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PSN Beta Invites Being Sent Out

According to a few PlayStation 3 owners, invites have been going out for a PlayStation Network Beta. (PS3, Tag Invalid)

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joeyisback  +   1341d ago
where when i go to the site it doesnt show anything what does the site say
Emilio_Estevez  +   1340d ago
It works now....What is it though?
Dante112  +   1340d ago | Well said
This is a scam. Sony never asked for individual usernames and passwords in the past in PM on PSN. This site doesn't even link to anything official from Sony (In the article, it doesn't even said who from Sony replied).

I mean come on, PSN Beta?

"Give me your username and password and we'll invite you the the PSN Beta later on?

Edit: Don't say I didn't warn you all.
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Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1340d ago
It's a scam. Sony would more than likely give you a code to enter. They would never ask for account info or passwords.
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Lulz_Boat  +   1340d ago
the email IS legit.
and it doesn't ask username and password..
it tell you to go to this PSN BETA SITE and enter username and password.
IF YOU CAN log-in, you are a beta tester, if you can't login you aren't.
it's not something related to the PSN at all, it's a just a site that replace the old Beta testers forum.
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pixelsword  +   1340d ago





"The quality of the news reporting reflects the quality of the people publishing it".
irepbtown  +   1340d ago
I tried logging in here and this came up;

PlayStation®Network maintenance notice

Thank you for visiting PlayStation®Network.
You are viewing this message for the following reason:
PlayStation®Network is unavailable due to maintenance.
Visit for updates and to find out more.

I'm bloody confused...
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MAJ0R  +   1340d ago
So is it a scam or what...?
skyblue14213  +   1340d ago

- I agree with you, this is a scam. As a matter of fact in the sony terms and conditions I think it says that sony will never ask you for your psn id and password.
RememberThe357  +   1340d ago
When Sony was going to through the hacking incident last year they said that they would never ask for your PSN ID and password in an email.

Just food for though.

EDIT: Skyblue beat me to it. I don't buy it, just because some marketing manager says it's legit doesn't mean it is. And it would also mean Sony is violating their own privacy policies.
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salinidus  +   1336d ago
come check out our "This week in gaming" show on youtube link below we discus the major gaming news in a funny and informative way including these invites thanks.

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JoGam  +   1340d ago
This is GREAT news if true. I would love to see A new PSN. "New PSN", What does that mean? I hope I get in.
Crazyglues  +   1340d ago
They should have sent me an invite, I could tell if it's good.. I go to PSN all the time..

-Alpha  +   1340d ago
Me too, PSN is long overdue for a big update.

The VITA's PSN is really nice, so at least they understand how and where to improve.
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gamingdroid  +   1340d ago
I haven't received jack squat other than a reminder that my wallet funds hasn't been used in 6-months (with a link that doesn't work) and advertisement for Street Fighter x Tekken and Mass Effect 3.

Wonder what it is?
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t0mmyb0y  +   1340d ago
GF was paranoid when she got that msg. I told her to just click it. She has a balance of $0.40 lol
Virtual_Reality  +   1340d ago
It's a scam. Sony never ask for passwords individually.

And there should be at least more official information in PlayStation sites, but there is none.
Sevir  +   1340d ago
The twitter account is says its legit!
They would have debunked it and warned against it if it were the case
TVippy  +   1339d ago
Learn how to speak, darn it. As for the news, what is this official reply? It's garbage.
turokgames  +   1340d ago
Will be interesting to know what it is.
ziggurcat  +   1340d ago
uh... *beta* PSN? what the hell is this all about?
CynicalVision  +   1340d ago
That's the 64,000 dollar question. :P
FinaLXiii  +   1340d ago
as long we wont have to pay for it lol
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francknara6  +   1340d ago
Dust 514.
Fel08  +   1340d ago
What the hell is going on?
Pushagree  +   1340d ago
I want to know who disagreed since he apparently knows what the hell is going on.
Fel08  +   1340d ago
Sometimes I think some people don't even read the comments. They just click the "disagree" button just to troll.
Are_The_MaDNess  +   1340d ago | Funny
soooo the PSN has been in Alpha all this time?
That was a joke BTW.
[Waiting for incoming disagrees]
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gamingdroid  +   1340d ago
That is actually pretty funny!

... and you only got one disagree too. That's awesome!
Redempteur  +   1340d ago
if so that was an incredible stable ALPHA ...only 1 big downtime in 4 years...
lorianguy  +   1340d ago
The first quote made me think "Phishing scam. It's very similar to one I just got from "Paypal""

Then I read the second quote...not sure what to make of it any longer.. hope it's good!
moonlight  +   1340d ago
Hopefully its for a proper app section for the Vita.
StupidDude  +   1340d ago
Sounds weird. The way it's worded, it says that *in the email* they ask for username and password, which, Sony has specifically said they'd never do.

The update from the Twitter account seems promising, but, I'd still be cautious till we hear more about it.
Robotronfiend  +   1340d ago
I they add some functionality to make it easier to integrate with other services, like Steam. I really just wish for more flexibility/potential than any one specific wish to improve PSN.

