Sony to offer two free games and possibly working on Chrome for PS3

May 9, 2011

chromeSony to offer two free games and possibly working on Chrome for PS3 Sony recently updated PSN users of the compensation program for the interruption of service. Apparently the company will have a list of games PS3 owners can choose from.

On the official PlayStation Blog, Nick Caplin, SCEE head of communications revealed additional details of the compensation program in light of the recent security breach. While there have been no reported cases of identity theft so far, he revealed that Sony is looking to offer free identity theft protection.

He also revealed that PS3 owners will get the opportunity to pick two free games from a list of five titles. PSP owners will get to pick two free games out of four titles. Caplin stated that he will reveal what games will be available very soon.

In other news, further reports have come out indicating that Sony may be working on integrating the Chrome browser into the PS3. It’s no secret Google and Sony have a strategic partnership. Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt even stated that Sony was an inspiration to Google for its innovation.

That is why its probably not surprising to hear rumors of Google Chrome coming to the PS3. This rumor was further confirmed after some crafty sleuths discovered that Sony updated PS3’s Webkit source in March with some additional files for something called ChromeClientPOSIX. Stay tuned for more information around this development.

70 Responses to “Sony to offer two free games and possibly working on Chrome for PS3”

  1. CaptBirdman:

    Have to believe this Chrome business when I see it.

    Yes, I’m jaded, but that’s only because PS3 was supposed to have been had Skype…. but it ain’t here.

    Yet it’s on PSP?

    Fuxupwiththat?

  2. oldschool1987:

    With my luck the games Sony have to offer, I will already have.

    Not arsed about Chrome. If Sony have a new and improved server then they should consider cross game chat.

  3. CarlB:

    Who knows cap, might just be “journalists reporting misinformation”. In other news, PSN is still down, day 18 and counting, still waiting for the article about Kotaku doing a “daily chronicle” of that situation. Highly doubtful.

  4. oldschool1987:

    @ Carl: Rumours it may not be back online until the end of May, which if true will force me to start a Gears of War marathon lol.

  5. CarlB:

    Oh. No. You. Didn’t. The only thing worse you could say here at this point is that you are playing Mortal Kombat and or Portal 2 on 360. Don’t you dare cross over to the “dark side” os.

  6. FahKinSuPah:

    @mike

    Maybe you should include a note that that thing about the free games was posted for Sony Europe. I haven’t seen ANYTHING like that mentioned on the US side, so I can imagine that things might be different here.

    IF Sony screws the US audience here I imagine there will be hell to pay.

  7. FahKinSuPah:

    @phranc

    Daggerdale!

    http://www.giantbomb.com/quick-look-dungeon-dragons-daggerdale/17-4090/

    “Your characters name is Bharfalcon Wyvernjak… Literally the most D&D name i’ve ever seen”

    LMAO. 30 min feature here. Worth a look. Can’t wait to play Daggerdale! Wish it was released already lol

  8. oldschool1987:

    Lol @ Carl, I still play my 360 a lot, I still play Prey, the Halos, Gears, just not online. I’m not paying to play a game I already paid for a retail price lol.

    I already have Portal 2 on my laptop, I used the free Steam code, I played the single player campaign whilst at work. Didn’t play it until after I completed it on the PS3 though.

    I just really want to play the co-op mode, it looks like it could be very clever.

    @ Fahkin: dw the US will get the same offer, but more than likely it will be a lot better. It’s the EU than normally get the shit deals.

  9. ncaissie:

    I’m loosing Faith in the PS3. I have had my second PS3 die this weekend. :(
    I won’t pay to have this one fixed because it wasn’t a BC one. Not sure if I want to replace it or not.

  10. ncaissie:

    “With my luck the games Sony have to offer, I will already have. ”
    Or shit games that don’t sell.

  11. Roca.:

    @ncaissie
    You can trade in any of your old PS3s and a new Slim PS3 for just $99

    http://gameolosophy.com/consoles/playstation/trade-in-any-ps3-and-get-200-for-a-new-one/

  12. ncaissie:

    So far that is 50/50 on Dead PS3s for me and I am very pissed off. This was the first PS3 I purchased. I hope I can recover my Data from the HDD on anther PS3.

  13. ncaissie:

    Even dead ones? Thats blocked. I’ll look on my Ipad soon.

  14. ncaissie:

    Thanks for the tip Roca. I will look into it.

