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Sony confirms cheaper 40GB PS3

Posted in News,PS3,Sony by Reuben Drake on October 5th, 2007

Sony 40GB Playstation 3 slated for release in UK in OctoberSony today released an announcement confirming rumors and FCC leaks of a less-expensive 40GB PS3 launching before the holidays. According the the announcement this model is currently only going to be available for Europe but it wouldn’t make sense for Sony to only release it in one area where PS3 sales are suffering. Hopefully it will be making its way to the US soon.

The new 40GB model will retail for €399 in the UK and aside from the drive size the new PS3′s will also lack 2 of the four USB ports and will have no memory card reader in order to cut some costs. It will also not be backwards compatible for PS2 games which isn’t too big of a deal for Europe models since software manages the backwards compatibility but for the U.S. it kinda’ stinks. We’ll have to watch this holiday season to see if this helps Sony take a bigger bite out of latest-generation game console sales and we’ll keep our eyes peeled for a U.S. targeted 40-giger.

Nintendo will be a Wii bit short for the holidays

Posted in News,Nintendo,Wii by Darrin Olson on October 1st, 2007

Reggie Fils-Amie, Nintendo America CEO, says Wii supply won’t keep up with demandSince its launch last November the Nintendo Wii has consistently been the leader in the latest-generation game console sales and has been simultaneously behind the curve in having enough consoles to meet consumer demands.

In a recent interview with the San Jose Mercury News the Nintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Amie admitted that the company is not likely going to meet demands through this holiday season, either.

Halo hype rising for Tuesday’s release

Posted in Games,Halo,Microsoft,News by Darrin Olson on September 23rd, 2007

Microsoft building hype for the Halo 3 launch on the Xbox 360Whether you’re a gamer or not it’s hard to ignore the recent build-up to what just might be the largest game rollout in history – the release of Microsoft’s “Halo 3″. Any closet hardcore gamers in your office could very possibly be outed on Tuesday as more than 10,000 retailers across the nation plan to be open at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday morning for the launch. Retailers participating in the Halo 3 “Midnight Madness” include Best Buy, Circuit City, Game Stop, Wal-Mart and more. Most of them will also be hosting special promotions along with the launch.

You don’t need to frequent one of these popular gaming retailers to catch some of the hype, though. More than likely you’ve already been exposed to the Halo 3 nation through places like Burger King or 7-Eleven who have Master Chief plastered on their products. Even NASCAR is getting into the frenzy with the No. 40 car at the Dover 400 Nextel Cup Series race featuring a Halo 3 paint theme in today’s race.


Nintendo Remains On Top for August

Posted in Games,News,Nintendo,PS3,Wii,Xbox 360 by Darrin Olson on September 16th, 2007

Nintendo continues to be on top for game console sales for August, above rival Xbox 360 and Sony PS3.Once again, Nintendo appears to be the clear leader in game console sales for August beating out rivals Microsoft and Sony, according to the latest NPD numbers for United States sales in August.

The Kyoto-based company last month sold 403,600 Wii game consoles, along with 383,200 units of the Nintendo DS handheld game console. According to the Financial Times, the Nintendo Wii is now also the number one best selling “next-generation” game console in the world, pulling ahead of …

Xbox 360 Official Price Cut

Posted in Microsoft,News,Xbox 360,Xbox 360 Elite by Chris Weber on August 7th, 2007

Microsoft officially announces the the price cut of the Xbox 360It’s finally official after all the rumors, speculations and retailers having a difficult time keeping the news under wraps. Microsoft has now officially announced a price drop for its Xbox 360 game console, which is the first since the consoles launch.

The announcement brings a $50 price cut off the Premium, 20GB system leaving it at $349.99. Microsoft is also taking the black, 120GB Elite system down $30 bringing its price to $449.99 and finally Xbox 360 Core system will be priced at $279.99 after a $20 …

Xbox 360 Price Cut Coming?

Posted in Microsoft,Rumors,Xbox 360 by Chris Weber on July 25th, 2007

Xbox 360 price cut may be coming in AugustAccording to HollywoodReporter some unknown sources say that the Xbox 360 from Microsoft will see a $50 price reduction next month to try to boost up sales of the game console. The price cut is expected on August 8th to be exact, but it was not clear whether the price cut would be on the Core, Pro, Elite or all three.

Many expected some type of price reduction announcement at E3 this year, but were met with disappointment as no such announcement was made, and Microsoft is neither confirming …

PS3 Price Cut Only While Supplies Last

Posted in News,PS3,Sony by Chris Weber on July 13th, 2007

David Reeves, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, says PS3 price cut only temporary to phase out the 60GB PS3There’s been a lot of talk and speculation lately in the current generation game console market, with Nintendo taking a significant lead in console sales over Microsoft and Sony. Many analysts have predicted that both the PS3 and the Xbox 360 would see some price cuts to make themselves more competitive with the Wii, and Sony recently knocked $100 off of their 60GB PS3 game console.