Probably a better integration of video/TV/game services though. Last couple of months i've read a lot of articles about usage stats on 360s that say there is just as much (or maybe more depending on the source) video and TV activity as gaming on an xbox 360. If I were Sony, i'd realize some of those people are also PS3 owners and I'd want a piece of that cross-genre sales action. Just played Captain America on PS3? Rent or buy the movie at a discounted price!

Just rented Cannonball Run on PSN? Here's a coupon/code for $5 off Need For Speed: The Run.

That's what i'd like to see.
Soldierone  +   1340d ago
Except your talking about the movie industry, which is more greedy than all the greedy video game companies combined.

Want me to rent movies, make them 99 cents for a day, not 6 bucks....
Robotronfiend  +   1340d ago
PSN covers the music, movie, and game industries.

I'd like to be able to play with my friends who have the same games through Steam as I have on PSN. (Like with Portal 2). I'd hope they could do that with more games in the future.

From Sony's end, I really was suggesting that any big changes to the PSN will be driven by sales potential and linking movies/music/games together might increase their sales.

Honestly all they have to do with a new PSN for it to get a lot of praise is to add cross-game chat somehow. They can add anything else with that and people will still be overwhelmingly positive.
DragonKnight  +   1340d ago
This is totally fake.

A)Sony would NEVER ask you for your password. EVER! They made that very clear several times.

B)On the website, all it says is "Sony replied." It didn't say who at Sony replied, the reply didn't look professional, and why would Sony need to check up on their own emails? This kind of thing would be a company wide project and would be common knowledge which means no checking would be necessary.

This is a complete scam. NEVER give your password out to anyone. Sony wouldn't need to send out beta invites for a new PSN. They'd simply let everyone know they are moving PSN into a new beta phase for awhile, and the most they'd ask for you to do is to make comments on the official site or through a specified email address.
Colonel_Dante  +   1340d ago
^ yes. all that.

still, some foolish folk will fall for this then...
sue Sony.

Use your head people. Its fake.
torchic  +   1340d ago
oh yes, the "Sue Sony Squad". they will be very active after all their funds have been, WipEdout. :p

jokes aside, you're right. this is very fake.
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ZoyosJD  +   1340d ago
SIGH......IF you click the link (which you obviously didn't) links to sonys official playstation EU twitter account with exactly what was quoted....SIGH
DragonKnight  +   1340d ago
Oh you mean the replied link? Yeah, I clicked it and still am not falling for this. You wanna know why? WHY WOULD SONY NOT KNOW WHAT THE BETA IS FOR?!

"We've checked it out and the email is genuine and completely safe - HOPE IT'S FOR SOMETHING GOOD!"

Caps added for emphasis of the point I'm making. It's clear that the person running Sony's twitter doesn't know his a$$ from a hole in the ground. For what reason would Sony have to check up on their own email if it's legitimate? Why would Sony NOT mention it in their own blog? I've looked this up, and it's not mentioned ANYWHERE in official channels. Not on US Playstation Blog, not on EU Playstation Blog, not on the information bar on PSN itself, nowhere.

I haven't received any emails regarding this beta, and don't know anyone who has. And this is the very important part. SONY DOESN'T ASK YOU FOR YOUR PASSWORD EVER!

Until this is officially spoken of and a legitimate reason for asking for your PSN password is released, this is to be filed under scam no matter what the EU Playstation twitter account says. There is too much evidence against this being real and official.
Sevir  +   1340d ago
You're 1 assuming that they dont know
The beta is obviously for testing purposes of something that they arent ready to share, soooooo i would seem they just arent going into details! >_> the OFFICIAL OS twitter account replied and they leave a cryptic hints so they know what going on! just because they didn't spill what the beta is for doesn't mean it isn't legit!
ZoyosJD  +   1340d ago
And why would they want to tell everyone about the beta.

Why don't you check with a sourse you believe is official while your at it.

It sounds like they are trying to be reassuring, not like they actually had to check.

Anyways my PSN has all of $5, and no CC, and since its been confirmed by at least 1 legit source I'd take the chance.

Not that everyone should, but whatever.
GraveLord  +   1340d ago
PSN Beta? Do they mean like testing out some new features or is it some beta of a game?

I hope its the former.
jaymart2k  +   1340d ago
The main look of the PS3 dashboard is based on PSP dashboard & that came out years before the PS3.

It doesn't need more tweeks. It needs a brand new look.
Parapraxis  +   1340d ago
the PSX (2003 Sony console) Xross Media Bar was out before the PSP one.
spektical  +   1340d ago
you guys cant be serious. its a scam. no company ever asks you for your password and username unless you are contacting them directly to retrieve a password/username.
slaton24  +   1340d ago
actually some jobs are asking for your email and password on facebook now for extra background check...what type of pictures you have and info on if you talked bad about your ex employer....this was announced on Attack of the Show and Good Morning America
Ravenor  +   1340d ago
Are...are you referring to the same thing? I really don't think you are...

