If you are amongst the millions of iPhone owners who also happen to have PS3's, I've got the perfect app for you. Behold, PSN Status [Free]. This free app will tell you both quickly and easily whether or not PSN is up. Sure, it would have been much more useful last month, but it will be handy to keep around if/when PSN goes down again.

Oh also, on the subject of PSN being down, if you're like me and really only use your PS3 for watching BluRays, don't forget to claim your free games. Even if you weren't really affected by the downtime in any real way, you're still eligible for two free PS3 games and two free PSP games. The selection is surprisingly decent, too.

On a somewhat related note- If you're a proud PS3 console warrior and your pride has taken a substantial hit over the last month as you were the brunt of countless "PSN is down" jokes from your Xbox 360-loving friends, don't forget to also download i360Emu [Free]. It's a shockingly accurate emulator of early Xbox 360's, or, it was, before they changed the power-on animation.

  • http://twitter.com/h1dd3n_m0nk h1dd3n_m0nk

    A 'PSN Status' app?

    o_O

  • http://endekks.tumblr.com endekks

    It's still down in Asia because the JP government has required Sony demonstrate certain security measures before allowing them to activate it again. This isn't just limited to the JP PSN, but access to *ANY* country's PSN trying to establish a connection while in Asia.

    How is that for suck?

    • The Truth

      yeah, that blows man, big thumbs down for the jap government trying to make sure my credit card info is safe from further hacker attacks.

      i dont give a f*ck bout any f*ckin "security measures" i just wanna play sum gamez, dude!! >:C

      • http://endekks.tumblr.com endekks

        Excuse me, but I was not implying that security is not important. 

        Am I supposed to be happy that I can't connect to the PSN or that I still haven't been able to change my login details yet? Am I supposed to be happy that my US account, which is accessible to people everywhere except Asia, is not accessible to me?

    • The Truth

      yeah, that blows man, big thumbs down for the jap government trying to make sure my credit card info is safe from further hacker attacks.

      i dont give a f*ck bout any f*ckin "security measures" i just wanna play sum gamez, dude!! >:C

  • Jozefx

    "if you're like me and really only use your PS3 for watching BluRays..."

    I'm not quite following the logic as to why would someone who never plays games on a console, want to claim any games for it. It's not like you can re-sell downloadable games.

    • boss

      Because it's free. You have nothing to lose.

      • E_Domina

        except the hours it takes to download them and you find that you never play them

      • Gaff

        Free tip E_Domina.  You don't actually have to sit there watching the download.  You lose nothing

      • BlindsideDork

        It takes around the same time to DL a full title on PSN as it does on XBL. And if you have a really bad connection, start the download before you go to sleep? Voila, game is downloaded in the morning and with the PowerSafe function, your system will turn off after the game is done.

        Crazy magic, I know!

      • Anonymous

        "For those of you vegetarians out there... Free hamburgers, today only!"

  • http://twitter.com/Shamko Max Shamko

    LMAO

  • BlindsideDork

    But the PSN is not down anymore. I was playing a game online with my PS3 last night. This just seems like a troll app.

    And you get two PS3/N games if you have a PS3 account. You only have access to the two PSP games IF you had a PSP attached to your account before April 20.

    • http://endekks.tumblr.com endekks

      It isn't up in every country yet.

  • Decoy Octopus

    I don'tknow why the author of this article, or anyone else for that matter owns a PS3 and only watches blurays. What a waste of money.

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