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GREE to co-sponsor Japan’s 2020 Olympics bid

Social games giant GREE has been named as the co-sponsor of Japan’s bid to host the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. It will share sponsorship duties with Yahoo Japan. The drive will begin on December 26th with the first advertising hitting newspapers and public transport. GREE CEO Yoshikazu Tanaka has also …

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PSN’s 43 day nightmare is over

Sony has this morning confirmed that the PlayStation Store is being turned back on around the world. It’s recovery marks the full restoration of PSN. In total the full service was down for 43 days, or just over six weeks. "I’m happy to confirm that PlayStation Store is open and …

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NGP tech ‘scaled back’

The successor to the PSP will have its memory capacity halved as part of Sony’s bid to cut retail prices, a new report claims. An unconfirmed rumour in circulation suggests that the NGP will come packaged with 256MB of RAM, as opposed to the 512MB flaunted by Sony when the …

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PSN ‘at least a few days’ from restoration

PlayStation customers have been told not to expect PSN to return in the coming days. "I know you all want to know exactly when the services will be restored," SCEE’s head of communications Nick Caplin stated. "At this time, I can’t give you an exact date, as it will likely …

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Sony outlines PSN recovery plan

Sony Computer Entertainment boss Kaz Hirai this morning outlined PSN’s road to recovery at a press event in Tokyo. The exec confirmed a number of key PSN features will return this week, including online multiplayer, account management, PlayStation Home, friends lists and chat. Users will also be required to change …

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GAME reveals 3DS Play/Trade deal

Having cut over 20 off the online price of the 3DS just this morning, MCV can reveal that GAME has now upped the ante by revealing an amazing trade-in offer for the device. Gamers who buy the device for 196.99 from GAME’s website will now have the chance to trade …

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Game tax breaks back on?

The UK games industry is braced for another tense Budget report, as new indications suggest George Osborne could re-introduce games tax breaks into the finance bill. In recent weeks, and with the March 23 Budget looming, the government has noticeably cultivated more positive connections with the digital entertainment industries. Now …

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PS3 skipped in Sony VAT deal

SCE UK has confirmed to MCV that the PS3 will not be included in a new Sony promotion that offers consumers the chance to claim back VAT on certain products purchased between October 28th and December 24th. PCR reports that the scheme, which is being run by Sony Electronics, covers …

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Pre-owned website buying unsold stock

New website tradeyourgames.co.uk, which buys and sells pre-owned titles, will roll out a business-to-business service so that independent video game retailers can sell excess stock. The site launched earlier this month and claims to offer consumers trade-in rates of up to 40 per cent more than High Street stores. It …

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PS3 hack claims gather pace

A hacker who made his name by being the first to break Apple’s iPhone 3.0 firmware is claiming to have been the first to hack Sony’s until-now piracy free PS3. The hacker community is taking these claims far more seriously than similar statements made earlier this month. Writing on his …

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