The PlayStation Portable ID Is Still Terrible

eve_api_key_private_info_onlyThe PlayStation Portable ID launched in 2008 and it hasn't changed significantly since then. The passive nature of it, requiring you to log into the PSN website and click a button to update it, along with the complete lack of customization options makes it far less useful than it should be. As a read-only form of user information, a means of bragging about what you're playing and how much you've accomplished in a given game, there really is no threat to the PlayStation Network by opening up access to that information and adding customization options. It should really follow the impressive example of user data sharing in secure ways that has been set by EVE Online.

EVE recently did an impressive revamp to their API key system, going from a two-step system where you could create either a limited or full API key per character and share either some or all information, to a diverse set of options where you generate not only a key with specific limited information in it, but you can also set a verification code, or password, required to access that key. Up to 10 keys can exist at once, and you can revoke any one of them from being used simply by keeping the key's settings and changing its verification code. The picture above gives you a small sample of what can be shared in an API key, just 9 of the 28 different choices available. The full set is available here.

Sony Rolls Out First Five PS2 Classics on PSN This Month

ps2_maximo_ghosts_to_glorySony will be rolling out the very first downloadable PS2 titles for PS3 this month as part of their Only On PlayStation Network campaign. These will, of course, not sport Trophies or other staples of PS3 games, but should be playable on every current PS3 model out there. The games up for sale at $9.99 apiece will be:

  • God Hand
  • Maximo: Ghosts to Glory
  • Ring of Red
  • GrimGrimoire
  • Odin Sphere

Of these five I've only played Maximo: Ghosts to Glory and Odin Sphere. While the style of Odin Sphere was interesting to me I found the controls and game rules to be a little too hardcore for my taste. However I'm a fan of the Maximo spinoff, which stars the main character from Ghosts N' Goblins, and with luck we'll see the even better sequel Maximo vs. The Army of Zin.

Of course this could mean these classics are hints of new chapters coming in one or more of these franchises. Time will tell.

From Dust Erupting Today On PSN

from_dust_psblog_500pxFrom Dust is rolling onto the PlayStation Network a little sooner than expected, actually a lot sooner than expected, moving up two weeks from its September 27th release date to today the 13th.

Xperia Play Hits AT&T On Sept. 18th for $50

att_experiaplayVerizon's exclusivity on the Sony Xperia Play, known informally as the PlayStation phone, ends on September 18th when a 4G or HSPA+ version of the phone lands on AT&T for just $50 with a new data contract. This version of the phone comes in a new "stealth blue" color as well. Seven games will be preloaded on the device to start with, and the Android phone will be running a version of Gingerbread, Android 2.3.3.

For the full details check the press release below.

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