Reminder: PSN undergoing maintenance today from 12:30PM to 7PM

PlayStation NetworkJust a heads up. Routine PSN maintenance will be carried out from 12:30PM EST (9:30AM PST) to 7PM EST (4PM PST). The PlayStation Store, PS Home and account management will be inaccessible during the time period, but online play will still be available ONLY IF you sign in before maintenance starts (so sign in, now).

The Last of Us holds the #1 spot on UK charts for second week

The Last of UsFor the second week in a row, The Last of Us continues to reign supreme at the top of the UK charts. Following Naughty Dog’s masterpiece is Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which continues to hold steady at #2, unable to take the top spot. This has been a quiet week: MotoGP 13, the only new release on the charts, only managed to breach the top 20 chart at 15.

FIFA 13 came in at third and Tomb Raider at fourth. Rockstar’s Max Payne 3 did jump to fifth due to a newly bestowed £10 price tag on both consoles.

Top 10 UK Software Sales (All Formats); week ending June 22:

  1. The Last of Us
  2. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  3. FIFA 13
  4. Tomb Raider
  5. Max Payne 3
  6. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  7. Far Cry 3
  8. Injustice: Gods Among Us
  9. Assassin’s Creed 3
  10. Grid 2

Mark your calendars: the PlayStation Store’s 12 Deals of Christmas kicks off on December 1

12 Deals of ChristmasChristmas is coming, and the PlayStation Store is renewing its 12 Deals of Christmas special event. Each deal will be available for 48 hours before they’re gone, so make sure you pay attention to your calendars! The deals will be unwrapped when it’s time for them to be opened, so check out the PlayStation Store when December comes rolling around!

Sony releases PlayStation Mobile SDK to the public

Great move, Sony. The company today released the public version of the PlayStation Mobile SDK, allowing independent developers to create content for the Vita, PS3, and other certified devices, and sell them on the PlayStation Store.

For the annual cost of $99, developers can create apps for the Vita, PS3, PSP, and PlayStation Certified Android devices. Sony is also offering development support to the community.

Although it’s a move that Sony should’ve made earlier (like, say, closer to the Vita’s launch), it’s still a great one. Surely this will get more developer and consumer support behind the Vita and help to boost sales.

Have you seen the new PlayStation Store yet? [North American Users]

The New PlayStation Store

(Credit: The Examiner)

 

After being delayed and missing the originally scheduled October 23 launch, the revamped PlayStation Store is now live in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. If you haven’t checked it out yet, get to it.

The update brought with it an impressive makeover, more filters, a tumbling-letter search engine, Most Popular charts (finally), and video streaming on item pages.

What do you guys think of the refreshed PSN?

Anonymous claimed to have hacked PSN, turns out it’s a hoax

https://twitter.com/YourAnonNews/status/235791587374927872

Anonymous claimed via Twitter today to have hacked the PlayStation Network, compromising 10 million accounts and collecting 50 GB of data. However, PSN users can relax as the news was deemed a hoax when it was discovered that the list of leaked emails was a copy of a pastebin posting from March 19. Sony Computer Entertainment’s Shane Bettenhausen stated in a tweet that the claim is “totally fake.”

Still, this is a good time to strengthen your password and keep a close eye on your PSN account.

What You Didn’t See Here: Rod Fergusson joins Irrational Games, ex-Kingdoms of Amalur devs get a new home

What didn’t I get around to posting? Well Gears of War developer Rod Fergusson left Epic to join the BioShock Infinite team at Irrational Games, Ripstone teamed up with Sony for PS Plus Presents, Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma is coming to the PS3 soon, the Ex-Kingdoms of Amalur developers were given a new home at Epic’s newly formed Impossible Studios, a PlayStation All-Stars Sweet Tooth strategy video was released, and the Grand Theft Auto V trailer was recreated inside Battlefield 3. Continue reading

Watch Sony’s Gamescom press conference live next Tuesday

Sony Press Conference Gamescom CountdownSony’s Gamescom press conference will be streaming live online on Tuesday, August 14 at 1 PM Eastern / 10 AM Pacific. The PS3 redesign isn’t expected to be announced this year, but Sony has announced big things at Gamescom in the past (i.e. the PS3 Slim).