Could you imagine if the PSN had been down worldwide as long as it's been down in Japan and parts of Asia? It's pretty unthinkable, right? Sony was required to prove to the Japanese government that it had strengthened its system security before bringing the PSN back online in the region
Presumably that's all done and dusted now as the service is set...
The PlayStation Portable was on top of the Japanese sales charts again last week, but hardware was down overall
The usually dominant PSP only scooped up 34k sales, while both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii slumped to record lows. The PlayStation 3 didn't do much better either, managing just 13k sales. As for software, Dragon Quest continued to top the charts, while Sony's own Patapon 3 held onto its..
Sony's PlayStation Portable is still on top of the Japanese hardware charts this week, almost doubling the sales of its nearest competitor, the Nintendo 3DS
It was a positive week for PSP software too, with seven of the top twenty titles available on Sony's handheld. Patapon 3 — which debuted fourth on the chart last week — rose to claim the second spot, with Pro Baseball Spirit 2011, Final..
"But my friend told me the PSP was dead," said the crowds of readers
Boo to you, the PSP is on friggin' fire. Well, in Japan at least. Last week (ending May 1st), Sony's portable shifted a whopping 76,974 units. That's an impressive number alone, but when you take into consideration that the Nintendo 3DS only managed to shift 28,413 units over the same period, it takes a whole new meaning. The PSP..
Another adults-only Move title
No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise (known as No More Heroes: Red Zone in Japan) is bound to make waves when it comes to PlayStation 3 later this year, much like the original No More Heroes on Wii all those years ago. The trailer below, despite being in Japanese, should give you a pretty clear idea of what to expect from...
Motion on the Move
Remember when Wii came out and discount stores were flooded with cheap plastic imitations? History has a knack of repeating itself, and while we thought this horrible PlayStation Move imitator was bad enough, here's another one to impress you. Manufactured by the brilliantly named Ever Sparkle Technologies, the Motion on the Move...
Travis scores a touchdown
It's been a long time since we've heard anything about Konami's No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise, but Siliconera has unearthed a few details about extra content in the game's Japanese release, titled No More Heroes: Red Zone Edition. Famitsi (via Siliconera) reports the game will feature 10 missions cut from the Wii version...
Yesterday we hypothesised that Sony might want to kill of production of the PSPgo in order to make way for mass NGP production
Turns out sometimes we get things right. Sony Japan has confirmed this morning that it has ceased production of the digital-only handheld, adding to AV Watch that it is to "concentrate on NGP" going forwards. We imagine all those factories that were previously..
Rumours fizzing around the Internet this morning suggest that Sony has ceased production of the PSPgo
The much maligned handheld rarely set the charts on fire, so it wouldn't be a huge surprise to learn of the device's cancellation. The rumour stems from a blog post written by a Japanese Sony Shop employee. Translated by Andriasang, the post points out that stores will no longer be receiving..
This one caught us by surprise
Despite launching late in the year, we assumed Gran Turismo 5 would probably be the highest selling PlayStation 3 title in 2010. Either that, or some weird mech game we've never heard of. But no, the top-selling Japanese PS3 game of 2010 was actually the fantastic Yakuza 4. The numbers, reported by Siliconera, note that the free-roaming crime-thriller netted 577,199..
Last week Sony’s Jack Tretton warned that the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan may push back the release of the NGP in some regions, but now Sony says that production of the NGP is continuing ahead as planned. Only a matter of few days after Tretton’s caution, Sony’s Japan division began its damage control, calling the...
Chalk this one up as the biggest surprise of the year so far: Japanese gamers have bought more PlayStation Move controllers than Kinects
Sony had sold approximately 170k Moves by the end of 2010, while Microsoft had shifted just 90k Kinects. That's about a 2:1 ratio, which to be honest is closer than we'd expected given the number of XBOX 360s actually sold in Japan. However, PlayStation 3's..
170,000 sold and climbing
It's not easy to get concrete sales figures for peripherals in most territories, but Japanese firm Media Create has released life-to-date figures for PlayStation Move and its motion rival Kinect for Xbox 360, showing Sony's device has taken a clear lead. Andriasang reports that Sony has sold 170,000 Move controllers since...
After toppling Nintendo's new handheld recently, the PSP has maintained its lead over the 3DS in Japan, shifting about 15,000 more consoles in the region last week
The PSP managed to muster up a whopping 58,075 sales, while the 3DS settled for around 42k. The PS3 maintained its lead over the Nintendo Wii too, mustering up sales of around 27k units, while the PS2 fought off the XBOX 360 in last..
