What the hell? If there was any company we'd have bet on losing money this quarter, it'd be SEGA
Not that we have anything against the company - heck no, we love them - but a lot of their releases this quarter were weak. At least, that's what we thought. Turns out we were wrong. Very wrong. SEGA actually managed profits of 7 billion yen ($80.8 million US) for the quarter ending June 30th. For..
We love our PSPgo here at PushSquare, but it'd be fair to say that it's not been the most well received hardware re-release for some time
Talking up digital distribution in an interview with IncGamers, Team 17's Martyn Brown reckons the PSPgo's issues are inherent of price. Digital Distribution is here to stay. I think the issues with the PSPgo were somewhat different, basically the cost of the..
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..
Capcom's been hit by another hard quarter in which major releases did not perform to expectations
In their latest quarterly financial report - dating April through June - Capcom blamed the slow growth of Lost Planet 2 which put their net sales down 2.4% year over year. Net income dropped an astounding 90% from last year to around 213 million yen ($2.5 million US). Capcom cited that titles such as..
Sony's confirmed the pricing of their upcoming PlayStation Move motion controller for the UK
It's very reasonable too. While you may already have pre-orders in for the device based on retailer estimates, this is the final word from Sony. As such your pre-order might drop in price at some point in the near future, which is always nice isn't it? Here's the breakdown: a PlayStation Move motion..
Sony's finally back in the black
The company's first quarter earnings (ending June 30th) were fuelled by improved sales of computers, televisions and, yes, the PlayStation 3. Overall revenue increased by 3.8%, giving the company a ¥25.7 billion ($295 million US) net profit. Gloabal PlayStation 3 sales reached 2.4 million for the quarter, with the...
With about a billion new Street Fighter titles in the works, a report from Nikkei suggesting that Capcom are to increase their major IP output comes as no surprise
The report notes that Capcom are to reduce the development cycle on their major IPs, allowing them to release more entries in popular series' such as Resident Evil and Monster Hunter. In order to increase development cycles, Capcom's..
Licensed game is released alongside movie
Movie goes onto become a box-office smash. Licensed game then compliments movie straight to the top of the charts. The refreshing part? Toy Story 3 is actually a darn good game. No one is getting ripped off here buying into a bad product with a fancy name on it. Oh no. Because Toy Story 3 is a brilliant game, and in fact, we urge you to check it out. Go on,..
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..
What do Toy Story 3 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 have in common? They're both surprisingly good licensed games, designed with families in mind
Yup. They're also both sitting amongst a heap of familiar software in the UK sales top ten. Somehow, the desperately disappointing XBOX 360 exclusive, Crackdown 2, is sitting atop the sales charts. That's just above Ubisoft's Dance On Broadway. Fans of..
Just a quick heads-up really -- Sony's issued a statement alongside last week's June NPD report noting that the PlayStation 3 hardware stock shortages are now resolved
PS3's have been pretty thin on the ground for the past few months, but apparently, now they are not. That's all there is to say in honesty — no reason was given for the resolution, but we're going to assume it has a little..
The American NPD numbers are in, and they paint a particularly pretty picture for hardware sales after May's disappointment
Both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable were up nearly 100%, shifting 305,000 and 121,000 units respectively. The XBOX 360 lead the home console charts thanks to the rejigged system re-release, though it still lost out to Nintendo's DS which continues to chug along in..
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is spending its second week top of the UK all-formats chart, keeping Westerner Red Dead Redemption just behind in second
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 managed to debut in fourth position, while the likes of Naughty Bear and Demon's Souls slipped after last week's performance. Get the full top-twenty after the jump. LEGO HARRY POTTER: YEARS 1-4 RED DEAD REDEMPTION SUPER MARIO..
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..
The NPD results are in for the month of May, and they're painting a particularly pleasant picture for fans of Westerns
Red Dead Redemption managed to shift 1.5 million copies in the US across both the PlayStation 3 and XBOX 360, with a decent proportion of sales (567k) coming off the PlayStation SKU. UFC Undisputed 2010 was the other PlayStation 3 game listed in the top ten, managing to shift 192k..
LEGO Harry Potter's stolen Red Dead Redemption's crown, and topped the UK sales charts this week
The plastic spell 'em up (which is getting rave reviews) managed to push everybody's favourite video game Western into second place after well over a month in the top spot. It was a pretty good week all round for new video game releases, with releases such as Naughty Bear and Transformers: War For..
A Nikkei interview (picked up by Andriasang) has revealed that Konami CEO, Fumiaki Tanaka, aims to sell about 3 million copies of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
Given that the game's a PSP title (where basically everyone is a pirate), that's a pretty high number. But then, this is a Metal Gear game that bares a passing resemblance to Monster Hunter... It should do fine, right? Well, according to..
