. For instance, games that were supposed to be released in the window of the PSN’s downtime tripped...

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Wii 2: Can it Win the Console War?

Wii 2: Can it Win the Console War?

Wii 2, Project Cafe, Stream… regardless of the name, Nintendo’s new video game system will soon make an appearance this June at the E3 2011 tradeshow. But does it have what it takes to win the next-generation console war against the PlayStation 4, Xbox 720 or whatever systems Sony and Microsoft choose to next introduce? As part of Gear Up, our running technology video series for Rolling Stone magazine, we take a closer look at whether or not the Wii 2...

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