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There’s been new PlayStation 4 stock flooding into British stores for the past couple of days, and popular specialist retailer ShopTo.net is the latest outlet to join the party. The firm has a whole slew of bundles available with guaranteed Christmas delivery – some of which are certain to stretch your bank balan
Consoles expected to be readily available before Christmas
We’ve been monitoring the PlayStation 4 stock situation in the UK keenly over the past few days. Many stores have been sold out since the system’s release on 29th November, but following the arrival of Phase 3 units at GAME, it seems that Sony
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EA Sports’ excellent soccer sim, FIFA 12, has enjoyed its eighth week at the top of the UK sales charts — beating out competition from Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to maintain its place at the top of the league. A lack of new releases meant it was..
Just call it the comeback king; despite looking down and out when it launched on PlayStation 3 last year, Ubisoft Montpellier's cracking Rayman Origins has broken into the UK multiformat top-ten for the first time since its release
No doubt propelled by a slew of retailer discounts, the pretty platformer managed to climb ahead of Bethesda's RAGE to finish up in ninth on this week's best-selling..
The PlayStation Vita is an expensive system, there's no denying that
Having already got an extensive hands-on with the device, we think it's worth the price of entry — but we can understand some readers being hesitant to splash out the cash, especially with the system's proprietary memory upping the cost quite significantly. Thankfully, British retailer GAME appears to have come up with a..
Sony's released a batch of lifestyle shots showing off the PlayStation Vita in the trendiest ways imaginable
The shots show a bunch of impossibly attractive twenty-something males playing about with their new console in public. The images prove that the PlayStation Vita's way too hip for the likes of us. Look, we don't shop at River Island. Nor do we study Media Studies. Pssht. Hardcore gamer's..
FIFA 12's still top of the league, after shutting out fierce competition from Just Dance 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to hold onto the top-spot for a fourth consecutive week
Shooty favourites Battlefield 3 and Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 rounded out the top five — while Zumba Fitness reclaimed its grip on the UK, posting two titles in the top ten. We may have to dig up the old image if..
In a surprisingly candid interview, SCE UK's Fergal Gara has admitted that the PlayStation Move should have performed better in Britain
The executive noted that while the device has gained a "solid foothold" in the region, there is room for improvement on the software side. "I'd say we have a solid foothold with ," Gara revealed. "Could it, should it, have done more? I..
It's still a little bit too early to start wondering where the PlayStation Vita billboards and TV commercials are; it's only January after all
The good news is that the marketing campaign is coming, and, in the UK at least, Sony's aiming big. Speaking with MCV, SCE UK's marketing manager, Mark Bowles, revealed that the platform holder is planning the "biggest campaign" in the brand's..
Buoyed no doubt by a strong week of football, FIFA 12 has held onto its position atop the UK sales charts for a third week running
With January ushering a mini-drought for new software releases, the chart is filled with familiar faces; with Battlefield 3, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Just Dance 3 and Skyrim all rounding out the top five. There was still space for id's RAGE though, which rocketed..
FIFA 12 headed into the festive season at the top of the UK sales charts, according to Chart Track's list of the top selling software for the week leading up to Christmas Eve
EA Sports' footie sim increased its sales by up to 34 percent in order to drive its way to the top of the charts, while Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 also saw a big enough boost to shoot its way into second. Just Dance 3..
Ignore the over-dramatic headlines
PlayStation Vita software will not retail for £44.99 like some overzealous publications indicated earlier this afternoon. That's the game's recommended retail price (and not a confirmed one at that). If you're unsure of how retail works in the UK, we'll give you the overview: manufacturer sets extortionately high RRP, retailer sells it for less. Call Of Duty:..
It's practically unprecedented for a game not published by EA or Activision to scoop the UK Christmas number one, but after a slew of heavy discounts and promising offers, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has broken tradition
The Bethesda published RPG toppled Just Dance 3, to finish up in first. That pushed Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 into third. The...