Two of the UK's biggest online retailers, Play
com and Amazon.co.uk, started taking pre-orders for Sony's PlayStation Move controller today. The device is set to launch on September 15th alongside a slew of content. Play's got the PlayStation Move Starter Kit (which includes the PlayStation Eye camera, Move controller and a demo disc) priced at £49.99 ( bargain!), with an extra PlayStation Move..
How big is Modern Warfare 2? The answer is - ridiculously big
Activision's just announced that Infinity Ward's epic shooter has sold an enormous 20million copies to date. Those numbers are across the PlayStation 3, XBOX 360 and PC. That's an enormous number of games folks.
Red Dead Redemption's held onto its spot aloft the UK sales charts, despite the release of Nintendo's Super Mario Galaxy 2
The plumber instead had to settle for the number two spot, while FIFA World Cup 2010 held onto its place in the top three, finishing in third. Elsewhere, it's pretty much as you were with appearances from Modern Warfare 2 and UFC Undisputed 2010. The full top-twenty is after..
"Just in from the research team," Microsoft ass-hat Aaron Greenberg Tweeted this afternoon
"NPD," he clarified under hushed breathing. "Halo 3 has outsold Resistance 1 and 2, Uncharted 1 and 2, Killzone 2 and God of War III COMBINED." Smugly thinking of his raise, Aaron Greenberg concluded, "Wow." We're not making this up, though we may be...
We played Red Dead Redemption for about 10 hours this weekend
We've already beaten the game. Go figure. It's properly, properly amazing. So it's no surprise to see it uphold the top of the UK sales charts once again. UFC Undisputed 2010 continues to do surprisingly well here, with a slot in third, while EA's 2010 FIFA World Cup moves into second. Elsewhere, Blur actually jumped into the top-ten..
Red Dead Redemption's still top of the UK software charts, despite all those shortages
And there should be no real surprise about this - the game's sensational. THQ's UFC Undisputed 2010 managed to debut in second-place, with a slew of familiar titles rounding out the rest of the top ten. Perhaps the bigger story is the absence of Alpha Protocol and Blur, which finished in 13th and 14th..
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 ..
Remember a little while ago we told you Sony were planning to include 10 free games with all new PSPgo registrations (post April 1st, 2010)
Well, details of those free games have emerged this morning via a German website. The list of games is as follows: LittleBigPlanet Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Assassins Creed: Bloodlines FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa Motorstorm: Arctic Edge Wipeout..
According to a report by Strategy Analytics , the PS3 is set to enjoy a bumper year, which will see Sony eat away the XBOX 360's global share
In the first quarter of 2010, Sony increased their market share to 31%, largely at the expense of the XBOX 360. Strategy Analytics predict that the PS3 will shift 14 million units globally this year, second to the Wii's 17.5 million but ahead of Microsoft's..
According to MCV, Sony's set to announce a new deal for future PSPgo buyers — that will see consumers receive 10 free games. Anyone registering their device after April 1st will be entitled to 10 free game vouchers, including full games such as FIFA 10, LittleBigPlanet and Grand Theft Auto. On PSPgo weve decided to innovate with that particular business model, SCE UK director Mark..
SCEA's preparing an all new ad-campaign for the US
The promotional spots will riff off Sony's now infamous Kevin Butler ads, with the arrogant Sony exec replaced by 12-year old PSP fanboy Marcus Rivers. His first spot will cameo Butler mind, with the kiddy-winkle teaming up with the K-man to bust some "noob kids". Sony are readying adverts for Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and Modnation..
SEGA's made a comment on Yakuza 3's sales, which launched earlier in the year exclusively on Playstation 3
The game's overt Japanese nature made it a tough-sell for many consumers, and many were worried about how the game would be received. But SEGA's come out to say, "hey, it was all good", providing the following statement on the SoA forums:"As was mentioned a couple times above,..
Research company Nielsen's discovered that one of the primary motivators for consumers buying a Playstation 3 is the blu-ray playback functionality
After polling a relatively small sample of 700 people, the company found that 65 per-cent of would-be consumers thought blu-ray was a pretty big deal. 62 per-cent said they wanted access to the PS3's extensive games library. God Of War III ranked as the..
God Of War III's spending another month in the NPD's software charts this month, shifting another 180
3k copies. Super Street Fighter IV also made an appearance in the NPD charts, with the Playstation 3 SKU outselling the XBOX 360 to claim a place in the top ten. XBOX 360 exclusive Splinter Cell: Conviction topped the charts, with a relatively tepid showing of 486k. Software all around seemed low..