Our import pre-order of Yakuza: Of The End has been sitting in limbo ever since the recent string of disasters struck Japan
Pushed out of its original March launch window, SEGA's given the apocalyptic spin-off to its soap-opera series a June 9th release date in Japan. That's still some time off, so you're probably best to reign in your excitement until then. The good news is that it's coming..
Sony may have previously hoped to release its next handheld gaming system, NGP, worldwide by November 2011, but now the Tokyo-based company is warning that production of the device has slowed due to the cataclysmic earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, and may push back its release. Sony has closed numerous production facilities...
Sony's announced that the Japanese donation area of the PlayStation Store has raised a whopping $1
3 million over the past couple of weeks. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by Great East Japan Earthquake, said SCE boss Kaz Hirai. While we continue to make every effort to help the recovery of the affected...
This week the PSP reclaimed its crown at the top of the domestic hardware sales charts in Japan, despite Nintendo's 3DS releasing just a month ago
Numbers for Nintendo's systm were also disappointing across Europe, with exact figures in North America seemingly hush-hush. It's worth stressing that the 3DS represents Nintendo's best ever launch, but...
The recent events in Japan have had some pretty tragic consequences on millions of people, and we must never lose sight of that
But one company that seems to have been hit hard by the disaster is Irem, who recently outright cancelled the release of Disaster Report 4 and the production of the rest of the series. Not content with pulling an entire popular franchise though, Irem's also announced that..
It's been a while since Sony was the dominant force in the video game industry, but numbers coming out of Japan show that the platform holder is back on top in its home region as of 2010
The fiscal year — which ended, like, overnight — has concluded with PlayStation 3 on top of the Wii, and the PSP on top of the DS. Enterbrain notes that this is the first time both Sony platforms have come out..
The developer behind cult PlayStation 2 title, Odin Sphere, has confirmed its next project is an RPG for the PSP called Grand Knights History
The game was revealed in Japanese magazine Famitsu, and pitched as a traditional turn-based RPG. Details are scarce, but it sounds like you'll play as one of three factions of knights in a land called Ristia. You'll need to manage your squad by tweaking stats..
Not content with outright cancelling the latest Disaster Report title months before its release, it looks like Irem's putting a stop to the franchise full-stop
Japanese retailer Famicom Plaza reports that Irem has put a stop to the productions of all Disaster Report games after this month's events in Japan. Joystiq notes that the report has caused prices of
Sony's opened up donations for the Japanese tsunami effort on the PlayStation Network
You can donate via the American or European PlayStation Store. You can make donations from your wallet in the PlayStation Store, wrote SCEA president and CEO Jack Tretton. With your donation, youll get a free theme for your PlayStation 3. In order to make...
According to AndriaSang, a sequel to the NES classic side-scroller, River City Ransom, is in development at Japanese developer Miracle Kidz
The original game released a whopping 22 years ago. Apparently Miracle Kidz has called on the developers of the original game to help work on the game, which is due on "consoles" this Summer. No...
There's a beauty to The Last Guardian that's evident each and every time the game is shown
It's not necessarily a technical thing — the game is definitely pretty, but certainly not on par with the likes of Uncharted or Killzone. It's something to do with the art, colour palette, and perhaps, most importantly, the animation. There's an endearing soft look to it. As such, if there's anyone..
Looks like all the intrigue surrounding Atlus' puzzle-platformer, Catherine, has really paid off -- the game debuted on top of the Media Create Japanese software sales charts this week, shifting a whopping 141,816 units on PlayStation 3
Despite hardware sales being slightly down, a 25k showing for the PS3 helped Sony secure another one-two, with PSP sales still strong after the release of Monster..
The technical challenges of the PlayStation 3 are well documented
While most developers are now up-to-speed with the ambitious hardware, it's taken a good for years to get to this point. A mandate Kaz Hirai set when he took over as president of SCE was to get Sony's Worldwide Studios involved in hardware development. In the latest issue of Famitsu, SCEJ boss Hiroshi Kawano has detailed the extent..
If the PSP is a muted success globally, it's a rip-roaring Goliath in Japan
Sony's first portable gaming system is frequently the most purchased gaming system in Japan, despite waning support worldwide. So it's little surprise Japanese gamers are hyped for the console's successor. In a reader poll published in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine, 76.2% of Japanese gamers stated they wanted the..
