Sony Interactive Entertainment (Sony) has filed a lawsuit against a California man for selling jailbroken PS4 console filled with pirated games. The man, who is accused of copyright infringement and circumventing the PS4's technological protection measures, allegedly encouraged people to "Stop Buying Games."
Since its official launch in 2013, the PlayStation 4 (PS4) remained piracy-free for a long time, but last year things started to shift.
Following the release of a new jailbreak version a few months ago, things took a turn for the worse for Sony. This allowed the masses to tinker with their PS4 consoles which only increased the piracy troubles.
While it will be hard for Sony to put the genie back in the bottle, the Japanese company has decided to take a stand. In a new case filed at a federal court in California, Sony details its complaint against a local resident who allegedly offered for sale jailbroken PS4s filled with pirated games.
According to Sony, defendant Eric Scales was using the handle “Blackcloak13” to sell the jailbroken PS4s preloaded with over 60 pirated games on eBay.
“Defendant is an individual who has marketed, sold, and distributed ‘jailbroken’ PS4 consoles that: (a) contain ‘pirated’ (unauthorized) copies of PS4-compatible video games, and (b) were produced and designed for purposes of, and/or were marketed by Defendant for use in, circumventing technological protection measures,” the complaint reads.
Sony ordered two devices online and found that they were indeed ‘as advertised.’ The PS4s were modified to run an unnamed exploit which effectively circumvents the technological protection measures that normally prevent people from playing pirated games.
“The exploit enables the PS4 console sold by Defendant to play the 60+ unauthorized copies of video games that are contained on its hard drive,” Sony writes.
In addition to the eBay shop, the man is also accused of running a separate website (now offline) where he advertised his services and products. The website stated that he’s been jailbreaking and modding consoles since 2006, and encouraged people to “stop buying games.”
“On Defendant’s website, where he uses the traditional ‘pirate’ symbol of a skull and crossbones shown below, Defendant states that purchasing his services or products will enable the purchaser to ‘be able to Download and copy any game’ and to ‘STOP BUYING GAMES’,” Sony notes.
With its lawsuit, Sony hopes to obtain an injunction ordering the defendant to stop any infringing activity and to destroy all jailbroken or “modded” PS4 consoles, hard drives, and games.
In addition, the game company requests damages for copyright infringement and for violating the DMCA by circumventing the PS4’s technological protection measures.
To our knowledge, this is the first jailbroken PS4 lawsuit, and it’s likely that Sony wants to set a clear example. With several first-party PS4 games being mentioned in the lawsuit, the potential damages run to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
A malicious message containing a string of certain characters is crashing Sony's PlayStation 4.
Several users shared the problem on Reddit and social media, revealing how it first freezes the console and then crashes it.
The issue gets so complicated at times that people are being forced to reset their consoles, and install games again.
Message affects even without being opened
The message, as the reports suggested, triggers a bug, which then compromises the console.
In fact, in some cases, it doesn't even have to be opened for the glitch to trigger.
"Got a message then after a minute my controller stopped working and everything went silent," a Rocket League player reported.
Next, their home screen access was gone and a 'Report Problem' screen appeared.
Deleting message won't help, but there might be a solution
Even deleting the malicious message from Sony's PS4 mobile app won't solve the problem.
A player who witnessed his entire team crash while playing Rainbow Six Siege confirmed this, but he also found a possible workaround.
"Only one of our guys wasn't affected and he has his messages [set to] private," the player said while sharing a screenshot of the malicious message.
Sony will soon push an update to get rid of the bug. But, before that happens, you may change PS4 message privacy to make sure your console doesn't receive messages from strangers.
Just visit this link (https://bit.ly/2P1LZ6m) and log into your PS4 account
Then, go to "Messages" in the "Personal Info" section and click edit to select either "no one" or "friends only" option.
If already affected, try this
If your console is already affected from the buggy message, try rebuilding the PS4 system database in safe mode before jumping onto the resetting option.
This would scan the console's hard drive and reorganize all its content by creating a new database.
Sony recommends using this option on experiencing game issues like freezing and crashing, but says it might take some time.
Sony has announced God of War will launch for PlayStation 4 on April 20. The announcement was made on the PlayStation Blog, where a new trailer also made its debut. It focuses on Kratos as he grapples with trying to teach his son, Atreus, about restraint, responsibility, and consequence, which are all things Kratos learned the hard way in his previous life as a god-slayer.
Interestingly, his son isn't aware that Kratos is a deity, and is starting to face the same struggle with power and rage that his father did. Of course, there's also plenty of typical God of War eye candy on show, ranging from lush environments and sweeping vistas to towering monsters. Check it out below.
Also in the post, game director Cory Barlog detailed God of War's various special editions, as well as pre-order bonuses. Anyone that puts their money down for the game ahead of its release at participating retailers will get three legendary skins for Kratos's shield.
If you pre-order GameStop or EB Games, you'll also get the "Luck of Ages XP Boost," which grants +10 Luck and one Enchantment Slot. Luck increases the amount of experience and Hacksilver gained and lets you use abilities more often.
The Collector's Edition is $130 USD/$170 CAD (European price not yet available), and includes a 9-inch statue of Kratos and Atreus, a steelbook case, 2-inch Huldra Brothers carvings, a cloth map, and an art piece on its own. It also features the Death's Vow armor set, Exile's Guardian shield, an issue of the God of War digital comic, a digital artbook, and a dynamic theme.
The Stone Mason Edition, meanwhile, features all the content mentioned above, as well as the Stone Mason's ring, Mimir's Head talking keychain, a 2-inch Horse and Troll carving, and the Defender of the Chosen in-game shield. It costs $150 USD/$200 CAD.
Finally, the Digital Deluxe Edition has the full game, digital artbook, digital comic, dynamic theme, Death's Vow armor set, Exile's Guardian Shield, and--for those that pre-order--a Kratos and Atreus physical pin. This version will cost $70 USD/$90 CAD
You can take a look at all the versions, and their contents, in the gallery above or learn more about them here.
Having carved a path through the Greek gods, this new God of War title takes Kratos to a land dominated by Nordic gods and monsters. As the trailer above indicates, it will be a more intimate story about Kratos and his son. The game is also going to be much longer than its predecessors, taking 25-35 hours to beat.
David Ballard, a designer no longer with the studio, alleged in a series of tweets on Saturday that he was terminated in February 2016 after informing the studio and the human resources department of its parent, Sony Interactive Entertainment, of the harassment allegations. He said he was offered $20,000 in severance pay on the condition that he remain silent about his time with the studio. Ballard said he refused.
Naughty Dog, in a statement published on its site today, said “we have not found any evidence of having received allegations from Mr. Ballard that he was harassed in any way at Naughty Dog or Sony Interactive Entertainment.”
Ballard said he was speaking out now “because of the strength I've seen in others coming forward about their experiences in the TV/Film industry,” apparently a reference to the week’s news of Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer accused of sexual harassment, assault and rape over decades in his position. Weinstein was fired by the production company he founded and several companies terminated their agreements with it in response.
Ballard’s profile on LinkedIn lists him as an environmental artist for Naughty Dog From 2009 to 2014; following a nine-month stint with Ubisoft he returned to Naughty Dog in 2016 as a multiplayer level designer. He has been credited on Uncharted 2, Uncharted 3, Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us.
Ballard said he has been unemployed for the past 17 months. He alleged that he told PlayStation’s human resources department about the sex harassment allegations and was dismissed one day later.
“We have taken and always will take reports of sexual harassment and other workplace grievances very seriously,” Naughty Dog said in its statement. “We value every single person who works at Naughty Dog and Sony interactive Entertainment.”