Sony has finally settled on a $15 million compensation plan for the PSN hack of 2011. For many users, the outage of the PlayStation Network resulted in loss of usage of app like Netflix, loss of money in their Wallet on the PS Store, and even loss of identity. The details are still being hashed out, but Kotaku has a great article on the breakdown of the compensations plan.
Having been a member of the PSN during and after the outage, I didn't realize this was still a problem for people. Granted, I didn't have my identity stolen, but if you were part of the PSN, didn't have your identity stolen and didn't come back to the PSN to redeem your free games when they were offered, I think you are shit out of luck. Fortunately, Sony is nicer than I am and you get a second change to redeem your compensation.
For those who lost their identity, this is very important. Hopefully the compensation will be enough to cover any losses, though the headache it caused can't be taken away. Once again, Sony is showing how dedicated it is to the players.
Valve has revealed a third iteration of the Steam Controller. Dropping the touch pad in the middle of the controller, this new iteration has more traditional touches, including four face buttons, stop and start buttons, and a left analog stick. The two divisive touch pads are still there, but smaller and further up to make room for the more traditional controls.
This actually has me excited. It's almost a combination of what PC gamers want and what console gamers are looking for. I'm very curious to see the reaction to the design, but I absolutely love the new iteration.
Also, here's a small list of self explanatory news stories of the day:
- PS4 update 1.74 will be live next week, supporting Blu-Ray 3D formats.
- Disney Infinity: Marvel Superheroes launches September 23rd.
- Sonic Boom launches on 3DS on November 11th and November 18th for Wii U.
- Beat'em-Up Phantom Breaker is coming to PS Vita July 29th.