The PlayStation Blog's put up an interview with Sony Computer Entertainment president Kaz Hirai regarding the NGP
While the interview is naturally light on new details, a tired looking Kaz does discuss some of the reasoning behind the handheld's January announcement (nothing to do with 3DS, honest), as well as talking about Sony's success barometer. Kaz admits that Sony aim to match the original..
While Sony's PlayStation Suite will have humble beginnings as a PSone emulation service for Android devices, Sony's clearly aiming bigger with their mobile gaming initiative
We already know Sony plans to extend the service with new bite-sized content, but it sounds like the platform holder's also keen to bring the program to as many platforms as possible. "We have a completely open..
If you were smart (like us) you would have switched to purchasing your PlayStation Portable content via the PlayStation Store a long time ago
UMDs were clearly a dead format many years ago, regardless of your stance towards digital download content. Paying a little extra for digital games this past few years has paid off though. While the Next...
Capcom's confirmed on Twitter that they are bringing four more PlayStation classics to the Japanese PSN
Star Gladiator, Darkstalkers 3, Cyberbots and Mega Man 4 are all set to be added to the Game Archives. No word on pricing or release yet.
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We already knew Sony was supporting its Next Generation Portable (NGP) with big franchises like Uncharted, Killzone and Resistance thanks to the recently revealed line-up trailer, but the fate of third-party support for the device still remained unknown. A full list of publishers and developers working on games for the NGP has...
Amongst its ridiculously powerful specifications and control interfaces, Sony's NGP also has some pretty neat GPS functionalities
An application built into the device called "Near" is an ongoing map allowing you to track where you are and where you have been. Near connects with the PSN to find out what games are popular in your current location, allowing you to buy games on the spot and..
With the likes of Killzone and Uncharted heading to the NGP, there's certainly an emphasis on big blockbuster titles for Sony's new flagship handheld
Blockbuster titles don't get much bigger than Call Of Duty, an iteration of which has just been confirmed for NGP by Activision's Phillip Earle. Details were scarce, but Earle billed the game with the following anecdote: "We believe Call of Duty..
This time tomorrow, we're 99
9% sure we'll know a little more about the direction of Sony Computer Entertainment's handheld strategy. At 3PM JST Sony's scheduled an event in Tokyo, Japan deemed "PlayStation Meeting 2011". Last time Sony held a PlayStation Meeting (in 2005), details of the PS3 were revealed. With the 3DS months away from general release, it would be a fitting time to..
French website 01
net</a> report that the PSP2 could be technically comparable to Apple's next generation iPhone and iPad devices. As the rumours grow in the build-up to Thursday, the site claims to have got its hands on a development unit of the PSP2 (and subsequently the specs). We've included all the technical gubbins after the jump. Perhaps most interestingly the site notes that the PSP2..
Sony's pinned a 3PM JST start time on this Thursday's PlayStation Meeting in Tokyo
Convert times as appropriate, but that makes it 6AM GMT here in the UK. Don't expect news to trickle out immediately though. We imagine it will take an hour or so before the good stuff hits the 'net. The event's like to see the unveiling of the PSP2 at long last. We imagine it might be a good idea for you to keep an..
Definitely sounds like Sony's being Sony again
Nikkei is reporting some colossus information on the PSP2 this evening. According to preliminary information on the device, Nikkei reports that Sony's next portable system will support 3G functionality and an OLED touchscreen. OLED screens are widely considered some of the best available on the market. Nikkei's report furthers that Sony's custom..
Six years ago Sony held an event in Japan called the "PlayStation Meeting"
The July 25th, 2005 meeting revealed some of Sony's early plans for the PlayStation 3. The January 27th, 2011 event labelled "PlayStation Meeting" is believed to lead to the long awaited unveiling of the PSP2. Andriasang's picked up on the name via a series of Tweets from analyst Yasuaki Fujima. Apparently Fujima..
PlayStation Portable title, Final Fantasy Agito XIII, has gone through a name-change according to information seeping out of Square Enix's Japanese press event this morning
The game will be renamed Final Fantasy Type-0 and will ship on two UMDs when it launches in Japan this Summer.
