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New PlayStation.Blog Features On The Way

Jeff Rubenstein's Avatar Posted by Jeff Rubenstein on Jan 06, 2009 // Sr. Social Media Manager

Here at PlayStation.Blog, we’re always looking to improve your user experience. I’m happy to announce that two often-requested features are nearly ready to be implemented: PSN sign-in and author comment-reply indicator.

The latter will be activated tomorrow morning (Pacific time). Whenever one of our authors replies to one of your comments, it’ll be indicated below the post. Clicking on this link will take you to the first reply in the comments list. This feature has been asked for by many of you over the last year or so, and I’m glad that our dev team was able to accommodate.

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The other feature, PSN sign-in, is a significant and important step in the evolution of the PlayStation.Blog. Because we want all of you to continue to communicate via comments, we’re not launching the feature quite yet, but consider this your metaphorical 2-minute Warning. If you don’t already have a PSN ID – now’s the time. It’s free, it’s useful, and it not only will work here, but across PS.com, as well as on the PLAYSTATION 3 and PSP.

If, and we know this applies to the vast majority of you, you’ve already got a PSN ID, the migration process is super easy. When the time comes (we’ll let you know), you’ll you’ll be prompted to merge your blog account with your existing PSN ID. It’s just that easy, and you’ll only have to do it once.

We believe this will contribute to a better community experience, and better, more targeted discussion here on the Blog. It also lays the groundwork for further enhancement to your user experience. When we’re ready to roll-out the PSN sign-on we’ll post a mini-FAQ to cover any questions you might have.

We hope you enjoy these new features – please let us know what you think!

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+ eaferrari24 on January 7th, 2009 at 7:07 am said:

for the merger can you post a blog about it and not an alert when you login? cause i only login when i need to post a comment…. and i might miss the merger opportunity if you do it based on login…

thanks dude!
you rock!


+ DrBingogh on January 7th, 2009 at 7:12 am said:

Love the constant improvements to the PS3 and the blog too. Thanks for the hard work!


+ Onna76_NL on January 7th, 2009 at 7:17 am said:

I dunno if this has already been asked and it might be a silly question but does it mean that with an European account you can log in here as well?

I think its a great idea, I can then easily log in via my PS3 browser, works really terrible now, password never works and if it does, when I hit to another post I’m logged off again.


+ TouchyEd on January 7th, 2009 at 7:30 am said:

Well, the PSN-ID thing is going to cost the BLOG at least one user…your friendly neighborhood TouchyEd (not that anyone cares).

When I bought my PS3 two years ago and created my PSN, I used my real name (having no idea at the time what my PSN-ID was even meant for) — and I’m entirely unwilling to post comments here using my real name. I’ve recently had to quit using the FORUMS for the exact same reason.

Forcing people to use their PSN-ID’s (which they can’t change) is ridiculous.

I have several friends who frequented this BLOG long before they ever purchased a PS3 system. They were contributing members of our community before ever owning a PS3. In fact, this blog was a big reason they purchased a PS3. This PSN-ID thing will kill off that “still shopping” sector of the community, and present the PlayStation world as closed-off and exclusionary.

And forcing everyone to use the same pitiful little collection of Avatars is even worse.

But if that’s what you want…fair enough.

It’s been a slice.

TouchyEd signing out.


+ reson8er on January 7th, 2009 at 8:01 am said:

Absolutely great news! I will now resume posting here, since I hated having to reply using @xxxxxx and such.

Thanks for your continued effort, its appreciated.


+ reson8er on January 7th, 2009 at 8:05 am said:

One for the road,

@115 TouchyEd

I understand your qualm, but really you can just make a different PSN ID to post with. Its not like they are banning you.

This is for the betterment of the community as a whole, suck it up!


+ Gorvi on January 7th, 2009 at 8:15 am said:

Very cool to hear about the official podcast being in the works. You guys have done a great job with the blog reaching out to the community. Are there any plans to turn the post responses into more of a forum format? Right now it just looks a bit loose, for lack of a better way of putting it, a format with a tighter structure would be nice, especially the ability to quote other posts.


+ StalkingSilence on January 7th, 2009 at 8:21 am said:

Can we assume your first name is Ed/Edward?

Now, we don’t have that much further to go…


+ StalkingSilence on January 7th, 2009 at 8:21 am said:

Also, the PSN ID signup on PS3 has always said that using your name is not a good PSN ID.


+ MrDuran on January 7th, 2009 at 8:26 am said:

Great enhancements!

Now I know its been said before, but here’s one more vote for PC PS3 messaging.


+ triple_lei on January 7th, 2009 at 8:26 am said:

Does this get rid of those whiny Canadians and Europeans who just whine about not having a video store all the time?