Sony's stated that the Playstation 3 is the only piece of hardware to see "double digit growth", following last night's NPD report for April
The PS3's seen year-over-year growth of 42.6 per cent, and 37.2 per cent growth for the months leading into April. Basically, the system's on the up. Having just surpassed nine consecutive months of year-over-year growth for PS3 hardware and a revenue..
The April NPD hardware report is out, and they show that once again Nintendo's tightened its grip over the American market, with their Nintendo DS platform the far-away winner for the month
The Playstation 3 and XBOX 360 are virtually like-for-like in the American market right now, with the Playstation 3 shifting 181k units and the 360 185k. What'll be worrying for Sony is the diminishing effect of..
After years of making Sony a significant loss, the Playstation 3 is actually starting to turn a profit
According to a report by Reuters Japan (via Andriasang) the end of March was the turning point. The Playstation 3 has gone through various manufacturing changes since its launch, designed in order to cut costs. Whether this will give Sony leverage to move price in the future or not is unknown -..
Sony's released its fiscal year 2009 financial results today, revealing that while the Playstation 3 is improving with every year that comes to pass, the Playstation Portable is on a serious decline -- despite being by far the most popular hardware unit in Japan
The Networked Products & Services division - of which Sony Computer Entertainment is a part of - saw sales drop by roughly 10% due to..
It's unclear what this listing on GameStop
ca</a> is trying to tell us, but it certainly gives a rough indication towards Sony's pricing strategy with the Playstation Move controller. Sort of. A listing on the Candian website pitches the Playstation Move controller at $59.99, with no mention of whether this includes a sub-controller or game, etc. Sony's said that they aim to get the price of..
MCV's reporting from a "senior global publishing source" that the Playstation 3 will see its price drop again this year
The Playstation 3 was essentially relaunched in September of last year when Sony unleashed the new Slim system to much uproar. MCV's claiming that the Playstation 3 will be brought down to £200, and the move could be announced as soon as next month's E3. When contacted, Sony..
EA's FIFA World Cup title is enjoying a further week at the top of the British sales charts, with competition from Ubisoft's casual Wii title, Just Dance 2, unable to top it
Modern Warfare 2 jumped a few spots into third, probably boosted by the release of DLC for the Playstation 3 and PC SKUs. Elsewhere, it's pretty much as you were. 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA JUST DANCE CALL OF DUTY:..
As part of their internal estimates for console and portable hardware in North America and Europe, Activision has revealed that they expect the Playstation 3 to rule the roost in 2010
Well, certainly over the XBOX 360 anyway. Their predictions show that they expect the Playstation 3 install base to jump by 9 million in the coming year, while they expect the XBOX 360 will manage just 8 million..
EA's excellent World Cup soccer-sim, 2010 Fifa World Cup, has topped the British sales charts this week, a position it's unlikely to stray far from as the worlds biggest sporting event nears
It beat out the other big release of last week - Super Steet Fighter IV - which managed to debut in second-position. It's pretty much as you were elsewhere on...
We used to look forward to sharing all the interesting anecdotes pertaining to Japan's shifting hardware charts
No more. Sony's been doing the ol' weekly one-two with the PSP and PS3 for months now. What's worse, is that the numbers rarely change either. PSP always sells 28k a week. PS3 always sells 25k a week. Feel free to skip this post if you don't want to be bored. If you want to kill yourself..
A PS3 price comparison website has "revealed" via a survey of 1,000 of their users that most Playstation 3's are bought second-hand
Conclusive. The site asked 1,017 people how they got their system, and found that 33 per cent of respondents had bought a used machine. This beat out the 24 per cent of users who'd paid for a new system. Bizarrely, the second most popular answer, with a 26 per cent..
According to PocketNews (translated by PSU), Sony's updated the Playstation 3's hardware once again with a new improved, cheaper RSX graphics chip that reduces the likelihood of the console being affected by the infamous YLOD (yellow light of death)
It also uses 15 percent less power. The 45nm version of the RSX chip replaces the older 65nm chip. Mmm chips. Instead of using four 64mb XDR RAM chips..
Ubisoft's double-billing of Splinter Cell: Conviction and Just Dance continue to head the UK software charts this week, with Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto: Episode From Liberty City coming in just behind them
The only real change to this week's charts is the entry of the Wii's Monster Hunter Tri, which we're desperately fighting the impulse to order. That came in at number five. The full charts are..
You probably think we recycle this post each week, but the truth is, while people are quick to brand the PSP a failure, that system just keeps on chugging
In fact, it may only be in Japan, but Sony's consistently holding a one-two over the competition with PSP and PS3 constantly passing the 25k units sold. Even the PS2's still chugging with around 1.5k units sold this week in the region. Get the..