  15. CarlB:

    NO!!! Listen to me Padawan… before you can become Jedi your faith in the force of Sony must be steady. Solid. Like Snake. Not shaken or stirred like a James Bond Ninty/XBL drink. 2 weeks or more of PSN being down does not equate to being worse than RRoD, lack of exclusives, or motion gimmick priority. Keep the faith. Use the Force Luke. You are the One! Do not be tempted by the dark side of present online capabilities or the promise of Gears beta passion. Infamous 2, Uncharted 3 and other quality exclusives await those who may yet use The Force for Good to be the Savior of The Universe! Do. Not. Cross. Over. Make. Believe. PSN. Is/Will Be. Online. Soon!

    *This message endorsed by the Sony Ad Council for the Betterment of Young Padawan. In Kenobi We Trust. Even Though There May Be a Crap Kinect Game Coming Out Shortly Using the Force’s Name In Vain.*

  16. Roca.:

    @ncaissie
    I don’t think they’ll take dead PS3s lol. But you can find a quick “how to fix”

    here is the link of the offer in Canada:
    http://www.gamestop.ca/tradeins

  17. CAD:

    OK Who wants a Gears of War 3 Beta Code. This is the last week so let me know.

  18. CarlB:

    Shut. up. “Dead” PS3s simply do not exist. It is a fabrication of “journalists reporting misinformation” which makes real gamers psychosomatically delude their PS3′s into malfunctioning. Make. Believe. It Still. Works. PSN isn’t really “undergoing maintenance”. It is the Matrix Neo.

  19. ncaissie:

    I’m wondering if the power of the PS3 and 360 is beyond current tech and is why they are so fragile.
    I remember people saying that to pass the 1 GHz CPU they would need to liquid cool the PC to handle the heat. I have never seen a NES or SNES just die of over use or from leaving it on to long. I never turn my PS3s off but that is going to change now.

  20. Roca.:

    why you never turn them off lol?

  21. CarlB:

    Now why on earth would you want to turn off the Matrix roca? PS3 is just that powerful. Quit being a Cypher to Neo. Or vice versa.

  22. ncaissie:

    LOL I just don’t
    I never turn off my PC or laptops either.

  23. Roca.:

    Hopefully you don’t do the same with your car ;)

  24. ncaissie:

    LOL My truck sits in my driveway and almost never gets driven. I take a bus to work because it is cheaper and easier.

  25. SW:

    I hate waiting for the bus.

    *hugs car*

  26. Godless:

    @ Ncaissie

    Thought you had a degree in Engineering Computer Tech.

    Everything wears out.

    http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/processors/transistor-aging

    The smaller they make the transistors, and the faster they have them operating will impact on how long they last before becoming unreliable.

    Normally a drop in size is accompanied by a drop in voltage, this kind of helps to keep the expected operational lifespan of the new tech around the same as the last generation device, but the truth is that smaller, faster circuits just don’t last as long. there are loads of very complex reasons for this but one of the main differences is that in the past things were often over specd and as a result you dad probably still has the an old 486 plodding away somewhere, having done tens of thousands of hours with its 80 meg hard disk still working away with no problems, other than the fact it can’t run a dammed thing.

    Modern systems are built to very precise specifications, with known failure rates and expected lifespan, and the sad truth is that they just aren’t built to last, in fact you could say the are designed to fail after a given number of hours or operations in the case of a transistor. Only time will tell how well the PS3 was designed and what it’s lifespan will be.

    The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long.

  27. ncaissie:

    “Everything wears out.”
    It shouldn’t wear out that fast dude.
    Not even two years is pathetic.

  28. ncaissie:

    I would rather have a larger more reliable PS3 then a slimmed down POS that dies in less than two years.

  29. Godless:

    I would agree with you 100%

    but it all comes down to cost.

    It’s not in their interest to give you something that will last 20 years, It’s not like the good old days ;)

    average lifespan of a laptop is 2 years.

    I found something a while back that suggested the PS3s weak point was the Blu Ray drive, it is the component that has the shortest calculated lifespan

    I’ll try and find the link. it had the datasheet for the drve that listed the expected hours of use before fail , can’t remember what it was now ;/

  30. Roca.:

    @Godless
    PS3 features one of the best BD drive and when you see ppl saying their PS3 died it’s hardly because of the BD drive.

  31. twilight:

    Oh, my goodness. Ncaiasie just called the Ps3 a pos.

  32. ncaissie:

    LOL I’m pissed right now and don’t know if I will spend another $300.

  33. FahKinSuPah:

    OMG! What is this world comming to when a Sony fanboy starts calling a sony product a POS?