+ Fersis on January 7th, 2009 at 8:31 am said:

@117 TouchyEd
Good bye TouchyEd


+ STMaraj on January 7th, 2009 at 8:35 am said:

Great stuff!


+ Skater_Ricky on January 7th, 2009 at 8:45 am said:

To Jeff,

I have 2 different PlayStation Blog User Name ID’s… Main Reason for my Question is because I wanted to change my Name to Match up with the PSN ID I use… which is this one (Skater_Ricky).. but how ever my older blog ID is this (skaterricky).

I want to Link both my Blog Id’s to my PSN ID.

How Could I change BOTH of my Blog ID’s to be using the New Coming soon PSN ID??

Will it be a sign in thing were I could just just Link my user name’s on the blog and Link it to my PSN ID?? and then do that to both.

I hope I’m Correct on this one!

PSN: Skater_Ricky 8)


+ madtyger on January 7th, 2009 at 8:58 am said:

Yes, yes, yes! Finally I will be able to use my PSN ID!


+ TristanMike on January 7th, 2009 at 9:11 am said:

Is it true that we MUST have Microsoft Windows to access the store now ?

Before I could at least access it, and purchase stuff, but couldn’t download anything because I don’t use Windows. Now, I can’t even access it.

Is Sony telling me I have to use Windows to browse the store from my PC ?


+ Transient on January 7th, 2009 at 9:26 am said:

I know this has been said many times before, but I wanted to add that I hope the PSN avatar selection is updated so that there is an option to upload and use your own custom avatar. Having to pick from a limited (or even unlimited) list isn’t very satisfying.

Also, I hope the dev team has this account merging thing sorted out this time around. Having to reenter all my games during the Underground merger was a total pain. Games did show up, but they weren’t my selections and I had hundreds of games entered for all systems (PS1, PS2, PSP and PS3). I emailed support and they couldn’t help and nobody in the know seemed to address the issue at all.


+ gamelover2 on January 7th, 2009 at 9:57 am said:

I love the idea,keep up the good work. I loved how yall making it easy for us.


+ SpyroLuver88 on January 7th, 2009 at 10:36 am said:

Hi Jeff…I hope you haven’t given up on reading the suggestions:)
I would like a way to track my own comments. That way I can easily see if anyone responds. And BTW…for a while now a lot of the yellow links on the posts here get misplaced and actually show over the rest of the post making it unreadable…just an FYI
Thanks for listening. I’ll miss my Gravitar…especially since it took so long for it to show in the first place.


+ Bender Rodriguez on January 7th, 2009 at 10:49 am said:

So we’ll have to use our PSN name? I’d rather stay anonymous here on the blog.


+ Captain Fury on January 7th, 2009 at 10:57 am said:


just make another ID for the blog


+ DudeFX on January 7th, 2009 at 11:52 am said:

Sounds good, but come on, bring the stuff we really want like more PSN avatars, and a PSN web control panel to manage friends and messages and trophies. It’s taking forever lol


+ NewYork214 on January 7th, 2009 at 12:21 pm said:

problem with the blog i think. they wont let me go past page 1 of the comments


+ gold5225 on January 7th, 2009 at 12:33 pm said:

oh so when will all the features be implemented?


+ GanjaQueen on January 7th, 2009 at 1:48 pm said:

I mean it’s great with the rely thing and all the account merging, but the only thing that kinda blows about the PSN IDs is that you get stuck w/ the same freakin’ avatar from the already limited avatar pool from the PSN network….:(

Man, I really wish we could keep the ones we have, hell I finally got mines (my Tekken 6 Xiaoyu Gravatar) to work now I gotta see it go! Kinda takes the individuality out of the posters don’t it if you got 500 PSN ID owners w/ the SAME avatar…..:/

Hope you guys can those you handle that to start upping the avatar count (or at least give the option for ppl to use or create their own) in the future.


+ PSWii_Gamer on January 7th, 2009 at 2:09 pm said:

Good. Now add a login button on the main page, too!


+ LeonBlade on January 7th, 2009 at 4:56 pm said:

Great features, however my Gravatar is the same as my PSN Avatar, so I win!

But Gravatar was awesome! For some reason I thought their service was amazing. The way they tied the E-Mail and used the MD5 hash, vey cool stuff.

Keep up the good work Jeff, I’d give you a raise… but I cant…


+ ravencrow on January 7th, 2009 at 10:07 pm said:

I like the psn id thang. shure the avetras are lam but the name is your own it definds you.

we need a bolg page for direc contack a place that stay on the open page when you first open the blog.


+ ravencrow on January 7th, 2009 at 10:18 pm said:

yea tell sony to give PS3 ID the option to use own image.