Unsurprisingly, Sony UK's community event label, PlayStation Access, has announced plans to tour the PlayStation Vita nationwide
It'll be taking the so-called Vita Rooms to Manchester first, and later Birmingham, Glasgow and London. Playable titles will include: Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2048, FIFA 12, Reality Fighters, ModNation Racers: Road Trip, Little Deviants, Escape Plan, Super..
Our expectations are getting shattered at every opportunity at the moment
Firstly, we never expected Naughty Dog to be behind Sony's new PlayStation 3 exclusive, The Last Of Us. But it is. And now this: Skyrim has toppled Modern Warfare 3 at the top of the UK sales charts. We thought Call Of Duty was a lock at the top for the rest of the year. The Bethesda RPG got heavily discounted around the..
We told you Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 wasn't going anywhere
The Activision published shooter has held its place at the top of the UK sales charts for four weeks now — and we doubt it's planning on relinquishing that spot anytime soon. With few new releases, FIFA 12 climbed into second, while Assassin's Creed: Revelations moved into third. Saints Row: The Third maintained its position in..
Some gamers may have a negative opinion of the PlayStation Portable, but believe it or not the system still holds the UK's biggest hardware launch records
The portable, which released in September 2005 in the UK, sold over 185,000 units at launch — a number yet to be beaten. But SCEE boss Jim Ryan believes that the PlayStation Vita will easily outpace its predecessor. "We're planning for a..
After a failed attempt with FirstPlay, Future Publishing's officially endorsed PlayStation Access TV show has soared straight to the top of the PlayStation Network's free content chart
The show — which shares a name with SCEE's community event initiative — has also amassed 14,500 Facebook fans since launching earlier in the year. SCE UK's Ian...
Unsurprisingly, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has maintained its position aloft the UK sales charts
Despite seeing a sales dip of 41%, the Activision published shooter maintained its position at the top of the charts. Assassin's Creed: Revelations finished up in second, while the excellent Saints Row: The Third climbed up into third. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim dropped down into..
You shouldn't be surprised to see Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 at the top of the UK charts for a second week
The record breaking Activision shooter beat off strong new competition from Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Revelations and THQ's Saints Row: The Third — both of which debuted in second and fourth respectively. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim dropped to third, while FIFA 12 finished up in fifth..
The only real surprise to this week's UK sales charts is that despite its $400 million opening, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 did not manage to outsell its predecessor's first week
In fact, according to Chart Track, sales were down by 1.5 percent on Black Ops. Someone get on the blower to Bobby Kotick quick. Thankfully, revenue was up by 1.6 percent. Ridiculously, Modern Warfare 3 moved "just..
If you're eager to get a taste of Bethesda's upcoming fantasy RPG behemoth, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the publisher's just let us know that it will be holding two midnight launch events in the UK
The GameStation branch in Birmingham will be joined by Oxford Street's GAME to celebrate the release, with goodies including CDs and strategy guides doled out to the first 100 fans in line. The..
It was always going to be a tough ask for the single-format Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception to topple the massively hyped multiplatform Battlefield 3 -- but the Naughty Dog developed exclusive hasn't quite managed the monumental task, winding up in second on this week's UK sales charts
It's not all bad news though, Uncharted 3 saw a 37 percent increase in sales over its predecessor, which is a great..
Battlefield 3 is now available in the UK, after launching earlier in the week in North America
In order to celebrate the game's release, EA figured it was appropriate to drum up some publicity. So it sent some tanks and an APC into the centre of London. We hope you're not missing the connection. (Just in case: Battlefield 3 is a military game and tanks are military vehi--oh you do get it? Why..
Popular US movie streaming service, Netflix, is heading to the UK next year according to a report
The company intends to start its European roll-out across the UK and Ireland "via a range of consumer electronics devices capable of streaming from Netflix, as well as on PCs, Macs and mobile tablets and phones". While Netflix is remaining coy as to which platforms will support the service,..
It also happens to be Warner Bros' biggest game release ever. Like, ever.
Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros has enjoyed the fourth biggest launch in the UK this year, with Batman: Arkham City shooting straight to the top of the sales charts. Batman: Arkham City was joined by The Sims 3: Pets, which had a reasonable debut in number six. Ratchet...
It's arguably the most anticipated game of the year
With its predecessor having scooped up almost every game of the year award going, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception has some big boots to fill. But we don't think anyone has any doubts as to whether Naughty Dog are up for the challenge. Whether the game can better Uncharted 2: Among Thieves or not, Sony hopes that the added enthusiasm surrounding the..
PlayStation Access is slowly becoming a big deal in the UK
What started as a series of relatively low-key community events across the country now boasts a weekly digital video series and a magazine. The first issue of the magazine is set to be distributed across "retailers, bars, restaurants, students unions, gigs and events across the country...
For the first time in many years, Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 has not debuted at the top of the UK sales charts
Far from it in fact, the game only managed to scrape into fifth position during its debut week, a disappointing entry considering Konami's significantly stepped up its game this year. FIFA 12 couldn't hold onto the top-spot this week, displaced by Forza 4 which debuted in first..
A number of Britain's greatest video game exports -- including Tomb Raider, LittleBigPlanet, Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto -- will all feature in a British design showcase, conceived to exhibit 64 years of British innovation
Entitled British Design 1948-2012: Innovation In The Modern Age, the event will contain 350 British works designed to span the time between London last hosted the Olympic..
We told you FIFA 12 would hold onto the top of the UK sales charts for a good number of weeks
Not even an onslaught of new releases — RAGE and Dark Souls no less — could push the soccer sim from its perch, with both titles finishing second and third respectively. Elsewhere, there was room for Resistance 3 to re-emerge in the top-ten, while usual favourites Zumba Fitness and LEGO Pirates Of The..
The PlayStation Network is two-times more popular than XBOX Live Arcade for UK developers, concludes a report published by Develop
The figure comes from new data collected by Tiga in a survey of 100 British studios. The numbers showed that while approximately 30 developers are working on new PlayStation Network content, only 16 are developing for...
FIFA 12 has topped the UK sales charts for the week
No real surprise there. Expect it to maintain its position at the top until Battlefield. The new arrival sees F1 2011 pushed down into third, with Zumba Fitness, Dead Island and Deus Ex: Human Revolution in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. Sony's ICO & Shadow Of The Colossus Collection had a pleasing start too, landing seventh position..
Flashy brawler, Blazblue: Continuum Shift 2, will make its way to the PlayStation Portable on November 5th in the UK, Arc System Works has announced
The updated version of the PlayStation 3 title that launched last year includes all of the DLC characters from the outset, in addition to a new Abyss Mode for levelling up characters. The single-player has been beefed up too, with two new story..
We've no interest in the game that finished first on this week's UK sales charts, so let's jump straight into what came second: F1 2011
That was followed by Techland's Dead Island, which continued to hold onto its place in the top ten despite taking a bit of a critical beating. (We concluded that the game was fun, but far too buggy to fully recommend.) Resistance 3 finished up in eighth, while the..
With FirstPlay barely cold in its grave, Future Publishing has announced that the first episode in its monthly Access video series will launch on the UK PlayStation Network from today
Free to all British account holders, Access will be available every Wednesday and, like FirstPlay, will be hosted by comedian Lucy Porter. The show's set-up will be...
After a successful trial period, GAME has announced that its to stock PlayStation Network content in stores across the UK
GameStation stores will also join the initiative. The retailer has more than 40 products available, spanning PlayStation Plus subscriptions to DLC and full-game downloads. Redeemable codes are printed on receipts upon purchase.
Deep Silver's ambitious (but desperately buggy) Dead Island has topped the UK sales charts for the second week running, scooping up sales greater than any other title in the publisher's history -- in just two weeks
The co-operative zombie RPG is in fact outselling Resistance 3 on the PlayStation 3 platform alone — a title which still managed to climb into third on this week's UK sales charts..