    These are dark times we live in.

  34. Godless:

    The BL drive is the component with the shortest calculated or excepted life.

    The PS3s failing just now are failing prematurely due to deviations from the average spec on other components.

    in a few years time when PS3 blu ray drives have done their 70,000 hours of play or whatever the life span is, (I can’t remember) they will all start to fail

    Roca, you don’t need to get upset , This is not a dig at Sony, Even they can’t make something that will last forever.

    The spindle motor or bearing was the component with the lowest hours before fail. when I get time, I’ll try and find the link, it was on a engineering Tech site which I stumbled upon when my second Yamada DVD player failed due to the spindle motor failure.
    I was looking for spares, that it turns out you can’t buy.

  35. oldschool1987:

    ‘The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long’

    @ Godless: That’s Stars you’re thinking of. The 3rd60 is less powerful than the PS3 but has a higher failure rate. I think you need to rethink your fanboyism.

  36. oldschool1987:

    @ Godless: Can I see your source about how many hours the Blu Ray drive has please. I think you’re pulling numbers from your arse.

  37. Roca.:

    “Roca, you don’t need to get upset , This is not a dig at Sony, Even they can’t make something that will last forever”

    I didn’t say it last forever.. just saying that most PS3 failures are due to overheating (fan & emotion engine are main the issue) and the power unit oh the phat PS3s and even then those are a really small percentage of PS3 nowhere near alarming rate.

    I have a launch PS3 and it’s now on the living room being used mostly as a bluray player, add the countless hours of bluray gaming my bro, my girl & I spent on it and it’s still going strong – it’s been almost 5 years

  38. SW:

    @old

    Regardless of the source, if you play your console for say, 8 hours a day, with the drive in use for all that time then even at 70,000 hours life, that is still 23 years of use.

    So I’d say, 70,000 hours is pretty fucking good product life and Godless doesn’t do it justice by saying ‘in a few years’ (which I think most people would think is about 3-5).

  39. Roca.:

    thanks for the breakdown SW

    as always, the numbers don’t lie ;)

  40. ncaissie:

    LOL

  41. CaptBirdman:

    SW– hold on.

    23 years is 201,618 hours.

    70K hours is roughly 7 years.

    What you did was divide 70K hours by 8 ( which equates to 8750, which you then divided by 365 which totals 23). However this method skews the statistics: I for one use my PS3 much longer than 8 hours a day, and so does 70% of my FL.

    Godless was right about saying a few years ( if you consider 7 years a few). The PS3 has a life span of 7 years.

    7 years is still pretty good in my opinion, but if you are going to try to make Godless look like an arse, do it the right way and don’t skew the numbers, K?

    As Robin said–

    “as always, the numbers don’t lie “

  42. Godless:

    @Oldschool
    “@ Godless: That’s Stars you’re thinking of. The 3rd60 is less powerful than the PS3 but has a higher failure rate. I think you need to rethink your fanboyism.”

    The rule is generally applicable to almost all application. look it up cause I can’t be bothered trying to explain it to you.

    I already said I couldn’t remember the actual figure, the 70,000 was totally fabrication, the point I was trying to make was that all components have a lifespan, even things like the resistors and transistors, though they have a very long excepted life if they are specd correctly.

    The PS3 blu ray drive as a couple of components that were identified with the shortest excepted lifespan, even the cooling fan had more hours.

    All I remember was, that I did a quick calc in my head, and thought that in a few years time the first lot of PS3 (already 4 years old) would start to fail,

    I think the actual figure must have been closer to 30,000 because I used 8 hours a day for my calc

    your 360 Vs PS3 argument makes no sense. Early 360s had a design flaw, they were not failing due to component failure but due to bad design. The fail rate of the 360 slim is now very low.

  43. Roca.:

    @Birdman
    “23 years is 201,618 hours.

    70K hours is roughly 7 years”

    well, this is when basic reading comprehension comes into play. He did say “if you play your console for say, 8 hours a day, with the drive in use”

    no one uses the drive 24 hours a day, not even you who leaves your PS3 on 24/7.

    he’s estimate (drive in use) is pretty spot on.

  44. phranctoast:

    Who cares. Even if he fucked up in Math, the point still remains.

  45. SW:

    The math was good, the 70k source wasn’t (sorry Godless, missed that).

    If I have a 50w bulb that is rated at 5,000 hours, I’m going to presume that this is 5,000 hours of actual use. That is how I got to my number.

    I honestly thought I was being EXCESSIVE by selecting eight hours a day of use – you must have Austin Power’s Mojo or something Capt.

