Apple customers downloaded more than 5 million games each day in March from the company's App Store, say market researchers Distimo and Newzoo, and that's just among the 63 million users tracked for a recent survey.
Combining their individual data for a single report, Distimo and Newzoo found that games are the single biggest category of apps on Apple's App Store, accounting for half of all downloads of both free and paid apps. Tracking a total of 63 million iOS users in March across the U.S. and six countries in Europe, the two research firms discovered … Read more
The PlayStation Store might be accessible again as soon as Tuesday, according to a report published today.
Gaming blog Gamasutra says a memo sent from Sony to its game maker partners says May 24 is the date the online store for buying video games and video content will return, unless some problem arises in the meantime.
The letter, from PSN content manager Jack Osorno, reportedly included details of a new game-publishing schedule that would allow Sony to catch up on game releases that were bypassed while the network was offline for more than three weeks.
Sony previously had said only that it aimed to relaunch the store by May 31.
In a comment to gaming site Giant Bomb, Sony spokesman Patrick Seybold said, "We've not announced a specific date other than to say we expect to have the service fully restored by the end of the month. Anything other than that is purely speculative."
The return of the PlayStation Store will complete the relaunch of Sony's gaming network following a cyberattack last month. After more than 77 million PSN customers' personal data was compromised, Sony took the network, along with its Qriocity and Sony Online services, offline while it investigated and rebuilt its network security.
The ability to sign in, change passwords, play games, and watch previously downloaded content returned on Saturday. Yesterday another vulnerability in Sony's security system was found that allowed anyone to change PSN users' passwords if they knew a user's e-mail address and date of birth, both part of the information stolen in the attack last month. Sony closed the loophole and took its PlayStation.com and Qriocity.com Web sites down for repair yesterday, though the game network remains accessible via the PlayStation 3 console and PlayStation Portable handheld device. … Read more
Microsoft is offering a deal to students on the edge of summer.
Starting May 22, students who buy a new PC for $699 or more will receive a free Xbox 360 4GB console, the software giant said in a blog post today. The offer is available to online shoppers who buy a PC from Dell.com, HP.com, or Microsoft's online store. Those who want to head to a retail outlet can find the deal at Best Buy or Microsoft's stores.
In order for students to get the free Xbox 360, they will need to have .edu e-mail … Read more
Migrating from one cell phone to another is often frustrating, especially if you have to reload a heap of music, contacts, and app purchases.
It was even more of a frustration on an Android phone if you owned a title by Gameloft. If you had purchased a Gameloft game in the past and wanted to load it on a new device, you would have had to either back it up on an SD card, or call to customer service. And we all love to talk to customer service, especially when you can just automatically redownload apps on iOS devices without a fuss.
Droid Gamers got a tip that Gameloft has shifted that stance in its DRM policy, which was hindering Android gamers from having complete control over their purchases. Now you can freely re-download Gameloft games from its Web site without having to worry about fidgeting with cards or making phone calls.
Unfortunately, due to the shift, any old .apk files that were saved as a back-up will not work anymore, according to the Droid Gamers report posted Monday. It's possible invalidating those files could be an unexpected burden on anyone who's not aware of this news.
CNET contacted Gameloft and was unable to get an official confirmation regarding this change.… Read more
If you are a Sony PlayStation Network (PSN) customer you are probably getting a little paranoid. First there was the data breach from last month that exposed customer data and forced Sony to take the network down.
And now, just days after Sony got the service back up and running, it has taken the PSN password reset service offline because it was allowing people to change other customers' passwords if they knew their e-mail address and birth date--information that was stolen in the attack.
Sony says the hole in the PSN password reset site was not exploited in active attacks, … Read more
Updated at 9:10 a.m. PT: to include Microsoft's confirmation and new details.
Microsoft is planning to replace an unspecified number of Xbox 360 units with new 250GB Xbox 360 S consoles.
Yesterday, Twitter user @lovedecake posted an image of an e-mail he apparently had received from "Xbox Customer Support." That e-mail cited an issue with a recent Xbox 360 firmware update that was "preventing a very small number of Xbox 360 owners from playing retail game discs." A Xbox support staffer tweeted a confirmation to @lovedecake that verified the e-mail.
Nintendo and Best Buy are teaming up to try to improve the 3DS experience.
Starting in June, Best Buy will offer 3DS owners free wireless access inside 1,000 stores. When folks connect to the Best Buy network via the portable's SpotPass feature, they will find movie trailers, "gaming extras," and "exclusive offers," the companies said today.
Nintendo's SpotPass feature automatically finds wireless hot spots. Once connected, players can access game data, free software, and other content. It also works in sleep mode, so people can add data to their devices without needing to … Read more
Miramax and Netflix have signed a multiyear content deal, the companies announced today.
Starting next month, "several hundred" Miramax movies, including "Pulp Fiction," "Shakespeare In Love," and "Good Will Hunting," will be made available on Netflix's streaming service in the U.S. The deal marks the first time that Miramax has ever brought its content to a digital subscription service, the company said.
"From day one, we've been very clear about the importance of digital and our desire to respond to the significant pent-up demand for our films--delivering to … Read more
As Sony starts to relaunch its PlayStation Network service around the world, one country is conspicuous in its absence: Japan.
Speaking to Dow Jones Newswires yesterday, a Japanese government official said the country has not yet allowed Sony to launch PlayStation Network within its borders because of concerns over the security of the service.
"As of May 13, Sony was incomplete in exercising measures that they said they will do on the May 1 press conference," Kazushige Nobutani, Japan's director of media and content in the country's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry told Dow Jones. … Read more