It's finally that time of the year where developers and publishers alike start to release new video games
This week's UK sales chart is evidence of that alone. It's dominated by the release of brand new titles with Dead Island, Wahammer 40K: Space Marine and Resistance 3 all taking spots in the top five. They're joined by relatively new releases in...
Eurogamer's announced that it's going to have the first public showing of the PlayStation Vita in the UK at its Eurogamer Expo event later this month
Eurogamer didn't specify which games would be playable, but expected the device to draw "monumental attention" regardless. Duh. Were really excited to have PlayStation Vita playable at this years event said Eurogamers managing..
Zumba Fitness is at the top of the UK sales charts no more
It's in second instead. The game was defeated by last week's banner release, Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Square Enix's RPG fell 26,000 units short of the lifetime sales for Deus Ex: Invisible War, a number which has probably been eclipsed by the time of writing. The other new entry, 505 Games' Rugby World Cup 2011, debuted in third position..
The UK is somewhat of an anomaly
While the PlayStation 3 tends to fare strongly around Europe, the UK remains something of a poisoned chalice for the PS3. While successful, the XBOX 360 and Nintendo Wii tend to perform better in the region. This is something new SCEE boss Jim Ryan wants to address. Getting to £199 is fantastic in the UK. Its a real milestone. UK is one of the territories..
The effects of last week's PlayStation 3 price-cut have already had an impact on UK retail according to a report by MCV
The website notes that sales of Sony's premier home system jumped by as much as 65 percent week-on-week following the decision to reposition the system's base model at an RRP of £199.99. It's promising news, especially seeing as Sony only kicked off its new marketing campaign in..
The Zumba train continues to do what it does best in this week's British sales charts
That's right, Zumba Fitness has made it thirteen weeks at the top of the UK sales charts. We sense the game's time is up this week though, with the release of Deus Ex: Human Revolution teetering on the horizon. Elsewhere, it's pretty much as you were. Hit the jump for the full top-ten. Zumba Fitness (505..
As of today you'll be able to purchase digital download versions of first-party PlayStation content from British stores GAME and GameStation
The brick-and-mortar video games retail institution recently started selling digital PC content in store, and will now stock downloadable versions of PlayStation content such as the God Of War Collection and...
We're starting to wonder if any game will ever dethrone Zumba Fitness
Deus Ex: Human Revolution? Maybe. Resistance 3? Possibly. Dead Island? We hope so. It has to happen at some point, right? This is Zumba Fitness' ninth week at the top of the UK sales charts. It's outrageous. Catch the full top-ten after the hop. There's nothing to talk about, because no games are being released. Welcome to the..
Sony's pledged to replace the PlayStation Portable stolen from an injured man during this week's riots across England
Footage — which has since gone viral — showed an injured young man being helped to his feet by thugs, before having his possessions ruthlessly removed from his rucksack. The man — who's since been identified as Ashraf Haziq, a twenty year-old student from Malaysia — lost his..
Sony, as a company, can't seem to catch a break it seems
The latest disaster to strike the company has left its British distribution warehouse ablaze, as rioters in London once again took to the streets overnight. According to Reuters, the three-storey centre was set-alight late on Monday night. "There will likely be some impact on deliveries," said the company's spokeswoman Yoko..
BBC's upgraded the iPlayer on PlayStation 3
The new version is optimised for the living room TV, and includes a new design, improved search functionality and the ability to save favourites. It's online now, just hit the iPlayer button on the TV channel of the XMB.
Yes, Zumba Fitness is still number one
No, no new games have been released. Sunglasses. Deal with it. Zumba Fitness (505 Games) DiRT 3 (Codemasters) Cars 2 (Disney Interactive) Just Dance 2: Extra Songs (Ubisoft) LEGO: Pirates Of The Caribbean (Disney Interactive) FIFA 11 (EA Games) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two (EA Games) LEGO: Harry Potter - Years 1-4 (Warner Bros) L.A. Noire..