  46. oldschool1987:

    ‘The rule is generally applicable to almost all application. look it up cause I can’t be bothered trying to explain it to you’

    @ Godless: I don’t need you to explain anything to me, I probably understand it better than you. You act like it applies to everything, like a console that has a Blu Ray drive is more susceptible to breaking quicker than a console that doesn’t but that’s just not true and you know it. The 360 has suffered MASSIVE hardware failure and it only has a DVD drive.

    I’ve had to exchange my 360 three times now in the space of two years. The third Xbox I have has lasted this long due to the fact that I don’t play it as much, ever since the PS3 has been getting more and better exclusive games. I’m on my second PS3 and only because I wanted the Slim model. I have put more hours into the first PS3 model I bought and it lasted longer than both those 360s did combined.

    You try to hard to make ‘facts’ up about the PS3 and how faulty it is, I think you even once resorted to saying the controller causes hand cramp. Don’t try so hard.

  47. Roca.:

    Godless is always out of sources/links lol

  48. phranctoast:

    @Capt
    “Yes, I’m jaded, but that’s only because PS3 was supposed to have been had Skype…. but it ain’t here.”

    Microsoft just bought Skype. I think it will remain on the PSP, but I wouldn’t hold my breath on seeing it on the PS3 now.

  49. Roca.:

    “The 360 has suffered MASSIVE hardware failure and it only has a DVD drive”

    along with N74 error and DVD tray failures, disc-reading & disc scratching issues (last 3 are still present on the 360 Slim)

  50. FahKinSuPah:

    @Roca

    And the PS3 has had its fair share of YLoD problems, as well as BR drive issues. Slot loading mechanisms are known to have lots of issues.

    And as for the disc scratching problems on any Xbox it only happens on the older ones. If it happens on any other Xbox its because retards move their systems during operation.

  51. Roca.:

    PS3 has issues like everyother consumer eletronic device but none were happining at an alarming rate like the ones on 360. YLOD failure rate was 0.5%

    nice excuse but I have a 360 Slim and discs where getting scratch (not hard scratches but minor scratches started showing here and there) while I had it standing up, like MS advertise. Stupid me for falling for false advertisement.

  52. FahKinSuPah:

    @Roca

    Your good for a laugh lol.

    We all know you don’t play Xbox 360. You’ve said it so yourself MANY times.

  53. Roca.:

    I beat SC:C Conviction and play some co-op with my 1-month Gold trial.

    I play completed a few chapters of Alan Wake and Gears 1 (didn’t bother finishing it because I played on PC before). Played and completed some levels on L4D as well few other games.

    That was all during the time I purchased the system which was alsmot a year ago and since then I have said MANU times my 360′s been collecting dust..shouldn’t be a surprise, no good 360 exclusive have come out since then.

  54. FahKinSuPah:

    So aside from all this BS trashtalking about consoles…

    Anyone here play Fallout 3 and New Vegas?

    I finished up 3 awhile ago and started playing New Vegas this morning.

    Is it me or is NV more difficult than 3? I keep getting shot full of holes at a ridiculas pace.

    I really enjoyed 3 but after only 3 hours of NV I am just kinda frustrated with it and I feel like playing something else.

  55. phranctoast:

    “LMAO. 30 min feature here. Worth a look. Can’t wait to play Daggerdale! Wish it was released already lol”

    I’ll take a look when i get home.

    I can’t wish for it to be out already, as I wouldn’t be able to play it until PSN is back up. :(

  56. FahKinSuPah:

    @phranc

    I sat through almost the whole video. I was kinda distracted with something else…

    I did like what I saw though.

    I will definately buy Daggerdale when it comes out.

    Speaking of which I believe they mention in the video that the build they are checking out is pretty recent and the game should be released the end of May. I really hope this is true because it looks amazing and I cant wait to play it.

  57. Roca.:

    hopefully that’s going to be one of the free games.

  58. phranctoast:

    Yeah. I heard end of May too. Good stuff. Maybe some of the chosen will make an appearance considering it takes place in the Dales. I think there’s only Storm, The Simbul, and Elminster left though.

  59. phranctoast:

    “hopefully that’s going to be one of the free games.”

    Wishful thinking. It’ll likely be a Sony owned/published game.

  60. FahKinSuPah:

    @Roca

    Seriously don’t know what your thinking. Daggerdale will certainly NOT be one of those free games.