After a brief hiatus in second-place, Sony's Playstation Portable has once again taken the Japanese hardware sales crown from bigger brother Playstation 3, shifting 29K units to the PS3's 28K
The PSPgo managed to pull itself up from the bottom of the sales charts, just gathering enough steam to propel it past Sony's aging PS2. The rest of the chart belongs to Nintendo, with the XBOX 360 barely..
Console shortages are hindering the Playstation 3's performance in the US despite "consumber demand remaining incredibly high", was the message of SCEA's Patrick Seybold this morning
The statement comes in response to the Playstation 3's NPD performance which saw Sony sell 313.9K Playstation 3 systems and dominate the hardware charts. There appears to be no let up of console shortages though..
Huge success for Sony and their Santa Monica studio last month, as God Of War III went on to rule the American software charts selling a whopping 1
1 million copies in the country. Kratos managed to oust out March's other big releases in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Final Fantasy XIII, the latter of which performed better on the Playstation 3 SKU. March was a good month for Sony, with four of the..
The NPD hardware and software sales for March 2010 are in, and Sony's given a particularly impressive showing in the region that's given them most trouble over the past few years
Despite hardware shortages limiting the PS3's performance, Sony's home system still managed to shift a whopping 313.9K, just shy of the 360's 338K. The most pleasing thing for Sony however, will be the number of..
Sony's just confirmed via the Playstation Blog that Quantic Dream's ambitious Playstation exclusive, Heavy Rain, has totalled a million sales plus worldwide since its release just five weeks ago
We fell head over heels in love with Heavy Rain when we reviewed the game in February, describing the experience as "captivatingly original". If you're not one of those one million people who..
What do Battlefield: Bad Company 2, SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3, and Dragon Age: Origins have in common? They all come with unique content that's freely available to those who buy the game new, but is restricted or premium if to those who buy the game used
A growing concern for retailers around the world dealing in the sale of used video games. But UK...
How many Playstation 3 systems are there out in the Japanese wilderness? It's a question we often ask ourselves
Thankfully, as of April 11th, Famitsu publisher Enterbrain has the answer. Over 5 million. That's right - over 5 million consoles have been sold to Japanese gamer folks. The biggest domestic games to date are Final Fantasy XIII, Metal Gear Solid 4 and Yakuza 4. Worryingly, of those three..
Not much to see on the UK's software sales charts this week
Ubisoft's Just Dance is still number one, with Just Cause 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 shuffling places. Elsewhere, there's a lot of Nintendo. JUST DANCE BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2 JUST CAUSE 2 CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 WII SPORTS RESORT WII FIT PLUS POKEMON SOULSILVER FIFA 10 POKEMON HEARTGOLD NEW SUPER MARIO BROS.WII SONIC..
Sony's took the top two spots once more in Japan, with the Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable topping the Japanese hardware charts
Sony's home console managed 38k sales, where their portable hit the 37k mark. The consoles were followed up by a bunch of Nintendo SKUs, with the PSPgo still floundering at the bottom of the charts. Hit the jump for the full figures. PS3 38,877 PSP 37,445 Wii..
Blu-Ray discs are pretty huge
Traditionally they hold from 25-50GB on a single-layer, and 50-100GB on a dual-layer. Their size makes content such as God Of War III possible. But what if they were to get bigger? Well, they are. New 128GB BDXL discs are ready to go, but only for commercial usage. They won't work in your current PS3 because, well, the PS3's laser can't read it. Playstation 4 then?
At the launch of the Playstation 3 and for many years later people perceived Sony as completely arrogant
Launching a system for $600 and promoting it with crying babies didn't exactly help. But SCEA veteran Peter Dille reckons we're long past that, stating that "whole positioning was a bit intimidating to people". Dille told IGN that "research also showed that Sony could be perceived..
This week's UK sales chart has to be the most generic list in a long time
You've got Ubisoft's Wii Just Dance dacing game at the top, with last weeks leader Just Cause 2 in the runner-up spot. You've then got Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Modern Warfare 2. Then Pokemon. Then Wii Sports. Then Pokemon. Then Fifa. The Wii Fit. Then Super Mario. It's about as predictable as the sun going down this..
Good news for Sony and their Santa Monica studio, SCEA's VP of marketing Peter Dille has confirmed that God Of War III has sold over one million units in "just a couple of days"
No word on whether that figures worldwide, or just the US. The NPD sales data for America are due next week, so we'll know for sure just how well God Of War III (and indeed Final Fantasy XIII) fared. Expect the numbers to..
Americans bought a lot of new games in 2009, but specifically, you guys over the pond bought a lot of new Sony products
According to an SEC filing for the past year, Sony products accounted for 17% of "new product purchases" from American games retail juggernaut GameStop in fiscal '09. Nintendo won the stakes with 23%, while Microsoft, EA and Activision sat at 12, 12 and 11 percent..
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...
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