Sonic Generations demo coming tomorrow (Jun. 23)

Sega will release a demo of Sonic Generations tomorrow (6/23). The demo will allow players to sample the game’s first act, Green Hill Zone, using the “Classic Style” play style, and will support 3D televisions.

The demo will only be accessible for 20 days. On July 12, the demo will disappear from PSN and Xbox Live Marketplace. Downloaded versions of the demo will expire on that date and will no longer run.

This is where things get a bit tricky for PlayStation 3 owners. PSN is still not up in Japan, so PS3 owners will not be able to immediately download the demo. Sega’s press release announcing the demo stated that the July 12 expiration date applies to the PS3 version as well regardless of when it’s downloaded. If PSN is not restored prior to July 12, the PS3 version demo will not be released.

PSN is up in other parts of the world, so PS3 owners outside of Japan will want to check their shop tomorrow, assuming the demo is a worldwide release.

For Xbox 360 owners, Gold Membership will be required until June 30.

Yay, I’ve been waiting all year since the game was revealed for a chance to get to play it. Only a few more months until we get to enjoy this new Sonic game! ^_^

Source: Andriasang

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PlayStation Network Restoration begins

Sony has decided to start allowing people to reconnect to PlayStation Network now. However, they are doing it in a limited capacity doing each territory one at a time as to keep stress off the system.

Right now, I believe all PSN users can update their systems to the latest firmware, but you can’t do anything else until the service is up fully in your region. You will be prompted to change your password once you are able to sign in to the network.

Sony has put a map up on their website showing which regions have the service back, but service may not be fully up even though the regions are highlighted. You can see the map here but the site is getting hammered so it may take a while to gain access to it.