+ BlueViper on January 8th, 2009 at 2:17 pm said:

This is a bit late posting, but I just have to say I hope that I’m not gonna lose my login because of this, since I am a european user. Great blog!


+ Pathard on January 8th, 2009 at 6:48 pm said:

Sounds great! I can’t wait to see these features implemented!


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+ Gord Lacey on January 6th, 2009 at 7:08 pm said:

Awesome Jeff!


+ ftown on January 6th, 2009 at 7:09 pm said:

sounds like a good idea, look forward to checking it out.


+ C-h-a-o-s on January 6th, 2009 at 7:09 pm said:

The reply feature is friggin sweet, not sure abut the PSN feature, I like my privacy and I don’t want to be hounded on PSn for some of the posts I make on here, i’ll probably have to make up a PSN for this blog :-(.


+ MidgetguyII on January 6th, 2009 at 7:11 pm said:

AWESOME!!!! these are both nifty features… and the PSN thing will be fun! I can see it now… “gifts” given to people by using their PSN’s…

It will be GREAT for contests! :)

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    + Jeff Rubenstein on January 6th, 2009 at 9:21 pm said:

    Very interesting – I hadn\’t thought of that, but you\’re right…


+ gold5225 on January 6th, 2009 at 7:12 pm said:

This is awesome i can’t wait for this!


+ XxBigP123xX on January 6th, 2009 at 7:13 pm said:

Thanks Jeff! This blog has really come a long way since launch.

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    + Jeff Rubenstein on January 6th, 2009 at 9:21 pm said:

    Thanks for saying so, we\’ll keep trying to impress.


+ schwaa on January 6th, 2009 at 7:13 pm said:

kick ass!


+ TheHater on January 6th, 2009 at 7:14 pm said:

Nice. but it not going to do me any good. Consider you guys don’t respond to my questions. I am just saying.

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    + Jeff Rubenstein on January 6th, 2009 at 9:22 pm said:

    You didn\’t ask a question ;-)


+ crazypenguin on January 6th, 2009 at 7:15 pm said:

i hope replies are going to be monitored so that people don’t reply simply to be closer to the top.


+ NewYork214 on January 6th, 2009 at 7:16 pm said:

bout time for the reply feature lol. i must have requested that at least 20-30 times lol.


+ Stallone on January 6th, 2009 at 7:16 pm said:


Now that you have the PSN Sign in coming, you guys can implement a whole lot more. Glad to hear Jeff – And HOW BOUT THEM EAGLES!

Anywho, here’s some features I would love to see on the blog:

1) Trophy Profiles – be able to view other people’s trophy profiles online (as well as my own)

2) PSN message box (incorporate a global message system – so PS3 can mesg friends and people can reply from blog etc.)

3) Profiles – something we can do to customize our own little space or something.

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    + Jeff Rubenstein on January 6th, 2009 at 9:23 pm said:

    All good suggestions Stallone. Now any suggestions for the Eagles winning in the Meadowlands?


+ NewYork214 on January 6th, 2009 at 7:17 pm said:


i think that its only for replies from the bloggers them selves. like when jeff or chris reply to one of our comments


+ PirateThom on January 6th, 2009 at 7:17 pm said:

Will the Blog have , in-blog XMB, trophies and custom soundtracks? :P


+ Stallone on January 6th, 2009 at 7:17 pm said:


The author reply feature is a feature that will notify us when a developer or author (like Jeff) replied to somebodies comment.


+ chris.ross on January 6th, 2009 at 7:18 pm said:

Thanks, Jeff! These will be great features. Quick question though, will our picture be our PSN picture or the one we’ve already chosen to use on here?

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    + Jeff Rubenstein on January 6th, 2009 at 9:24 pm said:

    It\’ll be your PSN avatar. Gravatar does go away. It has served us well, and for that we are thankful.


+ elorm9 on January 6th, 2009 at 7:19 pm said:

Thanks :)


+ lakaihigh on January 6th, 2009 at 7:22 pm said:

the author comment/reply thing is sweet and will def come in handy. for those 10+ pages of comments! i sure hope that you guys can wrap up the blog/psn feature pretty soon. thats the one that im really stoked about.

as for c-h-a-o-s, don’t post any [DELETED] comments and you won’t get hounded brotha. i know at times people on here deserve to be straightened out when posting useless comments without having their facts straight but we gotta do our best to keep the peace around here. which brings me to my next point.

Jeff – i know awhile ago you had the secret service patrolling this blog and bans were being handed out left and right. since upgraded to the universal system how are things going to be moderated now?



+ TheApprentice on January 6th, 2009 at 7:23 pm said:

Very very nice Jeff.
Glad the dev team is awesome :D

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    + Jeff Rubenstein on January 6th, 2009 at 9:24 pm said:

    That they are.

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