Any Publisher, Developer etc etc involved with video games, DOES NOT ASK FOR YOUR USERNAME. It's account security common sense.
slaton24  +   1339d ago
And I agree i was also informing people on here about the facebook bullcrap that is going on
TronEOL  +   1340d ago
I'm not sure what to think of this.
I WANT a new PSN, since anything new is interesting to me, but I'm not sure it's real. And the only part that strikes me as odd would be them asking for your PSN ID and PW. Sony has already stated they wouldn't do that, so as of now I'm assuming it's nothing.

But I'm hoping their twitter account is going to announce it as "A-okay!".
Zechs34  +   1340d ago
I'm in!!!

*checks bank account*

WTF! A PSN charge for $3725.56?!?!?

*dials lawyer*

"Sony defense force, how can we help you?"

In all seriousness, nobody please do this. I don't want to have to click through 20 different pages on N4G of "omgz Sony haxords agayin! Mwahaha"
adr525  +   1340d ago
this maybe off topic, but i thought they were calling psn something different now.
Lulz_Boat  +   1340d ago
the email IS legit.
and it doesn't ask username and password..
it tell you to go to this PSN BETA SITE and enter username and password.
IF YOU CAN log-in, you are a beta tester, if you can't login you aren't.
it's not something related to the PSN at all, it's a just a site that replace the old Beta forum.
SquidBuck  +   1340d ago
I go there; I type in my info, and this is what I get: Your permissions do not allow you access to this section.
MakeBelieve  +   1340d ago
Anyone think to call SONY? I might do just that, and confirm that " " website.

If I can get an answer, I'll post back.
PirateThom  +   1340d ago
It's running through the official PlayStation website anyway...
MakeBelieve  +   1340d ago
OK, update time.

I called SONY and they said it is a fake site.

The guy I spoke with said it was a phishing site, and not to try and log in.

I also told him about the URL, because that seemed legit, and he said there is no PSN beta, and the URL was not created by SONY.

If you want to try for yourself just call 1-800-345-7669.
PirateThom  +   1340d ago
It is legit, the problem is that number is for Sony's US support, this is being run through SCEE's website and, given how Sony are run, doesn't surprise me that they don't know about it.
Soldierone  +   1340d ago
Pirate Thom has a point. Working for websites as PR, even their PR's hardly ever communicate together. We asked upfront questions before and they knew nothing about each other.

Wouldn't surprise me that customer service knows even less.
jdfoster  +   1340d ago
Yeah, This is scee so scea probably won;t know it... Also it seems legit and official as when I go on the website my username and password is already loaded on it... like it is on the psblog (as I pressed 'remember now') Also the tweet confirms it's legitimate IMO...
PixL  +   1340d ago
When I go to the page, my browser warns me something is wrong with security there so... No, thanks.
Hulligan85  +   1340d ago
I got an email direct from sony [email protected], the same email addy i get my other betas from...

If you're not an Official Sony Beta Tester, PSN Beta is useless for you, its just an area to report bugs in beta software so far.
Soldierone  +   1340d ago
My questions is wouldn't something like this be sent out to two groups first.

1 The group that has been using PSN the longest and logs in every day.

2 PS Plus users, since you know....they are paying to get access to beta's...

So far it just seems like random users. Unless it is for a game or something, at which point it is probably users that are participating in said community.

If not then why invite random users? They would most likely "survey" people first. Also if it was a PSN beta and officially part of the site, you would be able to access it from the main site. This is how the PS Rewards Beta was. You didn't login into a special account, you logged into the main site, then clicked on the beta.
theEx1Le  +   1340d ago
Sony has a team of beta testers that test everything before those two groups you mentioned. This site is just a place for them.
Soldierone  +   1339d ago
Yeah but this is supposedly inviting random people.

IF people were getting invited, these two groups would be the ones getting invited....The PS Rewards had the initial beta testers too, and when invites went out it went to these groups.
BitbyDeath  +   1340d ago
Think i'll wait for something a little more official before i go putting my details in an unconfirmed site.
slazer101  +   1340d ago
Wonder if this has anything to do with the PS store being down?
Drainage  +   1340d ago
just got the beta and i am currently playing Killzone 4 with advanced PSN sweet
LedZeppelin  +   1340d ago
dude U iz so luckey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LedZeppelin  +   1340d ago
dude U iz so luckey!!!!!!
Fylus  +   1340d ago
No way man! Damn! I wish I could be playing Killzone FOUR with advanced PSN!

Oh, F**k.
Fylus  +   1340d ago
I was being sarcastic by the way -_-
zslash  +   1340d ago
The site resides on * Unless Sony's own servers are compromised, there's no reason to believe it's not legit.
Wintersun616  +   1340d ago
URLs can be hacked and/or faked you know.
zslash  +   1339d ago
URLs cannot be faked. That would involve using an XSS vulnerability to inject an iframe in a site. Btw... the site uses a valid SSL cert also, issued to If it's a hack Sony has BIG problems.
Rauland  +   1340d ago
They're finally adding new people :D
Beta status is where you actually get into REAL sony betas not those fake betas. On the EU sony forums people will have little B's under their titles, means they're beta status.
illidari  +   1340d ago
Playstation Suite opening up to Open Beta this April with release of an app store coming at the end of the year for the Vita.

Your curious as to what they are beta testing?
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