The impact of a Final Fantasy announcement seems a little diminished after the relatively disappointing Final Fantasy XIII, but make no mistake, this is still huge
At their conference in Japan, Square Enix has just confirmed that Final Fantasy XIII-2 will launch this year (2011) in Japan. The game will be directed by Motomu Toriyama. Few details are known about the game, though it will mark the..
Atlus has finally revealed the anticipated date for the oft-teased Catherine demo
January 27th will mark the fateful day we all actually get to load up the bizarre looking title and get a glimpse of what it's all about. According to Siliconera, "players will be able to sample a section of the game's opening featuring event movies, anime movies...
Now here's a novel idea: D3 Publisher has announced that the limited edition for Earth Defence Force 2 Portable will include two full retail copies of the game
We know what you're thinking, "Why?" There's method behind the madness. EDF2P features plenty of co-op gameplay, and the limited edition double pack is available for ¥6,279 ($76). Buying two copies of the game separately would set..
VG247's running a stonking story this morning, speculating that Sony will announce the PSP2 in Tokyo later this month
According to the site's source, Sony will hold a business overview and strategy meeting in Tokyo on January 27th, and will use the event as a platform to reveal the PSP2. The date would certainly make sense, with Sony wanting to temper expectation for the soon-to-be-released..
We've given up trying to understand Atlus' intriguing cult title Catherine
The latest trailer focuses more on the game's cut-scenes, but also includes a splash more gameplay. The video showcases more puzzle platforming, but this time the protagonist is chased by a giant baby. Check out the footage after the jump.
SEGA may have stepped away from the console business, but if the "Toylet" is anything to go by, the Japanese giant's never stopped being awesome
If you didn't guess from the pun, SEGA's Toylet is a bizarre video game platform operated by the steady stream of your own urine. The device, which has been installed in four Tokyo metro stations, has LCD screens mounted above the urinal and is fitted with..
Famitsu's slapped a March 17th release date on SEGA's PlayStation 3-exclusive zombie shoot 'em up
The bizarre Yakuza spin-off, Yakuza: Of The End, is set to release in Japan on March 17th. With Yakuza 4 due out on PlayStation 3 in early 2011, we're crossing our fingers Yakuza: Of The End makes it over here by mid-2012. Never take anything for granted with the Yakuza franchise though. We're still..
The PlayStation Portable's recorded its biggest weekly hardware sales in Japan since launch, thanks to the release of Mosnter Hunter Portable 3rd from Capcom
The game managed sales of over 2.14 million during its first week on sale, while the PlayStation Portable knocked up a whopping 326,639 units — a new record in Japan. They say the PSP's dead. They say the PSP's dead.
Hundreds of Japanese gamers line-up for Monster Hunter Portable 3rd on the PlayStation Portable
Expect hardware and software sales to shoot through the roof.</em> [Pic Famitsu]
It's been a while since we posted the weekly Japanese hardware and software sales numbers
We stopped posted them a while back because we were running out of things to say — the hardware charts in particularly nearly always occupy the same order of systems, with even the numbers staying fairly predictable. So why have we decided to post the numbers this week? Gran Turismo 5. Sony's banner..
Square Enix has revealed that their upcoming PlayStation Portable shooter, The 3rd Birthday, will get a PlayStation Network release in Japan
The cheers of the country's 22 PSPgo owners could be heard from outside our office in Birmingham, England. The PSN version of the game will set gamers back ¥4,980, while the retail version will cost ¥6,090...
The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable might be out, but Japanese gamers are still in love with their PS2s
That's according to a CESA survey which polled 1,000 Japanese gamers on the final day of TGS. The survey found that the PS2 is still the most used piece of video game hardware in the country. Sony's ancient system stole 70% of the votes. The system actually dropped from its commanding..
Square Enix -- who are bizarrely handling publishing duties on Call Of Duty: Black Ops in Japan -- have confirmed that certain elements of the localized first-person shooter will be cut in order for the title to see release
This includes Nazi references, as well as a particularly brutal interrogation scene. The game's due worldwide next week. Get hype.
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Whilst we Western PlayStation owners sometimes get a raw deal when box art makes the trip from Japan – just ask anyone who picked up an American Ico – it's not always a one-day street, as evidenced by this amazing Start the Party! box art from the Far East. The remainder of Move software fares significantly better,...
Four titles in top 20
PlayStation Move launched in Japan a week ago, with some encouraging performances from launch titles. The Japanese chart from the 18th to 24th of October put the PS3 2,000 units down on the previous week, shifting 20,128 across the seven day period, but Move software fared well overall. Beat Sketcher reached the heady heights...
Ex-Street Fighter producer Noritaka Funamizu has revealed to Famitsu that he's working with Sony's new magic wand, the PlayStation Move
The producer, who worked on most of Street Fighter's 2D releases, didn't drop too many details, but did have high praise for the Move controller. Im actually working on a PS Move game at the moment, he told the Famitsu. The title hasnt been announced yet,..
Getting controller in under budget proved tricky
It's not surprising to hear that PlayStation Move went through countless revisions before Sony settled on the design we all hold in our hands today: budget constraints, technical demands and more all contributed to Move's final form. Designer Yoshio Miyazaki, one of Sony's chief designers on the...
Catherine was set to hit Japan before Christmas, but Atlus has just announced that the bizarre title is set to be delayed until February 17th
It's hard to be too disappointed by this news (seeing as Catherine doesn't even have a Western release), but we assume some folks in Japan are crying over the lack of sheep-people this Winter. Still, at least the delay came with a new, hard date, eh? We're..
Video recorder has problems
Out in Japan, Sony's Torne video recorder attachment for PS3 has been quite a hit, shifting 500,000 units over the past six months. More advanced than the PlayTV accessory seen in the West, it's about to encounter a major snag, however: PlayStation Move. Sony Japan has issued a statement to warn Torne users that using...
Chalk up the heartbreak, cry a few tears and get over it
Ex-Shenmue sound designer Osamu Murata has claimed he's "certain" Shenmue's creator, Yu Suzuki, wanted to bring the franchise to PlayStation 3 or XBOX 360. Murata's comments followed last week's announcement that the Shenmue franchise was to return on the Japan-only social network service Mobage-town. Murata reckons that the game is..
It was only mere weeks ago we were demanding the next edition of Valkyria Chronicles come to PlayStation 3
As it happens, Valkyria Chronicles 3 was announced for the PlayStation Portable. People were upset. We're assuming they've got over it now. This week's Famitsu reveals that a demo for Valkyria Chronicles 3 will release on the PlayStation St
There's no shortage of PlayStation 3 variants in Japan
The system is already available with different hard-drive sizes in a trio of alternative colours. Now SCEJ has decided to add one more bundle to the PS3's roster. Due out for ¥39,980 ($480) on November 18th, the latest PS3 bundle throws in Sony's popular Torne TV tuner. The DVR's been a big success for Sony in the region, so it makes sense for..
The PSPgo allows you to hook up a DualShock 3 controller via Bluetooth and play your handheld games with the added comfort of a traditional controller
Not many people use this functionality because it would be, well, weird. Could you imagine propping your PSPgo up on your lap while playing Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker with the DualShock 3? Nah, us neither. That's where Gametech Bear's stepped in..
Quantic Dream honoured
The patch to update Heavy Rain with Move controls should be let loose tomorrow, but Japanese body the Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association awarded the DualShock 3-enabled version its Game Designer's Award at a recent ceremony. It praised the game's unique sense of storytelling as well as its emphasis on performing...
According to the number crunching monkeys at VG247, Sony's PlayStation 3 has passed the Nintendo Wii's hardware sales for 2010
After this week's MediaCreate report the PlayStation 3 had moved 1,017,094 units for the year-to-date, while the Wii's managed just 1,015,513. It actually puts the Nintendo Wii in a shaky position, as the XBOX 360 is poised to better its yearly hardware tally in the US. In..
Dayumm, Capcom's gaffer Keiji Inafune does not hold back when it comes to the Japanese games industry
In fact, he thinks his fellow countrymen are making "awful games". "I look around Tokyo Games Show, and everyone's making awful games; Japan is at least five years behind [the West]," the Mega Man and Dead Rising creator told the New York Times. "Capcom is barely keeping..
Japan is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first KFC opening with a SEGA collaboration
Colonel Sanders will show up in Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity, as will other Yum! Brands fast-food outlets. There'll be Pizza Hut box shields and much more. If you think about it, it's kinda neat.
Who cares if developers are already messing around with the PSP2? There are still plenty of original PlayStation Portable games out there; with a few excellent ones still to come
If you're still lagging behind the curve, and are yet to buy a PSP, perhaps you should consider one of these new Japanese models. The blue-and-white two-tone PSP 3000 might look a little bit like a Chelsea kit, but we like..
In Japan, you will not see parts of human beings been blown apart in Call Of Duty: Black Ops
That's because the game's been issued a CERO Z rating (think adults rating) with the "brutal or grotesque portrayal" of limbs removed. Boom. That's the end of that. Of course Japanese lurkers, it's worth noting that the PlayStation 3 is region free... You could import it. Yes.
Move cannot do whips or other objects
Move is a versatile piece of kit, with titles lined up that turn the plastic into everything from a beam katana to a lasso, but it seems it has its limitations. Sony recently held a press conference in Japan to explain the controller in more depth, detailing its ability to portray pens, torches, nets and...
The latest game to be born out of Sony's "PlayStation CAMP" initiative is Tokyo Jungle; a bizarre little PlayStation 3 title which sees a futuristic Japan overrun with animals
The game's Story Mode puts players in control of various different animals, including race horses and pets. In these missions you'll discover what happened to make the human-race leave the Earth. The game also boasts a..
Despite Team Ico's The Last Guardian being promised for Tokyo Game Show by honcho Fumito Ueda himself, the game's looking more and more like it's going to be a no-show
Well, certainly in playable form anyway. While Sony might well be keeping their biggest release close to their chest — the game's not been mentioned on their TGS line-up. That would hint at the game not being available in playable..
Made2Game's just dropped word that SEGA and Japanese site 4Gamer
net</a> have teamed up to release a demo of the upcoming Yakuza title on PSP — Black Panther: New Yakuza Chapter. The demo's all in Japanese and weighs in at minor 200mb (though the site appears to be smashed at the moment, we're only getting a couple of kbps). Still, we'll be checking it out, and we urge you to do the same..
We thought the concept art that dropped out of this week's Famitsu for Atlus' new PS3 project, Catherine, looked a bit strange
But nothing prepared us for the game's debut trailer. In it, protagonist Vincent wanders through a darkened room surrounded by sheep. Then has sex. Then sees dead bodies. Then has more sex... It's also not safe for work. You've been warned.
Japan seriously gets all the fun
They already have white PlayStation 3s, and now, to celebrate the November 3rd release of Gran Turismo 5 in Japan, they're set to get a "Titanium Blue" console too. The Gran Turismo 5 Racers Pack includes a 160GB blue PS3 Slim and a LE edition of the game for ¥35,980 ($421). The limited edition of the game includes some bonus cars and a 308 page-book. We..
If you're lucky enough to understand Japanese, you're probably going to be wanting the upcoming PSP Yakuza title, Black Panter: New Yakuza Chapter
If you're picking it up, make sure you buy it from Bic Camera. They're giving away Yakuza branded razors with the game. Doesn't really get much cooler than that now does it?
It's getting boring: we know you're bored of it too
We're sick of writing about it. How can we keep finding new headlines to say - "Yo, the PSP is the best individual platform in Japan this week". What's more, it's not just the order of the systems that never changes on a week-by-week basis — it's the sales numbers too. The PS3 always does around 20,000. Always. So, it's with a lump in..
This bizarre Japanese advertisement depicts an argument between the PlayStation 3 and green onion (stay with us)
The PlayStation 3 points out that it can do 3D, has motion control functionality and is a high-definition video games system. But the green onion argues that it can be used in a number of delicious dishes. We'll call it a tie.
Japanese business index, Nikkei, are reporting this morning that Sony are to post an operating profit of 10 to 30 billion yen over the period April through June
It's a dramatic turn-around for the company, who posted a loss of 25.7 billion yen over the same period last year. Nikkei cites strong sales in China, strong performance of new SLR camera models, and strong sales of LCD televisions both..
Technically - because there are about 50gajillion different iterations of the DS platform - it's another Nintendo win on the Japanese hardware charts this week
But the PSP's still faring well against the Nintendo juggernaut, with the Sony portable hitting the top spot in the individual hardware SKU breakdown. Elsewhere, the PlayStation 3 had to settle for fourth, sitting just behind the DSi LL and..
Hideo Kojima has revealed that he believes Japan are in a "losing" battle due to the recent boom of Western games development
The Metal Gear man said that he feels the younger generation of Japanese game developers have lost their motivation. He came to conclusion after watching a TV documentary about foreign exchange students who were passionate about the manga industry. The game industry is..
Sony's finally dropped a bomb of details regarding the Japanese launch of the PlayStation Move controller
As was already announced, the controller will arrive in Japan for ¥3,980 ($45), with additional Navigation Controllers selling for ¥2,980 ($34). Sony will also be releasing a Starter Kit Bundle which includes the PlayStation Eye, a PlayStation Move controller and a copy of Beat Sketch (which..
Sony loves 3D
They're pushing it so hard it's almost startling. They've made a bet on this technology, and they're determined to lead with it. While other electronics manufacturers are pushing the tech too, nobody is pushing it quite as hard as Sony. There is risked attached — 3D is clearly in its infancy and Sony are aware of that. But there has to be adoption of the tech in order for it to..
A revised piece of hardware and a Monster Hunter exclusive saw XBOX 360 sales rise 800% in Japan this week
.. And still fall 2,000 units short of the PlayStation 3 which shifted a comfortable 19k units. The PSP managed a few more, with 23k sold. Sadly it lost out to the Nintendo DS' price-cuts and perve software. Never change Japan. The PSPgo was rock bottom this week, managing just 845 units this..
E3's only just finished, GamesCom's on the horizon and then
.. Well, then there's TGS. A partial list of Tokyo Game Show exhibitors has been released, including plenty of familiar faces. SEGA, Square Enix, Capcom, Konami; they'll all be there. As will Sony. Over 138 companies are currently confirmed for the show, with that number certain to rise as the September show nears. Andriasang's got the..
We love the Yakuza franchise
Love it. It's consistently brilliant. But with a PSP Yakuza title in the works, we had hoped SEGA would take a break from their annual release schedule and take a bit longer with the next home-console entry in the franchise. They're not — there's a new Yakuza game in development right now for the PlayStation 3. Talk about cranking them out. Unlike other games in the..
The latest issue of Famitsu magazine has revealed that White Knight Chronicles is making its way to the PlayStation Portable
Going by the game's title - White Knight Chronicles: New Project - we're assuming its progress is pretty early. No other details were given. The same issue's also the PS3's White Knight Chronicles 2 a 33/40. That's out in Japan next month.
SCEJ has reached a milestone
There are now five-million PSN accounts in the Japanese wilderness. To celebrate, Sony's sent their publishing partners some commemorative sweets. These edible hard-candies are decorated with PlayStation controllers and PSPs. They were snapped by Shinji Hashimoto, the producer of Front Mission Evolved. Can we have some?
In America you can get a PlayStation Move Starter Kit (that's a Move controller, PlayStation Eye and copy of Sports Champions) for $99
99. In the UK, the same starter kit without Sports Champions is £59.99 (or £49.99 if you do a bit of shopping). In Japan though, the Starter Kit costs just $67 (5,980 yen). You get the same kit as the US version, except you get a game called Sing And Draw instead..
We dropped the first details of Ni No Kuni just yesterday
The game, which is also coming to the Nintendo DS, is the fruits of a colaboration between anime house, Studio Ghibli, and Professor Layton developers, Level 5. As of yesterday, we could only confirm that the game was coming to the PlayStation 3. Now we have screenshots, of which there are a handful more over at Kotaku. The game was..
Sony's put the PlayStation Move in front of Japanese gamers for the first time this Summer at the World Hobby Fair
Sony were offering live demos of both Eye Pet and Machi Suberi (which we know as Slider). Sony also had the full range of Move hardware on display, including the awesome PlayStation Move zapper and charging station. Other titles such as ModNation Racers, Patapon 3, the Torne DVR, and..
Sony's announced over-night in Japan that, hey, 3D is coming to your Playstation 3
It's coming June 10th to be precise, alongside a slew of updated content. Games supporting the service out of the gates include PAIN, Wipeout HD and Super Stardust HD, the former of which we posted about yesterday. PAIN will require a ¥300 update in Japan, which we assume will translate here in the West too..
Hey valued reader, would you like to play a game? It's called "What came first and second in the Japanese hardware sales this week?" Here's a big clue - look through our archives and you'll note it never changes
So yes, valued reader, you're correct. The PSP was in first, the PS3 second. And right at the bottom? Yup the PS2 and PSPgo. Everything else? In the middle, yo. PSP 22.462 PS3 ..
Media Vision, whom are best known for the Wild Arms franchise, are working on a new Playstation 3/Playstation Portable game
That's according to a job listing which notes the project is still early in production, and is expected to be a massive project that will span a long term". Interestingly, the job listing also notes that the game will have worldwide appeal, as opposed to the..
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