Microsoft Offers $100 Credit For People Who Trade In PS3 For Xbox One

Microsoft Offers $100 Credit For People Who Trade In PS3 For Xbox One

Want an Xbox One but you’re put off by the $499 sticker price? If you’re willing to part with your PS3 or certain newer models of the Xbox 360, and you live near a Microsoft store, there’s a deal you might be interested in. [More]

The Sony demo of PS Now at CES in Jan. 2014.

Sony Starts Inviting Users To PlayStation Now Beta Test

Sony shook things up a few weeks ago at CES when it announced the impending launch of PlayStation Now, a cloud-based service that could give PS4 owners access to previous-generation games that won’t currently work on the new console and Sony says will eventually let users play PlayStation games without any console at all. This week, the company began sending out the first round of invites to users who registered to become beta testers for PS Now. [More]

Police Offer PlayStation 3 As Reward For Return Of Guns

Police Offer PlayStation 3 As Reward For Return Of Guns

Police in Snellville, GA, are trying to recover a pile of recently stolen guns and ammunition, but rather than offer the usual cash reward, cops are offering Sony PlayStation 3 video game consoles. [More]

Sony, Game Developer Scheme To Plague Gamers With More PS3 Microtransactions

Sony, Game Developer Scheme To Plague Gamers With More PS3 Microtransactions

Angling to get in on the microtransaction gaming action that’s all the rage online and on mobile devices, Sony and a game developer are reportedly hammering out policies to allow games to nickel and dime players to a greater extent. [More]

Sony Wants To Compete With Cable, Satellite TV Providers

Sony Wants To Compete With Cable, Satellite TV Providers

Not content to let the likes of Netflix and Xbox pass it by in the realm of TV streaming, Sony is reportedly trying to swing deals with major networks in order to secure rights to programming. The idea seems to be to turn PlayStation 3s and Sony’s internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players into competitors against cable boxes and satellite receivers. [More]

Sony Clamps Down On Downloaded Games Sharing

Sony Clamps Down On Downloaded Games Sharing

Sony currently lets you store downloaded games on a total of five PS3s or PSPs, but it’s cutting back on those limits. Starting Nov. 18, you’ll only be able to store a game on two PS3s or two PSPs. Some games, such as PlayStation 1 classics and PSP Minis, are playable on both systems, and you can play those on two PS3s and two PSPs each. [More]

Game Publisher Fails To Deliver On Promised "Battlefield 3" Bonus

Game Publisher Fails To Deliver On Promised "Battlefield 3" Bonus

In a press conference at the E3 video game expo in June, Sony Computer Entertainment of America CEO Jack Tretton announced that the PS3 version of Battlefield 3 would include a copy of one of its predecessors, Battlefield 1943. But Battlefield 3 hit stores Tuesday without Battlefield 1943 in tow. [More]

Sony Says All Future Sony Games Will Require Code To Play Online

Sony Says All Future Sony Games Will Require Code To Play Online

Out to swipe some profits from the used video game machine, some publishers have moved toward packing new games with codes that unlock online features and selling the codes to those who buy the games used. Sony is going all-in on the tactic, announcing all games it publishes, starting with next month’s Uncharted 3, will be stuck with online passes. [More]

Sony Changes PS3 Terms Of Service To Avoid Class-Action Lawsuits

Sony Changes PS3 Terms Of Service To Avoid Class-Action Lawsuits

When AT&T recently convinced the Supreme Court that a mandatory binding arbitration clause hidden deep in a customer’s terms of service contract was enough to keep said customer from joining a class-action lawsuit against the company, many of us predicted that a number of large companies would follow AT&T’s example, adding arbitration clauses to avoid expensive class actions. And it looks like Sony has opted to go that route. [More]

I Miss Sunday Ticket Football Games, Get Refund In Sony Online Store Credit

I Miss Sunday Ticket Football Games, Get Refund In Sony Online Store Credit

DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket To Go is a service for football fans who can’t have or don’t want a satellite dish bolted to the side of their house. It streams Sunday afternoon out-of-market football games to computers, mobile devices, and as of this week, to the Sony Playstation 3. At $340 for the season, it’s not cheap, but football fans love it anyway. The service’s Playstation debut on Sunday didn’t work all that well for most customers, and didn’t work for Edward at all. He called for a refund, which was issued, then canceled. Instead of a refund to his credit card, he and other users will receive a store credit. For $25. To the Playstation Network store. “As if that is somehow comparable!” he fumed to Consumerist. [More]

NFL Sunday Ticket Comes To PS3, Android Tablets

NFL Sunday Ticket Comes To PS3, Android Tablets

DirecTV is taking strides to open up its NFL Sunday Ticket package, which lets viewers watch games not televised in their home markets. This season, non-DirecTV subscribing PlayStation 3 owners can access the service through an app for $340. The package includes the RedZone channel, which switches through different games between plays throughout the day. [More]

Amazon Gives Me Price $50 Refund On PS3 Even Though It
Doesn't Have To

Amazon Gives Me Price $50 Refund On PS3 Even Though It Doesn't Have To

As you may have heard, Sony has slashed the price on its PlayStation 3 gaming consoles by $50. For Consumerist reader DT, who had just received a PS3 from Amazon earlier this week, this good news came a few days too late. Or did it? [More]

Sony Extends Identity Theft Protection Offer For PlayStation Network Users Through july

Sony Extends Identity Theft Protection Offer For PlayStation Network Users Through july

To help calm the nerves of users whose personal information was swiped during the PlayStation Network outage, Sony offered a year of free identity theft protection through Debix’s AllClear ID PLUS program. The deadline to register was set to expire June 28, but Sony has extended it through the end of the day July 31. [More]

Sony Apparently Ends PSN Outage Welcome Back Offer A Day Early (Updated)

Sony Apparently Ends PSN Outage Welcome Back Offer A Day Early (Updated)

UPDATE: Sony has extended its welcome back program through 9 a.m. Tuesday. [More]

Sony At E3: An Apology, Price For New Portable, Unintended Laughter, A Boast And Poor Defense By Kobe Bryant

Sony At E3: An Apology, Price For New Portable, Unintended Laughter, A Boast And Poor Defense By Kobe Bryant

Sony’s marathon E3 press conference Monday, which I attended, was a roller coaster of surreal announcements and pronouncements by the company. It started with Sony Computer Entertainment of America CEO Jack Tretton offering a profuse apology for the PlayStation Network outage and data breach, and just got more awkward from there. [More]

PlayStation Network Finally All The Way Back From The Dead

PlayStation Network Finally All The Way Back From The Dead

Sony made good on its promise to restore the beleaguered PlayStation Network back to full strength, re-opening the online PlayStation Store and also allowing players to re-download past purchases. [More]

Sony Says PlayStation Network Should Be Fully Restored This Week

Sony Says PlayStation Network Should Be Fully Restored This Week

Sony managed to patch some key parts of its downed PlayStation Network more than two weeks ago, but some functions — such as the ability to buy and download previously purchased games — are still missing. [More]

New PS3 Problems: Network Login Exploit, Overheating Consoles

New PS3 Problems: Network Login Exploit, Overheating Consoles

Sony’s run of bad luck continues. Following the three-weeks-and-change PlayStation Network outage and accompanying data breach, Sony dealt with potentially compromised PSN website logins and reports of systems overheating when playing a popular new game. [More]