You should have bought an Xbox

The hits just keep coming for Sony.  The maker of the PlayStation Portable and the PlayStation 3 announced last week that hackers broke into its PlayStation Network (PSN) database and stole its 77-million customer database. Sony waited an entire week while investigating the breach before notifying customers.  In the meantime the PSN was down.

This week Sony revealed new details in media comments and posts to its PlayStation blog.  They commented that up to 10 million users’ credit card numbers were likely obtained by the intruder. Haha. Sucks for you guys.

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Xbox beats out the competition, Wii and PS3 fall behind

The new Xbox 360 “slim” is super sweet looking, comes with a 250GB hard drive (more than any console currently), built-in WiFi, and is slimmer and sleeker than even the Playstation 3. This is likely a reason as to why Microsoft’s Xbox beat out every other at-home console last month.

Helped by new model sales, the Xbox 360 topped the Wii for the first time in months, pulling ahead of Nintendo’s console by roughly 30,000 units, and Sony’s PS3 by a comfortable 147,000-unit spread.

June 2010 video game hardware sales, with growth compared to June 2009:

  • 452,000 — Xbox 360 (+88 percent)
  • 423,000 — Wii (+17 percent)
  • 305,000 — PlayStation 3 (+85 percent)

I almost hope my current Xbox 360 red-rings on me so that I have an excuse to purchase this new version.

Hulu Plus available only to PS3 subscribers paying $50 a year

I’ve written articles about the enhancements of Hulu and Netflix a few times in the past (view a list!), so here are some updates for you guys.

With the reveal of its premium Hulu Plus service last month, video streaming site Hulu announced that it would be branching out to devices other than computers, including televisions, Apple devices, and game consoles. Today, Hulu Plus has finally landed on the Playstation 3 — although it isn’t available to all PS3 owners just yet — according to the official Playstation blog.

Currently, Hulu Plus is only available to a select group of Playstation Plus subscribers — Sony’s $50-a-year premium service. Any Playstation Plus subscriber can download the app, but they’ll need to request an invitation to the Hulu Plus preview period to use it. Once accepted, users just need to pay Hulu Plus’s $9.99 monthly fee to access it. Once the preview period is over in a few months, the app will open up to all Playstation 3 users — by which point it should also be available on Sony’s Bravia TVs, Blu-Ray players, and other web-connected devices.

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