    @Phranc

    Daggerdales release date has yet to be confirmed… The official site still says Spring 11, but i’m reading on other sites May 24. Of course I’ve read different dates before, like awhile ago I read May 3. Gamestop even has the PC version marked down as releasing on the 24.

    So we have 2 weeks to see if the game will be released on the 24, which already doesn’t sound so good. Honestly who drops a release date 2 weeks before a game is released? Usually when something like that happens it is bad news for sales.

  61. phranctoast:

    Well, if it creeps too far into June it will no longer be Spring.

    PSN and XBLA titles generally have poor advertising campaigns. XBLA at least has it’s seasonal specials where MS pushed games harder for minor exclusivity. I wouldn’t be too surprised if they announced the release within two weeks of release.

    PSN has a different problem. Even given that PSN will be back up, there exists three weeks (as of now) of new PSN titles that never got the advertising they deserved. The PSN release of Daggerdale may be postponed because of this.

  62. FahKinSuPah:

    @phranc

    If the PSN outage affects the release of Daggerdale it will only be on the PSN version.

    “PSN and XBLA titles generally have poor advertising campaigns.”

    I feel like that is really stupid. At least with every XBLA title you get a free demo, and if you like the game you can buy it.

  63. phranctoast:

    “If the PSN outage affects the release of Daggerdale it will only be on the PSN version. ”

    Likely. Outland still came out for XBLA

    “I feel like that is really stupid. At least with every XBLA title you get a free demo, and if you like the game you can buy it.”

    I never really understood it either. Lack of attention devalues the titles.

    Aside from the demo’s it seems like the only advertising is interviews and previews from media outlets.

  64. Roca.:

    I haven’t purchased a PSN game in a long time..I don’t even have time to play all those free PSN games I get with PSN+, there’s just too many games coming this year.

  65. harry sachz:

    “I haven’t purchased a PSN game in a long time”

    Not for at least 3 weeks anyway ;)

  66. SW:

    ^^^ Hehehehe

  67. CarlB:

    Nice one harry :D

    “a console that has a Blu Ray drive is more susceptible to breaking quicker than a console that doesn’t but that’s just not true and you know it. The 360 has suffered MASSIVE hardware failure and it only has a DVD drive.”

    A console that has electronically driven parts is more susceptible to breaking quicker than a console that doesn’t. Replace things like the optical drive and spinning hard drive with solid state components like flash and ssd and your device is likely to last at least twice as long, and probably much longer.

    Kind of like a modern day Atari 2600/Sega Genesis with game cards/sticks instead of game cartridges. Back it up with the already present day standard of patches and firmware updates, cloud saves, and automatic troubleshooting if necessary, and it would probably last longer than the longest lasting 2600 consoles already have… almost 35 years now and they still work fine.

    Thankfully, it looks like NGP will incorporate most of these aspects later this year with near console like graphics.

    “Sony may be working on integrating the Chrome browser into the PS3.”

    Having it with Google TV seems feasible… especially as Sony is already using it in their TV’s and Blu-ray players…
    http://www.google.com/tv/getit.html

  68. FahKinSuPah:

    @Carl

    I still have my Atari 2600. Damn right that shit still works. I’ve had it since I was 2 years old, and tomorrow is my 29 birthday, so 27 functional years…. Thats a long time.

    Then again things were built differently back then, and its all because of this right here

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_obsolescence

    If MS or Sony put more quality into the game consoles then you would never have to buy another one, and of course they would loose out on those poetential sales.

  69. Roca.:

    “Having it with Google TV seems feasible… especially as Sony is already using it in their TV’s and Blu-ray players”

    that would be nice CarlB, Sony needs to partner with a software giant in order to compete with MS’s offering. Google is already leading MS on many markets and many products and they seem to have a great relationship wih Sony.

    Google TV and its app store would be a nice addition.

  70. CaptBirdman:

    @Batma– I mean Frank

    Jebus, I didn’t know that… Well I guess that petition we all signed on PS Blog is bottoms up then. Skype would’ve been perfect on PS3.

    @Robin

    If you’d noticed, I addressed what SW said. (I’m much better at reading and paying attention than you; I am absolutely positive of that. You can’t even keep score on Street Fighter…when the game does it for you. Tsk)

    It’s not spot on. It has a 7 year life span. 23 years is much too long. That number was skewed based on SW’s average play time. If he’d factored in someone with an average of, say 30 minutes a day worth of playtime, that would increase the 23 year estimate by roughly 16 times! In closing, we can’t use that estimate, because, Phrancly ( ;) ) it isn’t accurate.

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