Friday, December 19, 2014
The video game industry managed to reverse an almost year-long trend in November, but the question now is at what cost? Nearly every month since Microsoft and Sony launched new game consoles November 2013, hardware purchases have made up for the fact that players just weren't buying that many new games. Yet last month the industry flip-flopped.   [READ MORE]
Sony should fear China's censors almost as much as rival Microsoft as it prepares to unveil the price and release date of its PlayStation 4 gaming console in the world's third-largest gaming market. The announcement, due to be made in Shanghai around on Thursday morning, comes hot on the heels of the launch of Microsoft's Xbox console in China as both firms rush to capitalize on the lifting a 14-year ban on foreign gaming consoles.   [READ MORE]
The limited-edition PlayStation 4 designed to commemorate 20 years of Sony's game console has become a big hit on eBay. Over the weekend, one eBay seller manged to sell Sony's PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition for $20,100 after 34 bids, while a second eBay seller was able to sell the console for $15,100 after 106 bids, listings on the online auction site confirm. The limited-edition console, which quickly sold out after preorders started in the US on Saturday, retails for $500 in the US and £399 in the UK.

It's been a tough couple of weeks for Sony. A group called "Lizard Squad" claimed responsibility on Twitter for a hacking that rendered the PlayStation Network (PSN) temporarily useless on Sunday. When users signed in, they were greeted by the message: “Page Not Found! It’s not you. It’s the Internet’s fault.” The PlayStation Network was mostly down fromjust before 7 p.m. to just after 9 p.m. on Sunday night.   [READ MORE]
Sony can't seem to catch a break. The company was hit by hackers once again, this time by a group that targeted the PlayStation Network. The hub for games and movies was down for about two hours on Monday.

Twenty years ago this week, the PlayStation console changed the face of video games. With 3D graphics and games aimed at more mature audiences, the console marked the beginning of a sea change for gaming. Sony has changed and refined that hardware a great deal over the course of 20 years, turning the original PlayStation into a sleeker, boxier artifact. The controller saw changes, too, as Sony refined the shape based on player feedback.   [READ MORE]

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