Most thought this was indeed to make the PS3 more competitive price-wise …


Sony’s President Says No to PS3 Price Cut

Posted in News,PS3,Sony by Darrin Olson on July 7th, 2007

Sony said it will not be cutting PS3 pricingSony President Ryoji Chubachi said in an interview with Reuters on Friday that the company has no current plans for a price cut of the Playstation 3 game console. The PS3 has been trailing the Nintendo Wii and the Microsoft Xbox 360 in game console sales for months, and in May the PS3′s sold were less than a 3rd of the number of Nintendo Wii’s.

Due to lower sales, a price that’s more than double that of the Wii and a limited number of popular gaming titles, many analysts …

Sony game unit cuts jobs to keep up with competition

Posted in News,Sony by Darrin Olson on June 10th, 2007

Sony’s game unit cuts jobs in attempt to keep up with rival companiesMicrosoft isn’t the only one looking to make some changes in order to keep up with rival Nintendo in the game console wars. Sony said last week it plans to cut some jobs in its gaming unit in the U.S. as well as Europe and Japan as it works to keep up sales of its Playstation 2 and Playstation 3 with the Nintendo Wii. The Wii has been the leader in the latest generation of game console sales for the previous four months …

Report hints at Xbox 360 price drop

Posted in News,Xbox 360 by Chris Weber on June 8th, 2007

Report from Bloomberg hints that a price drop in for the Xbox 360 may be comingThere’s some proof in numbers when it comes to recent game console sales and lately the Nintendo Wii seems to have the magic formula. It looks like Microsoft may have been taking some notes on the Wii’s success and in a report from Bloomberg they hint at a price cut coming for the Xbox 360.

“We are well aware that the sweet spot of the market is really 199 bucks,’” said David Hufford, director of Xbox product management, in the Bloomberg …

Xbox One Offered Without Kinect

Posted in Xbox One by Darrin Olson on May 14th, 2014

Microsoft Xbox One Without KinectMicrosoft has announced on Tuesday that it is now offering the Xbox One gaming console without the motion tracking Kinect add-on. This is an interesting move for Microsoft, undoubtedly in an attempt to boost sales. The Kinect was a major selling point and a differentiation with competitors.

The console without Kinect drops the price down $100 to $399, putting it right inline on pricing with its major rival the Sony Playstation 4. The Xbox One is available for pre-order now on Amazon at the $399 price.

In addition …


PS3 trade-ins up 200%

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 12th, 2011

This is not good news for Sony. Retail sources have indicated that PS3 console trade-ins have dramatically risen as the controversial PSN outage drags on. Apparently during the first week of downtime there was not any major change in sales or trades according to one store manager ‘at a major UK retailer’.

However, starting on the second week onwards, there has been an increase of over 200 per cent on PS3 consoles being traded in, split almost 50/50 down the middle between those trading for cash and those taking a 360 in it’s place. Ouch! Sony had better get it’s act together before things get ugly.

3DS eShop confirmed for June 6/7

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Reuben Drake on May 12th, 2011

Well 3DS fans, June 7th is your lucky day. That’s when Nintendo will release the update you’ve been waiting for, which will give you the ability to download titles directly to the system through the eShop.

The Japanese update will be launching a day earlier (Of course) and is said to include a Virtual Console emulation as well as a 3D movie player, so maybe we will even get that promised Netflix support. Keep your fingers crossed. You won’t have long to wait now.

Nintendo to plan first-party game launches around third-party publishers

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on May 2nd, 2011

Nintendo knows all about supply and demand and how to work the system. There is high demand for Nintendo’s games, so much so that often times third-party game sales on Nintendo’s consoles suffer at the hands of first-party titles.

Nintendo, in a move to avoid hurting it’s third party titles, has decided that they will only decide on the dates of popular first party releases after they know the release plans of other companies’ games. That has to be good news to third party developers.

Nintendo sells 3.61 million 3DS handhelds

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Reuben Drake on April 25th, 2011

There’s good news and there’s bad news for the big N. Nintendo’s net sales of $12.4 billion for the period ending on March 31st 2011 was 29 percent less than during the previous year. Also its $825 million of net profit was 66 percent lower than it earned last year. Things are not so great in the Mushroom Kingdom.

However, there is some good news. The 3DS has reached 3.61 million sales worldwide, but at the same time the Wii is down to 15 million global sales, a 25 percent drop from its 2009 total of 20 million. Looks like the timing is perfect for the new console.

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