I powered on my PS3 only to be met with an offer that states 25% off PS3 Plus Membership for the year. The price it states was £29.99 and for this you normally get a handful of games free over time along with various other benefits. I checked out the web site to see what was on offer and noticed about 10 games that were free – I seen this as me walking into a store picking up 10 games for £3 each which seemed a bargain to me, so I signed up. What games were on offer? Let us break them down:
Recently a good friend of mine went out and got himself a Boxee Box and the strange thing here is this box can be bought in the USA for about $179.99 whilst the UK pricing seems to be closer to £200. For those that are not in the know, the UK price should be closer to £114, so you can see why UK people will reject this box pretty much straight away. What got me thinking though was simple, will a Playstation 3 (which is now $250 or £190) do a better job then the boxee box as well as provide more content in the way of games and such?
Time to rejoice PS3 people because finally Sony have started to flip the switches around the world and they are finally the PSN to live once again. The first part was to download a firmware update (3.61) and then when I got the word, logged onto PSN vis the PS3. It asked me to change my password – which makes sense as the hackers have them all now and once that was complete, I was back online. Nothing showed up yet in the way of a “sorry we had the PSN down so long” bonus that I heard about but I am sure it will come out soon.
It is now the 8th May 2011 and although Sony have been making noises about offering a free Month of PSN+ service, a free game of some sort and other such good things, In the UK nothing has been heard and still no news of getting the service back. I have heard of people selling there PS3 and buying an XBOX360 and saying they will never buy a Sony product ever again and if you do not, then you must be a fan boy or something. I want to set the record straight from my own viewpoint of this whole PS3 debates.
For some time now the Sony Playstation Network which is the backbone of playing online and getting software was down with little word from Sony other than “We are fixing it”. I had already told my friend at work who had bought many songs via his credit card to seek to replace that card as soon as possible as the data may have been compromised. Upon checking yesterday from the Playstation Blog, they released a statement: