Today's date is March 31st
That means businesses everywhere stop talking about future endeavours, and start talking about... Past endeavours. That's right, the fiscal year has ended, specifically in Japan where publication Famitsu is reporting that the market in the East has shrunk by 0.6%. The publication reports that while software sales were up, hardware was down. According to Enterbrain's..
That "pun" has been run into the ground and stomped on so many times we really shouldn't have used it
But that's exactly why we did use it. Ha-hah. Incredible. Anyway - without further ado, here's your British sales charts news: Just Cause 2 is number one with a bullet. Or should we say grapple hook? Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Modern Warfare 2 are still lingering the top ten, with God Of War..
Perhaps a little something to do with the release of Yakuza 4 in Japan, the PS3 has finally ended the PSP's long run atop the Japanese hardware charts to settle with the crown of glory
Or something. Sony's home console rattled off just over 50k units, with the PSP not too far behind, managing 38k. Nintendo occupied much of the rest of the list, with the PSPgo and PS2 footing the Japanese charts..
SEGA's Yakuza 4 has topped the Japanese software charts for this week, shifting a hearty 384,000 copies
The numbers are a little lower than those of Yakuza 3, but still extremely respectable. Elsewhere, the God Of War Collection managed to place 13th in the Japanese software charts this week, with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 not far behind it in 15th.
Guess what Europeans - the Playstation 3 is officially three years old today in your neck of the woods
That's right, the system went on sale in Europe precisely three years ago today - March 23rd. It's been a bit of a roller-coaster ride for Sony since then, with initial PS3 sales tempered by a high price-tag. It is, however, with the launch of the PS3 Slim that the system has finally caught its..
Some people in the industry are laughing off Sony's claims of stock shortages in the US, but it actually appears to be a genuine issue for the company
According to GameStop Executive VP of Merchandising, the issue of PS3 stock shortages are likely to go on for the next few months. Despite Sony being pestered for more stock, Bartel concluded that his company "could sell a lot more hardware than..
Sony's Playstation Portable is still top of the Japanese hardware charts
This week it managed another 39k sales, with the PS3 mustering 26k. The PSPgo continues to flounder at the bottom of the charts with just over 1,000 units sold in the past week. Pretty disasterous. But Sony probably won't care well the regular SKU of their handheld system is topping the charts. Will anything catch it? PSP ..
Stop me if you've heard this one before: a military, multiplayer shooter has sold a ton of copies in Europe and the US
That's right: EA's Battlefield: Bad Company 2 has mustered sales of over 2.3 million over the last couple of weeks. Interestingly, aswell as the hard sales figures, EA has provided some more light-hearted facts pertaining to the game's success, such as 81 billion points racked up..
March: officially the biggest month in Playstation 3's history
Not only has the month already seen the arrival of Final Fantasy XIII, a traditionally Playstation franchise, but it's also about to witness the arrival of one of Playstation's biggest exclusive franchises: God Of War III. Sadly, there's a hitch. While Sony have two of the biggest games possible this month, they're also struggling to..
We're quickly running out of things to say about the PSP's performance in Japan
It's consistently shifting lots of units and, erm, yeah - surprise it's top again! Betcha didn't expect that did you? Mwahaha. Sigh. The figures are after the jump. PSP 64,808 Wii 33,880 PS3 28,824 DSi LL 23,611 DSi 15,017 DS Lite 4,316 Xbox 360 2,764 PS2 1,839 PSPgo 1,275
Final Fantasy XIII has shot straight to the top of the UK sales charts, with the PS3 version of the game managing 54% of the sales
Not the hugest of discrepancies between the SKUs, but it's often rare a PS3 multiplatform game outsells its XBOX 360 rival - particularly when Microsoft have broken the metaphorical bank marketing the game exclusive to their platform. Most exciting for us about this..
Despite losing out to the Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and XBOX 360, there are very positive signs for the industry in general in February's NPD
Namely that every major piece of hardware sold pretty well, with just 62,000 units between the XBOX 360 and the Playstation 3. Sony shifted 360,100 units for the month of February, a pretty impressive statistic considering the time of the year. The PSP and..
Square Enix has just announced that they've shipped 5million copies of their flagship RPG Final Fantasy XIII worldwide
Of that amount, 3million have been shipped to the US and Europe alone. The franchise as a whole has shipped a whopping 96million units since its inception 20 years ago. Of course, shipped copies don't necessarily mean sold copies. We're sure it's managed a truck load, mind.
Heavy Rain's affair with the number one spot of the British gaming charts is over (though it still sits at a respectable fourth place)
Indeed, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 has taken the top spot this week, with 31 per cent of the sales being accountable to the PS3 SKU. SEGA got a double hit with Aliens vs Predator and Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing occupying the third and fifth spot; and Ubisoft's..
It's another week on top of the Japanese hardware charts for the Playstation Portable this week, despite stiff competition from the various Nintendo DS SKUs (there are about a billion of them)
The Playstation 3 sits just below the Wii in third-place, shifting 27,763 units, with the PSPgo and PS2 at the bottom. Hit the jump for the full round up. PSP 37,338 Wii 36,241 PS3 27,763 DSi LL ..
The Japanese software chart is surprising on two counts this week
Firstly, apparently people are still way into Resident Evil. Despite essentially being a re-release of a year old game, Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition (Alternative Edition in Japan) has debuted top of the Japanese software charts selling a whopping 143,339 copies. The PSP's God Eater occupied the second spot. But most interestingly,..
We like Michael Pachter
We don't think he's particularly biased, and we don't often disagree with his opinion. But the dude is unreal when it comes to Microsoft's much-hyped but not-so-much-shown camera device "Project Natal". In his latest report, the American analyst has once again declared his love for the Microsoft philosophy, claiming Natal will outsell Playstation Motion Controller..
Another week and another shooter has taken the crown from Ubisoft's current Wii phenomenom, Just Dance
Amazingly for Rebellion, Aliens vs Predator has become the fastest-selling game in 2010, topping last week's record holder, Bioshock 2 (now in third). Of course, they're both gonna get crushed by Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Either way, big congrats to SEGA and Rebellion, though we do have an issue..
This week's Japanese hardware chart looks vaguely similar to the week before it
The Playstation Portable still tops the charts, with the PSPgo in dead last at the other end of the spectrum. Somewhere in the middle is the Playstation 3, with some Nintendo platforms above it and the XBOX 360 far below it. Check the numbers after the jump. PSP - 39,293 Wii - 37,501 Nintendo DSi LL -..
Sony's Rob Dyer has told IndustryGamers that third-party publishers are "coming back" to the Playstation 3 after they've seen a string of Wii titles fail
He added that he believes publishers no longer see the Wii as the "hot" thing on the market, and are not putting the resources into the platform they once were.What publishers have said is theyre not going to spend the resources on..
Not at all, valued reader
The NPD has detailed the top-twenty games in January, continuing our coverage from last week. With five days on sales MAG managed to outsell the XBOX 360 version of Bayonetta which pulled in somewhere above 100,000 sales. It's safe to assume then that MAG easily beat out 100,000 unit-sales, but the official numbers are yet to be released. Sadly, the PS3 version of..
Apparently Bioshock is still a big deal, as Bioshock 2 has shot straight to the top of the UK charts, removing previous leader Mass Effect 2
Interestingly, after a slew of price-cuts (and perhaps that Playstation 3 patch), Bayonetta has re-entered the charts in number 10 (up from 36). Elsewhere, Fifa 10 and Modern Warfare 2 are still strong propositions. Check out the full list after the jump..
Japanese publisher Nippon Ichi may have lost $3
3million last year, but they're set to turn that around with a focus on the Playstation 3, and the prioritisation of internal projects. Disgaea is clearly the company's biggest franchise, and so they aim to build on that by releasing a new version of the game for Playstation 3. It's part of a new initiative for the company to focus on new areas: the..
Sony's warned that Playstation 3 stock will be tight over the coming months
SCEA's director of communications, Patrick Seybold explained the company are working hard to ensure stock is available for everyone. "We're working very hard with our retail partners to meet consumer interest, but the demand is tremendously high for the PS3 and we expect tight inventory in the coming months,"..
The Playstation Portable once again topped the Japanese hardware charts this month
The handheld shifted over 43k units in Japan this week, beating out its nearest rival, the Wii, by 7k. The PS3 managed 25,450, while the PSPgo lost out to the Playstation 2 at the bottom of the charts. Full figures after the jump. PSP 43,163 Wii 36,149 DSi LL 28,080 PS3 25,450 DSi 19,116 DS Lite ..
SCEA's head Jack Tretton has written a buoying rally on the US Playstation Blog, declaring '09 a great year for Playstation, thanking fans especially for all their support
The post came hours after the NPD report, which saw solid figures for Playstation 3, but the XBOX 360 and Wii still some way in front. Despite that, Tretton was quick to point out the positives: PS3 saw a 33% growth year on year..
Despite a decent month for January in the US, Sony's PS3 lost out to both the XBOX 360 and Nintendo Wii for the month of January, according to the NPDs
Sony shifted 276.9k units during the month, a respectable number, but they were some way off Microsoft's 332.8k tally. Regardless, both Sony and Microsoft fell to the might power of Nintendo once again, with the DS and Wii shifting almost 900k units..
Activision's confirmed during a consumer call tonight that there will be new iterations Call of Duty, Guitar Hero, Tony Hawk and Spiderman by the time 2010 is done and finished
The Call Of Duty title in development is believed to be set in Vietnam, and is being developed by Activision's secondary CoD team Treyarch. Robomodo confirmed they are...
Ubisoft has released a breakdown of their Fiscal Year Q3 sales, showing Playstation 3 titles accounting for 30% of revenue earned for the three month period
Europe accounted for 49% of Ubisoft's sales, with the US just behind at 46%. For the nine months starting from April 1 2009, and ending December 31st 2009, the Playstation 3 accounted for 26% of Ubisoft's revenue, level with the XBOX 360. The..
EA announced at their financial call last night that all of the company's titles released in fiscal 2011 will feature either online multiplayer or downloadable content
Every one. Considering Dante's Inferno will let you pay for some extra "souls" (which you totally earn from killing enemies in the game anyway), we're not surprised EA are making this move. If just 25 owners of the game..
Everyone's favourite video games analyst Michael Pachter has come away from the glitz of his GameTrailers TV spot to talk hardware sales, and most importantly the Playstation 3's performance this January
Pachter reckons it's looking pretty good. In his pre-NPD report, the analyst cited that he reckons the PS3 will be up 62 percent over January 2009, scoring approximately 330k console sales for the..
Increased sales, a fairer attitude, an entirely new marketing campaign - there's no doubt that the Playstation 3 is making somewhat of a comeback
It's a thought emphasised in a report by Research & Markets, which suggests the system is gathering steam worldwide. According to the report, "The PS3 is dominant in Japan and Korea and as of June 2008, has begun to outsell the Xbox 360 in..
Japanese developers might be ruined right now, but if you're Square Enix, you're doing just fine
Particularly when you've just launched games with Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest in the title. Which Square Enix has just done. Then there was the acquisition of Eidos who published last year's sleeper hit, Batman: Arkham Asylum. Aimed at mid-and long-term growth for the Square Enix Group, we have..
Very little change this week in the UK's all-formats chart, with Mass Effect 2 still holding the top-spot
Visceral Games' reimagining of Dante's Inferno entered fairly strongly at number four this week, knocking Sony's MAG to a respectable seventh. By the way, why did Ubisoft moan about Avatar's sales? It's been in the top ten for months now. Granted we've seen a few special offers on the game at..
According to an article on the Wall Street Journal, Sony has cut the losses of each PS3 system sold to just $18
They might still be losing money, but Sony's turned the costs of their system around in record time. It's actually fascinating. Last December the company were estimated to be losing $37 per system, so it's only a matter of time before they hit the green. Of course, by the time they hit..
Sony's reported that they are just 5
5 million systems behind the XBOX 360 now, with a strong showing for the Playstation 3 this Christmas driving the system up to 33.5 million global sales. Sony also reiterated that they will hit their 13 million systems sold target during the fiscal year, with 10.8 million systems sold for the nine months ending December 31st. With the figures already reported,..
SCEA's Peter Dille has claimed confidence that the Playstation 3 will overtake the XBOX 360 in unit-sales over the next 10 years
I dont think [360 will] be around in 10 years so Im very confident well pass them within that time frame, said the exec, speaking to IGN. I mean, weve got 31 million [units sold] worldwide right now theyve got 39 million [units sold]. I dont even..
Namco's recorded a whopping $129million loss for the nine months ending December 31st, compared to a profit of $99
4million in the same period the year previous. That's a lot of money, yo. As a result the company has announced they are to cut the employment of roughly 10% of their workforce. That's gutting news for about 630 people.Since the management integration, the Bandai Namco Group has..
Hardly a surprising revelation, but one analyst believes that Playstation 3 will see the greatest YoY growth in next week's January NPD report
Arvind Bhatia of Sterne Agee reckons that the PS3 will keep its momentum throughout January and "will have the best year-over-year growth in January among all consoles." This is on the back of the PS3 Slim's release, and some much stronger..
In a quote that could be misconstrued as a little arrogant, Sony's director of hardware marketing John Koller has told the Wall Street Journal that devices like the iPad are great for sales of the PSP
The iPad was announced by Apple this week, and is essentially an inflated iPod Touch, capable of supporting the numerous millions of Apps on the iTunes Store.Apples entrance into the portable..
According to a report from Nikkei (through the lovely folks at Reuters), Sony are expected to announce a profit of ¥100 billion ($1
1 billion) for the period of October through December 2009. It'll basically be the first profit Sony has posted in what seems like an age. The profit's believed to come from improved Playstation 3 sales (the Slim model...
Can anyone think of any other songs aside from those by Lady GaGa that use the lyric "just dance" as a central theme? We're racking our brains here in the PushSquare office but nothing's coming
Answers on a postcard merci beaucoup. Yep, if the overly obvious post-title didn't give it away, we can confirm that Wii-title Just Dance has beaten Modern Warfare 2 to the UK charts top-spot for the second..
It's milestone time for SCEE, as they've just confirmed that 3 million Playstation 3s have been sold in the UK to date
There's really not much else to say. As Brits ourselves, Sony's efforts have very much been brushed under the carpet by the mainstream here; but still outstanding marketing, pricing and, just sheer brilliant exclusive games have really raised the appeal of the system. Feels like..
Gamasutra's reporting that despite a Playstation 3 resurgence in recent months, the Playstation family as a whole dropped $1
3billion due to a contracting Playstation 2 market. Playstation family revenue was $6.4billion in 2008, but Gamasutra reckon that number dropped as low as $5.1billion last year. Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter reckons...
Come on guys
Dance. After nine weeks, Modern Warfare 2 has finally been knocked off the top of the British sales charts which means — we get to say something interesting in this post for once. Like quoting Lady GaGa lyrics. That's right folks, of all the games to topple Infinity Ward's shooter, the Wii's Just Dance has done the impossible. On red wine. So what else's going down on the floor?..
We guess a Kingdom Hearts game just come out
Hence the Playstation Portable saying: hello Japanese hardware charts leadership. The handheld shifted 145k units, with the PS3 two places behind at 61k. Full figures after the jump. PSP 145,682 Wii 76,722 PS3 61,591 DSi 50,178 DSi LL 45,221 DS Lite 10,067 Xbox 360 5,461 PS2 3.092 PSPgo 2.841
Y'know, aside from all those top games Sony put out in 2009, the biggest success story of the Playstation 3 has been re-entering the race
This year we saw Sony outsell the Wii for stretched periods in Japan, and we even saw Playstation 3 overtake XBOX 360 on Microsoft's home-turf a couple of times. The potential has always been there, but the...
Sony can claim a very minor victory over their closest rival the XBOX 360 today, after the December NPD reports revealed that the Playstation 3 came in just ahead of Microsoft's XBOX 360 for the month
With 1.36million Playstation 3 hardware units sold for through the month of December (and in the US alone), Sony's marketing department can officially pat themselves on the back for getting back into..
Playstation 3 has really come into its own in the past 8 months, thanks to a fantastic rebranding campaign from SCE worldwide
As such, the various subsidiaries of Sony Computer Entertainment have been posting huge growth around the world. And that's no different in America, where SCEA has claimed a 90 per cent increase in hardware sales, and 60 per cent software increase year over year. NPD numbers..
Industry boffins reckon that the Playstation 3 will have more success in 2010 than rival consoles the XBOX 360 and Nintendo Wii
It sounds like a bold claim, but a poll conducted by industry professionals on GamesIndustry.biz saw 34 per cent of boffins backing Sony's powerhouse, citing major releases such as Gran Turismo 5, Heavy Rain, God Of War III, and of course, Sony Playstation Motion..
ELSPA's confirmed that Modern Warfare 2 was the biggest selling game for the Playstation 3 in 2009
The news comes shortly after Modern Warfare 2 was announced as the biggest game of the year by ELSPA, raking in sales of £67million in just one week. The game's now pulled in over $1billion. Sitting next to Modern Warfare 2 in the Playstation 3's overall 2009 sales charts was Fifa 10, Assassin's..
There was some fist-pumping from SCE shortly after Sony's CES 2010 keynote ended: as the company were able to boast Playstation 3 sales exceeding 3
8million over the holiday season. According to the company, "during the five weeks following the last week of November 2009", the console sold more than any previous holiday season — up 76% on last year's figures. Sony also reconfirmed there..
According to American analysis folks Nielsen, 52% of PSP owners are actually female
We checked our private parts and concluded we're not part of that 52%. That's basically all we have to say on the matter.
Capcom France's head-honcho - Antoine Seux - has declared a cull on the Wii after his company's light-gun shooter, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, did kinda rubbish at retail
The game only mustered 16,000 units in the three weeks since its launch back in November.This is the year of the emergence of so-called new console generation, said Seux. The Wii is still an important part of..
Nintendo may have taken the overall 2009 hardware sales crown in Japan, but there were strong performances from the Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable in Sony's home region too
The PS3 managed to shift 1.7million systems in the region, just short of the Nintendo Wii's 2million; where the PSP managed to shift 2.3million systems for the year. Things were less rosy for Microsoft with just over..
Modern Warfare 2 is still top of the British sales charts
Still. That's the eighth consecutive week for Infinity Wards game about shooting people. Elsewhere, nothing much happened. Interesting. CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 ASSASSIN'S CREED II MARIO & SONIC AT OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES WII SPORTS RESORT WII FIT PLUS FIFA 10 JUST DANCE NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII MARIO KART WII JAMES CAMERON'S..
With an opening week pushing over a million copies of Final Fantasy XIII, it's really no big deal that the game dropped to fourth on the Japanese sales charts this week
Still, with figures of around 200,000 copies shifted, we doubt Square Enix will be worrying too much, with Final Fantasy XIII seemingly meeting all its ridiculous expectations in the region. It'll be interesting to see how the..
Fox just put up an interview with SCEA's big-wig Jack Tretton
He doesn't really talk about anything we don't really know, but touches on the Playstation Motion Controller and the growth of the PS3 since the price-cut. If, like us, you can't wait until E3 to catch another glimpse of Jack Tretton, then, you should probably watch this interview. Tretton rules.
Marketing, marketing, marketing
It's all about synergy. Final Fantasy XIII is a Playstation-related product (in Japan). Playstation is a Sony developed system. Sony also make the Bravia TV range. So what do you do? You get Final Fantasy XIII heroine Lightning to stand behind the latest Sony Bravia TV. Subconsciously anyone who picks up that Sony TV, will instantly find themselves compelled to buy..
Early rumours coming out of Famitsu's publisher Enterbrain (via the Examiner) suggest its been a bumper week in Japan for Sony and Square Enix
According to reports 1,516,532 copies of Final Fantasy XIII were sold in the game's first week on retail, with 245,406 Playstation 3 hardware systems shifted. And that figure is more than any of us imagined.
Playstation 3 sales were up nicely in Japan for the week ending December 13th, with PSP sitting just behind it
The Playstation 3 managed to shift 75,086 units for the week, with the PSP shifting 71,885. Things are looking grim for the PSPgo in the region though, with just 3,077 units sold in the region. What's going on? It's actually a good piece of hardware! It'll be interesting to see the effect..
Before you get your knickers well and truly twisted around your manly balls, let's make three things very clear; a) in our opinion premium services will definitely hit the PSN next year; b) Sony has confirmed that anything free on the PSN right now, will remain free; c) the following article is in relation to a survey sent out by Sony, and not necessarily a final plan
With that in mind then, Sony..
News of a minor milestone for Sony's Playstation 3 in Japan today, as figures compiled by Famitsu's publisher, Enterbrain, suggest the system has passed the 4million units mark, hitting a life-to-date total 4,020,563
They are great numbers for Sony, but it's humbling to see theWii reach the 9million mark on the same day. Let's see what difference Final Fantasy XIII makes.
The Nintendo DS is now the biggest-selling UK video games system of all time
According to reports, the DS just passed the Playstation 2's 10.02million sales mark, earning the crown in just over 4 years. That's a crazy impressive feat. Kudos to Nintendo.
Haven't you bought it yet already? Well, we suppose there's not much else coming out
That's right folks: Modern Warfare 2 is still top of the UK sales charts. Hurrah, whoopee and all that. Fifa 10's second, Assassin's Creed II's third. Not much else to say. Knock yourselves out. CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 FIFA 10 ASSASSIN'S CREED II NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII WII SPORTS RESORT WII FIT..
The Wii had a narrow victory on the Playstation 3 in Japan last week, selling just 115 consoles more
The PS3 was still showing its new found lease of life however, with a decent 46,558 consoles sold. The PSP was in good stead also, with 38,839 units sold. Sadly, the PSPgo dawdled at the bottom of the charts with less than 4,000 units this week, however, it's worth noting that the introduction of..
According to Traveler's Tales founder John Burton, Sony's new PSPgo could die if the content does not get cheaper
"I own a PSP Go but don't want to buy LittleBigPlanet, for instance, as I can get it 20-percent cheaper on UMD from Amazon and could resell it once I'm finished with it," Burton explained. "But if I download it, I get no discount, and no chance to resell — how annoying..
EA release a lot of games
A lot of games. But with recent disruptions in the work-place, their output is set to change. EA's boss, John Riccitiello told Reuters that "quality" is increasingly the focus for EA, announcing plans to release just 40 games next year compared to the 60 in 2008. Furthermore, Riccitiello also predicted t
SCEA comms boss Patrick Seybold has confirmed through-the-roof sales for the Playstation 3 in America over thanksgiving weekend
The Playstation 3 mustered a whopping 440,000 sales for the week ending November 29th.The 2009 holiday season got off to an amazing start for PlayStation, with all key retailers showing a significant increase for PS3, PSP and key holiday titles over Black Friday and the..
If you have no real attachment to your old UMDs, are a new PSP buyer, or have made the switch to downloading your PSPs games - we think you should absolutely get a PSPgo
We know people like to moan and moan about the system, but we love ours. It's super small, has tons of space on board and is a lot more comfortable than current PSP models. In fact, the only issue as far as we're concerned, is the..
Can you Adam 'nd Eve it - Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare 2 is still top of the UK sales charts
Blimey! Try to contain yourselves, won't you. In other Modern Warfare 2 sales news, ELSPA have offered the game their prestigious Diamond award for whopping sales throughout the UK region. As you should well be aware reader, Modern Warfare 2 has sold lots and lots of copies. Elsewhere, Assassin's Creed..
The Playstation brand is kicking again
We've seen rather steady dominance for the Sony platforms over the past 3 or 4 months in the Playstation's homeland, and even a hint of celebration in the US; the Sony swagger is back. And that means Andrew House, Sony Europes head-honcho, can start talking about the competition again."I think at a time when we're seeing one of the major competitors..
In an interview with Gamasutra, Cowen Group analyst Doug Creutz has placed his money firmly on Playstation 3 dominance this holiday season
According to Creutz, the "Wii bubble could be deflating," with the system's core audience holding off on video game purchases compared to last year.While we believe the Wii is likely to be a drag on overall software sales through the holiday, the..
Kudos to the folks at Ubisoft
First of all for making Assassin's Creed II strides ahead of its predecessor. But secondly, for not flippin' delaying a big multiplatform title because of Modern bleedin' Warfare 2. The game's out in stores now, and by all accounts is selling pretty darn well. In fact, according to Ubisoft the game has sold 1.6million copies since its release last week — 32% more..
Well, this is about as much a shock as Katie Price being voted for a Bushtucker Trial: Modern Warfare 2 has continued its grip on the British sales charts
And that's with Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed II managing to outperform its predecessor by 12 percent. Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. Wii was the other big debut this week, with very little interest Playstation-wise elsewhere. Unless you include..
The good news continues to roll for Sony as they've announced revenue for the Playstation Network to be up 300% over last year
In fact, the company expect to see $500million of revenue from the service this financial year. Sony can expect the launch of the European video store and the PSPgo to boost sales on the Network even further.
It may have failed to set the charts alight, but that's not stopped Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time from becoming the fastest selling game in the franchise
In their latest Full Moon podcast, the Insomniac team herald the game as the fastest selling title in the franchise, impressive seeing as Ratchet games in general have seen over 25million sales. It's probably the best Ratchet game to date..
Sony Computer Entertainment boss-man Kaz Hirai is "confident" Sony will shift 13 million Playstation 3's by the end of the fiscal year in March, 201o
Global reported sales for the first two quarters of this year stand at 4.3 million, but sales have been through the roof since then. Whilst 13 million seems like a far-away estimate, we must all remember that Final Fantasy XIII is due to launch in..
A little earlier today, a slide on a Sony business presentation seemed to suggest that the company planned to start charging subscriptions for the Playstation Network
Kaz Hirai (via VG247) quashed these reports, ensuring that the PSN is to remain free to use, with subscriptions for "premium content" to be introduced.SCE will further...
When we look back on the Playstation 3 in years to come, we may just consider the announcement of the PS3 Slim a turning-point for the system
Sony have announced that the PS3's October performance in the US is up 70% on 2008. That's not all though, as PSN downloads have also increased by 60%, with October seeing more revenue from the service than any other month.Many believe a console race is a..
It doesn't matter that DJ Hero was a flop because Activision are now wiping their bottom with cash
Why? Mainly because Modern Warfare 2 managed to earn the company a whopping $550million in five days. Apparently it trumps a number of huge entertainment launches such as The Dark Knight and Harry Potter.
Pretend to be surprised for us will you? Thanks
So, guess what? Modern Warfare 2entered the UK charts in the number one position for the week ending November 14th. It managed to sell a whopping 1.78 million copies over the five or so days it was on sale, with a speculated 700,000 or so copies attributed to the Playstation3 version. The rest of the chart is pretty uneventful, with the usual mix of..
When the PS3 Slim launched, many expected the Playstation 3 to lead the charts for a couple of weeks and then drop away
But Sony's HD system has held onto its place at the top of the Japanese charts, even managing to beat out Nintendo's DSi this week. Combined sales of the PSP and PSPgo also managed to beat out Nintendo's handheld system for the week. PlayStation 3 48,925 DSi 37,421 PSP ..
The video game executive that every gamer loves to hate - Activision's Bobby Kotick - has made a cool $20million after selling 2million shares in the firm this week
The outrageous profit comes after shrewd business from Bobby on the week of Modern Warfare 2's launch. Is it possible to hate this man any more?
Sony of America's VP of Business Development Phil Rosenberg has announced that "as of last week, we've already sold over a million copies [of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves] in just a couple weeks on the market
" So they're not Modern Warfare 2 numbers (they should be?) but, let's be honest, that game is very much a freak case. With the October NPDs reporting 537k sales for Uncharted 2 in the..
Another NPD results post, another month, another fanboy war (we assume)
America's console and games sales charts are in. And they make for minor interesting reading. The Playstation 3's sales are down this month (after a mammoth month in September, that's to be expected) but Sony's high-definition system still managed to beat out Microsoft's XBOX 360, as the Wii sat in top position. The PSP and PS2..
Activision have announced that Modern Warfare 2 managed to muster up sales in the 4
7million region in just North America and the UK alone. We're going to assume that's a lot of money and stuff. And now, we're not going to post anything else about Modern Warfare 2's sales until at least next week. Because we're bored of it. We get it. It sold lots.
As expected, Modern Warfare 2's launch was a major deal in the UK
The game sold a whopping 1.23 million units in its first 24 hours or so; absolutely crushing Grand Theft Auto IV's 631,000 units. The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association described the launch as "interactive entertainment come of age." Apparently, Infinity Ward's shooter grossed £47million in first..
Take that shocked look off your faces, people
We know it's extremely hard to believe but, yo, guess what - Activision are planning more Call Of Duty and Guitar Hero games for next year. The company that are never afraid to saturate the market stated in their Q3 financial report last week that we will see more Guitar Hero and Call Of Duty within the year. What next - Guitar Hero: Limp Bizkit with..
It may have only been on store shelves for one day, put the PSPgo still managed to shift 29,109 units on its Japanese launch
Couple that with solid figures for the existing PSP (34,911) and continued strength of the Playstation 3 platform (36,061) and you have some real solid numbers for Sony in Japan this week. Nintendo's DSi continued to head the charts, but the Playstation 3 was just inches..
What a difference a few months can make
Way back in April we posted Nintendo exec Reggie Fils-Aime's statement that "there's nothing nice to say about Playstation 3". Now we're sitting here in November, and Fils-Aime is being asked questions on Nintendo's performance, as the Playstation 3 currently dominates worldwide. Asked in particular about Septmeber's NPD numbers - where a cheaper..
So, Sony didn't make the Wii
They made the Playstation 3 instead. The Wii has been an absolute runaway success. So what in the world leads analysts DFC Intelligence to the conclusion that the Wii saved Sony. It's quite simple really - by keeping Microsoft's XBOX 360 in touch."The main danger Sony faced was that the Xbox 360 would become embedded as the system of choice. Instead consumers..
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is selling pretty well in the UK, with over 100,000 copies sold thus far
That's enough for the game to earn a Silver Award from ELSPA. The previous game sold between 200,000-300,000, earning the ELSPA Gold Award, an accolade Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is now well on track to earn.
Analysts like to talk about sales a lot
Heck, it's their job. A job that pays Colin Sebastian of Lazard Capital Markets to tell Gamasutra that DJ Hero's sales are "modest". Given the UK figures, we wouldn't be surprised to hear that. Top marks Colin — your profession continues to state the bloomin' obvious. Sebastian goes on to claim that consumers are "showing price..
If you're American and still without a Playstation 3, well it's worth noting that Sony released the 250GB PS3 Slim in your region yesterday
The new PS3 Slim does all the normal stuff a PS3 does, but with a 130GB more hard-drive space to play around with. It's only $50 more than the standard system too — so you're getting over double the HDD space for just a few extra dollars. It's a great deal..
American retailers GameStop have announced that the Playstation 3 continues to sell extremely well post-price cut
According to executive vice president Tony Bartel, momentum for the system has remained strong since the price cut in early September. Usually price cuts cause a strong spike in sales, before dropping away. Sounds like the Playstation 3 is bucking that trend. Bartel confirmed to..
Chalk this down to a phenomenal turn-around in fortunes for SCE worldwide, or a drop in demand for Nintendo's wildly popular Wii system -- Nintendo's president Satoru Iwata reckons that in their current climates the Wii and Playstation 3 are "neck and neck" in Japan
A notable dip can be seen in sales of Wii this year; which is approximately half the size of last year. On the other hand, Sonys..
The PSPgo has finally launched in Japan, and has managed to shift a respectable 28,275 units according to Andriasang
com</a>. The unit was supported by a ton of Playstation Network releases including Persona 3, Dissidia Final Fantasy and LocoRoco Midnight Carnival. Domestic lifetime sales for the PSP pre-Go stand at <span>12,797,180...
Confirmed: you need to have ZZ Top and other rock acts in your game to be successful
Also, you kinda need to be reasonably priced. That's right folks, the UK charts ain't looking too pretty for DJ Hero which debuted at number 20. Despite Freestyle Games doing a pretty stellar job (review forthcoming) on the electro-hip-hop-dance-pop arm of Activision's music "Hero" franchise, the game..
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